Mon, 02/11/2013 - 4:49pm
Israel & Mideast:
In Mideast issues, a US News & World Report column urges Israel to remove the ambiguity from its nuclear posture to deter threats. Washington Post columnist discusses the ramifications of shifting demographics in the Muslim world. A YNet column discusses how Hezbollah might use its missiles in a future clash with Israel.
In domestic Israeli issues, a new MK from the surging Yesh Atid party seeks to be the “congressman” for English-speaking Israeli voters. Upon the surprise retirement of the Pope, the AP runs a wrap of his relationship with Israel. Women were arrested after a 'Women of the Wall" prayer at the Western Wall; among those arrested were members of a JFNA Rabbinic Cabinet Mission who had left their group to attend this event. (After a previous arrest of Women of the Wall, JFNA called for a solution that would uphold Israel’s guarantee to grant full freedom of worship for all in Jerusalem. http://www.jewishfederations.org/page.aspx?id=258297).Regional:• US News & World Report (opinion) -- Facing a Nuclear Iran, Israel Must Rethink Its Nuclear Ambiguity http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2013/02/11/facing-a-nuclear-iran-israel-must-rethink-its-nuclear-ambiguity?google_editors_picks=true• Washington Post (opinion) -- A demographic shift in the Muslim world http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/david-ignatius-a-demographic-shift-in-the-muslim-world/2013/02/08/54ce7bf0-7152-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_story.html• YNet (opinion) -- Hezbollah's strategy: Rockets on Tel Aviv, raids on Galilee http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4343662,00.html• Reuters -- New Iran centrifuges could shorten path to atomic bomb: Netanyahu http://news.yahoo.com/iran-centrifuges-could-shorten-path-atomic-bomb-netanyahu-203359615.htmlIsraeli Issues:
• Jerusalem Post -- Lipman sets open-door policy as ‘Knesset congressman’ http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=302825 (Mentions The Jewish Federations of North America)• AP -- Senate panel to vote Tuesday on Hagel nomination http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50770752#.URlUmpjBkng• JTA -- 10 women arrested at Western Wall for praying with prayer shawls http://www.jta.org/news/article/2013/02/11/3119266/ten-women-arrested-at-western-wall-for-praying-with-prayer-shawls• AP/Fox News -- Despite Nazi past, Israelis considered Pope Benedict XVI a friend who promoted coexistence http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02/11/despite-nazi-past-israelis-considered-pope-benedict-xvi-friend-who-promoted/
For more Israel news, see the weekly JFNA Israel news page: http://www.jewishfederations.org/Weekly-News-Items-in-Israel.aspx
For more security news, see JFNA’s Secure Community Network (SCN) news page:http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1091809/bcb5afdb71/521804587/8fddab0b42/
Israel Advocacy and Countering Anti-Semitism:
Jewish organizations are teaming up to counter an anti-Israel billboard in Texas. A Jewish student writes about her experience in being expelled from a Brooklyn College BDS event. A cultural ‘zine covers an anti-anti-Semitism krewe in the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations.
• Arutz Sheva -- Advocacy Groups Team Up to Counter Anti-Israel Ads http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/165107#.URlM9pjBknh• Times of Israel (opinion) -- A Personal Account by Someone Who Was at the Brooklyn College BDS event http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-personal-account-by-someone-who-was-at-the-brooklyn-college-bds-event/• NY Daily News -- FORUM FUROR: 4 Jews tossed from BDS meet at Brooklyn College http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/4-jews-tossed-bds-meet-article-1.1259347• Religion Dispatches (opinion) -- “Hey You! Anti-Semite!”: A Jewish Krewe does Mardi Gras http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/culture/6783/_hey_you__anti_semite__a_jewish_krewe_does_mardi_gras/For Israel advocacy news, see the Israel Action Network’s newly redesigned and enhanced website: http://israelactionnetwork.org/
Federations/Philanthropy: A number of familiar faces in the Jewish community are among the Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual Philanthropy 50 of top US donors. A prominent rabbi, currently in Israel on the JFNA Rabbinic Cabinet Mission, discusses changes in what a rabbi really is in modern Jewish life. A Masa leader offers data to counter the contention that young Jews are uninterested in working in the Jewish communal world.
Federations are highlighted in Southern Arizona, Detroit and South Palm Beach County.
• Chronicle of Philanthropy -- The Top Donors of 2012 http://philanthropy.com/section/Philanthropy-50/370/• Huffington Post (opinion) -- The New Rabbi of the 21st Century http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-jason-miller/the-new-rabbi-of-the-21st-century_b_2644309.html • eJewishPhilanthropy (opinion) -- Who’s Going to Lead the Jewish Community in the Future? http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/whos-going-to-lead-the-jewish-community-in-the-future/
• Arizona Jewish Post -- Consul talks up the U.S.-Israel relationship http://azjewishpost.com/2013/21119/• Detroit Free Press -- Detroit projects competing for audience votes to earn grants http://www.freep.com/article/20130209/NEWS05/302090046/Micro-grants-up-for-grabs?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs• Palm Beach Post -- Food bank distributes freezers to help feed hungry http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/food-bank-distributes-freezers-to-help-feed-hungry/nWLrW/