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Is zionism against Judaism? | Yahoo Answers

Posted By on May 9, 2019

As a Jew and according to my torah Israel shouldn't even exist, it's against our beliefs, but then again Zionists who are actually atheists by the way, forced themselves on us, and are brainwashing jews especially the children in justifying the horrid actions and the greedy Apartheid government that made it it's policy to make the Palestinians evacuate their ancestrious land,

I'm a Lebanese Jew, keep in mind that almost every country in the Arab world has Jews living there and they refuse to make Israel their homeland because they know that it's a against our beliefs,

So the Zionists that tell you that only the Neturei Karta is the only anti-Zionist group in existence they are trying to mislead you into thinking that, the truth is there are Jewish groups all over the world that are anti- Zionists and here's the list:

International Jews for el Al-Awda Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions Jewish International Solidarity Movement. Neturi Karta international Torah Jews against Zionism Europe [Norway Boycott Israel Sweden Jews for Israeli-Palestinian Peace United Kingdom Jewish Palestine Solidarity Campaign Middle East Israel Adalah B'Tselem Breaking the Silence Gush Shalom Hamoked New Profile Peace Now Rabbis for Human Rights Yesh Din Women Bat Shalom Coalition of Women for a Just Peace Machsom Watch Women in Black Anarchist Anarchists Against the Wall Black Laundry Binational - Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation Ta'ayush Combatants_for_Peace North America Canada Canadian Jews for Al-Awda Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians Canada Palestine Support Network Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights Sumoud Political Prisoner Solidarity Group Wall Must Fall Campaign United States American Jews for Al-Awda Brit Tzedek v'Shalom ICAHD-USA Jewish Voice for Peace New Jersey Solidarity - Activists for the Liberation of Palestine Palestine and Jewish Solidarity Movement The Washington Report American task Force on Palestine New York Al-Awda Jews of New York Jews Against the Occupation California Free Gaza project South America Brazil Comit Brasileiro de Interese Nacional Palestino Oceania Australia Jewish Australians for Palestine Melbourne Australians for Palestine Melbourne Palestine Jewish Solidarity Network Jewish Women for Palestine New Zealand Auckland University of Auckland Students for Justice in Palestine Wellington Aotearoa Jews for Justice Wellington Jewish Palestine Group

The list does not including Jews from Iran or the Arab countries. These are the Jewish based or supportive groups. Do you want to know how many non-Jewish groups support Palestine?

I'm a lebanese Jew

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Poway synagogue shooting: Congregants ‘fill the synagogue’

Posted By on May 8, 2019

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein shared the details of his personal phone call with President Donald Trump after the shooting. USA TODAY

POWAY, Calif. Congregants at theChabad of Poway heeded a call to"fill the synagogue"on Friday night, nearly one week after a deadly synagogue shooting at the Southern California house of worship.

As some congregants walked to a unity service and dinner,they passedcommunity members holding signs of support. Drivers honked horns in agreement.

"It's a community that comes together, and this type of hatred can't take over who we are. It's not welcome here,"said Leslie Talansky, who was holding a sign that said "Poway Strong."

Law enforcement officers wereclearly visible in the area surrounding the synagogue. Multiple street corners were lined with flowers; signs were left with messages such as "Share love and kindness."

Last Saturday the last day of Passover a gunman entered Chabad of Powayand opened fire, killing one person and inuring three others.Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was among those injured.

April 30: Hundreds gather in Poway to celebrate the life of Lori Kaye

April 29: Family of girl injured in Poway synagogue shooting: We fled violence in Israel. We thought it was safe here

Goldstein has publicly urged Jews to respond to the tragedy by becoming more devoted to their faith.

"From here on in I am going to be more brazen," he wrote in aNew York Times opinion piece on Monday. "And Im going to use my voice until I am hoarse to urge my fellow Jews to do Jewish. To light candles before Shabbat. To put up mezuzas on their doorposts. To do acts of kindness. And to show up in synagogue especially this coming Shabbat."

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Shabbat Shalom from Rabbi Goldstein Shabbat Shalom, Tonight, hundreds of thousands of people are attending shul internationally to pack their shuls wall to wall. Thousands of women and girls are lighting candles tonight in the memory of our beloved Lori Kaye, of blessed memory, and in solidarity with Chabad of Poway. We are all heartbroken, our tears are unstoppable. What happened in our shul last week, what happened to Lori, that has shattered us to our core. But we also need to stop and thank Hashem for protecting us from an even greater carnage, G-d forbid. Within this tragedy we have seen miracles. Weve also seen an unbelievable outpouring of love and support from everywhere, our fellow Chabad centers, Jewish communities throughout this country, and around the world. This has truly demonstrated Am Yisroel Chai! And the messages of encouragement weve received from our local community, the American public at large, including the President of the United States, and people of good conscious everywhere, has been truly heartening. Weve also showed the world what the Chabad of Poway community is made of. That we are proud of who we are and will not back down, we will not cower. Our communitys message of hope in our own time of deep pain has been seen, heard and read on national television and in the biggest newspapers. We have carried our Rebbes message of light over dark, of the power of each individual good deed to the world, and, together, comforted others and driven them to positive action. That is an amazing tribute to the Chabad of Poway community and to Lori. Please join us tonight to welcome Shabbat, and welcome each other back to our shul. Lets come back to our home and declare once again Shema Yisrael! in our holy and pure sanctuary. We are planning for hundreds of guests to join us followed by a kiddush on the patio. Please join Devorie and I, and Howard and Hannah for a catered community Friday night dinner. CONTINUED IN COMMENTS

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A standing-room-only crowd of about 700 gathered at the synagogue earlier in the week to honorLori Gilbert Kaye, 60, who died in the attack.

Flowers and messages of support line a street corner adjacent to Chabad of Poway on Friday night.(Photo: Joel Shannon, USA TODAY)

The Chabad-Lubavitch organization said earlier this week that the Poway congregation was launching a "fill the synagogue" campaign, asking Jews to show solidarity with the congregation in light of the tragedy.

Shabbat is a term for the Jewish sabbath, a time between sundown Friday night and sundown Saturday night when observant Jews refrain from many daily tasks such as driving and cooking.

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Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Political Cartoons And Satire

Posted By on May 6, 2019

When does criticism of Israel shade into simple anti-Semitism? Recent events in academia and the media show how the prevalence of the former can make it hard to see the latter for what it is.

A previous post discussed an anti-Semitic performance at a major academic conference on Gaza at The University of North Carolina. The performer, a Palestinian rapper, told the audience that he was going to sing an anti-Semitic song and that they should all sing along. He told the audience that when they sing along, dont think of Rihanna when you sing this, dont think of Beyoncthink Mel Gibson, go that anti-Semitic.

The situation was described in a letter to the conference organizers written by the Dean of the UNC School of government as follows: After [the performer] told the audience I cannot be anti-Semitic alone, it was incredibly offensive to see the attendees at your conference enthusiastically singing along with him. The mood was celebratory. Given his deeply offensive comments, I would have expected his hateful speech to be met with stunned silence. Instead, the reaction of the audience can only be described as enthusiastically anti-Semitic.

In a related story, last week the international edition of the New York Times published an anti-Semitic political cartoon that looked like something that could have been published by anti-Semitic organizations in the 1930s or by todays alt-right movement. It showed the Israeli Prime Minister as a half man/half dog with Netanyahus face on the body of a dachshund with a Star of David hanging from his collar. He was on a leash leading a blind Donald Trump who was wearing a Jewish yarmulke.

The cartoonist, Antonio Moreira Antunes, denied that his drawing was anti-Semitic, telling the Jerusalem Post: Trumps erratic, destructive and often blind politics encouraged the expansionist radicalism of Netanyahu. To illustrate this situation, an analogy occurred to me with a blind man (Trump) led by a guide dog (Netanyahu) and, to help identify him, little known in Portugal, I added the Star of David, symbol of the State of Israel and central element of its flag.

Looking at the cartoon very generously, perhaps it could have been viewed as an over the top, but not necessarily anti-Semitic critique of Donald Trump--had it not depicted him wearing the yarmulke. Hanging the Star of David on Netanyahu could, at the edge of reasonableness, be seen as associating him with Israel rather than marking him as a Jew. But what could the legitimate point be of putting a yarmulke on Trump, who is not Jewish? And, of course, the yarmulke is in no way a symbol of Israelit is a symbol of Judaism. The unmistakable implication of the cartoon is that Trump is controlled by the Jews. Tellingly, Antunes declined to make any attempt to explain why he put a yarmulke on Trumps head.

A number of things link these two incidents. First, they both were a result of decisions made by highly regarded institutions that are supposed to represent values that are the exact opposite of anti-Semitism. UNC is a top-tier university and the Times is arguably the most respected newspaper in the nation, if not the world. These institutions are supposed to be committed to careful use of speech and images, diligence regarding facts and fact-checking, inclusiveness, and a rejection of prejudice. They certainly failed to honor these values in these instances.

Second, both incidents show how slippery the idea of satire can be. The idea behind the Palestinian rappers I cant be anti-Semitic alone presentation was that it was meant as a satire of the supposed tendency to automatically accuse critics of Israel of anti-Semitism. And the political cartoon is intended to be a satire of Netanyahus supposed control over Trump.

However, taken together, the two incidents make exactly the opposite point that they were intended to make. They show how criticism of Israel can easily shade into anti-Semitism. Extremely harsh criticism of Israel is commonplace at even the most reputable universities and news outlets. Israel is regularly compared to apartheid-era South Africa and even to Nazis. It is often described as supporting genocide and ethnic cleansing.

As the New York Timess own Brett Stephens pointed out: The reason is the almost torrential criticism of Israel and the mainstreaming of anti-Zionism, including by this paper, which has become so common that people have been desensitized to its inherent bigotry. So long as anti-Semitic arguments or images are framed, however speciously, as commentary about Israel, there will be a tendency to view them as a form of political opinion, not ethnic prejudice.

It is absolutely true that one can be critical of Israel or Zionism without being an anti-Semite. But the UNC and New York Times incidents show that spending time in an environment where virulent, one-sided criticism of Israel and Zionism is commonplace can desensitize people to actual anti-Semitism. At UNC, how could an audience of presumably intelligent, well-educated people fail to see the anti-Semitism in laughing and singing along with a man who just told them to think of Mel Gibson, a man famous for claiming that Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world? How could a New York Times editor not see that slapping a yarmulke on Donald Trumps head as Netanyahu leads him on a leash does not imply that Trump is controlled by the Jews? The answer in both cases is that, while the line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism certainly exists, it is being rendered increasingly blurry by the prevalence of ultra-harsh, one-sided criticism of Zionism in general and Israel in particular. When comparing Israelis to historys worst villains is commonplace, it becomes harder to see anti-Semitism for what it is.

The relationship between criticizing a nation and the people associated with that nation is hard to pinpoint with exactitude. But that does not mean that the relationship can be ignored. When President Trump called various African countries shit h-le countries, much of the media was quick to condemn that as racist, rather than as mere criticism of those countries. When he banned travel from seven countries, five of which are majority Muslim, much of the media saw that bigotry against Muslims, rather than just an action taken against specific nations. So it should not be difficult to see that virulent, one-sided criticism of the worlds only Jewish nation can easily cross the line into anti-Semitism.

It is disheartening to see some of the nations finest institutions cross the line to anti-Semitism. To their credit, the leadership of these institutions has apologized for these incidents and the Times has dropped the service that provided the cartoon. The Times also just published a refreshingly frank editorial acknowledging that: In the 1930s and the 1940s, The Timeswas largely silent as anti-Semitism rose up and bathed the world in blood. Thats a good start. But to make this right, they must think more deeply about why these incidents occurred in the first place.

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Presidential Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month …

Posted By on May 6, 2019

Office of the Press SecretaryApril 30, 2019

JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2019

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION

As we observe Jewish American Heritage Month, our Nation celebrates nearly 4,000 years of Jewish history and honors the numerous contributions of Jewish Americans to our country and the world. Rabbi Akiva, a great Jewish scholar, declared that a central principle of the Torah is to love thy neighbor as thyself. Jewish Americans have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to this commandment, helping the downtrodden and pursue justice, sanctifying the name of God, and embodying the best of America.

During a Jewish wedding ceremony, it is customary for the newlywed couple to shatter a glass. This longstanding tradition commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and symbolizes that even during times of heightened joy, one should remember the painful losses Jews suffered throughout history. In the same way, all Americans bear a moral responsibility to stand alongside our Jewish communities and learn the lessons of tolerance that run through the tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people both long ago and, sadly, in recent times. Reflecting on these events steels our resolve that they never happen again.

Unconscionably, rates of anti-Semitic hate crimes have risen globally, and Jewish institutions have been vandalized and violently attacked. This past October, we mourned alongside our Jewish brothers and sisters following the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in which 11 worshippers were killed, making it the deadliest attack against Jews in American history. Then, on the sixth-month anniversary of that horrific attack and on the last day of Passover, we grieved as the Chabad of Poway Synagogue was the target of yet another act of anti-Semitic violence, in which one worshipper lost her life and three others were wounded. As Americans, we unequivocally condemn the pernicious, baseless hatred that is anti-Semitism.

Our American tradition compels us to reject the source of anti-Semitism. Following the Revolutionary War, the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island, was unsure if the new American Government would grant them equal rights, given the persecution and expulsion the Jewish people had faced in so many times and in so many places. In response, George Washington penned his famous 1790 letter to the members of Newports Touro Synagogue, reassuring American Jews that, in the United States, their religious liberty would be protected. He further invoked the prophet Micah, hoping that the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. Since then, the unique American promise of religious liberty for people of all faiths has remained a proud hallmark of our Republic.

Today, we recognize the resilience of the Jewish community in the face of great adversity and celebrate the countless ways Jewish Americans have strengthened our Nation. We echo the words of President Washington and Rabbi Akiva and stand in solidarity with our American Jewish neighbors as we reaffirm our commitment to combat all forms of hate and anti-Semitism.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as Jewish American Heritage Month. I call upon Americans to celebrate the heritage and contributions of American Jews and to observe this month with appropriate programs, activities, and ceremonies.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand thisthirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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Federal Register :: Jewish American Heritage Month, 2019

Posted By on May 6, 2019

Start Printed Page 19685 Proclamation 9868 of April 30, 2019 A Proclamation

As we observe Jewish American Heritage Month, our Nation celebrates nearly 4,000 years of Jewish history and honors the numerous contributions of Jewish Americans to our country and the world. Rabbi Akiva, a great Jewish scholar, declared that a central principle of the Torah is to love thy neighbor as thyself. Jewish Americans have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to this commandment, helping the downtrodden and pursue justice, sanctifying the name of God, and embodying the best of America.

During a Jewish wedding ceremony, it is customary for the newlywed couple to shatter a glass. This longstanding tradition commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and symbolizes that even during times of heightened joy, one should remember the painful losses Jews suffered throughout history. In the same way, all Americans bear a moral responsibility to stand alongside our Jewish communities and learn the lessons of tolerance that run through the tragedies that have befallen the Jewish peopleboth long ago and, sadly, in recent times. Reflecting on these events steels our resolve that they never happen again.

Unconscionably, rates of anti-Semitic hate crimes have risen globally, and Jewish institutions have been vandalized and violently attacked. This past October, we mourned alongside our Jewish brothers and sisters following the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in which 11 worshippers were killed, making it the deadliest attack against Jews in American history. Then, on the sixth-month anniversary of that horrific attack and on the last day of Passover, we grieved as the Chabad of Poway Synagogue was the target of yet another act of anti-Semitic violence, in which one worshipper lost her life and three others were wounded. As Americans, we unequivocally condemn the pernicious, baseless hatred that is anti-Semitism.

Our American tradition compels us to reject the source of anti-Semitism. Following the Revolutionary War, the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island, was unsure if the new American Government would grant them equal rights, given the persecution and expulsion the Jewish people had faced in so many times and in so many places. In response, George Washington penned his famous 1790 letter to the members of Newport's Touro Synagogue, reassuring American Jews that, in the United States, their religious liberty would be protected. He further invoked the prophet Micah, hoping that the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. Since then, the unique American promise of religious liberty for people of all faiths has remained a proud hallmark of our Republic.

Today, we recognize the resilience of the Jewish community in the face of great adversity and celebrate the countless ways Jewish Americans have strengthened our Nation. We echo the words of President Washington and Rabbi Akiva and stand in solidarity with our American Jewish neighbors as we reaffirm our commitment to combat all forms of hate and anti-Semitism.Start Printed Page 19686

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as Jewish American Heritage Month. I call upon Americans to celebrate the heritage and contributions of American Jews and to observe this month with appropriate programs, activities, and ceremonies.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.

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Although it is removing bigots, Facebook says it will allow Holocaust …

Posted By on May 5, 2019

JTA Facebook will still allow users to deny the Holocaust even though it removed prominent bigots and anti-Semites from its platform.

The social media giant on Thursdaydeletedthe personal, professional and fan accounts of some leading extremists and conspiracy theorists, including David Duke, Louis Farrakhan and Alex Jones. But in an April 9 letter, Joel Kaplan, Facebooks vice president of global public policy, said the site would still allow users to say things on Facebook that are wrong or inaccurate, even when they are offensive.

The letter was obtained byJewish Insiderand published Thursday.

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We take down any content that celebrates, defends, or attempts to justify the Holocaust, Kaplan wrote. But we do not remove lies or content that is inaccurate whether its denying the Holocaust, the Armenian massacre, or the fact that the Syrian government has killed hundreds of thousands of its own people.

Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbergstated the same policy.

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 11, 2018. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Im Jewish, and theres a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened, he told the tech news site Recode. I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I dont believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I dont think that theyre intentionally getting it wrong

Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency at the time that Facebook should not allow denial claims.

Freedom of the press means the press should be free of governmental control, she wrote in an email. It does not mean that the press or social media platforms have to provide space for deniers.

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Debunking Holocaust Denial – The Fred Leuchter Report – #1

Posted By on May 5, 2019

Published on Apr 30, 2019

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Holocaust denial? | Yahoo Answers

Posted By on May 5, 2019

Why would you want to write such a thing? There can be some disagreement on details, but there is endless evidence that it was more or less what historians say. I have visited Dachau and Auschwitz concentration camps. Auschwitz (in 1992) was especially poignant, because they had no English tours (it is in Poland). I am fluent in German, and so we took a German tour. My husband and I were the only persons on it. The tour guide kept listening to my translation, and asked for some clarifications. She said she was trying to learn enough English so once more Americans cared enough to visit, she would be able to give them a tour in English. We were the first American tourists she had ever met.

Have you watched the films of the opening of the concentration camps that are readily available? Or the films made by the Germans to document their own crimes?

I have no personal reason to care. I am not Jewish, and none of my relatives went to concentration camps. My husband and I just care enough to witness history first hand. Unless you have done that, you may not understand how disrespectful to millions of dead people your choice of topic may sound.

I know this is not a direct answer to your question, but, indirectly, I hope I am helping you decide to write something a bit more realistic, and more destined to be a successful paper.

Later edit: I apologize if I misunderstood your point, but my understanding was that you did not want to examine why holocost deniers are wrong, but rather why they might be right, at least in part. That was the reason for my answer.

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California synagogue shooting suspect identified; 1 dead …

Posted By on May 3, 2019

A 19-year-old man armed with an assault-type rifle opened fire inside a Southern California synagogue on Saturday as worshipers prepared to celebrate the last day of Passover, killing a woman and injuring three others, authorities said.

An unidentified off-duty border patrol agent who was inside Chabad of Poway synagogue fired at the shooter identified later as John Earnest missing him, but striking his getaway vehicle, authorities said.

While in the vehicle, Earnest called 911 to report the shooting, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said. When an officer reached the man on a roadway, the suspect pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody, he added.

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A girl and two men - including the rabbi -were wounded and transported to the hospital. They were said to be in stable condition.

San Diego County Sheriff's vehicles seen lined up outside of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on Saturday in Poway, Calif. Several people were injured in a shooting at the synagogue.(AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

At a news conference later Saturday, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said FBI and homicide agents have interviewed Earnest and they are looking into his social media accounts.

He said they are investigating reports that the 19-year-old, who had no prior contact with law enforcement before Saturday, had written an anti-Jewish screed online.

Gore said they are trying to determine the validity of the manifesto. He said Earnest is also being investigated for a possible connection to arson that caused property damage at Dar-ul-Arqam mosque in Escondido last month. No injuries were reported in that fire.

In a later statement, the sheriff's department said they believe Earnest acted alone.

"The Sheriff's Department would like to assure our communities that there are no known threats to religious gatherings. We encourage our communities to continue with scheduled events and other activities as normal," the statement said.

President Trump and other elected officials decried what they called an anti-Semitic attack exactly six months since 11 people were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest assault on Jews in U.S. history.

Trump offered his sympathies Saturday, saying the shooting looked like a hate crime, and called it hard to believe.

Thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the shooting at the Synagogue in Poway, California. God bless you all, Trump also tweeted. Suspect apprehended. Law enforcement did outstanding job. Thank you!

He then praised the off-duty patrol agent who shot at Earnest inside the synagogue.

Sincerest THANK YOU to our great Border Patrol Agent who stopped the shooter at the Synagogue in Poway, California, Trump wrote. He may have been off duty but his talents for Law Enforcement werent!

Sources told Fox News that the border patrol agent was a member of Chabad of Poway.

Minoo Anvari, a member of the synagogue, told media outlets that her husband was inside during the shooting. She said he called to tell her the shooter was shouting and cursing.

She called the shooting "unbelievable" in a peaceful and tight-knit community.

"We are strong; you can't break us," Anvari said.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom also weighed in on the shooting, tweeting his support for the city of Poway, which is about 20 miles north of San Diego.

No one should ever fear going to their place of worship, he said. Hate continues to fuel horrific and cowardly acts of violence across our state, country, and world. It must be called out. CA stands with Poway.

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Likewise, Poway Mayor Steve Vaus at the news conference said this act of violence does not adequately portray the city.

"We always walk with our arms around each other and we will walk through this tragedy with our arms around each other," Vaus said. "Poway will stay strong and we will always be a community that cares for one another."

Fox News' Lucia Suarez Sang and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jewish Heritage Month – vaughan.ca

Posted By on May 3, 2019

About Jewish Heritage MonthOn Feb. 23, 2012, the Ontariolegislature unanimously declared May as Jewish Heritage Month and on March 28,2018 the House of Commons passed a bill that designated May as Canadian JewishHeritage Month. Jewish Heritage Month is commemorated through various eventsthat acknowledge the many remarkable achievements and contributions made bymembers of the Jewish community. It also pays tribute to Ontario and Canadasrich Jewish culture, heritage and history. Below are events occurringthroughout the City of Vaughan during Jewish Heritage Month. May 1 to 7 Vaughan City Hall, AtriumJews: A Canadian Story in PicturesThe City of Vaughan, incollaboration with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, celebrates JewishHeritage Month with the launch of a pictographic display entitled Jews: A Canadian Story in Pictures. Thedisplay commemorates the history of Jewish life in Canada and includes earliestknown images of Jewish settlers. The exhibit also chronicles contributions madeby the Jewish community in the evolution of Canada as a country. The exhibitwill be on display in the main atrium at Vaughan City Hall from May 1 to 7.May 1 to31 Vaughan City Hall, second floorTheodor Herzl memorabilia

TheodorHerzl was born in Hungary in 1860 and died in Austria in 1904. Only the lasteight of the 44 years of his life were dedicated to the cause of the Jewishpeople. However, his dream, his vision, his effort and his sacrifice was theState of Israel. Herzl was thefounder of the politicalform of Zionism, a movement to establish a Jewish homeland. David Matlow is theowner of the worlds largest private collection of Herzl memorabilia and is theproducer of My Herzl, a 52-minute documentary by Israeli film maker EliTal-El. A partner at Goodmans LLP in Toronto, Matlow is reported to have the largest private collection anywhere ofHerzl memorabilia. It consists of postcards, autographs, household items thatinclude the Herzl-bearded likeness, jackknives, lamps, Chanukah menorahs,pieces of art and even bobblehead dolls. Showings of some of his items havebeen held in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa. Matlow hopes that when seen in exhibitions, theHerzl items and their stories will teach North American Jews, young and old,about the Jewish state and its history.

Jewishceremonial art, also known as Judaica, refers to an array of objectsused by Jews for ritual purposes. Enhancing a mitzvah by adorning it with especially beautifulobjects is considered a praiseworthy way of honouring God's commandments andJudaism has a long tradition of commissioning ritual objects from craftspeopleand artists. A group of local Vaughan artists and crafters will beexhibiting and selling Judaica works and items as part of the celebrationsduring Jewish Heritage Month in Vaughan. Items on display will includephotograph works, Hebrew calligraphy, pottery, jewelry and paintings.

Communityvolunteer acknowledgement

Many Jewish Canadianscelebrate Israels independence on Yom Haatzmaut, which in 2019 begins atsunset on May 8 and continues to nightfall on May 9. It commemorates when DavidBen-Gurion, Israels first prime minister, publicly read Israels Declarationof Independence on May 14, 1948. The concept of a modern state of Israel datesto the ideas of Theodor Herzl, a Jewish man born on May 2, 1860, in Pest, nowpart of Budapest, Hungary. He campaigned for a Jewish state in the Middle Eastand was instrumental in setting up the Zionist Organization and organizing theFirst Zionist Congress, held in Basel, Switzerland in August 1897. Herzl diedon July 3, 1904. Following the atrocities committed against Jewish peopleand culture in Europe leading up to and during the Second World War, there werefurther calls for a Jewish state to be created.

The Consulate General ofIsrael and leaders of Vaughans Jewish community will lead the flag-raisingceremony at noon on Tuesday, May 7 at Vaughan City Hall. During the ceremony,there will be singing of the Canadian and Israeli national anthems.

During 2017, Canadas 150th anniversary, an inspired teamof Jewish Canadians set out to celebrate the country and the many contributionsof its Jewish citizens. The Canadian Jewish Experience (CJE) team created apanel exhibition entitled The Canadian Jewish Experience: ACelebration ofCanada that travelled from coast to coast, alongsidemany outreach activities and a website that further promotes ongoing discoveryand research.

The panel exhibit became a book and was published by Tovaand Jim Lynch to complement the display and was prepared by the CJE exhibitionteam, Tova and Jim Lynch, Victor Rabinovitch and Sandra Morton Weizman. Thebook is a record of the exhibition display and activities associated with itsjourney. Activities took place in all regions of Canada, at all levels ofgovernment from Parliament Hill to many city halls, including the City ofVaughan in 2018 which have been documented in the book with full-colourpictures of the event and presentations.

This years event will include the Netivot HaTorah DaySchool Choir from the co-educational orthodox elementary Bialik Hebrew DaySchool located in Thornhill. They organize a choir of students from Grade 1 to 5who energetically and musically share Jewish culture throughout the communityof Vaughan.

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