Friday, July 01, 2022


#MakeItHappen Campaign Extended Due to Significant Response

Washington, DC—One month into its launch, the Schusterman Philanthropic Network (SPN)’s #MakeItHappen micro-grants campaign has received more than 600 applications for creating Jewish experiences in 25 countries around the world. Twelve local and national organizations have also announced that they will offer additional #MakeItHappen micro-grant


Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) in Teaneck, NJ

Teaneck—NORPAC hosted a lunch event for Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) at the home of Drs. Laurie Baumel and Manuel Litchman. Since becoming a member of Congress, Rep. Chabot has served on the Committee of the Judiciary, the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He was named to the role of Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and


Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) in Englewood, NJ

Englewood—NORPAC hosted a sit-down dinner for Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) at the home of Kevin and Lori Lemmer. First elected to the Senate in 2010, Ayotte has quickly made her reputation as an up-and-coming leader in the party and the Senate. She has been both active and vigilant in her support of U.S.-Israel relations.

At the event, Senator Ayotte


A Call to Boycott Poland?

Henderson, NV—Diplomatic fireworks sizzled fiercely last Sunday at an intergenerational gathering of Holocaust survivors and their descendants when it sounded as if Mark Weitzman, director of Government Affairs, who is based at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in NYC—told a group of more than 350 survivors of the Holocaust and members of the Second and Third


Nuke Talks Unresolved

Geneva—As the P5+1 powers continue in their efforts to get a recalcitrant Iran to halt its production of nuclear grade materials, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, continues to rail against any agreement that would leave Iran with its nuclear production facilities intact. Denounced by the New York Timesas generating “hysterical


Bergen Post-Election Analysis

Bergen is considered a bellwether county; that is, election results here are considered to be an indicator of future trends for people and places beyond Bergen. With more residents than any other county in the state, Bergen County is considered a melting pot: 60.5 percent white, 17.3 percent Latino, 14 percent Asian and 5.1 percent black. A win for a


Sharing Seats, Easing Burdens

Englewood—There are few better ways to live in the moment than to watch a sporting event in a large arena, surrounded by others sharing the same experience, breathing in the air of excitement and enjoying the drama of the game. For others, a concert or play, or even a day at an amusement park, can create the same level of transportment and distraction. When


Bush’s Jews for Jesus Speech Troubles Jewish Leaders

Weeks ago, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Fund gave George W. Bush a standing ovation. But since news broke that the former president would address an evangelical group dedicated to converting Jews to Christianity in preparation for the End Times, some Jewish leaders and groups have responded with rather strong criticism. That


How Arafat Died and How the PA Blames Israel

Ramallah—Palestinians renewed their allegations that Israel was responsible for the “assassination” of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat. But a thorough reading of the Swiss scientists’ report shows that their findings are inconclusive. Russian scientists who also examined the remains have said there was insufficient evidence to support the claim that Arafat may have


Lots of Looted Art Recovered and Three Pieces Returned

Europe—Looted Holocaust art has landed in the news recently. The Netherlands will return three paintings by 17 thcentury Dutch masters to the descendants of Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker. The paintings were by Philips Wouwerman, Dominicus van Tol and Hendrik Gerritsz. In 2006, they returned more than 200 paintings to the family. Experts believe


Knesset Passes “Tzohar Law”

Jerusalem—Following several years of lobbying and publicity efforts, the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization celebrated a historic legislative victory recently when the Knesset passed the “Tzohar Law.”  In October, the newly elected chief rabbinate had attempted to block the legislation.

Now couples across Israel will be allowed to apply for marriage licenses


Livni Defends Kerry

Justice Minister and chief Israeli negotiator with the Palestinians Tzipi Livni came to the defense of US Secretary of State John Kerry after he launched a very public attack on Israel’s West Bank policies during an interview with Channel 2  last Thursday.

Kerry is a man who “cares about the State of Israel,” Livni told Israel Radio.


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