Hitler Likely Had Jewish, African Roots

08/24/2010 - 20:00

 (JTA)— Adolf Hitler may have had both Jewish and African roots, DNA testing shows.

Samples taken from some of the German Fuhrer's relatives show that he was likely descended from some of the 'sub-human' races that he tried to destroy, according to research by Belgian journalist Jean-Paul Mulders and historian Marc Vermeeren, cited in the Flemish-language magazine Knack.

Saliva samples taken from 39 Hitler relatives have genetic fingerprints pointing to possible African and Jewish ancestry.

COJOs Hard Hit Without Earmarks

Governor’s veto of member-items costing agencies millions.
08/24/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

 Lately, when clients show up on Fridays at the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush for help with social services, they are asked to come back on Monday.

“We’re running with a skeleton crew,” said the agency’s director, Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus. “There’s no one around to help them [on those days].”

Renewed Talks Seen Carrying Big Risks

‘Huge stakes’ for region, Obama administration if expectations unmet.
08/24/2010 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet at the State Department next week for their first direct negotiations in 20 months, predictions of quick breakthroughs and swift progress will be in short supply.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy George Mitchell.

‘Moderate’ Muslim Tag Ever-Murky For Community

Reaction to N.Y. imam at center of downtown mosque storm points up unresolved tension, even after years of interfaith dialogue.
08/24/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

 An Islamic leader from the United States gives a lecture about the founding of Israel in the wake of the Holocaust. He recommends a book that denies that mass murder of Jews took place during World War II, calls the Holocaust a hoax and declares that “All this [information about six million Jewish deaths] is false propaganda.” Hitler, the leader says, “never intended to mass-destroy the Jews.”

An extremist?

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, moderate or closet radical? Renewed focus on nature of Islamic leadership. Getty Images

Hagee’s Group Cuts Ties To Im Tirtzu

Group that attacked New Israel Fund now under close scrutiny.
08/24/2010 - 20:00

 Im Tirtzu, the Israeli organization that has launched several attacks on left-wing Israeli groups over the past year, went a step too far when it threatened to mount a divestment movement against Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

At least, that’s what its funders think.

Rabbi Roly Matalon:Creating Eternal Moments

08/24/2010 - 20:00

 B’nai Jeshurun Rabbis Rolando Matalon, Marcelo Bronstein and Felicia Sol and Cantor Ari Priven are recognized leaders in revitalizing the Jewish experience. The Shabbat and holiday experience at BJ’s Upper West Side synagogue is legendary, transformative and imitated around the globe. The Jewish transformation is truly a group effort, and JInsider plans to feature each of these BJ-based Top Jews. Last year we honored Cantor Priven as he celebrated his 20th year with B’nai Jeshurun.

Rabi Roly Matalon

Salita Takes Shot At ‘Redemption’

08/24/2010 - 20:00

 This time, no boos, no jeers, no shouts of “kike!” And hopefully, no whuppin’.

It’s been eight months since Ukrainian-born, baal teshuvah fighter Dimtriy Salita was knocked out — in the boxing equivalent of a blink of an eye — in a title fight against Pakistani Muslim Amir Khan in Newcastle, England. In that bout, Salita was fighting before a hostile, mostly Islamic crowd that reportedly crossed the line from partisanship to vocal anti-Semitism.

This time he’s hoping for home-court advantage, so to speak.

Dmitriy Salita hoping to improve his record, reputation in Brooklyn bout next week. Michael Datikash

At Moishe House Birthright Moves In

08/24/2010 - 20:00

 Birthright Israel trip participants have a new Shabbat dinner invitation waiting for them when they return: at their local Moishe Houses.

Moishe House, a growing network of subsidized communal residences for young Jewish adults, recently announced it would team up on Shabbat programming with Birthright NEXT, an initiative that helps the free Israel trip alumni deepen their engagement in Jewish life.

Residents and guests at the Moishe House in Orange County, Calif., celebrate their first joint Shabbat dinner.

Will Netanyahu Change Coalition?

Experts divided on prospects of talks, but some suggest prime minister may be willing to bring in Kadima.
08/23/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

If the Palestinians are serious about a peace agreement with Israel, many analysts believe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the desire and ability to deliver it — even if it means having to change his coalition.

“If [Mahmoud] Abbas decides to move forward and do what is doable, he will have a partner in Netanyahu,” said Jonathan Rynhold, a senior lecturer at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said his focus is on security before engaging in peace talks.

N.J. Hebrew Charter Wins State Commissioner Support

East Brunswick’s Hatikvah facing last-minute legal battle but has won the backing of state attorney general.
08/23/2010 - 20:00
New Jersey Jewish News/New York Jewish Week

With New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education ruling in its favor Thursday, a fledgling Hebrew-language charter school’s chances of opening, as scheduled next month have dramatically increased.

New Jersey’s first Hebrew charter school, Hatikvah International Academy Charter School in East Brunswick received its charter earlier this year and final state approval this summer, but is facing  resistance from the East Brunswick Board of Education, which filed a lawsuit against it on Aug. 11, arguing that the school has insufficient enrollment.

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