Author: PJV Contributor

This year Israel is the only fully-participating foreign country in the annual SOMOS conference for Hispanic leaders of New York. As part of the conference, Israel’s Consulate General in New York has organized for over 60 participants to tour two specific IsraAID projects in Puerto Rico, as the island continues to recover from Hurricane Maria: the new gravitational sand water filtration system in Barrio Real, and the donation of medical supplies at a school in Caguas. One year after Hurricane Maria swept across the Caribbean, the Israeli humanitarian aid organization IsraAID, which was one of the earliest international responders to…

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— by Deanne Comer The horrific, anti-Semitic act of violence that befell members of the Tree of Life synagogue of Pittsburgh brought to the forefront issues of divisiveness in our society and among American Jews. Like many, I am fearful now for the future of my country that gave me security, opportunity and pride in its democratic principles and just societal values. Jews who are concerned and insecure will question the idea that America is our homeland in fact, and look to Israel as the authentic homeland likely to guarantee our survival as a people. On Election Day, Jews might…

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By Ferne Hassan Associate Director StandWithUs/Mid-Atlantic Region On October 14 two reservists will reveal their personal experiences in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). They will be in Philadelphia as part of StandWithUs “Israeli Soldiers Tour” (IST). These veterans will share stories from the front lines, not from the headlines. Ilan and Yuval (last names withheld for security purposes) will also share their backgrounds, life in Israel and answer any tough questions members from the audience wish to pose to them. Ilan was born in Venezuela and moved to Israel in 2010. Ilan’s father is a Christian Venezuelan and his mother…

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By Rutie Eckdish Gurs internment camp Every morning, I get up, walk to my bathroom, turn on the hot water and stand under the shower to get my 60+ year old bones to work, and I think of my grandmother. No, I don’t think of the fake showers of the concentration camps, as you probably thought. When my grandmother, Flora Lotte Paradies, nee Loëwenstein was 60+, she was, indeed, taken from her home, along with most of the Jews of southern Germany, and sent west to one of the many German “holding camps” on the Spanish-French border, known generically as…

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“Not Our Kind” As a Jewish student at Vassar College, Kitty Zeldis was considered “not our kind” by the WASP elite. She joked to a friend that she should have been named “Katherine Anne Worthington” to fit in with the gentile environment, rather than the Jewish name her parents had given her. This experience was the inspiration for her recent novel, “Not Our Kind.” In this novel, Zeldis introduces us to Eleanor Moskowitz, a resident of the tenements of Manhattan. World War II had just ended. With renewed optimism about the future, Eleanor summoned the courage to step out of…

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High Holiday Services from the Jewish Broadcasting Service will be available this year to many listeners through cable TV or the Internet. There are three ways to receive the programs: if you subscribe to Direct TV tune to channel 388. Or you can receive the services on a Roku streaming TV device under the heading “religion.” With the Internet on your television, smart phone, or a computer, enter the web address JBSTV.org. The services will broadcast at the following east coast times: Kol Nidre on Tuesday September 18, 6 PM and again at 8:30 PM Yom Kippur Family Service on…

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The Last Stop on the Maverick Express — by Michael Bihovsky If the past is any indication, some of my fellow liberals will take issue with the nice things I’m about to say about Senator John McCain, but today we lost a hero in an age where heroes are so very hard to find…especially, let’s be frank, on the Right. But John McCain was a hero. For starters, he risked his life time and again to defend our country, and was tortured beyond most of our comprehension for doing so. I honor him for that. In an age of nearly…

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US Embassy in Jerusalem — Ron Klein, Chairman of Jewish Democratic Council of America JDCA condemns President Trump’s ominous warning that Israel will have to “pay a higher price” now that the U.S. Embassy has been moved to Jerusalem. And you know what, in the negotiation Israel will have to pay a higher price because they won a very big thing, but I took it off the table. [The Palestinians] could never get past the fact of Jerusalem becoming the capital, but they will get something very good next because it’s their turn next. (President Donald Trump at West Virginia…

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Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court (July 9, 2018) In 2016, the Republican Senate refused to consider Merrick Garland (Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit – the second highest court in the land) as President Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States after the death of Antonin Scalia. After 293 days of obstruction, the GOP ran out the clock giving President Trump the opportunity to seat Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. Now, swing-justice Anthony Kennedy has…

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Demand Trump and Republicans Hold Russia Responsible for Its Crimes Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin in Helsinki, Finland. It is the duty of the President of the United States to uphold the oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, and to defend the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. President Trump abdicated these responsibilities with his reckless embrace of Russia, an adversary that has actively undermined America’s democratic institutions and sought to sow discord in the United States. As opposed to reaffirming the unanimous assessment of the U.S. intelligence community regarding Russia’s intervention…

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