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November 19, 2010  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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Just A Nosh . . .

‘Dancing’ in Israel takes a step

Israel’s “Dancing with the Stars” is kicking up its heels for a fifth season with same-sex partners for the first time. It is the first of 35 versions of the show broadcast in countries around the world to have same-sex partners.

Television sportscaster Gili Shem Tov, a lesbian married to a woman with whom she has a son, is paired with professional dancer Dorit Milman, who wasn’t aware that she had a female partner until Shem Tov walked into the studio for their first meeting. So who will lead? The women said on the first show that they would take turns.

Effort to ban circumcision in S.F.

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco-area Jewish organizations condemned a proposed ballot measure to outlaw Jewish ritual circumcision in the city. The Anti-Defamation League, local Jewish Community Relations Council, Board of Rabbis of Northern California and American Jewish Committee issued a statement saying they are “deeply concerned by this initiative, which would interfere with the rights of parents to make religious decisions for their own families.”

San Francisco resident Lloyd Schofield is spearheading the effort to collect enough signatures to get a measure on next year’s ballot that would ban male circumcision, including for Jewish religious purposes, for anyone under 18. Violation of the law would be a misdemeanor carrying a $1,000 fine. At least 7,100 signatures are needed to qualify. “People can practice whatever religion they want, but your religious practice ends with someone else’s body,” Schofield said in a recent interview with CBS.

Gerda Klein to get Freedom Medal

WASHINGTON— Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissman Klein, who teaches children the value of citizenship, is among those who will be honored by President Obama with a Medal of Freedom. Klein, who survived the notorious death march at the end of the war designed by Nazis to keep Jews from being rescued, recently founded Citizenship Counts, “an organization that teaches students to cherish the value of their American citizenship,” the White House said in a statement announcing the recipients. “Klein has spoken to audiences of all ages and faith around the world about the value of freedom and has dedicated her life to promoting tolerance and understanding among all people,” the statement said. The Medal of Freedom is the highest U.S. civilian honor.

Bibi’s million-dollar ride

JERUSALEM — Few luxury cars come with an anti-grenade defense system or bulletproof tires, nor other serious security features such as a bulletproof armored cabin and an automated fire extinguishing system. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new official car, an Audi A8, has all of them, plus one more thing: a $1 million price tag. The car also has a wide-screen DVD screen, a refrigerator and a humidor for cigars, according to reports, plus more mundane luxury items like a sun roof and leather interior.

Terrorist group sends threat in Hebrew

JERUSALEM —A group linked to al-Qaida released a threat in Hebrew threatening to avenge Israel’s assassination of two Gaza terrorists. The 30-second message said the “aggressor Jews” will not be safe from attack until they “leave the land of Palestine.” The speaker claims to be a member of Jemaa Ansar al-Sunna, or Community of Sunna Supporters, which has a branch in Gaza.

The use of Hebrew by an al-Qaida affiliate was unprecedented, Matti Steinberg, a former Israeli intelligence official told Israeli media. “It seems that the idea behind this is to make Jews feel that the threat is more imminent now, and not a distant warning.”

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