Campaign Pushing Yom Kippur As Device-Free Day

08/30/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — A new campaign is promoting Yom Kippur as a day to disconnect from technology.

Offlining, Inc. is the brainchild of advertising and public relations CEOs Eric Yaverbaum and Mark DiMassimo, self-professed children of the Silicon Revolution who launched just before Father’s Day in June urging dads to put down their mobile devices, turn off the TV and spend time with their families.

Now they are urging all Americans, Jewish or not, to do the same on Sept. 18.

Academics Backing Boycott Of West Bank Center

08/30/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Some 150 academics and authors have thrown their support behind a boycott of a new West Bank cultural center.

In a letter released late Monday, the academics said they would not lecture in settlements and expressed their support for the theater professionals’ refusal to perform in Ariel.

“We will not take part in any kind of cultural activity beyond the Green Line, take part in discussions and seminars, or lecture in any kind of academic setting in these settlements,” the letter read.

Arab Teens Indicted In Beating Death

08/30/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Two Arab teenagers from eastern Jerusalem were arrested in the beating death of a 60-year-old Jewish American man.

The teens accused of the crime, ages 13 and 15, were indicted Tuesday on manslaughter charges in Jerusalem District Court. The victim, Lance Wolf, had died the previous day from his injuries.

Wolf was beaten with a stick on Aug. 18 in central Jerusalem. The U.S. Embassy did not release any further information on Wolf, citing privacy concerns.

Suspect Arrested In L.A. Murders

08/30/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Los Angeles Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting deaths of three members of the city’s Iranian Jewish community.

Harold Yong Parks, 31, of Los Angeles, was in possession of several pounds of marijuana when he was arrested Monday, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Police investigators believe that Park stole the marijuana from  Pirooz Moussazadeh, 27, and his brother, Shahriar Moussazadeh, 38, and Bernard Khalili, 27, who were shot on the night of Aug. 25 at the brothers’ apartment.

Before The Peace Talks, A Terrorist Attack

Hebron shooting of four settlers seen as attempt to derail negotiations; Israelis say it highlights security needs.
08/30/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

It was no coincidence that the terror attack Tuesday in which four Israelis were ambushed in the West Bank and shot dead at point-blank range in their car occurred just two days before direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were to begin in Washington after a 20-month hiatus.

That was the view of Jonathan Peled, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, moments after news of the slayings flashed across Israeli newspaper websites.

Israeli police inspect the car of settlers who were ambushed and killed Tuesday by Palestinian gunmen near Kiryat Arba.

Rabbinical Group Poised To Investigate Marc Schneier

High-style rabbi declines RCA offer to resign; says bipolar condition to blame for unusual behavior.
08/30/2010 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

The Rabbinical Council of America, the largest organization of Orthodox rabbis, is likely to initiate an inquiry into alleged moral improprieties of its member, Rabbi Marc Schneier, the high-profile spiritual leader of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton, L.I., and New York Synagogue in Midtown, whose success in drawing wealthy and loyal supporters and congregants is matched by his widely reported history of personal romances.

Giving The Gift Of Life

08/30/2010 - 20:00

At its annual dinner, the Gift of Life foundation brings bone marrow recipients onstage to meet their donors for the first time. You know it’s going to be an emotional moment when you see boxes of tissue on every table.

Lillian Baharestani, 27, was raised in Queens where her father taught her to always help others. So at Syracuse University she started a drive for swabs for the Gift of Life registry. As it turned out, her own swab saved a life.

Bone marrow donor Lillian Baharestani meets recipient Daisy Sanchez at Gift of Life dinner. Tim Boxer

Palestinian Propaganda Required Reading At Brooklyn College?

Jewish professors object to campus-wide assignment of book that includes one-sided take on Mideast conflict.
08/30/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The dean of Brooklyn College insists that the school “values tolerance, diversity and respect for differing points of view,” but several faculty members are openly questioning that assertion given the school’s common reading selection this coming semester.

The book, “How Does it Feel to be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America,” is a collection of personal stories by and about seven Arabs from Brooklyn that was edited by Moustafa Bayoumi, an assistant professor of English at the school.

Separated After The Holocaust, Reunited By Facebook

After 65 years, two brothers find their long-lost friend thanks to an Internet-savvy grandson.
08/30/2010 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

It was a tale of World War II: concentration camps, death marches, starvation — and Facebook.

Jack Rosenfeld, left and Amram Meir, right.

Where The Seats Are Free

08/30/2010 - 20:00

 Most of these services require registration or reservations. Check websites for details. Also see the calendar listings on pages 14-16 for low-cost services in your area.
Chabad houses across the New York area also offer services — some are free
and many request a donation. Visit for listings and information.

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