JUNE 13 In Jewish History
823: Birthdate of Charles the Bald, who as Holy Roman Emperor refused to comply with anti-Semitic edicts of Amulo, the Archbishop of Lyon. In doing so, Charles was following in the footsteps of his grandfather Charlemagne who had also refused to comply with anti-Semitic edicts issued by Christian clerics.
1299: Pope Boniface VIII allowed Jews accused by the Inquisition the right to know who their accusers were.
1489: Joshua Solomon Soncino completed the printing of Talmud Babli Hullin. During 1489, Soncino also completed the printing of Talmud Babli Shabbat and Talmud Babli Baba Kamma
1782(1st of Tammuz, 5542): Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
1777: Marquis de Lafayette arrives to help the colonists in their War for
fell under the spell of Lafayette . He was instrumental in getting French support
the Americans which was key to ultimate victory. The values of the American’s took root with Washington . Despite being an aristocrat he took part in
the early days of the French Revolution.
He voted in favor of a law that gave full rights to all French Jews
except for those living in the northeast part of this country. Later, when commanding French forces near
the city of Lafayette ,
he assured the Jews that they and their property would be protected. Unfortunately, not even the word of Metz could stop up
against the Reign of Terror which was to follow. Lafayette
1843: In Boston, a dinner was held at Faneuil Hall to celebrate the completion of the Bunker Hill Monument. Judah Touro was honored for his role in the building of the memorial. Bostonian patrician Amos Lawrence had pledged to give ten thousand dollars to the project if anybody would match his contribution. Touro, who was living in New Orleans, heard about the challenge and immediately sent ten thousand dollars to Boston. The toast read at the banquet said,
Amos and Judah venerated names,
Patriarch and prophet, press their equal claims
Like generous coursers, running neck and neck
Each aids the other by giving it a check,
Christian and Jew, they carr out one plan,
For thous of different faiths, each is in heart a man
1870: An article published today entitled “Prophetic Disraeli” reviewed “Lothair,” the first novel published by Benjamin Disraeli after he became Prime Minister and discusses the as yet untitled sequel that includes several Jewish characters and themes.
1877: Joseph Seligman, the famous New York financier arrived at the Grand Union Hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY, as he had every summer for the past ten years. When he asked for his rooms the manager told Seligman that “he was required to inform him that” Judge Henry Hilton, the owner of the hotel, “has given instruction that no Israelites shall be permitted in future to stop at this hotel.” After overcoming his astonishment Mr. Seligman asked, “ Do you mean to tell me that you will not entertain Jewish people?” The manager replied, “That is our orders, Sir.” Seligman wanted to know the reason for this asking, “Are they dirty, do they misbehave themselves, or have they refused to pay their bills.” The manger replied that these were not the reason. “The reason is simply this.”Business at the hotel was not good last season and we have a large number of Jews here. Mr. Hilton came to the conclusion that Christians did not like their company, and for that reason shunned the hotel. He resolved to run the Union on a different principle this season and gave us instruction to admit no Jew.” The manager expressed his personal regret at this turn of events since Mr. Seligman had been coming there for years, but he had to obey orders. An angry Mr. Seligman returned to New York where he wrote a “bitter and sarcastic letter to Hilton” and then informed his friends as to what had happened. [Editors Note – the treatment of Mr. Seligman would touch off a minor cause célèbre. It would also mark the “official start” of a period of increasing anti-Semitism in the United States that would include the public banning of Jews from a variety of Christian only hotels, neighborhoods, country clubs and other such institutions as well as the banning of Jews from certain professions & occupations and the creation of quota system, the most invidious of which was the one having to do with admittance to institutions of higher learning. You might think of this period as an era of Jewish Jim Crow and would persist into the last decades of the 20th century.]
1878: Lucien Levy, who took his own life for reasons which are still not clear, is to be buried today at New York’s Salem Fields Cemetery with services provided by Mishkan Israel, the congregation to which the family belongs. Survivors include his widow, brother Henry and a sister, Mrs. Henry Block, all of New York City.
1878: At a summit of European powers (Berlin Congress) discussing the Balkan region, civil rights were "guaranteed" for Rumanian Jews. The populace and the government soon ignored this order.
1880: It was reported today that there are approximately 500,000 Jews living in Morocco most of whom are descendants of Jews who were exiled from Europe during the Middle Ages. They “are oppressed, hated degraded and persecuted” in Morocco in a fashion worse “than in any other country.” The Jews work in “various arts and trades” displaying “the ingenuity, pliability and tenacity of their race.”
1882: Joseph Wolf and Meyer Morris, two recent Jewish refugees who have just arrived from Russia remained in jail because they could not pay the fine assessed them for having attacked and beaten an official of the Hebrew Emigrant Aid Society.
1884: Birthdate of Sophie Tucker. Born Sonia Kalish, she was known as "the last of the red hot mammas."
1885(30th of Sivan, 5645): Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
1885: In New York a bill was signed “to amend the Penal Code in regard to Jews and the observance of Sunday.
1886: The remains of James K. Gutheim who was the rabbi at Temple Sinai, lay in state at the New Orleans Reform congregation until three o’clock this afternoon when they were taken to the Metairie Cemetery in suburban New Orleans for final internment.
1888: It was reported that the staff of the Hebrew Journal plans to sponsor a reception to raise funds for the Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Agency.
1889: New York state Senator Jacob A. Cantor is invited to the opening reception of the exclusive Harlem Club. When a member learns that Robert Bonyge has proposed Cantor for membership, he publicly tells Cantor, “Jake I have known you for a long time, and I am a friend of yours, but I must stell yout that in this club we draw the line at Hebrews.”
1893: The British government is willing to to receive a preliminary draft.
1898: Emile Zola published his open letter (J'accuse) in defense of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in
This was part of the famous Dreyfus Affair that rocked French society for the
better part of a decade at the turn of the last century and that gave rise to
the Zionism of Theodore Herzl. Paris
1898: TheYukon Territory is formed, with Dawson chosen as its capital. In 1902, when Dawson’s Jewish population reached its high point of 200, Solomon Packer was one of its leading merchants.
1904(30th of Sivan, 5664): Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
1912: Orville and Katherine Wright arrived at the home of Arthur L. Welsh's in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Harmel two days after his fatal accident.
1912: Funeral services were held for Arthur L. Welsh at Adas Israel in Washington D.C. Joseph Gulshak, the congregation’s cantor delivered the euglogy as the congregants looked at his talist draped casket.
1912: Portuguese government continues to favor a plan which is reported to be prepared to give Jews extensive concessions.
1917: Birthdate of Israel Kugler, a leader of teachers’ and Jewish labor organizations. Born in Brooklyn, to Eastern European immigrant parent, he served in the Navy during World War II and was educated at City College and at New York University. In addition to his work as an organizer, he was a professor of social science in the CUNY system and author of the book “From Ladies to Women: The Organized Struggle for Women’s Rights in the Reconstruction Era.”Kugler’s parents were involved in the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, which is the national Jewish labor organization, and Kugler’s own children were sent to Workmen’s Circle shules (part-time Yiddish schools). After he retired from teaching and organizing in 1980, Kugler was elected president of the Workmen’s Circle. He held the office for two terms, until 1984. Kugler was also active in other progressive Jewish organizations, serving as an officer of the Jewish Labor Committee and of the Forward Association, the not-for-profit holding company of this newspaper. Philip Kugler followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a vice president of the American Federation of Teachers. He passed away in October of 2007 at the age of 90.
1917: Fourteen German bombers attacked London dropping more than one hundred bombs killing over 162 civilians. Some of the bombs landed on school where fifteen students were killed and another 27 maimed for life prompting some parents to send their children out the British capital. Among those sent out were Lev Winogradsky, the future media mogul who became Lord Grade and his brother Boruch Winogradsky, the famed theatrical impresario who became Lord Delfont
1918: Fire in a synagogue results in the total destruction of the famous Hebrew library in Belgrade. The collection contained many rare manuscripts.
1918: During WW I, Lester Bergman a Private serving with the 5th Regiment of the U.S. Marine Corps which was part of the AEF, attacked a German machine gun nest in fighting in the Bois de Belleau. This conspicuous bravery would lead to him being award the Silver Star.
1920: The Ahdut Ha'Avoda Party convenes in Kinneret. It decides to establish the Haganah organization for a countrywide Jewish self-defense.
1920: Birthdate of Joseph Gurwich, who as Joseph Gurwin, became a wealthy businessman and philanthropist. Unfortunately, he was also a victim of the great swindler, Bernard Maddoff
1921(7th of Sivan, 5682): Second Day of Shavuot
1924: Bnei Brak founded on the coastal plain east of Tel Aviv. The Bnei Brak of today was established by charedi Jews from Poland, and is famed for its many yeshivas and Chassidic communities. Judah Moses Tiehberg, the grandson of the Aleksandrow Rebbe who was murdered at Treblinka re-established the dynasty at Bnei Brak in 1953. In Biblical times Bnei Brak was located in the land of the tribe of Dan. Its most lasting fame comes from the story in the Haggadah about Rabbi Akiva and his colleagues.
1925: In Manhattan Louis and Ralphina Steinhardt Lowenstein gave birth to Louis Lowenstein, founding partner of Kramer Levin and “an influential business law professor and former corporate executive who for nearly three decades dissected the excesses of Wall Street and warned of the dangers of short-term investing” (As reported by Dennis Hevesi)
1926(1st of Tammuz, 5686): Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
1926: It was reported today that Rabbi Max Drob, President of the Rabbinical Assembly of JTS will be one of the speakers to address the upcoming annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Jewish Theological Seminary
1925: Birthdate of Louis Lowenstein, an influential business law professor and former corporate executive who for nearly three decades dissected the excesses of Wall Street and warned of the dangers of short-term investing
1928: Florenz Ziegfield signs a contract with
to produce movie musicals.
1929: Western hero Wyatt Earp passed away. Earp was not Jewish, but his last wife was. She arranged for him to be buried in a Jewish cemetery.
1931: Shortstop Louis Brower made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers.
1931: Birthdate of Dr. Irvin David Yalom Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Oscar Pfister Prize (for important contributions to religion and psychiatry) in 2000.
1933: In Berne, anti-Semitic pamphlets were distributed at meeting of the "Bund Nationalsozialistischer Eidgenossen" (BNSE) which was addressed by Emil Sonderegger, a former leading general in the Swiss Army.
1934(30th of Sivan, 5694): Rosh Chodesh Tamuz
1935: James J. Braddock defeated Max Baer to become heavyweight champion of the world. Baer had only been Heavy Weight Champion for a year. There was always a question as to whether or not Baer was really Jewish. He had been born in
and there were those who claimed
his father had been Dutch or German and not Jewish. Regardless, Baer adopted a Jewish persona in
the ring and won the hearts of the Jewish world when he defeated the German
boxer Max Schmeling. Nebraska
1936: According to an article published in the New York Times, “a factor in the current Palestine disorders that is little known to the general public is a long-standing political feud between the two leading Arab families, for which the Jews happen to be convenient scapegoats.” Much of the violence stems from a conflict between the Husseini family, which has filled the posts of Grand Mufti and President of the Supreme Council, and the more moderate Nashashibis who are led by the former Mayor of Jerusalem.
1938: Birthdate of Morton H. Halperin “an American expert on foreign policy and civil liberties. He served in the Johnson, Nixon and Clinton administrations and in a number of roles with think tanks, universities and other organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations and Harvard University.”
1939: Five Arab villagers were slain early today in Baled Es-Sheikh, near Haifa. An armed gang, dressed in European clothes, dragged the five men from their homes and shot them. A sixth villager was reported to have been abducted. The Arabs claimed that the attackers were Jews.
1939: In what appears to be an outbreak of inter-Jewish strife between Revisionists and Laborites, “seventy persons carrying clubs studded with nails” attacked the Revisionists headquarters in Tel Aviv injuring one severely and five slightly.”
1939: “Eddie Cantor and his wife are guest of the 18,000 members of the Greater New York Chapter of Hadassah at a luncheon in the Café Tl Aviv in the Jewish Palestine Pavillion at the World’s Fair” at the same time that they are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.
1941: Birthdate of Esther Ofarim, a sabra who became a popular Israeli entertainer and singer.
1941: The Petain Government, also known as the Vichy Government, ingratiates itself with the Nazis by announcing that 12,000 Jews have been sent to concentration camps for hindering Franco-German cooperation.
1942: Nine Jews were hanged in
Warta, 2 in Lask, and
2 in Lodz Ghetto as a tool to scare Jews from resisting deportation.
1942: Three thousand Jews are deported from the Theresienstadt,
camp/ghetto to their deaths. Czechoslovakia
1942: British Ambassador to the Vatican Francis d'Arcy Osborne observes about Pope Pius XII that his "moral leadership is not assured by the unapplied recital of the Commandments." British comments must be taken with a grain of salt. After all, they were the ones who had written the White Paper locking the Jews out of the only place that would accept them.
1943: Mark Rothko, together with Adolph Gottlieb and Barnet Newman published the following brief manifesto in the New York Times:
"1. To us art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risks.
"2. This world of imagination is fancy-free and violently opposed to common sense.
"3. It is our function as artists to make the spectator see the world our way not his way.
"4. We favor the simple expression of the complex thought. We are for the large shape because it has the impact of the unequivocal. We wish to reassert the picture plane. We are for flat forms because they destroy illusion and reveal truth.
"5. It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted."
[Rothko said "this is the essence of academicism".]
"There is no such thing as a good painting about nothing.
"We assert that the subject is crucial and only that subject matter is valid which is tragic and timeless. That is why we profess spiritual kinship with primitive and archaic art."
1945: Weizmann decried Churchill’s letter rejecting the request for an end to restrictions on Jewish immigration into Palestine as an insult to our intelligence. A bitter Weizmann declared, “If Churchill had wanted to settle things, he would have done so.” “For Ben-Gurion, Churchill’s letter was ‘the greatest blow they (the Zionists) had received.’
1948(6th of Sivan, 5708): Shavuot
1948(6th of Sivan): Rabbi Abraham Mordecai Alter, the Gur rebbe, passed away
1948: Shear Yashuv Cohen, the future chief rabbi of Haifa arrived at a Jordanian prison camp after having fought in the failed defense of the Old City of Jerusalem.
recognize Finland Israel
1949: Birthdate of Brandon Tartikoff television executive with
ABC and NBC. He was involved in the creation of
such groundbreaking hits as “The Cosby Show” and “Hill Street Blues.” He passed
away in 1997.
1950: “An air transport agreement granting equal rights in Israel and the United States for airlines designated y the two governments was signed in Teel Aviv today by Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett and United States Ambassador James G. McDonald. This is the first air agreement between Israel and a foreign country and the first agreement with the United States on any subject.”
1950: An airplane bearing Jordanian markings which belonged to Arab Airways was forced to land after it attempted to fly over the southern Negev. The pilot, who was an American, cooperated with the intercepting Israeli aircraft and the landing took place without incident. The Israelis have made repeated requests to the international community to avoid such over-flights due to the state of war that still exists in the region.
1950: Eddie Cantor completed his day of touring immigrant camps by having lunch at the immigrant transit camp at Natahnya. While the Jewish entertainer who has raised millions for Jewish causes since the 1930 ate, he was eyed with great interest and curiosity by the six hundred orphans living at the camp.
1951: The Jerusalem Post reported that
vigorously protested against the decision made by Lieut.-Gen. William Riley, UN
Chief of Staff, who supported the Egyptian arguments against the opening of the
Israel Suez Canal to Israeli shipping. Migdal Gad, a
new immigrant town of 10,000, held its first municipal elections. There were
1,950 eligible voters. No ice for home supply was distributed in after the
authorities discovered that many distributors used false weights to cheat their
1951: Nine Jewish Kremlin physicians were "exposed" as British/US agents. This became known as the Doctors' Plot. It was part of Stalin’s last push to get rid of the Jews of the
Soviet Union. Only
his death averted what could have been a worse mass murder than the Holocaust.
1953(30th of Sivan, 5713): Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
1954: Cornerstone laid for Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM).
1954: The New York Times features a review of “The Spark and the Exodus,” in which Benedict and Nancy Freedman “have tried to recreate one of the tragic periods of Jewish history: the Czarist oppression, the pogroms that fired the Zionist dream of establishing a home land in Palestine.”
1965(13th of Sivan, 5725): Philosopher, author and intellectual Martin Buber passes away. There is no way to do write just a few words about Buber. His impact was too great in too many spheres. The best way to honor his memory is to take try and read a little bit of Buber. Whether it is something as complicated as I and Thou or as relatively simple as a collection of Chasidic tales, there is something for all of us.
1966: Birthdate of mathematician Grigori Perelman. True confession – I do not have a clue as to what his work is all about but the experts say the Russian born genius is best known for his work in comparison geometry. He has also published papers purporting to prove Thurston's Geometrization Conjecture and Poincare’s Conjecture. So far, nobody has found the flaw in his work
1966: Birthdate of Ben Horowitz, the native of London who was raised in the United States where he became a “high tech entrepreneur and investor.”
1972(1st of Tammuz, 5732): Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
1973: General Benjamin “Benny” Peled, the head of the Israeli Air Force, told Defense Minister Moshe Dayan that in the event of another war with the Arabs, a pre-emptive air strike would be critical to Israeli success. Dayan assured him that if the government thought that the Arabs were about to attack, the air force would be given the same operational latitude that it had in 1967. [Editor’s note: One wonders if Dayan remembered this conversation in October of 1973 at the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War.]
on religious worship showed that fewer Protestants and Roman Catholics were
attending weekly services than ten years earlier, but that attendance at Jewish
worship services had increased over the same period. Gallup
1976: The Jerusalem Post reported that the former Air Force chief Mordechai Hod was granted a draft agreement allowing him to set up a separate air-freight company in
. In Israel an estimated
75,000 marchers paraded up New York Fifth
Avenue in the 12th annual Salute to . Over
400 cars a month were reported stolen in Tel Aviv every month. In 1975 20,566
cars were stolen in Israel ,
an increase of 23 per cent over 1974. Gary Davis, who declared himself to be
the "First Citizen of the World," was turned away by the Israel police. Ben-Gurion Airport
1978: The IDF withdraws from
after entering the country to root out PLO terrorists operating from this safe
1986 (6th of Sivan, 5746): First Day of Shavuot
1986 (6th of Sivan, 5746): Musical great Benny Goodman passed away. The clarinet was his instrument of choice. In the Big Band Era, he was known as "The King of Swing." He gave jazz, or at least his style of it, a certain touch of panache when he played Carnegie Hall, which in those days was the High Temple of High Culture.
1988: Birthdate of Gabe Carimi, the offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears who played his college football at Wisconsin where he won the Outland Trophy in 2010. Carimi’s nickname is “the Bear Jew.”
1990: David Levy began serving as Israel’s Foreign Minister replacing Moshe Arens
1991: The New York Review of Books featured a review of Wartime Lies, the first novel by Louis Begley.
1999: The New York Times featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including “The Nanny and the Iceberg” by Ariel Dorfman and “Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age” by R. Stephen Humphreys.
2002: Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, saw landmarks of the revived Jewish quarter in the Kazimierz district
2004: The New York Times featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including the recently released paperback edition Heart,You Bully, You Punk by Leah Hager Cohen
2004: The world takes note of what would have been Anne Frank’s 75th birthday.
2005(6th of Sivan, 5765): Composer David Leo Diamond passed away.
2005(6th of Sivan, 5765): First Day of Shavuot. Showing an uncanny knack for revitalization, this previously neglected festival has gained new life in the opening decade of the 21st century in
. Ice cream bars and pizza (kosher of course)
are now mainstays of the dairy menu and all night study sessions have
increasingly become normative in many cities.
2006: On his first ever visit to
the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of China
called on the government to recognize Judaism as it has several other
religions. Official recognition would be
beneficial to the Jews living in Israel . For example, official recognition could lead
to the Jews of Shanghai being able to use its former synagogue which is
currently used as a government building China
2006: The New York Times reported that an international team of archaeologists has recorded radiocarbon dates that they say show the tribes of
may have indeed come together in a cohesive society as early as the 12th
century B.C., certainly by the 10th. The evidence was found in the ruins of a
large copper-processing center and fortress at Khirbat en-Nahas, in the
lowlands of what was Edom
and is now part of Edom .
Dr. Levy, an archaeologist at the University of California, San Diego, said the
research had yielded not only the first high-precision dates in the region, but
also such telling artifacts as scarabs, ceramics, metal arrowheads, hammers,
grinding stones and slag heaps. Radiocarbon analysis of charred wood, grain and
fruit in several sediment layers revealed two major phases of copper
processing, first in the 12th and 11th centuries, later in the 10th and 9th. The findings, Dr. Levy and Dr. Najjar added,
lend credence to biblical accounts of the rivalry between Jordan and the
Israelites in what was then known as Edom . By extension, they said,
this supported the tradition that Judah itself had by the time of
David and Solomon, in the early 10th century, emerged as a kingdom with
ambition and the means of fighting off the Edomites. In the context, Dr. Levy and Dr. Najjar
wrote, "the biblical references to the Edomites, especially their
conflicts with David and subsequent Judahite kings, garner a new
2007: The History Channel International presents two showings of “Great Spy Stories: Mossad.” ”Born in the crucible of
's war of independence and honed
in the struggle for survival against hostile neighbors, the intelligence
service gained a reputation for ruthlessness. Whether tracking down WWII war
criminals like Adolf Eichmann or eliminating terrorists like Black September,
the Mossad allowed nothing to stand in its way.” Israel
2007: Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak defeated Labor MK Ami Ayalon in the Labor Party primary.
2007: Vice Premier Shimon Peres is elected President of Israel by the Knesset.
2007: “The 350th anniversary of the readmission of Jews to the British Isles was commemorated by a service at Bevis Marks Synagogue in the presence of Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, the Lord Mayor, and Prime Minister Tony Blair. The synagogue is the only one in Europe which has had continuous services for over 300 years.”
2008: The New York Times featured a review of Travel Pictures by Heinrich Heine and translated by Peter Wortsman. In this work, “religion captivates” the poet who was born Jewish, rejected and became “a Protestant convert out of convenience. Of the three religions that dominated
writes, “Catholicism: “I see no pleasure in a religion in which our dear God,
God help us, is dead, and it smells of incense just like at a funeral.”
Protestantism: “A harmless religion, as clean as a glass of water, but it
doesn’t do you any good either.” Judaism: “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.”
2008: In a landmark ruling today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that Agudas Chasidei Chabad of United States (Chabad) may pursue its claims in a U.S. federal court against the Russian Federation, the Russian Ministry of Culture and Mass Communication, the Russian State Library, and the Russian State Military Archive to recover a collection of sacred religious books and archives. The D.C. Circuit held that a
court has jurisdiction over Chabad's claims to recover an archive of sacred
books and manuscripts which were stolen by the Nazis during World War II and
then taken by the Soviet Red Army to U.S.
in 1945 in violation of international law. In addition, the D.C. Circuit
cleared the way for Chabad to pursue its claims against the Moscow
to recover a library of sacred, irreplaceable religious books which were seized
by the Soviets during the Bolshevik Revolution and then retaken by the newly
formed Russian Federation
in 1992 after the collapse of the Russian Federation Soviet Union.
"This is a landmark ruling," said Marshall Grossman, a partner in
office, who represents Chabad with Bingham partners Seth Gerber in Santa Monica and David
Salmons in Santa Monica "We hope and pray that the Russian
government will respect it." In addition to the Bingham team, Chabad is
represented by Washington, D.C.
attorneys Nathan Lewin and Alyza D. Lewin of Lewin & Lewin, LLP, and Wm.
Bradford Reynolds of Howrey, LLP. "The Court of Appeals' decision clears
the way for the Russian government to correct a historic wrong that its
predecessors have committed against the Jewish community. We can only hope that
the current Russian authorities will now fulfill the assurances that were made
to Chabad representatives and to United States officials. It should not be
necessary to engage in extended litigation for the Chabad community,
headquartered today in the Washington , to recover what rightfully belongs
to it," added Nathan Lewin. "This is a historic victory for the Rebbe
and for all people of faith and freedom. These sacred books and manuscripts
contain the souls of our Rebbes, and of their countless followers who were
persecuted and murdered by the Nazi and Soviet regimes. We hope and pray the
Russian government of today will now fulfill its moral and legal obligations to
return these sacred texts, “said Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Eliyohu Cunin of Agudas
Chasidei Chabad. United
2008: The Third International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music began today in Milwaukee in partnership with The Wisconsin Society For Jewish Learning, Inc.
2009: At Temple Judah in Cedar Rapids Iowa, Tessa Cohen, daughter of Brian and Terri Cohen, is called to the Torah as Bat Mitzvah. Tessa has completed her 7th grade year at Oak Ridge Middle School. She is an excellent student who plays tuba in band, electric bass guitar in jazz band and string bass in orchestra as well as singing in chorus and show choir. She also enjoys playing her tuba with the Musical Shabbat Band at Temple. Tessa has been playing soccer for 8 years. In her last game she had an awesome save as goalie and scored a goal with her left foot! Tessa’s other interests are cooking, especially cake decorating, and preserving the environment. As part of her mitzvah project, Tessa is accepting donations to the Indian Creek Nature Center in lieu of gifts. Thanks to Tessa, Am Yisrael Chai!
2009: Unknown assailants fired a Kassam rocket from Gaza tonight. No one was wounded in the rocket attack and the Kassam, which hit the Sdot Negev region, did not cause any damage. In related news, Gaza emergency services reported that an 18-year-old was electrocuted this afternoon in a smuggling tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border. More than a dozen Palestinians have died in tunnel accidents this year.
2010: “Sondheim on Sondheim” is scheduled to have its final performance at Studio 54 in Manhattan.
2010(1st of Tamuz, 5770): Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
2010: The New York Times featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including Witz by Joshua Cohen and The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris by Peter Beinart.
2010: The 30th Greater Chicago Jewish Festival is scheduled to take place at St. Paul Woods in Morton Grove, Il.
2011: The funeral of Al Schwimmer, who smuggled planes to Israel during the War for Independence and was the founder of Israel’s Aircraft Industry, is scheduled to be held today.
2011: The Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning in New York City is scheduled to host its annual Exhibition and Reception where it will present the works of The Artists Beit Hamidrash and The Writer’s Beit Hamidrash.
2011: Sheri Blumberg is scheduled to facilitate a discussion of “Hillel: If Not Now, When?” by Joseph Telushkin at the Jewish Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
2011: Israel Police arrested three Yitzhar settlers today, charging them with incitement to racism and violating the Shin Bet Security Service laws for a website that calls for "price tag" attacks on Palestinians. The three, students of extremist Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburg, operate "The Jewish Voice" website, which reports news on settlements and outposts, criticizes the IDF, shows sympathy for "price tag" attacks and publishes articles by Rabbi Ginzburg. The site also reports on Shin Bet attempts to recruit agents. The police searched the suspects' homes early this morning and confiscated computers. They also arrested a minor suspected of setting fire to a Palestinian field. The four were being questioned and will most likely be released during the day. The "Jewish Voice" website responded by saying the arrest is a violation of its right to freedom of speech. "These actions remind us of dark regimes," it said in a statement. In 2003, Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein decided to indict rabbi Ginzburg for incitement to racism. Ginzburg published a book called Tipul Shoresh ("Root Treatment") which compared Arabs to a cancer.
2011: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi offered to take personal steps to try to restart stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, telling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Rome today that he would be willing to host negotiations in Sicily. In a press conference of the two leaders following a meeting that both sides said went well, Berlusconi reiterated his opposition to the United Nations recognizing a Palestinian state at the UN General Assembly in September. Berlusconi told Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas two weeks ago that it was a bad idea. "We don't think a unilateral resolution can help advance peace, not by Palestinians or by Israelis," Berlusconi said. "The way to advance peace is via negotiations. I would be happy to host peace talks here in the city Erice [on the coast of the island of Sicily]." Berlusconi said he supported initiating a Marshall Plan to build a Palestinian state economically. Ten Italian companies have agreed to open factories in the West Bank, and 10 tourism companies agreed to come to the West Bank to encourage Italian tourism. He emphasized the need of the Hamas to accept the demands of the quartet. Asked why the Italian government recently upgraded the Palestinian representative to Italy to the level of ambassador if Rome opposes unilateral steps, Berlusconi said he did not see a contradiction. "The goal of this decision was to persuade the Palestinians that they have something to gain from coming to the negotiating table," Berlusconi said. Following a joint cabinet meeting, eight Israeli ministers signed agreements with their Palestinian counterparts. Such a meeting was also held in February 2010 in Jerusalem, and another is planned for next year in Jerusalem. The Israelis and Italians agreed on the following joint statement: "In the wake of fundamental changes in the Middle East, the governments if Italy and Israel share the conviction that a just and lasting solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict must be reached as a result of direct negotiations between the parties based on the principle of two states for two peoples, with the state of Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland of the Jewish people and an independent, democratic, contiguous, and viable state of Palestinian as the homeland of the Palestinian people, living side by side in peace, security, and mutual recognition.
2011: Lisa Pulver, the co-founder and director of the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit at the University of New South Wales, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the annual Queen’s birthday honors list announced today. Pulver also is a professor of indigenous health at the university. Pulver is president of the Newtown Synagogue, in Sydney’s inner west, and a board member of the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s premier Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led health research body. (As reported by JTA)
2011: Israel Police arrested three Yitzhar settlers today, charging them with incitement to racism and violating the Shin Bet Security Service laws for a website that calls for "price tag" attacks on Palestinians.
2012: Cellist Elad Kabilio and pianist Reanana Gutman are scheduled to perform as part of MusicTalks which aims to break down the barriers between musicians and the chamber music audiences.
2012: The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington’s 2012 Annual Gala is scheduled to take place this evening at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac, MD.
Copyright; June, 2012; Mitchell A. Levin email@example.com