When Ladino-rock musician Sarah Aroeste visited Santa Clara, Cuba, on a recent humanitarian trip with B’nai B’rith International, she was surprised to find that while the 25-member strong Jewish community had a huge Holocaust memorial to commemorate those who died, it had only one CD of Jewish music to celebrate the living. She was also surprised that young Jews came up to her after the shows she performed with Cuban-American musician Roberto Rodriguez and asked, “How do we learn this music?”
The Israeli flag fluttered briefly over southern Lebanon in mid-February, probably with Hezbollah’s permission.
One month into the Obama administration, Jewish communal leaders seeking high-level access appear to have come crashing through an open door. Within four days in mid-February, Jewish leaders were invited to two high-level conference calls — one with senior foreign policy officials who discussed the upcoming United Nations-sponsored Durban conference on racism, and the other with Middle East special envoy George Mitchell.
Federal prosecutors in the national security case against two former pro-Israel lobbyists suffered legal blows this week that could affect their chances of winning or even lead the government to reconsider going forward with the case.
Several days before Israelis went to the polls, as it became clear that Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party was emerging as the nation’s third largest, Harvard University mathematician Dennis Gaitsgory called his friend Josh Tenenbaum, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and told him he could not sleep at night.