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15 Apr Posted by | Comments

In Three Minutes, You Can Effect Change For Israel

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the JUF-JF Board meeting in Chicago, discussing the importance of the current Israel vote; not the recent Israeli elections in Israel, but the most important Israel vote that we in the Diaspora can participate in, the World Zionist Congress (WZC) vote – happening now. Being president of the American Zionist Movement, (AZM) I understand how Zionism has different meanings and emotions depending on one’s relationship with Israel.  However, I cannot stress enough, as Jewish Americans, regardless of our definition, it is our right and opportunity to vote on behalf of Israel.  The more votes America has, the stronger our voice can be heard for Israel and for Zionism. Why is voting so critical this year?  With the State of Israel besieged on many sides, with the current state of relationships between the State...

23 Jul Posted by | 1 comment

Victims of Munich Olympic Massacre Finally Granted Appropriate Remembrance

After 40 years the IOC has finally agreed to hold a minute of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches that were so brutally murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics.  After enough support was finally gained on the controversy IOC President Jacques Rogge bowed to pressure to allow the minute of silence in the opening ceremony of the London Games.  The Munich victims were originally scheduled to be honored in a separate ceremony at Guildhall in London organized by the Israeli Olympic Committee without any mention at the opening ceremony.  I think that it is absolutely abhorrent that politics should play a role in a moment that should remain pure and uniting.   Why wouldn’t the committee previously allow for a moment of silence in the opening ceremony if not because the deceased were Israeli.  Is it because they don’t...

31 Jan Posted by | 9 comments

Inglorious Basterds and Sandy Koufax

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I got into Newark from Tel Aviv at 5pm on a Friday. Too late for the Haredim, which meant fewer babies. It was one of the more peaceful plane rides from Israel I’ve been on. Nevertheless, I can’t sleep on airplanes, so I watch movies. And in the case of this trip, somebody (somebody who either knows exactly what they’re doing, or somebody who really has absolutely no idea what they’re doing) decided that one of the choices on the flight back from Israel should be Inglorious Basterds. Every time there was a scene that was decked out in swastikas, I worried just a little that a survivor might be looking over my back, but when I turned around nobody seemed to be paying attention. My viewing of Inglorious Basterds was somewhat of an exception to the way I normally...