(JTA) — Three activists, including an Israeli lawmaker, heckled actors during a performance at a theater in Tel Aviv.
Monday night's disruption was a protest of the more than 50 Israeli theater professionals who signed a petition in late August saying that they will not perform in the new Ariel cultural center in the West Bank when it opens in November. The activists included Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari of the National Union Party.
Both the playwright and the director of Monday night's show at the Cameri Theater signed the petition.
(JTA) — The conversions to Judaism of perhaps thousands of Israeli soldiers that were performed by the military rabbinate are not valid, a state attorney said.
The state prosecutor told Israel's Supreme Court justices on Monday the rituals were not approved by the Chief Rabbinate and often were conducted by rabbis not recognized as religious court judges.
(JTA) — An interfaith summit of Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders denounced anti-Muslim bigotry.
In a statement released by the group, which represented the majority of the country’s Jews, Muslims and Christians, participants announced that they came together Tuesday in Washington, D.C., “to denounce categorically the derision, misinformation and outright bigotry being directed against America’s Muslim community.”
(JTA) — A New York politician and former cop has pledged to purchase bulletproof vests for a Jewish citizens’ patrol group.
Following the shooting of four members of the Borough Park Shomrim on Sept. 2 by a man who was allegedly exposing himself to children, Brooklyn state Sen. Eric Adams announced Monday that he had purchased five vests for the hasidic neighborhood watch group in Brooklyn and would raise funds to purchase more.
(JTA) — A new campaign is promoting Yom Kippur as a day to disconnect from technology.
Offlining, Inc. is the brainchild of advertising and public relations CEOs Eric Yaverbaum and Mark DiMassimo, self-professed children of the Silicon Revolution who launched http://www.offlininginc.com just before Father’s Day in June urging dads to put down their mobile devices, turn off the TV and spend time with their families.
Now they are urging all Americans, Jewish or not, to do the same on Sept. 18.
(JTA) — Los Angeles Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting deaths of three members of the city’s Iranian Jewish community.
Harold Yong Parks, 31, of Los Angeles, was in possession of several pounds of marijuana when he was arrested Monday, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Police investigators believe that Park stole the marijuana from Pirooz Moussazadeh, 27, and his brother, Shahriar Moussazadeh, 38, and Bernard Khalili, 27, who were shot on the night of Aug. 25 at the brothers’ apartment.
(JTA) — Israeli police have recommended that prosecutors indict Ehud Olmert in a real estate scandal. The police investigations unit turned over its file on the Holyland apartment project scandal to State Prosecutor Moshe Lador on Monday. The police recommendation has no formal bearing. Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister, is suspected of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes during the construction of the Holyland apartment project in Jerusalem when he was mayor of Jerusalem and then trade minister. Olmert is currently on trial in other corruption scandals.
(JTA) — A suspect was arrested in the shooting of a Jewish man in Brooklyn. Police on Friday arrested Jaquan Vaughn, an ex-convict, in the shooting on Aug. 10 of Baruch Halberstam, a Chasidic rabbinical student and son of a Williamsburg rabbi. Halberstam, 25, is the father of four children. He was shot in the stomach during a struggle for his wallet. He remains in the hospital in stable condition, according to the New York Post. Vaughn confessed to the shooting and robbing of Halberstam, the Post reported. He said he got a total of $5 from his victim.