Searching For Arnost, And His Optimism

A former student remembers the Czech novelist and survivor Arnost Lustig.
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When I was in Prague this October I decided to look up my old college professor, Arnost Lustig. Even though I had not seen him in 30 years I thought he still had a lot to teach me.

Arnold Lustig: Kept his optimism, despite witnessing the worst cruelty imaginable.

School’s suit over Kohl’s contest is tossed


(JTA) -- A lawsuit filed by a Florida school against two Jewish day schools in the state over a national online contest sponsored by Kohl's was dismissed.

A judge in Broward County, Fla., dismissed the suit on March 3, saying that the owners of the Abi's Place school for disabled children could not prove that it had an official deal with the Hebrew Academy Community School and Rohr Bais Chaya Academy to help Abi's win votes.

Jewish Leaders Say Obama Meeting Was Positive


NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jewish organizational leaders rejected the notion that their meeting with President Obama was negative in any way.

A JTA article this week reported that President Obama, in a meeting Tuesday with members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, reaffirmed American support for Israeli security and discussed U.S. policy in the Middle East in a spirit of cordiality and respect.

Obama: Israelis Should Soul-Search About Seriousness On Peace


NEW YORK (JTA) – President Obama reportedly urged Jewish communal leaders to speak to their friends and colleagues in Israel and to “search your souls” over Israel's seriousness about making peace.

In an hourlong meeting Tuesday with about 50 representatives from the Jewish community’s chief foreign policy umbrella group, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Obama reiterated the U.S. commitment to Israel, according to statements from both the White House and Conference of Presidents.

U.S. Supports Israel’s Security, Obama Tells Jewish Leaders


(JTA) -- America opposes efforts to de-legitimize Israel, President Obama told a 50-member delegation of Jewish leaders during a White House meeting.

Obama met Tuesday with members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Birthright Vegas

Federations roll the dice on Sin City summit, hoping TribeFest will turn 1,100 young Jews into future leaders.
Assistant Managing Editor

Leaders of the Jewish Federations of North America are clearly hoping that what happens next week in Las Vegas won’t stay in Las Vegas.

The inaugural TribeFest at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino there from Sunday to Tuesday is intended as the ultimate “big-tent event,” drawing more than 1,100 unaffiliated or marginally affiliated Jews in their 20s, 30s and early 40s.

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

J Street Copes With Its Left Flank At Conference

Second annual confab draws nearly 2,500.

Washington — The detractors of J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobbying organization, like to portray the organization’s leader, Jeremy Ben-Ami, as so far to the left of mainstream American Jewish opinion as to be out of bounds.

If they think Ben-Ami is too much of a lefty on Israel, just wait till they meet J Street’s rank and file.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street’s executive director, speaks at the organization’s gala dinner this week. Courtesy of J Street

Charlie Sheen Demanding Apology From ADL


(JTA) -- Actor Charlie Sheen is demanding an apology from the Anti-Defamation League for saying that his rant against the executive producer of his hit TV sitcom was "borderline anti-Semitism."

A letter from Sheen's attorney Marty Singer demands a retraction because, it says, Sheen's only intention was to "address the man rather than his television persona," the TMZ website reported Tuesday.

Anti-Israel, Pro-Israel Weeks Compete on U.S. Campuses


BERKELEY, CALIF. (JTA) -- Competing anti-Israel and pro-Israel weeks are getting underway on more than two dozen North American college campuses.

The seventh annual Israel Apartheid Week officially launches Tuesday, March 1 and continues through the end of the month. Campuses in 12 United States and six Canadian cities are planning events and hosting speakers protesting Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Some campuses have scheduled similar events at other times during the school year.

Ross to J Street: More Time Needed for Bridging Peace Proposals


In a speech Monday to the J Street conference in Washington, the senior White House adviser on Middle East peace issues said the current process of the United States working with both sides on bridging proposals needs more time.

“That process hasn't played out yet,” Ross said. “We'll make a judgment on where the process is, where the two sides are and what we think the most appropriate steps are on where we'll have the most impact.

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