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In this Issue:

• Palestinian terror groups end cease-fire

• Preparing local students to defend Israel on campus

• Special community briefings on Israel

• Francis Cardinal George to keynote Annual Meeting

• Senators urge Kerry to investigate rockets found at U.N. school

• Hit the links with YLD

• From JUFNews.org and around the web


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Palestinian terror groups end cease-fire

After a 72-hour ceasefire, Hamas and Islamic Jihad resumed firing rockets at Israel. After withholding fire for two and a half hours, the Israel Defense Forces responded to those attacks.

For the moment, there is no talk of renewing the ground offensive in Gaza. “There is less and less patience among Israelis for the present situation,” said Ofer Bavly, director general of JUF’s Israel Office. “After losing 64 soldiers in operation Protective Edge, Israelis consider that this sacrifice will have been in vain if Hamas continues to terrorize the Israeli civilian population… Additionally, Hamas is clearly not interested in the hardships suffered by the Gaza civilian population and is willing to risk more deaths in order to inflict more terror on Israel.”

JUF’s Israel Emergency Campaign continues to provide significant humanitarian assistance to the estimated five million Israelis living under threat of rocket fire. This aid will be needed throughout the conflict and well beyond, given the extent of the damage Israel’s economy is sustaining, especially in JUF’s Partnership Together region in southern Israel.

Read how one Chicago high school student, a participant in JUF’s Diller Teen Fellows leadership training program, experienced the conflict while staying with extended family in JUF’s Partnership city of Kiryat Gat.

To help Israelis bear the burdens of war PLEASE DONATE to JUF's Israel Emergency Campaign today. 

Preparing local students to defend Israel on campus

With rising anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiment in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war set to play out on campuses this year, JUF’s Israel Education Center asks, are you prepared?

Parents and students are invited to attend a challenging and informative event this coming Thursday focused on the obstacles and opportunities that Jewish students will be presented with on campuses across the country this year.

This free event will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe. It will feature pro-Israel students sharing firsthand accounts of their experiences on campus and how they made a difference. Participants will learn skills to help them prepare for the year ahead.

Register here and email iec@juf.org with any questions.

Additional programs for helping college students confront anti-Semitism (sponsored by ADL and Anshe Emet) and a program helping high school students with Israel advocacy, are listed below in the "From JUFNews.org and around the web" section of this newsletter. 

Photo: DePaul students against BDS launched a “Vote No” campaign on campus this year.

Special community briefings on Israel

As Hamas violates another cease-fire by firing terror rockets at Israeli civilian targets from Gaza civilian locations, hear the latest news and analysis of what is happening in the Middle East at “Israel Under Fire: A Special Community Briefing” at 7:30 p.m. this Monday, Aug. 11 at Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 1558 Wilmot Rd., Deerfield.

Featuring Consul General of Israel to the Midwest Roey Gilad and JUF Executive Vice President Jay Tcath, the event will provide an update of developments on the ground and how all those issues are playing out in our own community in media coverage, with our elected officials, with Christian groups, with anti-Israel rallies, on campuses and other essential venues.

Email jcrc1@juf.org to register.

A similar program, entitled “Israel Under Fire: The Diplomacy, Politics, Media Coverage, and Military Technology of this latest battle with Hamas,”  will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug.14 at Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook, featuring Jay Tcath. Please RSVP to Eli at 847.498.4100.


Francis Cardinal George to keynote Annual Meeting

Francis Cardinal George will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive.

The archbishop will speak at the noon luncheon portion of the event, which also will feature Federation President Steven B. Nasatir's annual State of the Federation address and the presentation of the Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award, the Federation's highest honor, to Max “Skip” R. Schrayer.

Earlier, at the 10 a.m. business meeting, new board members will be elected, key Federation programs will be highlighted, and the Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Awards and the Samuel A. Goldsmith Award for young professionals will be presented.

There is a charge of $40 for the luncheon session; $20 for senior citizens, rabbis, Jewish communal professionals and students. There is no charge to attend the business meeting. RSVP here. For information, contact Pam Dierking at 312.357.4876 or annualmeeting@juf.org.

Senators urge Kerry to investigate rockets found at U.N. school

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk joined Senators Ben Cardin of Maryland and Marco Rubio of Florida on Wednesday in sending a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, asking for an independent investigation into the rockets found on the U.N. Relief and Works Agency property in Gaza.

UNRWA, which administers relief efforts to Palestinian refugees, quickly condemned the incidents, but found that the rockets either went missing or were handed over to “local authorities.” In the letter, the senators urged the State Department to “hold UNRWA accountable, including by reprimanding or dismissing the UNRWA staff responsible as appropriate, as well as asking the U.N. to ensure that these incidents never take place again.”

Hit the links with YLD

Join JUF’s Young Leadership Division for the second annual YLD Golf Outing on Monday, Aug. 25, at Ravinia Green Country Club, 1200 Saunders Road, Riverwoods.

The event begins with registration and lunch at noon. A shotgun start takes place at 1 p.m. and the day concludes with a smoker-style dinner at 6:30 p.m. Guests can participate in the entire day outing, a small group golf lesson and dinner, or dinner only. Foursomes are available.

Register for the golf outing here.

From JUFNews.org and around the web

David Prystowsky of JUF’s Jewish Community Relations Council and others were quoted in a Chicago Jewish News piece about the extent to which pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel rallies in Chicago have crossed the line to anti-Semitism.

Teens looking for ways to do something about the crisis in Israel can attend “Israel: What You Need to Know,” a community-wide education event for high school students from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook. The event is hosted by the Diller Teen Program, Write On for Israel, Jewish Student Connection and youth groups representing all Jewish movements.

A London theater has withdrawn from hosting the annual UK Jewish Film Festival because the festival receives partial funding from the Israeli Embassy.

Australian Jewish schools have ramped up security after a group of drunken teenagers stormed a school bus of young children Wednesday afternoon shouting “Kill the Jews!” Three of the teens have been arrested.

Anti-Semitism is masquerading as humanitarian concern for the Palestinian people, writes Andrew Nagorski, former Newsweek bureau chief in Moscow and Berlin, in an op-ed for TheWall Street Journal. See also a piece about rising anti-Semitism in Europe in The Guardian.

Milt’s Barbecue for the Perplexed is hitting the road. The popular kosher BBQ joint is launching a food truck this month with plans to stop throughout the city and northern suburbs.

What's your biggest hope for the Jewish New Year? Send your answer along with your name, city and a photo of yourself to JUF News Editor Cindy Sher (CindySher@juf.org) by this Monday and you may be featured in the upcoming High Holiday edition of JUF News.

The Anti-Defamation League and Anshe Emet Synagogue present “Words to Action,” a free interactive workshop for college and pre-college students on fighting anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias on campus. The event includes dinner and will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19 at Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago.

Jerusalem Judaica store owner Ori Gabrieli will present the work of 11 Israeli artists at “An Israeli Artisan Event,” beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Congregation BJBE, 1201 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield.

The latest JUF News blog posts:  

The recent spike in anti-Israel sentiment the last several weeks has Linda Haase flashing back to memories she would prefer to keep buried.

Everyone has something to say about Israel lately. Steven Chaitman, JUF’s social media manager, takes a critical look at the way free speech has been utilized on Facebook and Twitter.

With Lyric Opera of Chicago set to debut a new work about the Holocaust, Paul Wieder examines the Jewish history of opera

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