Time doesn’t stand still every year on the 27th day of Nissan, but part of Israel does.
On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, at the annual time established by the Knesset in 1951 to memorialize the Jewish people’s collective losses at the hands of the Nazis, restaurants and entertainment venues are closed, Israeli television carries introspective programming and most Israelis stop whatever they are doing when air-raid sirens sound throughout the land.
Two major haredi organizations came out Tuesday against a bill pending in the New York State legislature that would extend the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse and create a one-year window during which alleged victims could file civil claims, regardless of when the abuse took place.
Over the decades, the Dalai Lama, exiled leader of Tibet’s Buddhist community, has maintained an ongoing dialogue with the international Jewish community — in New York City, in Washington, in Jerusalem and in India, where he has lived for the last half-century.
Last week the Dalai Lama’s Jewish outreach continued.
A group of rabbis representing 25 Conservative synagogues has asked the leadership of the United Synagogue to agree to develop a long-range strategic plan for the movement’s future.
“We have given them 30 days [to respond],” said Rabbi Michael Siegel of Chicago, the group’s chairman. “My sense is we’ll hear.”
The request was made during a three hour meeting last Thursday at the headquarters here of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism.
Julian Sandler, board chairman of Hillel: Foundation for Jewish Campus Life who died March 20 after a brief illness, was remembered this week for his keen analytical mind, his warmth, ever present smile and “sweet South African accent.” He was 64.
“He made each of his friends feel special,” said Stephen Steinig, a friend who spoke at Mr. Sandler’s funeral Sunday at the Dix Hills Jewish Center where Mr. Sandler was a former president. “Julian was a leader among leaders.”
No, the kids outfitted in crowns and capes aren’t real monarchs — just a pair of young members of the Vizhnitz chasidic community listening to the Megillah reading on Purim this week in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv.
Throughout the country — and Jewish communities in the diaspora — Jews of all ages and all religious affiliations attended Megillah readings, dressed up in costumes, attended parties, drank copious amounts of distilled brew and took part in festive parades.