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May 25, 2015 / 7 Sivan, 5775
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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.

French Soldiers Protecting Jewish Sites Receive Death Threats

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

French military personnel guarding Jewish sites in Paris are learning first-hand what anti-Semitism feels like.

The soldiers guarding a Jewish school in a suburb of the French capital have received death threats at least twice in the past two weeks.

In the first incident, a man drove in a car past the soldiers as they stood outside a school in Montreuil, shouting, “What does a Kalashnikov bullet in the head do? Does it bleed?”

A police source quoted by Le Figaro said the man also praised the recent terror attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery before escaping the scene.

The car drove away, but was later tracked down by police and the driver, approximately age 27, was arrested and detained overnight but was released the next morning.

The previous Saturday night, a similar incident occurred in the suburb of Le Raincy, according to the France Soir daily. Two soldiers standing guard outside another Jewish school were also threatened by a man pretending to hold a gun, who then fled the scene.

At present some 10,000 French military personnel are deployed around the Paris region following a wave of terror attacks on Jan. 7, 8 and 9 that were aimed at Jewish and non-Jewish French citizens alike.

Remembering Myra Kraft on Super Bowl Sunday

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

I am a Dallas Cowboys fan still recovering from our playoff defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers, or should I say, the instant replay booth.

Still, football is like life—not always fair. And even the lead-up to Sunday’s Super Bowl has lacked fairness, as the media is obsessed with deflated footballs. Fans of the sport are not enjoy-ing the sidebar stories that always accompany the lead-up to the big game.

When the Patriots and the Seahawks took to the field on Sunday, the conversation before, during, and after the game still involves “Deflategate” or “Ballghazi” (pick your media label). What will be missing for the second time in recent New England Patriots’ Super Bowl memory is Myra Kraft sitting with her husband, team owner Robert Kraft. She left us in 2011 after a battle with cancer.

Myra Kraft was a mensch is every sense of the word. It’s a sad disservice to her memory that the ebullience of viewers across the globe—not just Patriots and football fans—will be dampened because of a victimless and irresolvable non-scandal.

Stories about the Kraft family, especially Myra and her global philanthropic impact, would have made for informative and inspiring television.

With the Super Bowl having taken place during the same week as the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, it was beshert for Myra’s team to be playing in front of the world.

The granddaughter of Lithuanian Jews who perished in the Holocaust, her life serves as a re-minder that Hitler failed in his bid to exterminate the Jews. A mother of four and grandparent to eight, she and Robert Kraft have already contributed greatly to the survival of the Jewish people. But it’s their contribution to humanity that should inspire us to honor Myra’s memory as the world is watching her team play in the world’s greatest sports spectacle.

I’m sure Robert will tell you that making his wife president and director of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation was a no-brainer. She was all about community and volunteerism. When he bought the team in 1994, she feared it would interfere with their charitable giving. He allayed her fears by explaining, “We will do more for the community if we run this franchise correctly.”

A year later, she began serving a seven-year stunt as the first woman chairperson of the Boys & Girls Club of Boston. Myra’s name was synonymous with charity in the Boston community. She served on the board of the American Repertory Theatre, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Brandeis University, from where she graduated in 1964.

Robert and Myra have donated more than $100 million to charity. But their most important con-tribution will ultimately be to the Jewish people and Israel.

Understanding that “the next generation deserves a strong connection to Israel,” the Kraft family established The Myra and Robert Kraft Passport to Israel program.

Described as “a unique savings plan to help parents send their children on a life-changing teen Israel experience, the program is designed so that the community, the synagogue and CJP (Bos-ton-based Combined Jewish Philanthropies) help families make a trip to Israel during the high school years a reality.”

Robert and Myra also support American football in Israel—and yes, there was a big party planned for football fans in the Jewish state. It’s a safe bet to say that the overwhelming number of American football fans in Israel cheered on the Patriots, since the Kraft family is responsible for the sport’s growing popularity there.

In 2005, the Kraft Family Israel Football League was established under the umbrella of the American Football in Israel non-profit organization. Beginning in 2000, and with a renovation in 2005, the Kraft Family Stadium became the only football arena in Israel.

France Forces City to Allow Burial of Charles Hebdo Terrorist

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

French officials overrode objections of local officials who were forced to allow a secret burial Friday night for one of the radical Islamic terrorists who murdered a dozen people at the Charles Hebdo magazine offices two weeks ago.

The mayor of the city of Reims, Arnaud Robinet, said last week he would “categorically refuse” to allow the family of Said Kouachi to bury their terrorist son in the city where he lived before police killed him and his brother.

“I don’t want a grave that serves to attract fanatics. I don’t want a place that promotes hate,” he a French radio station on Thursday.

City officials backed down in the face of orders from the national government. “Given the risk of disturbance of the peace and in order to quickly turn the page of this tragic episode, it was decided to do the burial quickly,” the city said.

The terrorist’s wife did not attend the burial because she did not want to be followed by journalists.

Two other terrorists killed by police in a gunfight following the Islamic terror spree in Paris have not yet been buried. Kouachi’s brother Cherif will be buried in his native Gennevilliers, outside Paris in an anonymous grave. City officials said they will “avoid all risk of disturbance to the peace and to preserve the town’s tranquility.”

It is not yet known what will be done with the body of Amedy Coulibaly, who killed five people, including four hostages, at a kosher market in Paris.

France still is reeling from the terror spree, trying to maintain a posture that will not offend Muslims or label all of them as radical Islamists.

A  Paris administrative court ruled that Paris police were in their rights to ban an “Islamists out of France” rally planned for Sunday.

One of the organizers, “Secular Riposte,” announced it will hold a press conference instead of a rally, but Resistance Republicaine, a co-sponsor of the banned demonstration, said it will hold anti-Islamist rallies in southern France.

Jews in France and Belgium have been thrown back 70 years to the Nazi era. French Jews prayed in a private home Friday night because they could not be guaranteed safety to worship in a synagogue.

Police in Belgium were deployed in areas that could be targeted by terrorists, especially the Jewish quarter in Antwerp.

Approximately 150 paratroopers guarded synagogues and the Jewish Museum in Brussels after Jewish schools closed their doors Friday because of warnings of possible attacks.

Bnei Brak is Charlie: Photos from Eulogies

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Eulogies for the fourth Jewish victims at the attack on a kosher deli in Paris last week were held in Bnei Brak Tuesday. Photos by Flash 90.

Grieving mourner.

Grieving mourner.

Coffins arrive at airport.

Coffins arrive at airport.

Eulogy tent.

Eulogy tent.

Rabbi delivers eulogy

Rabbi delivers eulogy

Van carries coffins.

Mourners at can  carrying coffins.

Picture of terror victim with tallis and tefillin.

Picture of terror victim with tallis and tefillin.

charlie victm in tallis and tefillin flash 90.

 

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