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    3-9 Nissan, 5775                                                         March 23-29, 2015 -- THE JEWISH OBSERVER, LOS ANGELES -- 577th Web Ed.




LONDON'S JEWS 'FEAR RACIAL ATTACKS'



London has become a sanctuary for French Jews hoping to escape anti-Semitism in recent years. But there are growing fears about security for Jewish people in the wake of recent attacks and racial abuse abroad. MORE>

   REPORTS OF ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS
                    'DOUBLE IN UK'




The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in the UK last year doubled. Some of them have been blamed on a rise in extremist sentiment, fed by groups such as Islamic State. MORE>          

      
HEAD OF ISRAELI MILITARY
   INTELLIGENCE AT FIDF NATIONAL
   GALA: ISRAEL MUST BE PREPARED
            ON NORTHERN BORDER



NEW YORK -- The head of the Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Hertzi Halevi, told the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) annual National Gala in New York tonight that Israel must be “prepared” for new conflicts along its northern border with Syria, whose internal violence seems like “50 shades of black.” MORE>

 NEW YORK HOUSE FIRE KILLS SEVEN
         CHILDREN IN BROOKLYN




Seven children have died in a house fire in New York City, officials say.  Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said that the blaze started in Brooklyn shortly after midnight and that those killed were all between five and 15 years old.
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WJC, DANISH & FRENCH JEWS TO TESTIFY AT US HOUSE OF REP HEARING ON ANTI-SEMITISM IN EUROPE


WASHINGTON - The leadership of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) will meet in Washington, DC to discuss the growing threats to Jewish communities, and in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the U.S. House of Representatives chaired by Rep. Christopher Smith has announced a hearing on the rise of anti-Semitism across Europe on Tuesday.
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  WJC PRAISES BRITISH PM CAMERON
 FOR TAKING ‘EXEMPLARY MEASURES’
            TO PROTECT JEWS


NEW YORK -- The World Jewish Congress (WJC) today welcomed the announcement by British Prime Minister David Cameron to increase spending to better protect Jewish institutions in the UK against potential terror attacks. MORE>

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                                RABBI'S CORNER

                    A PESACH PRELUDE

DRAMATIZING YOUR OWN STORY

By RABBI DR RAYMOND APPLE

Because of Pesach, our history can never recede into the past and become merely a page in a history book.
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                                                     NEWSMAKERS

 BIDEN URGES JEWS TO “SPEAK OUT EVERY TIME ANTI-SEMITISM RAISES ITS UGLY HEAD”



Vice President Joe Biden (c) with WJC President Ronald S. Lauder (r) WJC CEO Robert Singer (l),
photo by Ron Sachsi


WASHINGTON -- The leadership of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) met today with Vice President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C. for its annual Executive Committee meeting to discuss the growing threats to Jewish communities and the surge in anti- Semitism. MORE>


THE 18TH ANNUAL NY SEPHARDIC JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL BESTOWS THE 2015 POMEGRANATE AWARD



The American Sephardi Federation, which preserves and promotes the rich mosaic culture of Jews from the Middle East and throughout the greater Sephardic Diaspora, recently recognized the 2015 winners of our annual Pomegranate Awards at the 18th NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival’s Opening Night.

MORE THAN 1,200 ATTEND NYC NBN ALIYAH MEGA EVENT SPECIAL TRACK


 

NEW YORK -- Seeking to help potential Olim to Israel make informed choices, Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN) hosted an Aliyah mega event yesterday in New York City together with The Jewish Agency for Israel, Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah & Immigrant Absorption Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and JNF-USA.
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                                                 LOCAL

   SWC OFFERS SOLUTIONS TO
        GROWING PROBLEM OF
       ANTI-SEMITISM AT UCLA


  

       (l-r) Janina Montera, Ph.D., Rabbi May, Chancellor
         Block, Aron Hier & Melissa Stone, not pictured:
                            Margaret Leal-Sotelo


In light of recent events at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Simon Wiesenthal Center officials met with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and members of his senior staff recently to offer a series of solutions to the growing problem of anti-Semitism on the campus. 
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    UCLA RECEIVES $5M NAMING
  GIFT FOR THE UCLA ALAN D. LEVE
   CENTER FOR JEWISH STUDIES


LOS ANGELES -- A $5 million gift from Alan D. Leve, a UCLA alumnus, will establish several endowments that will benefit our students, our faculty, and the broader community. MORE>
SPECIAL REPORT

                    PASSOVER’S PROMISE


  
The Passover holiday perhaps best symbolizes what all Jewish festivals are about: home and children, family and friends, traditions and food, songs and laughter, values and teachings. MORE>  
                   
COMMUNITY NEWS

                   PESACH PREPARATION

In a household where Orthodox rules are followed, the separation of Passover from the rest of the year is even more notable than the separation of Shabbat from the rest of the week.  For Passover, the entire household is purified.  The dwelling is truly made kosher for Pesach. MORE>

OVER $23M RAISED AT IAC GALA IN L.A.



BEVERLY HILLS -- More than 1,100 prominent Israeli-American community supporters and philanthropists from across the country recently raised $23.4 million at the Israeli-American Council (IAC)’S Seventh Annual Gala earlier this month in Los Angeles
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SWC URGES ANTI-SEMITISM AT UCLA BE ADDRESSED AT MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE

    
  
LOS ANGELES –- In light of recent events at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Simon Wiesenthal Center officials recently met with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and members of his senior staff to offer a series of solutions to the growing problem of anti-Semitism on the campus.
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FRIENDS OF THE IDF RAISE MORE
      THAN $425k FOR IDF SOLDIERS



               
Ari Ryan & wife Rebecca Ryan

LOS ANGELES -- The Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Western Region’s Young Leadership Division raised more than $425,000 at their Eighth Annual Roaring 20’s Old Hollywood Gala last Saturday at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel.
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                        BUSINESS/LEGAL
 
TEL AVIV MAKE-A-THON HARNESSES CUTTING-EDGE TECH TO DESIGN AFFORDABLE AIDS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

TEL AVIV -- Dozens of innovators and makers will gather in Tel Aviv this month for TOM:TLV, a three-day technology marathon where participants will build models and prototypes of aids for people with disabilities. The organizers hope and intend to develop these products further and  make them available for widespread use in the near future. 
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