Media Watch: Settlers Now ‘Part Of Israeli Mainstream’

Outreach to Arabs, leadership in IDF, reverse militant image.
10/18/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Someone remarked to Gloria Steinem, on the eve of her 50th birthday, that she looked great for 50.

“This is what 50 looks like,” said Steinem.

Rabbis Shlomo Riskin, Aharon Lichtenstein and Menachem Froman are what West Bank settlers look like. From the settlements clustered in Gush Etzion.

Hitler Exhibit Opens, With Jewish Applause

10/18/2010 - 20:00

Berlin — The image of Hitler is still arresting, 65 years after his suicide and the end of World War II.

Now the German Historical Museum has dedicated an exhibit to the fascination Hitler held for the “Volk,” the ordinary German citizen.

It marks the first time a German museum has ventured into such territory, and the curators say they have taken great care to avoid glorifying the man behind the Third Reich, which in Germany would not only be distasteful but illegal.

Ex-SAJES President Dies At 82

10/18/2010 - 20:00

Howard Kotkin, a past president of the Suffolk Association for Jewish Educational Services (SAJES), died Oct. 18 in his Bayville, L.I., home after a long illness. He was 82.
Mr. Kotkin, a Brooklyn native, served as a funeral director for 62 years, first with I.J. Morris, then for the last 18 years with Gutterman’s in Syosset.
He served on the board of the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center in Commack, and was president of Temple Judea in Massapequa.

New Mumbai Chabad House To Memorialize Holtzbergs

10/18/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Tentative plans for a new Chabad House in Mumbai feature a memorial to the emissary couple slain in the 2008 attacks in the Indian city.
The plans for the new Nariman House, on the site of the previous Chabad House, are pending consultations with security experts, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Chabad organization.

Naomi Campbell Embraces Kabbalah

10/18/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Supermodel Naomi Campbell has embraced Kabbalah.
Campbell told Interview magazine in its October cover story that she is practicing the teachings of Jewish mysticism in response to recent difficulties in her life.
"I study Kabbalah because it takes me to a positive, calm place," she said. "That's what I use it for, and it helps me a lot. I've been in and out of Kabbalah since around 2000. It's just something I have taken more seriously [recently]."

Bill Would Prevent Palestinian Tour Guides

10/18/2010 - 20:00

 (JTA) — A proposed Knesset bill would ban Arabs from eastern Jerusalem from serving as tour guides in the city.
The bill, proposed by Kadima Party lawmaker Gideon Ezra and sponsored by seven other Knesset members, proposes that guides leading groups of more than 11 or traveling in more than one vehicle be an Israeli citizen.
Most Arabs living in eastern Jerusalem have permanent residency status but not citizenship, according to Haaretz.
According to the bill, the Arab tour guides do not present the Israeli viewpoint.

People Of The Book — And E-Book

Slingshot recognizes 50 startups, while foundations encourage new-media projects and Israeli kids get ‘PJ.’
10/18/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Slingshot Announces New Grantees

Will Schneider, Slingshot’s executive director, talks with author Jonathan Safran Foer about his latest project.

Jewish Charities Take Hit In ‘09

Giving in the community down 18.5 percent, twice the national average, according to new data.
10/18/2010 - 20:00

While economists say the recession ended more than a year ago, you wouldn’t know it to look at Jewish nonprofits.

In an annual list released Monday by The Chronicle of Philanthropy of the top 400 nonprofits in the United States, fund raising at the country’s largest Jewish charities had declined by an average of 18.5 percent in 2009 — nearly twice as much as the list as a whole, which showed a fund-raising decline of 10 percent.

Lincoln Square Halts Construction On New Shul

Project millions more than planned; congregation now looking for ‘joint venture partner.’
10/18/2010 - 20:00

Anyone who has walked by the construction site of the new Lincoln Square Synagogue on Amsterdam Avenue lately has surely noticed that there’s not much construction going on. Last week, the prestigious Modern Orthodox shul announced on its website that construction on the three-story, 50,000-square-foot- building has indeed halted.

In an update dated Oct. 11, the synagogue said that “due to a number of construction issues, the cost of the new building has run higher than originally expected.”

Seeking at least $15 million, Lincoln Square Synagogue needs a partner or naming donor before it resumes construction on its new

Election 2010: More Anger, More Close Races Than Ever

10/18/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Talk to veteran campaign watchers about this year’s congressional races, and within seconds they will tell you that they've never before seen elections quite like these.

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