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November 27, 2015 / 15 Kislev, 5776
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American and Canadian Jews Flying on Aliyah in Face of Terror

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Sixty-five Jews from 13 states and Quebec, Canada are scheduled to set foot on their home around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah flight will carry passengers whose ages range from 10 months to 83 years, along with five men and women volunteering in the Israel Defense Forces as “lone soldiers” without family in Israel.

The new olim are from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Maine, Maryland, Ohio and Quebec.

Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass said:

We are truly inspired that despite the extremely difficult times Israel is currently experiencing, Olim are undeterred and are still making Aliyah.

Their choice to leave a comfortable life and move to Israel, and even more so in these times, is an important contribution to Israel’s strength and national morale. We are proud to accompany each immigrant through the Aliyah process and will use all means at our disposal to ensure their successful absorption and acclimatization to Israeli society.

Second Democrat in Congress Announces Rejection of Iran Deal

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Congressman Juan Vargas, a centrist Democrat from California, is the second of the President’s party to come out publicly against the Iran Deal.

Vargas represents the 51st District of California, based in South San Diego county, which spans the entire California-Mexico border.

The parents of Cong. Vargas both immigrated to the United States from Mexico. The Congressman was raised on a chicken ranch. He attended the University of San Diego on a scholarship, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991.

On Thursday, July 30, Vargas announced his decision to vote against the Iran deal, in an op-ed which appeared in the San Diego Tribune.

Vargas opposes the nuclear deal made with Iran by the United States and its P5+1 partners because he believes it will fail to prevent the Islamic State of Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold state.

“The deal fails to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program. It fails to guarantee intrusive enough inspections to ensure that Iran does not cheat, and it fails to keep Iran from achieving nuclear-threshold status.”

Vargas explained that he believes the deal will spur a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, and that the $150 billion in sanctions relief Iran will receive is a payday which will do nothing to prevent it from continuing to be the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism.

The California Democrat also quoted the leader of the terrorist group Hezbollah, who said about the deal, “Iran will become `richer and wealthier and will also become more influential. This will also reinforce the position of its allies.’” Vargas added, “thanks to Iranian generosity, this terrorist group has 100,000 rockets trained on Israeli cities and towns.”

Vargas is the second Congressional Democrat, following New York’s Rep. Grace Meng, to announce an intention to break with President Barak Obama and vote against the Iran deal.

California Resolution Urges Action on Campus Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The California State Assembly on Monday passed a resolution urging action on the increasingly rampant anti-Semitism on University of California (UC) campuses.

The resolution urges each UC campus to “adopt a resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism and racism.”

The bipartisan measure was introduced by State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) follow-ing a series of events that targeted Jews and Israel on UC campuses, including an incident at UC Davis in which a swastika was painted onto an Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Jewish fraternity build-ing and the UCLA student government’s probing of a Jewish student’s religious identity during a hearing on her application for a judicial board position.

The resolution was previously passed unanimously in May by the California State Senate, 35-0, and by the California Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, 8-0, in June.

Measles Spreading in the United States

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Have you ever had the measles? Were you ever vaccinated for it?

If not and you live or work in the United States, or if you had only one immunization prior to 1992, you may want to have a chat with your doctor.

The disease — generally thought of as a children’s rite of passage — is making its way eastward from the West Coast. The outbreak was traced to an infected tourist at Disneyland in California, according to U.S. media.

More than 100 people have been infected so far in the outbreak, which began in December. Authorities in New York are currently tracking thousands of people who were on a train with an infected college student, ABC News reported Tuesday.

U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement from the White House, “The science is pretty indisputable, we’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated and there aren’t reasons to not,” he told parents in an effort to encourage Americans to vaccinate their children ahead of a potentially large-scale outbreak of the disease.

So far, cases have been reported in 14 states in the U.S. and in Mexico, but no deaths have been reported. Although most people – including children – recover from the disease within a few weeks, in some cases the disease can be fatal.

Measles is caused by a virus and can be highly contagious; it is especially dangerous to those with other underlying medical conditions. It is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing.

People who were vaccinated prior to 1992 generally have had only one immunization and may require a second one in order to stave off the disease.

Swastikas Painted on Shabbat at Jewish Frat House at Univ. of California

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Two large swastikas were found spray-painted on the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Jewish fraternity house at University of California (UC), Davis during Shabbat.

“Jewish people still can’t feel safe on their own campuses and in their own houses,” Nathaniel Bernhard, vice president of the UC Davis AEPi chapter, told the Sacramento Bee. “Anti-Semitism still exists today. It’s not a fairy tale.”

Bernhard said the swastikas were spray-painted on the building sometime between 3-9 a.m. on Saturday.

Barry Broad, board president of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, called the swastikas “especially heinous” given the recent commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27.

“Unfortunately, the lessons that history has taught us about the culture of hate have not been heeded by everyone,” Broad said in a statement.

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said, “Nothing rivals a swastika as a more potent or offensive symbol of hatred and violence toward our Jewish community members.

Beach Boys to Debut in Israel in November [video]

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

The Beach Boys will perform for the first time in Israel in November, another slap in the face for the Boycott Israel’s diminishing entertainment branch, headed by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.

The “I Get Around” band swept the United States in the 1960s with its smoothie style and its popularization of surfing on the beach as one of the basic purposes of life. The group will appear at the Nokia Arena on November 29. Start saving your shekels now because the tickets will go for 390 shekels, which comes out to approximately $110.

The Beach Boys went through a transformation following founder Brian Wilson’s drug use and mental problem, and it regrouped.

The Beach Boys represented the epitome of a 1960s culture that placed sporty cars, girls and the California beach as basic human values.

If their appearance helps drown out Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and his anti-Israel cronies, the Beach Boys will have made a major contribution to civilization.

Honey Sales Expected to Soar as Rosh Hashanah Approaches

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Honey cake, gourmet honey, flavored honey, and honey as a recipe in chicken, and even fish, are all expected to contribute to soaring sales of honey this Rosh Hashanah and holiday season.

Ironically, the US Department of Agriculture is conducting hearings to define honey or just how much honey is required to qualify for “pure honey.”

In 2006, members of the honey producing, packing, and importing industries petitioned the FDA to develop a standard of identity for honey. The petitioners stated that “a compositional standard for honey will serve as a tool to help combat the economic adulteration of honey.”

In California, a record drought is having an effect on honey production. The historic drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey, raising prices for consumers and making it harder for beekeepers to earn a living.

But kosher sources say that they have noticed an appreciable increase in the sale of honey products, including pastries. Norman’s Dairy even markets an apple and honey flavor in its highly touted Greek Yogurt products.

The hope is that it all makes for a sweet new year.





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