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October 13, 2015 / 30 Tishri, 5776
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Mass. Gov. Baker Declares Sunday ‘Celebrate Israel Day’

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared Sunday, May 31 as “Celebrate Israel Day,” when thousands of Israeli Americans, Jews and supporters of Israel are to attend the Celebrate Israel Boston Festival sponsored by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Israeli-American Council Boston Chapter.

Gov. Baker noted that Israel remains “a tremendous partner, economically and culturally,” to the state, that “one of the largest communities of Israelis outside Israel” lives in the state.

The festival of Israeli music, art, dance and food will feature two stages of internationally known musical talent, children’s performers, including recording artist and rising Broadway star Neshama Carlebach and Ethnix, one of the biggest Israeli rock bands





Liberman Calls for Terrorist Death Penalty Like Massachusetts, and Opens Door to Joining the Coalition

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

PM Netanyahu is probably beginning to realize that 61 to 59 is going to be difficult to maintain over a long period of time. Not because members of his coalition are going to vote against coalition positions, but because it means that everyone will have to be in the Knesset for every single vote, including the Prime Minister. No sick days, no vacations, and no important meetings in the White House.

MK Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) is probably realizing how lonely it is in the opposition, sitting with MKs he has no ideological connection with, but is still upset with how the PM treated him.

Liberman has begin sending out trial balloons. He said on Saturday that he would join the coalition if there were specific changes to the coalition’s guidelines. His position now isn’t that different from the position he took when he turned down the Prime Minister’s offers of various high-level ministries. But he also made sure to point out how poorly Netanyahu is mistreating his allies, even within the Likud.

One guideline change Liberman suggested is the death penalty for terrorists. He pointed out that even Massachusetts, a capital of liberalism and higher education, decided on the death sentence for the Boston Marathon bomber.

Liberman wants the guidelines to include: having the “Jewish-National State” law passed, equal sharing of the security burden (draft), the death penalty for terrorists, and building in Jerusalem and the Settlement blocks.

Will this power couple two realize they need each other to succeed, or will they let everything fall apart?

El Al to Fly to Boston Next Summer

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

El Al Airlines will begin flying in and out of Boston three times a week with a 216-seat Boeing 767 plane starting next June, the company announced Tuesday.

The flights will leave Israel at 12:30 a.m. and arrive in Boston at 5:45 a.m., similar to the popular 1 a.m. flight to JFK.

Similarly, the return flight will leave Logan Airport in Boston at 3:05 p.m. and land in Ben Gurion Airport at 9 p.m. the following day.

The addition of Boston to the New York, Newark and Los Angeles routes reflects the growing economic links between Israel and Massachusetts, which sent a large trade delegation to Israel earlier this year.

“The appetite for it runs deep. The excitement about it is broad, and we are convinced that both the load and the yield will be as good for El Al as I know the route will be for us,” said state Gov. Deval Patrick.

Approximately 200 companies with connections in Israel operate in Massachusetts and employ nearly 7,000 people, mostly in the health care and high-tech industries.

El Al formerly has operate flights from Baltimore and Miami but later suspended them.

Study: Israeli Companies Added $6.2 Billion to Mass. Economy

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Companies with connections to Israel contributed $6.2 billion to the Massachusetts economy last year, a new study found.

The study, released on Thursday, was conducted by the consulting firm Stax and supported by Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. It found that, when accounting for other business spending, the full economic impact of companies with Israel ties contribute $11.9 to the state economy. Revenues from this sector are growing three times as fast as the overall state economy.

“Massachusetts has become a home away from home for Israel’s innovation economy,” Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said.

The rapid growth is a bright spot in the state, with revenues growing three times faster the Massachusetts economy overall, the report finds. When factoring other business spending, the economic impact grows to $11.9 billion.

Massachusetts is now home to more than 200 companies with ties to Israel, up from 78 three years ago, according to the report. The businesses, which range from information technology to life sciences and software, employed more than 6,600 people in 2012.

Israeli entrepreneurs are attracted to Massachusetts because of its high concentration of top tier academic and research institutions, a highly-educated workforce, access to venture capital and concentration of high technology industries, the study found. The higher education factor is evident in the fact that nearly one-third of the Israeli-founded companies were started by Israeli alumni of Massachusetts colleges, the study says.


Book of Psalms Printed in US in 1640 Sold for $14.2 Million

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

A copy of a 393-year-old Book of Psalms published by Puritans in Massachusetts has been sold at an auction by Sotheby’s for $14.2 million to American philanthropist and financier David Rubenstein, who plans to lend it to libraries.

Known as the Bay Psalm Book, it is believed to be the first book ever to be published in the colonies that later became the United States of America.

Approximately 1,700 copies of the book were printed in 1640 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, known then as the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and only 11 are known to remain.

Nine of them are in libraries and museums, and the Old South Church in Boston disposed of one of its two copies in the auction, which has made the church a lot richer.

The church’s minister Rev. Nancy Taylor said earlier this year, “It’s a spectacular book, arguably one of the most important books in this nation’s history.

Referring to the tiny size of the book, she explained to the Associated Press, “This was a utilitarian book to sing praises to God, so you wanted to be able to fit it in your pocket and take it to church. It probably would have belonged to a single family. It’s a hymn book, made for hard use, to be sung from and held by children, mothers, fathers, widows, widowers, and… who knows? I’m sure it was in the hands of quite a few Puritan worshippers.”

The Bay Book of Psalms fetched a high price despite its containing several printing errors, such as the word “pslame” appearing on the right hand of the page while “Psalm” appears on the left side. It also uses inverted coma instead of apostrophes and has several typographical errors.

For comparison, the last time a copy of the Bay Book of Psalms was sold was in 1947, when it exchanged hands for $151,000, a higher price than other book at the time.

Tuesday’s night sale makes it the most expensive book  ever to be sold in the United States, breaking the previous record of $11.5 million for a compete four-volume first edition of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America,” also sold by Sotheby’s.

Mass. Transit Authority To Restore Ads Critical of Israel

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said it was restoring dozens of ads critical of Israel to its transit system that had been taken down following public complaints.

The transit system said the 80 ads would be put back in the Greater Boston area and that there had been a “miscommunication” with its advertising contractor Titan, according to the Boston Globe. The ads, which went up on Oct. 21, were removed several days later by Titan following the complaints.

“There was a breakdown in our established procedures for handling complaints about specific ads,” according to a transit authority spokesperson.

The ads are comprised of four maps that show what is called “Palestinian loss of land – 1946-2010.” A message alongside the maps reads “4.7 million Palestinians are Classified by the UN as Refugees.” Connecticut resident Henry Clifford, chairman of the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, paid for the $40,000 campaign.

Parents Sue School District for Antisemitic Bullying of Son

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

The parents of a 13-year-old boy are suing their Massachusetts school district for ignoring verbal and physical attacks on their son by other students for being Jewish.

Jennyfer Sordillo and Robert Groezinger filed the lawsuit late last month against the Carver public schools in U.S. District Court in Boston. It was first reported in the Boston Globe over the weekend.

They claim their son was subjected to daily anti-Semitic attacks by a group of boys at his school. The abuse included religious slurs and Nazi salutes, having pennies thrown at him, and being punched and kicked.

Most recently, the abusers drew a swastika in chalk outside the family home, the Boston Globe reported.

The lawsuit claims the abuse has been occurring for two years and school officials “have done nothing to stop it,” according to the newspaper.

An attorney for the school district, which is approximately 50 miles from Boston, told the newspaper it would respond to the charges in court.

According to the lawsuit, which was brought under the Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law, the boy was called names such as “stingy Jew,” “dirty Jew,” and “Jew boy” and was told after being saluted with the Hitler salute that he needed to “get in the oven.”

The parents, according to reports, complained repeatedly about the school bullying.

There is only one other Jewish student in the class of 155, according to the lawsuit.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/parents-sue-school-district-for-antisemitic-bullying-of-son/2013/08/13/

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