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17-23 Cheshvan, 5775                                            Nov. 10-16, 2014 -- THE JEWISH OBSERVER, LOS ANGELES -- 570th Web Ed.


ISRAEL TO DESTROY HOMES OF PALESTINIAN JERUSALEM ATTACKERS

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered that the homes of Palestinians who have carried out attacks in Jerusalem be demolished. The decision, taken on Thursday, follows weeks of unrest in the city.  MORE>

 ISRAELI WOMAN AND SOLDIER KILLED
             IN TWO KNIFE ATTACKS


Two Israelis have been killed in separate knife attacks in Tel Aviv and the occupied West Bank. The first attack in Tel Aviv targeted a soldier. A Palestinian from the West Bank city of Nablus was arrested. MORE>


  CZECH REPUBLIC HAS NO INTENTION TO CHANGE POLICIES TOWARD ISRAEL, FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS 



JERUSALEM -- Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has assured Israel that "despite reports in the media to the contrary, the Czech Republic does not intend to make any strategic change in its policies toward Israel." With respect to a debate in several EU member states about the recognition of Palestinian statehood, Zaorálek said unilateral steps were not helpful for the peace process. He also stressed that Prague remained “committed to Israel's right to self-defense MORE>

CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS LEADERS CONDEMN TERRORIST ATTACKS IN JERUSALEM; DEPLORE PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS’ LED BY PRESIDENT ABBAS, INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE

NEW YORK -- The Conference of Presidents leaders Robert Sugarman, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO condemned the attack today by a Palestinian terrorist that took one life and injured others, several seriously, again, victims of a car driven into pedestrians exiting the light railroad.  This is the latest in a series of terror attacks that have taken a heavy toll recently, including a 3-month old. MORE>

   LIMMUD FSU UKRAINE IN HISTORIC
                     LVIV OPENS



LVIV, Ukraine -- old-out four-day conference of Limmud FSU Ukraine opened in Lviv (historically known as Lvov or Lemburg), the cultural capital of Ukraine, with a moment of silence for Ukrainians who have fallen in the country’s on-going civil conflict.
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     160 FIDF LEADERS FROM ACROSS
     U.S. WILL VISIT ISRAEL TO MEET
     IDF SOLDIERS AND COMMANDERS


NEW YORK -- Nearly 160 leaders and supporters of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) from all walks of life, representing various communities across the U.S., will join the FIDF National Leadership Mission to Israel this month to show their appreciation for the brave men and women of the IDF.
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   MITT ROMNEY ADDRESSES ISRAELI-
              AMERICAN COMMUNITY


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Former presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney and former vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Lieberman headlined an array of VIPs from the U.S. and Israel gathering for the inaugural Israeli American Council National Conference this past weekend at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. 
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                                 RABBI'S CORNER


  CHAYYEI SARAH


By RABBI DR RAYMOND APPLE

The Poetic Dimension

Romantic memory weaves a garland around the name Machpelah, though the area has more robust connotations in Israel’s current environment.
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                                       NEWSMAKERS

   
ISRAEL PRESIDENT RIVLIN ADDRESSES ‘ISAAC’S LIGHT’ THE MEMORIAL CEREMONY FOR PRIME MINISTER YITZCHAK RABIN



photo Credit Mark Neyman (GPO)
 

President Rivlin on last week kindled ‘Isaac’s Light’, at a memorial ceremony at the President’s Residence, to mark 19 years since the murder of Prime Minister and former Defense Minister, Yitzchak Rabin.  The event was attended by members of the Rabin family, ministers, members of Knesset, and pupils from the Rabin School in Netivot. MORE>

IFBH HONORS AMY WINEHOUSE WITH A FAMILY PORTRAIT EXHIBITION



  BBCi photo

The Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot (IFBH) had the privilege to hold the opening night of the exhibition "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait", which was held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the International Board of Governors of Beit Hatfutsot. MORE>

HABONIM DROR BOARD PRESIDENT WINS NATIONAL AWARD


Elizabeth Bar-El, president of the board of the Los Angeles-based Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa, received the JCamp180 Outstanding Board Leadership Award at the organization’s annual conference held recently in Springfield, Massachusetts. MORE>

  TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR 
  TO BE AWARDED INAUGURAL PRIZE
            FOR GROUNDBREAKING
INNOVATION IN CANCER TREATMENT


NEW YORK -- Professor Dan Peer of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Cell Research and Immunology will be awarded $10,000 for his ground-breaking development in cancer treatment at the inaugural Untold News Awards later this month. MORE>

                                           BUSINESS/LEGAL

  VAN NUYS MAN SENTENCED TO 30
  MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR
     LAUNDERING FRAUDULENTLY
   OBTAINED TAX REFUND CHECKS

LOS ANGELES – A Van Nuys man was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for laundering over $860,000 in funds that were the proceeds of a scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.
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GO-BIZ RECEIVES 286 APPS FROM BUSINESSES SEEKING CALIFORNIA COMPETES TAX CREDIT TO ADD JOBS IN THE STATE

SACRAMENTO -- Building on the state’s effort to help businesses expand and create new jobs, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) on last week released the preliminary numbers for the most recent California Competes Tax Credit application period which closed in late October this year. MORE>


TOP BUSINESS LEADERS, PHILANTHROPISTS  AND VISIONARIES CONVENES AT 4th  ANNUAL BIRTHRIGHT ISRAEL RETREAT

NEW YORK – Prominent business leaders, and educators convened at the Birthright Israel Excel Fellows fourth annual retreat this past weekend in New York where they engaged students in a broad range of topics including leadership, business and the global economy, community and social responsibility, and Jewish identity.  The retreat took place this past weekend in New York City.  MORE>


  HERTZBERG TO JOIN GLASER WEIL LAW FIRM

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles-based law firm Glaser Weil announced today that Senator-Elect Bob Hertzberg will be joining its Government and Regulatory Law Practice Group. MORE>
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COMMUNITY NEWS

ANNUAL FIDF GALA RAISES OVER $33M TO SUPPORT ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES SOLDIERS

LOS ANGELES -- Over $33 million was raised at the annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala last week at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, breaking all records at the event where more than 1,200 supporters from the United States and Israel gathered to support the brave men and women of the IDF.
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ADELSON & SABAN CULMINATE FIRST-EVER ISRAELI-AMERICAN COUNCIL CONFERENCE IN DC



LOS ANGELES -- Philanthropists and political power players Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban shared a stage for the first time last week  to culminate the Israeli-American Council (IAC)’s First National Conference, debating a wide range of political issues but agreeing on the need for the United States to toughen its stance on a nuclear Iran. MORE>

NEFESH B’NEFESH HELP YOUNG JEWISH PROFESSIONALS ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS IN ISRAEL

LOS ANGELES -- Nefesh B’Nefesh, in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and JNF-USA, is launching Impact Israel  later this month at a local hotel, a Los Angeles conference geared toward Jewish students and young professionals in California seeking to advance their professional and educational careers in Israel. MORE>

UCLA LAW STUDENTS JOIN GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM

In response to the dramatic spike in anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incidents on college campuses in the U.S., the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) recently announced the launch of three new law school chapters at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.  These new chapters mark the continued expansion of the Brandeis Center Law Student Chapter Initiative
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SPECIAL REPORT

NICHOLAS WINTON HONORED BY CZECHS FOR SAVING CHILDREN FROM NAZIS



Sir Nicholas said he was "delighted" so many of the children he helped were able to attend the ceremony--BBCi

A British man who saved 669 children, most of them Jews, from the Nazis has been awarded the Czech Republic's highest state honor. MORE>  

LOCAL

LT. GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM STATEMENT ON THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’S THREAT TO INCREASE TUITION FEES

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the following statement on the University of California’s threat to increase tuition unless the state appropriates additional funds, thereby breaking its two-year old tuition-freeze agreement negotiated in 2013 in exchange for increased state funding: MORE>

   SHERMAN OAKS HOSPITAL TO HOLD
                    HEALTH FAIR

SHERMAN OAKS  -- Sherman Oaks Hospital is hosting a free health fair in honor of Diabetes Awareness month. The fair will run from 10 am to 2 pm. The health fair is designed to spread awareness in the community about Diabetes and to promote health and prevention of diabetes related complications. MORE>

     CITY ATTORNEY FEUER TO HOLD
    CITATION CLINC TO AID VETERANS
                      ON SKID ROW


LOS ANGELES -- City Attorney Mike Feuer recently announced that his office will hold The Veterans’ Alternative Legal Options and Resources (VALOR) Citation Clinic in an effort to assist United States military veterans resolve certain tickets through the completion of community service work.
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SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER SHOWCASES LIGHT & NOIR THRU MARCH 2015

The Skirball Cultural Center is holding a press preview for our major fall exhibition, Light & Noir: Exiles and Emigres in Hollywood, 1933-1950”  through March, 2015.  This fascinating show relates the stories of the many German-speaking filmmakers who fled the Weimar film industry and went on to make scores of beloved Hollywood classics including Sunset Boulevard, Casablanca, Mildred Pierce and Ninotchka. MORE>