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Netanyahu receives gift of his Philly high school’s yearbook

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a copy of his class yearbook from the high school he attended in Philadelphia.

Alumni of the Cheltenham High School Class of 1973 sent Netanyahu the yearbook and a note in April, reported this week.

Netanyahu graduated in 1967, but missed the ceremony and receiving his yearbook because he left to join the Israeli army at about the time of the Six-Day War. The 1973 classmates – David Gorewitz, Sam Katz, Bonnie Mason and Chuck Langerman – sent the yearbook. The note congratulated Netanyahu on his reelection as prime minister a month earlier.

Netanyahu responded last month with a personal note. “Thank you for your kind message of congratulations and support. I appreciate your sending me the copy of the Cheltenham High School yearbook. It brought back many fond memories,” it said.

Netanyahu was active on the school’s debate team and in the chess club. He also played for the soccer team.

Israel shuts down Palestinian TV station due to PA funding issue

A new Palestinian TV station geared toward Israeli- Arabs cannot broadcast from Israel for six months, Israel’s public security minister decreed. Gilad Erdan signed an order on July 9 barring the Palestinian Authority-funded station F48, or Palestine 48, from operating from its headquarters in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth. The decision was made because of the P.A.’s role in the station, not because of questionable content being shown on the channel.

Erdan said that he does not want “Israel’s sovereignty to be harmed” or for the Palestinian Authority to gain a “foothold” in the country.

Cousin of Michelle Obama to serve as ‘black chief rabbi’

Rabbi Capers Funnye of Chicago was nominated to become what an international organization is calling the first “black chief rabbi”of the 21st century. The International Israelite Board of Rabbis declared that Funnye would serve as the “titular head of a worldwide community of Black Jews.” Along with the United States, the community has branches in the Caribbean, South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria.

Funnye, a cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama, is expected to officially assume his duties in the fall. The position has been vacant since the 1999 death of Rabbi Levi ben Levy.

Funnye is the spiritual leader of the Beth Shalom Bnai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation and the only black rabbi on the Chicago Board of Rabbis. He was ordained by the Israelite Rabbinical Academy in New York and not by one of the mainstream Jewish branches.

His goal as chief rabbi is to build closer ties with the Ethiopian Jewish community that was transplanted to Israel, the International Israelite Board said in its statement. The Black Hebrew Israelites are not recognized as Jews by the mainstream Jewish community.

Funnye converted to Judaism, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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