Eric Loring, ENJC President

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In November, we had the opportunity as a congregation to say good-bye to our Cantor. In December, many of us will have opportunities to say personal good-byes to a dear friend. Cantor Nussbaum has been a constant presence in our synagogue life. It will be very strange to not see him on the bimah or in the Religious School. I will miss his melodic baritone, "What's going oonnnn?" I will miss his enthusiastic "guess"-timates of attendance at various functions. I will miss the way in which he has always made my family feel welcome and loved in our shul.

If you have not already, I hope that you will have opportunities to wish Ralph well as he and his family embark on this new stage in their lives. Shake his hand. Share a memory. Give him a hug if that feels appropriate. (Just try not to make him cry. He hates that!)

Now, as a community, we must look to the future. We are at once both diminished by our loss and stronger for having had the Nussbaums in our midst. As we adjust to their absence, we will gradually develop a new sense of balance and normalcy. 

Shalom, chaverim! See you in shul!

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Join us the movie The Forgotten Refugees, followed by a discussion with Dr. David Kazzaz, father of congregant Jeff Kazzaz, who was expelled from Iraq in the 1950s.


 

Israel Items of Interest

Read about a small guitar workshop in Jaffa, creating the finest instruments, HERE.

A PhD student at Hebrew University has won an award for developing a test to detect Parkinson's Disease. Read about it HERE.

Three years after publishing an anti-Israel letter in the medical journal, The Lancet, the editor admits he has deep regrets and has dedicated the latest issue to highlighting health care in Israel. Read about it HERE.

Read an article by Chris Coons and Marco Rubio from the Wall Street Journal, "Every Senator Agrees the UN Must Change," HERE.

Israel's medical clowns- they cheer up sick kids, reduce anxiety, decrease pain, and alleviate depression. They are Jews, Christian Arabs, and others. Watch a YouTube video about them HERE.

Learn about the connection of Jews with Israel, the decades-long quest of Israel for peace with it's neighbors, the failure of Palestinian leadership to turn conflict into coexistence, and the contrast between the fate of Palestinian and Jewish refugees from the Arab-Israel conflict, HERE. 

Women of the IDF video

 

Rabbi Silverman's Suggested Sites to See

Add your name to the petition by the Jewish Community Relations Council denouncing the demonstration in Charlottesville and hate in all of its manistations- New Yorkers Against Hate- please sign HERE.

Read the words of the congregation president of the Charlottesville, Virginia Beth Israel synagogue, Alan Zimmerman. Towns and communities should not allow these demonstrations, citing first amendment considerations, and instead ban them on grounds of disturbing the peace. Read the article HERE.

Mahmoud Abbas claims the Palestinians are descendents of the Canaanites in order to claim they were in the land before the Israelites. In fact, Arab tribes settling in Israel were of several lineages. Read about it HERE.

Watch a funny video on the Middle East conflict HERE.

Students in Newton, MA were being taught under a curriculum of anti-Jewish rhetoric, funded by Middle-Eastern and Islamic study groups supported by gifts from Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab states. Luckily one child raised the alarm and parents went into action to stop it. But similar curriculums are being inserted into public school systems across the US. Read about it HERE.

Brandeis, America's only non-sectarian Jewish-sponsored college, offers a course on "Islamism," taught by a pro-Islamist bigoted professor. Read about it HERE.

Is the Anti-boycott act, now before Congress, and infringement on free speech? Read this Jerusalem Post article explaining why it is not, HERE.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the Taylor Force Act will eliminates asistance to the Palestinian Authority if they continue to pay salaries to terrorists and their families. The bill will now move to the Senate floor. Contact your senators today and urge them to support his bill, HERE.

What's REALLY behind the debate over Metal Detectors on the Temple Mount? Watch a video and find out, HERE.

Read and excellent New York Times Opinion piece discussing the leaders of the Women's March, hailed by the Democratic Party and lauded by the media as inspiring and tranformative, who actually embrace some alarming, hatemongering and illiberal causes. Read the OpEd HERE.

Radical Islam exists not only in the Middle East and Europe, but it is here in the US as well. Read the words of a California Imam, HERE.

Read a wonderful gem by David Harris of AJC, entitled Stop Infantilizing the Palestinians, HERE. 

Sign a petition defending Israel and Jerusalem from efforts of the UN attacking Israel's sovereignty, HERE.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is calling out Jewish Voice for Peace, a left-wing, pro-BDS group, for their efforts to condemn Israel at every opportunity. Read about it HERE.

Rex Tillerson and the State Department are blaming Israel for the current unrest at the Kotel. Read about it HERE.

A Bar Mitzvah boy chose a Jimmy Kimmel theme. See how that turned out with a video, HERE.

There have been several clashes and many people injured over Temple Mount security efforts to defuse tensions, all initially begun by the brutal stabbing of 2 Israeli policemen by Israeli-Arab terrorists. Read the article from the Times of Israel HERE.

With controversy over Radiohead's upcoming show in Israel, an Arab-Israeli who will be performing with them has written an article in Newsweek urging them not to cancel, HERE.

Sign the petition from Mazon to maintain food programs in danger of being cut by the Trump Administration HERE. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel, which was a great opportunity for public relations, technology and trade. Read about it HERE.

US senators are calling for a reduction in aid to the Palestinian Authority because the PA is violating the Taylor Force Act by providing payments to the families of Palestinian terrorists. Read about it HERE. The PA claims these payments are social welfare– Read why they aren't, HERE.

A review of the new book Kingdom of Olives and Ash, edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, consists of 26 essays which essentially condemn Israel. Read the review HERE.

After Palestinians killed 2 Israeli policemen in the Old City, Israeli officials closed off the area for security reasons. The grand mufti of Jerusalem, citing Israeli "agression" called on Muslims to flood the holy site. Read about it HERE.

Read how UNESCO supports terrorism and rejectionism HERE.

Sign a petition to stand up against Students for Justice in Palestine at Fordham University HERE.

Nassau Legislator Howard Kopel says that allowing Roger Waters of Pink Floyd to perform at the Nassau Coliseum would violate local law against Israeli discrimination. Watch the video HERE.

The mayor of London has taken action to ban the flag of Hezbollah. Watch two videos on this subject: Al Quds Day 2017, HERE; and Kay Wilson Speaks Out Against Al Quds Day, HERE.

Biased US high school textbooks are turning young Americans against Israel, according to research by several Jewish watch groups. Read about it HERE.

Read "Why Won't Abbas Accept 'Two States for Two Peoples'?" by Alan Dershowitz, articulating the core obstacle to the Two State Solution- Palestinian rejection of a Jewish state, HERE. 

Georgetown University in Qatar will install Ahmad S. Dallal as it's dean in September. Dallal, an avowed supporter of Hezbollah, previously served as the chair of the DC campus Islamic Studies Department, know as a cesspool of jihadi sympathizers. Read about it HERE.

Judea Pearl has written of the BDS movement's immorality in the The Jewish Journal, nailing the truth regarding its actual goal to dismantle the State of Israel and deny the Jewish right to self-determination, HERE.

In response to Israeli PM Netanyahu's decision to freeze the Kotel Agreement, Mercaz Olami President and former Rabbinical Assembly President, Rabbi Alan Silverstein, has published a piece in the Times of Israel, HERE.

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters is the de facto spokesman for the BDS campaign, disparaging Israel and including graphic anti-Semetic visuals in his concerts. He is now the subject of a boycott campaign and documentary film by award-winning filmmaker and New York Times author Ian Halpern. Read about it HERE. You can view a trailer of the film HERE.

For College Students: join SSI- Students Supporting Israel and help in their important work. Learn about it HERE.

UNESCO had declared the Tomb of the Jewish Patriarchs, the second holiest site to Jews, a "Palestinian World Heritage site." This is historical revisionism taking place under our noses and given international legitimacy. HERE. See also a well-stated NY Post article HERE.

Read a very worthwhile Times of Israel blog from Daniel Gordis on his perspective of the evolving Israel-Diaspora fault lines, HERE. 

The Palestinian Minister Sabri Saidam, in charge of revamping the Palestinian Authority's education system will be keeping the radical curriculum that teaches students to become martyrs, reject negotiations and embracde a continued war with Israel rather than using this opportunity to prepare PA children for peace. Read about it HERE. Read the executive summary by the Israel Research Review, concluding that PA schoolbooks call for the de-legitimization and demonization of Israel, and a call for violent struggle instead of peace-HERE.

Irish Hypocracy: Ireland separates Catholics and Protestants by over 50 "peace walls", yet the wall that separates Israel from Palestine is termed an "apartheid wall" in Ireland and negatively thought of as racist. Read about it HERE.

Organizers of Chicago's LGBT festival expelled marchers carrying the Star of David. Read about it HERE.

A group of 18 NFL Hall-of-Famers joined New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on a trip to Israel that transformed their opinions of Kraft and of Israel, HERE.

Israel is the world's oldest victim of "false news," HERE.

Cold Spring Harbor's Judy Davis writes about the advantages of having Israel as an American partner in The Times of Israel, HERE.

Watch a video questioning the double standard when it comes to terrorism in Israel HERE.

Read an important article that rebuts the contention that the Holocaust is the reason the State of Israel exists, HERE.

As a Columbia University alumnus, Rabbi Silverman has written a letter to its president, Lee Bollinger, in protest of the "Nakba Project," an initiative of Columbia's Center for Palestine Studies and Adalah, and anti-Israel NGO. The project promotes extreme anti-Israel rhetoric and provides a platform for BDS-ers. Read about it HERE. 

Your tax dollars paid for an event in Congress, sponsored by Congressman Mark Pocan, with speakers that denied Israel's right to exit and called Israel's founding in 1948 a “catastrophe." Please sign your name to a petition that demands our leaders condemn this hate speech and to ensure that a congressional event like this will not happen again, HERE.

An Israeli rabbi settler who praised attacks on Arabs has been indicted for incitement. While it is troubling that rabbis have come to this, credit should be given to the the Israeli judicial system and mainstream Jewish scholars for disowning such thinking and indicting this rabbi. It would be significant if such legal mechanisms were applied to Palestinian society for similar incitement. Read about it HERE.

Watch an animated video about how anti-Semitism has mutated over time, HERE.

Read The Truth Behind Bar Mitzvah Tears, by Wendy Jaffe. A reflection that says it all perfectly, HERE.

Learn the proper protocol to handle Palestinian activists on campuses as exemplified by Georgetown University HERE.

A video about all the wonderful aid Israel provides worldwide, that will bring a tear to your eyes HERE.

 

 

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