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14-20 Nissan, 5774                                                            April 14-20, 2014 -- THE JEWISH OBSERVER, LOS ANGELES -- 548th Web Ed.



photo courtesy Friends of Western Galilee Hospital


THREE DEAD IN KANSAS CITY SHOOTINGS



Courtesy BBCi photo


At least three people have been shot dead in attacks at a Jewish community site and a retirement home in Kansas City in the US Midwest. MORE>

LABOR LEADER ED MILIBAND VISITS ISRAEL


 
Courtesy photo BBCi

Taking questions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he said he had "a deep sense of gratitude to Israel for what they did for my grandmother". She survived the Holocaust in Poland before emigrating to the country. But Mr Miliband said he did not support everything the Israeli government did, criticizing the growth in settlements. MORE>

US REFUSES VISA FOR IRAN'S UN ENVOY CHOICE HAMID ABOUTALEBI
 

Mr Aboutalebi denies being part of the core group that took the US diplomats hostage in 1979, BBCi

The White House has refused to issue a US visa to Iran's nomination for UN ambassador, who was involved in seizure of the US embassy in 1979. MORE>

'HITLER CUPS' RECALLED IN GERMANY OVER NAZI STAMP
 

As the swastika is a banned symbol in Germany, officials are checking whether the mugs' sale was illegal, BBCi

A German furniture store chain has apologized for selling mugs with Adolf Hitler's face on them. The ceramic cups feature a faint image of a Nazi-era postage stamp with Hitler's profile on it, postmarked with a swastika stamp.  MORE>

BBI RELEASES RESULTS OF ANNUAL AUDIT ON ANTI-SEMITISM


TORONTO -- On the eve of the Jewish festival of Passover during which Jews around the world join together to recall their on-going struggle for freedom and national Jewish liberation, the League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada, is announcing the results of its Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents. MORE>

GERMANY TO RELEASE ART SEIZED FROM CORNELIUS GURLITT

 
A second claimant has come forward to declare ownership
of Matisse's Femme Assise, BBCi

Prosecutors in Germany are to release 1,280 works of art confiscated two years ago from the Munich apartment of collector Cornelius Gurlitt. MORE>

CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS LEADERS URGE INTENSE EFFORT TO FREE US CITIZEN ALAN GROSS HELD IN CUBAN JAIL

Robert G. Sugarman, chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, CEO, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on last week called on the governments of the United States and Cuba to immediately renew negotiations to gain the release of Alan Gross, an American citizen who [was] on a hunger strike in his Cuban prison. Gross has been held for more than 52 months on spurious charges related to his employment by USAID.  MORE>




                                RABBI'S CORNER
                               
        WHAT GOOD IS A LAMP IN THE
                        SUNSHINE!




By RABBI YAACOV HABER  

Our characters have been marked with Poland, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Amsterdam, Morocco and Turkey.  All of our ancestors have traveled through the desert. Our character has been altered -- how could it not be?  In this week's parsha, we find the Jews journeying deep into the desert. They were between countries. They were not Egyptians anymore and they were not yet Israelis. MORE>

                                                      NEWSMAKERS

US CONTRACTOR ALAN GROSS ON HUNGER STRIKE IN CUBAN JAIL
 


Alan Gross was arrested in Cuba in 2009. Judy Gross says she is concerned for her husband's health, BBCi

A US contractor who has been in jail in Cuba for more than four years has gone on hunger strike, his lawyer says.  Alan Gross, 64, said he began fasting on Thursday to protest his treatment by both the Cuban and US governments. MORE>

BOY RESCUED FROM ARAB VILLAGE BY YAD L’ACHIM CELEBRATES BAR MITZVAH AT KOTEL



  
The Bar Mitzvah boy with Yad L'Achim activist
 Rabbi Moshe Cohen

The Bar Mitzvah boy who stepped up to the Torah at the Kosel last week in a moving ceremony was living as a Muslim until just a few months ago. MORE>

HILFIGER VISITS BEIT HATFUTSOT



TEL AVIV -- American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger visited Beit Hatfutsot and was greeted by Dan Tadmor, CEO, Irit Admoni Perlman, director of Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, Professor Yuli Tamir, president of Shenkar College, and Leah Peretz, head of fashion design at Shenkar. MORE>
 
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                                  BUSINESS/LEGAL


JP MORGAN PROFITS FALL 19% AS MORTGAGE BUSINESS FADES



JP Morgan has paid some $20bn to regulators over the past year, BBCi

In US banking giant JPMorgan Chase has reported a sharp fall in profits at the start of 2014, which it blamed on declines in its mortgage business. MORE> 

   BOXER, MIKULSKI URGE SSA NOT
      TO PENALIZE TAXPAYERS FOR
    DECADES-OLD SOCIAL SECURITY
                  OVERPAYMENTS

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on last week called on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to end the policy of seizing taxpayers’ refunds to hold them accountable for decades-old errors made by the agency that led to the overpayment of benefits. MORE>

 PANEL SORTS OUT NUTS AND BOLTS
       OF TRAINING RULES FOR NEW
                     LAWYERS


UC Berkeley School of Law Professor Eric L. Talley requires his students to subscribe to The Wall Street Journal. That way when they enter corporate practice, they’ll more easily comprehend the world of business and finance in which their clients are steeped. MORE>

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COMMUNITY NEWS

TSA PREPARING FOR PESACH AT
 NATION'S AIRPORTS

Along with thousands of Jewish households, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is getting ready for Pesach (Passover). In preparation for the holiday, the federal agency has issued a public notice, as well as a briefing document for its field personnel located at airports nationwide. MORE>

 FIDF WESTERN REGION ‘SAVING LIVES’ GALA RAISES $330K



(l-r)
Haim Saban, Corporal Aviva, Ludmila Bess, M.D., 2nd Lt. Elnatan, Major Ortal Amar, Staff Sgt. Vlad Kazachkov,
 photo by Orly Halevy


LOS ANGELES -- The Russian community of Los Angeles, in conjunction with Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region, recently gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the annual Saving Lives Gala.  The event raised an unprecedented $330,000, which it maintains will go to support the well being of the brave men and women who serve in the IDF.  MORE>

L.A. MUSICIANS TURN UP THE SOUND ON OUTSOURCING JOBS



LOS ANGELES -- Approximately 75 Los Angeles musicians in black shirts carrying empty "silent" instrument cases gathered in Westwood at a kick-off event for the national Listen Up! Campaign from the American Federation of Musicians targeting film/TV production companies that offshore their jobs in movie soundtrack recordings. MORE>

CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS HOSTS GREEN THUMB EVENT

BEVERLY HILLS – The City of Beverly Hills hosted a dedication event for New Garden at Historic Greystone Mansion this past weekend, which included the Boy and Girl scout troops, gardening enthusiasts, Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse, Gary Jones of Armstrong Garden Centers, Eliberto Gamino of Whole Foods Market of Beverly Hills, and Barbara Linder, the official Greystone Garden Girl and a host of others garden enthuasists. MORE>
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SPECIAL REPORT

     THE PASSOVER PREPARATION

         

Preparation for Passover, which begins on the evening of 14 Nissan (eve of April 14), is underway in earnest with only a few weeks to Passover for Jewish communities around the world. MORE>

  LOCAL NEWS

   PREPARING THE RIGHT DISH
 FOR PESACH


By EILEEN GOLTZ

I had the most interesting conversation with my neighbor’s 4-year-old granddaughter.  She explained to me that during the Seder at her Zayde’s house you find the afikomen then you eat chocolate because (according to the book her zayde got her that’s all about the a crazy Seder in outer space) when the Jews left Egypt they could only bring matzo and chocolate. Something must have gotten lost in the translation but to tell you the truth, I kinda like her version better than the one where they got the manna.
" MORE>