Bidens first call in region will be Netanyahu, White House says – The Jerusalem Post

| February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that a conversation between US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is imminent.[President Bidens] first call with a leader in the region will be with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Psaki said at a press briefing. It will be soon; I dont have an exact day, but it is soon.She went on to say that Israel is, of course, an ally; Israel is a country where we have an important strategic security relationship, and our team is fully engaged not at the head of state level quite yet but our teams are fully engaged, having constant conversations at many levels with the Israelis.Since his inauguration on January 20, the president has not called the Israeli prime minister. However, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan has spoken twice with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben Shabbat, as the US is consulting with allies and members of congress about the next steps the administration should take regarding Irans nuclear program.

Veteran diplomat Gideon Meir dies at 74 – The Times of Israel

| February 18, 2021

Senior Israeli diplomat Gideon Meir died on Monday at the age of 74 after a bout with cancer. Meir, born in Jerusalem in 1947, served as Israels envoy to Italy from 2006 to 2011, and most recently as head of the Foreign Ministrys Public Diplomacy Division. He also took part in peace negotiations with Egypt

Comments on: Music in Judaism: In Search of the Tenth Song – Jewish Journal

| February 18, 2021

I spent a decade composing the music for the Warner Brothers TV Network. Here in Los Angeles, that means every time you watched a Channel 5 sports broadcast, a TV show promo or the Rose Parade, you heard my music in the background. But as great an experience as this was for a composer just out of college, I realized my heart was elsewhere

Meet the Yemeni-Jewish musician singing soulful Jewish R&B – Cleveland Jewish News

| February 18, 2021

This story originally appeared on Alma. When you think of Jewish music, what comes to mind

A wine-lovers life – The Jewish Standard

| February 18, 2021

Wine is a complicated thing.

Rabbi Abel Respes Spent Lifetime Urging Jews of Color to Discover Their Roots – Jewish Exponent

| February 18, 2021

The late Rabbi Abel Respes, the subject of a Black History Month webinar this week, always knew his family was different.

Southeast Michigan entertainment calendar Feb. 19 and beyond – The Oakland Press

| February 18, 2021

Note: Due to COVID-19 concerns, events are subject to change. Check with venues for updates. Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas: 8 p.m.

New Jewish Horror Film Steeped in Ancient Jewish Lore and Demonology – jewishboston.com

| February 18, 2021

It may be tempting to describe The Vigil as The Exorcist meets Borough Park. But making the comparison can be glib and detract from the originality of this one-of-a-kind Jewish horror film. Tickets for the film, screening through Feb.

Americas Christian and Jewish Faithful Observe Socially Distanced Ash Wednesday and Purim – Times of San Diego

| February 18, 2021

Martha Gendonou receives communion from Deacon Tony King at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Atlanta. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry Kimberly Hendricks will usher in the somber Christian period of Lent on Ash Wednesday from the parking lot of her Sacramento church instead of its sanctuary thanks to COVID-19 restrictions

A year of grief: Orthodox Jewry reels as COVID-19 hastens the loss of its rabbis – The Times of Israel

| February 18, 2021

JTA Three times on Sunday, January 31, Orthodox men carried the body of a beloved Torah scholar wrapped in a black and white prayer shawl through the streets of Jerusalem to a freshly dug grave. First there was Rabbi Meshulam Dovid Soloveitchik, the 99-year-old heir to a vaunted tradition of Talmud study. A few hours later it was Rabbi Yitzchok Sheiner, the 98-year-old leader of a prominent yeshiva