Unifying force: “One of my mottos is something that I read from a speech given by Menachem Begin in August 1948,” Dayan, 67, told JI in the run-up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which falls on Friday. My works I bequeath to the Jewish museum to be built after the war…,” read Gela Seksztajn’s words, written in August 1942. She is believed to have died the following year, but no official records of her death exist. “When I saw that, I understood she was speaking to me and she was speaking about Yad Vashem – even though she did not know there would be a Yad Vashem – and in that moment I realized the responsibility that lies on our shoulders,” said Dayan. He also said that while Holocaust education is not the ultimate cure for rising antisemitism worldwide, it is an essential part of tackling the phenomenon.
“The problem isn’t that Senator Sinema abandoned the Democratic Party — it’s that she abandoned Arizona,” Gallego, 43, said in a statement. The race has so far drawn only limited interest from other Democrats in Arizona. The congressman’s ex-wife, Kate Gallego, the Jewish mayor of Phoenix, had been eyed as a possible Democratic contender but told Axios that she isn’t planning to run for the seat. Two recent polls, including one conducted on behalf of Gallego, showed Lake, a former television news anchor in Phoenix, narrowly winning with a plurality of the vote in a three-way matchup with Gallego and Sinema. “He’s also been very fair in the way he’s treated Israel and the Palestinian issue,” Zeichick told JI.16 days ago Jewish Insider
Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and James Lankford (R-OK), co-chairs of the Abraham Accords Caucus, the delegation also visited Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Israel. “From Israel to Morocco, Bahrain and the UAE, we were hearing the same message,” Kelly, who sits on the Armed Services Committee, told JI. “Their expectation is that that will continue and get worse over time,” Kelly said. “You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Israel as they were getting bombarded with Scuds,” Kelly said. “This helps peace and stability,” Kelly said of the Accords’ impact in the region.13 days ago Jewish Insider
She’s had 20 years in office,” Caruso, 63, told Jewish Insider in a phone interview last week. “He’s not of our faith, but he was very respectful of the Jewish community,” added Cunin. “The Jewish community where I went to high school, the parents were very political — far to the left,” said Bass. “The Jewish community is highly organized, highly aware and has defense mechanisms in place,” she said, emphasizing that she would work to raise public awareness about antisemitism. On the drive to Bass’ campaign event in August, she paused occasionally to point to encampments on sidewalks and under overpasses.3 months ago Jewish Insider
Discussing French affairs through cuisine is a cliché, yes, but the altered gastronomical landscape of the neighborhood is hard to miss. And what about the families erupting from Sephardic synagogues around here on Shabbat by the dozens, shouting arrête Ayala! “Dismay and deep frustration was expressed by several lawmakers and aides across the caucus Wednesday, but surprise at Jayapal’s actions were not. “‘I was naive,’ Smaker told me when I met her in Oakland, soon after The New York Times had published an article about the backlash to her film. It has more than 900 employees across its U.S. and European businesses, more than half of whom are in editorial.3 months ago Jewish Insider
Israeli President Isaac Herzog met with President Joe Biden in the Oval Office on Wednesday for a meeting that focused “mainly” on Iran, the Israeli leader told reporters outside the West Wing. The latter is a theme the Israeli president has repeated throughout the two-day visit to Washington even as he has avoided directly condemning Russia by name for using the weapons. In a CNN interview following the Oval Office meeting, Herzog said Biden did not ask Israel to provide Ukraine with air-defense systems. The official emphasized that Israel’s engagement with the region is continuing and that when tensions relax, discussions on further regional integration can continue. Herzog said he and Biden also discussed the maritime border agreement with Lebanon, regional integration and normalization.3 months ago Jewish Insider
Welcome back and we hope you enjoy the first 2023 edition of the Daily Kickoff. Also in today’s Daily Kickoff, outgoing Rep. Elaine Luria, Art Spiegelman and former Rep. Steve Israel. The new Congress will convene at noon today in Washington, ushering in a slate of 74 newly elected House members and seven new senators. The two big items on our radar this week: the election for House speaker, and how the new Congress will address lingering allegations that Rep.-elect George Santos (R-NY) fabricated extensive portions of his biography. Sixteen of the 30 ministers in the new government are from Netanyahu’s Likud party, including Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Justice Minister Yariv Levin and Education Minister Yoav Kisch.1 month ago Jewish Insider
The inn’s owner, Liesl Geisler-Scharfetter, later wrote about the refugees who sought rest on her lawns and in her laundry room. This election exposed two opposing visions of a Jewish state. For the ultra-Orthodox and the ultra-nationalists, Israel is the state of Judaism – Orthodox Judaism. For classical Zionism, though, Israel was intended to be the state of the Jewish people, without imposing a uniform notion of ‘authentic’ Jewish identity. The state of the Jewish people, on the other hand, accepts the Jews as they are.” [TOI]1 month ago Jewish Insider