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Orlando Hadassah brings Cuban author to town – Heritage Florida Jewish News

Posted By on March 25, 2017

Marisell Viega

The Orlando Chapter Hadassah presents “Lunch with Cuban-born author Marisella Veiga” on Tuesday, April 4, at Congregation Ohev Shalom at 11:30 a.m. She will present her book, “We Carry Our Homes With Us”, a memoir of her flight from Cuba as a young girl and her integration into American life.

Veiga is a professional writer and college professor. Her work has appeared in both literary and commercial publications, including the Washington Post, Poets & Writers and Art in America. In 2004, Veiga was given the Evelyn La Pierre Award in Journalism by Empowered Women International. She is a nationally syndicated columnist with Hispanic Link News Service. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota; she now lives and writes in St. Augustine, Florida.

On Dec. 30, 1960, Veiga with her mother and two brothers boarded a plane from Havana to Miami. Her father fled a few months later, joining his family with a total of 14 U.S. cents in his pocket and an understanding that he would never see his homeland again.

Thanks largely to the sponsorship of a host family in St. Paul, the Veigas resettled in Minnesota, miles away from the Caribbean subtropics where the climate was similar to home, Spanish was spoken, and thousands of exiles arrived each month.

Veiga’s stories are rich with detail and character as she describes her integration into a northern Midwestern landscape she grew to love, from adapting to the cold, learning to ice skate before learning to speak English to her obsession with Davy Jones. Yet, the weight of her biculturalism-being of two worlds but an outsider to both-has been central to her quest for identity.

In 2014, Veiga was awarded a residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, Minnesota. She wrote a basic draft about her formative years as a resettled Cuban refugee in the Twin Cities. “We Carry Our Homes with Us” is the result-published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press this past April.

Signed copies of Veiga’s book will be available at the meeting. It is also available for download and in paperback at

For reservations to “Lunch with Marisella Veiga,” e-mail or call 407-333-0204. Couvert is $12.

Orlando Hadassah brings Cuban author to town – Heritage Florida Jewish News

Bluecadet’s Anti-Defamation League Site Redesign Takes the Battle Digital – Dexigner

Posted By on March 25, 2017

Bluecadet recently refreshed the Anti-Defamation League website, equipping this bastion of human rights protection with a very modern tool to battle hate and promote respect at a crucial junction in American history.

Founded in 1913 with a mission to combat anti-Semitism, over the past century the ADL’s mission to protect and enhance human rights has expanded to include voting rights, First Amendment rights, LGBTQ rights, support for immigration reform, and combating anti-Muslim bias. The organization may be over a century old, but in the current political climate, their mission is as relevant and important as ever.

Whether it’s an educator looking to eliminate bullying and cyberbullying from their campus, a law enforcement official investigating a hate crime, a journalist on deadline in search of ADL’s position on breaking news, or an average American who feels moved to make their voice heard, Bluecadet created a streamlined, easily updated website with the needs of ADL’s many constituencies in mind.

The result was a site that is equal parts resource, bully pulpit, and organizing tool designed for a wide array of users, from journalists to activists to law enforcement officers. The new is far more than a bully pulpit-it’s the doorway to an organization focused on a holistic approach to promoting tolerance and respect.

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Arrest Of Jewish Man In JCC Threats Does Not Discount The Threats, ADL Says – CBS Chicago

Posted By on March 25, 2017

March 23, 2017 4:49 PM

CHICAGO (CBS) The head of the Anti-Defamation League in the Midwest said the fact that a Jewish man was arrested doesnt diminish the impact of the crime.

RELATED: Israel Police Arrest Suspect In Threats On U.S. Jewish Targets

After more than 160 bomb threats at Jewish centers in North America, there is some relief, now that an arrest has been made, said the Anti-Defamation League. WBBMs Steve Miller reports

And the fact that it was a 19-year-old Jewish man?

This doesnt make us reanalyze what we have seen as a real uptick in anti-Semitism.

Lonnie Nasatir is the regional director for the Upper Midwest Region for the Anti-Defamation League.

I dont think this should just be discounted now and say, Theres no more anti-Semitism. It was done by a Jewish person,’ Nasatir said. Weve seen so much in terms of cemetery desecration and what we saw at the Loop synagogue here in Chicago.

The ADL said three Jewish community facilities in Chicago and the suburbs have received bomb threats this year.


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Affordable housing for seniors on the agenda – Daily Item

Posted By on March 23, 2017

SWAMPSCOTT A community forum on Thursday will present plans for the affordable senior housing redevelopment of the shuttered Machon Elementary School.

Town officials and Bnai Brith Housing, the developers, will present the draft schematic plans for the project to residents at 7 p.m. at Swampscott High School, Room B129.

Before the developer enters into a permit submission and review process, the town and Bnai Brith wanted to present the current plans to the community for feedback, town officials said.

This is a perfect opportunity for the community to not only see whats to come, but to take part in it early in the process, Town Administrator Sean Fitzgerald said in a statement.

Town Meeting approved the selection and redevelopment proposal from Bnai Brith Housing, a nonprofit that builds affordable homes for seniors in Greater Boston, last May. The developers approved proposal is to build Senior Residences at the Machon, a complex at 35 Burpee Road that will include 38 one-bedroom units and 48 parking spaces. Each unit would have one parking space and 10 guest spaces would be available.

The town later entered into a land development agreement with Bnai Brith. Under the terms of the deal, the nonprofit signed a 99-year ground lease for $500,000. The purchase includes an additional $50,000 for off-site improvements.

Bnai Brith plans to reuse the original 1920 building and demolish the 1963 addition.

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Schematic plans seen during the community forum will need to be approved by the Board of Selectmen. If approved by the selectmen, the developer will be able to finalize plans and submit them for the permit review process. Town officials said in December that Bnai Brith will also be applying for tax credits and other subsidies associated with a low-income project.

Eight units are reserved for households at or below 30 percent of the average median income and 30 units are for those at or below 60 percent. Preference will be given to residents over age 62. The maximum local preference allowed by the state is 70 percent.

We held a community forum in February 2015 that had residents work together to come up with reuse ideas for our vacant town-owned buildings, said Peter Kane, director of community development, in a statement. The resounding feedback regarding the Machon School was to convert it into affordable senior housing.

Machon School was closed down in 2007 and was later turned over to the town.

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Gay hostage recalls 1977 Hanafi ‘siege’ on D.C. – Washington Blade

Posted By on March 23, 2017

Billy Clamp was held hostage in the Bnai Brith building in 1977. (Washington Blade archive photo by David Dahlquist)

Billy Pat Clamp is one of 149 people taken hostage in three buildings in Washington, D.C. on March 9, 1977, by a dozen members of a fringe Muslim group called the Hanafis in an incident that many consider the first major act of domestic terrorism in the United States.

Clamp, who was 36 at the time, was working in his office as a bookkeeper at the international Jewish human rights organization Bnai Briths headquarters building on Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., when members of the Hanafi group stormed the building. They were armed with shotguns and machetes.

They herded Clamp and about 100 other employees into a large room under construction on the buildings top floor, tied their hands, and forced them to lie face down on a concrete floor, according to accounts by Clamp and others.

Clamp was unable to attend a 40th anniversary commemoration in D.C. two weeks ago of what has become known as the Hanafi siege. But he spoke to the Washington Blade last week about his own harrowing experience when one of the gunmen determined he was gay after searching his pockets and discovering a tube of lipstick.

His latest Blade interview came just under 40 years after he talked to the Blade a month following the incident, which led to a story about his experience as a gay hostage published in the April 1977 edition of the Blade.

What happened is my hands were tied behind my back, Clamp said in the Blade interview last week. And there was a lady standing there who worked at Bnai Brith. The womens hands were not tied. And he asked me what do you have in your pockets? Clamp recalled one of the gunmen asking him.

I said money and keys. And he asked the woman to go into my pockets and she pulled out money and keys, said Clamp. Then he said whats in the next pocket? She was very, very nervous and she pulled out a tube of lipstick, Clamp recounted.

And he said, Lipstick! He screamed it out and he said are you a faggot? And the lady said no Im not, terrified that the gunman was talking to her, Clamp said.

Im not talking to you Im talking to him, Clamp quoted the gunman as saying.

With everyone else in the room seeming to turn their heads in horror to watch what was happening, Clamp recalled his response came out in an almost serene way.

I thought to myself it went through my mind very quickly that I know who I am, he told the Blade. He cant tell me who I am. If Im going to be killed I want to be who I am. I looked over at him and I said, Yes I am. I remember that very well, Clamp recalls.

The gunman, holding the tube of lipstick, next asked him, Do you use this? Clamp recalls. Yes I do, he remembers saying.

Clamp later told his colleagues he used the lipstick to brighten his cheeks and never used it on his lips. Conscious about his appearance, he said he liked the idea of going to work with rosy cheeks. But at the time he determined this explanation would have made little or no difference to the gunman interrogating him.

And then all hell broke loose, Clamp said. He took me and he threw me up against the wall. And my head was against the wall. My hands were tied behind my back. And he took a rifle and hit my legs so I was on a slant.

Meanwhile, within an hour of their takeover of the Bnai Brith building, other armed members of the Hanafi group seized control of the Islamic Center on Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. along Embassy Row, where they took about a dozen people hostage.

A third two-man contingent, in what authorities now determined was a well thought out plan, stormed into the District Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., where they planned to take hostage then-D.C. Mayor Walter Washington. As they entered the 5th floor of the building they shot a security guard who had approached to investigate what was happening. He later died after suffering a fatal heart attack while in the hospital.

One of the gunmen next shot to death a 24-year-old reporter for WHUR Radio, Maurice Williams, who covered the D.C. government beat, seconds after Williams unknowingly walked into the area where the gunmen were.

Also shot and seriously wounded was then-D.C. Council member Marion Barry, who was hit with a shotgun pellet that struck one inch from his heart. Barry recovered from his gunshot wound and won election as mayor one year later.

At the 40th anniversary commemoration held at the building where Williams, Barry, and the security guard were shot, which is now called the Wilson Building, then-D.C. Police Chief Maurice Cullinane told of how he engaged with the Hanafi leader in a dialogue by phone for close to 40 hours before a negotiated agreement was reached. The hostages were released, with most unharmed. Some, like Clamp, had been roughed up but not seriously injured.

Cullinane, former U.S. Attorney for D.C. Earl Silbert, and Assistant U.S. Attorney at the time Mark Touhey recounted the motive behind the Hanafi siege. They noted that the Hanafi leader, Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, sought to get revenge for an incident that took place four years earlier in which members of his family, including his 9-day-old grandson, were murdered in his home while he was someplace else by members of a rival sect of U.S. Muslims.

Authorities said the murders took place a short time after Khaalis began speaking out against a leader of the Nation of Islam organization. Cullinane said several men from Philadelphia were arrested and convicted for the murders. But over the next four years, according to Cullinane, Khaalis became obsessed with extracting revenge on the men convicted for the murders, who were then serving long prison terms.

In his negotiations with Cullinane, Khaalis demanded that authorities deliver the convicted men to him at the Bnai Brith building and threatened to cut off the heads of hostages if authorities failed to comply with his demand.

Cullinane credited help he received from the ambassadors from Egypt and Iran, whose citizens were among the hostages at the Islamic Center. He said the ambassadors helped him reach a carefully negotiated agreement in which Khaalis directed his gunmen to release all of the hostages in exchange for him to be allowed to remain free at home while awaiting trial. He was later convicted on charges of armed kidnapping and conspiracy. Cullinane said Khaalis died in prison in 2003.

Clamp, 76, who now lives in Rehoboth Beach, told the Blade in the 1977 interview that the gunman who had been roughing him up was replaced by another gunman who untied Clamps hands and allowed him to use the bathroom. As he was being untied Clamp said he asked whether the first gunman was going to come back and hurt him.

He wont hurt you, Clamp quoted the second gunman as saying. Were only teasing you. Everybodys born to be different and to be what they want to be, Clamp recalled being told.

In 2002, the Human Rights Campaign, the nations largest LGBT political advocacy group, bought the Bnai Brith building after Bnai Brith moved to another building nearby. After completing a renovation project, HRC in 2003 moved into the building, which became its national headquarters.

HRC was honored to carry on the civil rights tradition in Bnai Briths former home, a statement on the HRC website says.

Gay hostage recalls 1977 Hanafi ‘siege’ on D.C. – Washington Blade

Trump budget turns safety net into gossamer –

Posted By on March 23, 2017

If a budget is a moral document, then the budget President Trump submitted to Congress last week is a testament to immorality of the highest order.

The Jewish communitys response has been broadly critical. The American Jewish Committee, American Jewish World Service, Bnai Brith International and the Religious Action Center are a few of the national organizations condemning aspects of the budget.

Thirty-one percent cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, 28 percent cuts to the State Department, and similar slashing of the Centers for Disease Control are among the biggest cuts.

Despite promises that aid to Israel would be unaffected, even AIPAC called out the budgets deep cuts to foreign aid, which bolsters U.S. standing around the world. But more alarming are discretionary spending cuts to environmental protections and the social safety net that are so draconian, they have the potential to cause grave harm, even death.

That is not hyperbole. When a government eliminates home heating assistance to poor people who live in cold weather states, that government puts them in mortal danger.

Then there was the cavalier display by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney justifying cuts to Meals on Wheels and school lunch programs, claiming such programs show no results.

Really? Tell that to a child who comes to school without having eaten breakfast, or an elderly person who depends on that one hot meal a day to get by.

Mulvaney also justified crushing cuts to the National Endowment of the Arts and other cultural entities, saying, Can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs? The answer was no.

Wrong, Mr. Mulvaney. Isnt our national motto E pluribus unum, meaning out of many, one?

Besides, the discretionary spending slice of the budget pie is so small and each of the programs mentioned all the smaller that cutting them does nothing but cause unnecessary pain.

Fortunately, the consensus in Washington, D.C., is that the Trump budget is dead on arrival.

Democrats, liberals and a majority of American Jews are not the only ones blasting the proposed cuts. Republican House members, senators and governors have also expressed reservations about various aspects of the budget.

The good news is that presidents have only so much power. Now, it is the peoples turn to speak. And we must speak.

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A Jewish candidate gives Democrats hope in Atlanta’s suburbs – Cleveland Jewish News

Posted By on March 23, 2017

WASHINGTON One candidate has the endorsement of a civil rights giant. Another boasts that he changes his oil in his pickup truck. A third coached soccer at the local community center.

Its politics as usual in Georgia, except that these three candidates among the 18 running in the special election on April 18 in Georgias 6th Congressional District are Jewish.

The election is a jungle, or blanket, primary, an open race in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, face off against one another in a June 20 runoff barring the unlikely event that one candidate tops 50 percent.

Race figures prominently in this election in the Atlanta suburbs, as does traditional values (another candidate is prominent in the right-to-life movement). But all politics is local attracting jobs to the district and improving mass transit are major campaign themes.

The election is atypical, however, in two ways: Democrats see it as their first opportunity to wound President Donald Trump, and the presence of the Jewish candidates, notably Jon Ossoff, a Democrat attracting national media attention as the likeliest to pull off an upset.

That one-sixth of the candidates are Jewish in the 6th is something of an anomaly, said Steve Oppenheimer, a businessman who backs Ossoff.

What are we, 2 percent nationwide? asked Oppenheimer, who has served on the national boards of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and Hillel. If we were twice that here and that may be a stretch we [Jewish voters] are not going to be the swing vote.

Not that Ossoff, a scholarly and serious 30-year-old, is reluctant to chat about his Jewish upbringing if he is asked.

I was bar mitzvahed at The Temple, which is a Reform synagogue, he told JTA, somewhat didactically. My Jewish upbringing imbued me with certain values, a commitment to justice and peace.

Ossoff is perhaps best known as a muckraking documentary filmmakerwho once was an intern to Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. and now is being endorsed by the civil rights giant. (Ossoff was later an aide on national security policy to another Georgia Democrat, Hank Johnson, who also has endorsed him.)

That biography and Trumps surprisingly poor performance in November in a district that for decades has been solidly Republican has propelled Ossoff to the front of thediverse pack of candidates. A poll commissioned by zpolitics, a website tracking politics in Georgia, had him at 41 percent on Monday, while his closest two contenders, both Republicans, are tied at 16.

Tom Price, the previous incumbent, won the district by more than 20 points in November, but Trump beat Clinton in the district by barely a percentage point. Trump tapped Price to be his health secretary, and Trumps poor performance led Democrats to smell blood. (Ossoffs slogan? Make Trump furious.)

Ossoff, youthful and personable, soon emerged as a national Democratic favorite, and a fundraising drive led by the liberal website Daily Kos, among other factors, has made him the candidate to beat, with $3 million reportedly in his campaign coffers. The Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have deployed resources to his campaign.

That, in turn, has led to coverage in the national media, including front-page treatment in The New York Times and profiles in the New Yorker, Esquire and the Los Angeles Times.

Every one of those treatments includes a requisite skeptical note from impartial observers of Georgias politics: Ossoff, they say, is gobbling up Democratic support, and likely will place on April 18, but the notion that he can win in the runoff in the historically red district is far-fetched.

Typical of the pundits is Kerwin Swint of Kennesaw State University, who on Feb. 27 told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a Democrat could conceivably sneak into the runoff, but that Democrat would almost surely lose the runoff. The numbers just arent there yet.

Democrats, giddy at Ossoffs surge in the polls, believe the numbers are coming in. Ossoff says hes running to win outright on April 18, although that tends to get even his supporters eyes rolling.

Sheri Labovitz, a longtime Democratic activist, has not formally endorsed Ossoff among the five Democrats running, but she believes he has momentum.

Hes got a machinery working with him that has some very good research, hes got bodies knocking on doors every day and every weekend, she said. If you can turn your voters out, youve got a great shot.

Jon Ossoff, in red tie, is flanked by Reps. John Lewis, left, and Hank Johnson, who are both supporting his candidacy. (Courtesy of the Ossoff campaign)

And Labovitz said Jewish interest is unexpectedly strong. She expected perhaps 30 people to show up last month at a salon she organized for Jewish Democratic women that featured Ossoff and two other candidates: Ron Slotin, a former state senator who also is Jewish, and Sally Harrell, a former state representative who has since withdrawn. Instead, 200 people packed the room.

Ossoff said he was wowed by the turnout.

Jewish women are leading a lot of the political engagement in the community, he told JTA.

Still, Labovitz is reserving judgment on a final call until she sees which of the 11 Republicans in the race emerges to compete with Ossoff.

Its a gerrymandered district, she said. Can a Democrat make the runoff? I really think so. Can a Democrat win? I would like to think so.

The two Republicans who are ahead in polls would provide a sharp contrast with Ossoff.

Karen Handel earned national notoriety in 2012 when, while she was vice president at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a charity that combats breast cancer, cut off its relationship with Planned Parenthood.

In the ensuing controversy Komen, which was founded by a well-known Jewish Republican philanthropist, Nancy Brinker, who named it after her late sister, reinstated the relationship with the reproductive rights and womens health group. Handel then left the organization, becoming something of a hero for abortion opponents.

Bob Gray, a former council member in the town of Johns Creek, has an ad that opens with Trump pledging to drain the swamp. It fades to Gray, in overalls, draining a swamp literally to the twang of blues chords on an acoustic guitar.

Republican ads target Ossoff as an interloper in a conservative redoubt. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a national Republican political action committee, uncovered video from his days at Georgetown University wielding a light saber as a bare-chested Han Solo and extolling the virtues of beer.

Not ready, the ad said.

Ossoff says the attack on him by a national superPAC is a signal of how serious his bid is. His current incarnation clean cut, well turned out and soft spoken, and the CEO of a documentary film company that delves into cutting-edge issues like corruption in Africa and the mistreatment of women by Islamist terrorists deflects bids to portray him as unripe.

Ossoff is more sensitive to charges that he is a carpetbagger; he lives just outside the district boundaries. That gets him testy.

My significant other is a medical student at Emory and she needs to walk to work, he said.

Casting him as an outsider resonates with some voters in a mixed rural-suburban district. Jere Wood, the mayor of Roswell, a town in the district, told the New Yorker earlier this month that Ossoffs name alone would alienate voters.

If you just say Ossoff, some folks are gonna think, Is he Muslim? Is he Lebanese? Is he Indian? Wood said.

Ossoff likely would enjoy the jab; he wears his progressive badge with pride. He turned up at Atlantas Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on the Saturday night that Trumps first executive order banning refugees and other travelers from Muslim-majority countries went into effect, and identifies with them as a matter of heritage.

American Jews all share that immigrant story, he said, and that perspective hardens my resolve to fight for an open and optimistic vision of our country where if you work hard you can get ahead, where we welcome those who come here to build the country.

Ossoff also signals familiarity with the Middle East. His campaign biography notes that when he was at Georgetown, he studied under Michael Oren, the historian and former Israeli ambassador to Washington. Oppenheimer, Ossoffs backer, says as a congressional aide the candidate helped draft Iran sanctions, but also is quick to note that Ossoff had left the job by the time Democrats were backing the Iran nuclear deal that so riled AIPAC.

He was not involved in the deal President Obama made, Oppenheimer said with emphasis.

If Ossoff and his backers are right and distaste for Trump and hard-line conservatism threatens to turn this district blue, then David Abroms would be a formidable adversary in the runoff. But this Jewish Republican is not registering in the polls, finishing next to last among the eight candidates named in the zpolitics poll with under 2 percent of the vote.

Abroms, 33, avoids mentioning Trump in his campaigning. He focuses instead on his business converting vehicles to running on natural gas and how he hopes to bring to Washington his ideas of energy independence from the Middle East.

A lot of wealth goes overseas to the Middle East to people who dont like us very much, it hampers our national security, it hampers Israels national security, he said in an interview.

Abroms, who interned for former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, now the U.S. attorney general, is relaxed with both his Southern and Jewish heritages.

I consider myself a paradox, he said. Im a Jewish accountant, but I drive my pickup truck and I do my oil changes, and I listen to country music.

Ron Slotin (Courtesy of the Slotin campaign)

Slotin is another moderate albeit a Democrat who likely wont make the cut. The zpolitics poll, with 625 respondents and a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points, had him just ahead of Abroms at 3 percent. A state senator in the 1990s who ran unsuccessfully against Cynthia McKinney for Congress McKinney went on to become one of the bodys most strident Israel critics he is reviving his slogan from that era, Votin Slotin, and campaigning on bipartisanship and bringing jobs to the district.

Slotin, 54, is an executive headhunter who once owned the Atlantic Jewish Life magazine and coached soccer at a local JCC. He touts his role aspart of the government team that crafted tax credits that brought TV and movie production into the state.

What I bring to the district is stronger against any Republican candidate than what [Ossoff] brings to the district, he said.

The zpolitics poll suggests that might be true: A question asking for a second choice indicative of how the runoff might play out had Slotin by far the leader with 34 percent, while Ossoff got 5.6 percent.

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North Loop news: A change in chefs for the Hewing Hotel’s Tullibee – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Posted By on March 23, 2017

Open just four months, and theres already a change at the top at Tullibee, the handsome restaurant in the new Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis North Loop neighborhood.

Chef Grae Nonas, recruited with some fanfare from Austin, Texas, to Minneapolis, is leaving the restaurant.

His replacement? Its another out-of-towner. Hes Bradley Day, and hes coming to town armed with an impressive and varied resume. A native Australian, Day trained at TAFE International Western Australia in Perth, then spent a half-dozen years in London, cooking for Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Gordon Ramsay before moving on to the London branch of Asia de Cuba.

In 2003, that gigbrought him to the United States, and Day became executive chef of the New York City outpost of Asia de Cuba. He continued toworkfor restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow and his China Grill Management, opening Center Cut (a contemporary steakhouse), Bar Basque (Spanish), Kutshers Tribeca (a modern Jewish-American deli) for the company (all have subsequently closed). In 2015, Day became executive chef of STK Downtown, the New York City outpost of an upscale steakhouse/lounge chain run by the One Group.

Day is drawn to Minneapolis by the opportunity to work with the fresh and seasonally diverse ingredients provided by the citys many nearby farmers, purveyors and freshwater fisherman, according to a statement. And, yes,Tullibees Nordic sensibilities and cooking style will remain in place, said a Hewing spokeswoman.

Day (pictured, above, in a provided photo)is scheduled to arrive in Minneapolis next month.

As for Nonas, he remains at Tullibee and is currently slated to stay through mid-April to assist with transition, said the spokeswoman.There are no confirmed plans for him currently but he will remain in Minneapolis.

During his brief tenure at Tullibee, Nonas (a 2015 Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef) made quite a splash. Not only does he prepare what is easily the citys tastiest lefse, but Nonas captured top honors at last months Cochon555, the annual competition that pits five of the regions top chefs against one another in a heritage pork cook-off. Hell compete with nine other regional finalists in the national Cochon555 in October in Chicago.

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Who We Are | About Anti-Defamation League | ADL

Posted By on March 23, 2017

We are activists, educators and experts. We fight anti-Semitism and all forms of hate. We advocate for a safe and secure democratic Jewish State of Israel and combat efforts to delegitimize it. We help shape laws locally and nationally, and develop groundbreaking model legislation. We work with students to respect inclusion and to challenge bias and bullying. We train law enforcement officers about extremism, terrorism and hate crimes.

We never give up trying to build a better world inspired by our democratic sense of unity: There is no them only us.

Founded in 1913, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is our nations premier civil rights/human relations organization. We have a distinguished history of reminding the world just how tenuous civil rights are and we mobilize people to engage in reasonable discourse as together we find solutions to serve our diverse society.

A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with supporters and partners throughout the United States and around the world, ADL is rooted in Jewish values. We speak up for those whose voices are not always heard. Our network of more than two dozen regional offices nationwide and an office in Jerusalem are on the ground, organizing and galvanizing grassroots support around the most pressing issues of the day.

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Anti-Defamation League Denies Credentials to Jewish Journalist

Posted By on March 23, 2017


(Update: The ADL reversed its decision and granted Breitbart News credentialson Wednesday evening.)


Nazarian, who is Jewish, has covered antisemitism extensively in her assignments for Breitbart News,focusing on the recent wave of antisemitic incidents on college campuses across California.

In July, for example, Nazarian wrote an article titled, Alarming Spike in Campus Antisemitism Linked to Hatred for Israel.

Nazarian has also covered antisemitism more generally. Last September, in an article titled Fighting Islamicisation and Antisemitism in America, she wrote about the risks ofanti-Jewish prejudice entering school curricula through textbooks.

In addition, Nazarian has also written about antisemitism and extremism abroad, and has traveled internationally to cover foreign affairsissues involving the U.S., Israel, and Iran.

Most recently, Nazarian covered the 2016 presidential campaign, traveling with the international press corps following Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Nevertheless, theADL denied credentials to Nazarian a Jewish journalist with sterling credentials for no apparent reason.

Nazarian provided the following correspondence with the ADL (email addresses redacted):

From: Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:15pm To: Subject: Media Credentials for Breitbart News

Dear Mr. Gutnick,

I am trying one last time to get credentials to this event.

I understand you said over the phone that we would not be allowed to attend tomorrows summit on anti-Semitism. However, I am writing to you to confirm that we would still like to attend. I also asked for an interview with Mr. Jonathan Greenblatt. You said no.

This is a further request.

Will you provide credentials to Breitbart News for tomorrows event?

Thank you, Adelle Nazarian Breitbart News

On Sunday, the ADL released a statement in response to the appointment of Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon to a key advisory positionby President-elect Donald J. Trump. The statement reads, in part:

It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the Alt Right, a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists is slated to be a senior staff member in the peoples house, said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. We call on President-elect Trump to appoint and nominate Americans committed to the well-being of all our countrys people and who exemplify the values of pluralism and tolerance that makes our country great.

Breitbart News is not the premier website of the Alt Right, nor does it include white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists.

Joel B. Pollak, Senior Editor-at-Large and In-House Counsel for Breitbart News, who also holds a degree in Jewish Studies, called the ADLs statement defamatory, partisan, and contrary tothe organizations mission.

He added: The fight against real bigotry is undermined by false accusations.


ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt says Nazarian was barred from Thursdays event in error and that she has been credentialed.

Shortly after Greenblatts tweet, the ADLs media person responded to Nazarians email. He wrote, Adelle, Sorry for the delay. Your credentials have been granted. See you tomorrow.

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Anti-Defamation League Denies Credentials to Jewish Journalist

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