The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) will hold its 14th Plenary Assembly in Budapest, on May 5-7, 2013. They normally assemble in Jerusalem each year. Maybe they got a deal on the hall.
They’re going to discuss matters of importance to the Jewish people globally, especially the alarming rise of Neo-Nazi political parties and anti-Semitic incidents in several European countries, including Hungary, and the situation in the Middle East.
How’s about less talk about alarming neo Nazis and more suitcase packing and flying to a country that wants them? Just a thought.
More than 600 delegates and observers from around the world, including small communities such as Zimbabwe, Namibia and Swaziland, are expected to convene in the Hungarian capital.
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will address the opening dinner on May 5.
Other keynote speakers at the Plenary Assembly will include Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Cardinal Péter Erdő, the archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and current president of the Council of European Bishops Conferences, and Israel’s Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom.
That’s five gentiles and one Jew. That’s an alarming drop in the percentage of Jewish keynote speakers.
WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said: “This will be a good opportunity to show that by standing united, world Jewry can make its voice heard and can improve things. We are looking forward to meet in Budapest, which has a great Jewish history and a vibrant community.”
That great Jewish history mostly concluded on cattle cars headed to Poland, which put all the other great stuff in a grim perspective. And how can world Jewry make its voice heard when most everybody speaking is Christian?
The event is organized in cooperation with the Federation of Jewish Communities of Hungary (MAZSIHISZ), the official representative body of Jews in Hungary. MAZSIHISZ President Péter Feldmájer declared: “The fact that the WJC is holding its Plenary Assembly in Budapest is a symbol of solidarity with our Jewish community, which has been faced with growing anti-Semitism in recent years. We look forward to welcoming the WJC delegates here in Hungary, home to the largest Jewish community in Central Europe.”
I honestly cannot fathom why a Jewish person with enough Jewish identity to participate in these assemblies would set roots again in places like Hungary, Poland, Germany. I find the entire event grotesque.
Next year in Jerusalem.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Israel praises FIFA for avoiding what Israel’s deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely called an “absurd situation.”
FIFA Pres. Sepp Blatter, 79, was re-elected to a fifth term heading the world soccer federation, despite bribery allegations.
At the last minute before the proposal was to go to vote, Rajoub submitted an amendment that would cancel the bid to suspend Israel.
Israeli Consul General refutes UJA president’s claim that government insists NIF march in Celebrate Israel parade.
They stopped Blatter from speaking, waved PA flags and demanded “Israel out.”
Reishit HaGez is the giving to the Kohen the first cuttings of the fleece of sheep grown in the Land of Israel (based on Deut. 18:4: “You are to give them the first fruits of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the first wool from the shearing of your sheep.”). Most Jews cannot […]
Postal officials refuse mailmen’s request to be relieved of the job to deliver Baptist cult material that may be illegal.
Final steps are underway for building the City of David’s “Kedem” visitor’s center in Jerusalem that will sit on top of the “Givati Parking Lot” excavation just outside of the Old City of Jerusalem’s walls. The visitor’s center will serve as an entryway to the Jerusalem Walls National Park, which includes the City of David […]
The Orthodox Union, B’nai Brith and the Houston Federation are pitching in.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared Sunday, May 31 as “Celebrate Israel Day,” when thousands of Israeli Americans, Jews and supporters of Israel are to attend the Celebrate Israel Boston Festival sponsored by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Israeli-American Council Boston Chapter. Gov. Baker noted that Israel remains “a tremendous partner, economically and culturally,” to […]
The “rabbi “may be a “reverend” who allegedly was not revered by Ice Cube’s bullies.
Israeli PM Netanyahu talks about his vision for regional cooperation with Arab nations.
Hadera drew the attention of El Paso officials for the city’s desert environment, a large electric power plant, desalination plant and manufacturing complex, and the high-tech incubation programs at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, located 30 miles away.
A day devoted to “peaceful co-existence” in Jerusalem was marred by Arab “anti-normalization” thugs.
A Jerusalem woman is trying to hold on to her umbrella while withdrawing some cash at a Meah Shearim ATM, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The rain appeared out of the blue (which is how rain should), after a warm week that started to feel like summer. Well, it don’t feel like summer no more. Last […]
“The only difference between this world and the time of Meshiach is our bondage to the gentile kingdoms.”
Here’s the Israeli Navy boat INS Hanit arriving in Eilat on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after capturing the Klos C, which was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied weapons made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip. Here’s Israeli Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ram Rotberg speaking with the INS Hanit soldiers in […]
Pat Condell has a new video out, so, sit back, have fun. By the way, Message to Offended Muslims should not be confused with Message to Off Handed Muslims. Also, I’d love to hear what he has to say about Haredim.
The description that came with this picture says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with American actor Bette Midler during an event at the house of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan in Hollywood on March 6, 2014. But Bette Midler is not really an actor, she’s a singer who made movies for the LGBT community and […]
We will shut them up in the campuses, we will shut them up in the high schools, we will shut them up at the 92nd St. Y.
An Israeli female soldier (because they’re better at removing babies from their homes) evacuates a baby from a settlement in Judea and Samaria some time in the recent past. I’m thinking, if the baby was angry enough, couldn’t he evacuate in return, right there in her arms? Imagine the same picture, except with a settler […]
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/wjc-plenary-assembly-kicks-off-sunday-in-budapest/2013/05/01/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: