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    11-18 Adar, 5775                                                         March 2-9, 2015 -- THE JEWISH OBSERVER, LOS ANGELES -- 575th Web Ed.




NETANYAHU ARRIVES IN US FOR CONTESTED CONGRESS IRAN SPEECH


  
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in the US to argue against
 a possible nuclear deal with Iran, BBCi. 
 

 
Mr Netanyahu says the deal would be inadequate to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear bomb. He is due to give a speech in Congress on Tuesday which was not agreed in advance with the Obama administration, angering the White House. MORE>

  IRAN REJECTS US NUCLEAR FREEZE
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Iran has rejected as "excessive and illogical" a demand by US President Barack Obama that it freeze sensitive nuclear activity for at least 10 years. MORE>

    JBS PRESENTS LIVE COVERAGE OF
              NETANYAHU ADDRESSES


On Monday morning, March 2nd, the Israeli Prime Minister spoke to the thousands of people attending AIPAC's 2015 National Policy Conference.  JBS televised Monday's entire AIPAC Plenary Session LIVE beginning at 8:30am (EST) with Mr. Netanyahu scheduled to speak around 10am.  This program will have encore showings on JBS Monday evening at 9pm & Midnight. MORE>

                CHINA, WJC TO HOST
          COMMEMORATION OF 70TH
          ANNIVERSARY OF SHANGHAI
               GHETTO’S LIBERATION 




   World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer with
       the Director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs
                   Office, Minister Qiu Yuanpin


People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) will host an event in Shanghai in September to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Shanghai Ghetto and the end of World War II in China. The event aims to strengthen bonds between Chinese, Jewish people.
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HEBREW UNIVERSITY WINS $789k GRANT FROM USAID

NEW YORK -- American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU) recently announced that The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s leading academic and research institution, is the recipient of a competitive $789,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program (USAID/ASHA).
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RIVLIN WELCOMES APPLE CEO TIM
         COOK AT THE PRESIDENT’S
                    RESIDENCE




   Apple CEO Tim Cook and Israel President Reuven
               Rivlin, photo by Amos Ben Gershom

Israel President of Israel Reuven Rivlin on last week hosted a delegation from Apple, led by CEO Tim Cook on a visit to Israel.  The president warmly welcomed Mr. Cook and his team.  He said, “It is a great privilege to host you and your team here in Israel.” MORE>

    NETANYAHU'S SPEECH 'WIN-WIN'
                        FOR IRAN



Some hoped that it would be forced to abandon uranium enrichment altogether. That though was a forlorn hope. Iran has stuck to its proclaimed right to enrich under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and shows no sign of budging. MORE>
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                                RABBI'S CORNER

                 PURIM PIECES

By RABBI DR RAYMOND APPLE

Q. Countless generations have found it amusing. Some are completely scandalized. The halachah tells us that on Purim one should imbibe "until one does not know the difference between 'Cursed be Haman' and 'Blessed be Mordechai."
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ISRAEL: RABBIS BACK 'PRE-NUPS' TO LET WOMEN REMARRY



The rabbis want couples to sign an agreement before
they get married, BBCi


A group of Israeli rabbis has come up with a modern solution to the long- standing problem of Orthodox Jewish men who won't grant their wives a divorce, it's reported. MORE>

WHO KILLED RUSSIA OPPOSITION POLITICIAN BORIS NEMTSOV?



Nemtsov, a famously outspoken politician, made no
 secret of his Jewish extraction though he
was a baptized Christian


In the absence of any arrest or claim of responsibility, there are multiple theories for the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.
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PRESIDENT RIVLIN MEETS WITH BEDOUIN LEADERS AND ACADEMICS ON STRENGTHENING COMMUNAL RELATIONS



Photo credit – Mark Neyman (GPO)


President Reuven Rivlin on last week met with a delegation of community and academic leaders from the Israeli Bedouin community, to discuss ways to strengthen the relationship between the Bedouin and Jewish communities, and best address the needs of the population with regard to social and education issues. MORE>

                                        BUSINESS/LEGAL
 
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE

John William Hill, 79, of Los Angeles, was disbarred Oct. 16, 2014 and ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court and make restitution.  Hill was disbarred after his default was entered for failing to respond to charges that he committed four counts of misconduct in one client matter. Under rule 5.85 of the State Bar’s Rules of Procedure an attorney can be disbarred if he or she does not seek to have the default set aside within 180 days.  In addition, the charges are deemed admitted.
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200 YEARS OF FAMILY HISTORY



Beit Hatfutsot has dedicated itself to amassing a wide range of information on Jewish life through a variety of media. 
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COMMUNITY NEWS

ENCINO HOSPITAL TO LAUNCH FIRST GERIATRIC ER AND GERIATRIC INPATIENT UNIT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

ENCINO -- Encino Hospital Medical Center (“EHMC”) recently announced the creation of a new program, designed to provide superior geriatric care to seniors (65+), from their initial Emergency Room (“ER”) experience to the time of discharge and post-discharge.  When the specialized services, Senior ER and Geriatric Inpatient Unit are opened to patients on March 2, 2015, EHMC will become Southern California’s first hospital to offer this level of coordinated and specialized geriatric care.  MORE>

OBITUARY: LEONARD NIMOY



He turned down Peyton Place for outer space. BBCi

Leonard Nimoy will always be Mr Spock.  Despite a career that also embraced directing, writing and photography, he never managed to escape the character that came to define him. MORE>

  MORE THAN 1,000 FIDF YOUNG LEADERS AROUND LA TO RELIVE HOLLYWOOD’S ROARING 20’S

LOS ANGELES -- More than 1,000 supporters of the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) Western Region’s Young Leadership Division will recreate Hollywood’s Golden Era at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel March 7 to aid Lone Soldiers -- those who immigrate alone to Israel to serve in the IDF. TV comedian Dan Ahdoot to emcee event for Lone Soldiers. MORE>

  JBBBSLA CELEBRATES 100 YEARS
 
LOS ANGELES -- Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA) celebrated 100 years of helping children and young adults in the Los Angeles community this past weekend. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on Saturday night with donations, dancing, drinks, and desserts. MORE>
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                        SPECIAL REPORT

 EUROPE'S YOUNG JEWS AFTER PARIS AND COPENHAGEN ATTACKS



Attacks targeting Jews in France have left
young members of the community on edge. BBCi
               

Europe's Jewish communities have had to boost their security after four Jewish men were murdered at a kosher supermarket in Paris and a fifth man was shot dead outside a Copenhagen synagogue.
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                              LOCAL

  PAYING TRIBUTE TO SHOLEM ALEICHEM




This week marks the 156th birthday of Sholem Aleichem, arguably the most beloved of all Yiddish writers and creator of such timeless characters as Motl, Peysi the cantor's son; Menachem Mendl the hapless wealth-seeker; and, of course, Tevye the dairyman. 
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