LETTER TO EDITOR: Thanks offered to community for response to synagogue fire – The Daily Iberian

| May 3, 2020

This is a tale of two stories. The first one is a potential tragedy. As many of you know, lightning struck the roof of the Jewish Synagogue in New Iberia on the morning of April 28

Why I Am Observing the Community Mental Health Shabbat (& Why You Should Too!) – The Times of Israel

| May 3, 2020

Last year, together with my co-chair, Yair Meyers, we spearheaded an initiative in our community in Montreal which became known as the Community Mental Health Shabbat. Our goal was to get as many synagogues in our community as possible to dedicate the same Shabbat in May to mental health awareness and destigmatization

‘Keeping the Faith’ is 20 years old. Rabbis and priests look back at the interfaith romcom that was ahead of its time. – JTA News

| May 3, 2020

(JTA) It sounds like an old joke, about a rabbi and a priest walking into a bar. But Keeping the Faith, a romantic comedy released 20 years ago this month, stretched the premise into one of the more clever films of its genre, and the rare Hollywood movie that takes questions of religious faith and obligation seriously. Keeping the Faith was the directorial debut of actor Edward Norton, from a screenplay by the Jewish writer Stuart Blumberg, who had been Nortons roommate at Yale.

Tel Aviv using COVID-19 crisis to occupy more lands in West Bank – The Media Hell

| May 3, 2020

Both Israeli parties of Likud and Blue and White, regardless of apparent differences, have a common plan for the West Bank, which is nothing more than the use of a new corona virus crisis to annex additional Palestinian territories. Asa Winstanley, a London-based investigative journalist who writes about Palestine and West Asia, says Israels Zionist regime is seizing every minor opportunity including the COVID-19 pandemic to seize more areas from the West Bank to build new illegal settlements.

Balfour Declaration was issued to gain Jewish support for war effort, Ben-Ami explains – Mondoweiss

| May 3, 2020

Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street has a video primer on the history of the conflict that while obviously from a liberal Zionist perspective (the Temple Mount), is good on the unfairness of Trumps deal of the century, showing that Palestinian areas would be connected by a spaghetti of roads. I like Ben-Amis explanation of the British Balfour Declaration of 1917. Its one of those things that is absolutely key to understanding this

The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917-2017 – Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

| May 3, 2020

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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Heres whats happening Wednesday – Chicago Tribune

| May 3, 2020

State officials Wednesday reported another 92 deaths in Illinois related to the coronavirus, as the statewide death toll reached 2,215. Officials also announced 2,253 new known cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 50,355.