(JTA) — Lori Berenson, whose imprisonment in Peru became a cause celebre, was released on parole from a Peruvian prison for a second time.
Berenson, 40, a Jewish New Yorker, left the prison in Lima on Monday after a court granted her parole. She had served 15 years of a 20-year sentence for aiding leftist rebels in a plot to overthrow Peru's Congress.
Berenson had been released on parole in May, but was ordered to return to prison in August because police failed to confirm the address in Lima where she would serve out the remainder of her sentence.
(JTA) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he is concerned over Israel's plans to build hundreds of housing units in eastern Jerusalem.
Ban and Netanyahu met Monday night in New York. The leaders also spoke about efforts to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as the decision by a United Nations body to refer to Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs as mosques.
(JTA) — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad attended dedication ceremonies for a school in eastern Jerusalem, despite an Israeli ban.
Fayyad attended the dedication Tuesday of a school in the Dahiyat al-Barid neighborhood, which is located on the Palestinian side of the security fence. He skipped ceremonies to inaugurate a road in Shuafat and a visit to a school in Sheik Jarrah.
President Obama's new chief of staff reached out to Jewish leaders.
Pete Rouse, who replaced Rahm Emanuel, spoke Oct. 28 in a conference call with an array of Jewish leaders.
Some leaders complained Monday to JTA that the call held little substance; the only two Jewish speakers were from Chicago and are admirers of Obama.
Rouse established close relations with Jewish leaders when he was chief of staff to former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), the majority leader from 2001 to 2003.
Emanuel is running in Chicago's mayoral elections in February.
A Birthright Israel participant died in his sleep on the last night of his trip.
Michael Kellogg, 24, of Virginia, died last week during a Birthright trip for young professionals, The Jerusalem Post reported. Kellogg's family lives in Connecticut, where he will be buried. The body was scheduled to arrive Wednesday in Connecticut.
An autopsy is being conducted on the body, the Post reported. Kellogg was being treated for a medical condition, according to the newspaper.
Fellow participants told the Post that Kellogg got a lot out of the trip and added to it.
Louis Henkin, a son of immigrant parents who taught and wrote about law in the United States for decades, and helped create the field of human rights law, died Oct. 14 in his Manhattan home after a long illness. He was 92.
An emeritus law professor at Columbia University, Mr. Henkin served as mentor to generations of legal scholars, including Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
What would a cool half-million bucks buy you if you were a small New York area day school? For two such schools, that’s not a hypothetical question.
The Silverstein Hebrew Academy in Great Neck and Sha’arei Zion Ohel Bracha in Forest Hills were officially announced last week as winners of $500,000 each from the Kohl’s department stores “Giveback” program. As the Jewish Week previously reported, 12 of the schools that will receive funding from the Kohl’s Cares Facebook competition (out of 20) are Jewish institutions.
Howard Kotkin, a past president of the Suffolk Association for Jewish Educational Services (SAJES), died Oct. 18 in his Bayville, L.I., home after a long illness. He was 82.
Mr. Kotkin, a Brooklyn native, served as a funeral director for 62 years, first with I.J. Morris, then for the last 18 years with Gutterman’s in Syosset.
He served on the board of the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center in Commack, and was president of Temple Judea in Massapequa.
(JTA) — Tentative plans for a new Chabad House in Mumbai feature a memorial to the emissary couple slain in the 2008 attacks in the Indian city.
The plans for the new Nariman House, on the site of the previous Chabad House, are pending consultations with security experts, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Chabad organization.
(JTA) — Supermodel Naomi Campbell has embraced Kabbalah.
Campbell told Interview magazine in its October cover story that she is practicing the teachings of Jewish mysticism in response to recent difficulties in her life.
"I study Kabbalah because it takes me to a positive, calm place," she said. "That's what I use it for, and it helps me a lot. I've been in and out of Kabbalah since around 2000. It's just something I have taken more seriously [recently]."