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Germany's Merkel to visit Israel for final time in October

Haaretz - Tue, 2021-09-14 14:59
The German Chancellor's trip was initially cancelled last month in reaction to the Kabul bombings

Ohio man sentenced to 20 years for planned attack on Toledo synagogue

The Forward - Tue, 2021-09-14 14:33
The man, 21 at the time, was inspired in part by the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre — the worst attack on Jews in U.S. history.

Ohio man sentenced to 20 years for planned attack on Toledo synagogue

JTA - Tue, 2021-09-14 14:31

(JTA) — A federal court sentenced an Ohio man to 20 years in prison for planning deadly attacks on a Toledo synagogue.

Damon Joseph of Holland, a Toledo suburb, had pleaded guilty in May to providing material support to a terrorist organization and attempting to commit a hate crime. Along with the prison term, the U.S. District Court in Toledo sentenced Joseph on Monday to a lifetime of supervised release.

Joseph was 21 in 2018 when he posted recruitment propaganda for the Islamic State terrorist group on social media. FBI agents engaged him online and Joseph said he wanted to carry out a mass killing attack on a Toledo Jewish target, inspired in part by the mass murder of Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October that year. The attack on the Tree of Life synagogue was the worst on U.S. Jews in history.

Joseph was arrested when he accepted two disabled assault rifles from an undercover FBI agent.

In statements, prosecutors noted that Joseph planned his attack for Shabbat.

“He hoped to cause mass casualties by selecting a time when numerous innocent victims would be present,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark Lesko of the Justice Department’s National Security Division said.

In court Monday, Joseph said he was “naive and ignorant of religion.”

The cantor at the targeted synagogue, Congregation B’nai Israel, cited the timing of the sentencing.

“How appropriate that he has been sentenced as we commemorate the world’s worst act of terror — 9/11,” Ivor Lichterman was quoted as saying by the local CBS affiliate, WTOL11. “Similarly, this is around the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the time when Jews seek atonement, not only from God, but equally important, from our fellow man.”

The local Jewish federation thanked authorities for preventing an attack.

“We are grateful to the Court, to the FBI, local law enforcement and the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Ohio for their careful attention and diligence in bringing Mr. Joseph to justice and for protecting our community,” the federation said in a statement reported by WTOL11.

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It is one of the most well-known Jewish prayers; it also might just have the power to heal us

The Forward - Tue, 2021-09-14 14:31
An artist never knew the power and meaning of ‘Avinu Malkeinu’ until she learned to sing it in the midst of a pandemic.

For this rabbi near Surfside, the High Holidays are for processing communal grief

The Forward - Tue, 2021-09-14 14:30
Rabbi Lipskar doesn’t believe anyone can know why the Surfside building collapsed. “But I’m not going to continue to base my life on a question.”

Your exclusive Jewish guide to the Met Gala

The Forward - Tue, 2021-09-14 14:16
After a year off, the most fashionable charity event returns with a suit made of maps and tearaway golden armor.

Bennett praises Egypt’s role after Sissi meeting, hails start of ‘deep relationship’

The Forward - Tue, 2021-09-14 14:15
The leaders discussed Gaza reconstruction and the Iran nuclear deal in the first formal meeting between the countries’ leaders in a decade.

UN says Syria unsafe for refugees amid host country pressure to return

Haaretz - Tue, 2021-09-14 14:00
UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria notes hostilities in several areas of the fractured country, its collapsing economy, drying riverbeds and increased attacks by Islamic State militants

I spoke to a Holocaust survivor’s 3-D hologram. Then I phoned the survivor.

The Forward - Tue, 2021-09-14 13:41
Firestone’s survival story is immortalized in the new exhibit, which took five days to film over 1000 questions about her life.

Larry Ellison, Netanyahu trial witness, offers ex-PM seat on Oracle's board

Haaretz - Tue, 2021-09-14 12:53
Offer by billionaire Ellison is estimated at some $450,000 ? The former prime minister would have to quit Knesset to accept a job in the private sector ? Netanyahu, who recently stayed on Oracle founder's Hawaiian island, denies the report

JCC Manhattan names new director • Kosher restaurants fear vax rules • Ellis Island myths

JTA - Tue, 2021-09-14 12:30

Good morning, New York. If you or someone you know is looking for a virtual Yom Kippur experience, our colleagues at JTA have collected a non-exhaustive list of offerings arranged by the kind of experience you might be seeking

FRONT AND CENTER: Rabbi Joanna Samuels was named as the next chief executive officer of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.

  • Samuels is the founding executive director of downtown’s Manny Cantor Center, a Jewish community center and  settlement house, and former rabbi of Congregation Habonim in Manhattan.  
  • She succeeds Rabbi Joy Levitt, who is retiring at the end of  December after nearly 25 years leading the Upper West Side arts, culture and fitness institution.
  • Read the announcement from board chair Jeff Feig here.

NO VAX, NO SERVICE?: Days before NYC’s new vaccine mandates went into effect Monday, some kosher restaurants in New York City were still debating the consequences of complying — or not. (JTA)

  • A kosher pizzeria owner in Brooklyn said he’ll “100%” lose customers if his restaurant starts asking for proof of vaccination.


NABBED: Police in upstate Sullivan County say they made an arrest after someone fired paintballs from a moving car at a Woodbourne synagogue on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. (



Art Metrano, a comedian and actor whose career rebounded after he was seriously injured in a fall from a ladder in 1989, died on Sept. 8 at his home in Florida. He was 84. Raised in Bensonhurst in a Sephardic Jewish family, Metrano appeared on “The Tonight Show” and starred in two “Police Academy” films. A son, Rabbi Howard Bald, performed the memorial service over the weekend. (New York Times)

Baruch Nachshon, an Israeli artist known for surreal, mystical works work influenced by Hasidism, died Monday. He was 82. Nachshon’s career was kickstarted by the late Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who paid for a two-year scholarship for Nachshon to learn at NYC’s School of Visual Arts. (c0llive)


In her new book, “People Love Dead Jews,” Dara Horn explodes a recurring myth that Jewish names were changed at Ellis Island. In a Jewish Week essay, editor in chief Andrew Silow-Carroll recalls his own family’s name change, and what it says about Jewish survival and adaptability.


To mark the closing of Dana Arieli’s virtual exhibition, “The Zionist Phantom,” organized by Brandeis University’s Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Adriana Katzew will present her photographic work inspired and driven by the history of her own Mexican-Jewish family. Arieli will then join the discussion to address some of the similarities and differences between their works. Register here. Noon.

Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage for a program exploring psychotherapist Rene David Alkalay’s story of survival in Ustaša-run concentration camps in Croatia. Register here. 2:00 p.m.

Eleanor Bergstein was a teenage mambo queen whose family summers at Grossinger’s inspired her screenplay for “Dirty Dancing,” the 1987 film set in a Catskills resort in the summer of 1963. Bergstein will share stories from her life and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the creation of the film and stage musical. Center for Jewish History; register here. 6:00 p.m.

Photo, top: UN ambassadors Gilad Erdan of Israel, Lana Nusseibah of the UAE, Linda Thomas-Greenfield of the United States, Omar Hilale of Morocco and Jamal Al Rowaiei of Bahrain mark the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords at an event hosted by the Israeli Mission to the UN at Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage, Sept. 13, 2021. (@AustraliaUN)

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This app was born out of sexual harassment. Now it lets you blow the whistle on your boss

Haaretz - Tue, 2021-09-14 12:07
Vault lets employees report everything from racism to fraud to COVID violations – before it becomes a reason to quit, a media scandal or an environmental disaster

Palestinian prisoners run ‘a state within a state’ in Israel’s jails, officials say

Haaretz - Tue, 2021-09-14 11:30
'The [Palestinian] security prisoners run their own affairs and are in control from the inside,' a guard told a state committee

Manhattan JCC, emerging from COVID-era struggles, announces new head

The Forward - Tue, 2021-09-14 11:00
“Coming out of the pandemic, the JCC is poised to be an institution that helps bring our community and our city together.”

Israel's 17% unvaccinated now account for 65% of all serious COVID-19 cases

Haaretz - Tue, 2021-09-14 10:38
For every death of an Israeli over 60 that had received the booster shot, there are roughly 15 deaths of unvaccinated Israelis in the same age group
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