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March 27, 2015  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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Western Wall cleaned for Passover

JERUSALEM– Workers at the Western Wall removed the notes placed in the cracks by worshippers in advance of Passover.

The notes were removed Wednesday morning, March 25, under the supervision of the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinovich. They will be buried in the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem. The Western Wall Institute also receives tens of thousands of notes through its website and by fax to be placed in the wall, the office of the Rabbi of the Western Wall said in a statement.

The notes are removed from the wall twice a year, before Rosh Hashanah and Passover, using wooden sticks dipped in the mikvah.

Hate messages painted on S. Florida shul

MIAMI – Vandals defaced a South Florida Sephardic synagogue earlier this month. Hate messages and cryptic warnings including “I’m watching you,” and “[expletive] Jews” appeared on B’nai Sephardim, located in Hollywood, the Miami Herald reported. The synagogue serves about 700 families, according to the B’nai Sephardim website.

Promising a thorough investigation, Hollywood Police Chief Frank Fernandez said the offensive painted vitriol appeared sometime between the night of March 16 and the following morning. The synagogue gate had been left open because construction crews were working late.

Rabbi Leol Benhamu told the Miami television station CBS4 that seeing the spray-painted messages was painful. “That bring up memories of the past, Holocaust memories and persecution for Jews. I got upset.”

The Hollywood incident joins a string of hate-inspired vandalism in the area. On March 8, a 24-year-old man was arrested after police said he yelled in Arabic at the son of a rabbi in front of a Miami Beach synagogue and then threatened to cut his head off.

In February, hate messages appeared on homes, mailboxes and fences in Miami Gardens. There were several incidents last year, including one in September where a swastika and the letters “KKK” appeared on a temporary sign at Temple Emanu-el, the oldest Conservative Jewish congregation in Miami Beach.

Bill introduced to stymie Israel boycotts

Two Republican congressmen introduced legislation to prevent boycotts of Israel.

Under the Boycott Our Enemies, Not Israel Act introduced Wednesday by Reps. Doug Lamborn of Colorado and Ron DeSantis of St. Augustine, prospective contractors with the U.S. government would be required to certify that they are not participating in any boycotts against Israel. The bill also includes penalties for false certification, including permanently banning a company from doing business with the government.

“Our government business practices should not play any role in harming our greatest ally in the Middle East,” Lamborn said in a statement, adding that the bill was introduced to “thwart efforts by Palestinian organizations to pressure different corporations, companies and educational institutions to boycott, divest, and sanction Israel.”

“The BDS movement represents a disgraceful attempt to single out Israel for punitive treatment,” he said.

Rabbi’s parents survive Tunis terror attack

ROME –Two Italian Jewish tourists survived the terrorist attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunisia.

Alberto Di Porto, 71, and Anna Di Porto, 60, of Rome both managed to escape the March 18 shooting attack in the capital city of Tunisia by gunmen wearing what appeared to be military uniforms which left at least 19 people dead, including 17 tourists.

The Di Portos, who were visiting Tunis as part of a cruise, are the parents of Ariel Di Porto, the chief rabbi of Turin, Italy.

According to a report by the Italian Jewish magazine Pagine Ebraiche, Alberto Di Porto injured his leg while running from the museum and was taken to a local hospital. The Italian news site La Voce reported that the couple was separated, with Anna Di Porto taken by police with other rescued visitors to a safe and secret location.

Stern, Yeshiva colleges to merge faculties

NEW YORK — Yeshiva University announced plans to merge the faculty of its two undergraduate schools, Yeshiva College and Stern College.

Richard Joel, president of the university, which is under Orthodox auspices, told students on March 18 that as of July 1, it will begin consolidating all arts and science departments. Stern, a women’s college, and the all-male Yeshiva have separate faculties and their campuses are located more than five miles apart from each other. Joel said the move will allow for more diverse course offerings and will not affect faculty teaching loads.

Palestinian named to high Israeli post

JERUSALEM -- A scientist from eastern Jerusalem became the highest-ranking Palestinian without Israeli citizenship in an official government post.

Tarek Abu-Hamed of the Sur Baher neighborhood was named deputy chief scientist of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, the ministry announced. He began working at the Ministry of Science as a scientific manager in engineering two years ago. He did post-doctorate study at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Technology in collaboration with the University of Minnesota.


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