ONLINE MEMORIAL SERVICE IN MEMORY OF
As we approach the holiest day on the Jewish calendar – Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement – we are in a period called the Days of Awe. It is a time of deep reflection when we contemplate the meaning of life and loss. In a year like the one we have all been experiencing, it's hard to reconcile so much hardship and loss with renewed hope and optimism for the new year that lies ahead.
Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, the first ordained female rabbi in the U.S., will offer her thoughts, and words of reflection for study and prayer during this time leading up to Yom Kippur and the Yizkor – memorial – service. We will then recall together the moving remarks Justice Ginsburg made during her Only in America award acceptance speech at our Museum just this past December, before concluding with the Mourner's Kaddish – a solemn prayer traditionally spoken by those mourning the loss of a loved one, teacher, or person held in high respect.
GOV. NEWSOM STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF ASSOCIATE
RUTH BADER GINSBERG
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Supreme Court of the United States Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
“Justice Ginsburg devoted her extraordinary life and intellect to making the words of our nation’s founding documents more true. Throughout her historic legal career, her contributions as a jurist to the cause of equality for women and men were unmatched. Justice Ginsburg fought tirelessly for the rights of women at work, at school and in the life of our nation. She proved over and over again that sex-based discrimination harmed not just women, but men and families, and that reckoning with this inequality was required for our nation to live out its promise.
“In moving our nation forward, she inspired millions among us, including so many women and girls, to reach higher, dream bigger and dissent more passionately. Though this loss is incalculable, her legacy will live on in the fairer, more just society that she bravely ushered in and that we must, to honor her, safeguard. Our thoughts and prayers are with her colleagues, her family and all Americans in mourning.”
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JVP FOUNDER HOSTS FOREIGN DIPLOMATS AS GLOBAL
ECONOMIES LOOK FOR RECOVERY TOOLS
JERUSALEM, Israel -- Founder and chairman of Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP) recently hosted a forum of ambassadors and diplomatic representatives of 11 countries from around the world, including Ambassador of the European Union, H.E Mr. Emanuele Giaufret. The meeting comes as countries around the globe are looking for innovations to drive economic recovery following the Coronavirus pandemic, and investigating ways to harness new technologies to allow businesses to safely restore their operations.
“The world economy can and will recover, but only through partnership: partnership between the public and the private sector, and partnership between nations.” Margalit said. “If you want to be an international technology center – partner with Israel.”
The delegation included ambassadors, heads of mission, and representatives of the EU, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Rwanda.
The event – held in accordance with social distancing guidelines -- was hosted at Margalit Startup City in Jerusalem, in cooperation with the Ambassadors’ Club, headed by former head of protocol at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Yitzhak Eldan.
Erel Margalit told the group, “The world economy can and will recover, but only through partnership: partnership between the public and the private sector, and partnership between nations.”
He spoke about some of the more than 150 companies JVP had created, and the global impact of Israeli technologies and shtart ups. He stressed, “If you want to be an international technology center – partner with Israel,” and added that, “in the 1990’s, Israel was doing amazing things in communications. After 9/11, Israel emerged as a leading source of cyber security and later AI technologies. Today, the real revolution is in the vertical markets – in food tech, and digital health, automotive and mobility and others. These markets have the potential to answer some of the most pressing issues we face today, to generate employment, and positively impact lives around the world.”
He went on to tell the diplomats about JVP’s work in Beer Sheva, in Haifa, in the Galilee, and of the newly established JVP cyber hub in partnership with the city of New York located in SoHo. Founded in 1993, JVP has created some 150 companies with investments totaling more than $1.4 billion. -- Photo Credit - Courtesy JVP
ISRAEL'S SUPREME COURT INSTRUCTS THE STATE TO EXPLAIN THEIR REFUSAL TO PAY LIBERAL RABBIS' SALARIES
JERUSALEM – A Supreme Court hearing was held this past Sunday, September 6, 2020 regarding the petition against the freeze of funding towards the salaries of Reform and Conservative rabbis serving in Israel’s cities. This petition was filed by the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) on behalf of the Israeli Reform and Conservative movements.
During the hearing, Orly Erez-Likhovski, Director of IRAC’s Legal Department, criticized the State for freezing governmental support towards Reform and Conservative rabbis’ salaries while continuing to pay Orthodox rabbis, despite the lack of an approved national budget. Governmental support to Reform and Conservative rabbis serving in cities began in 2019 after 70 years of budgetary discrimination, and 4 Supreme Court petitions.
As a result of the hearing, the Supreme Court issued an order that the State of Israel must explain why they are not providing the promised funding towards Reform and Conservative rabbis’ salaries this year.
Anat Hoffman, IRAC Executive Director, stated: “The Supreme Court’s order is one more step towards leveling the playing field for Reform and Conservative rabbis, and one giant leap towards recognition and acceptance of non-Orthodox rabbis in Israel.”
Elul, 5780 - Tishrei, 5781 Sept.14 - Oct. 11, 2020 -- THE JEWISH OBSERVER, LOS ANGELES--642nd Web Ed.