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Union Bank and KCET Honor 2012 Local Heroes

Posted By on October 26, 2012

Local Heroes Program culminates with 15th Annual Awards celebration.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 23, 2012

The 2012 Local Heroes honorees are: Shirlee Smith and Dr. Samella Lewis (Black History Month); Bea Cohen and Billie P. Weiss (Womens History Month); Stewart Kwoh and Bill Yoshiyuki Watanabe (Asian Pacific American Heritage Month); Abner D. and Roslyn Goldstine and Annette Shapiro (Jewish American Heritage Month); Ivy Bottini and Steven Michael Llanusa (LGBT Pride Month); Joel G. Leal and Carlos H. Vaquerno (Hispanic Heritage Month).

We are excited to celebrate the 2012 Local Heroes honorees who bring leadership, dedication and creativity to their work and communities, said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre Habis, head of Community Banking. We are proud of our expanded partnership with KCET and look forward to celebrating the achievements of many more heroes as part of our

15-year tradition in Los Angeles.

KCET joins Union Bank as we recognize thirteen incredible individuals for their remarkable achievements in their respective communities, said KCET President and CEO Al Jerome. We are pleased to introduce them to our viewers through the video profiles currently airing on KCET and we are delighted to announce that the Local Heroes Awards will be broadcast for the first time next month on our station.

The 2012 Local Heroes honorees are:

Black History Month

Shirlee Smith is the president and CEO of Talk About Parenting with Shirlee Smith, Inc. The Pasadena-based nonprofit organization specializes in parenting issues. Smith provides parenting workshops including sessions for mothers who are for incarcerated, is a popular public speaker, writes an award-winning newspaper column and is host of the cable television show, Talk About Parenting LIVE" with Shirlee Smith. She is the author of Theyre Your Kids Not Your Friends, and the Spanish version, Son tus Hijos, no tus Amigos. Smith received the 2006 Angel in Adoption Congressional Award and was recently named chair of the Pacific Clinics Family Programs advisory board. She is a graduate of UCLA.

Dr. Samella Lewis is professor emeritus of art history at Scripps College of The Claremont Colleges, where she became the first tenured African American professor in art history and has worked for more than 40 years. Named a Distinguished Scholar by the Getty Center for the History of Art and Humanities, she founded the Los Angeles Museum of African American Art in 1976 and was its curator until 1986. She also founded and edited landmark publications that helped increase recognition of African American art and artists, including The International Review of African American Art. Dr. Lewis earned her doctorate degrees in art and art history from Ohio State University.

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Anat Hoffman’s arrest at Wall galvanizes U.S. liberal groups

Posted By on October 25, 2012

Liberal Jewish groups and womens organizations nationwide and in Israel are protesting last weeks arrest of Anat Hoffman at Jerusalems Western Wall.

Hoffman, chair of Women of the Wall and a longtime activist for womens rights in Israel, was arrested while she was leading a womens prayer service in violation of Israeli law.

While it was not the first time Israeli police have stepped in to stop her praying at the Wall, it was the first time she was arrested and taken to a police station, where she claims she was forced to strip naked and dragged across the floor.

In the United States, the Union for Reform Judaism called for a police investigation and expressed its dismay to Michael Oren, Israels ambassador in Washington, as did Conservative leaders. Oren released a statement

Israeli police arrest Anat Hoffman at Western Wall on Oct. 16. photo/jta-women of the wall

On Oct. 22, the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism spearheaded a global Shema flash mob a nod to the prayer Hoffman was reciting when she was arrested. People gathered at congregations nationwide to say the prayer at the same time (10 a.m. Pacific time). Many posted videos of themselves saying the Shema on the USCJs Facebook page, including a group at Congregation Beth David in Saratoga.

At Congregation Etz Chaim, an independent liberal congregation in Palo Alto, executive director Ellen Bob says 10 women showed up Monday morning, while others who had to be at work told her they would pause at

10 a.m. to recite the prayer. It was surprisingly moving, Bob said. I wanted to do it out of a deep sense of solidarity, but I didnt expect to get goose bumps.

In Israel, the Israel Religious Action Center, which Hoffman leads, launched a petition to the Supreme Court requesting that the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which runs the holy site also known as the Kotel, change its decision-making process to include non-Orthodox Jews.

There is no voice around that table for women, for the paratroopers who liberated the Wall, for the variety of pluralist voices, said Hoffman. We want to dismantle this body. If the Wall belongs to the Jewish people, where are the Reform, Conservative, secular?

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Palestinian UN bid in defiance of US seeks to jolt talks

Posted By on October 25, 2012

RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinian leaders plan to shake up the 19-year-old peace process and proceed with a United Nations statehood bid next month over U.S. objections, chief negotiator Saeb Erakat said.

"It's a moment of truth," Erakat said in an interview at his West Bank office in Ramallah. "We're determined to change the status quo."

The move to upgrade the Palestine Liberation Organization's status to that of a "non-member state" in the UN General Assembly comes a year after the failed effort to obtain full membership through the Security Council, a step the Obama administration blocked.

By forcing the statehood issue Palestinians risk jeopardizing international aid that accounts for about 14 percent of gross domestic product and inviting retaliatory measures from Israel, which captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza in the 1967 Middle East war.

"We are ready to go directly back to the negotiations once we return from the UN," Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in Ramallah Wednesday.

The Palestinian bid to upgrade its observer status at the UN is likely to pass the General Assembly, where the United States has no veto as it does in the Security Council, Erakat said.

If the vote succeeds, "Palestine will become a nation under occupation," Erakat said. "The moment we get this, every single thing Israel does in east Jerusalem or the West Bank will become null and void."

The Palestinian cause has fallen into relative obscurity since formal peace talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government were frozen two years ago. There was only one mention of Palestinians during Monday's U.S. presidential debate on foreign policy.

Peace talks stumbled over the issue of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Abbas said he would not return to negotiations unless Israel froze all settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Netanyahu has refused to renew a 10-month freeze on construction that expired in 2010, and this week said Israel considered all of Jerusalem its "eternal capital." The two sides first started direct peace negotiations with the Oslo Accords that were signed at the White House in 1993.

More than 327,000 Jewish Israelis live in 121 fortified West Bank settlements and other scattered outposts amid some 2.6 million Palestinians, according to 2010 census data. Another 193,000 Jews live in east Jerusalem, most in separate areas from the 281,000 Palestinians, according to 2010 data compiled by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies.

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Greg Rosenbaum Steps Down As Head of Empire

Posted By on October 25, 2012

At 10:59 p.m. on Oct. 10, Greg Rosenbaum received the official news that he would no longer be the chief executive officer of Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc., a company based in Mifflintown, Pa., that went from near collapse to prosperity and expansion just a year after his arrival in 2006.

Rosenbaum, who received notification that he had been ousted via letter and voice mail, described the circumstances leading up to his rem-oval as a disagreement between himself and the partners of Empire Kosher on the strategy and direction for the company.

Rosenbaum explained that he did see this coming in the recent weeks.

The disagreement began after the partners vetoed a complicated acq-uisition that he had been working on since early May.

I spent a huge chunk of my time negotiating this deal that would have increased business by 40 percent, its not a small thing to disagree about, he said. The tension between the partners and me was not an issue we would have been able to put behind us.

The alleged deal in question was the acquisition of MVP Kosher Foods, the second-largest supplier of kosher poultry in the United States, based in Birdsboro, Pa.

Key principal of MVP Kosher, Mark Honigsfeld, said that he app-roached Rosenbaum this past May in hopes of working out a transaction between the two companies.

When Greg and I met, there seemed to be tremendous synergism, and it made a lot of sense to proceed on some sort of acquisition merger and joint venture, said Honigsfeld, who now runs what is left of MVP Kosher from his Long Island home.

After that initial meeting, Honigsfeld alleges that negotiations began, with both boards of directors at MVP Kosher and Empire Kosher involved every step of the way. He explained that as part of the acquisition, MVP Kosher would turn over its farming relationships, inventories, birds and customers and would close down its Birdsboro plant the second week of July.

On Friday, Oct. 12, Honigsfeld said he was informed that Rosenbaum was no longer working for Empire Kosher and that, in fact, the acquisition would not be happening.

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Abraham Reiss, Jewish women discuss Nora Ephron’s legacy – Video

Posted By on October 24, 2012

Abraham Reiss, Jewish women discuss Nora Ephron #39;s legacy http http http Abraham Reiss #39;s international bestseller, Fomenting Change-which outlined an actionable, 23-step process for implementing successful transformations-became the change bible for managers in industry. On this episode of THE SALON, Jewish women discuss Nora Ephron #39;s legacy, the UJA Federation of NY #39;s recent Jewish community study, The Atlantic article arguing that women can #39;t have it all, and Jewish wedding trends for summer

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40 Terror Plots Foiled Since 9/11: Combating Complacency in the Long War on Terror

Posted By on October 24, 2012

Abstract: In 2007, The Heritage Foundation became the first and only organization tracking thwarted terrorist attacks against the United States. That year, Heritage reported that at least 19 publicly known terrorist attacks against the United States had been foiled since 9/11. Today, that number stands at 40. The fact that the United States has not suffered a large-scale attack since 9/11 truly speaks to the countrys counterterrorism successes. However, simply applauding the achievement and taking only a forward-looking approach is not nearly enough to prevent the next attack. Reviewing the terrorist plots that have been foiled since 9/11 can provide valuable information for understanding the nature of the threat, as well as best practices for preventing the next attack.

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, it is important to take stock of what the government must do to ensure that America never experiences another such terrorist attack. There is little doubt that the United States is safer than it was on September 10, 2001at least 40 terror plots against the U.S. have been foiled since 9/11but the war on terrorism is not yet won. As heartening as it is that so many plots have been foiled, their number also points to the magnitude of the ongoing threat that must not be ignored. In order to continue Americas success in fighting terrorism and protecting the nation, America must not allow itself to become complacent. Instead, Congress and the Administration should:

Compiled by The Heritage Foundation since 2007, the following list outlines those publicly known terrorist plots against the U.S. that have been foiled since 9/11.[1] While all categories of terrorist attacks against U.S. targets at home and overseas have been declining steadily since 2005, thwarted plots have more than doubled during the same period, showing that terrorists continue to plan to harm the United States and its people.

1. Richard ReidDecember 2001. A British citizen and self-professed follower of Osama bin Laden who trained in Afghanistan, Richard Reid hid explosives inside his shoes before boarding a flight from Paris to Miami on which he attempted to light the fuse with a match. Reid was caught in the act and apprehended aboard the plane by passengers and flight attendants. FBI officials took Reid into custody after the plane made an emergency landing at Bostons Logan International Airport.[2]

In 2003, Reid was found guilty on charges of terrorism, and a U.S. federal court sentenced him to life in prison.[3] He is currently incarcerated at a federal maximum-security prison in Colorado.

Saajid Badat was sentenced to 13 years in jail for planning to blow up a passenger plane. The 26-year-old, a religious teacher from Gloucester, was sentenced after he admitted conspiring with fellow Briton Reid. Badat pled guilty in February to the plot to blow up the transatlantic flight on its way to the U.S. in 2001.[4]

2. Jose PadillaMay 2002. U.S. officials arrested Jose Padilla in May 2002 at Chicagos OHare airport as he returned to the United States from Pakistan, where he met with 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and received al-Qaeda training and instructions.[5] Upon his arrest, he was initially charged as an enemy combatant, and for planning to use a dirty bomb (an explosive laced with radioactive material) in an attack in the U.S.[6]

Along with Padilla, Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi were convicted in August of terrorism conspiracy and material support. It was found that the men supported cells that sent recruits, money, and supplies to Islamic extremists worldwide, including al-Qaeda members. Hassoun was the recruiter and Jayyousi served as a financier and propagandist in the cell. Before his conviction, Padilla had brought a case against the federal government claiming that he had been denied the right of habeas corpus (the right of an individual to petition his unlawful imprisonment). In a five-to-four decision, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the case against him had been filed improperly.[7] In 2005, the government indicted Padilla for conspiring against the U.S. with Islamic terrorist groups.

In August 2007, Padilla was found guilty by a civilian jury after a three-month trial. He was later sentenced by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to 17 years and four months in prison.[8] He is being held at the same penitentiary as Richard Reid.

3. Lackawanna SixSeptember 2002. When the FBI arrested Sahim Alwan, Yahya Goba, Yasein Taher, Faysal Galab, Shafal Mosed, and Mukhtar al-Bakri in Upstate New York, the press dubbed them the Lackawanna Six, the Buffalo Six, and the Buffalo Cell. Five of the six had been born and raised in Lackawanna, New York.[9] All six are American citizens of Yemeni descent, and stated that they were going to Pakistan to attend a religious camp, but attended an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan instead. The six men pled guilty in 2003 to providing support to al-Qaeda. Goba and al-Bakri were sentenced to 10 years in prison, Taher and Mosed to eight years, Alwan to nine and a half years, and Galab to seven years.[10] Gobas sentence was later reduced to nine years after he, Alwan, and Taher testified at a Guantanamo Bay military tribunal in the case against Osama bin Ladens chief propagandist, Ali Hamza al-Bahlul.[11]

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Who Exactly Owns The Media 2012? – Video

Posted By on October 24, 2012

Who Exactly Owns The Media 2012? Just for something different, a video put together by zionget, actually I find this mans videos very interesting as well as researched. Credit to zionget Allegations of Jewish control of the media are manifestations of an antisemitic canard, myth or conspiracy theory which maintains that Jews control the world #39;s mass media

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C2CAM The Lost Ark of the Covenant Discussed Main Show Only – Video

Posted By on October 24, 2012

C2CAM The Lost Ark of the Covenant Discussed Main Show Only Coast To Coast AM - The Largest Up-to-date Coast to Coast AM Archive is here. The Coast To Coast AM late night talk show hosted by George Noory with Ian Punnett, George Knapp, Richard Hoagland, Rob Simone and John B. Wells are the Coast To Coast AM hosts and will keep you informed late into the night ........................................................................................................

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C2CAM Jim Morrison and The Doors Discussed Main Show Only – Video

Posted By on October 24, 2012

C2CAM Jim Morrison and The Doors Discussed Main Show Only Coast To Coast AM - The Largest Up-to-date Coast to Coast AM Archive is here. The Coast To Coast AM late night talk show hosted by George Noory with Ian Punnett, George Knapp, Richard Hoagland, Rob Simone and John B

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C2CAM Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot Discussed Main Show Only – Video

Posted By on October 24, 2012

C2CAM Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot Discussed Main Show Only Coast To Coast AM - The Largest Up-to-date Coast to Coast AM Archive is here.

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