Friday, November 16, 2012

In Reponse to the latest Middle East events...

Below please find a small sample of some of the important information that has been created in response to the latest Middle East events. We thank the JCRC of NY, Dennis Monasebian of NOW Israel, Mona Abramson of the Westchester Jewish Council, the Jewish Federations of North America and the JCPA for their ongoing support and information sharing.

We also invite you to attend our long - scheduled Westchester County “Night of Music and Solidarity” this Saturday night, Nov 17, 7:30 PM at Temple Israel Center of White Plains, 280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains.  The evening is produced by Kol Hazzanim (the Cantors of Westchester) and the Westchester Jewish Council with grant support from UJA-Federation of NY.  You may register when you get there (doors open at 7:00 PM) and the cost is $25 per person payable to the Westchester Jewish Council.  As of this email, we have 300 confirmed registrants.  The evening will serve as a community builder as 21 Cantors inspire us with song as we join together in response to the challenges of “Hurricane Sandy” and the unsettling situation in the Middle East.  If your schedule permits, we would love for you to join us.

Finally, we would be remiss not to mention the stalwart recovery efforts from “Hurricane Sandy” throughout the region.  It is nothing short of inspirational to see so many of our member organizations and synagogues involved in the disaster recovery.  UJA-Federation of NY continues to remain ready to assist you in your mobilization.  Visit their website for the latest information on how UJA-Federation is responding to the community’s needs.
Here are words of support conveyed by President Obama to Prime Minister Netanyahu in their telephone call last evening (readout below), as well as the statement issued by the State Department yesterday.

We are also gratified that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) filed a resolution today expressing “unwavering” support for the State of Israel and reaffirming her right to “act in self-defense.”  In addition to this resolution, New York’s elected officials have issued many statements of support, including those from Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congress Members Rangel, Engel, Ackerman, King, Lowey, Maloney, Meeks, Nadler, McCarthy, Clarke, Israel, Bishop, and Congresswoman Elect Meng. New York State leadership has also spoken out, including: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. New York City's leaders have issued statements as well, including: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, District Attorney Charles Hynes, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Councilmembers Garodnick and Halloran and former NYC Comptroller William Thompson.  The list is growing each hour.

Please click here for a listing of these important statements.
  1. Readout of the President’s Phone Calls with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Egyptian President
  2. Suggested messaging from the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs
  1. Backgrounder and talking points from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  2. Recording of yesterday's conference call briefing with Amb. Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York
  1. Stay up to date by visiting the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website as well as the Israeli Consulate in New York's Twitter and Facebook pages. 
  2. Please share this story from Tablet Magazine with your networks.
  3. Musician Alanis Morissette is now under a lot of pressure to cancel her upcoming visit to Israel, please like this page and encourage her to go. 
  4. Two  additional articles of interest:
·        This op-ed by former URJ President Rabbi Eric Yoffie is recommended reading: “A call to U.S. progressive Jews: Support Israel's 'get tough' policy in Gaza”

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