Israel Limits Prayers at Mosque

Jerusalem Tensions over Jerusalems most hotly contested holy site flared Thursday after a prominent rightist campaigner for Jewish prayer there was shot in an apparent assassination attempt, and police tracked down and killed an Arab they said was the attacker.

American-born Yehuda Glick, 48, who led efforts to allow Jews to pray on the plaza known to Israelis as the Temple Mount, the site of Al-Aqsa mosque, was reported in serious but stable condition after he was shot multiple times Wednesday night as he left a gathering of activists. The shooter sped away on a motorcycle.

Early Thursday, a police counterterrorism unit shot and killed Moataz Hijazi, 32, in the mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood of Abu Tor, which straddles the old border between east and west Jerusalem.

Hijazi worked in a restaurant in the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in west Jerusalem, where Glick had attended the meeting. Moria Halamish, who was with Glick as he left the meeting, told Israel Radio that the shooter approached him outside the center, addressed him by name and said in Arabic-accented Hebrew, Im sorry I have to do this, but you really hurt me, before opening fire.

Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said that Hijazi, a former prisoner who had served more than a decade in Israeli jails, fired on officers who had surrounded his house hours after the shooting. Relatives and neighbors accused the police of an execution-style killing, showing reporters multiple bullet holes on a rooftop where the suspects body was found.

The spike of violence raised fears of a broader eruption of unrest triggered by mounting tensions surrounding the compound in Jerusalems Old City. It is revered by Jews as the site of the first and second Jewish temples and by Muslims as their third holiest shrine, the place toward which the Prophet Muhammad prayed before God instructed him to turn toward Mecca.

There have been increased clashes at the compound between Muslim youths and police in recent weeks, triggered by alarm over increased visits by right-wing Jewish activists intent on pressing the Israeli authorities to allow Jews to pray at the site.

Under arrangements established after Israel captured the area in the 1967 Six-Day War, the Al-Aqsa mosque plaza is reserved solely for Muslim worship, though Israelis and foreigners are allowed to visit.

In response to the attack on Glick, Israeli authorities banned all entry to the compound for the first time in 14 years, triggering a sharp protest from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who called the Muslim and Christian sacred sites in Jerusalem a red line.

Israeli officials said later that Al-Aqsa would be opened for prayers on Friday, but men under 50 would be barred to prevent further unrest.

Israel Limits Prayers at Mosque

Tensions flare as Israeli police kill suspect in Temple Mount shooting (+video)

Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian man in Jerusalem earlyThursday, alleging that he had attempted to assassinate a controversial right-wing Israeli activist the previous evening. The shooting threatens to further fan conflict that has been simmering in the city over the past month.

The activist, American-born rabbi Yehuda Glick, was delivering a press conference advocating for greater Jewish access to the Temple Mount plaza in Jerusalems Old City when he was shot at close range by a gunman on a motorcycle. The Old City is a holy site for both Jews and Muslims.

Several hours later, police announced they had killed Muatnaz Hejazi, the accused attacker, after he violently resisted arrest at his East Jerusalem home, Haaretz reports. The incident occurred amid regular clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in Arab neighborhoods in recent weeks. The government has struggled to clamp down on violence that has been festering in the city since the lead-up to the Gaza War this summer, reports the Wall Street Journal. And it comes just a week after a Palestinian driver rammed his car into a Jerusalem light rail platform, killing two people and sparking rioting in Palestinian neighborhoods across the city.

The attack on Mr. Glick, who remains in serious but stable condition at a Jerusalem Hospital, was greeted by immediate condemnation from Israeli officials. “The assassination attempt of Yehuda Glick is another serious step in the Palestinian incitement against Jews and against the state of Israel,” Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said in a statementThursday, The Associated Press reports.”When Abu Mazen (Abbas) spreads lies and venom about the rights of Jews to worship in their land the result is terror, as we saw yesterday.” As Reuters reports, however, Glicks controversial campaign to allow Jews to pray at Temple Mount known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary is among the major factors contributing to growing conflict over the past month. Jews have increasingly staked a claim to the site over the last year, as The Christian Science Monitor has reported.

A major focus of Palestinian anger in the past few weeks has been Jewish settlers moving into largely Arab neighborhoods. They’ve also been outraged over the increasing number of visits by religious Jews, including some politicians, accompanied by Israeli police to the sacred Old City site.

While the site is administered by Jordanian religious authorities, Israeli police secure it. Non-Muslims are allowed to visit under close monitoring but are not allowed to pray, a prohibition at the heart of the tensions, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Just before he was shotWednesday, Glick had been participating in a press conference at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center with two far-right members of the ruling Likud Party who support legislation increasing Jewish access to the site, the Financial Times reports. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he opposes the bill. But it enjoys the support of several members of his government, including conservative economy minister Naftali Bennett, the Times reports. Mr. Hejazi, the alleged Palestinian gunmen, had spent a decade in Israeli prisons before being released in 2012, Haaretz reports. In the hours after his killing, his East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor became a scene of shock and anger. As Reuters observed:

Hejazi’s father and brother were arrested and taken for questioning. Israeli police fired sound bombs to keep back angry residents, who shouted abuse as they watched the drama unfold from surrounding balconies. One Abu Tor resident, an elderly man with a walking stick who declined to be named, described Hejazi as a troublemaker and said “he should have been shot 10 years ago”. Others said he was a good son from a respectable family. “They are good people, he does nothing wrong,” said Niveen, a young woman who declined to give her family name.

Read more:
Tensions flare as Israeli police kill suspect in Temple Mount shooting (+video)

Is 'Amy Winehouse' Exhibit Too Loving a Portrait?

Family-Curated Show Avoid’s Singer’s Flaws and Death

Mark Okoh

Published October 28, 2014.

(Haaretz) Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait, an exhibition originally curated with the assistance of the late singers brother and sister-in-law at the Jewish Museum London, has relocated, almost intact, to Tel Aviv.

In addition to the fact that Winehouse, who died from alcohol poisoning at age 27 in 2011, has won pride of place in terms of Londons Jewish cultural heritage, she was also a superstar who scooped up five Grammy Awards on a single night. Posthumously, her Back to Black album became the 21st-centurys bestselling album in Britain, at least for a time.

In anticipation of exceptional interest in the exhibit here, too, Beit Hatfutsot has also arranged for extended hours for the show, which is on through May 1 of next year.

It has created a real media buzz, and even on a recent weekday morning, the large gallery space was bustling with visitors. On my way out, I was trampled by a group of ninth-graders, eager to make their way inside.

A fairly large sign at the entrance publicizes names of some 10 sponsors of the exhibition, some of them commercial entities. One could be cruel and point out the irony in the fact that one of them is the popular Guinness beer brand, considering the circumstances of Winehouses death. Prominently mentioned at the show is also the fact after the singers death, her family established a foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse among young people.

If anyone had preconceived notions about Beit Hatfutsoth as a stogy, irrelevant institution, the Winehouse show offers a good opportunity to say that in recent years, the museums exhibitions have reflected genuine contemporary awareness. Indeed, the major current exhibition at the museum, Mazal UBracha (Good Fortune and a Blessing), also gives the impression of being a show with its finger on the pulse.

Along with my praise for Beit Hatfutsoth for its willingness to host a British invader of the highest order, featuring the most trivial details of pop culture and completely lacking any national-official aura I might be perceived as the responsible adult when it comes to this particular exhibition, taking issue with it not being sufficiently official or detached.

Is 'Amy Winehouse' Exhibit Too Loving a Portrait?


ADOLPH & ROSE LEVIS JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton. Performance venues vary. 561-852-3241;

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Concert

Jan. 31: Marshall Turkin and His Classic Jazz Ensemble Present Harry Warren

February (dates TBA): Ultimate a Cappella


ALEXANDER W. DREYFOOS JR. SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 501 S. Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach. Most performances in Meyer Hall. 561-802-6052;

Nov. 24: Jazz Band

Dec. 5: Prism Concert (at Kravis Center)

Dec. 13: Holiday Choral Concert

Feb. 10: Valentines Day Concert

Originally posted here:


ADOLPH & ROSE LEVIS JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER Venues vary. 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton. 561-852-2512;

Last Friday of each month: Utopian Strings (free concert)


ATLANTIC CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA Concert Series performances at the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts, Vero Beach; the Lyric Theatre, Stuart; and the Eissey Theatre, Palm Beach Gardens. Chamber Series held at Blake Library, Stuart; and Vero Beach Museum of Art. 772-460-0850;

Concert Series

Jan. 13-16: Opening Night Master Works

Feb. 10-13: World of Strauss and Beethoven

March 10-13: Mozart and Mendelssohn

April 7-10: World Premiere Violin Concerto


Original post:

D.C. community calendar, Oct. 16-23, 2014

October 15

Thursday, Oct. 16

How housing matters conference, an exploration of the importance of having stable, affordable housing to education, health and aging with key leaders, researchers, practitioners and advocates discussing practical and cross-platform solutions with local, state and federal policymakers. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free; registration required. 202-272-2448. .

Nixon Legacy Forum: Vietnam and the Paris Peace Accords, a panel including K.T. McFarland, Winston Lord, John Negroponte and Dick Smyser discusses the chronology, key players and effects of the Paris Peace Accords. 10 a.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Puppet show, Tum Tica! Tom Mallan directs the Wits End Puppets in a bilingual history of music and family, music by Cecilia Cackley and Diana Sez. 10:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Monday through Oct. 23, 3 p.m. Oct. 25, Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $12; students, $10. 202-234-7174 or .

Garden tour and kids in snugglers, volunteers take turns leading parents or care providers with one child in a snuggly for a 45-minute guided tour of the conservatory; no strollers. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 30, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333 or .

National Cathedral behind the scenes, age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs for a panoramic view of the city. Bring a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; ages 11-12, $21. 202-537-6200 or .

Specialty mums at Hillwood, head grower Drew Asbury gives a behind-the-scenes tour of the greenhouse and discusses how to propagate chrysanthemums for fresh-cut flowers in floral arrangements. 11 a.m. Thursday, 1 p.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. next Thursday, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; 65 and older, $12; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

Face to face: Zachary Taylor, senior historian David C. Ward discusses the portrait and life of the career Army officer and 12th president of the United States who served a term of 16 months. Noon, National Portrait Gallery, first floor, East, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Abolition before Abe, a National Park Service ranger leads an interactive talk about slavery and abolition up to 1865. 2 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Genevieve Goerling, 202-426-6841.

See the original post here:
D.C. community calendar, Oct. 16-23, 2014

NYPD Confidential: In praise of diversity?

Ethnic politics has erupted front and center in the city’s criminal justice landscape. Just ask Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Or Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.

A group of Hispanic officers recently accused Bratton of dissing Latinos in general and in particular former First Deputy Commissioner Rafael Pieiro. Last month, Bratton forced Pieiro, the department’s highest-ranking Hispanic officer, to retire.

The criticism, by the National Latino Officers Association, stemmed from what the group called a “media blackout” of the department’s Hispanic heritage celebration last week at 1 Police Plaza.

“The Commissioner’s actions,” said a news release from NLOA executive chairman and retired sergeant Anthony Miranda, “eliminated any public or community recognition for the growing Hispanic law enforcement community.”

Although Bratton “spoke of a ‘commitment to diversity’ ” at the event, Miranda said “it was a pledge only heard by those present. Hispanic officers wonder whether his words were just for the event or was he truly committed because in the past he made similar statements about the longevity of . . . Pieiro and six months later Pieiro was forced to retire.”

Despite lobbying efforts by NLOA and other Hispanic groups in the department, Bratton has given no hint whether he will appoint another Hispanic officer to succeed Pieiro or whether that job would go to Chief of Department Phil Banks, the NYPD’s highest-ranking African-American officer.

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, Thompson announced at a separate Hispanic Heritage Month celebration last week that he would appoint Eric Gonzalez as his office’s first Latino chief assistant district attorney. Gonzalez, who has been with the office since 1995 under former District Attorney Joe Hynes, has served as Thompson’s counsel since his election in November.

But what of Thompson’s current chief assistant, Mark Feldman, a veteran state and federal prosecutor, who is white and Jewish and whom Thompson appointed chief assistant after his election?

“This has nothing to do with race,” Thompson spokeswoman Lupe Todd said of Gonzalez’s appointment. “And no, Mark didn’t do anything bad to the DA, none of that.”

She said Thompson “was very open and honest when he announced that Mark had walked in the door with him as DA and helped him with the transition.”

Read the original here:
NYPD Confidential: In praise of diversity?

Thousands participate in 50th annual Hispanic Day Parade

NEW YORK (PIX11) Thousands marched up Fifth Avenue for the 50th annual Hispanic Day Parade Sunday afternoon. The parade celebrates the more than 2.4 million Hispanic residents who reside in New York City. Parade participants represent 20 Latin America countries and Spain. Other ethnic groups are represented too, including Irish and Jewish-American communities, the parades organizer Carlos …

Read the original here:
Thousands participate in 50th annual Hispanic Day Parade

Business Calendar

Oct. 14; 1-year bills, Oct. 15; 2-year notes, Oct. 28; 3-year notes, Nov. 10; 5-year notes, Oct. 29; 7-year notes, Oct. 30; 10-year notes, Oct. 8; 30-year notes, Oct. 9; 5-year TIPS, Dec. 18; 10-year TIPS, Nov. 20; 30-year TIPS,

Oct. 23.

Networking Meeting, by BNI, Fort Washington chapter. Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Washington; 215-947-7784; Cost to attend is cost of meal. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Networking Meeting, by LeTip Chester County East. Wyndham Garden, Exton, 815 N. Pottstown Pike, Exton; 610-572-3722, Breakfast free for first-time visitors. 7:01-8:30 a.m.

Networking Meeting, Business & Information Exchange, by LeTip CC Philadelphia. Crown Plaza Hotel, City Ave. & Monument Blvd. first-time visitors free; 11:31 a.m.-1 p.m.

Professional Referral Network, 1st and 3d Wed.

of month. Otto’s Brauhaus, 233 Easton Rd., Horsham; 215-674-4456 or www. 7:30 a.m.

I Feel Valued! Creating the Best Customer/Client Experience, presented by Center City Proprietors Association. Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia, 1800 Market St.; 215-545-7766 or www. Reservation, prepayment required. $10 members, $20 nonmembers. 8:30-10 a.m.

Business Referral Breakfast, by BNI, Mount Laurel chapter, Indian Spring Country Club, 115 S. Elmwood Rd., Marlton;

Read the original post:
Business Calendar

Hispanic Heritage Month: 7 NYC power players

New York City is home to some 2.4 million Hispanic residents, many who help this city tick while intrinsically linked to their heritage — they’re heads of office representing a heavily Latino district, chefs who experiment with the culinary traditions of their homeland, journalists who provide Spanish-language news, directors of Hispanic cultural centers.

In honor of the Hispanic Day Parade and Hispanic Heritage Month, we look at seven such people who are the face of Hispanic New York today.

It didn’t take along for Juan Manuel Benitez to make a name for himself in NYC politics. Soon after starting his journalism career in the city, the native of Badajoz, Spain, was the first reporter NY1 hired back in 2003 for NY1 Noticias, its 24-hour Spanish language cable news television channel, where Benitez quickly found his beat: politics.

“For my first story, on NY1 Noticias’ launch day, I remember interviewing a young Puerto Rican activist very few people had heard of; today, she’s New York City Council Speaker,” says Benitez, referring to Melissa Mark-Viverito (who is profiled here as well).

In 2005, Benitez cemented his role in the arena, when he and his producer, Themys Brito, launched “Pura Politica,” a weekly Spanish-language political talk show on NY1 Noticias that’s “become a required stop for political candidates and elected officials, here in New York and in Latin America,” says Benitez.

“We want to make politics fun, we want to make politics accessible to regular New Yorkers and we want to set high journalistic standards, the ones the Latino community deserves,” he says.

The audience, naturally, is mostly local Spanish speakers, though Benitez says there is interest from non-Hispanic New Yorkers and international viewers. Recent guests have included U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, former president of Colombia lvaro Uribe and Ecuador’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ricardo Patio.

Benitez believes “Pura Politica” has helped raise the standards of Latino politics in the city.

“In the last decade, we’ve gone from having to wait until the end of a press conference in order to ask a question in Spanish, to having most elected public officials — including the mayor — at least read a few sentences in Spanish in every major announcement,” says Benitez. “I do believe we had something to do with that.”

It didn’t take along for Juan Manuel Benitez to make a name for himself in NYC politics. Soon after starting his journalism career in the city, the native of Badajoz, Spain, was the first reporter NY1 hired back in 2003 for NY1 Noticias, its 24-hour Spanish language cable news television channel, where Benitez quickly found his beat: politics.

Here is the original post:
Hispanic Heritage Month: 7 NYC power players

From the Producers Pod: October 3, 2014 Edition

Hi It’s Jayne Ann Bugda from the “Producer Pod”

Here’s what we are working on for Eyewitness News for October 3, 2014. Gmar Chatimah Tova- “May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for Good” For our friends of the Jewish Faith observing Yom Kippur.

FYI: The Italian flag will be raised on Saturday, October 4, at 11 AM in flag plaza in front of the Lackawanna County Courthouse to mark the observance of Columbus Day and to also celebrate Italian-American cultural and heritage month. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

And smile everyone it is World Smile Day!

Football Friday! Sports Photo Journalist “Coach” Rich Charneski is here with the big game report. Big rivarly game at the Silver Bowl in Mount Carmel tonight- The Red Tornadoes host 5-0 Southern Columbia.

And two 5-0 teams do battle in Wellsboro tonight- Troy will be taking on Wellsboro.

Plus, The Battle for the Bell in Scranton- Where West Scranton takes on Scranton!

Don’t forget to check out the Community Link here on PAHomepage. Today’s Community News Features

The Walk for the Animals is set for tomorrow (Saturday-October 4) at Frances Slocum State Park. Registration begins at 9 AM. The blessing of the Animals and Walk begins at 11:00 AM Daybreak Anchor Monica Madeja will be leading the short walk with her doggy

From the Producers Pod: October 3, 2014 Edition

Union Bank and KCETLink Honor Local Heroes during Hispanic Heritage Month

LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) October 03, 2014

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and as part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., has partnered with KCETLink to honor two distinguished Latinas as local heroes. The 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month honorees are: Florencia Molina, a survivor of human trafficking and community activist with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST); and Kathy Gallegos, director and founder of Avenue 50 Studio. They will be recognized in October at a private dinner celebration with their families and executives from KCETLink and Union Bank.

Since 1998, KCETLink and Union Bank have collaborated on the Local Heroes program and recognized nearly 200 honorees. The program pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their community, region and the world at large. The 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month honorees demonstrate a shared commitment to providing their communities with the tools to thrive in todays changing world.

In addition to the Hispanic Heritage Month local heroes, honorees were recognized during Black History Month (February); Womens History Month (March); Jewish American Heritage Month (May); Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May); and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month (June).

Union Bank sincerely appreciates the remarkable work of our local heroes, said Union Bank Managing Director Pierre P. Habis, head of Consumer and Business Banking. We are pleased to continue our partnership with KCETLink, as it gives us the platform to showcase these individuals and their embodiment of Union Banks spirit of giving back.

What powerful stories for us to honor during Hispanic Heritage month, said KCETLink President and CEO Al Jerome. It has been a pleasure to continue our long-standing partnership with Union Bank, as it gives our viewers the opportunity to learn more about these heroes tremendous impact on the Hispanic community and beyond.

The 2014 honorees for Hispanic Heritage Month are: Florencia Molina is a survivor of human trafficking, community activist, and founding member and survivor leadership program chair of CAST, an organization dedicated to providing services to survivors of trafficking and slavery. Ms. Molina has rebuilt her life and shares her story as a member of the National Survivor Networks Speakers Bureau to help raise awareness about modern slavery. In 2003, she testified on behalf of AB22, the first law in California that established human trafficking as a crime, giving additional protections for survivors. Ms. Molina has educated a variety of audiences, including the Los Angeles Police Department, the FBI, diplomats, and legislators in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Her activism was recognized in June 2014 by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a speech about the U.S. Department of States Trafficking in Persons Report. She also received the Minerva Award founded by Maria Shriver to celebrate women who work to make this world a more just place.

Kathy Gallegos is the director and founder of Avenue 50 Studio, a non-profit gallery that has supported more than 1,000 talented Latino artists, writers and poets. Through Ms. Gallegos leadership, the studio has grown from a personal art studio to a Latina-led thriving non-profit and arts presentation organization. In 2011, through a James Irvine grant, Ms. Gallegos created Poesia Para La Gente, a program which brings poetry to the community. This inspired her to take Latino art outside the traditional gallery walls and use it as a tool for inspiration. Ms. Gallegos has curated many Latino art exhibitions including at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. In 2011, Avenue 50 received a grant from Cal Humanities to explore and uncover the little-known history of the roots of Chicano art in Highland Park, where the studio is located.

KCET, the Southern and Central California independent public broadcast service of KCETLink, showcases the rich, vibrant history and cultural diversity of the region through the Local Heroes program and by airing special programs tied to the respective heritage months, and throughout the year. For more information or to nominate a future local hero, please visit For more information about the Local Heroes program, please visit

About KCETLink KCETLink, formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media, is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed via satellite on DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410, in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems. KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit or

See the original post:
Union Bank and KCETLink Honor Local Heroes during Hispanic Heritage Month

Union Bank, KPBS Honor Local Heroes During Hispanic Heritage Month

SAN DIEGO, CA (PRWEB) October 03, 2014

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and as part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., has partnered with KPBS to honor two exceptional Latinas as local heroes. The 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month honorees are: Myra Curiel, foster youth advocate, and Carmen Kcomt, legal advocacy program manager at La Maestra Foundation. They will be recognized in September at a private dinner celebration with their families and executives from KPBS and Union Bank.

Since 1998, KPBS and Union Bank have collaborated on the Local Heroes program and recognized nearly 200 honorees. The program pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their community, region and the world at large. The 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month honorees demonstrate a shared commitment to providing their communities with the tools to thrive in todays changing world.

In addition to the Hispanic Heritage Month local heroes, honorees were recognized during Black History Month (February); Womens History Month (March); Jewish American Heritage Month (May); Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May); and LGBT Pride Month (June); and will also be recognized during Disability Awareness Month (October); and American Indian Heritage Month (November).

We pay tribute to the dedication of our Hispanic Heritage Month honorees, said Union Bank Managing Director Pierre P. Habis, head Consumer and Business Banking. Were honored to partner with KPBS as we celebrate all of the local heroes for their positive impact on our communities and world.

We are delighted that our long-term partnership with Union Bank gives us the opportunity to showcase these incredible individuals, said Tom Karlo, KPBS general manager. It is truly a privilege to broadcast the contributions of these extraordinary local heroes.

The 2014 honorees for Hispanic Heritage Month are: Myra Curiel is a youth advocate and a survivor of the foster system. At 22 years old, she has made it her lifes goal to help other youth. After aging out of the system, she enrolled in Casa de Amparos New Directions transitional housing program in Oceanside. On her first day at her new home, she received a gift basket with toiletries and the essentials to create a fresh start. This gift inspired her to create Move-In Kits that are distributed through Power of Change (POC), a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged children. Ms. Curiels work with foster youth led to her selection as a keynote speaker for Casa de Amparo’s 2014 Champions for Children event. She is now a job coach for Towards Moving Independence, an organization that helps individuals with developmental, mental and physical disabilities be part of their community. She is also enrolled at San Diego Mesa College working on a human resources bachelors degree.

Carmen Kcomt is a legal advocacy program manager at La Maestra Foundation in City Heights. She began her career in 1984 as a professor of human rights, family law, and childrens rights at two universities in Peru while also volunteering with the United Nations. She later served as a Superior Magistrate in Peru, and experienced persecution due to an unpopular legal decision against a political candidate. Fearing retaliation, she fled to the United States in 2003 she was granted asylum in 2008 and became a citizen in 2014. Ms. Kcomt holds a masters degree in international law of human rights and has been a guest professor at the University of San Diego. She was also a victim services coordinator for the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, serving victims of human trafficking. Ms. Kcomt was recognized for her work with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program and was a delegate to the 2013 United Nations Refugee Congress.

KPBS features a wide range of programing during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15). For more information or to nominate a future local hero, please visit or

About KPBS KPBS serves our local communities with news and entertainment programming that respects our audience with inspiring, intelligent and enlightening content. KPBS will deliver this content via multiple outlets, including television, radio, and digital media and will adapt and remain relevant in a rapidly changing world. KPBS values integrity, truth, transparency and lifelong learning. At KPBS we strive to engage with our citizens and showcase the unique neighborhoods and people that make our community thrive. And as a public service of San Diego State University, education is a core value from our childrens programming to our local news coverage. KPBS is committed to being a reliable source for in-depth, thoughtful, and high quality content.

The rest is here:
Union Bank, KPBS Honor Local Heroes During Hispanic Heritage Month

Dispute over public art celebrating Latino heritage drives a wedge in Mass. town

Like so many old, industrial cities of the Northeast that have seen better economic times, Holyoke, Massachusetts, is desperate for change. Almost a third of its residents now live below the poverty line, and the more run-down areas of town bear the unmistakable look of decay.

The Holyoke Alleyway Revitalization Project (HARP), curated by University of Massachusetts administrator Carol Soules, is an effort to help that. By reclaiming the exterior walls of vacant properties and treating them as a canvas for local artists, HARP hoped, as stated on its Facebook page, to bring people together from all wards of the city.

However, a last minute decision by a Holyoke building owner has succeeded in doing the exact opposite.

David Flores, 31, a Mexican-American artist from Chicago who lives in Holyoke was asked to design a piece for HARP.

His mural depicts a decorative license plate that’s common in the Puerto Rican community. It usually says the name of a town on the island, but in Flores’ version it reads, “Holyoke.” According to Flores the piece was meant to pay homage to the city and its’ strong Puerto Rican presence

Beginning in the 1960s, migrants from Puerto Rico began settling in the area joining the Irish, Jewish, Polish and Italian enclaves already there. They now make up 44.7 percent of Holyoke’s 40,000 or so residents, the highest percentage of any town in the country.

Soules decided to put Flores mural on one of the walls displaying art at the old Yeorgs Garage. While building owner Mimi Wielgosz initially gave her blessing, Flores says, on the day of installation she pulled the plug on the mural, saying the piece would do more harm than good for the Hispanic community.

I was literally going up the ladder to start hanging the piece when Carol told me I could no longer do it, Flores told Fox News Latino. She said that the [Ivory Billiards] owners across the street did not want it up.

The artist said he was never given a reason why he had to take it down.

Mimi told me that I could not have my mural on any of the walls,” said Flores. “They never went over to speak to Ivory Billiards.”

View original post here:
Dispute over public art celebrating Latino heritage drives a wedge in Mass. town

What Has Become of the Historic Synagogues of Indiana?

Four Indiana Gems Face Uncertain Futures in the Land of Hoosiers, Soy Beans and Amateur Basketball

Wendy Soltz

What has become of Indianas historic synagogues? The following four historic synagogues were originally built as synagogues and are still standing in Indiana. This list is not exhaustive and it does not include historic Jewish congregations who worshipped in other types of buildings, such as homes and former churches, or other historic Indiana synagogues that have since been demolished.

A CHURCH: 1867 Temple Israel. 17 South 7th St., Lafayette, Indiana.

Temple Israel is the oldest synagogue that was built to be a synagogue and is still standing in Indiana. Dedicated by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, this two-story, round-arch style red brick synagogue humbly displays small windows with smooth stone arches above. Stairs to the left and right of the entrance lead to the sanctuary. For a period of time, the American Red Cross used the building for storage. In 1976, the Unitarian Universalist Church purchased the synagogue and converted the sanctuary to suit their worship style. It is currently Hope Cathedral. In 1982, Temple Israel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

FOR SALE: 1889 Ahavath Sholom. 503 South Main St., Ligonier, Indiana.

Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise also dedicated the second oldest synagogue still standing in Indiana. Its Gothic-style red brick architecture boasts stunning stained glass windows depicting scenes of King Davids life, as well as Stars of David, the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. The original interior light fixtures and ornately carved wooden Aron Kodesh still grace this 1,430-square-foot, one-room synagogue. The last Jewish services were held in 1954 and after that, various church congregations occupied the building until 1984. The Ligonier Public Library has owned the synagogue since 1985; currently, it houses a museum for the Ligonier Historical Society. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and received an Indiana Historical Marker in 2014. Asking price: $50,000.

A GIFTSHOP: 1901 Sons of Israel. 420 S. William St., South Bend, Indiana.

This synagogue is a striking example of Romanesque revival red brick architecture. Two square brick tourelles on the front corners of the building are topped with pyramids and metal Star of David finials. Congregation Bnai Israel is carved in Hebrew letters in limestone above the entrance. The synagogue was the former home of an Eastern European Orthodox congregation; the last Jewish services were held in the building in 1990, after which it was donated to Indiana Landmarks Foundation. It remained vacant until 2012, when Andrew Berlin, owner of the South Bend Silver Hawks team, bought and renovated it to the tune of $1 million. Now part of the baseball stadium, the building operates as the teams gift shop. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

BEING RESTORED: 1925 Temple Beth El. 3359 North Ruckle St., Indianapolis, Indiana.

Read the original here:
What Has Become of the Historic Synagogues of Indiana?

Best Ways To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month In DFW

(Courtesy of Latino Cultural Center)

According to the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Dallas, 20.7 percent of all businesses in Texas are Hispanic-owned and increasing at more than twice the national average. North Texas is filled with culture. The DFW area, in particular, is well known for Latino contributions to growth and development of the United States. Here is a list of events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

(Courtesy of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society)

Uptowns Pike Park: Little Jerusalem to Little Mexico, 100 Years of SettlementDate: Now through Oct. 18, 2014

The Latino Cultural Center celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with several exhibits. First, Uptowns Pike Park: Little Jerusalem to Little Mexico, 100 Years of Settlement is a collaborated exhibit between the Latino Cultural Center, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society and the Dallas Mexican American Historical League. Pike Park served immigrants from France, Germany, Switzerland and later Mexico in the 1900s. This free exhibit, with photographs that have never been seen before, showcases the multi-cultural influences that developed Dallas.

The second Latino Cultural Center event is a partnership with the Dallas Consulate General of Peru and the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving. Associate Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Arlington Dr. Sergio Espinosa will lead the orchestra in a concert honoring five traditional pieces of Peruvian music and featuring soloist Jesus Saenz.

As part of the Latino Cultural Centers Second Saturday series that features a variety of activities, including hands-on sculpture, drawing, pottery, oil and acrylic painting and dancing classes, there is a special performance by Le Theatre de Marionette. Marionettes perform an entertaining show to musical numbers in a Halloween-themed talent show that is perfect for little ones. Second Saturday is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Related:DFWs Most Interesting Churches

In its 28th year, the Bath House Cultural Center is presenting an art exhibition entitled Da de los Muertos: the Eternal Melody. This colorful exhibition features contemporary and traditional works from 60 local and regional artists. The exhibit honors ideas, people and things that have passed on. Music is the newest addition to this the Day of the Dead theme. The exhibit runs from October 11 through November 15. The artist reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

The DFW Hispanic Heritage Ambassadors presents a day of fun, food, education, health and a job fair in the spirit of celebration. Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen will present a Proclamation at 10 a.m. commemorating Hispanic Heritage. Art exhibits, stories of folklore, Mariachi music and expressive dance round out the free festival.

Go here to read the rest:
Best Ways To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month In DFW

Latino Heritage Week returns to campus

Frozen yogurt, lawn games and a serious talk about domestic violence were among the highlights of Washington Universitys newly returned Latino Heritage Week.

Students toss water balloons in one of the Amistad series of competitions on the Swamp. The event was part of the Association of Latin American Students Latino Heritage Week.

The Association of Latin American Students sponsored the week with the goal of promoting Latino culture and educating the University community about the contributions of Latinos in America.

The month of September is widely recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month many Latin-American countries, as many countries received their freedom from colonialism on Sept. 15 and 16. ALAS had previously hosted a Latino Heritage Week, though one has not been held in recent memory.

The week consisted of numerous events such as Fotos del Mundo, where students could model cultural costume pieces, Trivia Night and Open Mic Night at Ursas Fireside.

Sophomore Itzel Lopez-Hinojosa, co-chair for the event, spoke to ALASs importance within the University community and highlighted the fact that although the Latino presence in Wash. U. is small, they aim to be a strong community with the goal of supporting one another and spreading their diverse stories.

ALAS creates a place on campus where our Latino narratives of struggle and success can be listened to and celebrated among comrades. Our sense of familia is something that we strive to create every year on campus, Lopez-Hinojosa said.

One key component of Heritage Week was Bellas pero Golpeadas, a discussion with Zoila Rendon-Ochoa from Barnes-Jewish Hospitals AWARE program. AWARE aims to give women, especially victims of domestic violence, support and advocates in the greater St. Louis community for increased awareness about the link between gender and violence, especially among minorities.

Lopez-Hinojosa elaborated on the choice of Rendon-Ochoa as a speaker, noting that her story is one that is often not spoken about in reference to Latino culture.

A lot of the time when we think of Latinas, we picture these beautiful exotic females, but what we dont see is their beauty and strength from within, and what we never discuss is the powerlessness that they may feel and experience within their own home, she said.

See the rest here:
Latino Heritage Week returns to campus

Jewish American Heritage Month 2014 September 19

admin | September 19, 2014

Backing the two-state solution that envisages an independent state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, French Sen. Nathalie Goulet said a sovereign Palestinian state will bring peace in the Middle East.

Category: Palestine | Comments Off Tags: alongside-the, bring-peace, french, goulet, Israel, middle, palestinian, state

admin | September 19, 2014

Meeting with Jewish leaders, Pope Francis compares persecution of Christians to persecution of Jews.

Category: Jews | Comments Off Tags: christians, compares-persecution, francis, Jewish, Jews

admin | September 19, 2014

The Light Revelations Eps. 22 Gaza Benteng Keimanan By: mukhlas abdullah

Category: Dead Sea | Comments Off Tags: benteng, benteng-keimanan, generated, light, light-revelations, mukhlas-abdullah

admin | September 19, 2014

Read the rest here:
Jewish American Heritage Month 2014 September 19