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(JTA) Members of Congress and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) criticized President Donald Trumps budget proposal that denied a funding increase request by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. A bipartisan group of 64 lawmakers signed a letter asking Trump not to reject the $3 million funding increase request, The Hill reported. In our view, the mission of the museum has never been more important, particularly as the number of antisemitic attacks around the world rises, read the letter, which was spearheaded by Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Carlos Curbelo R-Fla., John Katko, R-N.Y. and Kyrsten Sinema D-Ariz. Now is not the time to cut funding for this national treasure, continued the letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.

The ADL also denounced the proposed budget. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is the most important American institution preserving the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and educating future generations about the importance of combating hate and bigotry, the groups national director, Jonathan Greenblatt, said in a June 9 statement. In these divided times, with increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and other religious minorities, this museums mission is as critical as ever. We call on Congress to fully fund the Holocaust Museum.

In January, the president came under fire for issuing a statement for International Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not mention Jews. In April, however, he pledged to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denials in a speech praised by Jewish groups.

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Netanyahu flies to Thessaloniki for trilateral summit with Greece, Cyprus – The Jerusalem Post


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Jewish teens take life-changing journey to Poland, Israel – Wicked Local Randolph

By Stanley Hurwitz

As my grandmother is a survivor of the Holocaust from Greece, and with Polish descent on my mothers side, this trip had tremendous meaning to me, said 17 year-old Chelsea Haime of Sharonafter participating in the 2017 March of the Living (MOTL) to Poland and Israel. It was an experience that I will hold with me for the rest of my life.

Haime, a recent Sharon High graduate, was one of three Jewish Massachusetts teens who joined with 8,000 peers from around the world for the annual heritage trip that transported them from the somber ashes of the Holocaust to the miracle of modern Israel. An important component of MOTL is the opportunity to study the history of the Holocaust and examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hate. The March of the Living itself is a 3-kilometer walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau as a tribute to all Holocaust victims. The 2018 MOTL is scheduled for April 8-22. Registration has begun.

Haime’s parents, Alison and Bob wrote, Thank you for Chelseas March of the Living experience. She loved it and really connected with the experience. Her grandmother is a survivor so this trip had personal meaning to her. She will remember this her entire life. Thank you for everything.

Aaron L. Kischel, an award-winning community leader who has devoted his life to Jewish education and youth activities and a veteran of many such pilgrimages, served as a group leader for the Massachusetts/New York/New Jersey contingent. Trips are led by rabbis, historians, and teachers and joined by Holocaust survivors who provide first-hand accounts.

“In my five decades in Jewish education, I have not seen a program better designed to solidify teen attachment to their history and heritage,” he said. “Through MOTL, teens gain a deeper understanding of the need to ensure a strong Israel, to see what the young State of Israel has created from the desert. With so much misinformation and anti-Israel propaganda on college campuses today, this firsthand experience has an emotional effect that lasts a lifetime and builds leaders for the next generation.

The annual spring trip begins after Passover and is timed to coincide with three modern Jewish holidays.

Imagine marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in Poland where the Nazis murdered so many,” Kischel said. “Then imagine Israels Memorial Day when the entire nation stops at the sound of a siren for two minutes of silence. Our group visited the Calibri regional school outside Haifa which lost over 30 young people in war over the years. And imagine celebrating Israel Independence Day, first at the Western Wall, then with a party and sound/ light show with thousands of teens at the Latrun IDF tank museum. And imagine visiting ancient Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, and an evening on Ben Yehudah Street, Tel Avivs version of Fifth Avenue. While in Israel, there was time for teens to connect with Israeli relatives or friends.

Participant Micha Salzberg, a graduating senior from Gann Academy, said, Nothing could have prepared for what it would feel like to stand in the cattle cars, walk through the gas chambers, and march with thousands of other teens in the place where so much of my family was murdered. Marching through the Arbeit Macht Frei gate that my grandfather walked through as he was enduring the worst of mans evil will stay with me forever. That moment, surrounded by countless Jews of my age, is a testament to the failure of the final solution. And I am beyond proud to have been a part of that. Michas dad, Stu, remotely led a memorial service via Skype.

Beatrice Fellman, also a graduating senior from Gann Academy, reflected, To see where my great-grandfather was murdered and to immerse myself further into the history of the atrocity that my grandmother survived was an experience I will take with me forever. To actually see in person Auschwitz-Birkenau, the sites of mass graves and memorials was completely surrealand now I have a deeper understanding of the effect Israel has on many people who live in fear that we could one day be targeted again. I have such a huge appreciation for the knowledge that I gained on this trip.

New England MOTL Chair Irv Kempner, son of Holocaust survivors and a retired business executive, is spearheading scholarship fundraising and teen recruitment for 2018. He said, Surveys show that high school seniors who take part in MOTL become more engaged young men and women who know their history and the importance of the modern State of Israel. Its developing a new generation to learn the meaning of Never again. Lessons learned stay with them for their entire lives, and they are well prepared to lead the Jewish people into the future. Even if youve been to Israel before, this is a whole different adventure.

Since 1988, MOTL has brought some 250,000 teens to Eastern Europe and Israel, teaching lessons of the Holocaust and inspiring them to lead the Jewish People into the future.

The New England Chapter of MOTL has a newly redesigned website (https://motlnewengland.org/) where this years marchers posted real-time photos to allow friends, families and others to participate virtually. Donations of $1,000 for MOTL 2018 will be matched dollar for dollar by the Kempner Foundation. Tax-deductible donations may be made online: https://motlnewengland.org/. To donate to the Friends of the MOTL Endowment Fund for Mass. teens, tax-deductible donations may be sent to: CJP Kempner Family Foundation, c/o Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 126 High Street, Boston, Mass. 02110. To ensure proper credit, on the memo line write March of the Living.

For more information about donations and/or participation in Friends of MOTL and teen MOTL trips, contact IrvKempner@gmail.com, 617-285-8620, or visit https://motlnewengland.org.

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LOIS HENRY: Use of Juneteenth as marketing ploy to sell guns doesn’t go over well – The Bakersfield Californian

In the world of boneheaded marketing ploys, this has to rank as one of the boneheadedest.

Kendall Jenner and that dumb Pepsi ad? Move over.

Fliers from Second Amendment Sports, a local gun shop and shooting range, started showing up in mailboxes late last week.

Im just going to describe it verbatim.

The front has large, bold lettering announcing Juneteenth.

Above it is a drawing of an, apparently, African-American man with his arms raised overhead breaking a chain.

A photo of a white mans face has been imposed onto the drawing.

To the side, the flier states, Juneteenth, Dads & Grads Sale June 15th & 17th.

On the back (between clip art of shackled wrists breaking chains) it says:

Celebrate Juneteenth Dads & Grads.

Emancipate yourselves from the oppression of the man.

From your chores, from your school Buy a gun!

Take that boot off your neck and enjoy some great deals!

I found an explainer, sort of, about Juneteenth saying it is recognized mostly by black Americans and commemorates the end of the Civil War and the final Southern state of Texas announcing the emancipation of slaves. (I would argue with that interpretation, which Ill get to.)

It goes on to say that Second Amendment Sports is celebrating the date to remind people that all races at one time in history were enslaved and that freedom comes at a cost.

Buy a firearm and some ammunition and take your power back from a government that would prefer you to be a slave again! says the explainer.

Then theres a convoluted line about states’ rights and keeping the Union together, presumably about the Civil War.

Remember Juneteenth, it ends. Know that it has relevance to all men.

So, that cleared up nothing about this ill-conceived ad campaign.

Just as a start, I wondered if Second Amendment had used Juneteenth as a sale-a-bration marketing concept before?

What was the response? Whats the response now?

Who’s face is that photoshopped onto the drawing?

I did eventually get an email from Second Amendment Sports owner Matt Janes, who defended the fliers as opening a dialogue about the fragility of freedom for everyone.

He said this is the second year Second Amendment Sports has used the Juneteenth ad campaign and reaction has been “mixed.”

“Some people choose to be offended,” Janes wrote. “They do not feel it is our place to bring up U.S. history when it pertains to certain subjects. Like it is taboo or exclusive to only some. Others totally understand the meaning behind our advertisement. Others are ‘Hunh? What’s Juneteenth?'”

As to the face imposed on the drawing: “It is immaterial and largely the point of the image. It could be an ancestor, you, me, our children…that is the importance.”

If nothing else, he wrote, he hopes the flier gets people talking.

The entire thing is disrespectful, said Jason Phillips. And to turn it (Juneteenth) into a political message to fan up emotion, which leads directly to more gun sales for them, is sickening.

Reactions on Facebook and elsewhere were similar, a mixture of outrage and derision.

I’m all for standing firm on civil liberties and slapping back government overreach. But I don’t think coopting Juneteenth is the way to go.

To me, the flier and tortured explainer are boorish and just plain weird.

I mean, why not hawk high-caliber rifles on Holocaust Remembrance Day as “yellow badge repellant?”

Im not going to argue whether the fliers are also racist.

Anyone who doesnt find them racially offensive will get defensive and claim the other side is overly sensitive.

Thats a spin cycle that never ends.

Instead, hey, what exactly is Juneteenth?

I will admit that I didn’t know until I covered the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, an all black rodeo, which happened to be touring in Bakersfield on Juneteenth some years back.

To me, Juneteenth is bittersweet in a lot of ways.

It recognizes the end of slavery, yes.

But it came to 250,000 slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865, two months after the official end of the Civil War.

And 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln in January 1863.

And the state of Texas certainly did not announce it, as implied by Second Amendment Sports’ explainer.

Union Gen. Gordon Granger landed in Galveston with 2,000 troops to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation.

Granger made it his first order of business to stand on a balcony and read aloud:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.

Today, Juneteenth is typically marked with gatherings of family and friends, food, remembrances and prayer.

Its a recognition, a friend told me.

That sounds right. A recognition. Not a door buster.

Opinions expressed in this column are those of Lois Henry. Her column runs Wednesdays and Sundays. Comment at http://www.bakersfield.com, call her at 661-395-7373 or emaillhenry@bakersfield.comfollow her on Twitter @loishenry or on Facebook at Lois Henry.

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Trump denies Holocaust museum’s request for more funding – Cleveland Jewish News

Members of Congress and the Anti-Defamation League criticized President Donald Trumps budget proposal that denied a funding increase request by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

A bipartisan group of 64 lawmakers signed a letter asking Trump not to rejectthe $3 million funding increase request, The Hill reported.

In our view, the mission of the museum has never been more important, particularly as the number of anti-Semitic attacks around the world rises, readthe letter, which was spearheaded byReps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Carlos Curbelo R-Fla., John Katko, R-N.Y. and Kyrsten Sinema D-Ariz.

Now is not the time to cut funding for this national treasure, continued the letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.

The Anti-Defamation League also denounced the proposed budget.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is the most important American institution preserving the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and educating future generations about the importance of combating hate and bigotry, the groups national director, Jonathan Greenblatt, said in a Friday statement. In these divided times, with increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and other religious minorities, this museums mission is as critical as ever. We call on Congress to fully fund the Holocaust Museum.

The museum had requested a funding increase of $3 million from the 2016 allocation in order to cover rising costs, maintenance, equipment support and security.

Trumps new budget would deny that request, keeping the budget at the 2016 level of $54 million instead of the requested $57 million, according to The Hill.

In January, the president cameunder fire forissuing a statement forInternational Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not mention Jews. However, he struck a different tone in April, whenhe pledged to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denials atin a speech praised by Jewish groups.

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Trump denies Holocaust museum’s request for more funding – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

President Donald Trump marking Days of remembrance of the Holocaust in the Capitol Rotunda, April 25 2017. (Ron Kampeas)

(JTA) Members of Congress and the Anti-Defamation League criticized President Donald Trumps budget proposal that denied a funding increase request by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

A bipartisan group of 64 lawmakers signed a letter asking Trump not to rejectthe $3 million funding increase request, The Hill reported.

In our view, the mission of the museum has never been more important, particularly as the number of anti-Semitic attacks around the world rises, readthe letter, which was spearheaded byReps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Carlos Curbelo R-Fla., John Katko, R-N.Y. and Kyrsten Sinema D-Ariz.

Now is not the time to cut funding for this national treasure, continued the letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.

The Anti-Defamation League also denounced the proposed budget.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is the most important American institution preserving the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and educating future generations about the importance of combating hate and bigotry, the groups national director, Jonathan Greenblatt, said in a Friday statement. In these divided times, with increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and other religious minorities, this museums mission is as critical as ever. We call on Congress to fully fund the Holocaust Museum.

The museum had requested a funding increase of $3 million from the 2016 allocation in order to cover rising costs, maintenance, equipment support and security.

Trumps new budget would deny that request, keeping the budget at the 2016 level of $54 million instead of the requested $57 million, according to The Hill.

In January, the president cameunder fire forissuing a statement forInternational Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not mention Jews. However, he struck a different tone in April, whenhe pledged to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denials atin a speech praised by Jewish groups.

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Trump Sparks Bipartisan Criticism Over Holocaust Museum Cuts – ATTN:

In response to the news thatPresident Trumps budget would call for$3 million in funding cuts to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,a bipartisan coalition of 64 members of Congress have been swift in their denouncement.

AsThe Hill reported, the coalition has drafted a letter to theInterior appropriations subcommitteethat makes clear why now is a particularly bad time for the cuts.

In our view, the mission of the museum has never been more important, particularly as the number of anti-Semitic attacks around the world rises, itsaid.

Attempts to cut funding for the museum are misguided, and this letter demonstrates a strong, bipartisan commitment to protecting the museum and the educational value it provides to all Americans,Rep.Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) told The Hill.

Trumps budget proposal would decrease the Museums budget by 5 percentand drop it back to its 2016 level of $54 million.

The budget proposal saidthe cutswill assist in meeting the Presidents budget objectives, while still providing adequate funds to cover pay increases and rising costs for current services for the Museums facilities and collections. The decrease is achieved by reductions in staff and selected non-pay areas.

In a prepared statement, Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the CEO of anti-Semitism watchdog group the Anti-Defamation League, blasted Trump for cutting funding and he urged Congress to fully fund the Museum: In these divided times, with increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and other religious minorities, this museum’s mission is as critical as ever.

The budget cuts are particularly disconcerting as they come after a series of problematic statements and actions from Trump, during his campaign and nascent presidency.

During the2016 campaign, he tweeted an illustration using a six-pointed star resembling the Star of David over a background of a pile of money. The image, taken from a fringe website,was meant to denigrate Hillary Clintons supposed corruption, garnereda quick backlash, and the Trump campaign’sexplanation didn’t help matters.

In January, Trumpfailed to specifically mention the Jewish peoplein his prepared statements for Holocaust Remembrance Day, an omission the White Housethen defended.

ThenduringPassoverWhite House Press SecretarySean Spicer sparked outragewhen positively compared Adolph Hitler to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and said that Hitler “did not use chemical weapons.” Thatblunder, for which Spicer clarified and apologized, was roundly criticized, with the Holocaust Memorial Museum tweeting a video of U.S. troops liberating a concentration camp in response.

Trump also drew criticism on his recent trip to the Middle East for his all-caps note in the guest book of theYad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem which said: “IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS SO AMAZING & WILL NEVER FORGET! Critics said the reaction was too glib and self-referential for a sitting President.

These incidentsand theTrump administration’sproposedfunding cutscome amidst a backdropof rising anti-Semitism in the United States. New data from the Anti-Defamation League showed anti-Semetic incidents like assaults, vandalism and harassment, surged 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

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Us Weekly gives Ivanka Trump credit for failing – Vox

To understand one of the key shortcomings of the press, consider the esteem that reporters routinely lavish on Ivanka Trump, the favored presidential daughter who has somehow fashioned herself as the good cop to her fathers bad cop.

The narrative of Ivanka as a moderating influence on her fathers crueler impulses suffered another setback last Thursday, when the president announced, over her objections, that United States would pull out of the Paris accord, a major climate change agreement. For that, CNN awarded her its Worst Week in Washington.

It didnt take long for the press to resume fawning over her. Us Weekly splashed Ivanka on its newest cover this week, praising her for balancing her personal ideals with love and loyalty for her father.

The full article is not out yet, but from the snippet released so far, the cover story will likely retread the same myths about Ivanka as a competent advocate. Ivanka is the best woman for the job, Us Weekly gushes, describing her as a skilled negotiator who knows just how to work [Trump] stating her case calmly and directly.

In tone, the tabloid magazines fawning profile doesnt sound all that different from sections of Politicos Ivanka story last week, which was laden with blind quotes defending her failure to sway her father on climate change. According to one explanation, it was unrealistic and unfair to expect that Ivanka would single-handedly change her fathers position away from long-standing Republican orthodoxy.

Another excuse was that Ivanka hadnt really been trying. According to people close to the first daughter and her husband (read: their friends), Ivankas attention was on women’s issues, while her husbands attention was on the Middle East and that climate change was never their focus. Of course, that contradicts an earlier Politico story headlined Ivanka Trump, climate czar? which claimed that Ivanka wanted to make climate change one of her signature issues.

Meanwhile, the soft-focus stories keep coming. A widely ridiculed CNN story last week described Ivanka as America’s most powerful Jewish woman for no other reason, apparently, than the fact that she is Jewish and the daughter of the president. This, in spite of the Trump administrations documented weirdness about the Holocaust, including a statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that never mentioned Jewish people.

On child care and parental leave, the issues that Ivanka seems to be most passionate about, her sole victory has been to slip a modest family leave program into Trumps latest budget proposal. Even here, Ivanka has gotten more than her fair share of the credit in the press. A CNN story Tuesday described a new think tank report on paid family leave as a big boost for Ivanka’s paid parental leave plan as if scholars on the left and right hadnt been pushing this idea for years, long before Ivanka put her stamp on it.

Ivankas political efforts might best be described as an extension of her brand, which was always about breezy, cosmopolitan affluence. To the extent that certain political views were necessary to complete that image, Ivanka seems to have done the minimum amount of advocacy necessary in her role as a member of Trumps inner circle.

Its worth noting that Ivanka has an advice book out now, full of vague or otherwise impractical tips that are best understood as an exercise in burnishing her image as a successful, professional woman. The book can be seen as a metaphor for her political efforts: Ineffective at best, but a savvy branding campaign.

Ivankas efforts at self-promotion have neatly lined up with the medias own demand for characters. The relentlessly optimistic coverage of Ivanka speaks to an instinct to frame the world in moral terms: Much of political coverage is storytelling, and too often, people are slotted either as heroes or villains, forces for good or for evil.

It helps that Ivanka possesses a type of beauty that often passes as moral uprightness, as the New Yorkers Jia Tolentino puts it the kind of beauty that sells magazine covers, that invites people to give her endless free passes. The press was always going to find someone in the White House to cheer, and why not Ivanka? At least she looks the part of the protagonist.

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Trump rejects request to increase Holocaust museum funding – Connecticut Jewish Ledger

Navigation Home About Editorial Board News CT News National/World Around Connecticut Jewish Life Torah Portion Jewish Holidays Arts & Entertainment Jewish Food Kolot Milestones Submit Milestone Calendar Community Calendar Jewish Holidays Opinion Editorial Op-Ed Columns Letters to the Ledger Obituaries JL Blog (JTA) Members of Congress and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) criticized President Donald Trumps budget proposal that denied a funding increase request by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. A bipartisan group of 64 lawmakers signed a letter asking Trump not to reject the $3 million funding increase request, The Hill reported. In our view, the mission of the museum has never been more important, particularly as the number of antisemitic attacks around the world rises, read the letter, which was spearheaded by Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Carlos Curbelo R-Fla., John Katko, R-N.Y. and Kyrsten Sinema D-Ariz. Now is not the time to cut funding for this national treasure, continued the letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. The ADL also denounced the proposed budget. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is the most important American institution preserving the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and educating future generations about the importance of combating hate and bigotry, the groups national director, Jonathan Greenblatt, said in a June 9 statement. In these divided times, with increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and other religious minorities, this museums mission is as critical as ever. We call on Congress to fully fund the Holocaust Museum. In January, the president came under fire for issuing a statement for International Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not mention Jews. In April, however, he pledged to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denials in a speech praised by Jewish groups.

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Netanyahu flies to Thessaloniki for trilateral summit with Greece, Cyprus – The Jerusalem Post

The Jerusalem Post Netanyahu flies to Thessaloniki for trilateral summit with Greece, Cyprus The Jerusalem Post Salonika-born Moshe Ha-Elion, who lit a torch at Yad Vashem on Holocaust Remembrance Day two months ago, was originally scheduled to join Netanyahu, but had to cancel because of health issues. Instead, his daughter and son joined the delegation. and more »

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Jewish teens take life-changing journey to Poland, Israel – Wicked Local Randolph

By Stanley Hurwitz As my grandmother is a survivor of the Holocaust from Greece, and with Polish descent on my mothers side, this trip had tremendous meaning to me, said 17 year-old Chelsea Haime of Sharonafter participating in the 2017 March of the Living (MOTL) to Poland and Israel. It was an experience that I will hold with me for the rest of my life. Haime, a recent Sharon High graduate, was one of three Jewish Massachusetts teens who joined with 8,000 peers from around the world for the annual heritage trip that transported them from the somber ashes of the Holocaust to the miracle of modern Israel. An important component of MOTL is the opportunity to study the history of the Holocaust and examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hate. The March of the Living itself is a 3-kilometer walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau as a tribute to all Holocaust victims. The 2018 MOTL is scheduled for April 8-22. Registration has begun. Haime’s parents, Alison and Bob wrote, Thank you for Chelseas March of the Living experience. She loved it and really connected with the experience. Her grandmother is a survivor so this trip had personal meaning to her. She will remember this her entire life. Thank you for everything. Aaron L. Kischel, an award-winning community leader who has devoted his life to Jewish education and youth activities and a veteran of many such pilgrimages, served as a group leader for the Massachusetts/New York/New Jersey contingent. Trips are led by rabbis, historians, and teachers and joined by Holocaust survivors who provide first-hand accounts. “In my five decades in Jewish education, I have not seen a program better designed to solidify teen attachment to their history and heritage,” he said. “Through MOTL, teens gain a deeper understanding of the need to ensure a strong Israel, to see what the young State of Israel has created from the desert. With so much misinformation and anti-Israel propaganda on college campuses today, this firsthand experience has an emotional effect that lasts a lifetime and builds leaders for the next generation. The annual spring trip begins after Passover and is timed to coincide with three modern Jewish holidays. Imagine marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in Poland where the Nazis murdered so many,” Kischel said. “Then imagine Israels Memorial Day when the entire nation stops at the sound of a siren for two minutes of silence. Our group visited the Calibri regional school outside Haifa which lost over 30 young people in war over the years. And imagine celebrating Israel Independence Day, first at the Western Wall, then with a party and sound/ light show with thousands of teens at the Latrun IDF tank museum. And imagine visiting ancient Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, and an evening on Ben Yehudah Street, Tel Avivs version of Fifth Avenue. While in Israel, there was time for teens to connect with Israeli relatives or friends. Participant Micha Salzberg, a graduating senior from Gann Academy, said, Nothing could have prepared for what it would feel like to stand in the cattle cars, walk through the gas chambers, and march with thousands of other teens in the place where so much of my family was murdered. Marching through the Arbeit Macht Frei gate that my grandfather walked through as he was enduring the worst of mans evil will stay with me forever. That moment, surrounded by countless Jews of my age, is a testament to the failure of the final solution. And I am beyond proud to have been a part of that. Michas dad, Stu, remotely led a memorial service via Skype. Beatrice Fellman, also a graduating senior from Gann Academy, reflected, To see where my great-grandfather was murdered and to immerse myself further into the history of the atrocity that my grandmother survived was an experience I will take with me forever. To actually see in person Auschwitz-Birkenau, the sites of mass graves and memorials was completely surrealand now I have a deeper understanding of the effect Israel has on many people who live in fear that we could one day be targeted again. I have such a huge appreciation for the knowledge that I gained on this trip. New England MOTL Chair Irv Kempner, son of Holocaust survivors and a retired business executive, is spearheading scholarship fundraising and teen recruitment for 2018. He said, Surveys show that high school seniors who take part in MOTL become more engaged young men and women who know their history and the importance of the modern State of Israel. Its developing a new generation to learn the meaning of Never again. Lessons learned stay with them for their entire lives, and they are well prepared to lead the Jewish people into the future. Even if youve been to Israel before, this is a whole different adventure. Since 1988, MOTL has brought some 250,000 teens to Eastern Europe and Israel, teaching lessons of the Holocaust and inspiring them to lead the Jewish People into the future. The New England Chapter of MOTL has a newly redesigned website (https://motlnewengland.org/) where this years marchers posted real-time photos to allow friends, families and others to participate virtually. Donations of $1,000 for MOTL 2018 will be matched dollar for dollar by the Kempner Foundation. Tax-deductible donations may be made online: https://motlnewengland.org/. To donate to the Friends of the MOTL Endowment Fund for Mass. teens, tax-deductible donations may be sent to: CJP Kempner Family Foundation, c/o Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 126 High Street, Boston, Mass. 02110. To ensure proper credit, on the memo line write March of the Living. For more information about donations and/or participation in Friends of MOTL and teen MOTL trips, contact IrvKempner@gmail.com, 617-285-8620, or visit https://motlnewengland.org.

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LOIS HENRY: Use of Juneteenth as marketing ploy to sell guns doesn’t go over well – The Bakersfield Californian

In the world of boneheaded marketing ploys, this has to rank as one of the boneheadedest. Kendall Jenner and that dumb Pepsi ad? Move over. Fliers from Second Amendment Sports, a local gun shop and shooting range, started showing up in mailboxes late last week. Im just going to describe it verbatim. The front has large, bold lettering announcing Juneteenth. Above it is a drawing of an, apparently, African-American man with his arms raised overhead breaking a chain. A photo of a white mans face has been imposed onto the drawing. To the side, the flier states, Juneteenth, Dads & Grads Sale June 15th & 17th. On the back (between clip art of shackled wrists breaking chains) it says: Celebrate Juneteenth Dads & Grads. Emancipate yourselves from the oppression of the man. From your chores, from your school Buy a gun! Take that boot off your neck and enjoy some great deals! I found an explainer, sort of, about Juneteenth saying it is recognized mostly by black Americans and commemorates the end of the Civil War and the final Southern state of Texas announcing the emancipation of slaves. (I would argue with that interpretation, which Ill get to.) It goes on to say that Second Amendment Sports is celebrating the date to remind people that all races at one time in history were enslaved and that freedom comes at a cost. Buy a firearm and some ammunition and take your power back from a government that would prefer you to be a slave again! says the explainer. Then theres a convoluted line about states’ rights and keeping the Union together, presumably about the Civil War. Remember Juneteenth, it ends. Know that it has relevance to all men. So, that cleared up nothing about this ill-conceived ad campaign. Just as a start, I wondered if Second Amendment had used Juneteenth as a sale-a-bration marketing concept before? What was the response? Whats the response now? Who’s face is that photoshopped onto the drawing? I did eventually get an email from Second Amendment Sports owner Matt Janes, who defended the fliers as opening a dialogue about the fragility of freedom for everyone. He said this is the second year Second Amendment Sports has used the Juneteenth ad campaign and reaction has been “mixed.” “Some people choose to be offended,” Janes wrote. “They do not feel it is our place to bring up U.S. history when it pertains to certain subjects. Like it is taboo or exclusive to only some. Others totally understand the meaning behind our advertisement. Others are ‘Hunh? What’s Juneteenth?'” As to the face imposed on the drawing: “It is immaterial and largely the point of the image. It could be an ancestor, you, me, our children…that is the importance.” If nothing else, he wrote, he hopes the flier gets people talking. The entire thing is disrespectful, said Jason Phillips. And to turn it (Juneteenth) into a political message to fan up emotion, which leads directly to more gun sales for them, is sickening. Reactions on Facebook and elsewhere were similar, a mixture of outrage and derision. I’m all for standing firm on civil liberties and slapping back government overreach. But I don’t think coopting Juneteenth is the way to go. To me, the flier and tortured explainer are boorish and just plain weird. I mean, why not hawk high-caliber rifles on Holocaust Remembrance Day as “yellow badge repellant?” Im not going to argue whether the fliers are also racist. Anyone who doesnt find them racially offensive will get defensive and claim the other side is overly sensitive. Thats a spin cycle that never ends. Instead, hey, what exactly is Juneteenth? I will admit that I didn’t know until I covered the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, an all black rodeo, which happened to be touring in Bakersfield on Juneteenth some years back. To me, Juneteenth is bittersweet in a lot of ways. It recognizes the end of slavery, yes. But it came to 250,000 slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865, two months after the official end of the Civil War. And 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln in January 1863. And the state of Texas certainly did not announce it, as implied by Second Amendment Sports’ explainer. Union Gen. Gordon Granger landed in Galveston with 2,000 troops to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. Granger made it his first order of business to stand on a balcony and read aloud: The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. Today, Juneteenth is typically marked with gatherings of family and friends, food, remembrances and prayer. Its a recognition, a friend told me. That sounds right. A recognition. Not a door buster. Opinions expressed in this column are those of Lois Henry. Her column runs Wednesdays and Sundays. Comment at http://www.bakersfield.com, call her at 661-395-7373 or emaillhenry@bakersfield.comfollow her on Twitter @loishenry or on Facebook at Lois Henry.

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Trump denies Holocaust museum’s request for more funding – Cleveland Jewish News

Members of Congress and the Anti-Defamation League criticized President Donald Trumps budget proposal that denied a funding increase request by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. A bipartisan group of 64 lawmakers signed a letter asking Trump not to rejectthe $3 million funding increase request, The Hill reported. In our view, the mission of the museum has never been more important, particularly as the number of anti-Semitic attacks around the world rises, readthe letter, which was spearheaded byReps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Carlos Curbelo R-Fla., John Katko, R-N.Y. and Kyrsten Sinema D-Ariz. Now is not the time to cut funding for this national treasure, continued the letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. The Anti-Defamation League also denounced the proposed budget. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is the most important American institution preserving the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and educating future generations about the importance of combating hate and bigotry, the groups national director, Jonathan Greenblatt, said in a Friday statement. In these divided times, with increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and other religious minorities, this museums mission is as critical as ever. We call on Congress to fully fund the Holocaust Museum. The museum had requested a funding increase of $3 million from the 2016 allocation in order to cover rising costs, maintenance, equipment support and security. Trumps new budget would deny that request, keeping the budget at the 2016 level of $54 million instead of the requested $57 million, according to The Hill. In January, the president cameunder fire forissuing a statement forInternational Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not mention Jews. However, he struck a different tone in April, whenhe pledged to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denials atin a speech praised by Jewish groups.

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Trump denies Holocaust museum’s request for more funding – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

President Donald Trump marking Days of remembrance of the Holocaust in the Capitol Rotunda, April 25 2017. (Ron Kampeas) (JTA) Members of Congress and the Anti-Defamation League criticized President Donald Trumps budget proposal that denied a funding increase request by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. A bipartisan group of 64 lawmakers signed a letter asking Trump not to rejectthe $3 million funding increase request, The Hill reported. In our view, the mission of the museum has never been more important, particularly as the number of anti-Semitic attacks around the world rises, readthe letter, which was spearheaded byReps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Carlos Curbelo R-Fla., John Katko, R-N.Y. and Kyrsten Sinema D-Ariz. Now is not the time to cut funding for this national treasure, continued the letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. The Anti-Defamation League also denounced the proposed budget. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is the most important American institution preserving the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and educating future generations about the importance of combating hate and bigotry, the groups national director, Jonathan Greenblatt, said in a Friday statement. In these divided times, with increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and other religious minorities, this museums mission is as critical as ever. We call on Congress to fully fund the Holocaust Museum. The museum had requested a funding increase of $3 million from the 2016 allocation in order to cover rising costs, maintenance, equipment support and security. Trumps new budget would deny that request, keeping the budget at the 2016 level of $54 million instead of the requested $57 million, according to The Hill. In January, the president cameunder fire forissuing a statement forInternational Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not mention Jews. However, he struck a different tone in April, whenhe pledged to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denials atin a speech praised by Jewish groups.

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Trump Sparks Bipartisan Criticism Over Holocaust Museum Cuts – ATTN:

In response to the news thatPresident Trumps budget would call for$3 million in funding cuts to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,a bipartisan coalition of 64 members of Congress have been swift in their denouncement. AsThe Hill reported, the coalition has drafted a letter to theInterior appropriations subcommitteethat makes clear why now is a particularly bad time for the cuts. In our view, the mission of the museum has never been more important, particularly as the number of anti-Semitic attacks around the world rises, itsaid. Attempts to cut funding for the museum are misguided, and this letter demonstrates a strong, bipartisan commitment to protecting the museum and the educational value it provides to all Americans,Rep.Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) told The Hill. Trumps budget proposal would decrease the Museums budget by 5 percentand drop it back to its 2016 level of $54 million. The budget proposal saidthe cutswill assist in meeting the Presidents budget objectives, while still providing adequate funds to cover pay increases and rising costs for current services for the Museums facilities and collections. The decrease is achieved by reductions in staff and selected non-pay areas. In a prepared statement, Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the CEO of anti-Semitism watchdog group the Anti-Defamation League, blasted Trump for cutting funding and he urged Congress to fully fund the Museum: In these divided times, with increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and other religious minorities, this museum’s mission is as critical as ever. The budget cuts are particularly disconcerting as they come after a series of problematic statements and actions from Trump, during his campaign and nascent presidency. During the2016 campaign, he tweeted an illustration using a six-pointed star resembling the Star of David over a background of a pile of money. The image, taken from a fringe website,was meant to denigrate Hillary Clintons supposed corruption, garnereda quick backlash, and the Trump campaign’sexplanation didn’t help matters. In January, Trumpfailed to specifically mention the Jewish peoplein his prepared statements for Holocaust Remembrance Day, an omission the White Housethen defended. ThenduringPassoverWhite House Press SecretarySean Spicer sparked outragewhen positively compared Adolph Hitler to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and said that Hitler “did not use chemical weapons.” Thatblunder, for which Spicer clarified and apologized, was roundly criticized, with the Holocaust Memorial Museum tweeting a video of U.S. troops liberating a concentration camp in response. Trump also drew criticism on his recent trip to the Middle East for his all-caps note in the guest book of theYad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem which said: “IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS SO AMAZING & WILL NEVER FORGET! Critics said the reaction was too glib and self-referential for a sitting President. These incidentsand theTrump administration’sproposedfunding cutscome amidst a backdropof rising anti-Semitism in the United States. New data from the Anti-Defamation League showed anti-Semetic incidents like assaults, vandalism and harassment, surged 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

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Us Weekly gives Ivanka Trump credit for failing – Vox

To understand one of the key shortcomings of the press, consider the esteem that reporters routinely lavish on Ivanka Trump, the favored presidential daughter who has somehow fashioned herself as the good cop to her fathers bad cop. The narrative of Ivanka as a moderating influence on her fathers crueler impulses suffered another setback last Thursday, when the president announced, over her objections, that United States would pull out of the Paris accord, a major climate change agreement. For that, CNN awarded her its Worst Week in Washington. It didnt take long for the press to resume fawning over her. Us Weekly splashed Ivanka on its newest cover this week, praising her for balancing her personal ideals with love and loyalty for her father. The full article is not out yet, but from the snippet released so far, the cover story will likely retread the same myths about Ivanka as a competent advocate. Ivanka is the best woman for the job, Us Weekly gushes, describing her as a skilled negotiator who knows just how to work [Trump] stating her case calmly and directly. In tone, the tabloid magazines fawning profile doesnt sound all that different from sections of Politicos Ivanka story last week, which was laden with blind quotes defending her failure to sway her father on climate change. According to one explanation, it was unrealistic and unfair to expect that Ivanka would single-handedly change her fathers position away from long-standing Republican orthodoxy. Another excuse was that Ivanka hadnt really been trying. According to people close to the first daughter and her husband (read: their friends), Ivankas attention was on women’s issues, while her husbands attention was on the Middle East and that climate change was never their focus. Of course, that contradicts an earlier Politico story headlined Ivanka Trump, climate czar? which claimed that Ivanka wanted to make climate change one of her signature issues. Meanwhile, the soft-focus stories keep coming. A widely ridiculed CNN story last week described Ivanka as America’s most powerful Jewish woman for no other reason, apparently, than the fact that she is Jewish and the daughter of the president. This, in spite of the Trump administrations documented weirdness about the Holocaust, including a statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that never mentioned Jewish people. On child care and parental leave, the issues that Ivanka seems to be most passionate about, her sole victory has been to slip a modest family leave program into Trumps latest budget proposal. Even here, Ivanka has gotten more than her fair share of the credit in the press. A CNN story Tuesday described a new think tank report on paid family leave as a big boost for Ivanka’s paid parental leave plan as if scholars on the left and right hadnt been pushing this idea for years, long before Ivanka put her stamp on it. Ivankas political efforts might best be described as an extension of her brand, which was always about breezy, cosmopolitan affluence. To the extent that certain political views were necessary to complete that image, Ivanka seems to have done the minimum amount of advocacy necessary in her role as a member of Trumps inner circle. Its worth noting that Ivanka has an advice book out now, full of vague or otherwise impractical tips that are best understood as an exercise in burnishing her image as a successful, professional woman. The book can be seen as a metaphor for her political efforts: Ineffective at best, but a savvy branding campaign. Ivankas efforts at self-promotion have neatly lined up with the medias own demand for characters. The relentlessly optimistic coverage of Ivanka speaks to an instinct to frame the world in moral terms: Much of political coverage is storytelling, and too often, people are slotted either as heroes or villains, forces for good or for evil. It helps that Ivanka possesses a type of beauty that often passes as moral uprightness, as the New Yorkers Jia Tolentino puts it the kind of beauty that sells magazine covers, that invites people to give her endless free passes. The press was always going to find someone in the White House to cheer, and why not Ivanka? At least she looks the part of the protagonist.

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Special in uniform – The Jerusalem Post

The Jerusalem Post Special in uniform The Jerusalem Post PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN addresses the Holocaust Remembrance Day opening ceremony at Yad Vashem on Su. PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN addresses the Holocaust Remembrance Day opening ceremony at Yad Vashem on Sunday. and more »

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