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Jewish World Newspaper Founded in 1965 by Sam Clevenson, The Jewish World is Albany's only Jewish publication. The Jewish World reports news of upcoming events for the Capital District Jewish community and carries stories on events affecting Jewish people all over the world.

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A feature article in the Saudi monthly magazine Al-Majallah covered the topic of Israeli Arabs who serve in the Israel D...
07/29/2022
Saudi magazine showcases success of Israeli Arabs in IDF - The Jewish World

A feature article in the Saudi monthly magazine Al-Majallah covered the topic of Israeli Arabs who serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

According to the lengthy essay by Kurdish-Swedish journalist and researcher Suzan Quitaz, who specializes in Israeli politics and the Gulf States region, more Muslim and Christian Arabs are enlisting in the IDF due to its successful recruitment strategies and mindset.

Stay current with the latest news out of Israel at The Jewish World: https://jewishworldnews.org/saudi-magazine-showcases-success-of-israeli-arabs-in-idf/

(JNS) A feature article in the Saudi monthly magazine Al-Majallah covered the topic of Israeli Arabs who serve in the Israel Defense Forces. According to the lengthy essay by Kurdish-Swedish journalist and researcher Suzan Quitaz, who specializes in Israeli politics and the Gulf States region, more....

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival will present a Zoom panel discussion of “Fences,” a 2016 film b...
07/28/2022
Zoom panel discussion of “Fences” set for Aug. 11 by the Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival - The Jewish World

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival will present a Zoom panel discussion of “Fences,” a 2016 film based on August Wilson’s 1987 Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name, on Thursday, Aug, 11, at 7 p.m.

Wilson wrote in his original 1985 play that, “some people build fences to keep people out and other people build fences to keep people in.” The film is about how environment shapes us, and how, no matter how noble their intentions, an individual’s parents affect the way we view and grapple with life.

More at The Jewish World: https://jewishworldnews.org/zoom-panel-discussion-of-fences-set-for-aug-11-by-the-saratoga-jewish-cultural-festival/

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival will present a Zoom panel discussion of “Fences,” a 2016 film based on August Wilson’s 1987 Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name, on Thursday, Aug, 11, at 7 p.m. Wilson wrote in his original 1985 play that, “some people build...

By Jonathan WeilWhat is “Dr. Al” to me that I should weep for him…  that I should so deeply care for him and love him mo...
07/27/2022
Dr. Abraham “Al” Finkel: A Mensch for All Seasons - The Jewish World

By Jonathan Weil

What is “Dr. Al” to me that I should weep for him… that I should so deeply care for him and love him more deeply still?

Let me tell you the measure of this extraordinary man… a “one of a kind.”

Al Finkel was my teacher, mentor, father figure, confidant in all things Jewish and Judaic, and, above all, good friend, role model, and Torah parsha partner for a decade.

I came to Torah from the perspective of literature, Al came to Torah from the perspective of truth. A 180-degree opposition!

More at The Jewish World: https://jewishworldnews.org/dr-abraham-al-finkel-a-mensch-for-all-seasons/

Oral surgeon Dr. Abraham Finkel was gabbi at Congregation Beth Israel, Schenectady. He died July 8. Jonathan Weil offers an appreciation of his friend and teacher. By JONATHAN WEIL Act 2, Scene 2, HAMLET…The famous player scene to “catch the conscience of the king”… Hamlet asks one of the mo...

SCHENECTADY – Returning for its second year, the Schenectady JCC will host its Art Festival and Exhibit on Sunday, July ...
07/22/2022
Schenectady JCC to host second art festival and book sale on Sunday, July 24 - The Jewish World

SCHENECTADY – Returning for its second year, the Schenectady JCC will host its Art Festival and Exhibit on Sunday, July 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. Originally expected to be partially outdoors, the festival has been moved indoors due to expected intense heat. Activities, open to the community, will include a local artists’ exhibit, workshops and a book sale, which will feature new and used Jewish and other books.

https://jewishworldnews.org/schenectady-jcc-to-host-second-art-festival-and-book-sale-on-sunday-july-24/

Tim Dobert shows off one of his paintings. SCHENECTADY – Returning for its second year, the Schenectady JCC will host its Art Festival and Exhibit on Sunday, July 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. Originally expected to be partially outdoors, the festival has been moved indoors due to expected intense heat. Ac...

Rabbi Mordechai Rubin, codirector of Colonie Chabad, will offer a new five-week course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Ins...
07/21/2022
Colonie Chabad to review 50 questions about Judaism in 5 week class beginning in August - The Jewish World

Rabbi Mordechai Rubin, codirector of Colonie Chabad, will offer a new five-week course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), titled. “The Jewish Course of Why!” featuring at least 50 questions and answers on five Tuesdays starting Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. The course will examine a diverse range of common questions and complex and controversial issues.

More details at The Jewish World: https://jewishworldnews.org/colonie-chabad-to-review-50-questions-about-judaism-in-5-week-class-beginning-in-august/

ALBANY – Rabbi Mordechai Rubin, codirector of Colonie Chabad, will offer a new five-week course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), titled. “The Jewish Course of Why!” featuring at least 50 questions and answers on five Tuesdays starting Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. The course will examine a ...

Congregation Beth Tephilah, located at 82 River St., Troy, has a announced program for Sunday, July 31, from 1 until 3 p...
07/21/2022
What were the Temples like? Beth Tephilah program to focus on incense and food - The Jewish World

Congregation Beth Tephilah, located at 82 River St., Troy, has a announced program for Sunday, July 31, from 1 until 3 p.m. Focus will be the foods and spices of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem.

Participants of the program will be able to put together some of the spices and burn them on a replica of the altar of the temple! The cohanim (priests) of the temple also made a type of bread that was placed on a table in the Temple. This bread was made for Shabbat and eaten in the Temple by the Cohanim.

Stay current with the latest community events: https://jewishworldnews.org/what-were-the-temples-like-beth-tephilah-program-to-focus-on-incense-and-food/

TROY - Congregation Beth Tephilah, located at 82 River St., Troy, has a announced program for Sunday, July 31, from 1 until 3 p.m. Focus will be the foods and spices of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. At the temples, both destroyed over a thousand years ago, incense was burnt on an altar.

Outside the window of grandparents’ apartment on Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, the subway zipped past. I watched it as ...
07/20/2022
Mature or aged, venerable or old? Perceptions. Memories and hopes as the years go on… - The Jewish World

Outside the window of grandparents’ apartment on Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, the subway zipped past. I watched it as it sped away, wishing that it were taking me to the bus station and then back to our home 300 miles north on the Canadian border.

I was 15 years old, and my mother Fran, my sister Bobbie, and I were in the middle of our annual summer visit to our maternal grandparents. Grandma Ethel and Grandpa Joe were in their mid 80s—old by my teenage standards. They were Lithuanian Jewish immigrants, and they had both had hard lives...

More: https://jewishworldnews.org/mature-or-aged-venerable-or-old-perceptions-memories-and-hopes-as-the-years-go-on/

By MARILYN SHAPIRO Outside the window of grandparents’ apartment on Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, the subway zipped past. I watched it as it sped away, wishing that it were taking me to the bus station and then back to our home 300 miles north on the Canadian border. No Place Like Home? I was 15

The 5th annual Battle of the BBQs competition took place on Sunday July 10, with 425 in attendance. The event raised ove...
07/20/2022
Battle of the BBQs collects $20,000 for the Shalom Food Pantry’s efforts to ease food insecurity - The Jewish World

The 5th annual Battle of the BBQs competition took place on Sunday July 10, with 425 in attendance. The event raised over $20,000 for the Shalom Food Pantry to help assist with it’s mission to fight local food insecurity, according to Chanie Simon, program coordinator.

The Shalom Food Pantry distributes food to 250 households every month with packages containing pantry staples, dairy items and fresh produce.

View the winning teams at The Jewish World: https://jewishworldnews.org/battle-of-the-bbqs-collects-20000-for-the-shalom-food-pantrys-efforts-to-ease-food-insecurity/

The 5th annual Battle of the BBQs competition took place on Sunday July 10, with 425 in attendance. The event raised over $20,000 for the Shalom Food Pantry to help assist wit it’s mission to fight local food insecurity, according to Chanie Simon, program coordinator. The Shalom Food Pantry distri...

A large cargo of medical and humanitarian aid was recently collected and delivered to Ukraine by the Israeli internation...
07/15/2022
IsraAID delivers cargo of humanitarian, medical aid to war-torn Ukraine - The Jewish World

A large cargo of medical and humanitarian aid was recently collected and delivered to Ukraine by the Israeli international humanitarian aid organization IsraAID and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Israel-Ukraine.

A total of 31 pallets weighing 9 tons (19,841 pounds) were delivered to the city of Kharkiv on July 6, the Ukrainian embassy in Israel announced on its page.

Read more: https://jewishworldnews.org/israaid-delivers-cargo-of-humanitarian-medical-aid-to-war-torn-ukraine/

(JNS) Refugees by Yuliia Rozhok of the Creatives for Ukraine organization. The artist says: My family was lucky enough to escape the horror happening in Ukraine since the Russian invasion. This made me think of every family that had to flee and become refugees. A large cargo of medical and humanitar...

The suspect who killed seven and injured at least 38 people at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill., is being ...
07/12/2022
Aftermath of a shooting: Jewish communal leaders review Highland Park - The Jewish World

The suspect who killed seven and injured at least 38 people at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill., is being held without bond after being charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.

New details about the shooting were revealed by authorities during a news conference after the suspect’s first court appearance, including that Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, 21, of Highwood, Ill., had driven to Madison, Wis., after the shooting, where he considered another attack with the one rifle and 60 rounds remaining.

Full story: https://jewishworldnews.org/aftermath-of-a-shooting-jewish-communal-leaders-review-highland-park/

By DMITRIY SHAPIRO (JNS) The suspect who killed seven and injured at least 38 people at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill., is being held without bond after being charged with seven counts of first-degree murder. New details about the shooting were revealed by authorities during a news c...

DC, Marvel and Image comics artist Kevin Conrad will bring his talents to Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Rd., Albany on Thursda...
07/11/2022
Comic book Artist Kevin Conrad to visit Beth Emeth - The Jewish World

DC, Marvel and Image comics artist Kevin Conrad will bring his talents to Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Rd., Albany on Thursday, July 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in a program, free and open to the community. Conrad will draw various comic book characters for the audience and answer questions.

Full story: https://jewishworldnews.org/comic-book-artist-kevin-conrad-to-visit-beth-emeth/

KEVIN CONRAD ALBANY – DC, Marvel and Image comics artist Kevin Conrad will bring his talents to Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Rd., Albany on Thursday, July 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in a program, free and open to the community. Conrad will draw various comic book characters for the audience and answer questi...

About 10,000 teen and adult athletes from 65 countries will be in Israel to compete in 3,000 events in 42 sports during ...
07/11/2022
16 things you didn’t know about the Maccabiah Games - The Jewish World

About 10,000 teen and adult athletes from 65 countries will be in Israel to compete in 3,000 events in 42 sports during the 21st Maccabiah, July 12-26.

The Maccabiah is the third-largest sporting event in the world by the sheer number of competitors, after the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. This summer’s games will be held at venues in 18 Israeli cities. Normally, the Maccabiah takes place every four years. But the 2021 games were postponed—like so many other things—due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more: https://jewishworldnews.org/16-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-maccabiah-games/

By ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN (Israel21c via JNS) This is going to be huge: About 10,000 teen and adult athletes from 65 countries will be in Israel to compete in 3,000 events in 42 sports during the 21st Maccabiah, July 12-26. The Maccabiah is the third-largest sporting event in the world by the sheer....

If he isn’t already, Rabbi Ari Sitnik will soon be the most-seen rabbi in the history of the internet, all because of a ...
07/07/2022
Toronto rabbi dishes on being in a Drake music video - The Jewish World

If he isn’t already, Rabbi Ari Sitnik will soon be the most-seen rabbi in the history of the internet, all because of a single video.

The Brazil-born Sitnik, 52, appears at the beginning of Drake’s new music video for his song “Falling Back,” which has already garnered more than 11,000,000 views on YouTube.

Full story at The Jewish World: https://jewishworldnews.org/toronto-rabbi-dishes-on-being-in-a-drake-music-video/

By ALAN ZEITLIN If he isn’t already, Rabbi Ari Sitnik will soon be the most-seen rabbi in the history of the internet, all because of a single video. The Brazil-born Sitnik, 52, appears at the beginning of Drake’s new music video for his song “Falling Back,” which has already garnered more t...

“We are looking forward to being together once again,” said Rogovoy, who serves as artistic director for the festival. “...
07/07/2022
Yidstock festival to return in-person to the Yiddish Book Center programs, July 7 to 10 - The Jewish World

“We are looking forward to being together once again,” said Rogovoy, who serves as artistic director for the festival. “We all have so much catching up to do, including audiences and performers, and we look forward to the magic and surprises that can only happen at a live event.”

More at: https://jewishworldnews.org/yidstock-festival-to-return-in-person-to-the-yiddish-book-center-programs-july-7-to-10/

AMHERST, Mass. — The Yiddish Book Center’s 10th anniversary of Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, begins Thursday, July 7, and continues through Sunday, July 10, at the Center, 1021 West St., Amherst, Mass. The Klezmatics, Eleanor Reissa, Socalled, and Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket R...

We are sorry to see we have lost Dan Flax.From Levine Memorial Chapel's site:Daniel B. Flax died July 5, 2022, in Albany...
07/06/2022

We are sorry to see we have lost Dan Flax.

From Levine Memorial Chapel's site:

Daniel B. Flax died July 5, 2022, in Albany, New York. He was seventy-one.

He was born in Manhattan on May 22, 1951, to the late Rashie and Solomon Flax. He had fond memories of growing up in Stuyvesant Town with his brother, cousins, and friends. He attended East Side Hebrew Institute and Stuyvesant High School. Daniel earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Baruch College, and master’s degrees in social work and community planning from the University of Maryland and in Jewish studies from Hebrew College.

Daniel served in various positions at the Jewish Federations in Columbus, OH; Rochester, NY; Hartford, CT; and Northern New Jersey, where he was executive director. However, he spent most of his career at the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York in the Albany area, where his positions included campaign director and director of financial resource development. He established major gifts divisions including the Pillar and Pacesetter Divisions. He created the Headliners Series, which gave major donors the opportunity to hear from notables ranging from Elie Weisel to Hillary Clinton to Joan Rivers, often booking speakers years in advance. He was instrumental in the creation of the Maimonides Society for Jewish medical and health professionals; the Brandeis Baruch Society for Jewish business, financial, and legal professionals; and the Chaim Weizmann Society for Jewish academic, government and technology professionals. Other contributions include a corporate sponsorship program, the annual Saratoga/Federation Israel Campaign, and Missions to Israel; Washington, D.C.; and New York City. Daniel was known for his devotion to Federation and for never wasting a moment, as evidenced by his frequent 3 a.m. emails.

Flax received Temple Israel’s Circle of Humanity Award in 2004, and the Sidney Albert Jewish Community Center’s Pillars of the Community Award in 2012. He retired in 2017, and a gala event (“Holy Simcha, Super Dan!”) was held in his honor on September 6, 2018, which was declared Daniel B. Flax Day in the city of Albany.

He was a devoted husband and father, and he and his wife, Judi, had just celebrated their forty-third anniversary. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his Scrabble prowess, and his love of superheroes, music, and the Jewish community. A talented singer, he read Torah regularly at Temple Israel and led High Holiday services in several communities including North Adams, MA; Massena NY; and Gloversville, NY.

In his last few years, he fought a courageous battle with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). He received invaluable support and care from many of those around him, including his community of friends as well as Pauline from Home Instead and, eventually, the Memory Enhancement Unit at Daughters of Sarah, where he continued to demonstrate his Scrabble skills and his extensive collection of superhero yarmulkes and t-shirts. His close-knit extended family remained important to him, and the family’s 2021 Thanksgiving gathering here in Albany especially meant a lot to him.

He is survived by his wife, Judith, of Albany; daughters Shoshana of Boston and Leora of Pittsburgh; and brother, Cantor Elihu Flax of Norfolk, VA, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Thursday, July 7, at Temple Israel, 600 New Scotland Avenue in Albany. Masks and proof of vaccination are required. Interment will follow services in the Temple Israel Cemetery on Western Avenue in Guilderland, NY

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Whether he wins or not- why crucify the man, making him prove his "Jewishness" or lack thereof. As he has said time and time again, he is for the people. If individuals take that as communistic thinking, well so be it. What a hedonistic world- that is exactly what he is fighting- a war against herds of self involved shallow thinking idjits.
I would link some examples, but that page wouldn't let me. I'll try again now. Is the death penalty for apostasy in the Qur’an? Yes. That's not "freedom of religion and conscience". Maybe you can put this story out to balance out the "Muslims Reach Out" story that is full of lies. Former Muslim Nonie Darwish discussed it here for this article I'll cite below. "."If They [Muslims] Had Gotten Rid of the Punishment for Apostasy, Islam Would Not Exist Today" by Nonie Darwish February 5, 2013 at 5:00 am http://www.gatestoneinstitute(dot-org) The West refuses to be concerned; and when its citizens are concerned, they are suppressed. They are sued, assaulted, threatened with deportation and sometimes murdered. The most influential Sunni leader in the Middle East has just admitted what many of us who grew up as Muslims in the Middle East have always known: that Islam could not exist today without the killing of apostates. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of the most respected leaders of the Sunni world, recently said on Egyptian television, "If they [Muslims] had gotten rid of the punishment [often death] for apostasy, Islam would not exist today." The most striking thing about his statement, however, was that it was not an apology; it was a logical, proud justification for preserving the death penalty as a punishment for apostasy. Al-Qaradawi sounded matter-of-fact, indicating no moral conflict, nor even hesitation, about this policy in Islam. On the contrary, he asserted the legitimacy of Islamic laws in relying on vigilante street justice through fear, intimidation, torture and murder against any person who might dare to leave Islam. Many critics of Islam agree with Sheikh Qaradawi, that Islam could not have survived after the death of the prophet Mohammed if it were not for the killing, torturing, beheading and burning alive of thousands of people -- making examples of them to others who might wish to venture outside Islam. From its inception until today, Islam has never considered this policy inappropriate, let alone immoral. In a recent poll, 84% of Egyptians agree with the death penalty for apostates; and we see no moderate Muslim movement against this law. That 1.2 billion Muslims appear comfortable with such a command sheds light on the nature of Islam. Unlike Americans, who understand basic principles of their constitution, most Muslims have no clue about the basic laws of their religion. Most Muslims choose ignorance over knowledge when it comes to Islam, and often refuse to comment negatively out of fear of being accused of apostasy. While in the West it is considered a virtue to try to understand one's religion, ask questions about it and make choices accordingly, in the Muslim world doing the same thing is the ultimate sin punishable by death. What the West prides itself on, is a crime under Islamic law. The main concern of Muslim citizens in any Islamic state is staying safe, alive and away from being accused of doing or saying anything against Islamic teachings. In such an atmosphere of fear and distrust, harm can come not only from the government, but from friends, neighbors and even family members, who are protected from prosecution for killing anyone they regard as an apostate. It is not a coincidence that Muslim countries have the highest rate of illiteracy and that they lack education: in an Islamic culture that criminalizes not only apostasy, but also asking questions or doubting, ignorance is a virtue that protects you. The Islamic and Judeo-Christian cultures are polar opposites when it comes to value systems and moral compasses -- the core divisions between Islamic and Western morality. No religion other than Islam kills those who leave it -- probably a sign of Islamic leaders' lack of confidence in Islam's ability to survive among other religions that do not kill to keep their followers in line. In a different Egyptian television show on the "Al-Tahrir" channel, in a discussion of Islamic textbooks from Al-Azhar -- the world's premier Islamic University, in Cairo -- students were told that "any Muslim, without permission of the ruler, can kill and barbeque a murtad [apostate] and eat him." This lesson was confirmed to be in official Egyptian government books for high school students. The stunned guest on the TV show could not believe that Egyptian students of Islam are being taught that cannibalism of apostates is halal [permitted]. Policies such as these should be of great concern to the West. The West, however, appears to be in denial. It refuses to be openly concerned; and when its citizens are concerned, they are suppressed. They are sued [Geert Wilders, Lars Hedegaard, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, Mark Steyn, Ezra Levant]; assaulted [Kurt Westergaard in Denmark, Lars Vilks in Sweden, Charlie Hedbo weekly journal in France]; threatened with deportation [currently, Imran Firasat, from Spain to Pakistan, and Reza Jabbari from Sweden to Iran, where both will most likely be either imprisoned or sentenced to death]; issued death threats [Salman Rushdie, Geert Wilders, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wafa Sultan, M. Zuhdi Jasser], and sometimes murdered [Theo van Gogh]. Instead of soberly facing the threat of Islam, the West has become desensitized to all the murderous videos pouring out of the Muslim world. There is no outrage in Western governments, media or NGOs over what we hear and see sluicing daily out of the Middle East: the photos of hundreds of Christians burned alive by Muslims in Nigeria; the videos of beheadings and burning-alive of apostates to be found all over the internet; or the daily Islamic reminders -- from many political leaders, Arab television, and the pulpits of mosques, Arab television and political leaders -- that, in their opinion, Jews are the descendants of apes and pigs. If we are to preserve Western freedoms for future generations, it is time to change our dismissal of, and indifference to, the deep-rootedness of these views. Westerners have been investing a lot of time, effort and money trying to understand Islam, when all they need to do is listen to what Muslim leaders are saying. American foreign policy priorities should not be the appeasement of an Islamic culture desperate for approval, but protecting its citizens, culture and constitution from all morally bankrupt and tyrannical ideologies. Nonie Darwish is President of FormerMuslimsUnited.org and author "The Devil We Don't Know."
I saw the story about Islam that you recently published, "Muslims Reach Out". It's entirely misleading. It's difficult to even know where to start with so many distortions. Outright lies include: 1. "Sharia... has fundamental rights to worship your own god". This is directly contracted by MANY passages in the Koran and hadiths. It's hard to think they believe this when they say it. 2. "The Qu'ran teaches that religion must not be a matter of the state, but a personal relationship with God." Again, not true, and against the teaching of Islam 3. "Shariah champions absolute freedom of conscious and freedom of religion". That is such a lie, such an outright LIE, it's almost ridiculous to have to address it. In fact, Islam says the EXACT OPPOSITE. The universally accepted penalty for leaving Islam (apostasy) is death. Did the speakers assume the audience had no background on Islam? That's the only explanation. I will put a few more balanced articles on Islam and I hope you will consider publishing them.