JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel brought 12 Jews from conflict-riven southern Kyrgyzstan to Israel.
The 12 Kyrgyz Jews were brought to Israel on Sunday and were scheduled to attend a welcome ceremony at the Jewish Agency for Israel's board of governors assembly on Monday along with 650 other new immigrants. They were immediately made Israeli citizens.
For young American Jews, it’s a long way from ‘Exodus’ to the separation wall.
In 1960, the film “Exodus” was nominated for three Academy Awards. Based on Leon Uris’ novel about the founding of Israel, it seems hard to believe that such a film, drenched in Jewish military heroism and suffused with Holocaust imagery and Arab aggression, could have such broad and unambiguous appeal. But it did. It not only won an Oscar, it also starred a Hollywood icon, Paul Newman, as the heroic Jewish fighter, and even made a commendable showing at Cannes.
But almost a half-century later, a very different film about Israel won an Oscar nomination. “Waltz With Bashir,” (2008) directed by the Israeli Ari Folman, put a spotlight on the massacres at the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps during the first Lebanon War.
The more I think about it, the more I see why left-of-center pro-Israel groups like J Street and Americans for Peace Now are bouncing off the walls about last week's ad on Jerusalem by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
By now Elie Wiesel's newspaper advertisment, which attacked Obama's position on east Jerusalem settlements, is well known. My editor, Gary Rosenblatt, even got an exclusive interivew with Wiesel about it, which is certainly worth a read. In short, Wiesel's letter basically said that Obama did not understand the signficance Jerusalem has for Jews. "Jerusalem is above politics," Wiesel noted, which I'm guessing will be remembered by many as an egregious snaf
On the news, the economic forecast is improving. The Great Recession technically is over, economists tell us; the stock market is rising; people are spending money, if tentatively. On the ground, the news is less encouraging. Unemployment remains high, with rates passing 10 percent last week, and people are still hurting.
Licensed Jewish day care centers, especially ones that take tots under 2, are shockingly rare.
Lehman Weichselbaum And Julie Wiener
Little Wylie Berman, heeding nature’s call, was christening (so to speak) Kiddie Korner’s new changing table. Hands — and tush —on.
September’s dedication ceremony for the new Chabad day care center in Brooklyn Heights had just ended, the ribbon duly cut by local Rep. Yvette Clarke, and the doors opened to the parents and their children who were to populate it.
Gonzo Berman, 11-month-old Wylie’s dad who handled the diapering, pronounced the infant room’s table good.