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April 19, 2015 / 30 Nisan, 5775
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Jewish Co-Creator of ‘The Simpsons Dies from Cancer

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Sam Simon, the co-creator of The Simpsons, an animal rights advocate and philanthropist died at his Palisades, California home Sunday at the age of 59 following a four-year struggle against colon cancer. He won nine Emmy awards in his career and helped launch The Simpsons, now in its 26th season. Simon, who was Jewish, donated his wealth to charities and established the Sam Simon Foundation for saving dogs and training many of them to help the blind and other handicapped people. He also funded a food bank in Los Angeles.

His career began with a script he submitted to ABC for its “Taxi” program. ABC liked it and later hired Simon. After other successes, such as “Cheers” on NBC and “The Tracey Ullman Show” on Fox, Simon, worked with James L. Brooks and cartoonist Matt Groening to create The Simpsons.

“With ‘The Simpsons,’ people didn’t know what they were gonna see,” Simon once said. “They didn’t have a clue.” The show was given time and free reign to flourish by the fledgling Fox network, which desperately needed a hit. “I don’t think you get that sort of creative freedom with any broadcast shows today.” He left The Simpsons team in 1994 with a fortune in royalties that earned several million dollars a year and which he donated for his foundation and other causes. “I have a desire to help animals,” Simon said in an interview with Reuters in 2014. “It’s my money and I get to do what I want with it. It’s an expensive hobby I picked up at the end of my life.”

Below is a video of some of the funniest moments on The Simpsons.

Arsonists Attacks Christian Seminary in Jerusalem

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Arsonists damaged a Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem’s Old City in the pre-dawn hours Thursday, and spray-painted anti-Christian graffiti.

No one was injured, and damage was minimal.

A Greek Church archbishop said two people who hid their faces three a flammable liquid at a bathroom in the seminary, located on Mt. Zion (Hat Tzion).

He said there have been previous threats from people whom he described as religious Jews.

Newspapers in the United States carried a report of the fire, which further blackens the image of Israel and of Orthodox Jews.

Another attack, this time on a mosque in Judea and Samaria, was reported Wednesday.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat vigorously condemned the apparent arson attack and said, “There is no room for such deplorable activity in Jerusalem. We must eradicate this behavior and bring those responsible to justice.”

 

 

 

US Officials Demand Visiting NY Official Take Off Kippa in Ramallah

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

U.S. Consulate officials in Ramallah demanded that a visiting New York City official remove his kippa 10 feet from the entrance to the consulate, Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield said.

He was visiting the American office in Ramallah on Sunday as part of a City Council delegation’s eight-day visit in Israel.

Greenfield implied he might have been able to understand there was a security problem if it were a matter of his standing in the middle of a Ramallah street with a kippa.

The last thing American security officials want is a religious Jew letting Muslims know he is around. Perhaps they might think he is plotting to blow up the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, or even worse, offering a peace compromise with the Palestinian Authority.

But the delegation of councilmembers was simply on a bus next to the consulate, Greenfield said.

Security officers “insisted that I not wear yarmulke when leaving US Ramallah office,” he said. When the officials agreed with the councilman that he was not endangering security, he refused the request.

Councilman Greenfield tweeted:

I’m still flabbergasted that a Jew cannot wear a yarmulke walking out of the US Consulate in Ramallah, Israel.

He told JPUpdate “We had an amazing trip to Israel. However, I was surprised that in the supposedly ‘moderate’ city of Ramallah, the unofficial capital of the Palestinian Authority, it’s unsafe for a Jew to wear a yarmulke

“After all, I wasn’t strolling through the streets. I was simply walking ten feet from the door of our bus to the entrance of the American Consulate’s office.”

Chabad-Lubavitch CTeen Int’l Convention Feb. 27

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

More than 1,500 Jewish teens and 100 Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis who operate teen programs around the world are set to gather in Brooklyn, NY this weekend for the “Cteen International Convention.”

The event is intended to honor teens who have made a significant difference in the local communities through the group’s humanitarian and social service projects.

Teens are expected to arrive from as far away as Brazil, Hong Kong, France, England, Australia, Israel, Canada, Germany and Singapore as well as local teens from the U.S.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recorded a video message to address the teens. Two large screens in the Big Apple’s iconic Times Square will be playing Cteen-related footage on Saturday night, Feb. 28, Chabad officials said.

Madonna and Portman May Vie to Purchase $55 Million Tel Aviv Penthouse [video]

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Singer Madonna and actress Natalie Portman each is considering buying the $55 penthouse atop the Meier-on-Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv, the London Daily Mail reported.

Madonna often has said how much she loves Israel, and she likes saying the word “kabbalah” so she can imagine she has some kind of Jewish mysticism to guide her.

Portman is Jewish, even if she does not fool around with Kabbalah. She was born in Jerusalem as Neta-Lee Hershlag, moved to the United States with her parents at the age of three and earned a degree in psychology from Harvard University, where she stood up for Israel in a letter to the university’s Crimson magazine.

She could have been one of Israel’s best-looking spokeswoman, having been a guest lecturer in Columbia University on terrorism and counter-terrorism, but Hollywood grabbed her, and she has won award after award.

That is why she is rich, and there is nothing like a $55 million penthouse n Tel Aviv to make a rich person “feel at home” at the expense of Jerusalem, where the best view overlooks the Western Wall and Temple Mount instead of the Mediterranean Sea.

Speaking of being rich, Madonna’s bank account would hardly even jingle if she took out $55 million to buy the penthouse in the 42-story building designed by prize-winning architect Richard Meier.

It features a private elevator, a huge entertaining area, private gym, cocktail bar, cinema and mini-spa.

Whether Madonna or Portman becomes Israel’s new resident remains to be seen.

Here is a  free tour of the luxury high-rise.

UK Jewish Schools and Synagogues Warned to Tighten Security

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Jewish schools and synagogues in Britain were warned to tighten security this week following last weekend’s terror attacks in Copenhagen.

National Policing Lead for Counter Terrorism Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said in a statement this week the government has become more concerned “about the risk to the Jewish community in the UK.”

Security personnel “are in dialogue with Jewish community leaders about further actions that we will be taking, including more patrols in key areas,” Rowley added. Reports of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain more than doubled over the past year, according to the Community Security Trust (CST), which has reported security-related events in the British Jewish world since 1989.

Current funding for security around schools stands at $3.5 million, according to ABC News.

“It is very clear that Jewish institutions are targets,” European Jewish Association general director Rabbi Menachem Margolin told the news network. “Jewish institutions should be under surveillance 24/7.”

Not every Jew in Britain agrees, however, and some actually feel quite safe.

The president of the UK Board of Deputies of British Jews, Vivian Wireman, was quoted as saying “Jews in the UK are living in a safe environment. Although there is a danger of copycat attacks,” she acknowledged, she nevertheless maintained, “British Jews shouldn’t be too concerned.”

A group calling itself “Liberate Stamford Hill” has planned a rally on March 22 to protest the “Jewification of Great Britain.” The demonstration is set to take place in a district of northern London – Stamford Hill – that is home to the highest concentration of Orthodox Jews in Europe.

European Rabbi Says EU Leaders ‘Bury their Heads in the Sand’

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

European Jewish Association Rabbi Menachem Margolin said Sunday that European Union leaders have a tendency to “bury their heads in the sand” and demanded tighter security to protect Jews.

Speaking after the murder of a volunteer Jewish guard shot and killed by a terrorist at a synagogue Bar Mitzvah celebration, Rabbi Margolin added, “European leaders need to support us in fighting the battle on terror in our homeland.

“It is only because of the earlier shooting that took place in the Copenhagen cafe that police sent several officers to the synagogue, and they were able to return fire and chase the shooter.

“But the fact is that prior to the earlier incident, there were no police in the synagogue.”

Rabbi Margolin called on Muslim leaders across Europe to speak out against extremism.

“The alarms were already sounded last August when a Jewish school in Copenhagen was stoned and sprayed with anti-Semitic graffiti,” said Rabbi Margolin. “We call on European Governments, as well as EU institutions, to heed our calls for the establishment of a Pan -European task force in order to increase security around Jewish institutions and enhance education against the rampant anti-Semitism.”

Rabbi Margolin noted that in the aftermath of this latest attack, the EJA’s planned seminar next week in Prague, at which dozens of rabbis and Jewish community leaders from across the continent will meet, will offer training in basic self-defense and first aid.

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