To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.
Israeli Independence Day celebrations in Boston were muted and security was increased in the wake of bombings that left three dead and dozens injured at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Mike Rosenberg, director of community relations at Maimonides, a Jewish day school in suburban Brookline, said an event Tuesday commemorating Israel’s 65th anniversary had been toned down out of respect for the victims of the attack and their families.
“Messages have gone out to parents and students that in the context of yesterday’s events, there will be no dancing and more [words of Torah],” he said.
The Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston called off a flag-raising ceremony for Israel’s Independence Day, leaving its flags at half-mast.
Shira Strosberg, the school’s director of communications, said security in and around its campus was ratcheted up.
“We are obviously saddened and everybody came to school today with a heavy heart,” she said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the bombings.”
No one has taken responsibility for the explosions that President Obama on Tuesday called an “act of terrorism.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, there was no indication that Jewish institutions were at any particular risk. Nonetheless, community officials told JTA they remained vigilant.
Rabbi Yosef Zaklos, the director of Chabad of Downtown Boston, was at the marathon finishing line offering runners and their families the opportunity to put on tefillin when the bombs detonated.
“There was a huge boom about half a block away from the finishing line, followed by another one further down,” Zaklos said. “You turned away from one explosion towards another.”
After a few seconds of shock, the 31-year-old rabbi offered assistance to the injured and helped direct people to safety.
“It was horrific,” he said, “but as an individual and member of a religious leadership, you are endowed with the energy and power of the moment to address the needs of people and ask ,’What can I do? How can I help?’ ”
Zaklos said he has been busy over the past 24 hours visiting hospitals offering help to the wounded alongside clergy of other faiths.
Jeremy Burton, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, said hundreds of people were expected to gather as planned at the Mishkan Tefila synagogue in suburban Newton to mark Israel’s Independence Day.
“We’re still modifying and working out the details, but we’ll take the time to honor the victims and at the same time honor the ties between Boston and Israel,” Burton said. “There will certainly be some prayer or acknowledgment of what happened.”
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Thanksgiving is an American secular holiday that most Jews have no problem celebrating due to its lack of overt religious symbols (unlike the American holidays right before and after it). Still, there are always holdouts for some reason or another. Let’s hear what you do…
Maybe he thought those white hoods are prayer shawls although they are closer to being burkas.
As the expression goes, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.”
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MK Miri Regev said the law is a difficult and complicated one, and it requires a serious discussion about its downsides, and therefore shouldn’t be rushed into implementation.
The Navy has selected Captain Or Cohen to become the first woman appointed as an IDF Navy ship’s commander.
Three Gazans were captured overnight when they crossed over the security fence into Israel.
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“The Israeli government is not interested in the collapse of the Palestinian Authority,” said Arbell, a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution who teaches at American University here. “There may be faults in Abbas and the leadership and in what they’re doing, but they’re still the safest bet.”
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The Netherlands will not recognize Palestinian statehood right now because it would not help restart peace talks with Israel, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said.
The task force will aim at keeping Americans from joining ISIS and other radical Muslim murder gangs.
Charley Levine, a top public relations professional in Israel and well known in Ango-Israeli circles, has died.
New York police have arrested a 23-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested for assaulting an Orthodox Jewish couple in Manhattan this summer. A police department spokesman confirmed to JTA that Mustafa Mashni was charged with assault, as first reported on the Jpupdates website. The victims, in their 20s, were walking on the Upper East Side at […]
A Canadian university professor was charged in Paris on Saturday in the deadly 1980 synagogue bombing in Paris that killed four and injured more than 40. The arraignment of Hassan Diab came hours after he arrived in Paris after being extradited from Canada following a six-year fight to prevent it. Canada’s Supreme Court last week […]
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