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Palestinian detainees on hunger strike: what does the ICRC do? – Video

Posted By on May 10, 2012

10-05-2012 03:22 Elpida Papachatzi, head of the protection department for Israel and the occupied territories, answers three questions about Palestinian detainees who are in imminent danger of dying.

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The Geopolitics of Gas Discoveries in Israel – Video

Posted By on May 9, 2012

09-05-2012 13:35 His Excellency Uzi Landau, minister of energy and water resources for the State of Israel, discusses the significance of the Tamar and Leviathan natural gas discoveries in the current regional context. His Excellency Uzi Landau, minister of energy and water resources for the State of Israel, will discuss new natural gas discoveries off the coast of Israel, their impact on the nation's standing in the Middle East, and the importance of this new energy resource in the context of current regional events. Landau, who has held central positions in the Israeli cabinet and as a member of the Knesset since 1984, was a senior research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism of Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya from 2006 to 2008.

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Jewish American Heritage Month: Science & Medicine

Posted By on May 9, 2012

This week we continue our month-long celebration of Jewish American Heritage month with a look at just a small in fact, miniscule sampling of Jewish Americans who left an indelible mark in the fields of medicine and science.

JULE CHARNEY (Jan. 1, 1917 June 16, 1981) was an American meteorologist who contributed to the development of numerical weather prediction and to increased understanding of the general circulation of the atmosphere by devising a series of increasingly sophisticated mathematical models of the atmosphere. Born in San Francisco on New Years Day 1917, Charney was the son of Stella and Ely Charney who had immigrated early in the century from White Russia. Shortly after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, Charney joined the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., and participated in the first efforts to apply digital computers to the problem of weather prediction. He was a leader among those who worked to formulate the equations governing atmospheric motions, excluding from his formulations possible solutions (e.g., sound waves) that do not affect large-scale weather patterns while retaining the complex phenomenon of cyclone formation. This work provided the theoretical basis for the routine use of computers in forecasting.

CARL SAGAN (Nov. 9, 1934 Dec. 20, 1996) was an American astronomer and astrochemist and a highly successful popularizer of several natural sciences. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Sagan is famous for writing popular science books and co-writing and presenting the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which has been seen in over 60 countries and is the most widely watched Public Broadcasting Service program in history. Sagan published more than 600 scientific papers and popular articles and was author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Sam Sagan and Rachel Molly Gruber, Sagan was a leader in the U.S. space program since its inception and worked as an adviser to NASA from the 1950s onward. His many awards include the Oersted Medal, the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, and the United States National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal.

Headlines celebrating the success of Salk's polio vaccine.

JONAS SALK (Oct. 28, 1914 June 23, 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist who was hailed as a miracle worker for his discovery and development of the first safe and effective polio vaccine in 1955 a time when the epidemic was considered the most frightening public health problem of the post-war United States. In 1947, Salk accepted an appointment to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In 1948, he undertook a project funded by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to determine the number of different types of polio virus. Salk saw an opportunity to extend this project towards developing a vaccine against polio and devoted himself to this work for the next seven years. In 1963, Salk founded the Jonas Salk Institute for Biological Studies, an innovative center for medical and scientific research. He spent his last years searching for a vaccine against AIDS. Born in New York City to parents from Jewish Russian immigrant families, he was the first member of his family to go to college.

ALBERT EINSTEIN (March 14,1879 April 18, 1955) was best known for developing the theory of general relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, he is often regarded as the father of modern physics. While best known for his massenergy equivalence formula E = mc2 (dubbed the worlds most famous equation), he received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his explanation of the phenomenon known as the photoelectric effect which was pivotal in establishing quantum theory within physics. An outspoken pacifist who was publicly identified with the Zionist movement, Einstein emigrated from Germany to the United States when the Nazis took power before World War II. He lived and worked in Princeton, N.J. for the remainder of his life. On the eve of World War II, he helped alert President Franklin D. Roosevelt that Germany might be developing an atomic weapon, and recommended that the U.S. begin similar research; this eventually led to what would become the Manhattan Project. Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers along with over 150 non-scientific works. His great intelligence and originality have made the word Einstein synonymous with genius.

STANLEY COHEN (born Nov. 17, 1922) is an American biochemist and 1986 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology and Medicine. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Cohen was the son of Russian Jewish emigrants who came to America in the early 1900s. Working with Rita Levi-Montalcini (co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in 1986) in the 1950s, Cohen isolated nerve growth factor and then went on to discover epidermal growth factor. He continued his research on cellular growth factors after moving to Vanderbilt University in 1959. His research on cellular growth factors has proven fundamental to understanding the development of cancer and designing anti-cancer drugs.

HOWARD TEMIN (Dec. 10, 1934 Feb. 9, 1994) ) was born in Philadelphia, Penn. He won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1975, along with David Baltimore and Renato Dulbecco, for describing how tumor viruses act on the genetical material of the cell through reverse transcriptase. This upset the widely held belief at the time of the Central Dogma of molecular biology posited by Nobel laureate Francis Crick, one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA. Temin showed that certain tumor viruses carried the enzymatic ability to reverse the flow of information from RNA back to DNA using reverse transcriptase. The discovery of reverse transcriptase is one of the most important of the modern era of medicine, as reverse transcriptase is the central enzyme in several widespread human diseases, such as HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and Hepatitis B.

JOSHUA LEDERBERG (May 23, 1925 Feb. 2, 2008) was an American molecular biologist known for his work in microbial genetics, artificial intelligence, and the United States space program. He was just 33 years old when he won the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering that bacteria can mate and exchange genes. Lederberg also did extensive research in artificial intelligence. This included work in the NASA experimental programs seeking life on Mars and the chemistry expert system Dendral. Lederberg was born in Montclair, N.J., to Esther Goldenbaum Schulman Lederberg and Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Lederberg, and moved to Washington Heights in Manhattan as an infant.

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Klezmer and Kids Story Hour to feature author, accordion player

Posted By on May 7, 2012

Children and adults are invited to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month (May) at a very special PJ Library Story Hour featuring author Heidi Smith Hyde, who will read her book, Mendels Accordion, and accordion player Barry Shapiro, who will entertain with klezmer music. Klezmer and Kids will take place on Friday, May 18, 3:30 p.m. at Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Road in Marblehead.

According to organizers, children will delight in Smith Hydes coming-to-America story while learning about klezmer music, its place in Jewish culture and its modern-day revival. Children will form a klezmer band from instruments they will make, and will dance and play along with Shapiro.

Klezmer and Kids Story Hour, a free program of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation in partnership with Cohen Hillel Academy and the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore, is open to all who want to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. PJ Library Klezmer and Kids Story Hour is made possible by a generous allocation from the Jewish Federation of the North Shore.

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May Celebrates Asian, Jewish Heritage

Posted By on May 6, 2012

Since high school, I've always known that May is a month- long tribute to many aspects of Asian America. But it wasn't until last week when I was compiling a list of D.C.-area events related to this month that I found out that May is also Jewish American Heritage Month. Here's a brief synopsis of what I know and learned about the origins of the two observations, as well as a few events:

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

It first started out as a week after Congress passed a 1978 joint resolution proclaiming the first seven days of May to be Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. May was chosen to commemorate the first arrival of Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843. It was also chosen because the transnational railroad, labored by mostly Chinese immigrants, was completed on May 10, 1869.

President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation shortly after the resolution passed in Congress. Other presidents have also continued to issue similar proclamations. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush extended the celebration to the month of May.

APA Events

Monday, May 7, 7:30 p.m. Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will headline the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies' comedy show titled "Entertainment Night" at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater.

Tuesday, May 8, 5:30 p.m. Macy's and the National Association of Asian American Professionals will sponsor "Taste of Asia." The event will feature samples of Southeast Asian cuisine prepared by guest chefs from Super Pho, Case Asia, Bangkok Noodle Restaurant. It will take place at the lower level furniture gallery of Macy's in Metro Center.

Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Asian Heritage Foundation is co-sponsoring its May celebration in downtown Silver Spring's "Fiesta Asia." The event is free admission and will take place on Ellsworth Drive.

Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. A week later, Asian Heritage Foundation is hosting Fiesta Asia in downtown D.C. The street festival is also free and will take place between 3rd Street to 6th Street along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Saturday, May 19, 7 p.m. Korean pop singer Jay Park will headline Verizon's APA Heritage Month Tour at the Fillmore Silver Spring (8656 Colesville Rd.)

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Nakba – Video

Posted By on May 6, 2012

Nakba What Is al-Naqba, or al-Nakba - The Catastrophe? May 14, 1948 marks Israel's declaration of independence.

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May is Jewish Heritage Month

Posted By on May 3, 2012

President Barack Obama celebrated the shared struggle of Jewish identity in proclaiming Jewish Heritage Month for the month of May.

In the proclamation issued May 1, the president discussed the perseverance of Jewish Americans in overcoming adversity and hostility to reach success in America.

Even here, Jewish Americans bore the pains of hardship and hostility; yet, through every obstacle, generations carried with them the deep conviction that a better future was within their reach, Obama said. In adversity and in success, they turned to one another, renewing the tradition of community, moral purpose and shared struggle so integral to their identity.

The proclamation highlighted the achievements of Jewish Americans such as composer Aaron Copland, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, physicist Albert Einstein and writer and art collector Gertrude Stein, stating that their achievements forever enriched our national life.

Our country is stronger for their contributions, and this month we commemorate the myriad ways they have enriched the American experience, Obama said.

Jewish Heritage Month was first proclaimed in 2006 by President George W. Bush following two resolutions that unanimously passed Congress in 2005 and 2006.

The House of Representatives resolution, which was introduced by Jewish Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), passed in December 2005. The Senate resolution, introduced by former Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), also Jewish, passed two months later. jta

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Fences Up: Israel walls off Lebanon, Egypt – Video

Posted By on May 1, 2012

01-05-2012 08:03 To the Middle East now, where Israel is taking new steps to shield itself from its Arab neighbors. Having already walled-off the Palestinians, Tel Aviv's now seeking to do the same with the Lebanese. We get the latest from RT's Paula Slier in Israel

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Arch-terrorist Abu Jihad glorified for killing dozens of civilians, in PA TV documentary – Video

Posted By on May 1, 2012

Arch-terrorist Abu Jihad glorified for killing dozens of civilians, in PA TV documentary Narrator: "The Palestinian revolution was at its peak, and many times Fatah carried out 60 special operations a day. Among the leading operations of the Prince of Martyrs (Abu Jihad): the explosion of the Zohar reservoir in 1955, the explosion of the Israeli National Water Carrier in 1965, the 1975 Savoy Hotel operation in Tel Aviv, in which 10 Israelis were killed, the Dalal Mughrabi operation in 1978, in which more than 37 Israelis were killed, the shelling of the Eilat Port in 1979, and the Dimona Reactor operation in 1988 (bus hijacking and killing of 3 civilians), which was the principle reason for his assassination on April 16, 1988." [PA TV (Fatah) April 16, 2012] Note: Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) was a founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat.

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Jewish American Heritage Month Kicks Off May 1, 2012

Posted By on April 30, 2012

CINCINNATI, April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), a national commemoration of the contributions that Jewish Americans have made to the fabric of American history, culture, and society, announces expanded plans for its 2012 celebration.The main priority of JAHM, observed annually in May, is to raise the national consciousness regarding contributions by Jewish Americans to our country's heritage through a variety of events and programs nationwide. JAHM's objective is to highlight history and culture across all 50 states.


In his proclamation of April 30, 2010, President Barack Obama declared: "As leaders in every facet of American life Jewish Americans have shaped our Nation and helped steer the course of our history." The first-ever White House reception in honor of JAHM was hosted by the President and First Lady Michelle Obama on May 27, 2010. The President has supported JAHM annually through events and proclamations. It was President George W. Bush who declared in 2006 that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month.

"As one who has been part of JAHM since its inception, we could not be happier that it is headquartered in Cincinnati. The Jewish contributions to our country have manifested themselves in diverse locations across the nation. Cincinnati, Ohio is a place in which significant portions of our history culminate. This includes the beginning of Manischewitz, the home of Reform Judaism and the contributions of Isaac Wise," noted Gary P. Zola, Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of The American Jewish Archives (AJA) at Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).

"We are proud to commence efforts for JAHM 2012.JAHM's objective increases tolerance and understanding and decreases anti-Semitism. We thank our major benefactors, including Empire Kosher Poultry Inc., Manischewitz and The Biography (BIO) Channel. JAHM is historically rich due to the high-level involvement of some of our nation's leading historians and their continued commitment," said JAHM national coordinator Jennifer Mooney, executive communications director for Northlich, a Cincinnati advertising agency.

JAHM 2012 is anticipated to be even more comprehensive in scope than previous years. A&E Networks' BIOChannel will feature profiles of well-known Jewish personalities. The five confirmed segments, airing 7/ 6c AM are:

"We are excited to partner with JAHM for the third year in a row," said Libby O'Connell, senior vice president and chief historian at A&E Networks. "BIO's objective is to inform and engage viewers by giving them an insider's looks at the lives of exceptional people. We are pleased to expand this concept by educating teachers and students across America about the contributions of Jewish Americans."

BIO Classroom will air the JAHM profiles every Tuesday morning at 7/6c during the month of May in schools across the country. Additionally, BIO will support JAHM with cross-promotion between the organizations' websites.

JAHM is seeking additional corporate and foundation support to ensure the longevity of its mission. JAHM 2012 plans include increased educational outreach and resources; a PSA and media campaign; a national speakers' bureau; a traveling exhibition of Jewish American history; a national writing contest for middle-school students; expansion of the JAHM website ( and a national infrastructure for JAHM, including point persons in each state.

The JAHM Advisory Committee consists of leaders from major national organizations whose mission is the preservation of Jewish American history: the American Jewish Archives, the American Jewish Historical Society, Jewish Women's Archive, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Council of American Jewish Museums, the Jewish Historical Society of Washington, D. C., and the Jewish Museum of Florida. The advisory committee also includes representatives from Manischewitz and Empire Kosher.

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