Briefs

Reflecting on the 1972 Olympics

06/25/2012 - 20:00
Robert Gluck
Forty years ago, Palestinian “Black September” terrorists murdered 11 Israeli team members during the Olympic Games in Munich. Although the International Olympic Committee (IOC) declined Israel’s request for a moment of silence at this summer’s London games, there are scholars working to ensure that the 1972 tragedy isn’t forgotten. One such expert is David Clay Large, a professor of history at Montana State University and author of the book Munich 1972: Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph at the Olympic Games.

George Washington’s Jewish Correspondence

06/25/2012 - 20:00

In a letter that will go on display before Independence Day, George Washington conveys his commitment to one of America’s founding principles while corresponding with the Jewish community.

On Grim Anniversary, Shalit Welcomed At City Hall

06/25/2012 - 20:00
Gilad Shalit met New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall for a brief ceremony on the sixth anniversary of the day Shalit was captured by Hamas. During Tuesday’s ceremony, which also featured City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Bloomberg showed Shalit an iPad photo of himself with Shalit’s parents, Aviva and Noam, and presented the former Israeli soldier with a crystal apple donated by Tiffany’s, according to The New York Times.
Gilad Shalit receives a crystal apple souvenir from Speaker Christine Quinn, left, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg Tuesday. WA

Anti-Israel Signs Downed In LA

06/25/2012 - 20:00
A subsidiary of CBS Corp. removed 23 billboards in the Los Angeles area calling for a stop to U.S. foreign assistance to Israel.

$1 Million Prize Intended To Fight Assimilation

06/25/2012 - 20:00
The Genesis Prize, touted as a “Jewish Nobel Prize” and worth $1 million, was announced Tuesday in a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that included Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and Genesis Philanthropy Group founder Mikhail Fridman. The prize will be awarded to Jews who win global recognition for their professional achievements, including in the world of science and the arts.

Netanyahu Condemns West Ban Mosque Attack

06/18/2012 - 20:00

 Israeli leaders vowed to bring to justice the attackers of a mosque near Ramallah that was set afire and vandalized early Tuesday morning. The graffiti messages include “The war has begun,”  “Pay the price” and “Ulpana war.”

“This was the work of intolerant, irresponsible lawbreakers,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday morning. “We will act quickly in order to bring them to justice.”

Hadassah Sells Headquarters For $72 Million

06/18/2012 - 20:00

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, said it has sold its New York headquarters for $71.5 million.

Brooklyn Pols, Joined By Koch, Denounce Barron’s Congressional Bid

06/11/2012 - 20:00

Several current and former New York Jewish elected officials gathered to denounce the congressional candidacy of Charles Barron for his anti-Israel views.

Ex-Mayor Ed Koch, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), City Councilman David Greenfield and state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, among others, gathered in front of the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in downtown Battery Park at a news conference Monday to call Barron, a Brooklyn Democrat, an “enemy of the State of Israel” and the New York Jewish community.

David Arquette Bar Mitzvahed at Western Wall, 27 Years Late

06/11/2012 - 20:00

 Actor David Arquette, 40, star of the “Scream” movie series and occasional professional wrestler, celebrated his bar mitzvah at the Western Wall on Monday, according to reports.

The soon-to-be-former husband of Courtney Cox, who played Jewish Monica Geller on NBC’s “Friends,” was in Israel to film an episode of “Mile High,” his show on the Travel Channel.

IDF Posts Photo Of Gay Soldiers On Facebook

06/11/2012 - 20:00

The recent international Gay Pride celebrations have not skipped over the the Israel Defense Forces. On Monday, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office posted an illustrative photograph on its Facebook page of two male soldiers, ostensibly from combat units, holding hands under the headline: “It’s Pride Month. Did you know that the IDF treats all of its soldiers equally?”

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