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Rock Hall Set to Welcome Neil Diamond

03/14/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is set to induct Neil Diamond.

Diamond, 69, who launched his career as a songwriter in the 1960s in the Brill Building songwriting factory, penning hits for groups like The Monkees, will be inducted Monday night at a ceremony in New York.

He soon launched a solo career, and his rich baritone coupled with his lively onstage presence earned him the sobriquet "the Jewish Elvis," with hits like "Solitary Man" and "Cherry, Cherry."

Charlie Sheen Hires Israeli Bodyguards

03/13/2011

(JTA) -- Actor Charlie Sheen has hired Israeli military veterans as round-the-clock security guards.

The guards were hired over the weekend after a crazed fan broke into his home, surprising Sheen and his entourage as they relaxed by the pool, according to reports.

David Pack of Kansas City, Kan., was arrested for trespassing on March 10 at night, shortly after police completed a raid on Sheen's home.

Can Judaism Stay Cool Beyond The Vegas Desert?

TribeFest may not have lured the unaffiliated in big numbers, but it may have helped JFNA leaders seek new connotations for term ‘federation.’

03/09/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

Las Vegas — When Sandra Graff attended a “Vodka-Latke” social event sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara (Calif.) last Chanukah, she submitted her e-mail address for updates on future events.

A few months later Graff, 32, found herself in Las Vegas, one of 1,200 young Jews to gather for TribeFest, three days of entertainment, socializing and discussions intended to cultivate better Jewish engagement among people of her generation.

The world music group Yemen Blues performing this week at TribeFest. Saul Sudin

Searching For Arnost, And His Optimism

A former student remembers the Czech novelist and survivor Arnost Lustig.

03/08/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

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

03/07/2011

(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

03/04/2011

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

03/02/2011
JTA

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

03/02/2011

(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.

03/01/2011
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.

03/01/2011
JTA

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
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