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Chanukah Resources For All Children

Chanukah is here! Have your children forgotten the blessings since last year? Do they need to brush up on their Chanukah skills? Do you need some activities for that Chanukah bash you are throwing? Look no further!

Below is a list of resources for everything you will need to make Chanukah accessible and fun, for everyone:

Learning about Chanukah. Courtesy of Gateways

Zeldin To Co-Chair House GOP Israel Caucus

Congressman-elect Lee Zeldin of Long Island, the only Jewish Republican in the incoming 114th Congress, was elected co-chair of the 100-member House Republican Caucus. 

Other co-chairs are Reps Peter Roskam of Illinois, Doug Lamborn of Colorado and Leonard Lance of New Jersey. 

Roskam, in announcing the appointment, stressed the strategic relationship between the United States and Israel but made no mention of the search for peace with the Palestinians.

Light Up, It's Chanukah In Washington

Joe Biden won't be riding the cherry picker to the top of the National Menorah Tuesday afternoon; instead he'll light the a symbolic shames candle from the ground while others will ride up to light the first candle of Hanukah for the 4 p.m. ceremony on the Ellipse behind he White House.

Lost And Found Klezmer

Whiny trills of klezmer music reverberate from the towering coffered ceiling of the Museum at Eldridge Street as five firmly concentrating Israeli musicians connect deeply to their Jewish roots through the song of klezmer. Their focused brows and eased smiles signify the technicalities and synchronous timing of their music, as well as their delight in performing it. This is 12th Night Music, a quintet of highly creative classically trained Israeli musicians.

Clarinetist Avigail Malachi accompanied by Elad Kabilio on cello. Anna Shneyderman

Holiday Gifts For Children Of All Abilities

Chanukah is a time to spend with friends and family lighting candles, eating delicious foods and exchanging gifts. When buying gifts for children and adolescents with autism always ask parents for gift suggestions. They can tell you about the child’s dietary restrictions, interests, and strengths and weaknesses. If you do not feel comfortable asking parents for holiday shopping advice, observe what toys, games, books, electronic appliances the child seems to enjoy. Parents will always appreciate having another one of their child’s favorite item readily available in case it is damaged. 

Dr. Frances Victory

Closing The Circle

Why did I travel to the other end of town to see a tribute to Anna Sokolow so many decades after I last saw –  or even thought about – her work? The answer is that Anna Sokolow, an important contributor to the repertory of American modern dance for sixty years, gave me permission to dance.

Anna Sokolow at 70. Courtesy Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble

Adelson Early Winner In Israeli Elections

Casino billionaire and Bibi buddy Sheldon Adelson is an early winner in Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to call a snap election. 

By firing Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Netanyahu removed an outspoken opponent of some of his pet legislative goals. She blocked legislation that he supported codifying Israel's status as the Jewish nation state, and she supported a bill he wanted defeated because it would ban the free giveaway of newspapers.

Pollard's Albatross

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday evening to ask him to intervene to release Jonathan Pollard in the wake of a fainting incident that send the convicted Israeli spy to a hospital earlier in the week.

"Jonathan is sick, his health is in danger, and after 30 years in prison it's time he is released," according to a statement from the PM's office. 

Oil Weapon Losing Clout

The price of gasoline dipped under $2 a gallon this week in some Oklahoma filling stations and others are expected to follow.

Plunging global oil prices come at a time when the United States is poised to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world's number one oil producer. That's good news for consumers and for those who feel OPEC as exerted undue influence on American foreign policy for too long.

Opening The Red Tent On Screen

This Shabbat, we read the story of Dinah, the only daughter of the biblical Jacob, whose tragic tale is tucked into the narrative of parshat Vaylishlach. And on Sunday evening, Lifetime Television will air the first of a two-part mini-series based on Anita Diamant’s wildly successful 1997 novel inspired by Dinah’s  story, "The Red Tent." The confluence of these dates, according to Diamant, is “totally coincidental.”

Inside The Red Tent. Courtesy Lifetime
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