SEASON PREVIEW CLASSICAL MUSIC 2014-15

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)

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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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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

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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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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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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 …

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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; www.bnidvr.com. 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, www.letipcce.com. 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; www.letipphiladelphia.com. 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. prngroup.org. 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. centercityproprietors.org. 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;

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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.

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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

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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 http://www.kcet.com. For more information about the Local Heroes program, please visit unionbank.com/heroes.

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 kcet.org or linktv.org.

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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 http://www.kpbs.org/heroes or unionbank.com/heroes.

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Ted Cruz Apologizes For Saying His Critics Don't Care About Persecuted Christians Unless it Involves an 'Anti-Israel …

September 25, 2014|12:20 pm

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivers remarks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition “Road to Majority” policy conference in Washington, June 19, 2014.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued an apology for saying in a recent interview that critics of his pro-Israel comments at an ecumenical In Defense of Christians summit earlier this month only “care” about persecuted Christians when it comes with an “anti-Israel narrative.”

“It was a mistake to suggest that critics of my remarks at IDC had not spoken out previously concerning the persecution of Christians; many of them have done so, often quite eloquently,” Cruz said Thursday. “It was not my intent to impugn anyone’s integrity, and I apologize to any columnists who took offense.”

In an interview with World Magazinelast weekend, the outspoken Tea Party Republican explained his side of the Sept. 10 mishapthat forced him to end his keynote speech early at the In Defense of Christian’s Inaugural Summit in Washington, D.C. The IDC was created to promote awareness of persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Christian groups from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine were in attendance. Cruz’s statement that Christians have no greater ally than Israel was met with boos from a small portion of the approximately 1,000 in attendance.

In the interview, Cruz criticized some columnists’ remarks that stated when he took a stand with Israel in his speech at the summit’s gala dinner it caused a distraction from the real issue of plight and persecution of Middle Eastern Christians.

“What I find interesting is almost to a person, the people writing those columns have never or virtually never spoken of persecuted Christians in any other context,” Cruz said. “I will say it does seem interesting that the only time at least some of these writers seem to care about persecuted Christians is when it furthers an anti-Israel narrative for them. That starts to suggest that maybe their motivation is not exactly what they’re saying.”

A New York Times columnby conservative Ross Douthat criticized Cruz for making those comments. He wrote that Israel is a “well-defended nation” and the more pressing issue and the purpose of the summit was to highlight the potential extinction of Middle Eastern Christians, even though some of those Christians have differing views on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict.

“[Israel's] supporters, and especially its American Christian supporters, can afford to allow a population that’s none of the above to organize to save itself from outright extinction without also demanding applause for Israeli policy as the price of sympathy and support,” Douthat wrote.

Other Cruz critics say that if his purpose for speaking at the event was to defend Israel then he should not have gone at all, or at least should have refrained from making those comments. Others have cricized his comments as a political opportunity to bring attention to himself.

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October events calendar

About this listing

This calendar is compiled by contributing writer Don Thrasher. This feature is published on the last Friday of each month.

Event organizers are welcome to email event information (for possible inclusion in the next months Active Dayton monthly calendar) to donaldthrasher8@aol.com. Emails should include a publishable phone number or website address and must be sent by the 15th of the month. The message subject line should say consider for monthly calendar.

Oct. 1

Pearl Jam: The surviving grunge band brings its latest tour to US Bank Arena, 100 Broadway, Cincinnati. 7:30 p.m. $69.50. 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Oct. 2

Women in Art: Vine & canvas wine tasting series Shaw Gothic Cloister, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton. 6:30-9 p.m. $30 members, $35 non-members in advance. $40 at the door. 937-223-4ART (4278) or www.daytonartinstitute.org.

Khumariyaan: The instrumental folk group from Pakistan, on its first United States tour, performs at the University of Daytons Boll Theatre, Kennedy Union, 300 College Park, Dayton. 8 p.m. $16 general admission, $12 UD faculty, staff and alumni, $8 students and youth. 937-229-3936 or www.udayton.edu/arts.

Oct. 3

Jason Derulo: The chart-topping pop-R&B singer brings his Tattoos World Tour to the Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn. 8 p.m. General admission $30-$75. 937-775-4789 or www.nuttercenter.com.

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D.C. community calendar, Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2014

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Thursday, Sept. 25

History lesson, political portraiture in the United States and France during the Revolutionary and Federal eras, 1776-1814, during a complicated alliance that affected patterns of cultural representation and consumption on both sides of the Atlantic. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free; registration required. 202-633-1000 or www.npg.si.edu .

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 .

Monitoring worlds diseases, Lawrence C. Madoff, professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, discusses the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases, an online network of more than 55,000 members who monitor the four corners of the world for emerging infectious diseases of humans, animals and plants. 11:30a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.

The People vs. Larry Flynt , Milo Formans 1996 film about the Hustler Magazine publisher, part of the First Amendment Film Festival. 2 p.m., Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6100.

Author talk, Columbia Universitys Hisham D. Aidi discusses his book Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture in conjunction with the exhibit The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-8437.

Memorials on the Mall, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of a selection of memorials. 2-4p.m. daily through Tuesday, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

Beading for teens, learn to bead as you hang out with and meet new friends, create key chains, animals, jewelry; all materials provided, ongoing projects may be stored at the library, snacks served. 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

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Going out Guide for Montgomery County, Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2014.

By Carrie Donovan September 24 at 5:56 PM

THU 25

Jason Masi The D.C. singer-songwriter performs at the last concert of Fair Hills summer series. 6 p.m. Fair Hill, 18100 Town Center Dr., Olney. 240-779-8000. www.fairhillshops.com. Free.

Trio Caliente The Latin trios performance concludes the Evenings in Olde Towne outdoor series. 6 p.m. Gaithersburg City Hall, concert pavilion, 31 S. Summit Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350. www.gaithersburgmd.gov. Free.

Chaise Lounge This contemporary band plays jazz in a 60s style. 8 p.m. Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. 240-330-4500. www.bethesdabluesjazz.com. $25.

FRI 26

Snarky Puppy Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and producer Michael League performs with members of his progressive instrumental fusion collective. With the High and Mighty Brass Band. 9p.m. The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com. $22.

Middle Eastern Cultural Festival The 31st annual event features food, entertainment, vendors and childrens activities. Friday 4-10 p.m., Saturday 11a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m. Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 10620 River Rd., Potomac. 301-623-3673. www.peterpaulpotomac.org. Free.

Damon Foreman The Columbia-based blues and jazz singer-songwriter performs. 6-9 p.m. Rios Patio at Washingtonian Center, 209 Boardwalk Pl., Gaithersburg. 301-203-4187. www.washingtoniancenter.com. Free.

Artig and Oktoberfest 5K The German School hosts pop band Artig, currently on a tour of U.S. high schools, for a plugged-in set Friday at 7 p.m. and an acoustic concert Saturday at 11 a.m., plus an Oktoberfest-themed 5K race (lederhosen and dirndl suggested attire) Saturday 9 a.m.-10:45 a.m. (arrive between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. for registration) German School, 8617 Chateau Dr., Potomac. 301-366-1120. www.dswashington.org. Concerts free; 5Kregistration $30-$40, cash only.

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Poland is the safest place in Europe for Jews today

Slendzinskis Art Gallery in Bialystok, Poland formerly Cytron Synagogue

I survived the Holocaust in a sub-cellar in Tarnopol (Ternopil), a city now located in western Ukraine that once had a thriving Jewish as well as Polish population. Before coming to the U.S., I grew up after the war in France when philo-Semites like Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, as well as Pierre Mends France, the countrys second Jewish prime minister, were luminaries. Jewish origins have been an important part of that nations genius from Montaigne to composers as different as Giacomo Meyerbeer and Jacques Offenbach; to painter Camille Pissarro; to the inventor of sociology Emile Durkheim; to the writer Marcel Proust; to the philosopher Henri Bergson; to the actor Sarah Bernhardt; to the movie superstar Jean-Pierre Aumont; to the groundbreaking writer Georges Perec; to the multitalented Serge Gainsbourg to mention only a few.

Today I am under the impression that France has forgotten about its Jewish cultural roots. The televised events from the streets of Paris and Marseilles fill me with sadness and consternation. In the middle of July, thousands of Muslims, along with some anti-Semitic French Catholic demonstrators, walked through the center of Paris shouting death to the Jews. They burned cars, vandalized Jewish stores and, as reported by the press, a number of them, armed with knives, threw stones and bottles at the Isaac Abravanel Synagogue not far from the Bastille.

I read that the polls indicate that as many as 40 percent of French Jews hide Jewish symbols. It is not surprising, as so many incidents of anti-Semitism happen daily in France.

It is not better in other parts of Western Europe. A bomb was planted in the new synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany; swastikas were painted on stores in the Jewish quarter of Rome; Israeli soccer players were attacked in Austria. These are but a few examples of the daily realities faced by European Jews. It is not just a one-time eruption of anti-Semitism by Muslim immigrants caused by the actions of Israel in the Gaza Strip. The hatred of Jews in Western Europe has been growing for many years. More and more, it is expressed by elites and the educated middle class.

Italys most popular philosopher and inveterate anti-Semite, Gianni Vattimo, told interviewers on Italys Radio 24 that he wanted Europeans to buy Hamas some more rockets to shoot those bastard Zionists because Hamas current arsenal is limited to toy rockets that dont really kill anyone. He wants to forget and not have to apologize for his fascist grandparents atrocities committed in Abyssinia, Guernica, the Balkans and Greece. One of Spains most popular playwrights, Antonio Gala an obvious anti-Semite has written justifying the historical Jewish expulsions with the implication that Western Europe should become Judenrein again to punish Israel for supposedly slaughtering innocent Palestinians. He seems to ignore the fact that after the expulsion of Jews from Spain, his country slid into scientific and intellectual obscurity. Today Spain, with a population 25 percent larger than Poland, boasts fewer than half of Polands Nobel Prize recipients.

The problem has been noticed and taken up by world media. From a Newsweek cover story, to newspaper pieces titled The Next Kristallnacht or even The Next Holocaust, the stories about current and future prospects of European Jewry are extremely grim. A month or two ago, the Economist magazine ran an editorial arguing that, all things considered, Jews were safer in Europe than in Israel. Of course, that was before the latest eruptions of violent anti-Israel riots threatened to turn Paris into the West Bank.

If history repeats itself, then perhaps the unthinkable an exodus, under threats of physical harm to Jews will again become thinkable. I want to propose the hypothetical question: If Western Europes Jews need to leave again, en masse, in what direction should they go? And where would they find the most hospitable welcome? I assume here, for the sake of argument, that they would not choose to go to an embattled, unsafe and crowded Israel.

Let us focus first on whether America would offer safe haven, as the New World sometimes has for half a millennium. I myself was among the fortunate survivors ultimately embraced by the U.S., where I advanced to the Ph.D. candidacy in French literature at UCLA in the early 1960s before going into business and becoming a hotelier. If you had asked me when I first came to America as a young man whether America would provide safe haven to a new mass Jewish influx a subject in which I developed a keen interest I would have had grave doubts.

Let us not forget that in America levels of anti-Semitism were sky high both before World War II (when Father Coughlin was admired by tens of millions of radio fans for his anti-Jewish diatribes) and during World War II (when it wasnt safe for Jewish youngsters to walk the streets of Boston). Rafael Medoff, in his latest book, has documented the political timidity and/or prejudice that caused FDR not to lead from behind on the refugee issue like President Obama is now doing, but not to lead at all. Remember that open German immigrant quotas were unfilled during the 1930s because of anti-Semitic U.S. consular bureaucrats. Remember also the fiasco of the 1938 Evian Conference, when the U.S. and Britain refused Hitlers offer to deport as many Jews as they would accept, and the turning away in 1939 of the doomed SS St. Louis, which the Coast Guard prevented from landing on the shores of Florida.

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