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Preview of L.A.'s Jewish Film Festival with "Lords of Flatbush" director Verona's "Boardwalk" with Lee Strasberg & panel discussion

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Cinematic depictions of the Jewish experience on show in Los Angeles.

The LAJFF screened for the first time in 30-years "Lords of Flatbush" director Stephen Verona's sequel "Boardwalk," which stars acting legends Lee Strasberg, Ruth Gordon, and Janet Leigh at a March preview of the 2014 L.A. Jewish Film Festival. The late '70s story of longtime, Boardwalk-walking Jews struggling with the changing neighborhood.

Stephen Verona discussed the films with JooTube following a panel discussion before the audience on March 20th with Mark Rydell and Bruce Goldsmith.
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Phil Rosenthal & Carl Reiner

Get your tickets online for the L.A. Jewish Film Festival. Films in the festival run from Thursday, May 1st (with "Ten From Your Show of Shows" featuring Carl Reiner interviewed in person by Phil Rosenthal ("Everybody Loves Raymond") through Thursday night, May 8th. 

Warsaw Ghetto Fighters' lessons on Holocaust and Heroes Remembrance Day- how well are liberal Jews adaping to self-defense?

German soldiers accost Jews concentrated in the Warsaw Ghetto

Holocaust Remembrance Day is celebrated on Nisan 27th in Israel, America, and in other Jewish communities around the world.  It relates to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Polish Jews 2 weeks before May 10, 1943.  The history of the holiday is traced by Elon Gilad in Ha'aretz: "The history of Holocaust Remembrance Day" How Israel and the world contended with the challenge of selecting a single date to mark an unspeakable tragedy that happened every day for years.
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Jews (Photo: World Jewish Congress)

Watch examples of the vigilant Jewish Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto 1943 in these scenes from the theatrical documentary "Uprising" (2001). 

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust staged an annual Holocaust Remembrance Commemoration in Pan Pacific Park. The event featured tribute speeches by Los Angeles civic and religious leaders.  Mayor Eric Garcetti, Israeli Consul General David Siegel addressed the gathered audience, which included a number of Holocaust survivors. J.J. Goldberg, liberal columnist (and former editor-in-chief) of The Forward.com, was selected by Gary Schiller's committee to deliver the keynote address at this year's gathering. In this playlist of the luminaries' speeches (and the children's choir singing before host Jonah Goldrich, "Al Shloshim Devarim") we feature Mr. Goldberg's 13-minute speech. We also include excerpts of Mr. Goldberg's video interview with us in which we discuss how Jewish public criticism of Israel has contributed to anti-Semitism becoming mainstreamed.  We start off with Randall Schoenberg, the chief of the L.A. Museum of the Holocaust, sharing his thoughts on the day.

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Jewish World Watch avoids anti-Zionism (Photo: David Crane LA Daily News
According to Dana Bartholomew L.A. Daily News, the commemoration in Los Angeles began with Jewish World Watch holding a "Walk to End Genocide" in 5 cities in addition to Los Angeles' 3,000 walkers on Sunday morning, 27 April.
They marched to recall the systematic slaughter of millions of Armenians, Jews and Rwandans during respective genocides perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks, by Nazi Germany and by Hutu tribes during reigns of terror that spanned the 20th Century.

They took each step to recall more recent atrocities committed in Darfur, Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, home to some of the world’s highest incidents of civilian murder and systematic rape.
However, Jewish World Watch typically avoid reference to the sought genocide of their Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel by Palestinians, Islamist Iran, Hezbollah, and, indeed, the entire Islamist jihad.  I wonder whether the Warsaw Ghetto fighters would approve of this on the day set for remembering their vigilance and averting future catastrophe.

The liberal editorial tone towards Israel preserving Jewish safety against Islamic antagonism of The Forward evokes republishing this The People's Cube published (2006) satire of liberal Western conventional-criticism of Israel fighting-back against aggressors as disproportionate- and how it would be depicted if today's New York Times editors were in charge in 1943:
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Europe's view of the present Israeli offensive against Hezbollah as an "overreaction" and "disproportionate use of force" is rooted in relatively recent history, say progressive researchers. In 1943, Europe itself suffered from a similar Jewish overreaction to some controversial German policies, in an event known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when Zionist radicals attacked the National Socialist German Workers Party that was loved by the German people for its far-reaching educational and social welfare services. In fact, many academics who teach Peace Studies at prestigious universities believe that it was the Zionists' "disproportionate use of force" that had ruined hopes for peace in Europe and caused a humanitarian crisis that could have easily been avoided if only Jews had shown restraint and tolerance towards the democratically elected German government. In fact, the reaction of world's media to the current Middle Eastern crisis is almost identical to that during the 1943 Warsaw crisis when, as modern historians claim, militant Zionists jeopardized the fragile peace that European leaders and progressive intellectuals had been trying to achieve by civilized means - as evidenced by the following collection of quotes and headlines of the time.

On Holocaust (Yom ha Shoah) Memorial Day, Israel and Jewish culpability in the anti-Semitism which tyrants ride to power

JooTube compares perspectives on the role of Israel in anti-Semitism and averting another Holocaust. Jewish Task Force leader, Chaim ben Pesach, cautions westerners not to repeat tacit complicity in failing to thwart Jew-haters' goals to conquer Israel through an Islamist state of Palestine. At the Holocaust Memorial Park in Brooklyn, New York. 


The Jewish Daily "Forward" editor, J.J. Goldberg, shares his views on the role of Jewish & Israeli culpability in the Arab-Israeli conflict in evoking anti-Semitism / anti-Zionism. Recorded at Sinai Temple, Los Angeles.

J.J. Goldberg will present the keynote address at the L.A. Holocaust Museum's annual ceremony on Yom ha Shoah.

How is this Passover similar to other historic Passovers?

Christian grandfather & son mistaken for Jews by killer
Frazier Glenn Miller of Aurora, Missouri, was arrested in the slayings of 3 people he thought to be Jewish, in his shootings at a Jewish community center and retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas. 

Physician, Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson, 14-year-old Eagle Scout, Reat Griffin Underwood, died as a result of the injuries inflicted by Miller, a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon, at the JCC where Reat was to sing in a talent competition.  Grandfather and grandson were Methodists.

Terri LaManno, slain at Village Shalom
Terri (Hastings) LaManno, a Catholic, was shot in the parking lot of retirement Village Shalom, there for her regular Sunday visit with her mother.  Mrs. LaManno, who was married with three children, worked at the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired for eight years. She was an occupational therapist who helped toddlers with vision challenges improve their fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. People at the center described LaManno as the ultimate employee with the most positive of attitudes. They said they'll have a tough time dealing with the news that they won't see her in the halls anymore.  Source KMBC-TV  

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The San Diego Jewish World reports: The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations extended its condolences to the families of the victims of the shootings outside of two facilities of the Jewish community in the Kansas City suburbs. 

It also noted that “the perpetrator is reported to have a history of both anti-Semitic and racist activities. It is a reminder of the dangers of homegrown terrorism and the threat posed by extremist organizations or individuals. Coming on the eve of Passover, it is particularly important that all community institutions take the proper steps to maximize security, but at the same time, people should not be dissuaded from attending communal events, services or programs. 

During the Passover service, we are reminded that there are those who arise in every generation who are motivated by violent, baseless hatred, extremist ideologies and radical philosophies. While Jews may be targeted, all people become victims. We hope this will lead to more vigilance at every level to expose and act against those who promote, support or take part in such horrific acts. The best way to properly memorialize and pay tribute to the victims is to make sure that everything is done that it not happen again.”  

See The Passover Calendar- An overview of the days of Passover in 2014 from Chabad.org

The scheduled appearance of four total lunar eclipses on major Jewish holidays between Monday night (the start of Passover 2014) and September 27, 2015 (the start of Sukkot) has the attention of much of the religious world. 

Somewhat less common are tetrads – four consecutive total lunar eclipses with no intervening partial eclipses – which has occurred 62 times since the year 0 AD.  A tetrad begins on Passover- a series of four total lunar eclipses that will occur over a period of about 18 months in 2014 and 2015 – each one on a Jewish festival day.

Seven times in the past 2,000 years, a tetrad has coincided perfectly with Passover and Sukkot. The last of those tetrads began just prior to the outbreak of the Six Day War in 1967. Two others (in 1493 and 1949) began more than a year after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and the State of Israel’s declaration of independence, respectively.

Pastor Mark Biltz, author of the book, "Blood Moons: Decoding of the Imminent, Heavenly Signs," explained to JooTube.TV why Israel and the gentile nations ought pay attention to those attempting to remove holy land from Jewish guardianship (such as activists and politicians supporting a Muslim nationalist movement in Palestine) surrounding these eclipses (particularly during the super-moon - which will be visible in Israel during Sukkot, 2015) which he writes could be indicators of war against Israel.

"These are patterns and historical facts that cannot be disregarded. The Jewish Talmud records that total lunar eclipses are indicators or omens for the nation of Israel.” See Blood Moons' special message to America in WND.com. 

The eclipses are going to go almost totally unseen in Israel.  Data published by NASA reveals that only the last of the four eclipses will be visible from the Middle East, and even the fourth will only be partially visible.

In related 'loony' news, the Algemeiner reports, NYPD Preparing for Possible Terror Attack Sparked by Abu Hamza Trial Beginning on Passover 
The New York Police Department on Tuesday said it was preparing for possible terror activity aimed at disrupting the trial of Abu Hamza al-Masri, the firebrand preacher from North London’s Finsbury Park Mosque, who allegedly planned attacks against Jews. Ironically, his trial in Manhattan Federal Court begins on April 14th, the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover. 
The imam “helped radicalize dozens of individuals in both the U.K. and U.S. who went on to engage in terrorist acts,” Rebecca Weiner, director of intelligence analysis for the NYPD, told Jewish leaders at a pre-Passover briefing at police headquarters, according to the New York Daily News.
“We are attuned to the possibility that his upcoming trial may inspire more” terror, Weiner said. “It is a major priority for us in the next couple of weeks.”

NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence John Miller said police will be on high alert. 

The trial, which selected a jury on Monday, was recessed until Thursday in respect for those observing Passover.

Reactions from Republican Jewish Coalition confab viewing potential candidates in Las Vegas

Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) concludes the potential presidential candidates' pitches before the Republican Jewish Coalition. 

Reactions from leaders attending the Spring meeting at the Venetian Hotel- from RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks and Commentary Magazine's John Podhoretz. Zionist Organization of America's Mort Klein recounts why an encounter with N.J. Gov. Chris Christie characterizing Judea and Samaria as "the occupied territories" raised his concerns. 

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's address to the RJC Spring confab:

Gov. Christie later clarified to Las Vegas Sands Corp host, Sheldon Adelson regarding this imbroglio. Daniel Pipes examines and comments:
"I asked Andy Abboud specifically whether Christie apologized: "Gov. Christie did not apologize," Abboud replied. "He said he misspoke and regretted that he misspoke. It was very matter-of-fact. He did not come crawling in but noted that a lot of people use that term. Then they moved on. It was not a big deal." In other words, Christie acknowledged that he "misspoke" and distanced himself from the offending phrase, saying it was not "a statement of policy." But he did not retract his use of the term occupied territories or promise not to use it again. Much less did he apologize for using it in the first place. In other words, Christie withdrew tactically but still sees the West Bank as occupied territory.   . . .
Christie's scornful non-response to Klein contrasts dramatically with his retreat before Adelson and provides important insights. His inconsistency points to the governor's true views (which do not bode well for Israel) and to the content of his character."
To read original, Daniel Pipes article

How many of the other candidates would have instinctively referred to Judea, Samaria, and Gaza as the "disputed territories"? And to a broad, rather than dedicated Zionist audience?