JUNE 11 In Jewish History
1509: Marriage of King Henry VIII of England and Katherine of Aragon. Before marrying Henry, the Spanish made him promise that he would never permit Jews to live in his Kingdom. Henry agreed which was no big deal at the time since Jews had been officially banished from the realm for centuries. In one of those ironic twists of history, Henry would rely on the book of Leviticus when seeking to divorce Katherine. He sought support from Rabbis in Italy whose interpretation of the divine text might be different from the prelates in England. The Italian Rabbis did not jump at the opportunity to bail out the English monarch since they had no desire of angering the “Bishop of Rome” who had power over their existence.
1590: The entire Jewish quarter of Posen which was built almost entirely of wood burned while the gentile population watched and pillaged. Fifteen people died and eighty scrolls were burned.
1774: Jews in Algeria escape the attacks of the Spanish army.
1807: Curacao businessman Moses Levy Maduro Peixotto landed in North America. He would not be able to return to Curacao and settled in New York where he served as the Rabbi for Congregation Shearith Israel
1834: Lewin Aron (`Libesch') Pinner, who served as a rabbi in Bombst and Wronke became a naturalized citizen of Posen under the terms of the Emancipation Act of 1834.
1835: Congregation B'nai Israel laid the cornerstone for the first synagogue to be built in Cincinnati, Ohio. The congregation would hire Max Lilienthal as its Rabbi in June of 1855.
1852: An column entitled “America’s Mail – Some Additional Items” included a copy of Lionel Rothschild’s “address to the independent electors of London” in which he thanked them for their twice electing him to the House of Commons even though he has been denied his right to take his seat in Parliament and soliciting their support in the upcoming election so that the will of the people will hold sway and he will finally be seated.
1857: An article entitled "Moral and Religious," subtitled "Denominations in London," published today reports that according to Mr. Low's Handbook to Places of Worship London has 11 synagogues with 8,642 seats.
1859: Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, who served as Austria’s foreign minister for nearly forty years, passed away. Metternich’s dealings with Jews were as devious and Machiavellian as were his dealings with anybody else. Metternich was careful not to pursue anti-Jewish policies that would offend the powerful Salomon Rothschild. He did come to the defense of the Jews during the Damascus Blood Libel. But Heinrich Graetz, the Jewish historian who lived during the Metternich Era, viewed him negatively saying that Metternich was prone to treat the Jews in a manner consistent with Maria Theresa rather than with the benevolence shown by Emperor Joseph II. During the Napoleonic era Metternich said of the Jews, “I fear that” they “will believe Napoleon to be their promised Messiah.”
1859: A major silver strike known as the Comstock Lode is discovered in Nevada. David H. Cohen was one of several who Jews worked “as ordinary muckers and miners” where they earned four dollars for spending 12 hours beneath the earth. Adolph Sutro was a self-taught engineer who tried to bring modern technology to the mining operations. This included the building of the Sutro Tunnel which a “passageway” designed to improve ventilation in the mines while providing an easier way to haul the ore and drain excess water.
1859: Disraeli was replaced by his arch-rival William Gladstone as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
1865: Frederick Knefler is mustered out of the Union Army with the rank of Brevet Brigadier General. He had joined the army in 1861 with the rank of Lieutenant.
1870: The funeral of Mrs. D. Dinkelspiel, the wife of the Treasurer of the Hebrew Mutual Benefit Society is scheduled to be held this morning at Number 7, West 53rd St.
1871: It was reported today that the Jewish Times has taken issue with criticism published in some Connecticut newspapers of the fact that a rabbi had been asked to lead the opening prayer at the state legislature. The Times contended Protestant, Catholic or Jew could call upon the Divine to provide support for the legislators and that anybody who questioned that was neither a Christian nor a gentleman.
1871: The Notes and News column reported on the efforts of Polish authorities to enforce the new Russian rules that require the Jews to give up their traditional garb and hairstyle – including the requirement that they shave their beards, cut off their side curls, give up their long coats and their short pants. The Jews are resisting the changes and the authorities are resorting to trickery and force to accomplish their goals.
1872: According to an article entitled “Jews versus Christians” published today that the efforts of various societies, many of which are located in England, to convert Jews have met with “very limited success.” Most Jews do not respond to these expensive attempts and the few that do “are of a sort whose private life and reputation does not render them very valuable acquisitions as citizens.” The article continues with a repute of the attacks on the Jews of Smyrna and suggests that the money might be better spent teaching the Christians of Smyrna to behave like Christians. The article concludes that considering the Christian violence in Smyrna, “people almost be excused for thinking that a liberal-minded Jew may easily be a better man than a Smyrna Christian.”
1876: In an article subtitled “Consecration of a Synagogue” published today the New York Times reported that U.S. Grant, the President of the United States and the Speaker Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate had attended the consecration of a new orthodox synagogue in Washington, DC. (Editor’s note: The article fails to name the Synagogue was Adas Israel which is still located in Washington, DC.)
1876: Louis Raminsky, a Jew living on Mott Street was assaulted by Irishman named George Richardson who mistook him for a man named Rubenstein.
1877(30th of Sivan, 5637): Rosh Chodesh Tamuz
1878(10th of Sivan, 5638): Thirty-eight year old Lucien Levy passed away this afternoon. Based on the note found with the body, he had committed suicide by taking strychnine. Levy, a successful New York businessman had been for a week prior to this death.
1879: An article entitled American Israelites in Russia published today
1881:It was reported today that there are 277,000 Jews living in Kiev; 155,000 in Kovno, 143,000 in Minsk; 119,000 in Vilna and 98,000 in Bessarabia. The total Jewish population of Poland is reported to be 815,000. Large communities of Jews can also be found in St. Petersburg and Moscow where they have been settling since the ban instituted by Nicholas I was overturned by his successors.
1882: The New York Times published a review of Spinoza: A Novel by Berthold Auerbach which has been translated into English from the original German.
1882: It was reported today that a dispatch from St. Petersburg states appointing Jews as Chief Surgeons in the Russian Army has been forbidden.
1883: “Felix Adler and Israelites” published today described the belief of some Jewish leaders, including those who are friends of Felix Adler, that membership in his Ethical Cultural Society means that Jews have joined a group that is beyond the pale of the Jewish community. Dr/ Solomon H. Sonneschein a leading rabbi in St. Louis has written an open letter published in the American Israelite that asks his friend Adler, “Are you still an Israelite, a disciple of Moses and the prophets, a standadrd bearer of God’s love and truth, as understood by reformed Judaism…or have you hopelessly abandoned the faith in which you were born and bred?”
1885: It was reported today that a Jew named Solomon Ovitch has arrested for seditious practices at Kharkoff.
1887: Mrs. Abraham Bernstein, the wife of Jewish peddler living at Port Chester, found today that her husband was living in Glenville, Connecticut, with another woman. The towns are only a couple of miles apart.
1886(8th of Sivan, 5646): James Koppel Gutheim, who has been serving as Rabbi at Temple Sinai, the leading Reform congregation in New Orleans, passed away this evening in the Crescent City
1888: In New York during trial being held in the Court of General Sessions, the defense attorney “spoke to the Jury as Christians and became very indignant” when held them that Jews do not believe “in the divinity or miracles of Christ.” He apparently forgot that five the jurors were Jewish.
1893: In Atlantic City, N.J., dedication of the Jewish Seaside Home takes place. The home was the outgrowth of a project in which four cottages had been rented to provide a refuge designed to help improve the health of invalid mothers and their children. The cottages were purchased and converted into a thirty room institution which would meet the needs of these women and their offspring.
1897: The Jewish community in München protests against holding the Zionist congress in the city.
1900: Birthdate of journalist, producer and broadcaster Lawrence E Spivak. Spivak was one of the creators, first producers and first moderators of Meet the Press. This was the original television news interview show. It was for its time because it put a major political or other such leader on television facing the unfiltered question of four members of the working press. In various formats, this program has survived for almost six decades. Spivak died in 1994.
1901: In London Herzl attends a banquet at the Maccabaeans with Israel Zangwill and Sir Francis Montefiore and other influential and wealthy Jews. But the successes in
are merely social. London
1906: As a prelude to the Bialystok Pogrom, “the Police Chief of Białystok, Derkacz, was murdered, most likely on the orders of the Russian commissar and fervent anti-Semite Szeremietiev. Derkacz, who was Polish, was known for his liberal sympathies and opposition to anti-semitism; for this he was respected by both the Jewish Bund and the Polish Socialist Party. On a previous occasion, when Russian soldiers attacked Jews in the marketplace, Derkacz had sent in his policemen to put down the violence and had declared that a pogrom against the Jews would occur “only over his dead body”.
1909: In New York, a two day conference that has created Young Judaea came to an end.
1909(22nd of Sivan, 5669): Jacob Michailovitch Gordin “a Russian-born American playwright active in the early years of Yiddish theater” who “is known for introducing realism and naturalism into Yiddish theater” passed away.
1912(26th of Sivan, 5672): Arthur L. Welsh passed away. Born in Kiev in 1881, Leibl Welcher, came to the United States with his father Abraham and mother Deborah at the age of 10 where he would become Arthur L. Welsh. After trying a variety of careers, including a stint in the U.S. Navy, Welsh found his calling as test pilot with Orville and Wilbur Wright. In 1912, the Wrights had sent Welsh to the U.S. Army Signal Corps in College Park, MD, to serve as a civilian test pilot for a new plane being developed for the War Department. On
11, 1912, Welsh, accompanied by Signal Corps Lt. Leighton W.
Hazelhurst, was attempting to complete final military tests of the Wright Model
C airplane when the airplane buckled under its 450- pound load. Both men were
killed instantly, the first-ever fatalities at College Park. Hap Arnold who gained fame as one of the most decorated leaders of the
U.S. Army Air Force during World War II was one of his most famous students.
1915: American ambassador to
Morgenthau, received an honorary degree of LL.D. from Turkey . University of Constantinople
1916: The Federation of the Oriental Jews of America held its third annual meeting in New York. Joseph Gedalecia served as President and Albert J. Amateau served as secretary. The 1000 member organization's purpose was the "Americanization and betterment of condition of Oriental Jews."
1920: Birthdate of Irving Howe. A graduate of
and a veteran of World War II, Howe was a professor at CUNY, Brandeis and
Stanford. A noted editor of Yiddish literature who discovered the author
Isaac Bashevis Singer for an English-speaking audience, his work includes A
Treasury of Yiddish Poetry. His greatest popular acclaim came with the
writing of World
of Our Fathers. He was a lifelong Socialist and was
considered to be one of this country's most influential literary critics until
his death in 1993. City College
1921: Daniel Joseph Jaffé, the son of Martin Jaffé and a nephew of Sir Otto Jaffé, passed away. A noted waterworks consulting engineer, his most famous efforts were completed in China. Evidence of his fame can be seen Hong Kong’s Jaffe Road which was named in his honor.
1926: The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that “a concert hall will be erected in Tel Aviv through the efforts of Palestinian Jewish musicians as a commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the musical composer Engel.”
1929: The British High Commissioner wrote to the Mufti defending the right of the Jews to ‘conduct their worship’ (at the Western Wall) as in the past.
1932(7th of Sivan, 5692): Second Day of Shavuot
1933: “The Jewish organizations of Silesia hold a conference to discuss the safeguarding of rights of German Jews.”
1934: Birthdate of Murray Wolfe, successful businessman, playwright, poet, Yiddishist, and, most important of all, a first class mensch. If you did not know that Murray was a real person, you would think his life story was one of those big historic novels written Leon Uris.
1934(28th of Sivan, 5694): Lev Semenovich Vygotsky a developmental psychologist known for his socio-cultural perspective passed away. Born into a middle-class Jewish family in Orsha, Russia in 1896, Vygotsky's faith and social standing shaped many of his choices and views.
1935: Birthdate of Gene Wilder. Born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Wilder is known for his roles in “Young Frankenstein” and “Silver Streak.”
1936: As the wave of Arab violence increased, The Palestine Post reported that many Arabs were injured and a number might have been killed in a battle with police and British troops in the Ein Harod area and during a demonstration in Hebron. Arab crowds were dispersed in
a British constable was stabbed. Arab terrorists cut telephone wires and set
some forests on fire. The Second Battalion of the Dorset Regiment arrived in Jaffa from Jerusalem . Over a
thousand one-year-old citrus trees were uprooted in Kfar Yona and the late
Field-Marshal Allenby's statue was damaged in Beersheba Egypt
1936: As the Arab uprising continued, arsonists set fire to the fields of Kfar Joshua and to the forest at Ataroth which is located outside of Jerusalem. Guards at the forest fired shots at the arsonists as they escaped.
1937: Marx Brothers' "A Day at the Races" released to popular acclaim.
1941: Following the bombing of Haifa, which is an important naval base for the British, by German planes, the Vichy government has condemned reports by the British that the German war planes “returned” to the Aleppo airfield in Northern Syria. The term “returned” implies that the planes had flown from Aleppo to attack Haifa and the Vichy French claim that there are no German aircraft in Syria. Syria is a French colony which is supposedly governed by the Vichy government under the terms of the surrender agreement signed with the Nazis.
1941: Hans and Margaret Rey try to buy two bikes so that they can leave Paris. The search is fruitless.
1941: Hans Rey spent 1,600 francs for two unassembled bikes. He then spent the rest of the day putting them in working order.
1942: Major Liebmann and his hundred surviving men (out of a company that had been 400 strong when the fight began on June 2) linked up with the forces of General Marie Pierre Koenig of the 1st Free French Division who was in charge of the fort at Bir Hakeim. The French general had no idea that his unit had been supported by this group of Jewish volunteers. In perfect French, Major Liebmann told him that his men were fighters from Palestine, but that they could not serve under their flag because of British rules. Koenig then told him to raise their Star of David flag, and all Free French officers around him saluted it.
1942: One thousand Jews were deported from Prague, Czechoslovakia, to the “East,” where they are murdered.
1942(26th of Sivan, 5702): Ten thousand Jews from the ghetto at Tarnów, Poland, were murdered at the Belzec extermination camp.
1943: Himmler ordered the liquidation of all Polish ghettos.
1944: For the next seven days the Germans shipped an additional 50,805 Hungarian Jews to
1945(30th of Sivan, 5705): Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
1945(30th of Sivan, 5705): Fifty-two year old Eliyahu Golomb who played a key role in the creation of the Haganah and the Palmach passed away today. Born in Russia in 1893, he made Aliyah in 1909. After working at the famed kibbutz Dagania Alef he served with the British in the Jewish Legion during WW I. During the inter-war years he worked with the Revisionists to try and form a unified Jewish military defense force. During the Arab Revolts in the 1930’s he served with the FOSH.
1948: The first truce between the Israelis and the Arab invaders began. During four weeks the Israelis had not only survived, they were in control of respectable amount of territory. This included the eastern and western portions of the
Jezreel Valley from
on the Mediterranean to the Haifa Jordan River, the
coastal plain as far south as ,
a major portion of the Ashdod Negev and the corridor
with the rest of the Jewish controlled territory. The U.N. sponsored truce was supposed to last
four weeks. Jerusalem
1948: As the first truce between Arabs and Israelis went into effect, Kfar Darom was completely surrounded by Egyptian forces laying siege to the Negev Kibbutz. The Kibbutz had been under attack since December. The Moslem Brotherhood had tried to capture it in April and the Egyptians had begun their assault in May. Although the Kibbutz would eventually have to evacuated, its gutsy stand gave heart to the embattled Israelis and prevented the Arabs from sweeping up the road to Tel Aviv.
1948: As of today, 300 people have been killed and 1,400 more have been wounded since the battle for Jerusalem began on May 14. The Arab Legion had lobbed more than 14,000 shells at the Jewish defenders since the British High Commissioner flew off to Haifa.
1948 (4th of Sivan, 5708): As night fell on the first night of the truce, tragedy struck. The Jewish commander of the Jerusalem Front, Mickey Marcus aka Mickey Stone, was shot by an Israeli guard. Marcus was spending the night with a Palmach battalion. When return from a trip to the latrine, Marcus was challenged by a guard. Marcus spoke no Hebrew and was unable to respond. The youngster fired a warning shot and called again for the password. Marcus did not respond, but kept moving forward. The young guard fired several more shots one of which hit Marcus, mortally wounding him. Marcus’ most famous accomplishment was the construction of the “Burma Road” – the roadway to Jerusalem built under the threat of Arab guns that guaranteed Jerusalem would be part of the Jewish state. Marcus’ body was taken back to the
escorted by several leading Israeli leaders.
Marcus was buried at United States West Point, the
military academy that gave him the training to fight for his country during
World War II and to fight for his people during the War of Independence.
1950: “Israel notified Jordan that it was holding up the establishment of mixed border patrols” that are intended “to check Arab infiltrations into Israel” and thus limit the possibility of clash between the military forces of the two neighbors. Israel said that its action was in response to Jordan’s failure to return three soldiers who had been captured six weeks ago. Israel claims that three are survivors of a five-man patrol that had accidently crossed the Armistice line with Jordan. The Jordanian killed two of the Israelis and imprisoned the three survivors. In the mean time, armed Arab gangs continue to infiltrate the Jewish state from Jordan.
1950: Plans to proceed with the construction of what is to be the "Harry S. Truman" village (Kfar Truman) in Israel were announced here tonight at the "Land for Israel" dinner of the New England Jewish National Fund. “Vice President Alben W. Barkley who addressed the 1,500 guest accepted honorary chairmanship of the project.” In a letter addressed to Dr. Harris J. Levine, chairman of the JNF which was read at the dinner President Truman wrote, “I am highly honored and appreciate very much what you are proposing to do.
1950: It was reported today that Rosemary Sebag-Montefiore the daughter of Colonel Thomas Henry Sebag-Montefiore and the late Mrs. Sebag-Montefiore plans to be married in England this October to her fiancé, Dr. Joseph Richmond, Levenson, the Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Levenson of Massachusetts
1951: The Jerusalem Post reported that
the Hula drainage work with full UN authorization. Israel closed the frontier with Syria as a
protest against the expulsion of about 1,000 Syrian laborers from Lebanon . Lebanon
1952: The Israeli Foreign Ministry sent a note to the Czechoslovak Foreign Ministry “drawing attention to the ‘atmosphere of mystery’ surrounding the arrest of Mardechai Oren, an Israeli citizen.
1954: Archeologist Yigael Yadin sent a telegram to Teddy Kollek stating that four Dead Sea Scrolls, including the Book of Isaiah, had been brought to the United States and were being offered for sale. Yadin said they could be purchased for $250,000, what he considered a paltry sum for so great a treasure. He said that he could raise the money from private sources but that it would take a year. He pleaded with Kollek to get the Israeli government to provide the funds immediately. Prime Minister Sharett agreed and authorized the Minister of Finance to provide the funds. Thanks to the quick action, this national treasure was secured for
1967: “A delegation of former residents of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem asked the municipality for permission to rebuild their old homes.
1967: Teddy Kollek arranged for 20,000 bottles of milk for infants to be taken in to the Muslim, Christian and Armenian Quarters of the
1968: Birthdate of Michelle Levin
1969: Pierre Goldman, the son of Alter Mojze Goldman, robbed the Royal Bank of Canada in Puerto La Cruz , taking 2.6 million bolívars (the biggest hold-up of that year).
1976: The Jerusalem Post reported that in view of the voices emanating from Arab organizations "inviting Jews to return to
and Iraq ,"
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin declared that Morocco would not act under threats
and would deal with this issue "in fundamental fashion." Syrian
troops were reported to be moving east to face the Iraqi Army which expressed
readiness to man the Golan front. Both the US and Israel were concerned that
both Algeria and Libya might participate in the Arab League's "Peacemaking
Force" aimed to patrol a proposed Lebanese cease-fire. Israel
1978(6th of Sivan, 5738): First Day of Shavuot
1978(6th of Sivan, 5738: Herman Barron, the first Jewish golfer to win a PGA Tour event passed away.
1978: In Italy, Premier Giulio Andreotti's government scheduled a national referendum for today despite the fact that it had been told that it was a Jewish holiday and observant Jews would not be able to participate in the vote.
1982: The Jerusalem Post published a front page photograph of 21 year old Yoav Blum an IDF soldier pictured holding a portrait of Yasser Arafat taken from the PLO’s headquarters in southern Lebanon.
and Israel stopped
fighting in Syria .
has since withdrawn from Israel . Lebanon finally withdrew its armed
forces from Syria
which the late President Assad liked to consider was a Lebanon .
province of Greater Syria
continues to “meddle” in Syria ’s
internal politics. At the same time, Lebanon
continues to be a battleground for a variety of political and ideological
groups that have interests beyond Lebanon including the destruction
of the state of Lebanon .
1983: Mayor Ed Koch and Bronx Borough President Stanley Simon are scheduled to a gathering that will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Lambert Houses, the award low-rising public housing buildings in the South Bronx.
1986: Birthdate of actor Shia LaBeouf
1990: Ariel Sharon succeeded David Levy as Minister of Housing and Construction.
1990: Avner Shaki succeeded Zevulen Hammer as Minister of Religious Services.
1997: Herb Gray began serving as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.
1997(6th of Sivan, 5757): Shavuot
1997(6th of Sivan, 5757): Benjamin (Ben) Dunkelman passed away. Born in 1913 to Polish-Jewish parents who had settled in Toronto, he had a distinguished military career in the Canadian Army during WW II followed by service with the IDF during the 1948 War for Independence.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Dunkelman
1999: Polo Ralph Lauren became a public company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RL.
2000: The New York Times featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope by Jonathan Kozol and the recently released paperback edition of Another Life: A Memoir of Other People by Michael Korda.
2001: The Right Honourable Barbara Roche completed her term as Minister of State for Asylum and Immigration under Prime Minister Tony Blair.
2003(11th of Sivan, 5763): In Jerusalem, seventeen people - 11 women and six men - were killed and over 100 wounded in a suicide bombing on Egged bus #14A outside the Klal building on Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem.
2003: President and Mrs. Bush host 70 members of the Jewish community at the White House for a Kosher dinner to honor of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 10th anniversary.
2006: Shalshelet’s Second International Festival took place today at Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Chevy Chase, Maryland
2006: The New York Times featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including Mohr by Frederick Reuss and The Good Fight: Why Liberals — and Only Liberals — Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again by Peter Beinart
2007: Nobel Laureate Dr. Elie Wiesel delivers the 2nd Annual Gershon Jacobson Memorial Lecture at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.
2007: On the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War, U.S. News & World Report magazine features three articles on the subject including “A Changing Mind-Set Among Jerusalem's Palestinians,” “A Look Back at the Six-Day War” and “Marking the 40th Anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War.” This last article was written by Fouad Ajami, a Lebanese born American professor who states that “at the heart of the war lay the willful Arab refusal to accept
Legitimacy and statehood.” Israel
combines the Annual
Congregation Meeting with a BBQ Dinner. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Temple Judah
2008: The Croatia Jewish Film Festival opened in
2008: The New York Times includes a review of Travel Pictures by Heinrich Heine. Of Judaism, he writes, “I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. It gives you nothing but scorn and shame, I tell you, it’s no religion at all, just a lot of hard luck.” “Heine refers only once, bitingly, to German anti-Semitism. Pointing out a hunting area, he concedes the sport’s pleasure for some. ‘My ancestors, however, did not belong to the hunters, but rather to the hunted.’”
2009: President Obama's former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright again sought to tamp down controversy in the wake comments blaming "them Jews" for keeping him away from the president. He had meant to refer to "Zionists" and not all Jews, he said in an interview on SIRIUS Satellite Radio's "Make it Plain" with Mark Thompson."Let me say like Hillary, I misspoke," Wright said. "Let me just say: Zionists."
2009: In Washington, D.C. the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is closed for the day in honor of the memory of Stephen T. Johns who died from the wounds inflicted by an anti-Semitic white supremacist who attempted to shoot his way into the building on Wednesday
2009: In Washington, D.C., David Makovsky, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, signs copies of his new book, which he coauthored with Ambassador Dennis Ross, special advisor to the secretary of state for the Gulf and Southwest Asia, entitled Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East
2010: Men’s Club Shabbat, completed with the installation of next year’s Board of Directors is scheduled to take place Congregation Olam Tikvah
2010: “Called up to life- Legends of the Baal Shem Tov” is scheduled to open in Gaithersburg, MD.
2010: “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” comes out today.
2010: Two Border Police officers were lightly wounded in Wadi Joz this afternoon when a pickup truck rammed into them as they entered the east Jerusalem neighborhood amidst reports of potential rioting in the area. According to police, the driver of the truck, Zeyad Joulani, continued driving after hitting the officers before exiting the vehicle and attempting to flee the scene on foot. When Joulani refused the officers’ orders to stop, he was shot and critically wounded. A Red Crescent medical team evacuated Joulani to the al-Muqadas Hospital in east Jerusalem where he succumbed to his wounds. Police Spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said that Joulani had been driving with another man who had apparently been wounded in a stone-throwing incident in the area beforehand. Police opened an investigation into the incident to determine whether the case was politically motivated or if it had been a hit-and-run accident. However, security forces had been put on high alert prior to the incident after an intelligence assessment released by police on last night warned of potential for violence in east Jerusalem following this afternoon prayers at Al-Aksa Mosque. In response to the warning, police had imposed age restrictions on worshippers at the Temple Mount, allowing men over the age of 40 and all women to enter the compound.
2011: Shelby Zukin is called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah in Iowa City, IA at Agudas Achim.
2011: In New York City the duet "Heroes" is scheduled to be performed by Israeli based Yossi Berg and Oded Graf on the 4th night of the Contemporary Israeli Dance Week
2011: Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer has decided to become a candidate for head of the International Monetary Fund, Israel's Channel Two News reported today. The Channel Two report said Fischer's name was in the final list of candidates for the job vacated by Frenchman Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned after his arrest on May 14 on charges of attempting to rape a New York hotel maid. Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer has decided to become a candidate for head of the International Monetary Fund, Israel's Channel Two News reported today. The Channel Two report said Fischer's name was in the final list of candidates for the job vacated by Frenchman Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned after his arrest on May 14 on charges of attempting to rape a New York hotel maid.
2011: Representative Anthony D. Weiner planned to check himself into a treatment center today after House Democratic leaders, including Nancy Pelosi, called on him to resign and suggested he needed psychiatric counseling. A spokeswoman for Mr. Weiner said he would request a leave of absence from the House and seek treatment, but provided no further details. “Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person,” said the spokeswoman, Risa Heller. “In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well. This afternoon, Congressman Steve Israel called Mr. Weiner, a New York Democrat, to let him know that Mr. Weiner’s situation had become politically untenable and that he would be calling on him publicly to step down.
2012: The Carmen at Masada Opera Festival is scheduled to come to a close.
2012: Dr. Paris Chronakis is scheduled to deliver a lecture entitled “Greeks and Jews in the 20th Century Salonika: History Through the Kaleidoscope,” at UCLA.
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