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Geneva Jews Warned to be ‘Vigilant’ in New Terror Alert

Friday, December 11th, 2015

As the Sabbath approached, Geneva’s Jews were warned to be “vigilant” on Friday morning as the Swiss city went on high alert along with the Canadian city of Toronto and the U.S. Midwestern city of Chicago.

All three appeared on a terrorist hit list linked to the Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization, according to a report by Fox News. Four male suspects “tied to ISIS” were being sought in the Swiss city.

Swiss officials said Thursday that a car registered in Belgium, home to some of the Paris attackers, had driven through a police checkpoint near Geneva, Le Matin reported.

Geneva’s Jewish community was warned to be “vigilant,” Swiss television said. “Sensitive sites have been alerted,” said a government official.

Officials said the United Nations’ European headquarters is also on maximum alert following intelligence warnings from federal police in the capital city of Berne about people with “possible links to terror.”

“The heightened security affects the entire Geneva area, and the UN is taking measures that are commensurate with those taken in the host country,” said UN Geneva spokesperson Rheal LeBlanc.

 

 

Hana Levi Julian

Berlin Rabbi Approves Relocation of Jewish Woman’s Remains

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Love knows no bounds, and in some cases it knows no distance either.

Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, rabbi of the Jewish community of Berlin, Germany, last week authorized the exceptional transfer of a grave from the local community cemetery to Chicago, in the United States.

The grave belongs to a woman who arrived in Berlin with her family from Lithuania in the German city in 1937 while still in transit, at age 67. After she was laid to rest, her family paid their respects but then continuted to the United States where they eventually settled. It was her grandchildren requested their grandmother’s body be transferred to join them, and the body of her husband, in the cemetery in Chicago, explained Rabbi Teichtal.

In an exceptional Halachic ruling on Jewish law, the rabbi states that according the Halacha, usually the Torah forbids the relocation of a grave, even for a more honorable location.

Nevertheless, he added, in the case of reuniting family members, it is allowed by all adjudicators in light of what is written in the book of “Shulchan Aruch”: ‘It is the finest of pleasantries for a man to be buried alongside the bones of his forefathers.’

“In our case we have the grave of both a spouse and a family member. In light of that and after consultations with other major rabbis, I have come to the conclusion: ‘In light of the fact that it is the will of the deceased’s family members to re-bury her in Chicago alongside her husband and family, I will specifically allow it”, wrote Rabbi Teichtal.

In light of this halachic ruling, tritish authorities said this week the coffin was excavated last Wednesday from the burial ground at the Jewish community cemetary in Berlin, under the supervision of Rabbi Teichtal and was flown to Chicago, where a second funeral for the woman took place, 78 years after her death.

Hana Levi Julian

Michelle Obama’s Cousin Named Head of Black Jews’ Movement

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

(JNi.media) Funnye Capers, first cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama, has been named as the “titular head of the worldwide community of black Jews.”

Funnye (pronounced Fun-Nay) is the spiritual leader of the Beth Shalom Bnai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew congregation in Chicago and the only black rabbi on the Chicago Board of Rabbis.

Rabbi Capers received his ordination from the Israelite Rabbinical Academy of New York. Raised in the African Methodist Episcopal church, Funnye Capers became involved in civil rights and black nationalism while studying at Howard University. Under the guidance of Rabbi Robert Devine, the leader of the House of Israel Congregation in Chicago, he accepted Devine’s teachings that Africans were descended from Biblical Hebrews and that Jesus was the Messiah and he was black.

Funnye Capers eventually rejected the Christian elements of the movement, and learned with Rabbi Levi Ben Levy in Brooklyn, who embraced the concept of African originalism, but whose approach to observance and belief were more in line with mainstream Judaism.

In 1985, Funnye Capers converted to Judaism at a Conservative Beit Din, but has told his followers that his decision to convert does not imply his followers need to follow suit. Rabbi Levy also ordained Rabbi Funnye Capers as a rabbi, although no mainstream denomination has accepted the title, or Levy’s right to confer it.

The issue mainstream Jewish movements have with the Black Israelites, distinct from race, is that they do not recognize their conversions, which, in some cases, involve similar rituals as mainstream conversions, such as immersion in a ritual bath and circumcision for males. Where they fall short is the part 12th century scholar Maimonides considers paramount: acceptance of the yoke of Jewish halacha and of the sages.

Funnye Capers said of the First Lady, Michelle Obama, “Our families were very close. All through my childhood, our families were in and out of each others’ houses celebrating holidays together, that kind of thing.”

Just as President Obama has been able to stimulate dialogue on race, given his role as President, Funnye Capers says he plans to use his title to create awareness and understanding about race in the Jewish world. He has already met with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and has discussed with him issues relating to the Ethiopian community in Israel.

Rabbi Capers told the Chicago Tribune, “Unfortunately, by and large, when you see any imagery of Jews in the United States, very seldom do you see members of my community … we have to promote that Jews have always been a global people.”

Chicago has been the backdrop to black/Jewish conflict, which reached a tense point in 1984 when Democratic Presidential candidate Rev. Jesse Jackson referred to New York City as “Hymietown.” Although Rev. Jackson apologized for the comment, it deepened the rift between the communities.

Another Chicago black pastor, Jeremiah Wright, who used to minister to the Obama family, in 2008 blamed “them Jews” of keeping him and Barack Obama apart. He also suggested that “The Jewish vote, the A-I-P-A-C vote” was controlling Obama.

Jane Ramsey, then-executive director for the council of Jewish affairs, welcomed the contribution by Rabbi Capers in engaging the African American community: “He’s deeply religious and deeply devoted to Judaism and also deeply devoted to creating jobs and housing and addressing racism and anti-Semitism,” she said.

JNi.Media

Mid-Air Crisis Forces US Flight to Make Emergency Landing in Buffalo

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

A United Express flight originating in Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York on Wednesday due to a “pressurization problem,” Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials said.

The plane dropped 28,000 feet in three minutes, going from 38,000 feet to 10,000 feet and exceeding the recommended protocols within which passengers and pilots would have enough time to get their oxygen masks on.

The FAA confirmed the problem with depressurization, although SkyWest, which operates the airline, did not mention the problem in tweeting the news that a prior report about a problem with a cabin door was unfounded.

Flight 5622 departed from O’Hare Airport at 9:32 am local time, heading to Bradley International in Hartford, Connecticut. But about two hours later the pressure suddenly dropped in the plane, CNN reported.

One passenger lost consciousness and received medical attention before being released, according to SkyWest spokesperson Marissa Snow.

It’s not yet clear what prompted the incident. There were 75 passengers on board the aircraft at the time.

The incident is under investigation.

Hana Levi Julian

Rahm Beats Jesus in Chicago

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Rahm Emanuel was reelected mayor of Chicago, beating out his primary opponent Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

After failing to secure a majority in the first election against four other opponents in February, the city ran a run-off election between Emanuel and Garcia.

Emanuel received approximately 56 percent to Garcia’s 44 percent in the runoff.

Emanuel is Chicago’s 55th mayor, and its first Jewish mayor.

Emanuel was President Obama’s Chief of Staff in his first term until 2010.

Shalom Bear

‘‘Suspect in Synagogue Vandalism Wanted to Shoot Jews’

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The mother of a man charged with vandalizing a Greater Chicago synagogue said her son told her that he was going to “shoot Jews,” Illinois country prosecutors told a judge in a hearing on whether to revoke the suspect’s bail.

John White, 40, of Westmont, Ill., was charged last month with a hate crime, vandalism and illegal possession of a firearm after allegedly breaking seven windows and writing anti-Semitic graffiti on the Congregation Etz Chaim synagogue in Lombard, a Chicago suburb.

He pleaded not guilty.

White’s attorney on Monday asked Judge George Bakalis of the 18th Circuit Court of Illinois to reduce his bail from $5 million, while prosecutors asked that he be held without bail, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Prosecutors said in a bail petition filed Monday during White’s arraignment that his mother told police that before he left the house the day of the synagogue attack, he told her he was going to “shoot Jews.”

“The defendant has clearly expressed his intention to kill or cause harm to those of the Jewish faith,” Joe Lint, an assistant state attorney, wrote in the petition. “If he is admitted to bail he poses a real and present threat to the physical safety of any Jewish person.

A new hearing on reducing White’s bail is scheduled for Nov. 18.

During a search of White’s house following his arrest, police found thousands of rounds of ammunition, a shotgun, a rifle and four handguns.

He has been charged on four counts, including possession of a firearm.

JTA

Loyola U. ‘Suspends’ and Reinstates Students for Justice in Palestine

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Loyola University Chicago suspended and subsequently reinstated its chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine following an anti-Israel protest this month by the SJP chapter that blocked an event promoting Birthright Israel.

The university informed the chapter on Sept. 19 that it was “temporarily prevented from hosting any on-campus activities or events until their leadership meets with University representatives and the group complies with stated policies and procedures that apply to all student organizations,” according to a statement released by Loyola.

After meetings with university officials on Sept. 25 and 26, the group was allowed to resume its activities.

The one-week suspension was enough time for the university to win accolades for the suspension of SJP. The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) commended Loyola for instructing SJP to temporarily stop hosting any on-campus activities or events.

It remains to be seen if SJP now will function without violating the rights of others.

The temporary sanctions on SJP came shortly after a member of the group and of the student senate, Israa Elhalawany, was censured by the judicial board of the student government on Sept. 16 for “several Facebook posts over the summer in response to the attacks on Gaza” that included “profanity or expletives.” The board noted that the censure was for the manner of the posts, not the content.

In a protest on Sept. 9, SJP members lined up in front of a table manned by Hillel students promoting Birthright Israel trips. A student news website, The College Fix, quoted Hillel chapter president Talia Sobel as recounting that students from SJP asked Hillel members, “How does it feel to be an occupier?” and “How does it feel to be guilty of ethnic cleansing?”

In March, Loyola’s United Student Government Association took two votes on divestment resolutions. The measure at first passed unanimously. In a subsequent vote, it passed narrowly before being vetoed by the student president.

The university’s president dismissed the resolutions as irrelevant.

JTA contributed to this report.

Jewish Press Staff

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