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West Coast Happenings

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Events In The West: This Shabbos Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, will be the scholar-in-residence at Beth Jacob Beverly Hills… On March 30, Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo will be the scholar-in-residence at Young Israel of Century City.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Births: Ryan and Anit Silver, a son… Manasseh and Menucha Levi, a daughter… Schneor and Liba Nejar of NY, a son (Grandparents Simcha and Tzirel Frankel)… Binyamin and Ilyssa Bass, a son.

Mazel Tov – Bar Mitzvahs: Dov Ber Genauer, son of Yaakov and Nechama Genauer… Benzion Huttler, son of Rabbi Yossi and Goldie Huttler… Dovid Fasman, son of Shmuel and Shoshana Fasman… Aaron Kahan, son of Mark and Marlene Kahan… Binyomin Zuman, son of Dr. Betzalel and Devorah Zuman.

Mazel Tov – Engagements: Adam Silverstein, son of Neil and Leslie Silverstein, to Rena Kolom of Lincolnwood, IL… Hillary Barak, daughter of Dr. Mark and Michelle Barak, to Aaron Khodorkosky, son of Igor and Larissa Khodorkosky of Tarzana, CA… Sara Bina Czapnik, daughter of Avrohom and Rivky Czapnik, to Shmuel Aron Gottesman of Lakewood, NJ… Yosef Goldberg, son of Menachem and Golde Goldberg, to Dassie Cohen of Baltimore, MD… Yocheved Huniu to Moshe Abramson of Baltimore and Israel.

Mazel Tov – Weddings: Beni Malkin, son of Dr. Michael and Rachel Malkin, to Tzirel Pritzker of Brooklyn, NY… Bradley Lipman, son of Brian and Ilana Lipman, to Allyson Brody of Cedarhurst, NY… Carmiel Schoenfeld, son of Alan and Elisa Schoenfeld, to Sara Soniker of New Rochelle, NY.

Congratulations: Deputy Barry Poltorak for receiving the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Annual Distinguished Service Award for his heroic and lifesaving effort as a deputy sheriff during the October 27, 2001 City of Carson fire… Donald Etra for being named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Century City Bar Association.

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Moishe and Mussie Witkes of Safed, a daughter (Grandparents Rabbi Yonason and Sussie Denebeim).

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov – Birth: Jason and Donna Roberts, a daughter (Grandparents Irving and Rivka Gold).

Mazel Tov – Wedding: Daniel Stahl to Dr. Ariella Schwartz.

VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA

Mazel Tov- Birth: Roy and Galit Zer-Chen, a son.

Mazel Tov – Bas Mitzvahs: Aleeza Kapenstein, daughter of Jim and Jill Kapenstein… Atara Bayever, daughter of Jason and Tova Bayever.

Mazel Tov – Wedding: Marc Borenstein, son of Jack and Renee Borenstein, to Jean Liao.

DENVER, COLORADO

Mazel Tov – Engagement: Avi Mehler, son of Dr. Philip and Leah Mehler, to Abby Moskowitz, daughter of Jay and Joyce Moskowitz.

American Jewish Leaders Visit Pollard in Prison

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

American Jewish leaders  visited convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in jail, and pledged to redouble their efforts to secure clemency for him.

Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Richard Stone and Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein recently visited convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina.

The two American Jewish leaders pledged to redouble their efforts to secure clemency for Pollard. “He has served 27 years, seven of them in solitary confinement,” they said in a statement after the visit. “He suffers from multiple serious medical challenges, which we  believe add urgency to the timeliness of his release.”

“Mr. Pollard made clear that he does not seek a pardon, recognizing that he committed a crime, but seeks a commutation of his sentence,” the statement continues. “Mr. Pollard wants only to be able to build a family and to be a contributing citizen . . . We believe it is overdue that he be allowed to join his wife, who was present at our visit, so that they can live out their lives together.”

No Thanksgiving Pardon for Jonathan Pollard

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

US President Barack Obama has issued the traditional presidential pardons this Thanksgiving, but did not add Jonathan Pollard to his list.

However, on the 26th anniversary of Pollard’s arrest, an hour-long meeting between seven Jewish leaders and Vice President Joe Biden at Biden’s office in the White House left the group “encouraged”.  Attendees at the Monday meeting included Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Simcha Katz, President of the Orthodox Union, Rabbi Steve Gutow, President of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, Executive Vice President of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly.

According to Pollard’s wife, Esther, Jonathan’s medical condition is grave, and he is weakening after 26 years in prison.  On Sunday, Esther issued a statement in which she fretted that “I feel he’s withering away in front of my eyes.” Pollard has been hospitalized four times this year.

In late September, Biden told a group of rabbis at a meeting in Florida that “President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time.’ ”

In the past year, the movement to gain clemency for Pollard has gained steam, with many US Senators, Congressmen, and other high-ranking officials joining the call for Obama to set Pollard free.

Free Them Now: Rallying For Israeli POWs

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007


        Last year thousands of people publicly protested the kidnapping of three Israeli soldiers – Cpl. Gilad Shalit, Master Sergeant Ehud Goldwasser and First Sergeant Eldad Regev – by Hamas and Hizbullah terrorists. Despite this condemnation, the captors have ignored all humanitarian efforts to free them or even permit visits by Red Cross personnel.

 


 

         On Monday, protesters resumed their concern for the three with a rally across from the United Nations. Added to their worry is the continuing plight of missing Israeli military personnel, soldier Yehuda Katz; First Sergeant Tzvi Feldman; Sergeant Zachary Baumel; Air Force pilot Ron Arad; and soldier Guy Hever.

 

         Following the rally, a petition signed by more than 50,000 people was to be presented to the UN.

 


 

         Various leaders shared their thoughts with The Jewish Press. Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said, “The recent freeing of BBC reporter Alan Johnston is proof that concerted pressure can produce results and, hopefully, [this] will lead to the freedom of the Israeli captives.”

 

 


New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

 

 

         Sheldon Silver, speaker of the New York State Assembly, remarked, “During the last year, I have met with the relatives of the kidnapped soldiers both here and in Israel. We have pledged to do everything in our power to help with their release. We must use occasions such as this to heighten the public’s outcry.”

 

 


Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (left) and Aryeh Mekel, consul general of Israel in New York.

 

 

        Ambassador Aryeh Mekel, consul general of Israel in New York said, “Tisha B’Av is a time of cheshbon ha’nefesh, the examining of one’s inner self. We must exert [pressure on] our adversaries in the building across the street that they too must examine their actions and respond favorably.”

 


U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler

 

 

         U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) commented, “There is no greater mitzvah than that of pidyon shvuyim (the release of captives). Years ago that referred to pirates, today it is our enemies who abduct our soldiers and refuse to act in accordance with every mark of decency.”

 

         Karnit and Miki Goldwasser, wife and mother of kidnapped soldier Ehud Goldwasser, cried out, “How long will we have to wait to see our loved ones again?”

 


Karnit (left) and Miki Goldwasser, wife and mother, respectively, of kidnapped Israeli soldier Ehud Goldwasser.

 

 

         Others addressing the demonstrators included Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel; Michael Miller and Janice Shorenstein, leaders of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York; Betsy Gotbaum, New York City public advocate; U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY); and the New York City Council speaker, Democrat Christine Quinn. 

                                  


                                   Photos by Shimon Golding and Shmuel Ben Eliezer

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/free-them-now-rallying-for-israeli-pows/2007/07/18/

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