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How to fight anti-semitism and be an ally to Jewish people – Dazed

Posted By on August 2, 2020

Its time to educate yourself and take action as anti-semitism continues to permeate pop culture, from British politics to Wileys troubling Twitter tirade

Last week, Wiley took to social media to go on a two-day anti-semitic tirade, in which he compared Jewish people to the Klu Klux Klan, called them snakes and cowards, and enforced the age-old, discriminatory trope that they control wealth. The British MC also claimed Jewish people were at war with Black people, that they were responsible for the slave trade, and suggested they should hold some corn an expression meaning to be shot.

On Saturday (July 25), as his rant came to an end, Wiley was dropped by his management, and received news that the Metropolitan Police were investigating his tweets. The grime artist has since had his Facebook and Instagram accounts deactivated, while yesterday (July 29), Twitter confirmed it hadpermanently suspended him after temporary action earlier this week.

Wiley has sincesaidin an interview with Sky News: I want to apologise for generalising and going outside of the people who I was talking to within the workspace and workplace I work in. My comments should not have been directed to all Jews or Jewish people. I want to apologise for comments that were looked at as anti-semitic.

Wileys anti-semitism isnt an isolated case, though, particularly in the UK right now. The Labour Party iscontinuing to grapplewith its own internal discrimination, after a2016 inquiryfound an occasionally toxic atmosphere of anti-semitism within the party. Earlier this month, Keir Starmer fired Rebecca Long-Bailey from her position as shadow education secretary after she shared an interview that contained an anti-semitic conspiracy theoryabout the Israeli forces. The action waspraised by Jewish groups, butcriticised by the Labour left, who accused the leader of trying to rid the party of its left wingers.

TikTokhas also been criticised in recent weeks after its algorithm promotedanti-semitic memesabout death camps. The video sharing platform said in a statement: We do not tolerate any content that includes hate speech, and the sound in question, along with all associated videos, has now been removed.

The Jewish community has been circulating ways for people to fight anti-semitism, as well as useful information about how both insidious and overt it is in our society theres an insightful Instagraminfographiccreated by@ethnicjewess, and activists like queer Jewish author and campaigner Adam Eli. In light of Wileys statements, as well as ongoing discussions around anti-semitism in politics and culture,heres how you can act best as an ally right now.

The first thing to do in the face of any discrimination is to educate yourself about how it manifests, how youre complicit in it, and how it impacts those who suffer it. Theres a plethora of information online, in books and documentaries, and through fiction. One place to start is the Anti-Defamation Leagues website, which offers adetailed historyof anti-semitism, aguideto anti-semitic tropes, andclears up questionsabout anti-semitism, anti-zionism, and anti-Israel bias.

You can also findeasy-to-digest guideson social media, viainfographicson what anti-semitism is, and what you can do to tackle it. In aposton Instagram, BAME LDN pointed out that anti-semitism is often not taken seriously, which helps perpetuate it further and allows it to grow and manifest. Referencing the Holocaust, BAME LDN said: These climaxes of anti-semitism have led to some of the worst mass genocides in history, yet as a global society we seem to accept it as a normal, but distant and untouchable part of life. The account offers a list of websites, books, and films that you can use to educate yourself. Do not rely on your Jewish friends to explain anti-semitism to you.

Aninfographiccreated byWhat The F Magazineexplains what something called the model minority myth is. The phenomenon relies on good stereotypes of a community as a way of erasing the bigotry they face, and is common among groups deemed too good to be marginalised due to stereotypes regarding socioeconomic status. AsWhat The F Magazinepoints out, this myth stereotypes a very diverse community and provides people with reasons to not speak out against bigotry. It is vital for those who witness anti-semitism to raise their voice against it, and not let the person perpetuating hatred get away with their abuse.

In protest against Twitters inaction over Wileys tweets the platform suspended him for 12 hours then let him back on, before suspending him for just seven days a number of users engaged in a48-hour boycottof the platform, in an attempt to both raise awareness about the detrimental effects of anti-semitism on Jewish people, and force action. Though silence isnt the answer, the #NoSpaceForJewHate boycott received a huge amount of press attention, holding the social media giant accountable for its passivity.

You can be critical of the Israeli occupation of Palestine without being anti-semitic, and, despite what some people would have you believe, not all criticism of Israel is anti-semitic. However, youcanbe ignorantly anti-semitic while attempting to legitimately criticise Israel. One way to avoid this, as actor David Schneider wrote forThe Independentlast year, is to be precise in your language. He explained: Avoid saying zionist or zionism when discussing contemporary Israel/Palestine. The terms are too loaded now, too coarse and broad in their application, and too often used by hardcore anti-semites to mean Jews.

As discussed in more detail below, Schneider urges those criticising Israel not to slide from anger at the actions of the state into asserting that Israel is controlling everything or paying money to MPs, celebrities, or the media to act as they do. Doing this only reinforces conspiracy theories about Jewish people. He also reminds people not to conflate Israel and Jewish people, avoid using the terms Israel lobby and Jewish lobby, not to compare Israeli actions to the Nazis, and stop asking Jewish people to condemn Israel at every turn.

In a thoroughTwitter thread, user@oofouchowwoutlined a handful of Jewish sterotypes used to perpetuate anti-semitism. These stereotypes do originate mainly from Europen culture, they wrote, which is a huge part of why Jews of colour tend to be told they dont look Jewish. Despite anti-semitic beliefs, theres no one way to be Jewish, its not a race but a religion. The offensive tropes listed by @oofouchoww include the Jew nose one of the most common sterotypes linked to Jewish people and claiming all Jewish people are greedy bankers or lawyers who lie, cheat, and steal for profit, and ultimately scapegoating them for all economic crises. @oofouchowws thread also addresses two stereotypes frequently seen in popular culture: the loud Jewish mother, and the Jewish American princess (which reflects the fear that Jewish women were assimilating into society). Its worth reading @oofouchowws entire thread, which you can findhere.

In his tirade, Wiley enforced the erroneous stereotype that all Jewish people are white by telling writer Nadine Batchelor-Hunt that shes not really Black after she challenged his comments on Twitter. In an article forGQ, Batchelor-Hunt revealed her distress at having her two identities pitted against each other in a grotesque way, and said: Education within the Black community on anti-semitism, and in the Jewish community on anti-Blackness must be a cornerstone of tackling racism.

In aposton Instagram, writer Hen Mazzig also addressed what its like to be a Jew of colour, writing: The term (Jew of colour) has been co-opted by anti-Israel advocates who associate Jews with whiteness to deny our historical connection to Israel. Given how anti-semites exploit the identification, I understand why some Jews reject whiteness. When people argue we must drop the term Jews of colour, theyre really asking us to disregard the diversity of the Jewish community. Jews must be able to define ourselves without others overriding us.

Follow Jewish organisations, figures, and publications online, and take their lead when sharing information about anti-semitism. Though you shouldnt rely on Jewish voices to educate you nor speak for you, its important to amplify them above yourself when it comes to questions of their identity and experience with anti-semitism. For example activist and author Adam Eli hascontinually asserted thathe can talk about my Jewishness, whenever I want, however I want.BAME LDN shared a list of Jewish Instagram accounts to follow, including@progressivejews run by two Jewish teenagers activistSefira Lightstone,@jewishlgbt, confession account@whatantisemitismlookslike, theJewish Journal,@blackandjewishunity, 19-year-old activist Theo (@that.jewish.activist), andmany more.

TheJewish Charity Guideoffers an extensive list of charities you can donate to that support the Jewish community. In the UK, these includeAish UK,The League of Jewish Women,Community Security Trust(CST),World Jewish Relief, theFoundation for Jewish Heritage,Holocaust Educational Trust, theJewish Museum London, and more. You can also donate toJewish Voice for Labour, a network for Jewish members of the Labour Party.

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Ashkenazi: No one is talking about annexation anymore – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on July 31, 2020

Neither Jerusalem nor Washington is discussing extending Israels sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said on Wednesday.Asked on Army Radio if annexation is off the agenda, Ashkenazi responded: No one is talking about it, justifiably Not the Americans, either at the moment.Ashkenazi said he speaks to his US counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on a weekly basis.US President Donald Trumps peace plan would allow Israel to apply its laws to up to 30% of Judea and Samaria, including all settlements and the Jordan Valley. The rest of the West Bank would the designated for a Palestinian state, to be established along with a massive international aid package if the Palestinian Authority and Hamas meet certain conditions, including demilitarization and granting its people civil rights. Both Palestinian factions rejected the plan.Despite the topic of expanding Israeli sovereignty not coming up in almost a month, Ashkenazi added: I cant say for sure that it is off the agenda.If it comes back, without harming existing [peace] agreements and in dialogue with our neighbors you will hear our stance again, he said.Ashkenazi referred to July 1, the earliest date the coalition agreement between Blue and White and Likud would have allowed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bring sovereignty moves to a vote: There was nothing holy about that date, other than the people of Israel and their security.Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, however, said that he spoke about annexation plans with his Israeli counterpart and with Pompeo, Irish news site The Journal reported.We should do everything we can to discourage the annexation of land that is not Israeli land, Coveney said in the Irish parliament on Tuesday. I can understand why Irish people have been hugely frustrated by the actions that have damaged the progress to a two-state solution.Coveney also said he opposes a bill to make it illegal to sell goods from Judea and Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, because he believes direct engagement with Israel is more persuasive.On Tuesday, Netanyahu and Pompeo both praised the Trump peace plan as uniquely able to bring results.Its the best and most realistic path forward to end the bloodshed between Israel and the Palestinian people and achieve enduring security, freedom and prosperity for both sides, Pompeo said.Netanyahu said that the plan has the potential to overcome past failures by offering the Palestinians the path of peace and reconciliation.It allow[s] us to reach the secure borders that Israeli governments have long sought and acknowledges that Jewish people are not foreign occupiers in Judea and Samaria, he added.

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Uzbekistan Jews fight to save 124-year-old synagogue from demolition – Cleveland Jewish News

Posted By on July 31, 2020

(JTA) A construction firm in Uzbekistan is attempting to have a 124-year-old synagogue demolished to make way for a luxury apartment complex, according to a Russian-Jewish publication.

Absolute Business Trade, a company based in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, earlier this year sued the Jewish Ashkenazi Community of Tashkent, claiming they are illegally occupying an apartment in a complex purchased by Golden House, the Russian-Jewish weekly LChaim reported on Wednesday.

According to LChaim, the apartment in question is home to the First Ashkenazi Synagogue of Tashkent, which is reportedly holding up a plan to build a luxury apartment block on the site.

Orient Group, the parent company of both ABI and Golden House, has offered to build the community another synagogue, but the community has turned that offer down. The next court hearing is scheduled for August 5.

Former Tashkent Mayor Rakhmonbek Usmanov promised that the synagogue would not be evicted. But he has since left that position to head the Uzbek Agency for Road Transport. A successor has not yet been appointed.

At least three fires have occurred outside the synagogue since 2018 in what local Jews say is an attempt at intimidation, the report said.

Golden House and the Orient Group have not responded to request for comment from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Uzbekistan last year improved its ranking in Transparency Internationals Corruption Perceptions Index, though it still ranks 153 out of 198 countries.

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Genetic Testing at a Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Center – DocWire News

Posted By on July 31, 2020

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J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Jul 27. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-06064-x. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Prior studies suggest that referral to genetic counseling and completion of genetic testing vary by race/ethnicity; however, the data are limited.

OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate patterns of genetic testing and clinical outcomes across race/ethnicity at a hereditary breast and ovarian cancer center.

DESIGN: The medical records for all patients undergoing genetic assessment at a hereditary breast and ovarian cancer center were reviewed and stratified by self-reported race/ethnicity (non-Hispanic White, Hispanic, non-Hispanic Black, and Asian).

PARTICIPANTS: A total of 1666 patients met inclusion criteria (non-Hispanic Whites, 1367; Hispanics, 85, non-Hispanic Blacks, 101; Asians, 113).

MAIN MEASURES: Demographics, patient characteristics, and referral patterns for patients who underwent genetic testing were analyzed using Kruskal-Wallis tests, chi-square test, or Fishers exact tests, stratifying by self-reported race/ethnicity. Pathogenic mutations and variants of unknown significance (VUS) were reviewed. Outcomes of patients with genetic mutations and personal history of breast and/or gynecologic malignancies were compared.

KEY RESULTS: Non-Hispanic Whites were more likely to be referred due to family cancer history compared to all other ethnicities while Non-Hispanic Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians were more likely to be referred due to personal history of cancer (p < 0.001). Non-Hispanic Blacks and Hispanics were more likely to have advanced-stage cancer at the time of genetic testing (p < 0.02). Rates of mutations did not differ by race/ethnicity when Ashkenazi Jewish patients were excluded (p = 0.08). Among patients found to have a BRCA1/2 mutation, Non-Hispanic Whites were more likely to undergo cancer screening and risk-reducing surgery compared with all other ethnicities (p = 0.04).

CONCLUSIONS: Minority patients were more likely to utilize genetic services following a cancer diagnosis and less likely due to family cancer history, suggesting a missed opportunity for mutation detection and cancer prevention in this population. Efforts to eradicate racial/ethnic disparities in early access to genetic testing and guided cancer prevention strategies are essential.

PMID:32720237 | DOI:10.1007/s11606-020-06064-x

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Op-ed: Proudly Jewish. Proudly gay. Reluctantly white – The Brown and White

Posted By on July 31, 2020

Rabbi Steve Nathan is the endowed director of Jewish Student Life at Lehigh and also serves as an associate chaplain. He can be reached at [emailprotected] The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author alone.

For as long as I can remember, being Jewish has been my primary identity. Once I came out in my early 40s, I embraced being gay as my second primary identity. I am proud to be both. Yet, why am I reluctant about being white?

Courtesy of Steve Nathan

Growing up I never thought about this. You could count the number of non-white students in my elementary school on one hand. And so I saw myself as white because what else could I be?

Yet, eventually I realized that I didnt really think of myself as white. The reason was clear. To me, white was equated with white Christian I was not part of the Christian majority, therefore, I wasnt truly white.

Culturally, this was nothing new. For years Jews were not seen as, nor considered themselves to be, white. Jews were a separate race. It wasnt until the mid-20th Century that this began to change, as Jews became more successful and well-educated. Of course, this narrative does not apply to the 12 to 20 percent of American Jews who are people of color. I am referring to the Ashkenazi Jewish American community, of which I am a part.

Not considering myself to be white is not about skin color, but my sense of identity and belonging. Yet, if I dont see myself as white, does that mean I dont benefit from white privilege or in any way perpetuate white supremacy?

Following the events in Charlottesville in 2017, I wrote a blog post which addressed the conundrum that Jews are both targeted by white supremacist hate while at the same time as most of us present as white we reap the benefits of white privilege.

I am not pulled over for driving in the wrong neighborhood, nor am I followed by store security guards. I am not ignored or spoken over by others in the room. People dont cross the street when they see me walking towards them; they dont challenge my right to be swimming in a pool, watching birds in the park, or walking in my own neighborhood. No one assumes, in a restaurant or hotel, that I am an employee. My job applications are not passed over because of my name.

Most powerful and frightening of all: as a parent, I never needed to have the talk with my children, especially my son, about how to act if they are stopped by police. I have never needed to worry when they are out at night whether they might get profiled, pulled over, accused, arrested, or even killed because of the color of their skin.

That is white privilege. It has nothing to do with socio-economic status. It is simply based on skin color.

This is not new either. Our countrys unfair system of policing and incarceration originated in order to preserve slavery and later to control former slaves. Red lining, inequitable property taxes, and employment regulations are all ways that white Americans have been privileged over Black Americans and other people of color. That is white supremacy. Its not about white supremacist hate groups. Its about the fact that our country was founded on the self-evident truth that all white people, especially men, were supreme, and not that all were created equal. Once Ashkenazi Jews achieved our new white status there was communal acceptance, even as anti-Jewish hatred and violence continued. The descendants of enslaved Africans and other people of color did not achieve that same level of communal acceptance.

There is something insidious about this. As a Black friend pointed out, the acceptance of Jews and others as white simply gave whites more of a majority and more power to maintain the systemic oppression of Blacks.

It would be easy for me to say that I bear no guilt for our national sins of slavery and systemic racism since my ancestors didnt arrive until around 1900. However, in the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible. As a Jew I may not carry guilt, but as someone seen as white I still bear a responsibility to help dismantle the racist system.

As a gay Jew, I know that anti-Jewish and homophobic rhetoric and violence are both still present and increasing. Yet, I also know that just walking down the street most likely Im seen as white and assumed to be Christian and straight, so I dont feel afraid.

In the past I could have been arrested in America for being gay (and still can be elsewhere), and as a Jew I would have been forbidden to attend certain schools or belong to certain clubs. Yet, our nation was not created to oppress us as it was Black people. Systemic racism also rears its ugly head in the LGBTQ world: homophobia and transphobia, including violence and murders, disproportionately affect LGBTQ people of color.

Coming full circle, I am proudly Jewish and gay, even though both groups experience prejudice and persecution, because we rise up and we prevail in the face of hatred and violence.

However, I have no pride in being accepted as part of white America, which has built our unjust system and created racism. I have no pride in the fact that I can pass and not have to worry about the types of prejudice and hatred mentioned above simply because of the whiteness of my skin.

Yet. It doesnt matter how I feel about being seen as white. De facto, I am white. I have a personal responsibility to not only fight racism, but to work to dismantle white supremacy and the white privilege that accompanies it. This begins by learning all I can about how and why racism and white supremacy came to exist.

It is also my responsibility to help others in the Jewish and LGBTQ communities to understand this. Then, we need to work together with Black Americans and all people of color to break down the system and rebuild it from the ground up. Only then can we all truly dwell in one nation under God. Only then can all of us realize the eternal truth that every human being is created in the image of God. Only then will everyone in our country truly treat one another with equity, compassion, and justice for all. Only then will America truly be great.

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Turkey Over Pork for BBQ? For One NYC Chef, the Bird Is The Word. – InsideHook

Posted By on July 31, 2020

Pulkies hand-sliced pastrami turkey breast.

NOAH FECKS

Be it smoked, pulled or slow-roasted and doused in sauce, pork is the meat that anchors the menus of most barbecue joints across the country.

But at Pulkies, a Jewish-style BBQ restaurant that recently began operating out of out a kitchen in Chelsea Market in the heart of Manhattan, it is nowhere to be found.

Although not offering customers the option to dine on swine is at least a small nod to pork being on the wrong side of kosher, chef Harris Mayer-Selingers decision to leave it off the menu isnt really because Pulkies itself is kosher. (Its not).

Rather, Mayer-Selinger chose not to offer pork because he wants turkey to have the spotlight at Pulkies, which is available via pick-up or delivery in the city and all the way out to Long Island and the Hamptons, all to itself.

Just as a guy eating meat, I really love turkey and I think its never really gotten the proper platform, he tells InsideHook. I think its delicious, especially dark meat. I think dark meat turkey is richer and more flavorsome than even some of the leaner cuts of pork. As an American, Im really proud of turkey. Its a bird thats indigenous to here and I think it should be eaten more and be more represented in our American cuisine.

Pulkies BBQ pulled turkey is served ready-to-heat.

NOAH FECKS

Making turkey the star of the show also appeals to Mayer-Selinger as a chef.

I love fabricating a whole animal, so were getting in whole turkeys and using every part, he says. I think its a really fun challenge. If you look over the menu, youll see we have all the parts everywhere. Nothing is going to waste. The breast is used for pastrami. The legs are used for the pulled turkey sandwich. The neck is used for our braised kale to make a delicious potlicker. We cant roast the tenderloin because its going to fall off and it doesnt make for nice slices, so that goes to our turkey salad. The wings we confit, which is actually a dish I did years ago that was kind of already in my repertoire. And then of course all the bones go to stock.

The decision to focus on turkey also worked out quite nicely when Mayer-Selinger and his partners were trying to come up with a name for the restaurant.

It just so happens theres this Yiddish word, pulkies, that calls out specifically poultry legs because I think people identify that theyre more delicious, he says. The wife of one of my partners actually proposed the name. It stuck.

Pulkies beef brisket is sliced by hand

NOAH FECKS

In addition to the name and the focus on turkey, Pulkies nods to Mayer-Selingers Ashkenazi roots with side dishes like mini matzoh balls in eight-hour broth, borscht gazpacho, chopped liver and mac-and-cheese noodle kugel. The beef brisket thats served at Pulkies, which is sliced by hand and available either lean or well-marbled, also differs from what can be found at most BBQ restaurants in that it isnt smoked or cooked over low heat for a long period of time.

We are Jewish-style barbecue, Mayer-Selinger says. In Jewish culture, particularly Ashkenazi Jewish culture which is where Im coming from, we have brisket at Passover, at Rosh Hashanah and on all the holidays. Its typically braised and roasted. Turkey as well. The whole idea is I want to create a new category of barbecue, and I think focusing on turkey and brisket is the way to do that.

And dont expect that focus to expand to allow pork to find its way onto the menu anytime soon.

Dont get me wrong, I love pork. Im not kosher and were not kosher by any stretch of the imagination, Mayer-Selinger says. But not having it on the menu gives us a way to differentiate ourselves from pork-based barbecue, which is the majority of American barbecue. One thing were very careful about with Pulkies is that it is not traditional American barbecue. Were called Jewish-style barbecue. So we are barbecue in the sense that theres Korean barbecue or Chinese barbecue or Mongolian barbecue.

Though it feels rooted in tradition, Jewish barbecue is a concept that, for all intents and purposes, didnt really exist until Mayer-Selinger and his team came up with it.

I think weve created a category here, he says. Im really proud that part of what were doing here is representing my culture and heritage, which Im very proud of. Im an Ashkenazi Jew Russian, Austrian, and German. I draw on that heritage and its a cool way to get in touch with that. I love it. I see us as a cross between Bens and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

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Coming Events, August 2020 – The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Posted By on July 31, 2020

Sunday, Aug. 2

Israeli Quarantine Concert

Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation to hold an Israeli quarantine concert on Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. with Hazan Jeremy Stein and Shaliach Shy Ashkenazi. Virtual. Email participant Uria Roth at UriaR@MilwaukeeJewish.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 4

JCC Mens Club

Mens Club of the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. with psychiatrist and author Steve Moffic. Find the Zoom registration link at JccMilwaukee.org.

The Power of Music

Join the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. for Tapestry Presents: The Power of Music. This will be a musical conversation with Yaniv Dinur, resident conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and Madeleine Kabat, MSO cellist, in discussion with Jody Hirsh, JCC Judaic education director. Concert and discussion of their music. Virtual. Registration required, go to JccMilwaukee.org/Tapestry for more details and to register.

Saturday, Aug. 5

Conversation starters

Jewish Museum Milwaukee will hold a Conversation Starters event on Aug. 5 at 1:30 p.m. Conversation Starters is a series designed to connect artists, authors and businesspeople with a virtual audience. You can access these via the Jewish Museum Milwaukees Facebook page.

JCC Annual Meeting

Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center annual meeting on Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Virtual. JccMilwaukee.org

Thursday, Aug. 6

Mah Jongg tournament

Mah Jongg Tournament at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Aug. 6-13. Gather your group virtually and register. Score cards provided upon registration and prizes awarded. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Jewish Community Food Pantry. Email Rpressman@JccMilwaukee.org for more details and to register.

Galicia Jewish Museum

Jewish Museum Milwaukee is partnering with the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland, to explore their permanent and current temporary exhibits. Virtual tour of Galicia Jewish Museum on Aug. 6 at 12:30 p.m. The permanent exhibit is on contemporary Jewish Poland and the temporary exhibit focuses on Polish-Jewish illustrator Jan Marcin Szancer. Visit JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.

New Charedim of Israel

The New Charedim of Israel withDavid Zoldan and Arie Orange. Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Aug. 6, 3 p.m. Virtual event. Email Uria Roth at UriaR@MilwaukeeJewish.org.

Challah for hunger

Bake a difference with challah for hunger. Hillel Milwaukee on Aug. 6, at 3 p.m. Zoom call. HillelMke.org.

Salute to Jewish Educators

Rescheduled 2020 virtual Salute to Jewish Educators. Aug. 9, 4 p.m. This virtual event will celebrate teachers and winners. Entire community invited, to honor local Jewish educators for their commitment to providing our youth with a quality Jewish education. RSVP is required for Zoom access. Find the registration link at Facebook.com/CjlMilwaukee or on the Milwaukee Jewish Community Calendar.

Monday, Aug. 10

History of hatred

History of Hatred: Antisemitism Past, Present, and Future. The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education ResourceCenter, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, holds a threepart series on Aug. 10, 17 and 24at 7:30 p.m. on theHistory of Hatred: Antisemitism Past, Present, & Future with Dr. Tim Crain. Crain is a historian, professor, and administrator. Virtual event. HolocaustCenterMilwaukee.org

Tuesday, Aug. 11

Mens Club: WUWM

The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center holds a Mens Club on Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. John Hess, general manager for WUWM, will speak on todays media mix and NPRs mission in todays very complex society. Contact Rachel Pressman at RPressman@JccMilwaukee.org to be added to the Zoom list.

Wednesday, Aug. 12

Book club: Joe McCarthy

Lunch and Learn book club will discuss Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy Aug. 12 at noon. Join Jewish Museum Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Jewish Federations Israel Center. Virtual. JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.

Challah bake

Milwaukee Jewish professionals holds a Young Jewish Professionals Challah Bake virtual edition on Wednesday, Aug.12, at 7:30 p.m. Join Young Jewish Professionals Milwaukee to knead, braid and connect. RSVP to reserve your challah ingredient package. All ingredients needed to create your a traditional challah, with a delicious summery addition, are packaged. Mushka Lein at mushkalein@chabadwi.orgto reserve challah kit and receive Zoom link.

Monday, Aug. 17

Racial injustice

Virtual event with Chabad-Lubavitch of Wisconsin on Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. Racial Injustice in the Jewish Community. The son of a teenage Jewish mother and West African father, Binyamin was adopted at birth. A turn of events led him to become a Chabad rabbi in Addison County. Binyamin will share his journey and experiences being Black in the Jewish community. Email Mushka Lein at mushkalein@chabadwi.org for the registration link.

Tuesday, Aug. 18

Holocaust to civil rights

From the Holocaust to civil rights, by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education ResourceCenter, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Aug. 18, zt 7 p.m. Debbie Simon Konkol, Joanne Simon Weinberg and Chris Simon Halverson share their family journey. At HERC Facebook page.

Wednesday, Aug. 19

Taste and Tradition

Online cooking experience with Chef Gregg and Chef Orry from Amilinda. Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center offers Tapestry Presents: Taste and Tradition. JccMilwaukee.org/TasteAndTradition. Virtual on Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 20

Judaism and superstitions

Lunch and Learn: What does Judaism say about superstitions? Milwaukee Jewish Federations Coalition for Jewish Learning. Thursday, Aug. 20, noon-1 p.m. Email Tzipi Altman-Shafer at tziporaha@milwaukeejewish.org for the link.

Sunday, Aug. 30

Drive-through food festival

Drive-Thru Jewish Food Festival with the Peltz Center for Jewish Life on Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31. The Jewish Food Festival unites the community in the greater Mequon area by sharing culture and ethnic foods and celebrates the Centers combined mission and efforts in improving the world through acts of goodness and kindness. The event will showcase a lineup of local and out of state entertainers, interactive cultural booths, childrens activities, and fun zone. Entertainment from the seat of your car. JewishFoodMequon.com.

Thursday, Sept. 3

Federation Annual Meeting

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation is holding a 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting from 7-8 p.m. on Sept. 3. For further details and to RSVP to receive a Zoom link: MilwaukeeJewish.org/AM20or contact Cait Schmidt at 414-390-5741 or CaitS@MilwaukeeJewish.org.

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Five Rafale jets on way, India ups diplomatic game against China – The Indian Express

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Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2020 7:51:49 am The crew of the first batch of Rafale aircraft prepare to take off from Merignac on Monday. (PTI)

As the first five Rafale fighter aircraft are on their way to India, marking a new milestone in India-France defence cooperation, New Delhi has been in touch with all major arms suppliers Russia, the US, France and Israel at the political and diplomatic level amid the border standoff with China.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday spoke with Israels Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi as the latest conversation.

Earlier, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had spoken with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Gantz, and both had expressed satisfaction at the progress of strategic cooperation between the two countries and discussed possibilities of further strengthening the defence engagements.

Jaishankar has also spoken with US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo, and Singh with his US counterpart Mark T Esper, while National Security Adviser Ajit Doval has been in touch with his counterpart in the Trump administration, Robert C OBrien. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A Milley, and Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, have had a conversation in the last few weeks.

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The focus of the series of conversations was to advance military and intelligence cooperation.

Singh had travelled to Russia in June, where the Russian leadership had assured India of early delivery of weapon systems which were ordered and has responded positively to Indian acquisition proposals.

With France, too, the conversations have taken place between Jaishankar and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, while that countrys Defence Minister Florence Parly had written to Singh to condole the deaths of 20 soldiers in Galwan Valley in the June 15 clash with the Chinese army. Parly had recalled that India is Frances strategic partner in the region, and had reiterated her countrys deep solidarity.

The delivery of the Rafale fighter jets is significant step in strengthening air power and defence preparedness with the first five Rafale fighter aircraft, built by Dassault, flying out from Merignac airbase in Bordeaux, France, to India today, a statement from the Indian embassy in France said on Monday.

Indias Ambassador to France Jawed Ashraf, who saw off the Rafale aircraft and met the IAF pilots, said that the long-awaited and much-needed two squadrons of Rafale would add great strength to IAF and the countrys defence capabilities.

Our pilots tell us that they are extremely swift, nimble, versatile and very deadly aircraft. You might call them that they are both beauty and the beast, Ashraf, who was earlier joint secretary in the Prime Ministers Office and has served as Indias envoy to Singapore, said in France.

In a statement, the IAF said the aircraft are likely to arrive at Ambala Air Force Station on Wednesday, subject to weather, and that No 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows, is being raised at this base equipped with Rafale aircraft.

The jets took off from Merignac airbase near Bordeaux, France, and had successfully reached Al Dhafra French base near Abu Dhabi, UAE, by Monday evening after sortie of over seven hours, the IAF said.

The Golden Arrows, which will be resurrected with the new Rafale jets, were raised in 1951 and have been involved in many significant operations through their history, including the Kargil War, but was disbanded in 2016.

India had bought 36 twin-engine fighter planes from Dassault Rafale through an inter-governmental agreement signed in 2016. All 36 aircraft are scheduled to arrive by end of 2021. With inputs from Krishn Kaushik

Delhi, Jakarta agree to enhance defence ties

New Delhi: India hosted Indonesian Defence Minister General Prabowo Subianto Monday, with the government saying in a statement that the visiting dignitary was in the country for strengthening the ties between the two maritime neighbours.

Subianto met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for a Defence Ministers dialogue in Delhi. According to the statement, Singh said the defence cooperation between India and Indonesia has witnessed an upswing in the recent years, which is in consonance with the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two sides.

The ministers agreed to further enhance bilateral defence cooperation in mutually agreed areas, which can include defence industries and defence technology. Express News Service

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Synagogue service times: Week of July 31 | Synagogues – Cleveland Jewish News

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AGUDATH BNAI ISRAEL: Meister Road at Pole Ave., Lorain. Mark Jaffee, Ritual Director. 440-282-3307. abitemplelorain.com

BETH EL CONGREGATION: 750 White Pond Dr., Akron. Rabbi Elyssa Austerklein, Hazzan Matthew Austerklein. 330-864-2105. bethelakron.com.

BNAI JESHURUN-Temple on the Heights: 27501 Fairmount Blvd., Pepper Pike. Rabbis Stephen Weiss and Hal Rudin-Luria; Stanley J. Schachter, Rabbi Emeritus; Cantor Aaron Shifman. Services can be streamed online at bnaijeshurun.org/streaming. 216-831-6555. bnaijeshurun.org.

PARK SYNAGOGUE-Anshe Emeth Beth Tefilo Cong.: Park MAIN 3300 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights; Park EAST 27500 Shaker Blvd., Pepper Pike. Rabbi Joshua Hoffer Skoff, Rabbi Sharon Y. Marcus, Milton B. Rube, Rabbi-in-Residence, Cantor Misha Pisman. 216-371-2244; TDD# 216-371-8579. parksynagogue.org.

SHAAREY TIKVAH: 26811 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood. Rabbi Scott B. Roland; Gary Paller, Cantor Emeritus. 216-765-8300. shaareytikvah.org.

BETH EL-The Heights Synagogue, an Independent Minyan: 3246 Desota Ave., Cleveland Heights. Rabbi Michael Ungar; Rabbi Moshe Adler, Rabbi Emeritus. 216-320-9667. bethelheights.org.

MONTEFIORE: One David N. Myers Parkway., Beachwood. Services in Montefiore Maltz Chapel. Rabbi Akiva Feinstein; Cantor Gary Paller. 216-360-9080.

THE SHUL-An Innovative Center for Jewish Outreach: 30799 Pinetree Road, #401, Pepper Pike. Rabbi Eddie Sukol. See website or call for Shabbat and holiday service dates, times and details. 216-509-9969. rabbieddie@theshul.us. theshul.us.

AHAVAS YISROEL: 1700 S. Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights. Rabbi Boruch Hirschfeld. 216-932-6064.

BEACHWOOD KEHILLA: 25400 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood. Rabbi Ari Spiegler, Rabbi Emeritus David S. Zlatin. 216-556-0010.

FROMOVITZ CHABAD CENTER: 21625 Chagrin Blvd. #210, Beachwood. Rabbi Moshe Gancz. 216-647.4884, clevelandjewishlearning.com

GREEN ROAD SYNAGOGUE: 2437 S. Green Road, Beachwood. Rabbi Binyamin Blau; Melvin Granatstein, Rabbi Emeritus. 216-381-4757. GreenRoadSynagogue.org.

HEIGHTS JEWISH CENTER SYNAGOGUE: 14270 Cedar Road, University Heights. Rabbi Raphael Davidovich. 216-382-1958, hjcs.org.

KHAL YEREIM: 1771 S. Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights. Rabbi Yehuda Blum. 216-321-5855.

MENORAH PARK: 27100 Cedar Road, Beachwood. Rabbi Howard Kutner; Associate Rabbi Joseph Kirsch. 216-831-6500.

OHEB ZEDEK CEDAR SINAI SYNAGOGUE: 23749 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst. Rabbi Noah Leavitt. 216-382-6566. office@oz-cedarsinai.org. oz-cedarsinai.org.

SEMACH SEDEK: 2004 S. Green Road, South Euclid. Rabbi Yossi Marozov. 216-235-6498.

SOLON CHABAD: 5570 Harper Road, Solon. Rabbi Zushe Greenberg. 440-498-9533. office@solonchabad.com. solonchabad.com.

TAYLOR ROAD SYNAGOGUE: 1970 S. Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights. 216-321-4875.

WAXMAN CHABAD CENTER: 2479 S. Green Road, Beachwood. Rabbis Shalom Ber Chaikin and Shmuli Friedman. 216-282-0112. FRI. Minchah 7:10 p.m.; SAT. Shacharit 10 a.m., Minchah 8:45 p.m.; WEEKDAYS Shacharit 7 a.m., Minchah 8:45 p.m. info@ChabadofCleveland.com, wccrabbi@gmail.com.

YOUNG ISRAEL OF GREATER CLEVELAND: Hebrew Academy (HAC), 1860 S. Taylor Road; Beachwood (Stone), 2463 Green Road. Rabbis Naphtali Burnstein and Aharon Dovid Lebovics. 216-382-5740. office@yigc.org.

ZICHRON CHAIM: 2203 S. Green Road, Beachwood. Rabbi Moshe Garfunkel. 216-291-5000.

KOL HALEV (Clevelands Reconstructionist Community): The Ratner School. 27575 Shaker Blvd., Pepper Pike. Rabbi Steve Segar. 216-320-1498. kolhalev.net.

AM SHALOM of Lake County: 7599 Center St., Mentor. Spiritual Director Renee Blau; Assistant Spiritual Director Elise Aitken. 440-255-1544.

ANSHE CHESED FAIRMOUNT TEMPLE: 23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood. Rabbis Robert Nosanchuk and Joshua Caruso; Cantor Vladimir Lapin; Cantor Laureate Sarah J. Sager; and Educational Directors Diane Lavin, Staci Cohen and Rabbi Elle Muhlbaum. FRI. Shabbat Evening Service via livestream only at fairmounttemple.org 6:15 p.m. 216-464-1330. fairmounttemple.org. FRI. Shabbat Evening Service via livestream ONLY at fairmounttemple.org 6:15 p.m. 216-464-1330. fairmounttemple.org.

BETH ISRAEL-The West Temple: 14308 Triskett Road, Cleveland. Rabbi Enid Lader. Alan Lettofsky, Rabbi Emeritus. 216-941-8882. thewesttemple.com.

BETH SHALOM: 50 Division St., Hudson. Rabbi Michael Ross. 330-656-1800. tbshudson.org

BNAI ABRAHAM-The Elyria Temple: 530 Gulf Road, Elyria. Rabbi Lauren Werber. 440-366-1171. tbaelyria.org

SUBURBAN TEMPLE-KOL AMI: 22401 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood. Rabbi Allison Bergman Vann. 216-991-0700. suburbantemple.org.

TEMPLE EMANU EL: 4545 Brainard Road, Orange. Rabbi Steven L. Denker; Cantor David R. Malecki; Daniel A. Roberts, Rabbi Emeritus. 216-454-1300. teecleve.org.

TEMPLE ISRAEL: 91 Springside Drive, Akron. Rabbi Josh Brown. Cantor Kathy Fromson. 330-665-2000 templeisraelakron.org.

TEMPLE ISRAEL NER TAMID: 1732 Lander Road, Mayfield Heights. Rabbi Matthew J. Eisenberg, D.D.; Frederick A. Eisenberg, D.D., Founding Rabbi Emeritus; Cantorial Soloist Rachel Eisenberg. 440-473-5120. tintcleveland.org.

THE TEMPLE-TIFERETH ISRAEL: 26000 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood. Senior Rabbi Jonathan Cohen; Rabbis Yael Dadoun, Roger C. Klein and Stacy Schlein; Cantor Kathryn Wolfe Sebo. 216-831-3233. ttti.org.

JEWISH SECULAR COMMUNITY: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland, 21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights. jewishsecularcommunity.org.

THE CHARLOTTE GOLDBERG COMMUNITY MIKVAH: Park Synagogue, 3300 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights. By appointment only: 216-371-2244, ext. 135.

THE STANLEY AND ESTHER WAXMAN COMMUNITY MIKVAH: Waxman Chabad House, 2479 South Green Road, Beachwood. 216-381-3170.

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High Holidays during the pandemic: Will people pay synagogue dues? – The Jewish News of Northern California

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Like many synagogues, Temple Bnai Hayim used to rely on the High Holiday season to survive financially.

The small Conservative synagogue in Southern California would receive the lions share of its revenue in the run-up to the holidays: Members sent in their annual dues, which included entry to High Holiday services, and non-members purchased tickets just for the High Holidays.

But with the option of holding regular in-person High Holiday services off the table due to the coronavirus, the synagogue is anticipating a decline in revenue this year and responding by reimagining its financial model from the ground up. Going forward, as long as congregants give any contribution, they get access to everything the synagogue offers: High Holiday services, a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony, even religious school virtually for now, someday in person. Annual membership dues, which once cost $2,000 per two-parent household, will be abolished.

We know a lot of people are hurting, and even if they give us a penny, we know they are a true friend, said Rabbi Jason van Leeuwen, the synagogues cantor. He added: We should be worried, and I dont think we should reasonably expect this new model to cover all of our expenses.

Across the country, synagogues are bracing for a significant reduction in revenues. Though many are seeing increased attendance at virtual services, without the annual cash infusion that in-person High Holiday services bring, and with community members under financial pressure, congregations across the denominational spectrum arent sure how theyll make ends meet this year.

Theyre expecting that their revenue will be down, in some ways, for the next year, said Amy Asin, the Union for Reform Judaisms vice president for strengthening congregations.

Congregations are places, now more than they have been in the past, where people want to belong, she said. That doesnt mean that theyre in a financial position to pay what theyve paid in the past.

Adas Israel, a 1,700-member Conservative synagogue in Washington, D.C., is expecting a 20% drop in revenue this year even as it has seen a spike in attendance at its online services. One recent Friday evening service had about 1,600 screens tuned in or nearly one for each member household.

We know a lot of people are hurting, and even if they give us a penny, we know they are a true friend

To keep congregants comfortable, the synagogue is not planning to increase its annual dues this year, which can run to more than $3,000. And its also hoping to save on expenses it no longer has, like food for kiddush after services. But whether Adas Israel can avoid any layoffs among its 170 employees as the synagogue moves into an unprecedented future remains unclear.

My crystal ball broke a long time ago, said Laurie Aladjem, the congregations president. I believe that many of our members join and affiliate with Adas Israel not just for the High Holidays. We have a really robust education department both for children and adults. We have a preschool. We have a religious school that is bursting at the seams. We have really robust adult education programming.

For many U.S. synagogues, a fixed yearly membership payment has usually included a High Holiday ticket, with nonmembers paying for a seat for the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. (Discounts on fees are often reduced based on need, and few synagogues actively turn away those who want to attend services.) Because so many people generally pack the sanctuary on those days, the holidays are often the driver of synagogue revenue.

Thats true across denominations, though its especially pronounced in non-Orthodox congregations. Congregation Rodeph Shalom, a large Reform synagogue in Philadelphia, would get 150 or 200 people at its Friday night service and 10 times that number on the night of Yom Kippur. Beth Jacob Congregation, an Orthodox synagogue in Beverly Hills, California, sees as many as four times its normal Shabbat attendance on the Day of Atonement.

We hope people understand that when they are buying a High Holiday ticket, what theyre really doing is supporting the synagogue in its ability to exist throughout the year, said Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal, CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly.

On the whole, High Holiday revenue is less critical to synagogues than it used to be, according to Rabbi Daniel Judson, one of the authors of a 2016 UJA-Federation study which found that 57 synagogues nationwide had eliminated annual dues entirely and now just ask for donations. As more synagogues are making their High Holiday services free, they are less dependent on the revenue they once generated.

Judson said, however, that those who donate to synagogues around this time of year do so regardless of the fee structure, and this year will likely be tough going. Historically, he said, for a medium-size synagogue, 60% of annual revenue comes from annual dues.

I think synagogues are less dependent on High Holiday revenue than theyve ever been before, said Judson, dean of graduate leadership programs at Hebrew College near Boston. But its still part of the regular calendar that people pay their dues so that theyre ready for the High Holidays.

Orthodox synagogues may have an advantage, as surveys show that Orthodox Jews are more likely to attend synagogue regularly rather than just for the High Holidays. Still, Orthodox synagogues may see a drop in revenue, said Rabbi Adir Posy, the Orthodox Unions director of synagogue and community services. That issue, he said, could be particularly pronounced in large cities with big Orthodox communities, where families may bounce between synagogues and not feel a particular connection to one congregation.

A larger percentage of our membership have robust connections to communal activity through the shuls throughout the whole year, so its a conversation that is not waking up for the weeks before the High Holidays, Posy, an associate rabbi at Beth Jacob in Beverly Hills, said in discussing Orthodox synagogues in general. That being said, we are seeing synagogues that are getting a lot more membership forms mailed back with associate memberships or limited things.

Rodeph Shalom, the Reform synagogue in Philadelphia, has three membership tiers for its 1,000 members, and also allows for reductions if needed. Its maintaining that system, but plans to make its livestream High Holiday services open to the public for free.

Senior Rabbi Jill Maderer said she isnt sure what the lack of High Holiday tickets will mean for the synagogues bottom line, but believes that opening the prayers to the public is the right choice this year.

We feel this is an opportunity to recognize peoples spiritual needs across the community, and to open our tent to the broader community, she said. I am concerned, and I am also extremely curious, as to whether people will show the commitment without that stick hanging over them. And Im not afraid. I really believe in the community.

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