Briefs

Women’s Group Creates Domestic Violence Misheberach Prayer

09/20/2011

(JTA) – Jewish Women International has created a misheberach prayer to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Created by JWI's Clergy Task Force, the prayer is multidenominational and written in Hebrew and English. It directs healing specifically to the victims of domestic abuse; the misheberach prayer calls for complete healingof the body and spirit.

AJC Slams Pro-Israel Group's Attack On Obama

09/20/2011

(JTA) – The American Jewish Committee slammed a pro-Israel group for its ad campaign questioning President Obama's Israel commitment.

“This ad is highly objectionable, indeed counter-productive, to its stated aim of supporting Israel," David Harris, the AJC's director, said in a statement Monday after the Emergency Committee for Israel’s full-page ad appeared in The New York Times.

iTunes Labels Jewish Music As 'Christian & Gospel'

09/20/2011

(JTA) – Apple’s iTunes has put some of the most well-known Jewish and chasidic singers in the online music store “Christian & Gospel" section.

The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday that musicians such as Avraham Fried, an Orthodox Jew; Mordechai Ben-David; and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach all have some albums categorized in iTunes’ “Christian & Gospel” genre section.

Obama Outreach To Jews Launching With Conference Call

09/20/2011

(JTA) – The Obama re-election campaign is launching its outreach to Jews with a mass conference call.

Top campaign officials will address listeners in the call, which is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, a top Jewish outreach official told JTA.

Jewish supporters will be alerted to the call's details Monday afternoon, the official said.

The call is taking place now to arm Obama supporters with arguments ahead of the Jewish High Holidays, the official said.

Report: Pollard Offered To Spy For Australia

09/20/2011

(JTA) – Jonathan Pollard, the Jewish American jailed for spying for Israel, first offered classified information to Australia, according to a report.

Lydia Jechorek, an FBI agent assigned to the Pollard case after his arrest in 1985, told Newsmax, a conservative American news organization, that Pollard had attempted to spy for another “friendly country” before spying for Israel. Jechorek said that he had admitted this to her after his arrest.

Director Retracts Apology For Hitler Sympathy

09/20/2011

(JTA) — Director Lars von Trier has retracted his apology for saying at the Cannes Film Festival that he had sympathy for Hitler.

In an interview in this month's GQ magazine, von Trier said his apologies at and immediately after Cannes, where he was declared a persona non grata and removed from the festival in May, were not sincere and forced, the Toronto Sun reported.

Rabbis, Scholars Compile Materials To Guide Civility Drive

09/13/2011

(JTA) — A group of leading rabbis and scholars has compiled sermons and other materials to help Jewish leaders talk about civility during the High Holidays and all year.

The civility materials, which include religious texts and study materials, were prepared by a working group composed of rabbis and scholars from across the Jewish religious spectrum under the auspices of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

They are part of the Campaign for Civility that JCPA launched in 2010 and can be found on the JCPA website.

Bloomberg Plans Israel Trip

09/13/2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will visit Israel on Oct. 23 to dedicate a Magen David Adom facility in Jerusalem named after his father.

The trip will be entirely at the expense of the billionaire mayor, who will fly on his personal jet and cover all costs, ranging from transportation to meals for security.

New Sexual Complaints Against Marc Gafni

09/13/2011

Marc Gafni, the controversial rabbi and teacher who was accused over the years of sexual misconduct here and in Israel, is facing new allegations of sexual improprieties by associates in the U.S. spiritual renewal world where he sought refuge five years ago.

Israel Intercepts Gaza Flotilla Ship

07/19/2011

Israel's Navy intercepted the only ship from a pro-Palestinian flotilla that managed to set sail from Greece for the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The French-flagged Dignity al-Karama was boarded Tuesday afternoon by commandos five hours after the Navy first contacted the yacht 50 miles from shore and was told that its destination was Gaza and that the passengers were unarmed. The ship, which was aiming to breach Israel’s maritime blockade of the coastal strip, was towed to Israel's Ashdod port.

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