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A Rainbow of Fun And Unity

Monday, July 11th, 2016

What could possess 500 normally sane women and girls to lace up their running shoes and show up at a Monsey area park for a 5K run at 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning ready to be splattered with rainbows of color by a bunch of trigger-happy individuals armed with fully-loaded paint guns? Chesed 24/7, an organization that has been providing a boatload of services to the Jewish community, including programming for the developmentally-disabled for more than 20 years.

Originally founded to serve residents of New Square, Chesed 24/7 has grown over the years to serve the broader Jewish community and currently stocks hospitality rooms at over a dozen area hospitals with freshly-prepared foods, prepackaged meals, snacks, Jewish reading materials, a refrigerator, meat and dairy microwaves and Shabbos warmers. Other services include hospital shuttles, community medicine chests, a 24-hour hotline, a lending library, a mother’s milk bank, a medical equipment gemach, meals for the sick, elderly or homebound and senior outreach services, with an army of volunteers cheerfully donating their time to help others. Share 24/7, a dedicated division serving the developmentally-disabled, provides residential and respite programs, retreats and habilitation as well vocational and case management services.

All of those programs have to get funded somehow and, after its successful debut last year, Chesed 24/7’s Color Run has fast become a much-anticipated annual event. Having missed last year’s race, I vowed to join in the fun this time around, and while I am sure there were those who trained daily, I confess that my pre-race prep skewed more towards sartorial concerns given that I planned on walking, not running. Should I sacrifice my wear-everywhere black skirt to the cause? And which sheitel was I going to risk?Sandy-070816-Blond

Sunday June 26th was one of those picture-perfect summer days and it was a spectacular 75 degrees when I got to Eugene Levy Memorial Park bright and early, the number 364 pinned to my official Color Run t-shirt and my camera (hopefully) safely ensconced in a Ziploc bag. I was ready to face the music, or, in this case, the paint.

With the race countdown clock at 45 minutes, the atmosphere was already electric with excited participants pinning numbers to their shirts, scooping up their Chesed 24/7 water bottles, having their faces painted and chatting with friends. It was heartwarming to see the wide variety of people who showed up to show their support from all over Monsey, Passaic and Queens. The littlest walkers looked to be not more than eight years old, with participants ranging upward to sneaker-clad bubbies, and one mother pushing a double stroller – no small feat on some of the steeper hills. Dressed in long sleeves, short sleeves and everything in between and in skirts of varying lengths, participants reflected Monsey’s diverse landscape, with everyone coming together to raise money for a very worthy cause, sponsored by Junk Boyz Preservation and two dozen other local businesses.

Sandy-070816-BrunetteBy 9:45 the (of course) female DJ was already cranking up the music and the pre-race prep was in full swing, with lots of enthusiastic singing and dancing and sunglasses for all, courtesy of sponsor Wesley Eye Care. Suffice it to say, those shades did not stay white for long, because the minute the first runners burst through the colorful crepe paper starting gate, the paint was flying fast and furious – cheerful volunteers squirted away, dousing everyone in sight with ammunition from their guns, which were loaded with paint-filled soda bottles.

While there were those who chose to avoid the paint, I wasn’t one of them. I mean, half the fun of the color run is getting shpritzed and I did, from head to toe. Along the way, there were plenty to cheer us on throughout the course: decorative drawings in sidewalk chalk on the path and signs that read “Dance for Chesed 24/7,” “We don’t sweat, we sparkle” and my favorite, the confrontational yet motivational “My mascara runs faster than you!” Also dotting the course, in addition to the trigger-happy paint maniacs, were kiddie pools filled with water bottles, volunteers handing out ice pops and plenty of fun music to help keep the pace.

Sandy Eller

MK Glick Gets 93,000 Signatures Supporting Jerusalem’s Unity

Monday, June 6th, 2016

MK Rabbi Yehuda Glick (Likud) on Sunday received more than 93,000 signatures from supporters of Israel worldwide affirming the Jerusalem Covenant, in honor of Jerusalem Liberation Day. The covenant, proclaiming the eternal unity of Jerusalem and its status as the Biblical and political capital of Israel, was presented to the Knesset’s newest member by NGO Israel365 founder Rabbi Tuly Weisz.

“This is so exciting, holding a book with almost 100,000 signatures of people from all over the world who signed their name on the Jerusalem Covenant,” Glick said, adding, “Jerusalem is the city of peace, and here we see the words of the prophets materializing and becoming a reality, all nations coming together and signing the Jerusalem Covenant between God and Jerusalem and the world.”

The printed Jerusalem Covenant / Courtesy

The printed Jerusalem Covenant / Courtesy

The Jerusalem Covenant was originally written in 1992 by Israeli Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice Rabbi Menachem Elon to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. It was intended as a renewal of the original Biblical covenant between God and the people of Israel. In 2013, Israel365 launched a project to bring the Jerusalem Covenant to the hearts of Israel supporters worldwide. In its first year, the initiative garnered 10,000 signatures; the number has doubled annually ever since, reaching more than 93,000 this year. Signatories hail from more than 100 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe.

Each year, the printed collection of signatures, bound together in a book, is presented to a different MK: last year it was Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud). The Covenant was given to MK Glick this year in recognition of his work to reconnect the Jewish people with the Temple Mount. Glick blessed the endeavor, saying he hopes to see a million signatures when the next issue comes out, by the end of the jubilee year. “That would be the opening of a new era,” he surmised.

Rabbi Weisz noted that “signing the Jerusalem Covenant gives Israel’s supporters a chance to make their voices heard, and to tell the world that Jerusalem is, and always will be, the Biblical heritage of the Jewish people.”

Click here to sign the Jerusalem Covenant.


Netanyahu Invites Liberman to Meet on Unity Government

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beytenu party chairman and MK Avigdor Liberman were scheduled to meet at 4 pm Wednesday to discuss a return to a Likud government.

Liberman denied reports that he met last week with the prime minister to discuss support for Yisrael Beytenu sponsored legislation.

Media reports also alleged Liberman was offered the defense portfolio – which might account for the tensions between Netanyahu and current Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon – but Liberman said Netanyahu made no offers.

Liberman set three conditions for entering the coalition, which he shared with journalists at a news conference Wednesday morning. The former minister of foreign affairs said his party would demand the defense portfolio, imposition of the death penalty for terrorist murderers, and pension reforms.

“I heard many times in the media that they offered us defense and the death penalty… we never heard any such offer,” Liberman told reporters.

“If it is true that they are offering [the] defense [ministry], the death penalty and pension reform, that is indeed a respectable offer, and there is something to talk about. But we won’t conduct negotiations in the dead of night, or via secret deals.

“The prime minister has my phone number… we haven’t ruled out anything, but it needs to be serious.”

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu and Herzog Meet to Discuss ‘Unity’ Coalition Amid Labor Party Backlash

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Opposition leader and Zionist Union faction Chairman Isaac Herzog met on Sunday night to discuss the prospects of establishing a national unity government, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 2.

The meeting took place despite fierce backlash from members of Herzog’s Labor party and his political allies, who consider joining Netanyahu a betrayal, and recent polls showing Herzog’s support plummeting.

“I am not deterred by polls like these, which are about momentary fads,” said Herzog in comments to a closed conference aired on Tuesday by Israel Army Radio. “When checking them thoroughly, we can see that most of the public does not know what they mean, and still gives 30% support to the move, most of whom are from the bloc that I lead rather than the bloc on the right.”

Herzog explained last week that he will join Netanyahu’s coalition if he is given the “mandate” to deal with serious issues facing the country, including “to separate from the Palestinians” and “to make the United States and Europe our allies again.”

MK Shelly Yachimovich, a former Labor party head, is one of several of party members to strenuously object to a national unity government.

“This was an offer that should have been rejected with contempt long ago,” Yachimovich wrote last week in her weekly newsletter.

“It wouldn’t be a unity government,” she added. “It would be a right-wing government in every way, with Labor creeping in without conditions to get portfolios and positions.”

Opposition to a national unity government has also been pushed by members of the Coalition, including Likud MK Yoav Kisch.

“A narrow government that is faithful to settlements is better than a broad government lacking in values,” said Kisch last Thursday, implicitly claiming that a unity government with the Zionist Union would undermine the government’s ability to continue construction in Judea and Samaria.

“The very act of negotiating with Netanyahu is political profiteering and job trading. It’s disgraceful and constitutes a betrayal of the public trust,” Labor party MK Stav Shafir commented on Sunday.

Herzog dismissed such objections during a private meeting with Labor party activists in a recording aired Sunday on Israel’s Channel 10 news.

“If we can speak with Mahmoud Abbas, we can speak with Netanyahu,” Herzog said, referring to the president of the Palestinian Authority.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Shiloh Musings: National Unity Government? UGH!

Monday, May 16th, 2016

I think we all know that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has really wanted a national unity government for a long, long time. I can see his point, but I’m happier with the status quo, and that’s the same reason why he wants an expanded government coalition.

Bibi wants a national unity government, because his narrow, bare minimum 61 out of 120 MK coalition is too tight to allow him to make any policy changes. That’s, davka, why I like it. I hate to think what he and Leftist Herzog have up their sleeves when putting them together.

Arutz 7 claims they’re negotiating…

Report: Netanyahu offers Zionist Union nine gov’t ministries
Unity gov’t talks continue apace, as sources close to the prime minister say he’s made a very generous offer to opposition leader Herzog.

Lately, Isaac Buji Herzog has been making statements that give the impression he has moved towards the Right, meaning Center. And since Bibi has been doing the same from the Right, their positions are meeting/similar in some cases. I guess they are now following the same game plan…

It means that next elections there will be nothing to choose between; both large parties will be pretty much the same. Granted that the MKs aren’t, but they don’t run the show.

If Herzog bites, then will Tsipi come along? And will Bennett remain in the coalition?

What do you think?

Batya Medad

Israeli Envoy Tells European Union, NATO, ‘Together We Are Stronger’

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Israeli envoy to the European Union and NATO, David Walzer, said in a statement on Friday that the strength to fight terrorism and to find the cures to deadly diseases can be found in unity.

“Fighting against terrorism is not enough,” said Walzer in a statement quoted by the European Jewish Press. “We need to cooperate in all areas, in showing up together in combating cancer, in research, space, desalination of water in Africa…

“Together we will be stronger to cope with other problems,” he said.

“I want the Europeans to think of their future together with our future,” he added. “We are one family.”

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Holds Security Briefing, Rivlin Calls for Unity

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened a security meeting Monday evening following terror attacks today (Monday, Nov. 10) in Tel Aviv, Gush Etzion and elsewhere around the country.

As ministers and security personnel gathered to assess the situation, President Reuven Rivlin called on public figures and leaders of Israel across the political spectrum to join forces against the challenges currently facing Israel.

Rivlin said in a statement that he places his trust in the security establishment, which will not rest until it returns the nation to normal life.

The president conveyed his deepest condolences to the family of the young woman who was taken from them in the terrorist attack, and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.

At about the same time, Hamas terror spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement that his group “welcomes the heroic operations on the streets of the homeland and considers them a response to the occupation’s crimes against Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque.” He added that the attacks were a “message of warning to the occupation before the explosion of the situation” and urged Arabs to carry out more terror attacks.

Hamas is a partner in the Palestinian Authority unity government with Fatah leader and PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, also known by his terrorist name, “Abu Mazen.”

Hana Levi Julian

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