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Jewish Singer and Songwriter Leonard Cohen, 82 [video]

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) passed away this week at age 82. His death was announced on Thursday.

It’s not well-known, but Cohen kept Shabbat, even while on tour, as he told the NYTimes in a 2009 interview.

There are both open and hidden Jewish themes embedded throughout his music. He described his songs as “muffled prayers”.

Cohen visited and played in Israel a number of times, including for IDF troops during the Yom Kippur War.

Leonard Cohen gives the Priestly Blessing in Tel Aviv:

Leonard Cohen sings Hallelujah in Tel Aviv:

Jewish Press News Briefs

Shaked to Victorious Trump: Let’s Move that Embassy to Jerusalem!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) on Wednesday morning issued a statement calling on President Elect Donald Trump to make good on his campaign promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I congratulate US President Elect Donald Trump, a true friend of Israel,” Shaked said. “I’m certain Trump will know how to courageously navigate the free world to successful destinations in the war against world terrorism. This is an opportunity for the American Administration to move the United States’ embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital city.”

Shaked noted that “such a move would symbolize the tight connection and deep friendship between our two countries.”

Back in October, Ivanka Trump told assembled members of The Shul of Bal Harbour in Surfside, Florida, that her father would “100 percent” move the US embassy to Jerusalem should he be elected president.

A year ago, in an appearance before the Republican Jewish Coalition, Trump would not go on record as recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but last January he said the city was “the eternal capital” of Israel and that he was “100 percent for” moving the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 was passed by Congress on October 23, 1995, calling for initiating and funding the relocation of the Embassy of the United States in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, no later than May 31, 1999. Congress even attempted to withhold 50% of the State Department budget for Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad until the United States Embassy in Jerusalem had officially opened. The same act also called for Jerusalem to remain an undivided city and to be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel.

Since its passage, the law has never been implemented by Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama, who saw it as an infringement on their constitutional authority to conduct foreign policy. To add insult to injury, all three, Clinton, Bush and Obama, had pledged on their campaign trails to move the embassy to the “eternal city.”

JNi.Media

It’s a Voting Party in Tel Aviv

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

The US Embassy in Israel (which hasn’t yet been moved from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital in Jerusalem) is holding a voting party at the Dan Panorama hotel in Tel Aviv.

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US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro is also there:

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Jewish Press News Briefs

Moishe Mana Says He’ll Pay Trump Accusers’ Legal Fees

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Tel Aviv born Billionaire Moishe Mana, an entrepreneur, Miami real estate developer, art collector and philanthropist, most well-known for his company Moishe’s Moving Systems, has told the press he will pick up the legal fees of any woman who has accused Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of sexual harassment should Trump take her to court, because, he said, “We have to step up to the plate and protect these women.”

Back in October, Mana organized a private auction to benefit the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Mana and his senior vice president Shai Baitel selected 18 artworks from the billionaire’s personal collection, including works by Robert Indiana, Jessica Stockholder, and Cey Adams, each estimates at between $1,200 to $15,000.

Mana has already offered to pay $2 million to Trump’s favorite charity if the candidate would release his tax returns. Now Mana stands to spend a lot more, as more than 10 women have come forward to accuse Trump, whose response so far has been, “All of these liars will be sued.”

Mana said he plans to “assemble a team of lawyers to subpoena his records, his documents, his real e-mails . . . He’s bad for business, he’s bad for society. He’s bad for the world in every aspect.”

David Israel

Tel Aviv is #3 in Top 10 Startup Ecosystems, 2nd Year in a Row

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Tel Aviv has again won third place among the Top 10 Startup Ecosystems in the World, for the second year in a row, announced SparkLabs Global Ventures, the creator of the San Francisco-based VentureBeat tech news site which holds the competition.

Only Silicon Valley and Stockholm preceded the White City, which was followed by New York and Los Angeles, and then Beijing, Seoul, Boston, London and Berlin.

The Israeli city earned four “unicorns,” according to the site, defined as having a private company valuation of a billion dollars or more, a private company acquired for a billion dollars or more, and IPO’ed during 2010 to the present, with a current market capitalization of a billion dollars or more.

“To find this top 10, we looked at eight factors,” the judges noted. “Funding Ecosystem & Exits, Engineering Talent, Active Mentoring, Technical Infrastructure, Startup Culture, Legal & Policy Infrastructure, Economic Foundation, and Government Policies & Programs.”

Hana Levi Julian

Stolen Vehicle Catches Fire in Samaria Police Chase

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

An Israel Police chase after two stolen vehicles on Route 50 in Samaria ended up with one of the vehicles catching fire when its Arab thief attempted to break through a security check post, Israel Police and Israel’s Defense Ministry said in separate statements. Three Arab suspects were arrested.

The check post separates Route 50 from Route 5, a major Israeli highway connecting to the coastal highway to Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Stolen vehicle turned over at Route 50 check post, Nov. 2, 2006

Stolen vehicle turned over at Route 50 check post, Nov. 2, 2006

One of the stolen vehicles rammed against several cars waiting at the check post, the other caught fire. The fire was put out by local security staff.

One woman suffered a panic attack. The check post was closed down for half an hour, causing enormous delays to Jewish community residents who go through the facility on their way to work.

David Israel

For Americans in Israel Who Didn’t Receive an Absentee Ballot…

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

There are increasing reports that numerous American citizens living in Israel have not yet received their absentee ballots for next week’s presidential election.

For those readers who are among this group, and did not receive a ballot from your local Board of Elections, all is not yet lost. One can download and print out a federal write-in absentee ballot that is valid in every state in the U.S., and return it anyway.

The ‘iVote Israel’ organization, a project of the nonprofit organization “Americans for Jerusalem,” has placed drop boxes in 11 towns and cities around Israel, for filled-out ballots that will then be returned, postage-free, to the United States.

Most are located in the center of the country, but one is also located in Be’er Sheva, in southern Israel, and one is also located in Efrat, a town in Judea, close to Jerusalem.

Hana Levi Julian

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