Briefs

Museum Launches Fund To Honor Slain Guard

04/27/2010

(JTA) — The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has established an endowment fund in memory of Stephen Tyrone Johns was gunned down last June 10 by 88-year-old white supremacist James Wenneker von Brunn of Maryland during an attempted raid on the museum. Johns died from his injuries shortly after the attack.
 

Alta Kocker Humor, For All Ages

04/24/2009
Staff Writer

Posing in a black-banded khaki-colored fedora as kitschy klezmer Muzak introduces his routine, Neil Lawner gestures loudly with outstretched arms and tells a joke about newlywed Luigi, who rode a train to Florida with his new bride Virginia, and tragically, mistook the station stop “Norfolk” for a prohibition in his marriage consummation.

Old jokes, old joke-tellers: Jewish humor hits the Web.

Brotherly Love, From NYU To Israel

Alpha Epsilon Pi, first launched here, opens Israel’s first-ever college fraternity in Herzliya.

07/03/2009
Staff Writer

In what has become perhaps the most Americanized region in all of Israel, the sunny seaside city of Herzliya just landed a classic American import that it probably never expected: the Jewish state’s first-ever college fraternity.
 

The ‘Aleph’ chapter: The new AEPi-ers at the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya.

Jewish Athletes Inducted To L.I. Hall Of Fame

04/20/2010

 (JTA) – Wrestler Bill Goldberg and Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak were among seven inductees into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

The five others inducted Sunday at the center in Commack, N.Y., were Virginia Tech basketball coach Seth Greenberg; female judo champion Rusty Kanokogi; Penn State volleyball coach Russ Rose; Achilles Track Club founder Dick Traum; and former NFL offensive lineman Alan Veingrad.

Congressional Hearing Tackles Anti-Semitism In Social Media

04/20/2010

(JTA) – Social networking sites present a new and dangerous medium for spreading anti-Semitism, panelists told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee.

The April 14 hearing looked at the proliferation of hate speech through social media alongside such concerns as anti-Semitism being masked as anti-Israelism or anti-Westernism.

Reform Leader Lights Independence Torch

04/20/2010

(JTA) – Israel included a Reform rabbi for the first time in launching its Independence Day celebrations.

Rabbi Richard Hirsch was one of 14 Israelis asked to help light the torch Monday evening marking the start of Israel’s 62nd Independence Day.

The committee naming the honorees, working out of the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, recognized Hirsch for strengthening ties between the Reform movement and Israel.

State Dept. Summons Syria Envoy On Arms transfers

04/20/2010

 (JTA) – The Obama administration “condemned in the strongest terms” Syria’s alleged transfer of arms to Hezbollah and suggested that Syria’s actions would affect renewed bilateral relations.

The administration summoned Syria’s top envoy to discuss the transfers, a sign that it has evidence contradicting Syria’s persistent denials.

Mumps Spreads To New Communities

02/19/2010
Staff Writer

A mumps outbreak in the Orthodox community, which began last summer, has spread beyond Williamsburg and Borough Park to include scattered incidents in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Far Rockaway, Queens, city Health Department officials say.
 

Far Rockaway pediatrician Dr. Hylton Lightman told The Jewish Week that he has seen about 20 mumps patients, most of them men between 17 and 23, as well as four or five girls and two mothers.
 

Among his patients is a staff member at the Bnot Shulamith Elementary School in Woodmere, L.I.
 

Warning to Israelis: Leave Sinai now

04/13/2010

(JTA) — Israelis have been warned to leave Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula immediately.

Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Tuesday evening issued the warning, citing “concrete information” that terrorists were planning to kidnap Israelis.

“We call on all Israelis now in Sinai to leave at once and return to Israel,” read the warning. “Families of Israelis now in Sinai are requested to make contact and update them of this travel warning.”

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