JUNE 21 In Jewish History
356 B.C.E.: Birthdate of Alexander the Great. Alexander traveled back forth across
Judea; first when he went
down to conquer
and then when he came back from his Egyptian conquest and moved east to conquer
more of the Egypt Persian Empire. There is a tale
about him coming to ,
but it is a myth that illustrates the positive attitude the Jews of that time
had towards Alexander. He is treatment of the Jews was tolerant since he left
them to practice their religion in peace and Jews found it easy to settle
throughout his newly conquered domains. Jerusalem
120 (18 Sivan 3881 on the Jewish calendar): This date marked the passing of Rabbi Gamliel II. Rabbi Gamliel was the successor to Rabbi Johanan Ben-Zakkai who had set up the Talmudic Academy in Yavneh after the war against
. Gamliel helped
establish a new spiritual leadership and designed the foundation for survival
in the Diaspora. He played a key role in keeping the peace between the Jewish
community and Rome . Rome
1305: King Wenceslaus II of Bohemia died. During the Rindfleisch massacres in 1298, King Wenceslaus II had extorted large sums from Bohemian Jewry for protection.
1498: Citizens of Nuremberg, Bavaria received permission to expel its Jews from Emperor Maximillian
1689: The Maisel Synagogue burned today when fire swept through the ghetto in Prague. Built in the early 1590’s it takes its name from Mordechai and Frumel Maisel, who financed its construction. Today a rebuilt version of the synagogue services a Jewish Museum in Prague.
Within a year, Jews were living in Halifax, Nova Scotia
and by 1752 there were approximately 30 Jews living in the newly founded
city. The Jewish population would grow
slowly and sporadically. A congregation
would not be formed until the end of the 19th century. Halifax
1787; New Hampshire becomes the 9th state to ratify the United States Constitution which means the Constitution has been ratified by enough states to make it the law of the land. New Hampshire was one of the last states to change its laws so that Jews could hold office. The final change took place in 1877. As can be seen from the attached article about the Jewish community in Bethlehem, NH, life has changed for the better for Jews living in the Granite State.
1812: Birthdate of Moses Hess. Moses Hess was an early advocate of a league of nations and a Jewish state in
. His most famous work was
and Rome published
in 1862. He died in 1875 Jerusalem
1854: An article entitled "Gleanings from the Mail" published today cites a report appearing in the Boston Advertiser that "the Jews of the Holy Land are suffering great distress from destitution."
1873: The committee in charge of the excursions to be taken by the children who are the responsibility of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum and Free Schools, most of whom are from poor homes, announced their plans for the first outing which is scheduled to take place in two days.
1877: Following publication of Judge Hilton’s explanation of his decision to ban Mr. Seligman from the Grand Union Hotel, the New York Times published a series of letters grouped under the headings of “The Jewish Side of the Question” and the “The Other Side”. The letters under “The Other Side” described the undesirability of Jews as a class and as hotel guests which made Hilton’s decision not only understandable but correct. The letters under “The Jewish Side of the Question” included derisive comments on Hilton’s attempt to differentiate between a “Hebrew” and a “Jew” as well as refutation of his claim that he was willing to admit certain acceptable Hebrews since the daughter of one of those mentioned had, in fact, been turned away from the Grand Union.
1878: Today six speakers took part in an oratorical contest at Yale University in which the contestants were competing for De Forest Medal. The third speaker was H.C. Coe, a Jew who spoke on “The Ancient and Modern Jew.” The sixth and final speaker was Louis Hood of Newark who also spoke on “The Ancient and Modern Jew.” While all of the speakers were impressive, Hood walked off with the prize
1881: Birthdate of Dov Ber Borochov,a Marxist Zionist and one of the founders of the Labor Zionist movement as well as a pioneer in the study of Yiddish as a language. He passed away in 1917.
1880: “Politics of Europe and Asia” published today brought news about the conference being held in Madrid called to deal with the situation in Morocco. Senor Ludolf is schedule to introduce a resolution supported by the United State, Portugal and Germany that calls for religious liberty and better treatment of the Jews.
1880: It was reported today that of the five and half million people living in Belgium only 15,000 are Protestants and 3,000 are Jews while all the rest are Catholics.
1887: The Jews of London celebrated the first day of the 51st year of the reign of Queen Victoria over Great Britain at the Synagogue on St. James Place in Aldgate. The crowded sanctuary was decorated for the occasion and the attendees were treated to a choral service.
1888: “Barge Office Prizes” published today described the commercial activities that surrounded the sale and purchase of the “unclaimed, abandoned, and seized goods.” Before Ellis Island, the Barge Office was the point of entry for immigrants arriving in New York. The majority of the those involved in the examination and purchase of the goods were reportedly Jews.
1888: It was reported today that a rescript has been published ordering that a eulogy be read in all churches at upcoming Sunday services. The offering of a eulogy by the Jews appears to have been optional. [Given the response of Rabbis in New York, it is safe to assume that many Jews mourned the passing of the first modern Kaiser.]1892: Birthdate of American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr His views on Jews evolved over time from his early days as a minister in Detroit. He warned against the rise of anti-Semitism in Hitler’s Germany and came to the conclusion that it was wrong to try and convert Jews. He expressed his strong pro-Zionist sentiments in “Our Stake in the State of Israel”
1903: Birthdate of Al Hirschfeld, Tony Award winning cartoonist
1903(26th of Sivan, 5663): New York Banker Isidor Wormser passed away tonight in his home on Fifth Avenue. Born In Germany he came to the U.S. in at the age of 18 with his brother Simon with whom he sailed around Cape Horn to California where they prospered selling merchandize in the Gold Fields and later at their store in Sacramento. Isidor and Simon came to New York in 1870 where they established the banking firm of I & S Wormser which prospered for over 30 years thanks in part, to the conservative fiscal practices of brothers and to the probity of their business dealings. A member of the New York Stock Exchange and a Democratic Presidential elector in 1892, Wormser’s interest in civic affairs could be seen by his membership in the Metropolitan Museum and his service as a trustee of the Brooklyn Bridge.
1905: Birthdate of philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Towards the end of his life Sartre suffered what a critic called a “loss of historical hope.” Ironically, he turned to Judaism and Jewish history to find a source of hope and final philosophic underpinning. “Sartre dealt with his loss of historical hope by painfully acquiring another kind of hope. He replaced both existential dread and Marxist utopianism with a Jewish messianic patience. In the final interview with his friend and associate, the unlikely baal t'shuva, (returnee to Judaism), Benny Levy (formerly Pierre Victor), he reports his discovery that "the messianic idea is the base of the revolutionary idea." For many months before he died, Sartre studied Salo Baron's voluminous, magisterial work on Jewish history and, with Levy, came to a new-old view of the human prospect. As if he had invented Buber and the Bible, Sartre now proclaims, "We belong to a single family." Of course, "the unity of the human enterprise is yet to be created…what I have is yours and what you have is mine. If I need, you give to me. If you need, I give to you. That is the future of morality.” In the end, Sartre became a kind of "Jew." Already in the resistance of 1940-45, he had risked his life against Fascism. In Les Temps Modernes, at the very time of the Six Day War, he published what remains the most balanced and useful collection of essays on Arab Jewish peace and declared his solidarity with
1915: Five day before his term in office was scheduled to end, John M. Slaton, Governor of Georgia commuted the sentence of Leo Frank from death to life in prison. The commutation came a day before Frank was scheduled to be hung. Slaton, who had been a popular governor, left Georgia with the mob and threat of violence baying at his heels. Tom Watson wrote an article calling for the lynching of Frank.
1922: Birthdate of comedic actress Judy Holliday.
1922: During a debate in Parliament, Lord Sydenham contends that the Arabs would not object to immigration if it were done by “well selected Jews” instead of by what describes as Zionist settlers who are” Bolsheviks,” “sinister and “promiscuous people.”
1922: Following a debate in the House of Lords on the questions of continued British commitment to honor the Balfour Declaration, 60 Lords voted against the declaration and only 29 voted for it.
1922: Major Herbert Young, “a senior official” in the Colonial Office writes Churchill that the vote against the Balfour Declaration in the House of Lords will lead to greater Arab obstinacy and imperil Britain’s previous promises to the Jews
1922: While meeting in London, the Prime Ministers of Canada, Newfoundland, Australia and New Zealand stated that they shared “Arab suspicions” of plans to ultimately create a Jewish majority in Palestine.
1922: In an address to the Dominion Prime Ministers Churchill described “The Zionist ideal as a very great idea” with which he had great personal sympathy. He further reminded them that the Balfour Declaration was more than an ideal. “It was an obligation made in wartime to enlist the aid of Jews all over the world and Britain must be very careful and punctilious to discharge its obligations.”
1926: Abbot Lawrence Lowell, the President of Harvard University was featured on the cover of Time magazine. Although the cover story did not mention it, 1926 was a year of triumph for Lowell because he convinced the Harvard Board of Overseers to adopt new admission requirements that accomplished his goal of reducing the number of Jews at Harvard. The year before these “non-academic” standards were added, 27% of the freshman class was Jewish. By the time Lowell in 7 years after the standards had been put in place Jews made up 10% of the underclassmen
1927: In New York, three Jewish interns at Kings County Hospital were attacked and tied up.
1928: Birthdate of Judith Raskin, one of
greatest lyric sopranos of the twentieth century. She was not only famous for
her voice but also for her acting. Judith Raskin died on America December 21, 1984, after a
long struggle with cancer. Services were held at the Stephen Wise Free
where she was eulogized as being one of the finest artists of our time who
could be emulated by other future Jewish aspirants of the concert and opera
stage. New York City
1931: Birthdate of
K. Grossman, President of NBC-TV News. Lawrence
1933: Birthdate of actor Bernie Kopell who played Doc on the ABC hit television show, The Love Boat
1933: A memorial meeting was held this evening at Beethoven Hall in New York City honoring Dr.Chaim Arlosoroff who had been murdered last Friday. It was attended by approximately 1,000 Jews and the leaders of various branches of the Zionist movement. In his speech, Morris Rothenberg, President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) made reference to reports that Revisionists had been connected with the murder and warned against any “rush to judgment” in determining who was responsible for the crime.
1934: Dr. Frederick B. Robinson, president of City College, and Dr. Bernard Revel, president of Yeshiva College, spoke at the third annual commencement exercises of Yeshiva College, to be held at 4 o'clock this afternoon in the college auditorium, 186th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
1936(1st of Tamuz, 5696): Rosh Chodesh Tamuz
1936: The Palestine Post reported from
that the House of Commons held a
full-dress debate on the London
crisis. There had been unanimity of views that stern measures should be taken
to restore law and order in the country. Mr. Ormsby-Gore, the colonial
secretary, expressed confidence in the High Commissioner, Sir Arthur Wauchope,
but was conciliatory towards the Arabs. Palestine
1936: The New York Times published a review of Judaism in Transition by Mordecai M. Kaplan.
1936: An armed band of approximately 60 Arabs attacked a convoy of Jewish owned buses on route to Tel Aviv from Haifa. A British sergeant, Henry Sills, of the Seaforth Highlanders, was killed and three privates of the Royal Scottish Fusiliers were wounded in subsequent fights between the Arab terrorists and the British troops assigned to provide protection.
1938: In the first act of terrorism to take place in Tel Aviv, a bomb was thrown near a movie theatre seriously injuring a child.
1939: At the World’s Fair in New York, New Jersey Hadassah Day is celebrated with luncheons at the Café Tel Aviv and Toffenettti’s Restaurant while Dr. Albert Einstein and Rabbi Stephen Wise are the scheduled speakers at a luncheon for Rho Pi Phi Fraternity at the Café Tel Aviv.
surrendered to France ,
a move that would doom the Jews of France as well as Jews from across Germany Europe who had sought refuge in before
the start of World War II. France
1940: Prime Minister Winston Churchill “received a telegram from Lord Lothian, the British Ambassador in Washington, stating that the Jews in the United States ‘want Jews in Palestine to be organized under British command to defend Palestine from outside attack and to help the Allies.’ If Palestine were overrun (by the Nazis) and Jews had not been put in a position to defend their country, there would certainly be a most deplorable effect on American Jews’ opinion.’”
, the temperature reached 129 degrees F (54 degrees C) Tirzt Zevi, Israel
1943: Himmler ordered the destruction of all ghettos in
. . Russia
1943(18th of Sivan, 5703): In Lvov, The Germans murdered most of the remaining ghetto population.
1943(18th of Sivan, 5703): All Jewish workers at municipal factories in Drogobych, Ukraine, are killed.
1943: German Professor August Hirt chooses 103 Jewish men and women at
to be transported to the Natzweiler-Struthof camp near .
There they are gassed. The soft tissues of their bodies are removed, and their
skeletons are strung up as exhibits in the Reich Anatomical Institute of
Strasbourg for the study of the Jewish race Strasbourg, France
1944: The British Foreign Office informs Prime Minister Churchill that ‘Marshall Tito (the Yugoslav Communist leading the partisans) has consented to facilitate the escape of Jewish refugees through his lines from
the idea that they should reach southern Hungary , via Italy Dalmatia.
1948: The Rhodes Conference on the Israeli-Arab war opened.
Rhodes is an island in the Mediterranean
off the coast of
where the meetings were held. The negotiations were master-minded by Ralph
Bunche. Bunche was an African-American diplomat who was a leader of the newly
formed United Nations. The negotiations led to armistice agreements between the
different Arab states and the state of Greece . Bunche earned the Nobel
Prize for Peace as a reward for his efforts. Israel
1950: “Rabbi Judah L. Maimon, Minister for Religious Affairs” stormed out of a cabinet meeting today, claiming that he was resigning from Ben Gurion’s government. Maimon was protesting the cuts to his department’s budget, the purchase of surplus meat from the United States that “does not conform to religious dietary laws” and what he claims are the failure of the government to enforce the strict observance of the laws of Kashrut in Israeli army kitchens.
1951: The Jerusalem Post reported that Iraq charged that Jews had stored arms and ammunition in Baghdad and put a stop to Jewish emigration, pending an investigation. But planes carrying enforce the strict observance of the laws of Kashrut in Israeli army kitchens.
1951: The Jerusalem Post reported that the Post Office planned to establish its own bank, under the new Postal Bank Law.
1951: The Jerusalem Post reported that at least 35 political parties put up candidates for the forthcoming Second Knesset elections. (This number was later reduced to 20.)
1956: Playwright Arthur Miller appeared before H.U.A.C. and refused to implicate anybody as having taken part in Communists activities
1964(11th of Tamuz, 5724): Three Civil Rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Cheney and Mickey Schwermer were brutally murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Goodman and Schwermer were both Jewish. Cheney was an Afro-American. Goodman and Schwermer had come South as part of group who were determined to help Blacks register to vote. An all-white jury acquitted their killers, who included local law enforcement officials, of murder charges. They were later prosecuted in federal court and found guilty of having deprived the young trio of their civil rights. Goodman and Schwermer were part of a whole cadre of Jews who participated in the fight for equality for Blacks. This reality makes a sad counter-point to the anti-Semitic speeches of people like Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan.
1969: In response to Egyptian artillery attacks and other hostile acts, Israeli naval commandos attack and destroy the Egyptian radar facility at Ras El-Adabiya. The destruction of the radar complex left the Egyptians “blind” when Israeli jets attacked the artillery bases that had been firing on the Israelis.
1976: The Jerusalem Post reported that the American navy evacuated 300 foreigners from
1976: The Jerusalem Post reported that a $15m. annual propaganda program, designed to swing the American public opinion away from
and toward the Arabs was reported in the Israel . US
1977: Menachem Begin became the sixth Prime Minister of Israel. This marked a major shift in Israeli politics. The Labor-Zionists who had dominated the government since the start of the state were out and the Revisionists had gained power. This reversal in fortune had many causes including corruption in the Labor Party and shifting demographics in
1981(19th of Sivan, 5741): Isadore Blumenfeld a Jewish-American organized crime figure based in Minneapolis, Minnesota known as Kid Cann, passed away.
1985: Scientists reported that skeletal remains exhumed in
Josef Mengele, the Angel of Death at Brazil Auschwitz.
Mengele escaped punishment after the war, thanks in no small part to support
from his family in . Germany
1987(24th of Sivan, 5747): Abram Chasins “an American composer, pianist, piano teacher, lecturer, musicologist, music broadcaster, radio executive and author” passed away.
1998: The New York Times featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including Cardozo by Andrew L. Kaufman
2003: The Martin Beck Theatre in New York was renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
2003(21st of Sivan, 5763): Novelist Leon Uris passed away. Uris first reached popular and critical acclaim with Battle Cry a novel about Marines fighting World War II. Coincidentally, Uris had served with the Marines. He hit the literary and financial jackpot with Exodus, a novel that depicted the birth of the state ofhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2003/jun/25/guardianobituaries.books
. He followed with other books with Jewish
themes including Mila 18, QB Israel VII,
The Haj and Mitla Pass.
2003(21st of Sivan, 5763): Eighty-one year old screenwriter, playwright, producer and director George Axelrod, the son of non-Jewish screen star and a Russian Jew, passed away today. (As reported by Rick Lyman)http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/23/movies/george-axelrod-81-quirky-writer-for-stage-and-film-dies.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm
2004: Wrestler Matt Bloom tore a rotator cuff.
2004: Human rights activist Felice Gaer addressed the United Nations Conference on Anti-Semitism
2007(5th of Tammuz, 5767): Twenty-five year old Private First Class Daniel J. Agami, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Adhamiya, Iraq today. A native of Cleveland who grew up in Coral Springs, Florida, Agami came from a proud military and Jewish tradition. His grandfather served in the Korean War and his father had served with the Israeli Army. He enlisted four years after 9/11. “Agami flew an Israeli flag over his bunk in Schweinfurt, Germany, his home base, and then in Iraq. His rifle had “Hebrew Hammer” written across it, and his friends called him the GI Jew.
Bakery of Los Angeles teams up with Camp Max Straus on in a chocolate cake
tasting, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Camp Max Straus. Camp Max Straus
provides year-round residential and weekend mentoring programs for under-served
children between the ages of 7-12 who primarily come from single (or
substitute) parent homes, regardless of their ability to pay. The camp is
non-denominational and is owned and operated by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Los Angeles. It serves approximately 2,000 children each year. Founded in
1915, Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles specializes in mentoring
children through its core matching program, school-based mentoring program and Camp
Max Straus residential, Sports Buddies and Arts Buddies programs. Los Angeles
2008: In Washington, D.C. former New York Times reporter Jane Fletcher Geniesse discusses and signs her new book, American Priestess: The Extraordinary Story of Anna Spafford and the American Colony in Jerusalem at Politics and Prose Bookstore.
2009: The New York Times featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including Digital Barbarism: A Writer’s Manifesto by Mark Helprin
2009: The Washington Post featured reviews of books by Jewish authors and/or of special interest to Jewish readers including In Her Own Sweet Time by Rachel Lehmann-Haupt
2009: The Sixth Australian Israel Film Festival, sponsored by AICE, the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange, opens at the Jerusalem Cinematheque with a screening of “Tackling Peace,” a documentary about a joint Israeli/Palestinian team that was established to enter the 2008 AFL (Australian Rules) International Cup soccer competition, which was held in Victoria, Australia, last August. The team - a collaboration between the Peres Center for Peace and the Al-Quds Association for Democracy and Dialogue - was coached by Australian legend Kevin Sheehan. The documentary chronicles this competition, which gave Israelis and Palestinians a rare chance to break down barriers and work toward a common goal.
2009: The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, the Israel Ministry of Tourism, the Israel Government Tourist Office in New York, and the Tel Aviv-Yafo Centennial Administration join together to sponsor The Tel Aviv Beach Party, part of the celebration of Tel Aviv’s 100th Anniversary. The Tel Aviv Beach Party will feature free beach games, tanning spots, giveaways, and a rock concert as the Naumberg Bandshell area in Central Park is transformed into an authentic Mediterranean beach front complete with, a 1,300 square foot sand section featuring chairs and parasols will allow sunbathing fans the perfect tanning experience. In addition to live music and entertainment, visitors will be able to get information about Tel Aviv's hotspots, tourism attractions and vibrant night life. El Al, the leading carrier to Israel, will be offering special deals for reservations made at Central Park.
2010: The Sixth Republic Bank Golf Challenge benefiting Jewish Family & Career Services and the Jewish Community of Louisville's Jewish Community Center of Louisville is scheduled to be held today at Chariot Run, a Harrah's Golf Course.
2010: The Jewish Agency’s new strategic plan will place the state and land of Israel squarely at the center of Diaspora consciousness, according to a statement Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky made tp the Jerusalem Post today. The new plan calls for shifting the agency’s activities toward identity-forming experiences for Israeli and Diaspora youth, and has generated some concern among a group of agency lay leaders and Israeli officials over what they worry could be an abandonment of the organization’s traditional functions of nation-building and aliya Sharansky is seeking to dispel these concerns in the runup to the Board of Governors vote on the new plan late this week in Jerusalem. “Israel remains the center” of the agency’s programming, he told The Jerusalem Post today. “It forms the focal point of identity. In fact, the only place specifically mentioned in the strategic plan,” he added, “is the homeland in Israel.” Rather than shifting away from aliya or development of Israeli society, the new plan “will serve the same goals. Only the methods have changed.” According to Sharansky, “The goals of the founding fathers of the agency – to mobilize the Jewish people to support the idea of an Israeli state, aliya and to mobilize physical and material support from the Jewish people – this remains unchanged.” But, he added, these achievements “come as a result of solidarity, commitment or connection among Jews.” “We are living today in a global village. On the one hand there’s a post-identity reality, where a commitment to any group, community or state has an archaic or negative association. This affects many Jews who believe they have to choose between universal and national values. Second, there’s a campaign to delegitimize Israel, one of whose targets is to weaken Jewish commitment to Israel. There’s also a weakening connection of many Israelis to the Jewish people.”All these challenges, he believes, “endanger the very survival of the Jewish people. I believe [Diaspora communities] cannot survive without a strong connection to Israel. Israel is becoming a more and more important factor in the individual and collective identity of the Jewish people.I know from the story of Soviet Jewry how the connection to Israel, the discovery that we are part of the great story of our people, inspires and gives you the will to fight.” That is why Israel’s detractors around the world are targeting the legitimacy of Jewish identification in their assault on Israel. “I heard a number of times on visits to college campuses young Jews saying, ‘It’s better for me if the state of Israel would not exist.’ Our enemies want to say, ‘You want to stay Jewish? You have some romantic sympathy to the land where your ancestors lived? Fine. But why see yourself responsible for a political system that is involved in many things you don’t like?’” While the land of Israel has a crucial role to play in Jewish life – “and Jews who visit Israel are excited to touch the ancient places like Jerusalem or the place where David fought Goliath” – the state is also a key component of modern Jewish identity. “We know that hundreds of thousands of young Jews who come on [trips to Israel, such as] Birthright or Lapid or Masa, are no less excited to see where the Jewish people finally founded a state of their own, where we became masters of our own fate. Experiencing this [statehood] makes their loyalty to their community something much bigger.” This affirmation of the land and state of Israel at the center of the new mission is not a political message, he insists. “The Jewish Agency is a table where people from all parties and all streams can sit. I just sat in a meeting between cabinet ministers of Israel and leaders of the Conservative and Reform movements and the federations. The Jewish Agency is a table where they can meet.” Yet it must reaffirm the centrality of Israel in a Jewish world that faces “a constant campaign of delegitimization of Israel that’s not about left-wing or right-wing governments, or this or that policy, but about the very existence of a Jewish state.” Many challenges await the new strategic plans, agency officials believe. “Some are saying we are replacing aliya with identity programs,” Sharansky notes, countering, “What we’re saying is that strengthening identity will bring aliya.” Others question whether the agency will be able to fundraise for its dwindling coffers with the new focus. “Will people give money to help strengthen identity?” Sharansky wonders. “We have to be very attentive to these remarks and make sure that we can explain that this is the greatest need of the Jewish community. Today, people feel this need.” Israel, too, has a large role to play in making itself relevant and inspiring to the Diaspora. “Our plan discusses how Israel can itself become an ideal society, a society that inspires and empowers. “We are not abandoning our goals, but the focus is changing, because,” he concludes, “the world is changing.”2011: Family in Captivity, a film that “is an intimate story that follows the day to day efforts of the Shalit family to cope and bring Gilad home” is scheduled to be shown at The JCC in Manhattan.
2011: The Kaye Innovation Awards are scheduled to be presented today during the Board Of Governors Meeting of the Hebrew University. The prizes were established in 1994 by Isaac Kaye – a prominent industrialist in the British pharmaceutical industry – to encourage HU faculty, staff and students to develop innovative methods and inventions with good commercial potential that will benefit the university and society. The winners are Prof. Haim Rabinowitch, Prof. Dan Gazit, Dr. Raanan Fattal, Katy Margulis- Goshen and Yftah Tal-Gan, Prof. Haim Rabinowitch of the university’s Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment has been named winner of the first prize. Rabinowitch, a former rector, is being recognized for his long-term innovations in genetic and breeding technologies. Over the last 25 years, his team’s novel breeding results have created a lucrative local seed industry. Indeed, the export of tomato, onion and shallot seeds Rabinowitch developed brings in about $50 million annually, with additional royalties going to the university. Today, he is leading the development of a unique garlic-breeding project and plant improvement technology that allows seed producers to easily adapt any plant variety to changing situations. Both projects were recently licensed by Yissum, the HU’s technology transfer company, to start-up companies that were established on the basis of these technologies. The second-prize winner among the faculty is Prof. Dan Gazit, head of the Skeletal Biotechnology Laboratory in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, for his team’s nearly 20-year research that has led to a breakthrough in the field of stem cell-based tissue engineering. TheraCell Inc., a California-based biotech start-up company, has licensed the bone tissue regeneration technology from Yissum. Dr. Raanan Fattal of the Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering, will be receiving the third prize for the development of second-generation wavelet-based image enhancement, which enhances sharpness of images. Fattal’s invention was licensed by Adobe and is already incorporated in the company’s leading software, Photoshop. Meanwhile, a method for increasing solubility developed by a graduate student at HU’s Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry has yielded promising commercial benefits for industry – particularly in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and agriculture. The method, created by Katy Margulis- Goshen, a doctoral student of Prof. Shlomo Magdassi, produces a rapid conversion of oilin- water microemulsions containing an insoluble substance into a dry powder composed of nanoparticles, which can easily be dissolved in water or other biological fluids. For her work, Marguis-Goshen, who immigrated to Israel from the Ukraine 21 years ago, has been chosen as another Kaye Award winner. The process she developed is of unique industrial importance, the university said, as it leads to a significant increase in solubility and dissolution properties of almost any active ingredient, without a high energy investment. Enhancing solubility is especially important in pharmaceutics, where nearly half of the newly discovered drugs can’t be administered, or are very poorly absorbed, due to their low solubility. Increasing solubility is also important in agriculture, since most insecticides are highly hydrophobic (resistant to mixing with water), and their regular application therefore requires the use of organic solvents, which are harmful to the farmer and the environment. The new process can also be applied to many other fields, such as nutrition and paint and printing-ink manufacture. Finally, Yftah Tal-Gan, a student of Prof. Chaim Gilon and Prof. Alexander Levitzki at the Institute of Chemistry, will receive a Kaye Award for the inhibition of protein kinase B (PKB, also called Akt). Since the activation of PKB is associated with tumors, selective inhibition of this protein becomes a promising strategy for targeted cancer therapy.2011: Israel runs the risk of losing the battle for public opinion in Latin America if it doesn’t devote more resources to its advocacy efforts there, Jewish officials from that part of the world warned at the World Jewish Congress, which drew to a close today. In a series of informal discussions on the sidelines of the gathering, delegates from several countries in the region discussed what can be done to stem the spate of diplomatic debacles suffered by Israel recently in which countries like Brazil and Argentina have ignored Israeli requests and recognized Palestinian statehood.
2011: Richard Stone, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and conference executive vice president Malcolm Hoenlein expressed dismay and regret today that Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard was not allowed to attend the funeral of his father Morris in Indiana the day before. The statement criticizing the US administration, without mentioning it by name, was rare for the central coordinating body representing 51 national Jewish organizations on issues of national and international concern.2011: Lithuania's parliament passed a long-awaited bill to compensate the Jewish community for communal property taken during the Nazi and Soviet occupations of the country. More than 90 percent of Lithuania's 220,000-strong Jewish community were wiped out during the Holocaust
2011(19th of Sivan, 5771): Eighty-three year old Jewish feminist author E.M. Broner passed away today in New York. (As reported by Maragalit Fox)http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/books/e-m-broner-jewish-feminist-writer-dies-at-83.html
2012: JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency) is scheduled to host an open house at the Ina Kay Building in Rockville, MD http://www.jssa.org/2012: The Weiner Library is scheduled to host a special tour as part of Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month, which will include a viewing exhibitions, archives and special collections relating to the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the Gypsy Roma Traveller experience during the Holocaust.
2012: “Going Up: Jerusalem,” part of the Jerusalem Season of Culture is scheduled to open today.2012: Marianne Lubar is scheduled to receive the Spirit Community Award at a community luncheon at the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee.
2012: Sabra Alon Yavnai and his Big Band are scheduled to perform at Bryant Park.