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French media accuracy advocate Philippe Karsenty addresses Jewish Community Relations Council

KarsentyWithLTPhilippe Karsenty, president of Media-Ratings, a French media watchdog organization, spoke at a breakfast hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey on November 5 in Cherry Hill, NJ. Karsenty has been the target of lawsuits for nearly a decade for his efforts to prove that a video shot by a Palestinian photojournalist during the second intifadah, purporting to show a young boy killed by Israeli Army gunfire, was actually a hoax.

In his presentation, Karsenty showed the raw footage, which shows the boy moving after he has allegedly been killed, and discussed other forensic evidence.

In this news report for Jewish Community Voice Television, he describes his experience fighting for accurate media reporting.

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Voice holds annual meeting, Harriet Schulman starts second term as president

Harriet Schulman was installed for a second term as president of the Jewish Community Voice at the Voice annual meeting tonight. Other board members and officers were also installed, and guest speaker Prof. Perry Dane of the Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, discussed the role of Jewish organizations in Jewish and secular life.

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Betty Adler, president of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, in dark suit, installs Harriet Schulman as president of the Jewish Community Voice for a second term, while Voice editor David Portnoe, foreground, watches.

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Under lockdown, Boston’s Temple Israel holds Kabbalat Shabbat via Youtube

Temple Israel of Boston, affected by a regional lockdown while police searched for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, held Kabbalat Shabbat services on YouTube, thanks to former Cherry Hill resident and Rabbi Matt Soffer.

 

Rabbi Matt Soffer

Rabbi Matt Soffer, former Cherry Hill resident, conducted Kabbalat Shabbat service via YouTube during Boston area lockdown while police sought the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect

Soffer, who blogs at http://www.jewminations.blogspot.com/, tweeted that the synagogue was holding the YouTube service while police were locked in a standoff with the suspect in Watertown, MA. The suspect was taken into custody shortly before 9pm.

You can watch the Temple Israel Kabbalat Shabbat service in the player below.

 

 

 

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Rabbi Soffer is the son of Dr. James and Bess Soffer of Cherry Hill.

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Rabbi Ben David safe after Boston Marathon; describes aftermath of bombing

Rabbi Ben David of Adath Emanuel, Evesham Township, NJ

Rabbi Ben David of Congregation Adath Emanu-El, Mt. Laurel, who ran in this year’s Boston Marathon

By STEVE LUBETKIN
Special to the Voice

Shortly before 3 p.m. Monday, Mt. Laurel Rabbi Ben David, senior rabbi of Adath Emanu-El and an avid marathon runner, had just checked off his “lifelong dream” of competing in–and completing–the Boston Marathon.

His official time of three hours, 21 minutes and 37 seconds–a personal best–put “the running rabbi” across the finish line as the 6,245th finisher.

Then, as he approached his hotel near the marathon’s finish line, the lifelong dream took a darker turn. Two bombs exploded on Boylston Street a few blocks apart, killing at least three people, including an eight-year-old boy, and severely injuring scores of race spectators.

For David, it was a replay of the nightmare of September 11, 2001, which he witnessed firsthand from lower Manhattan. (Article continues, and listen to an audio interview with Rabbi David after the jump.)

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Full text of President Obama’s Speech to Israelis in Jerusalem

U.S. President Barack Obama, addressing Israeli’s, gave the following speech in Jerusalem on Thursday marking his first visit to Israel since becoming president.

The transcript was prepared by the White House:

President Obama arrives at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv

President Barack Obama pauses as the national anthem of the United States is played during the official arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, March 20, 2013. The President is flanked by Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Shalom. It is an honor to be here with you in Jerusalem, and I am so grateful for the welcome that I have received from the people of Israel. I bring with me the support of the American people, and the friendship that binds us together.

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Serendipity in the moribund museum halls

Steven Wenick

Steven Wenick

Having reluctantly acceded to my wife’s wishes to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony of the recently uncovered (1996) Lod Mosaic, I steeled myself for a tedious and boring afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania Archaeology and Anthropology Museum. Prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony I joined the rather eclectic and eccentric group of academic looking visitors who were scrutinizing the huge mosaic prominently displayed on the floor just outside the Canaan Exhibition Hall. Not wanting to look out of place, I mimicked what seemed to be the prevailing meditative pose they assumed as I too scrutinized the artistic worth of the myriad of tesserae, (multi-colored small stones) which make up the magnificent work.

While in thought, I overheard someone speaking Hebrew. I glanced over my shoulder and saw the speaker was a distinguished and well-dressed man standing close by me. The comments he made to his companion were about several ancient oil lamps, which had been discovered in Israel, now prominently displayed in the adjacent Roman Exhibition Hall. Never one to let a Hebrew speaking person pass me by without engaging them in one way or another, I echoed his remark in Hebrew just loud  enough for him to hear it with the expectation that he would react to me. He did.

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Mark Shapiro, president of Jewish Family & Children’s Services, describes vital programs supported by Super Sunday

Mark Shapiro, president of Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern New Jersey, describes the critical services provided by JFCS for families in need in South Jersey. Programs range from food pantries and job search counseling services to programs for developmentally disabled adults and home healthcare services for senior citizens.

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Bookmates program just one of JCRC programs supported by Super Sunday

The Bookmates reading program is one of many initiatives of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey that are supported through Super Sunday campaign contributions. In this video, JCRC President Myra Gutin describes the programs supported by the annual fundraising campaign.

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Super Sunday Co-Chairs Dollinger and Polikoff praise volunteers for participation

Super Sunday co-chairs Jamie Dollinger and Suzanne Levy-Polikoff praised the many volunteers who manned the phones and handled donation paperwork during the January 27 Super Sunday fundraiser at the Katz JCC.The pair also invited volunteers to participate in “Super Week” followup phone calls.

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