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Warning to Israelis: Leave Sinai now

04/12/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Israelis have been warned to leave Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula immediately.

Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Tuesday evening issued the warning, citing “concrete information” that terrorists were planning to kidnap Israelis.

“We call on all Israelis now in Sinai to leave at once and return to Israel,” read the warning. “Families of Israelis now in Sinai are requested to make contact and update them of this travel warning.”

China On Board For Iran Sanctions

04/12/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — China will join efforts to sanction Iran, U.S. officials said. Obama administration officials announced the breakthrough Monday during a summit in Washington on containing the threat of nuclear terrorism. Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to the White House, said a new set of U.N. Security Council sanctions would be ready within “a matter of weeks.”

The announcements came after President Obama met with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Demjanjuk Calls Munich Trial ‘Torture’

04/12/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — John Demjanjuk addressed the court at his German war crimes trial for the first time, expressing anger over the proceedings.

In a statement read by his attorney, Ulrich Busch, in the Munich courtroom on Tuesday, Demjanjuk, 90, called the trial “torture.” Demjanjuk was officially charged in December 2009 as an accessory to the murder of 29,700 Jews at the Sobibor death camp in Poland in 1943.

Senate Letter On Israel Tensions Gets 76 Signatures

04/12/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) —  More than three quarters of the U.S. Senate urged the Obama administration not to allow tensions with Israel to harm relations or the prospects of a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

‘We Lost A Friend’

Polish president, victim of plane crash in Russia, had close ties to the Jewish community.
04/12/2010 - 20:00
Special to The Jewish Week

Note: The Polish people suffered a loss when President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and 94 other passengers on a Russian jet, including many top Polish officials, were killed in a crash Saturday near Smolensk, Russia. Jewish leaders in Poland praised Kaczynski, 60, as a true friend of the Jewish community and Israel, and participants in the annual March of the Living wore black armbands this week in the president’s memory.

Late Polish President Lech Kaczynki, right, with Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich at Chanukah celebration in Warsaw shul.

Great Day of Learning with Limmud

04/12/2010 - 20:00

It’s not often New Yorkers open their homes to strangers, but many will be doing just that on Sunday, April 25 as part of Limmud Across NY, a day of “simultaneous intimate learning sessions.” Throughout the metropolitan area, individuals will be hosting participants in celebration of Jewish life, learning, and community.

Multi-generational: Limmud leadership with their proud mothers.

From Inner-City To Auschwitz

04/12/2010 - 20:00

Nothing prepared Ariel Villaruel for what she saw at Auschwitz, the 15-year-old said last week, only a few days after returning from Eastern Europe.

“When you read about it, you don’t think it would ever have that much of an effect on you,” she explained. “You feel sad for a while. But when you see it, you feel different. It’s horrifying.”

Sharing a light moment in Eastern Europe are Diana Cabrera, left, Amanda Remy, Ariel Villaruel, Natasha Flowers and Tasia Sharpe

A Third Jewish Justice?

04/12/2010 - 20:00

It was the hot political news of 1916. A Jewish lawyer was being seriously considered for the first time for a seat on the Supreme Court, and some Americans were upset. Louis Brandeis was too liberal, critics said.

“It was certainly easy to find anti-Jewish comments” from Brandeis’ opponents, says Jonathan Sarna, professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, an institution named for the history-making justice.

Solicitor General Elana Kagan and federal Judge Merrick Garland: A court with only Jews and Catholics?

Joshua Venture Betting On Known Quantities

The revamped group’s list of eight fellows, many of them incubated elsewhere, positions it as an advanced-stage funder.
04/12/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Joshua Venture Group, the newly re-launched fellowship that trains Jewish social entrepreneurs, announced its 2010-2012 cohort of eight fellows on Monday. Each of the Dual Investment Program fellows will receive $40,000 in “seed funding” per year over the course of a two-year period, as well as $20,000 in health benefits, in addition to individual coaching and organizational support.

Environmental and social justice groups were big winners in the first Joshua Venture grants since group reformed.

Generational Clash Over Values at Funders' Conference

Study presented at Jewish Funders Network finds little consensus on establishment values.
04/12/2010 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Phoenix — While conventional wisdom has it that American Jewry is suffering from a dearth of young leadership, the preliminary findings of a major report, to be published this summer by the Avi Chai Foundation, suggest otherwise.

Nonetheless, a number of tomorrow’s leaders do not share traditional values regarding support for Israel, Jewish peoplehood, intermarriage and collective responsibility, which is worrisome to the study’s sponsor.

Professors Jack Wertheimer, left, and Noam Pianko differ sharply on young Jews’ outlook.
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