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Sag Harbors Interfaith Museum Brings Students Together

Students worked on signs for the upcoming Interfaith Museum Exhibition at Temple Adas Israel, which opens this Sunday. Photo by Michael Heller.

By Mara Certic

For over a decade Leah Oppenheimer has been trying to find a way to further incorporate Hispanic families into the larger East End community, and now this Sunday her efforts will be unveiled at the opening of Sag Harbors new Interfaith Museum.

For the past three weeks, Sunday school students from the Vida Abundante Church in Wainscott have been joining the Monday evening Hebrew School classes at Temple Adas Israel to learn about the similarities between local Jewish and Hispanic lives, families and religions. This Sunday, March 22, from noon to 2 p.m., the synagogue will hold the grand opening of the museum, which will feature work and projects done by the children over the past month.

Ive been working on the issue of Hispanic families being so isolated here for over a decade as I saw the population increasing, Ms. Oppenheimer said in a phone interview on Monday.

The Hebrew School worked with Head Start, which runs pre-kindergarten programming in Bridgehampton. But it didnt get the kids involved, Ms. Oppenheimer said.

It didnt help the kids to get to know each other, and that, she believes, is the key to bringing people together.

According to Ms. Oppenheimer, Long Island has some of the most segregated school districts outside of Louisiana. The East End is more integrated than most, she said, but there is still much improvement to be made.

Ms. Oppenheimer was at a conference at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, a living memorial to the Holocaust, in Manhattan, when she heard of a museum program with Jewish and Muslim youths, designed to teach similarities, explain the differences and dispel rumors.

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The Gaza Strip (//;[1]Arabic: Qi azzah [qt azza]), or simply Gaza, is a pene-exclave region of Palestine on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers (6.8mi) and Israel on the east and north along a 51km (32mi) border. Gaza makes up part of the Palestinian territories which includes the West Bank, and in 2012 the United Nations General Assembly accorded Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations.[2] In 1994, Israel granted certain rights of civil self-governance to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza through the Oslo Accords

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The Gaza Strip (//;[1]Arabic: Qi azzah [qt azza]), or simply Gaza, is a pene-exclave region of Palestine on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers (6.8mi) and Israel on the east and north along a 51km (32mi) border. Gaza makes up part of the Palestinian territories which includes the West Bank, and in 2012 the United Nations General Assembly accorded Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations.[2] In 1994, Israel granted certain rights of civil self-governance to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza through the Oslo Accords. Gaza has been subject to military occupation by Israel since 1967 and prior to that by Egypt (194867) (see Occupation of the Gaza Strip by Egypt)

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The Gaza Strip (//;[1]Arabic: Qi azzah [qt azza]), or simply Gaza, is a pene-exclave region of Palestine on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers (6.8mi) and Israel on the east and north along a 51km (32mi) border. Gaza makes up part of the Palestinian territories which includes the West Bank, and in 2012 the United Nations General Assembly accorded Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations.[2] In 1994, Israel granted certain rights of civil self-governance to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza through the Oslo Accords.

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AROUND YOUR TOWN for Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Photo provided by R.L. Gent The Huachuca Astronomy Club had a distinguished visitor at its event Saturday. Gary Tenen (above), one of the discoverers of Kartchner Caverns, joined club members at a successful viewing in the afternoon and evening. NASA Solar System Ambassador, Ted Forte, gave a talk about the robotic exploration of the giant asteroid Vesta, the Dwarf planet Ceres, Saturn, Mars, and more. His handout for the children were quite popular. There was also a discussion on the importance of dark skies and the outdoor lighting codes of Cochise County and Serra Vista.

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Celebrate St. Patricks Day at Cochise College during its annual Celtic Culture Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Student Union on the Sierra Vista Campus. The family-friendly and free event includes presentations, crafts poetry, music, and dance featuring The Molly McCrary Band, aka the beloved local musical group The Bost Family (Irish) Traditions. A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be available for purchase. For information and a list of events, email Mary B. Coyle at coylem@cochise.edu or call(520)515-5499.

Democratic Women of Southeast Arizona will host Rebekah Friend, Executive Director/Secretary-Treasurer of Arizona AFL-CIO, speaking on Women and the Labor Movement. Everyone interested is invited to the luncheon meeting, March 17 at Pueblo del Sol Country Club from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. For reservations, call 459-8728 by Thursday,March12.

Tuesday, March 17, the American Legion Post 52 will celebrate Saint Patricks Day and the American Legion birthday. The menu features corned beef and cabbage and birthday cake for $6. From 4 p.m., until its gone, open to all members, guests and all active duty service members and families. Activity at the American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Drive, in Sierra Vista, for information, call(520)459-6050.

Allen Dart will make a presentation of Southern Arizona Hohokam Indians at the Bisbee Copper Queen Library on Tuesday, March 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This presentation illustrates Hohokam material culture and presents possible interpretations about their relationships to the natural world, time reckoning, religious practices, beliefs and deities, and possible reasons for the eventual demise of their way of life. Abundant illustrations of Hohokam artifacts, rock art, and archaeological features are included. All programs at the library, located at 6 Main Street, are open to everyone. For information, call(520)432-4232.

A workshop with Dr. Lokvig will present Secrets to Successful Caregiving, on Tuesday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sierra Vista Police Department in the Community Room, 911 N. Coronado Drive in Sierra Vista. Workshop fee is $20, or $15 for students. Reserve your spot by calling Nancy at (520) 559-2752. Oremailadmin@wellnessconnections.org.

On St. Paddys Day, March 17, Betsy Foster Breault will present an open outdoor reading of selections of her book, Sellers in the Kitchen, featuring historic Bisbee artist and performer George Wily Sellers. The en plein air venue for this event is the small court yard at the Fountain of Justice on Tombstone Canyon Road, sandwiched in between the Iron Man statue and the steps of the courthouse. The reading is scheduled for 4:30 in the afternoon andisfree.

Come celebrate the Ghost of George Wiley Sellers an historic Bisbee artist and performer with Betsy Foster Breault. Enjoy a live reading from Breaults book, Sellers in the Kitchen on St. Paddys Day, March 17, at 4:30 p.m. on the steps of the Cochise County Courthouse. Open and free to the public courtesy of a grant from Bisbee Commission of the Arts. For information, contact Betsy Foster Breault at(520)432-2138.

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Florida congresswoman talks Jewish heritage, leadership

A former Gator who climbed her way up the political ladder returned to Gainesville on Friday to address the local Jewish community.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke to students and community members about staying connected in the Jewish community and recognizing the importance of Jewish American Heritage Month.

Wasserman Schultz said Gainesville is her second favorite place after her South Florida hometown. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees in political science from UF, and she was a student senator and member of the College Democrats.

Soon after graduating, Wasserman Schultz became the first Jewish woman from Florida elected into Congress in 2004. She said she carries her pride in Judaism and Israel proudly and was influential in creating Jewish American Heritage Month, which is celebrated in May.

She said its important for the UF Jewish community to get involved around campus.

I think its really important that we instill that activism, Wasserman Schultz said.

Wasserman Schultz also spoke about the honor of traveling to Israel with President Barack Obama as the liaison between the White House and the Jewish community.

During the Q&A, people asked about combating anti-Semitism, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus recent speech and advice as a female leader.

Aaron Hubberman, a UF political science freshman, said he was impressed by her work ethic.

Shes showing (hard work) by climbing the political ladder, Hubberman, 19, said.

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I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

-Elie Wiesel

This morning, I read of yet another act of anti-Semitism at one of this countrys absolute jewels of public education the University of California, Los Angeles. During a hearing on Feb. 10 for a seat on the student Judicial Board, candidate Rachel Beyda was asked: Given that youre a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community, how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?

As a Jew, the obvious bigotry of this question offends me deeply. However, my decision to speak out goes far beyond this not-so-subtle attack that manifests in a variety of and ever increasing ways against Jews across campuses throughout the nation. A recent study by Trinity College and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law found that 54 percent of Jewish college students have been subject to or witnessed anti-Semitism during a six-month period. No, today, I am far more offended as an American and as one who values what this great country represents.

I am offended for several reasons. For starters, these questions are a brazen violation of the spirit, if not the very text of the U.S. Constitution (see: First Amendments guarantee of freedom of religion), a document that embodies the very principles of our progressive democracy. To even entertain this question as one appropriate for a public body, student or otherwise, demonstrates a deep ignorance of the civic foundation on which this country was founded and, more importantly, a body of laws that have evolved since their creation to expand the rights of and protections for other Americans as well.

While the question at hand targeted the candidates Jewish heritage and community involvement, I am not the only one who should fear the audacity that the statement embodies. If asking whether being a Jew would cloud ones judgment, what about asking if they were a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist? Heck, why not ask if other characteristics would influence their perspective, like being Black, Latino, Asian, Native American, even white? How about whether they are poor, rich, Democrat, Republican, independent? Substitute any of these classifications for Jew and you can get a sense of what real bigotry looks like. There is no justification for the question and no moral defense for distinguishing a Jew from any of the other classifications enumerated, no matter the context.

The pinnacle of the questioners ignorance lies mostly with the arrogance of the presumption on which the question is based. To even suggest that ones lifes experiences do not influence their perspective or that the resulting diversity of opinion is deleterious demonstrates a dangerous position that, unfortunately, is far too common on campuses today. To imply that the differences that shape us as humans contain an unacceptable bias equates to saying that opinions that vary at all from the speakers are to be summarily and justifiably dismissed. As an American, I cannot and will not accept this shameless attack on the values that we hold so dear.

Today, I choose not to be silent.

Brian Tauber is a 1992 University alumnus.

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GOP's Man of the Moment Promoted by RJC's Singer and Adelson

By Eli Clifton and Jim Lobe (source: LobeLog)

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If Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) wasnt the face of GOP Iran hawks, he is now. His letter making common cause with Irans hardliners to scuttle a nuclear deal puts Cotton, along with his 46 Republican co-signatories, in uncharted territory. His promise to work for years, if necessary, to rescind any nuclear deal with Iran is an attempt to undermine the executive branchs ability to conduct foreign policy.

As this blog has noted before, Cotton clearly stated his intent to blow up any diplomatic overtures to Iran during a speech to the Heritage Foundation in mid-January, telling the audience, But, the end of these negotiations isnt an unintended consequence of Congressional action, it is very much an intended consequence. A feature, not a bug, so to speak.

And if Cotton succeeds in sabotaging the negotiations? Hes less clear about that now. But in 2012, the then-freshman congressman explained his hawkish foreign policy views to The Washington Posts neoconservative blogger Jennifer Rubin. You may be tired of war, but war is not tired of you, he said.

Cottons rise to prominence didnt come cheap and required friends with very deep pockets. His Senate campaign cost $13.9 million, and some of his biggest campaign contributions came from far outside his home state of Arkansas. That doesnt include the nearly one-million-dollar contribution in supportive political advertising made by Bill Kristols Emergency Committee for Israel in the closing days of Cottons Senate campaign, as has already been reported here.

A National Review article from July 2013 offered some details about a fundraiser held on behalf of the then 36-year-old farm boy from Arkansas in New York City. The guest list, as described in the article, was a whos who of the hawkish Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) leadership and the Republican Partys most influential money men. It reads:

The conservative hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer and former Romney foreign policy adviser Dan Senor last month hosted a fundraiser for him in New York City that hauled in over $100,000 from high-dollar Republican donors including Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam. There, according to one attendee, Senor joked about Cottons looming senatorial bid, just to acknowledge the elephant in the room. The subtext was, Okay, we all know why were here, but lets not put Tom in a tough spot – and no one did, says the source.

Paul Singers New York-based Elliot Management hedge fund, which has also employed Senor, went on to become the second biggest source of direct contributions to Cottons Senate campaign after the pro-business Club for Growth.

Singer, Sheldon Adelson, and Dan Senor are recurring characters in efforts to blow up diplomacy with Iran.

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Missouri Republican Candidate Commits Suicide Amid Jewish Ancestry 'Whisper Campaign'

Grandfather Taught Him Not To Ignore Anti-Semitism

Tom Schweich

Published February 27, 2015.

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor, died on Thursday in an apparent suicide after he went public with allegations that rivals in the GOP planned to mount an anti-Semitic whisper campaign about his Jewish heritage.

The suicide came minutes after he called the Associated Press to accuse John Hancock, the head of the Missouri Republican Party. of making anti-Semitic comments about him.

Schweich was a churchgoing Episcopalian but his grandfather was Jewish.

Hancock later denied making anti-Semitic remarks about Schweich, but admitted that he believed Schweich was Jewish because of his last name.

Until recently, I mistakenly believed that Tom Schweich was Jewish, but it was simply a part of what I believed to be his biography no different than the fact that he was from St. Louis and had graduated from Harvard Law School, Hancock said in a statement to the states Republican committee.

Political columnist Tony Messenger wrote in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Schweich had disclosed the existence of the anti-Semitic whisper campaign a few days ago.

Schweich told the columnist his grandfather was Jewish, and that he was very proud of his connection to the Jewish faith.

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Police Bust Robber in Murder of Czech Jewish Historian

Jiri Fiedler and Wife Slain in Prague Apartment By JTA

Published February 20, 2015.

Prague police arrested a man suspected of murdering a respected historian of Czech Jewish heritage, Jiri Fiedler, and his wife.

The renowned researcher, 78, and his wife, Dagmar, 74, were found dead in their Prague apartment in February 2014. The police said the murders had occurred at the end of the previous month.

After a yearlong investigation, the man suspected of the brutal crime was arrested in western Czech Republic on Wednesday, police investigators told reporters. The man belonged to the couples wider circle of acquaintances, the police said, and robbery was ascribed as the motive. The suspect has confessed to the crime, investigators said.

Jiri Fiedler, who was not Jewish, spent over 30 years documenting Jewish heritage sites in then-Czechoslovakia, often cycling to remote towns and villages to research derelict Jewish cemeteries, synagogues, rabbis homes and other monuments.

His work caught the attention of the Communist secret police and his major work, Jewish Sites of Bohemia and Moravia, was published only in 1992, three years after the fall of communism in his country.

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Inside the Beltway: Benjamin Netanyahu, Hillary Clinton in Washington at same time

In 24 hours, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will step before a joint session of Congress to have his say about Israel, its security and its place on the planet. But wait. Of political note: Hillary Rodham Clinton will also be in town on Tuesday for the 30th anniversary of Emilys List, the pro-choice group which has thus far raised $400 million for Democratic women candidates. Mrs. Clinton will receive the We Are Emily award at a major hotel. The pair, essentially, will be about 20 blocks apart; the press will have much to speculate upon.

Meanwhile, Mr. Netanyahu has set a somber but dramatic tone to his visit, advising in a tweet, Im going to Washington on a fateful, even historic, mission. I feel that I am an emissary of all Israels citizens, even those who do not agree with me, and of the entire Jewish people. He followed it with this: I will do my utmost to ensure our future.

Americans appear peeved at Republicans for their independent invitation to Mr. Netanyahu to address lawmakers; 48 percent say GOP leaders should not have extended the offer without consulting the White House, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday. Agreeing are 66 percent of Democratic and 28 percent of Republican respondents. Another 30 percent said the invitation was fine, while 22 percent didnt know enough to say either way.

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Press coverage is all over the place. A few headlines reveal all: Will Netanyahus speech to Congress backfire? (CNN); Obama, Netanyahu on collision course in the making for six years (Huffington Post); Congress should hear out Netanyahu (Los Angeles Times); and Politicking in America nothing new to Netanyahu (Politico).

Meanwhile, The American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) conference got underway in the nations capital Sunday; the bipartisan, pro-Israel event has drawn over 14,000 participants from 50 states, and yes, Mr. Netanyahu will address the vast audience Monday. So will a diverse group of 96 luminaries from both sides of the aisle that include Sens. Joe Manchin,Lindsey Graham, Ben Cardin and Ben Sasse; Reps. Ted Deutch, Mario Diaz-Balart and Kay Granger; Ralph Reed, Bill Kristol, Democratic National Committee chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Americans Crossroad CEO Steven Law.

Thank goodness for Congress, Howard Kohr, CEO of AIPAC, told the audience on opening day.

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Sag Harbors Interfaith Museum Brings Students Together

Students worked on signs for the upcoming Interfaith Museum Exhibition at Temple Adas Israel, which opens this Sunday. Photo by Michael Heller. By Mara Certic For over a decade Leah Oppenheimer has been trying to find a way to further incorporate Hispanic families into the larger East End community, and now this Sunday her efforts will be unveiled at the opening of Sag Harbors new Interfaith Museum. For the past three weeks, Sunday school students from the Vida Abundante Church in Wainscott have been joining the Monday evening Hebrew School classes at Temple Adas Israel to learn about the similarities between local Jewish and Hispanic lives, families and religions. This Sunday, March 22, from noon to 2 p.m., the synagogue will hold the grand opening of the museum, which will feature work and projects done by the children over the past month. Ive been working on the issue of Hispanic families being so isolated here for over a decade as I saw the population increasing, Ms. Oppenheimer said in a phone interview on Monday. The Hebrew School worked with Head Start, which runs pre-kindergarten programming in Bridgehampton. But it didnt get the kids involved, Ms. Oppenheimer said. It didnt help the kids to get to know each other, and that, she believes, is the key to bringing people together. According to Ms. Oppenheimer, Long Island has some of the most segregated school districts outside of Louisiana. The East End is more integrated than most, she said, but there is still much improvement to be made. Ms. Oppenheimer was at a conference at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, a living memorial to the Holocaust, in Manhattan, when she heard of a museum program with Jewish and Muslim youths, designed to teach similarities, explain the differences and dispel rumors.

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Jewish American Heritage Month 2015 March 17

admin | March 17, 2015 The Gaza Strip (//;[1]Arabic: Qi azzah [qt azza]), or simply Gaza, is a pene-exclave region of Palestine on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers (6.8mi) and Israel on the east and north along a 51km (32mi) border. Gaza makes up part of the Palestinian territories which includes the West Bank, and in 2012 the United Nations General Assembly accorded Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations.[2] In 1994, Israel granted certain rights of civil self-governance to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza through the Oslo Accords Category: Leo Frank | Comments Off Tags: article, british, Egypt, generated, government, Israel, lebanon, strip, united-nations admin | March 17, 2015 The Gaza Strip (//;[1]Arabic: Qi azzah [qt azza]), or simply Gaza, is a pene-exclave region of Palestine on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers (6.8mi) and Israel on the east and north along a 51km (32mi) border. Gaza makes up part of the Palestinian territories which includes the West Bank, and in 2012 the United Nations General Assembly accorded Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations.[2] In 1994, Israel granted certain rights of civil self-governance to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza through the Oslo Accords. Gaza has been subject to military occupation by Israel since 1967 and prior to that by Egypt (194867) (see Occupation of the Gaza Strip by Egypt) Category: Likud Party | Comments Off Tags: article, Egypt, Gaza, Hamas, history, Israel, lebanon, military, palestinian, strip, Syria, time, turkey, united admin | March 17, 2015 The Gaza Strip (//;[1]Arabic: Qi azzah [qt azza]), or simply Gaza, is a pene-exclave region of Palestine on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers (6.8mi) and Israel on the east and north along a 51km (32mi) border. Gaza makes up part of the Palestinian territories which includes the West Bank, and in 2012 the United Nations General Assembly accorded Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations.[2] In 1994, Israel granted certain rights of civil self-governance to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza through the Oslo Accords. Category: Hamas | Comments Off Tags: arab, british, Gaza, generated, government, lebanon, saudi-arabia-, strip, Syria, turkey admin | March 17, 2015

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AROUND YOUR TOWN for Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Photo provided by R.L. Gent The Huachuca Astronomy Club had a distinguished visitor at its event Saturday. Gary Tenen (above), one of the discoverers of Kartchner Caverns, joined club members at a successful viewing in the afternoon and evening. NASA Solar System Ambassador, Ted Forte, gave a talk about the robotic exploration of the giant asteroid Vesta, the Dwarf planet Ceres, Saturn, Mars, and more. His handout for the children were quite popular. There was also a discussion on the importance of dark skies and the outdoor lighting codes of Cochise County and Serra Vista. Printer-friendly versionSend to friend March17 Celebrate St. Patricks Day at Cochise College during its annual Celtic Culture Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Student Union on the Sierra Vista Campus. The family-friendly and free event includes presentations, crafts poetry, music, and dance featuring The Molly McCrary Band, aka the beloved local musical group The Bost Family (Irish) Traditions. A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be available for purchase. For information and a list of events, email Mary B. Coyle at coylem@cochise.edu or call(520)515-5499. Democratic Women of Southeast Arizona will host Rebekah Friend, Executive Director/Secretary-Treasurer of Arizona AFL-CIO, speaking on Women and the Labor Movement. Everyone interested is invited to the luncheon meeting, March 17 at Pueblo del Sol Country Club from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. For reservations, call 459-8728 by Thursday,March12. Tuesday, March 17, the American Legion Post 52 will celebrate Saint Patricks Day and the American Legion birthday. The menu features corned beef and cabbage and birthday cake for $6. From 4 p.m., until its gone, open to all members, guests and all active duty service members and families. Activity at the American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Drive, in Sierra Vista, for information, call(520)459-6050. Allen Dart will make a presentation of Southern Arizona Hohokam Indians at the Bisbee Copper Queen Library on Tuesday, March 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This presentation illustrates Hohokam material culture and presents possible interpretations about their relationships to the natural world, time reckoning, religious practices, beliefs and deities, and possible reasons for the eventual demise of their way of life. Abundant illustrations of Hohokam artifacts, rock art, and archaeological features are included. All programs at the library, located at 6 Main Street, are open to everyone. For information, call(520)432-4232. A workshop with Dr. Lokvig will present Secrets to Successful Caregiving, on Tuesday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sierra Vista Police Department in the Community Room, 911 N. Coronado Drive in Sierra Vista. Workshop fee is $20, or $15 for students. Reserve your spot by calling Nancy at (520) 559-2752. Oremailadmin@wellnessconnections.org. On St. Paddys Day, March 17, Betsy Foster Breault will present an open outdoor reading of selections of her book, Sellers in the Kitchen, featuring historic Bisbee artist and performer George Wily Sellers. The en plein air venue for this event is the small court yard at the Fountain of Justice on Tombstone Canyon Road, sandwiched in between the Iron Man statue and the steps of the courthouse. The reading is scheduled for 4:30 in the afternoon andisfree. Come celebrate the Ghost of George Wiley Sellers an historic Bisbee artist and performer with Betsy Foster Breault. Enjoy a live reading from Breaults book, Sellers in the Kitchen on St. Paddys Day, March 17, at 4:30 p.m. on the steps of the Cochise County Courthouse. Open and free to the public courtesy of a grant from Bisbee Commission of the Arts. For information, contact Betsy Foster Breault at(520)432-2138.

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Florida congresswoman talks Jewish heritage, leadership

A former Gator who climbed her way up the political ladder returned to Gainesville on Friday to address the local Jewish community. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke to students and community members about staying connected in the Jewish community and recognizing the importance of Jewish American Heritage Month. Wasserman Schultz said Gainesville is her second favorite place after her South Florida hometown. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees in political science from UF, and she was a student senator and member of the College Democrats. Soon after graduating, Wasserman Schultz became the first Jewish woman from Florida elected into Congress in 2004. She said she carries her pride in Judaism and Israel proudly and was influential in creating Jewish American Heritage Month, which is celebrated in May. She said its important for the UF Jewish community to get involved around campus. I think its really important that we instill that activism, Wasserman Schultz said. Wasserman Schultz also spoke about the honor of traveling to Israel with President Barack Obama as the liaison between the White House and the Jewish community. During the Q&A, people asked about combating anti-Semitism, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus recent speech and advice as a female leader. Aaron Hubberman, a UF political science freshman, said he was impressed by her work ethic. Shes showing (hard work) by climbing the political ladder, Hubberman, 19, said.

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Viewpoint: I choose not to be silent

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. -Elie Wiesel This morning, I read of yet another act of anti-Semitism at one of this countrys absolute jewels of public education the University of California, Los Angeles. During a hearing on Feb. 10 for a seat on the student Judicial Board, candidate Rachel Beyda was asked: Given that youre a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community, how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view? As a Jew, the obvious bigotry of this question offends me deeply. However, my decision to speak out goes far beyond this not-so-subtle attack that manifests in a variety of and ever increasing ways against Jews across campuses throughout the nation. A recent study by Trinity College and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law found that 54 percent of Jewish college students have been subject to or witnessed anti-Semitism during a six-month period. No, today, I am far more offended as an American and as one who values what this great country represents. I am offended for several reasons. For starters, these questions are a brazen violation of the spirit, if not the very text of the U.S. Constitution (see: First Amendments guarantee of freedom of religion), a document that embodies the very principles of our progressive democracy. To even entertain this question as one appropriate for a public body, student or otherwise, demonstrates a deep ignorance of the civic foundation on which this country was founded and, more importantly, a body of laws that have evolved since their creation to expand the rights of and protections for other Americans as well. While the question at hand targeted the candidates Jewish heritage and community involvement, I am not the only one who should fear the audacity that the statement embodies. If asking whether being a Jew would cloud ones judgment, what about asking if they were a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist? Heck, why not ask if other characteristics would influence their perspective, like being Black, Latino, Asian, Native American, even white? How about whether they are poor, rich, Democrat, Republican, independent? Substitute any of these classifications for Jew and you can get a sense of what real bigotry looks like. There is no justification for the question and no moral defense for distinguishing a Jew from any of the other classifications enumerated, no matter the context. The pinnacle of the questioners ignorance lies mostly with the arrogance of the presumption on which the question is based. To even suggest that ones lifes experiences do not influence their perspective or that the resulting diversity of opinion is deleterious demonstrates a dangerous position that, unfortunately, is far too common on campuses today. To imply that the differences that shape us as humans contain an unacceptable bias equates to saying that opinions that vary at all from the speakers are to be summarily and justifiably dismissed. As an American, I cannot and will not accept this shameless attack on the values that we hold so dear. Today, I choose not to be silent. Brian Tauber is a 1992 University alumnus.

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GOP's Man of the Moment Promoted by RJC's Singer and Adelson

By Eli Clifton and Jim Lobe (source: LobeLog) Tom Cotton via DonkeyHokey and flickr If Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) wasnt the face of GOP Iran hawks, he is now. His letter making common cause with Irans hardliners to scuttle a nuclear deal puts Cotton, along with his 46 Republican co-signatories, in uncharted territory. His promise to work for years, if necessary, to rescind any nuclear deal with Iran is an attempt to undermine the executive branchs ability to conduct foreign policy. As this blog has noted before, Cotton clearly stated his intent to blow up any diplomatic overtures to Iran during a speech to the Heritage Foundation in mid-January, telling the audience, But, the end of these negotiations isnt an unintended consequence of Congressional action, it is very much an intended consequence. A feature, not a bug, so to speak. And if Cotton succeeds in sabotaging the negotiations? Hes less clear about that now. But in 2012, the then-freshman congressman explained his hawkish foreign policy views to The Washington Posts neoconservative blogger Jennifer Rubin. You may be tired of war, but war is not tired of you, he said. Cottons rise to prominence didnt come cheap and required friends with very deep pockets. His Senate campaign cost $13.9 million, and some of his biggest campaign contributions came from far outside his home state of Arkansas. That doesnt include the nearly one-million-dollar contribution in supportive political advertising made by Bill Kristols Emergency Committee for Israel in the closing days of Cottons Senate campaign, as has already been reported here. A National Review article from July 2013 offered some details about a fundraiser held on behalf of the then 36-year-old farm boy from Arkansas in New York City. The guest list, as described in the article, was a whos who of the hawkish Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) leadership and the Republican Partys most influential money men. It reads: The conservative hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer and former Romney foreign policy adviser Dan Senor last month hosted a fundraiser for him in New York City that hauled in over $100,000 from high-dollar Republican donors including Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam. There, according to one attendee, Senor joked about Cottons looming senatorial bid, just to acknowledge the elephant in the room. The subtext was, Okay, we all know why were here, but lets not put Tom in a tough spot – and no one did, says the source. Paul Singers New York-based Elliot Management hedge fund, which has also employed Senor, went on to become the second biggest source of direct contributions to Cottons Senate campaign after the pro-business Club for Growth. Singer, Sheldon Adelson, and Dan Senor are recurring characters in efforts to blow up diplomacy with Iran.

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Missouri Republican Candidate Commits Suicide Amid Jewish Ancestry 'Whisper Campaign'

Grandfather Taught Him Not To Ignore Anti-Semitism Tom Schweich Published February 27, 2015. Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor, died on Thursday in an apparent suicide after he went public with allegations that rivals in the GOP planned to mount an anti-Semitic whisper campaign about his Jewish heritage. The suicide came minutes after he called the Associated Press to accuse John Hancock, the head of the Missouri Republican Party. of making anti-Semitic comments about him. Schweich was a churchgoing Episcopalian but his grandfather was Jewish. Hancock later denied making anti-Semitic remarks about Schweich, but admitted that he believed Schweich was Jewish because of his last name. Until recently, I mistakenly believed that Tom Schweich was Jewish, but it was simply a part of what I believed to be his biography no different than the fact that he was from St. Louis and had graduated from Harvard Law School, Hancock said in a statement to the states Republican committee. Political columnist Tony Messenger wrote in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Schweich had disclosed the existence of the anti-Semitic whisper campaign a few days ago. Schweich told the columnist his grandfather was Jewish, and that he was very proud of his connection to the Jewish faith.

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Police Bust Robber in Murder of Czech Jewish Historian

Jiri Fiedler and Wife Slain in Prague Apartment By JTA Published February 20, 2015. Prague police arrested a man suspected of murdering a respected historian of Czech Jewish heritage, Jiri Fiedler, and his wife. The renowned researcher, 78, and his wife, Dagmar, 74, were found dead in their Prague apartment in February 2014. The police said the murders had occurred at the end of the previous month. After a yearlong investigation, the man suspected of the brutal crime was arrested in western Czech Republic on Wednesday, police investigators told reporters. The man belonged to the couples wider circle of acquaintances, the police said, and robbery was ascribed as the motive. The suspect has confessed to the crime, investigators said. Jiri Fiedler, who was not Jewish, spent over 30 years documenting Jewish heritage sites in then-Czechoslovakia, often cycling to remote towns and villages to research derelict Jewish cemeteries, synagogues, rabbis homes and other monuments. His work caught the attention of the Communist secret police and his major work, Jewish Sites of Bohemia and Moravia, was published only in 1992, three years after the fall of communism in his country.

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Inside the Beltway: Benjamin Netanyahu, Hillary Clinton in Washington at same time

In 24 hours, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will step before a joint session of Congress to have his say about Israel, its security and its place on the planet. But wait. Of political note: Hillary Rodham Clinton will also be in town on Tuesday for the 30th anniversary of Emilys List, the pro-choice group which has thus far raised $400 million for Democratic women candidates. Mrs. Clinton will receive the We Are Emily award at a major hotel. The pair, essentially, will be about 20 blocks apart; the press will have much to speculate upon. Meanwhile, Mr. Netanyahu has set a somber but dramatic tone to his visit, advising in a tweet, Im going to Washington on a fateful, even historic, mission. I feel that I am an emissary of all Israels citizens, even those who do not agree with me, and of the entire Jewish people. He followed it with this: I will do my utmost to ensure our future. Americans appear peeved at Republicans for their independent invitation to Mr. Netanyahu to address lawmakers; 48 percent say GOP leaders should not have extended the offer without consulting the White House, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday. Agreeing are 66 percent of Democratic and 28 percent of Republican respondents. Another 30 percent said the invitation was fine, while 22 percent didnt know enough to say either way. SEE ALSO: House GOP unites against amnesty as Homeland Security showdown intensifies Press coverage is all over the place. A few headlines reveal all: Will Netanyahus speech to Congress backfire? (CNN); Obama, Netanyahu on collision course in the making for six years (Huffington Post); Congress should hear out Netanyahu (Los Angeles Times); and Politicking in America nothing new to Netanyahu (Politico). Meanwhile, The American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) conference got underway in the nations capital Sunday; the bipartisan, pro-Israel event has drawn over 14,000 participants from 50 states, and yes, Mr. Netanyahu will address the vast audience Monday. So will a diverse group of 96 luminaries from both sides of the aisle that include Sens. Joe Manchin,Lindsey Graham, Ben Cardin and Ben Sasse; Reps. Ted Deutch, Mario Diaz-Balart and Kay Granger; Ralph Reed, Bill Kristol, Democratic National Committee chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Americans Crossroad CEO Steven Law. Thank goodness for Congress, Howard Kohr, CEO of AIPAC, told the audience on opening day. SEE ALSO: Republicans seek coveted Benjamin Netanyahu speech tickets from boycotting Democrats FRIEND OF BIBI A nuclear-armed Iran is one of the gravest security threats facing both the United States and our ally Israel, says Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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