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HERE'S WISHING ALL A HAPPY HANUKKAH AND HOLIDAY SEASON!

23-29 Kislev, 5775                                                                                   Dec. 15-21, 2014 -- THE JEWISH OBSERVER, LOS ANGELES -- 571st Web Ed.




        ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS: KERRY
     MEETS LAVROV IN ROME



US Secretary of State John Kerry has met his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Rome on the eve of talks with the Israeli prime minister. 
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 OVER 100 AUSCHWITZ SURVIVORS TO
     GATHER AT EVENT MARKING 70TH
 ANNIVERSARY OF CAMP’S LIBERATION

By RYAN GREISS

NEW YORK  -- More than 100 Auschwitz survivors from at least 17 countries will travel to Poland to participate in the observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 2015, on the occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. MORE>
                        
SHAARE ZEDEK MEDICAL CENTER TO TRAIN ETHIOPIAN DOCTORS



Four senior physicians from Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem recently toured Ethiopia as part of a program initiated by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to help strengthen the Ethiopian health care system.
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     JEWISH GROUP JOINS NATIONAL
  OUTCRY AGAINST RACIAL INJUSTICE

NEW YORK -- Repair the World on last week launched a nationwide campaign dedicated to providing a platform for discussion and service-based action on racial inequality. MORE>

  RIVLIN RECEIVES NEW ENVOYS FROM
  ANGOLA, THE PHILIPPINES, JAMAICA,
    AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, SOUTH
                           SUDAN




Newly appointed ambassadors to Israel presented their diplomatic credentials to Israel President Reuven Rivlin at an official ceremony at the President's residence on last week.  Each noted their desire to strengthen ties between their own countries and Israel, and to promote partnership and cooperation. MORE>

       EXHIBITION DRAWS SCORES OF
                    GREEK JEWS




A special event under the patronage of the Greek Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Spyridon Lampridis was held at the Museum in November; It was the first collaborative effort between Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People and the Jewish Museum of Greece.
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  US-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP WINS BIG
   BY CASSIDY'S ELECTION TO SENATE



By BEN TZVI

Congressman Bill Cassidy's win in the Senate run-off election in Louisiana which saw the defeat of Senator Mary Landriu a strong supporter of the US-Israel relationship has wide-range repercussions; fortunately positive ones for the pro-Israel community. MORE>

    DREAM WEAVERS: FROM JEWISH TAILORS TO TOP FASHION DESIGNERS

Walking into the opening of the latest new exhibition, "Dream Weavers: From Jewish Tailors to Top Fashion Designers", one might have mistaken this event at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv, for Paris, Milan, New York or any other international fashion hub across the globe. Some of the guests may have initially appeared to be "competing"  with the exhibition, but they didn't stand a chance.  MORE>
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                                 RABBI'S CORNER


         SEEING & BELIEVING

By RABBI DR RAYMOND APPLE

The Chanukah blessings are followed by "HaNerot Halalu", a meditation about the lights we kindle. It is both a moment of spirituality and a halachic summary reminding us that the Chanukah lights are to be looked at and not to be used. MORE>

                                       NEWSMAKERS

   
ANKI & LAU TO RECEIVE THE RABBI MARC AND DR. HENIA LIEBHABER
Z”L PRIZE


 

(t) Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau


 

Singer Etti Ankri 

The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies has awarded the Liebhaber Prize for Religious Tolerance for a significant contribution toward the tangible achievement of religious pluralism and tolerance in Israel for 18 years, since 1997.  This year, the prize of $40,000 (to be shared equally) will be awarded at a ceremony. MORE>


JEW IN THE CITY AWARDS TOP 10 ORTHODOX JEWISH ALL STARS
FOR 2014




 (l-r) David Schizer; Josh Meier; Henry Swieca; Barry Simon; Saul Blinkoff; event host, Jew in the City’s Allison Josephs; Estee Ackerman; Mindy Pollak; Joyce Azria; Yael Federbush, photos by Rachel Renov

NEW YORK -- More than 300 Jews from across the religious spectrum from Hasidic to secular gathered for the Third Annual Orthodox Jewish All Stars Awards red-carpet event this week at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, honoring those who proudly observe Jewish tradition while rising to the heights of their professions. MORE>

THE JEWISH FOUNDATION FOR THE
   RIGHTEOUS BRINGS TOGETHER
     SURVIVOR AND WOMAN WHO
 SAVED HER DURING WORLD WAR II



    
Mira Wexler and Righteous Gentile, Helena
                       Weglowski of Poland


NEW YORK – A Holocaust survivor met her rescuer for the first time in 69 years recently at JFK International Airport in New York.  Mira Wexler and Righteous Gentile, Helena Weglowski of Poland, were brought together by The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) the day before Thanksgiving.
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                                           BUSINESS/LEGAL

HEBREW UNIVERSITY HOLDINGS COMPANY CLOSES $3M INVESTMENT FROM PHARMACEUTICAL GROUP


JERUSALEM -- Integra Holdings, the biotechnology holdings company of Yissum, the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, announced today that it has received a $3 million investment from Guangxi Wuzhou Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of the Guangxi Wuzhou Zongheng Group, a Chinese investment holdings company.
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BEIT ISSIE SHAPIRO LAUNCHES TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING CENTER WITH ‘TECH IT ISSIE’

Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS), Israel's leading disabilities organization, is launching a Technology Consulting Center on International Disabilities Day to share its expertise in the field of disabilities and technology in Israel and abroad. The theme of the day is the ‘Promise of Technology’ and to mark the occasion, the organization is launching Tech It Issie, a new blog to share knowledge with parents and professionals in the field of disabilities. MORE>


US CONGRESS PASSES CONTENTIOUS $1.1TN BUDGET

The US Senate has completed congressional approval of a controversial $1.1tn (£700bn) federal budget which will now be sent to President Barack Obama to sign.
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COMMUNITY NEWS

FIVE HANUKKAH RECIPES FOR YOUR HOLIDAY MENU


Tori Avey

By TORI AVEY

Hanukkah is an 8-day holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE. It celebrates the Jewish victory over the Syrian Greeks, and the miracle of the menorah oil. According to the Talmud, after the Temple was cleaned, olive oil was needed to fuel the light of the menorah (candelabrum).  MORE>


SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER TO CELEBRATE SPOTLIGHT TOUR: LIGHTS OF HANUKKAH FAMILY TOUR



LOS ANGELES – The Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles will celebrat Hanukkah with its annual Spotlight Tour: Lights of Hanukkah Family Tours on Thursday, Dec. 18, and Sunday, Dec. 21, each day at 12:30 p.m.
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BEVERLY HILLS RESIDENTS ALONG SOUTH CAMDEN DRIVE RECOGNIZED AS CITY ROLE MODELS



The Beverly Hills City Council recently recognized four community members as winners of the third annual Embrace Civility Award in the Council Chambers.  Allissa Roston, Janet Roston, Cindy Trangsrud and Karyn Newman were selected by the Human Relations Commission as role models of positive civic behavior and honored for their efforts in promoting neighbor-to-neighbor relations. MORE>

SPECIAL REPORT

THE JEWS OF ARABIA



   The Jews of Arabia, photos BBCi

The Jews may have originated in the Middle East but they were long ago scattered far and wide - to the Gulf, among other places. Few now remain, except in Iran. But a century ago, writes Matthew Teller, there was even a proposal to found a Jewish state at an oasis near Bahrain.  MORE>  
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LOCAL

ADVOCACY GROUPS TO UC: ARE TEACHERS EXEMPT FROM COURSE CONTENT RULES?


SANTA CRUZ -- Following last week’s UAW 2865 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) vote, 22 education, civil rights and Jewish advocacy groups want to know whether University of California (UC) policies that prohibit UAW 2865 graduate student instructors from promoting BDS and anti-Israel, and often anti-Semitic, propaganda in the classroom also apply to UC faculty. UAW 2865 is the union representing 13,000 UC graduate instructors on nine campuses. MORE>
       

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>