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Russian Jewish Leader Shot

Friday, July 17th, 2015

A wealthy Russian Jewish leader and businessman was critically wounded by a single gunshot in an attempted murder that could have been prompted by anti-Semitism but also may have been related to revenge.

The victim was identified as Sergey Ustinov, who was shot in the neck with a sawed-off pistol.

Ustinov founded the Museum of the History of Jews in Russia and is a member of the board of the Russian Jewish Congress.

‘Peace for Our Time’ – Iran Nuclear Deal Announced on ‘Black Tuesday’

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Iran and the P5+1 powers announced a final agreement shortly after noon (Israeli time) on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. It will take a year to understand if the deal actually stops helps Iran get its hands on a nuclear weapon.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned yesterday that Israel’s failure to prevent a “bad deal” does not change its determination to use whatever means necessary to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius said the nuclear deal will sufficient for “at least for the period of the first 10 years.”

Congress has 60 days to review the bill, but it will not be able to torpedo it unless there is a wholesale rebellion of Democrats that would prevent a presidential veto of non-approval by legislators.

Rouhani has provided plenty of ammunition for opponents to the deal, having said that Iran still will consider the United States an enemy country.

Putin Cracks Down on ‘Foreign Agents’ and ‘Intellectuals’ (That’s Code for the J Word)

Friday, July 10th, 2015

(JNi.media) In a mood reminiscent of the Soviet era, Russian leader Vladimir Putin is clamping down on “foreign” influences and intellectuals, and as Jews feel they are the natural targets of his ire, they have been leaving Russia for Israel in droves.

Putin is tightening his grip on “foreign agents,” or Russian individuals and organizations that have ties overseas. The President has accused foreign funds of sucking up the country’s scientists “like vacuum cleaners.” Never mind that the Dynasty foundation which Putin criticizes has measures to enable Russian scientists to remain in their home country.

Russian ministers have singled out certain groups by name as causing the “disintegration of our traditional values.” Among them were George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and the Mikhail Prohkorov Foundation.

Soros’ Open Society provided Xerox machines during the Cold War to allow people in Communist countries gain access to banned texts.

Irina Prohkorova (sister of billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov), founder of the Prokhorov Foundation, told the Daily Beast that the Russuan officials’ remarks “reminded me of Stalinism.”

Prohkorova has invested $20 million of her brother’s money in cultural and artistic projects, many geared toward children.

The Prokhorov siblings were born in Moscow to Tamara and Dimitri Prokhorov, and their Jewish maternal grandmother Anna Belkina was a microbiologist who produced vaccines. Irina feels Russia is headed back towards a totalitarian regime: “The problem is not some hunt that a few individuals declared, but the trend, the monopolization of private life–obviously aiming to return us to Soviet times.”

Russian journalist Vladimir Yakovlev, founder of Kommersant Publishing house, left Russia for Israel because he feels the Russian “value system has been destroyed. People are running from Russia,” he told Big News Network.

Yakovlev’s case is an indication of a larger trend, as the number of Jews emigrating from Russia and the Ukraine to Israel has doubled in 2014 to 4,685. Unlike the last boom of Russian immigrants, following the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, many of the recent immigrants are young intellectuals from major cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg. Yakovlev says he considers himself a refugee rather than a regular immigrant.

“People usually emigrate due to domestic circumstances,” he notes. “People are now leaving because they are scared to stay in a place they would like to live. They are running from Russia.”

Mikhail Kaluzhsky is a playwright and journalist who emigrated to Israel for political reasons. He witnessed the Ukranian pro-democracy protests that led to the downfall of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. He didn’t feel the same kind of vital resistance in Russia.

“I understood our protests were worthless,” he says.

When Kaluzhsky lost his job with a human rights organization under new regulations against “foreign agents,” that was time for him to move to Israel.

Russia Claims Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Within Reach’

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Thursday that he believes a nuclear deal with Iran is “within reach.”

Lavrov said he is ready to return to Vienna for more talks together with other negotiators for the delegation of world powers led by the United States.

“We are close to a comprehensive agreement,” Lavrov told reporters on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in the Russian city of Ufa. “It is within reach.”

U.S. President Barack Obama made an effort to lower expectations earlier this week, telling lawmakers at a closed-door meeting Tuesday night that “the chances at this point are below 50-50,” according to CNN.com, quoting Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill), a close Obama ally.

Nevertheless, a report by Iranian Press TV claimed this Friday’s deadline might again be blown for a sixth time, and the talks could be extended till next Monday, July 13. A Western official denied the report when questioned by Reuters, however.

Iran Deal to Miss Fifth Deadline

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The fifth deadline for a final deal with Iran over its nuclear program is about to pass without ceremony Tuesday night.

The European Union apparently is so flustered that it put George Orwell to shame with what must be the record for the most ridiculous DoubleThink sentence every uttered.

E.U. foreign policy and chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in Vienna:

We are continuing to negotiate for the next couple of days. This does not mean we are extending our deadline.

If the language of a final agreement parallels her statement, and if a final deal is as meaningless as the deadlines, we are in big, big trouble.

“The entire agreement right now is at the mercy of a miscalculation on either side,” International Crisis Group analyst Ali Vaez told Bloomberg News. “There won’t be a deal until the last minute, while each side waits for the other to blink first.”

Previous deadlines were November 2013, July 2104, March 2015 and June 30.

Deadlines have become meaningless. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing, We are not observing artificial deadlines.”

Thursday July 9 is the sixth deadline. That is the date Congress imposed for a 30-day review of an agreement, if one is reached. If negotiating continues beyond that date, Congress then will have 60 days for a review, and each day will make it more difficult for President Barack Obama to fight off arguments against a “bad deal.”

Iran sounds like the Palestinian Authority, which balked every time it had a chance to achieve just about everything it wanted in the form of concessions from Israel.

Perhaps the next deadline will be January 20, 2017, when President Barack Obama leaves office.

 

 

Shuvu International Friends Raising $1.6 Million in 24 Hours [video]

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

In celebration of Shuvu’s 25th anniversary, three generous donors have pledged to match every dollar donated today, quadrupling every single donation made online

Every donation counts in touching the lives of more and more Israelis, instilling within thousands of families a high level of secular and religious education.

Shuvu has been giving the gold standard of Jewish education in Israel for 25 years. With a network of 67 schools, kindergartens, after-school programs and parent outreach programs, Shuvu provides a dynamic educational and welfare network that reaches thousands of Jewish families each year through high-level academic and Torah study.

Initially founded to provide a much-needed education to children who emigrated from the former Soviet Union, Shuvu’s student population now includes many native Israeli children, new French immigrants and other students from diverse backgrounds.

The success of Shuvu’s programs is immense, with more than 22,000 alumni who have gone on to learn at Israel’s top yeshivas, serve in elite army units and land jobs at many distinguished companies. Shuvu has been lauded for its superior educational offerings, its remarkable Chessed programs, and its impact on Israeli society.

This year alone, Shuvu expanded its outreach and opened 29 new first grade classes in existing schools. Over 1,000 new students joined the Shuvu community.

As Shuvu’s founder Rabbi Avrohom Pam zt’l would always say, “It is beyadeinu – in our own hands!” The future of Jewish education calls upon you to help support Shuvu’s tremendous work. And for one day only, each dollar will quadruple! Today’s the day to begin building the future.

DONATE TODAY and help Shuvu pave the way for a brighter future!

Something UNBELIEVABLE is happening on Monday!

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

In honor of its 25th anniversary, the Shuvu Network of Schools in Israel has announced its largest fundraising campaign ever, to take place IY”H on Monday, June 22 – over a 24-hour period in 4 countries simultaneously!

The Shuvu Network was founded by Rabbi Avraham Pam zt”l in 1990, when the wave of Aliya from the former Soviet Union was at its peak. Rabbi Pam, together with other Jewish leaders, was concerned of the physical and spiritual welfare of these Russian Olim – and their children. They were in need of schools familiar with Russian culture and its high standards of education, and able to provide a basic Jewish education as well. After Russia’s 70 years of communism, many Russian Olim arrived in Israel with absolutely no knowledge of what it means to be a Jew. They had no sense of Jewish identity or Jewish pride. Shuvu aimed to fill this void.

From a mere 2 caravans, Shuvu has since developed into a major educational empire in Israel today, including 67 schools, kindergarten and outreach programs spread out across the country – from Akko up north to Be’er Sheva down south. Shuvu’s thousands of students receive a very high level of general education coupled with Limudei Kodesh, with an emphasis on Middos and Derech Eretz, and many exciting and educational activities throughout the year.

Seeing the unique Chinuch in Shuvu, many native Israelis over the years begged to have their children join the network as well. Today Shuvu can certainly be viewed as a “Kibbutz Galuyot” with children from Russia, America, Ethiopia, Israel – and recently many from Ukraine and France as well. Shuvu also operates many programs for the parents of the students, in order to connect them as well to the beauty of Judaism.

Shuvu is always doing more. This year alone, Shuvu has opened 29 new first grade classes, welcomed over 1,000 new students, and added programs in three of its campuses. With more support, Shuvu can continue inspiring the lives of more Jewish families. Sign up for our newsletter and stay tuned for Monday’s unbelievable news.

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