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              11-17 Kislev, 5776                                                             Nov. 23-29, 2015 -- THE JEWISH OBSERVER, LOS ANGELES -- 582nd Web Ed.




ISRAEL SPY POLLARD FREED BY US AFTER 30 YEARS IN PRISON



Jonathan Pollard was in court on Friday to challenge the
 terms of his parole, BBCi


Former US navy analyst Jonathan Pollard, jailed for life in 1987 for passing classified information to Israel, has been released.  The 61-year-old was freed on Friday morning, ending one of the longest-running and most contentious issues between the United States and Israel.
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        ISRAEL STABBINGS: FOUR
    INJURED IN KIRYAT GAT ATTACKS




           The last two months have seen a series of knife
                    attacks targeting Israelis, BBCi

Four Israelis have been injured, two of them seriously, after being stabbed in the southern city of Kiryat Gat, Israeli police say.  An Israeli police spokesman told AFP news agency that security forces were searching for at least one person over a "confirmed terrorist attack."MORE>

     WJC HONORS FORMER SEC. OF
 STATE WITH PRESTIGIOUS THEODOR
                  HERZL AWARD



  (l-r) Former Sec. of State George P. Schultz, WJC President
  Ronald S. Lauder & former Sec. of State Henry A. Kissinger,
                  photo by Mark Neyman, GPO


Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), recently honored former Sec. of State George P. Shultz with the prestigious WJC Theodor Herzl Award.  Lauder and former Sec. of State Henry A. Kissinger, himself a past Herzl Award recipient, presented the award to Shultz at a gala event at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. MORE>


   TOP DIPLOMA IN PARIS DURING
     TERROR ATTACKS WARNS OF
  ESCALATING THREATS OF VIOLENT
  EXTREMISM, HATRED & INTOLERANCE


              
photo by Marshall Cohen

UNESCO Dir.-Gen. Irina Bokova joined Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Rabbi Marvin Hier, Simon Wiesenthal Dean and Founder at the Capitol Hill opening of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s exhibition People, Book, Land: The 3,500 year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land at the Rayburn Congressional Building in Washington DC. MORE>


   WJC PRESIDENT RONALD S. LAUDER
      CONDEMNS STABBING OF JEWISH
                      MAN IN MILAN
 
MILAN, Italy -- World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder condemned the stabbing of a Jewish man outside of a kosher restaurant in Milan, Italy on Thursday, in what was believed to be a targeted attack. MORE>

 
     
LAUDER CALLS PARIS TERROR
   ATTACKS ‘AN UNSPEAKABLE CRIME
               AGAINST HUMANITY’


NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder on Saturday expressed “shock and outrage” at the terrorist attacks in Paris, calling them “an unspeakable crime against humanity.” On behalf of world Jewry, Lauder expressed his deep condolences to the French people in a message sent to President François Hollande. MORE>

     RIVLIN MEETS LONDON MAYOR &
           JOINS IN SOCCER MATCH

     

President of Israel Reuven Rivlin together with London Mayor Boris Johnson MP recently kicked off the new soccer season in Jerusalem of the ‘Equalizer’ organization, which works with around 140 schools across Israel to build confidence and under-standing between Jewish and Arab children.  The president and mayor met with local children and joined in as they held an exhibition friendly match. MORE>

       


                                     RABBI'S CORNER

                 A DOUBLE CAMP

By DR. RABBI RAYMOND APPLE

At the end of the sidra, Jacob declares that a certain place is to be called "Machanayim" – literally, a double camp (Gen. 32:2). This place was the border post between Israel and the neighboring land. As Rashi explains, basing himself on earlier rabbinic sources, it was here that there was a changing of the angelic guard – the Diaspora angels who had hitherto escorted Jacob were now replaced by the angels of the Holy Land.  MORE>


NEWSMAKERS

JEWISH TEACHER STABBED IN FRENCH CITY OF MARSEILLE



Police sealed off streets in Marseille as they hunted for
 the attackers


A teacher at a Jewish school in the southern French city of Marseille has been stabbed by three people who shouted anti-Semitic insults at him.
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FIRST FRENCH-JEWISH FAMILIES IMMIGRATE TO ISRAEL AFTER PARIS TERROR ATTACKS



TEL AVIV -- The first French Jews to move to Israel since Friday’s ISIS terrorist attacks arrived today with the help of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, part of the organization’s drive to help more Jews from France make aliyah (immigrate to Israel). MORE>

ANCIENT CHINESE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF KAIFENG GETS NEW EMISSARY

JERUSALEM -- The ancient Chinese Jewish community of Kaifeng, China, is getting a new emissary to bolster their Jewish identity thanks to Shavei Israel, the Jerusalem-based nonprofit that assists lost and hidden Jews worldwide to reconnect with their heritage. MORE>

         TOPHAM FOUND GUILTY OF
  PROMOTING HATRED AGAINST JEWS


Arthur Topham, 68, of British Columbia has been convicted of promoting hatred against the Jewish people through his website. B’nai Brith was among the first complainants to reach out to the RCMP regarding Topham’s postings which have been replete with racist attacks against the Jewish community. MORE>
                                                     LOCAL
 
   
UCLA TO HOST SHIRA KLEIN IN
     DISCUSSION “WHY ITALIAN
         JEWS LIKED FASCISM"
 
   

LOS ANGELES -- A Viterbi seminar in Mediterranean Jewish Studies will get under way at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at UCLA Bunche Hall, with Chapman University Professor Shira Klein discussing “Why Italian Jews Liked Facism.”
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WIN A TRIP TO SWITZERLAND

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                   COMMUNITY NEWS
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BEVERLY HILLS & ISRAEL SIGN HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT


BEVERLY HILLS -- The Beverly Hills City Council and the State of Israel recently signed an historic agreement establishing a formal partnership to promote cooperation, mutual understanding, and friendship.  MORE>

SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER TO HOST HANUKKAH FAMILY FESTIVAL
CELEBRATING OUR LIGHT



LOS ANGELES -- The light of hope, courage, and perseverance that burns in each of us makes it possible to achieve amazing things together. At this year’s Hanukkah Family Festival, set to take place on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 11:00 a.m., celebrate with music, dance, art making, storytelling, and a host of other family-friendly activities that explore this theme and more. Families of all backgrounds are welcome. MORE>


    EUROPE, ISIS AND US: NOW WHAT?

  

         Rabbis Cooper, Hier and May meeting with President Hollande at the
                                                    Èlysée Palace in 2014


By RABBI ABRAHAM COOPER

Simon Wiesenthal Center officials sat across from President François Hollande at the Èlysée Palace some eighteen months ago, sometime between the Toulouse Day School and the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher massacres.  His words were devastating: “I can confirm that 1,000 French citizens went to Syria and Iraq to train with ISIS or al Qaeda," the somber French leader told us, adding … "They have returned to France, melted into the general population -- many of them armed -- and we do not know where they are.”
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UCLA HOLDS CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON JEWS, MUSLIMS & COLONIALISM IN AFRICA DURING WWII

Immediately following the Second World War, scholarship on the Holocaust focused on the major historical actors and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the impact of the catastrophic events of the Holocaust on Jewish communities throughout Europe. MORE>

UCLA ALAN D. LEVE CENTER FOR JEWISH STUDIES TO CO-HOST SPEAKER YONA SABAR



LOS ANGELES – UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies will co-host a discussion on The Book of Daniel in Jewish Neo-Aramaic Translation Faculty/Student Seminar Series at 12 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24, UCLA 306 Royce Hall, with speaker Yona Sabar (UCLA).

                     SPECIAL REPORT

CAN I BE BURIED NEXT TO MY JEWISH HUSBAND?



Birth, marriage and death - three obvious candidates for creating tensions in an interfaith family. But while child-rearing and marriage are endlessly discussed, the question of how mixed families deal with the end of life remains in the shadows. MORE>  

                           BUSINESS/LEGAL
 
TERROR ATTACKS THREATEN INVESTMENT: SIEMENS CHIEF

   

The Paris terrorist attacks and political instability in Europe are making companies more reluctant to invest, the chief executive of Siemens has warned.  MORE>


  OVER 100 FIDF LEADERS FROM US
   TRAVELED TO ISRAEL TO GET RARE
     GLIMPSE INTO ISRAELI ARMY




More than 100 leaders and supporters of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) from all walks of life, representing communities from across the U.S., South Africa, and Australia, recently traveled to Jerusalem and joined the FIDF National Leadership Mission to Israel to get a rare glimpse into the IDF and show their appreciation for Israel’s brave soldiers.MORE>