May 17, 2011

Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 17-May 27, 2011

Party in Pico-Robertson with Chaim Fogelman, the Cheder Boys Choir, the Platt Brothers and TNT Dunk Squad, followed by a parade with marching bands and floats. Then stay for the fair, including rides, games booths, petting zoo and kosher food stands. Sun. 10:30 a.m. (concert), 11:30 a.m. (parade), 12:45-4 p.m. (fair). Free.

Opinion: Death of an Ideology

The death of Osama bin Laden marks the end of a dark era for the Muslim world, and it will, hopefully, usher in a new era for Muslims in America and abroad, an era that can emphasize democratic leadership, not totalitarian ideology; an era of constructive engagement, not destructive confrontation; and an era of religious pluralism, not religious exclusivism.

Three Calabasas vandals were charged Tuesday with hate crime

Formal charges — including a hate crime allegation — were filed on Tuesday afternoon, May 17, against the three Calabasas High School students who were arrested for defacing their school with anti-Semitic and racist graffiti last month, a spokesperson from the Los Angeles County District Attorney told the Jewish Journal on Tuesday.

White House hosts heritage month festivities [VIDEO]

President Obama hosted a reception for Jewish American Heritage Month. The reception Tuesday was less formal than the inaugural one last year, with brief remarks and a small Marine Corps band playing klezmer music.

Breyer, in Holocaust commemoration, urges rule of law

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer commemorated the Holocaust with an appeal to uphold the rule of law. \”Justice and law are the foundations of your throne,\” Breyer quoted the Psalms as saying in his keynote address Tuesday at the Days of Remembrance commemoration in the U.S. Capitol, an event organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Terror plot against synagogues underscores ‘lone wolf’ threat

A foiled plot to attack New York synagogues offered a distressing reminder to the Jewish community that Osama bin Laden’s death does not mean an end to the threat of terrorism — especially from so-called “lone wolves.” New York police arrested Algerian-born Ahmed Ferhani, 26, and Mohamed Mamdouh, 20, a naturalized American citizen from Morocco, on May 11 in Manhattan. Police made the arrests, the result of a seven-month investigation, after Ferhani purchased guns, an inert hand grenade and ammunition from an undercover detective.

Italy raising Palestinians’ status to ambassador

Italy plans to upgrade the level of the Palestinian representative in Rome to ambassador. President Giorgio Napolitano made the announcement Monday during a joint news conference in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahnoud Abbas.

Berman, Ros-Lehtinen introduce toughened Iran sanctions

A bipartisan bill introduced by top lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives would considerably tighten sanctions on Iran. The bill, introduced May 13 by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), its ranking Democrat, would ban business with any entity that does $1 million in a single trade with Iran\’s energy sector, or $5 million over one year.

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