WHITE HOUSE CHANUKAH RECEPTION FEATURES AN HISTORIC FIRST
(l-r) Ezra Friedlander, Jason Greenblatt &
Joseph B. Stamm
What has already become a tradition through successive presidential administrations the White House was once again the venue for what has become a national celebration of Chanukah when the president of the United States pays tribute to the American Jewish community.
This year, President Trump hosted two receptions, one during the afternoon that was highlighted by the presence of 8 Holocaust survivors from Brooklyn whom the President asked to join him on stage; a gesture and recognition that was both heartwarming and historic as no President has invited a group of Holocaust survivors in that setting and it might be the last and only time such an occurrence takes place due to the advanced age of the Holocaust survivor community.
During the evening reception the focus was on Andrew Pollack whose daughter Meadow Pollack was a victim of the Parkland shooting and in whose memory the President dedicated the menorah lighting.
Among the various dignitaries who participated at the Chanukah reception was Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group and Joseph B. Stamm, CEO of Medreview.
Both offered important insights as to the importance and symbolism of the President hosting the community at the White House.
"To me the contrast couldn't be starker. My thoughts at the reception was the visual of the 400 rabbis that attempted to meet with President Roosevelt during the darkest days of the Holocaust and were rebuffed literally at the gates of the White House where they were refused entry and now the President of the United States inviting Holocaust survivors to join him on stage inside the White House and publicly identifying with their suffering" said Ezra Friedlander.
"I want to stress the importance of recognizing President Trump's for officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the embassy to Jerusalem a year ago" a move nobody believed was going to happen" said Joseph B. Stamm who elaborated about the significance of the White House Chanukah receptions to the American Jewish community and its integration into the national calendar.
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AGUDATH ISRAEL TIPS ITS HAT ON THE NOMINATION OF WILLIAM BARR AS U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL
William Barr & Rabbi David Zwiebel circa
1992. Agudah Israel photo
Agudath Israel of America congratulates President Trump on his nomination of William Barr to serve as the next Attorney General of the United States.
From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Barr served as Attorney General in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, and Agudath Israel had occasion to work closely with him on issues of concern to the Orthodox Jewish community. He proved himself to be a great champion of religious liberty, as he took a leadership role in protecting the civil rights of Orthodox Jewish communities that were encountering harassment and discrimination.
The relationship between Mr. Barr and Agudath Israel was highlighted at the organization’s 70th anniversary dinner in 1992, when the Attorney General was feted with Agudath Israel’s Humanitarian Award.
“We are delighted that President Trump has nominated Bill Barr to become the next Attorney General,” said Rabbi David Zwiebel, Agudath Israel’s executive vice president. “As we can attest through personal knowledge, he is eminently qualified to fill this important post. We look forward to working closely with him when he assumes his office – just as we did during his first tenure as Attorney General a quarter of a century ago.
WJC CALLS UN FAILURE TO CONDEMN HAMAS ‘LATEST EXAMPLE OF ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS & DOUBLE STANDARDS RUNNING RAMPANT
The World Jewish Congress on Monday expressed its deep disappointment over the failure of the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a United States-sponsored resolution condemning Hamas and other Gaza-based terror groups for their belligerent actions that indiscriminately target Israeli citizens.
The US resolution, which demanded, “that Hamas and other militant actors including Palestinian Islamic Jihad cease activity, including by using airborne incendiary devices,” sought to censure the terror organizations for “repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and inciting violence.”
Although the resolution received the backing of the 87 states, including the European Union members and other key delegations, it failed to pass the Assembly, with 57 states voting against, and 43 absentions. At the beginning of the debate, the General Assembly narrowly voted in favor of a vote requiring a two-thirds majority, rather than simple majority, on the resolution.
This follows the passage last week of six one-sided condemnatory resolutions against Israel by the General Assembly.
In response to the vote, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said, “The United Nations General Assembly has had countless opportunities to prove that it stands of the right side of history. Yet, time and again, the vast majority of its members have failed to do so. Today’s disappointing vote is just the latest example of the anti-Israeli bias and double standards that run rampant throughout the international community. We thank all of the member states who expressed their support for this important resolution."
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SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE OF WOMEN -- JUDGE RUCHIE FREIER VISITS UNITED HATZALAH WOMEN’S UNIT
(l-r) Gitty Beer, Noa Zohar, Ruchie Freier, Yaffa Goldschmidt, Batsheva Gross, and Racheli Klein; (l-r 2nd): Judge Freier (Center) visits United Hatzalah dispatch Center; 3rd: - Gitty Beer (L) presenting Judge Freier with an achievement award on behalf of United Hatzalah; (l-r 4th): Judge Freier (C) talking with volunteers from United Hatzalah's women's Unit, United Hatzalah photos
JERUSALEM -- POn last week, The Honorable Judge Ruchie Freier stood outside United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command Center in the organization’s Jerusalem headquarters, surrounded by volunteer EMTs from the organization’s women’s unit and took a moment to reflect on the groundbreaking initiatives that women have achieved in the Orthodox community in Israel.
“I wanted to thank you for inviting me here and making me feel so welcome at United Hatzalah of Israel. Every time I come I am completely amazed at what you do for the country in general and for women specifically. What I’ve learned today is amazing. I’ve seen what you have done and gotten to meet some of the women and I can just say Kol Hakavod (more honor to you). Kol Hakavod to the men who support these women and help us women thrive at what we do best,” Freier said.
Judge Freier spent the morning at the headquarters of Israel’s all-volunteer non-profit emergency medical services provider to learn about how the organization has succeeded at integrating a full women’s unit comprised of women who come from religious communities in Israel, in both the Ultra-Orthodox communities and the Muslim communities, and still serve to answer the needs of women from those communities by providing them with emergency care in times of need.
Founder of United Hatzalah’s women’s unit Gitty Beer added to the sentiment and explained why she felt it was necessary to establish the unit specifically in these communities to help the women receive an extra sense of comfort during treatment. “As EMS first responders, our priority is to our patient. We are all dropping whatever we are doing, rushing to a scene, using our medical knowledge that we spent months obtaining and spending all this energy and money on making sure this patient feels better. So why not take it one step further and make them feel comfortable while we are helping them? They are already suffering through a traumatic experience, why make the experience more traumatic for a woman by having a bunch of strange men gathering around her, while she is in a very vulnerable state, when we could have women do it.”
Beer gave an analogy to explain further. “It would be similar to a person having a medical emergency in a foreign country. EMS responders from the country come and want to help and offer their help but don’t speak the same language. Then a person walks in who speaks the language of the patient. That patient would feel much better and more comfortable knowing that there is someone there whom they can communicate to on the same wavelength. This is exactly the same scenario. A woman who is providing care for a patient can immediately connect to another woman and speak the same language, even if they don’t actually speak the same language, simply because they understand more about what the patient needs and how the patient communicates. They both speak woman.”
One of the volunteers, Yaffa Goldschmidt, told Judge Freier about her experiences in Israel as an Ultra-Orthodox woman who responds to emergencies of other women.
Before the meeting concluded Judge Freier told the volunteer EMTs and Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit volunteers who had gathered that she received inspiration from them. --United Hatzalah photo