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Shanah Tova!
In observance of the High Holy Days, the Jewish Observer's next publication is Oct. 6.  Happy Holidays


20-26 Elul, 5774                                                           Sept. 15-21, 2014 -- THE JEWISH OBSERVER, LOS ANGELES -- 565th Ed.



  
 PM NETANYAHU ADDRESSES  CONFERENCE ON COUNTER-TERRORISM



PM Netanyahu addresses International Conference on Counter-Terrorism / Copyright: GPO/Kobi Gideon
There's no meaningful power without responsibility. Well, you could have it but it's worthless or worse, it could be very dangerous. So all of us entrusted in power, with power, have responsibility and I'll talk about that later - what our responsibilities entail at this moment. MORE>

 JEWS TO BLOW SHOFAR IN PEOPLE’S
     CLIMATE MARCH NYC ON SEPT. 21


For thousands of years, Jews have recited penitential prayers the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah. This year Jews will do more than pray. MORE>

ANGELA MERKEL: FIGHTING ANTI-SEMITISM IS GERMAN DUTY



                   
   Angela Merkel described the 100,000 Jews living in
          Germany as a "national treasure", BBCi


Fighting anti-Semitism is every German's duty, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told a rally in Berlin.  The protest against anti-Semitism comes 75 years since the start of World War Two, in which six million Jews were killed by Nazi Germany.
 
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ISRAEL ORDERS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS INTO GAZA WAR INCIDENTS



The UN school in Beit Hanoun was hit during a day
of heavy fighting, BBCi


Israel's military attorney general has ordered criminal investigations into five incidents in the recent Gaza war.  They include the killing of four Palestinian children on a beach and the shelling of a United Nations school. MORE>

 
SUSPENDED BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH

When Ariel Sharon died in January this year, eight years after a stroke, he'd survived for longer than would probably be expected had he lived elsewhere in the world. MORE>


  PHOTO EXHIBITION OF LATE ISRAELI
 PM ARIEL SHARON UNVEILED IN MINSK



         Shagal, Israel Maimon, Chaim Chesler, Gilad
                  Sharon, photo by Yossi Aloni, BBCi


MINSK, Belarus -- A memorial event with a special photo exhibition honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took place on Monday in Minsk at the National History Museum of Belarus, from where Sharon’s parents immigrated to the Jewish State. The exhibition on display as part of memorial for Israeli PM Sharon was held during Limmud FSU Belarus Festival. MORE>


           BRUSSELS JEWISH MUSEUM
    REOPENS: 'AN END TO INNOCENCE'




      French-born Mehdi Nemmouche has been charged with
          the gun attack on the museum on 24 May, BBCi

In a 19th Century town house in the fashionable Sablon area of Brussels, the Jewish Museum of Belgium is preparing to open its doors again to the public. MORE>

    

       
                                       RABBI'S CORNER

ASK THE RABBI ON ROSH HASHANAH

By RABBI DR RAYMOND APPLE

FOR G[-]D'S SAKE

Q. In "Zochrenu Lachayyim", why do we ask G[-]d, "Remember us for life… for Your sake"?
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                                           NEWSMAKERS

STEVEN SOTLOFF: THE RACE TO CONCEAL HIS JEWISH IDENTITY
 FROM IS



When the Islamist militia IS posted a video last month threatening to kill captive American journalist Steven Sotloff, the situation was dire enough. But there was one secret that could potentially have made things even worse: Sotloff was Jewish and a dual citizen of Israel and the United States. MORE>

FM LIBERMAN ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF AN ISRAELI EMBASSY IN LITHUANIA 11 SEP 2014




FM Liberman with Lithuanian FM Linkevicius, photo courtesy Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania

​The embassy, due to open in January 2015, is an expression of the significant strengthening of the bilateral relationship in recent years and its contribution to both peoples. MORE>

POLISH LEADER KOMOROWSKI PRAISES GERMANY RECONCILIATION




Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has spoken of reconciliation, in a speech to the German Bundestag commemorating the Nazi invasion of Poland 75 years ago. MORE>

ISRAEL PRESIDENT RIVLIN RECEIVES CREDENTIALS OF NEW AMBASSADORS



Upon taking up their appointments as ambassadors of their respective countries in Israel, new ambassadors from Georgia, Lithuania, Japan and Swaziland morning presented their credentials this morning (Thursday 11 September 2014) to President Reuven Rivlin in an official ceremony held at the Presidential Residence. MORE>

                                                  BUSINESS/LEGAL

PM NETANYAHU ADDRESSES ISRAEL BONDS DELEGATION


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Sunday with an Israel Bonds leadership delegation.  Netanyahu said, "ISIS and Hamas and al-Qaeda and al-Nusra and Boko Haram and Hezbollah, supported by Iran - they're branches of the same poisonous tree. It's the same ideology with minor nuances. What's the great difference between ISIS and Hamas? The great difference, supposedly, between ISIS and Hamas is that those, the former lop heads off and the others shoot people in the head.  MORE>


SEC NAMES BRENT J. FIELDS TO LEAD OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced that Brent J. Fields has been appointed as the agency’s Secretary, who is responsible for overseeing the administrative aspects of Commission meetings, rulemakings, and procedures. MORE>



 COMMUNITY NEWS

ROSH HASHANAH IS THIS WEEK



Rosh Hashanah is already upon us.  This year the Jewish New Year will be celebrated beginning at sundown on Sept. 24 to sundown Sept. 25.  Many Jews in Diaspora add an extra day, in which case it will last until sundown Sept. 26. Rosh Hashanah marks the countdown to the most solemn day of the year: Yom Kippur. MORE>

THE HIGH HOLY DAYS



Word of Messiah photo


Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראשה שנה) is literally translated as "head of the year", and idiomatically refers to the Jewish New Year.  The term first appears in the Tanakh, in Ezekiel 40:1. In fact, Judaism has four "new years" which mark various legal "years", much like 1 January marks the "New Year" of the Gregorian calendar.
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SCHOOL & WORKPLACE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE JEWISH HIGH HOLIDAYS KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

Every fall, students and employees who observe the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (“High Holidays”) must resolve scheduling conflicts resulting from their concurrent religious obligations and school or work responsibilities. MORE>

FALLEN FRUIT ON VIEW AT  THE SKIRBALL

LOS ANGELES -- Since May of this year, the Los Angeles–based art collaborative Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young) has been in residence at the Skirball Cultural Center to create an exhibition inspired by the Skirball’s museum collection. MORE>

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SPECIAL REPORT

HIGH HOLY DAYS ARE ALMOST HERE



This year Rosh Hashanah Eve will fall on Sept. 24 (29 Elul) and Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 25 (1 Tishrei).  A day observed by Jews as the most holiest day on the Jewish calendar, preceded by Yom Kippur Eve which takes place on Oct. 3 (9 Tishrei), is Yom Kippur on Sept. Oct. 4 (10 Tishrei). Preparations for the High Holy Days around the Southland, albeit around the world, are moving into full swing leading up to this most sacred season.
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                              LOCAL

OVERCHARGED TAX ON AN AUTO PURCHASE? GET YOUR REFUND

SACRAMENTO – Californians who want to know if they overpaid sales or use tax when buying a car or truck should verify their local tax rate (www.boe.ca.gov/ taxrate) and review their vehicle registration paperwork carefully
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     SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER TO
         CO-PRESENT LIGHT & NOIR


LOS ANGELES -- The birth of Hollywood is a Jewish and an American story alike. Co-presented with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Skirball Cultural Center, Light & Noir is complemented by the related exhibitions The Noir Effect and Café Vienne and LACMA’s Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s to take place from Oct 23, 2014–March 1, 2015. MORE>