Chilean Miners Won’t Visit Israel Without Families Israel Trip


(JTA) — The rescued Chilean miners have accepted Israel's invitation to visit on an all-expense-paid trip -- if their families can join them.
The 33 miners want to be accompanied on the trip by 70 of their family members, including children, grandchildren and mothers. One of the miners has asked to bring his mistress as well as his wife, according to reports.

Martin Kraar, Former CJF and Weizmann Institute Head, Dies At 69


(JTA) — Martin Kraar, who was instrumental in helping the Council of Jewish Federations merge with the United Jewish Appeal and the United Israel Appeal, has died.
Kraar, of Atlanta, died Monday at the age of 69.
As executive vice president, he led the CJF for 10 years until 1998. The CJF merger with UJA and UIA formed what ultimately has become the Jewish Federations of North America.

Berenson Released From Peruvian Prison


(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.

Ban Expresses 'Concern' Over Jerusalem Building


(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.

PA's Fayyad shuns ban, attends Jerusalem dedication


(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.

White House’s New Chief Speaks To Jewish Leaders


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.

Birthright Participant Dies In Sleep


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.

Legal Scholar Louis Henkin Dies At 92


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.

N.Y. Day Schools Win Kohl’s Cash


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.

Ex-SAJES President Dies At 82


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.

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