by Adam Dickter and Liel Leibovitz |
Jerusalem (JTA) — A CNN producer who was kidnapped in the Gaza Strip was freed a day after he was seized in Gaza City by four armed men who approached the car in which he was traveling. Palestinian Authority officials, perhaps concerned that the kidnapping could be seen as an indication of their inability to keep Gaza secure if Israel carries through on its planned withdrawal next year, are believed to have been involved in negotiating the release of Riad Ali, an Israeli Druse.
Finally, a fund-raising idea that’s not half-baked.
Students from a small day school in western Massachusetts this week made a challah that will go on display at an agricultural festival, then enter the Guinness Book of World Records.
The “Challah of Fame” is 40 feet long and weighs 120 pounds.
Israel’s day of rest came four days early this year.
The country’s 400,000 public sector workers, including employees of religious councils, went on strike to protest delayed payment of wages. The nationwide strike was called on Tuesday, four days before Yom Kippur. The third strike called by the Histadrut labor federation in the last year, it shut down government offices and hospitals, the stock exchange and banks, railways and sea ports, ambulance services and fire departments, mail delivery and utilities.
A few Jews were hanging around Los Angeles’ City Hall, a can in their hands, asking for money the other day.
You’ll soon be able to see their appeal on TV.
Marlee Matlin, Jonathan Silverman and three other actors made their pitch as part of “Live Generously,” an advertising campaign coordinated by United Jewish Communities.
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen |
Some Northeasterners flying to Florida in late October and early November won’t be the usual snowbirds. In fact, these Jewish men and women are far from retirement age.
They are twentysomethings on a mission: Operation Bubbe.
Their aim is to get Jewish seniors populating condo colonies and senior centers in Palm Springs, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and North Miami to the polls in the Nov. 2 presidential election.
The presidents of Argentina and Brazil last week signed a petition condemning anti-Semitism and calling on the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution denouncing anti-Semitic acts.
Israel Singer, chairman of the World Jewish Congress, said the presidents signed the petitions as part of an effort his organization is leading to convince as many countries as possible to sign the petition before the UN vote, which could come as early as this fall.