Local Heroes honored for their work and their inspiration for future generations!

By Greta Kcomt

Local Heroes honored by KPBS and Union Bank.

Those caped and masked heroes are no longer the only ones being recognized. This past Sunday, November 16th, KPBS and Union Bank joined forces to award and recognize 2014 San Diegos local heroes. This annual event held at one of SDSUs newest buildings, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, was all about recognizing who these heroes and how they impact our community.

From every part of San Diego, the Heroes and their closest friends and family, got together under one roof to celebrate the diversity that is the people of San Diego and their accomplishments.

The honorees for Black history month are: Cosmetologist, Tessie Bonner, who aids in the fight against breast cancer in the African American community, and the three resilient Montford Point Marines; Retired Gunnery Sergeant Dr. Carrel Reavis, Retired First Sergeant Joe Earl Jackson, and Retired Gunnery Sergeant J.T. Inge, who inspire young men and woman of all racial background with their strength and have shaped the history of the country we live in.

The honorees for American Indian Heritage month are: Roy Cook, Opata Oodham, and Dr. Daniel Joseph Calac, Chief Medical Officer, Indian Health Council, both men are active in preserving and the health and heritage in the American Indian heritage.

The honorees for Disability awareness month are: Alex Montoya: Manager of Latino Affairs, San Diego Padres, and Travis David Ricks: Senior Programs Manager and Athlete Relations, Challenged Athletes Foundation, both demonstrating that nothing is unattainable with hard work and loving family and friends.

The honorees for the LGBT Pride month are: Rev. Canon Albert J. Ogle, Founder and President, St. Pauls Foundation for International Reconciliation, and Robert H. Gleason, President and Chief Executive Officer, Evans Hotels, both of these men are living proof that equality and rights for equal marriage although reached in some parts of this country, isnt enough and that tomorrow is always a new day of fighting and growing.

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Month honorees: Dr. Allen Chan, Owner, Jasmine Seafood Restaurant, and Dr. Murugappa C. Madhavan, Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University, both aid in preserving the diverse Asian Pacific culture and teaching the rest of San Diego about their peaceful and colorful culture.

The honorees for the Jewish American Heritage Month are: Helene Bortz and Myrice Goldberg, Co-Founders, Jewish Gift Closet, and Edward P. Samiljan, Co-founder and Board Member, Camp Mountain Chai, these heroes not only give to the young Jewish community in San Diego, but also to anyone who needs a helping hand.

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Why I hope my mixed-race son doesn't stay 'white'


Alina Adams TODAY contributor

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Last month on Ebony.com, a white father wrote that he hopes his biracial son will stay light-skinned and pass as white. The post went viral and triggered such an outcry that he followed it up with 7 Things I Can Do That My Black Son Cant.

As the white mother of three biracial African-American children, I can understand his fears about racism. But as someone whose oldest child is very light-skinned and blue-eyed, I have my reasons for why I hope he doesnt stay white.

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The author’s son with his father. Alina Adams, who is white, writes that she hopes her son’s skin gets darker so people perceive him as black.

My son is 15. This summer, he participated in a program to teach minority youth how to start their own businesses. At the end of it, my son told me hed never do another minority-oriented program again.

Im tired of being told I dont act black, I dont talk black, and I dont look black. Im sick of being told Im not actually black.

(My African-American husbands response was, I got the same thing because I spoke properly and did well in school. And I had two black parents. Suck it up.)

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SikhLens, The Sikh Arts & Film Festival, Comes to its Home Base of Los Angeles

Orange, California (PRWEB) November 15, 2014

In an effort to strengthen the cultural understanding between Sikh Americans and their neighbors and raise awareness about a community with a more-than-125-year history in the United States, SikhLensa Sikh organization dedicated to increasing its communitys profile through the arts will host its sixth annual Sikh Arts & Film Festival 2014 starting Friday, November 21. Showcasing the work of artists from various media including film, literature, music, art, social media and fashion, SikhLens allows attendees to better understand Sikh culture, values, stories, and struggles.

Bicky Singh, SikhLens founder remarked, It has been an honor to showcase Sikh artists and filmmakers at SikhLens, which has become a global celebration of Sikh culture. Even more importantly, this festival creates bridges between communities. SikhLens now reaches the film directors and artists of the future, including students at the Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

At the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, students create scholarship films, which are sponsored by Sikh patrons, philanthropists and other donors, in an effort to gain understanding of the Sikh community. The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)s Turban Myths study, done in conjunction with Stanford University researchers in 2013, found that the media played a role in bias against the Sikh articles of faith. Seventy percent of Americans cannot properly identify a Sikh American, and one in five have fear or apprehension when they see a Sikh American who is a stranger. Bicky Singh pioneered an ongoing partnership between SikhLens and the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in order to ensure that future producers, directors, and media executives avoid the stereotyping and misunderstandings present against the Sikh articles of faith in major forms of media.

The three-day festival will begin with Creative Sikhs , a celebration of new talent, and end with the SikhLens Showcase, a never-before seen concert featuring Sikh musicians and performers. The program will be broken up into seven themed categories and highlight current social issues, films from varied genres, and talent.

DATE: Friday, November 21- Sunday November 23, 2014 WHERE: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, Orange, CA TIMING: http://www.sikhlens.com (can be found under Films) MEDIA RSVP: Email media(at)sikhlens(dot)com Interviews and opportunities for photography are also available.

FEATURED FILMS: A Tribute, The story of Sikh soldiers during WW1, Saturday Nov 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Red, White and Beard, A short about Vishvajit Singh, a Sikh who challenges the concept of a hero, Nov 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Struggle to Serve, A documentary on the Sikh American struggle to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, November 23, 2014 11:00 a.m. Kultars Mime, The hidden story of the 1984 Delhi pogroms as seen by a Jewish art collective, November 23, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

SikhLens also falls during Sikh Awareness Month in California. Sikh Americans have a rich heritage in The Golden State that dates back to the early 1900s. Milestones in the California Sikh communitys history includes the founding of the Stockton Gurdwara, the first Sikh house of worship in America, in 1912. Dalip Singh Saund, the first Asian American and Sikh American Congressman who hailed from California was once a secretary of that very Gurdwara.

ABOUT SIKHLENS Established in 2009, Sikhlens is a 100% volunteer run, non-profit organization that seeks to provide an outlet for sharing Sikh heritage, culture and talent with the rest of the world by creating awareness for work that is Sikh-centric. Follow SikhLens at #SFF2014 for updates from the festival.

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Alexandria-Arlington community events, Nov. 13 to 20, 2014

November 12

Thursday, Nov. 13

AARP smart driver class A two-day class. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. $20; AARP members, $15. 703-228-0955.

Faith, Food and Fellowship A service with music, a message from a pastor, lunch and Michael MacCracken of the Climate Institute discusses Climate Change and Global Warming. Noon, Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. Free; lunch, $5. 703-527-8574 or www.morefaith.org .

Alzheimers Association program A two-part series on Living With Alzheimers: For Late-Stage Caregivers, learn about resources, monitoring care and providing connection for the person with late-stage and their families. 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 20, Goodwin House, 4800 Fillmore Ave., Alexandria. Free; registration required. 800-272-3900.

Diabetic Eye Disease Reshma Katira of the Retina Group of Washington discusses the causes, symptoms and treatment. 1:30-3 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free; registration required. 703-746-1762 or www.youreyes.org .

Post-Photography: Beyond the Print 15 artists use alternative applications of traditional photographic images through wood, glass, fabric and other media. Reception, 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Through Nov. 30. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 or www.torpedofactory.org .

Second Thursday Art Night Browse open studios and galleries, meet artists and attend a reception at Target Gallery (6 p.m.) and performance by Jane Franklin Dance, (7 p.m.). 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org .

Figure drawing workshop Draw or paint a live models long pose. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday and Wednesday, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $10-$12. 703-836-1468 or www.thedelrayartisans.org .

Arlington Central Library plant clinic Gardening questions answered by Virginia Cooperative Extension master gardeners. 6:45-8:45 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-6400 or mgarlalex@gmail.com .

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Tristan Walker: The Visible Man

Tristan Walker is in the house.

He is posted up in the vestibule of the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California, where the hottest venture-capital firm in Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, has just hosted a screening of a new documentary starring the rapper Nas. Nas is here, too, but from the way Tristan Walker works the crowd of nearly 1,000, you’d think it was his premiere. Sporting a light-gray Bailey fedora and a speckled charcoal sweatshirt bearing the logo of his new startup, Walker & Company Brands, the debonair 30-year-old dives into the masses, vanishes, reemerges in a corner deep in conversation, and makes introductions all around, exclaiming, “You two should meet!” During a stationary second, a young black man who can’t be more than 20 years old walks over. “I’ve been following your moves,” he says. “And I’ve been really inspired by you.”

Walker is a celebrity in Silicon Valley, known primarily for his success and creativity as head of business development at Foursquare, which he joined in 2009 and left in 2012. Foursquare was one of the original location-based “check-in” apps, and Walker put the startup on the map by landing hundreds of partnerships with merchants and brands such as American Express and BravoTV. His regular appearances at South by Southwest, on television, and on Twitterwhere he’s garnered an audience of nearly 300,000 followerspromoted both Foursquare and Walker himself. By the time he left to become entrepreneur-in-residence at Andreessen Horowitz, everyone wondered, “What’s next for Tristan?” Walker’s hustle and charisma aren’t the only reasons for his fame. Walker is black. In Silicon Valley, even in 2014, a visible, successful African-American is big news. The technology industry’s lack of minority representation is deplorable. Venture capitalists, startup founders, and big-time CEOs like to brag that the tech business is a color-blind meritocracy, but their boasts don’t reflect the facts.

The truth hit like cannon blasts this past summer, when tech’s largest firms released figures on the racial and ethnic makeup of their companies. They’d kept this data hidden for years, insisting that it was a “trade secret,” but they finally yielded under pressure from civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and others. Google was the first, revealing that out of its 46,000 employees, just 2%and just 1% of its technology workforceare black. Next up was Yahoo: 12,300 employees, 1% of its tech workforce, are black. Facebook? You guessed it: 1%. Apple’s total workforce is 7% blackbut, of course, Apple has 425 retail locations. In case you were wondering, blacks make up 13% of the U.S. population. “The fact of the matter is, there are a lot of qualified people of color out there, who can and should be working in the tech industry,” says David Drummond, senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer at Google. “Releasing the numbers creates the opportunity for us to make this more visible, and to do something about it.”

While Drummond is, arguably, the highest-ranking black executive at a major company in the Valley, Walker is its highest-profile African-American startup founder and CEO. And he has set Walker & Co. on a decidedly unorthodox course for a Silicon Valley enterprise.

As he tries to turn this startup into what he considers a great company, Walker will face all the usual obstacles that confront a young entrepreneur. But he will also be carving out a narrative with unique challenges. More often than not, the tech industry’s heroes are boyish white males from wealthy suburban enclavesthe Zuckerbergs, Dorseys, and Systroms. Despite the fact that African-Americans have risen to the highest levels of every other aspect of business and popular culture, not a single black entrepreneur has attained that level of success and influence in tech. Against considerable odds, Walker is working to rewrite that playbook, even if his startup has a modest $9.3 million in funding. If Walker can build a world-changing business, he will serve as an extraordinary role model for younger African-Americans. And perhaps he will prove to those who hold the keys to the Valley’s kingdom that those coming behind him, and those who haven’t benefited from the kind of exposure he has garnered, are worthy of much more than the cursory glance they are now given. As if proof should be necessary.

Walker’s challenge is multiplied by his unusual goal for his company. Walker & Co. isn’t an app; it won’t make you instantly famous for kooky videos; it doesn’t even automate anything in your life. Instead, Walker & Co. aims to be the “Procter & Gamble for people of color.” While the company is armed with Silicon Valley money and infused with Silicon Valley concepts of design and startup culture, it will try to create health and beauty products for minorities, solving problems overlooked by the reigning consumer-goods giants. Its first product is a single-blade razor system, called Bevel, which makes it possible for men with coarse or curly hairthe kind that I and most other black men haveto shave without developing razor bumps or other skin irritation.

Can a razor be the foundation of a great business? Can it lure young black men and women to Silicon Valley? Can it be a catalyst for real change?

Walker knows that his every move will be closely dissected, given his status. While he is adept at turning on the networking charm when necessary, he is not naturally at ease with such public attention. “Man, that is not my scene,” Walker says, slowing to a red light on a desolate highway after we leave the Nas screening. “I don’t really go to those events by myself, unless I’m accepting an award or coming out to show support. Or if I’m with my friends. What am I going to talk to people about?”

Age: 30 Childhood home: South Jamaica Houses, Queens, New York Current home: Palo Alto Education: New York City public schools Hotchkiss School, 19982002 SUNY Stony Brook, 20022005, class valedictorian Stanford Graduate School of Business, 20082010, MBA

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Hometown News Calendar for Week of November 9, 2014


Veterans Day Assembly. 9 a.m. Tue. Community members and veterans invited. Moorestown Athletic Center (MAC), Moorestown High School, 350 Bridgeboro Rd. 856-778-6610

Mt Holly Veterans Day Service. 11 a.m. Tue. To honor all vets, several guest speakers and Commanders from American Legion and the VFW. Veterans Park, High and Ridgely sts.

Veterans Dinner. 5-8 p.m. Sat; 5:30 p.m. POW/MIA Ceremony. Vets eat free. Edgewater Park Elks, 315 Green St. $10, $6 child. 609-871-3231


Fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. 7:30 p.m. Wed. South Jersey NOW-Alice Paul Chapter presents movie preceded by a discussion of chapter activities. First Baptist Church, 19 West Main. St, Moorestown. anitafinancial@comcast.net

Photography Exhibit. Through Nov 24; 7-9 p.m. Thur, reception. Juried show of contemporary and traditional photos with varied subjects. Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey, 123 S Elmwood Rd, Evesham. 856-985-1009. cfasnj@yahoo.com

Charcoal Drawing Classes. 10 a.m.-noon. Nov 15, 22, Dec 6, 13. For ages 14 and up with instructor, RJ Haas for beginners. Olde Town Hall, 25 Plum St, Southampton. $35. Registration, 609 859-0607. dfascenda@comcast.net

Shawnee High School presents “FAME.” 7 p.m. Thu, Fri, Sat; 1 p.m. Sat. 600 Tabernacle Rd, Medford. $12, $5 students. 609-654-7544

Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society. 1-3:30 p.m. Nov 16. Concert and photography exhibit, fun and dance with refreshments. Bishop Farmstead, 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton. Free. 609-859-8860. pinelandsalliance.org

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Yehuda Glick: Peace And Loathing On Temple Mount

by Anorak | 5th, November 2014

This photo made on Nov. 10, 2013 shows a hard-line Jewish activist Yehuda Glick walking in a street in Jerusalem. Late Wednesday, a gunman on a motorcycle shot and wounded Glick outside a conference promoting Jewish access to the site known to Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

WHO is Yehuda Glick, the man shot in Israel, allegedly byMutaz Hijazi, shot dead by Israeli police?

Wikipedia tellsus:

Yehuda Joshua Glick (Hebrew: ; born 20 November 1965) is an American-born Israeli rabbi and civil rights activist who campaigns for expanding Jewish access to the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif. Glick is the leader of HaLiba, a coalition of groups dedicated to reaching complete and comprehensive freedom and civil rights for Jews on the Temple Mount.

Glick advocates opening the Temple Mount on an equal footing to prayer by Muslims, Jews, Christians and others.


We are talking about sharing, coexistence, tolerance, respecting one another. I think that genuine peace must begin with tolerance and respect.I think that Jews, Muslims, or Christians, anybody who supports peace, anyone who supports praying talking to G-d should be allowed to on the Temple Mount.

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A Tale of Two American Tragedies

As Violence Flares in Israel, Grief Comes to Our Shores

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Holy Child: The grave of Chaya Zissel Braun, the infant who was killed in a terror attack.

Jerusalem In October, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict claimed two American citizens over just three days. Three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun and 14-year-old Orwa Hammad were born in Jerusalem and Ramallah, respectively, but both held citizenship in the United States.

Chayas parents were American Jews who immigrated to Israel. Orwas parents were Palestinian Muslims who immigrated to the United States and then returned to the Israeli-occupied West Bank to raise their children. Both families migrations reflected their desire to live lives steeped in their religious heritage. They then found themselves the inheritors of the conflict.

Chaya and Orwa were killed about 19 miles away from each other, Chaya in a Jerusalem terrorist attack and Orwa in clashes with the military in the West Bank. Their deaths are singular, but they both represent the fears of Jews and Palestinians. With increasing unrest in Jerusalem since the July murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, allegedly by Israeli extremists, Jews say they fear a third intifada will emanate from the city, turning street corners into war zones. Palestinians say that stepped-up Israeli military activity in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, along with Israels invasion of Gaza last summer, has already left them living in war zones, and that the fear never subsides.

Through its financial and political support for Israel, and its diplomatic interventions on behalf of a two-state solution to the conflict, America has long been deeply involved in this struggle. But the deaths of Chaya and Orwa show how individual American lives are also increasingly wrapped up in the fate of Israel and the Palestinian territories as the conflict drags on and the two diasporas grow. When these lives are lost, grief spans the Atlantic.

In the last picture taken of Chaya Zissel Braun, on October 22, she is staring wide-eyed into the distance, a pink beanie tucked over her head, the camel-colored stones and green shrubs of Jerusalems Western Wall a blur in the background. It was Chayas first and only visit to Judaisms holiest site, recalled her maternal grandfather, Shimshon Halperin. He was sitting in the basement of a run-down apartment in Romema, a West Jerusalem neighborhood of colorless residential buildings interspersed with sprays of shockingly pink bougainvillea. Upstairs, Chayas parents, Shmuel Elimelech Braun, 24, and Channy Braun, 22, were receiving visitors who had come for shiva, the weeklong Jewish mourning period.

Three-month-old Chaya and her parents were on their way home from the Western Wall when an East Jerusalem Palestinian named Abelrahman al-Shaludi rammed his car into the Ammunition Hill light rail station where they were standing. City police and the U.S. Department of State have described the crash as a deliberate terrorist attack. Chaya flew 11 yards from her stroller onto the pavement and later died in the hospital. Eight others were injured. On October 26 an Ecuadorian tourist also died from her wounds. Shaludi was killed by the police.

Since his granddaughters death, Halperin, who lives in Monsey, New York, has become the public face of the tragedy. Wearing a trim black suit, and with his short side curls tucked behind his ears, he showed off the picture of Chayas trip to the Western Wall. Its a visit that he has come to see as the very crux of her short existence.

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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.

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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.

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Is 'Amy Winehouse' Exhibit Too Loving a Portrait?

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

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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; www.levisjcc.org

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; www.awdsoa.org

Nov. 24: Jazz Band

Dec. 5: Prism Concert (at Kravis Center)

Dec. 13: Holiday Choral Concert

Feb. 10: Valentines Day Concert

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

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; www.atlanticclassicalorchestra.com

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


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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. www.nbm.org .

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 www.galatheatre.org .

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 www.usbg.gov .

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 www.nationalcathedral.org .

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.

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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.”

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NYPD Confidential: In praise of diversity?