Dear Dr. Gorka — I was relieved to see you “liked” several recent tweets aimed at me, even though they were hostile and one wrongly implied that the Forward was taking money for the stories we have reported on you. I was beginning to worry that you hadn’t seen our reporting.
This week in Chicago, like Jews everywhere, you’ll be stocking up on your Passover supplies. It’s not quite time to panic over seder preparations yet, so here’s a list of a few things that are going on, if you’re not tempted by the smell of bacon that will be emanating from the University of Illinois-Chicago Forum, which will be hosting this year’s Baconfest.
Of all places, why did the half-dozen protestors with the Westboro Baptist Church, who usually concentrate on fomenting hatred of gays and lesbians, choose to picket Yeshiva University?
The treasurer of a Colorado mosque vandalized Sunday said he is buoyed by support from hundreds of neighbors of all faiths, including local Jews.
The plan to enter AIPAC’s policy conference was hatched months in advance. A dozen IfNotNow activists registered to participate in the conference, with a clear intent of staging a distraction that would draw attention to their protest against the pro-Israel lobby.
“Bravo, Ambassador Haley!” This is the headline David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, chose for his Huffington Post opinion piece dedicated to America’s new ambassador to the United Nations. “Ambassador Haley, you have quickly established yourself as a courageous and unbending voice of principle in a setting where the word is more often observed in the breach than as a matter of course by some member states,” Harris, who leads the Jewish organization most closely involved with the UN, continued his praise.
“Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” came to Chicago last night for a one-night benefit for Holocaust Community Services, a program that takes care of the 6,000 Holocaust survivors still living in the Chicago area. Before an audience of donors and 300 survivors, Murry Sidlin conducted the Chicago Philharmonic and the Chicago Vocal Artists Ensemble through a two-hour program that used music to tell a remarkable Holocaust story.
Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in the north Chicago suburb of Deerfield is small—165 students, total—but mighty, at least in Model UN circles. For the third straight year, it captured the national Model UN title, this time representing Iran. It was probably the first time Iran had ever been represented by so many people in kippot. And for the Zell team, it was a learning experience.
Jewish Voice for Peace, a group already controversial among establishment Jews for its support of an Israel boycott, is attracting extra attention this month thanks to a featured speaker at its upcoming biennial conference here. Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted in 1970 for a bombing at a Jerusalem supermarket that left two dead, was to be among those addressing the group.
On the morning of March 19, as a controversy grew over senior presidential aide Sebastian Gorka, an unidentified individual amended the Wikipedia page of a previously obscure far-right Hungarian organization called the Vitézi Rend, or Order of Vitéz.
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