Hollywood Republicans salute Jon Voight for defending America and Israel against current administration and Hollywood bias

Jewish-Californians saluted actor Jon Voight for patriotic outspokenness against Obama's policies at the Republican
Honoree, Jon Voight & Rabbi Abe Cooper of Simon Wiesenthal Center
Matt Brooks, host and Exec Dir., Republican Jewish Coalition
Jewish Coalition's annual Summer Bash in Beverly Hills. His award as a "Hollywood Visionary" was the finale to an evening featuring a live panel hosted by Fred Barnes with GOP 2004 presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Sen.Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).  Rabbi Abe Cooper, associate dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center called Voight, "a super-mensch... you see him all the time defending Israel and the values of (America) our country." 

Matthew Brooks, executive director of the R.J.C. said, "As the Hollywood Left has come out repeatedly to bash Israel, to support the B.D.S. movement, Jon Voight is a true friend of Israel who has been unflinching in his ability and willingness to stand-up and speak-out in support of Israel." 

Steven Bauer, co-star on Showtime's "Ray Donovan"
Steven Bauer, Voight's co-star on Showtime's "Ray Donovan" said, "This is the greatest country in the world and freedom of thought and to express yourself should be first and foremost. And I don't see a lot of it from the Left. It's unfortunate because most people I hear talk that way claim to be real humanists. But they really don't like to hear conservative ideas.... But people like Jon- you have to give him a lot of credit because of his courage in the face of all that."

Jon Voight extends a loving welcome to ex-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN)
Rabbi Cooper added that Jon is a person "who consistently embarasses us Jews- because as a Gentile he has done so much for our community, maybe more than a lot of Jews in this town could."

Voight told JewTube, "We all have to realize the times that we're in and especially the danger to Israel. ... All people should be aware of our ally, Israel, and the peril that the Israelis are in right now- with Obama turning his back on Prime Minister Netanyahu. We all have to do everything we can to put the right people (and right person) into office soon, and that would make a big difference if we can do it."

Among the other Hollywood celebrities applauding Mr. Voight were Sam Sorbo, Angie Harmon, Nick Searcy, and Raquel Welch.

Revelations cast egg-on-faces of Jewish officials, leaders, and journalists who have carried led community down Obama's garden path for personal status and privilege

Congregants of Adas Israel and Rabbi Steinlauf fete Obama 5/22/15
Will the Jewish establishment in America and Israel now downplay the revelations by their diplomat friend and hero, Israeli Amb. Michael Oren to not incriminate themselves? The revelatory, "How Obama Abandoned Israel" Netanyahu and the president both made mistakes, but only one purposely damaged U.S.-Israel relations (in the Wall St. Journal) may have overshadowed the complementary points Lee Smith makes on the same day but are worth knowing. Lee Smith analyzes the Jewish communal leadership and Jews in Obama's administration who sold Obama's policies to Jewish communities (and their donors), didn't oppose him in the face of bad actions, and together serve to justify Obama's actions in general. He lays these points out in "The ‘Court Jew’ Controversy Re-Erupts" New reality for an old phenomenon: How Obama and Israel changed the stakes of Jewish power" in Tablet Magazine June 16, 2015 and deserve your consideration.
... the evidence suggests that Obama keenly understands certain peculiarities of the Jewish communal psyche—survival strategies that distinguish the Jews from other American minority groups. The president’s use of Jewish aides and organizations to advance his policies with the Jewish community shows that Obama is correct in believing that Jewish politics are often motivated by fear, which can range from the existential fear of mass extermination to the more prosaic fear of looking shabby in front of the goyim.
And Obama isn’t using his energy and inspiring leadership skills to help these people rise above their fear; he is instead capitalizing on it—masterfully, ruthlessly—by manipulating American Jews in ways that other minority groups would find unbelievably insulting.  ...
Like Obama, the current prime minister of the Jewish state is also contemptuous of the American liberal Jewish community (leaders and those in Obama's administration). From both of their perspectives, these are weak, primitive, frightened people, who can be manipulated from a distance and suck up to power not because their lives depend on it, but their careers do.
By not resigning in protest, Obama’s Jewish aides have arguably not only harmed their community; they weakened their own position—which was, in a sense, ultimately far more detrimental. In a town where the appearance of power is power, Obama’s Jewish defenders had no idea which way the president was actually going. They got played, and now everyone knows it. 
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In this original video-playlist, Jewish-Americans who attended the AIPAC and CPAC conventions this spring sound-off on Obama's actions affecting Israel and Jews.


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Magna Carta's 800-year anniversary carries different lesson for Jews

Human rights laws existed before the Magna Carta by Ethel C. Fenig in American Thinker June, 2010

A few thousand years (18th to 15th century B.C.) before England's King John signed the Magna Carta against his will (800 years ago today) and the English were just another group of lawless, warring tribes- the Jews (former slaves who fled Egypt on their way to the Promised Land of Israel) willingly received the Torah at Sinai. Codified and interpreted by generations of rabbis, human rights were an integral way of life within Jewish communities, including those who lived in England in 1215 at the time of the signing of the Magna Carta. 

"Magna Carta's three Jewish clauses" by Rabbi Jonathan Romain (of Maidenhead Synagogue) in the Jewish Chronicle, 9/4/14

If you ask most people what they associate with Magna Carta, they may say: King John, barons, Runnymede, or the beginning of English democracy. What they will not say is: Jews.

Yet three of its clauses directly relate to Jews, and, in particular, their moneylending activities. It means that the document not only has enormous significance for English history, but also epitomizes the privileges and problems of medieval Anglo-Jewry.

RAF's Red Arrows decorate the comemoration of 8 centuries since King John sealed the original Magna Carta 

Magna Carta was signed on June 15 1215, and there will be many commemorative events for its 800th anniversary, but its Jewish roots go back to 1066. It is likely that individual Jews came to this country long before then, as far back as Roman times, whether willingly as traders, or by force as slaves. However, it is impossible to talk of a settled Jewish community until the late 11th century. It was then that William of Normandy brought over Jews from his French territory to help colonize his new kingdom.  Read more:

Jewish Democrat decries Obama pandering as "Jewish" to molify opposition to his nuclear Iran vs Israel deal

Dov Hikind: Obama Eclipsing Carter for Worst Record on Israel 

NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind on Neil Cavuto's TV show
President Barack Obama has been touting his bona fides with Israel in the past few days, but New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind isn't buying it. 

"President Obama, unfortunately, he's not living in reality," the Democrat said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto." 

"Not with Iran, not with what is going on in the Middle East. He is living in a different planet than we are and watching the events that are unfolding and it's disastrous for the world, disastrous for America." 

Watch hereAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D) and Mort Zuckerman (publisher, U.S. News and World Report) with Neil Cavuto on Fox News Channel.

Assemblyman Hikind spoke with JewTube regarding Obama's Democrat party push for a Palestinian state when they hate Jews and seek to conquer Israel.

Obama has said he is hurt that people think he is anti-Israel or anti-Semitic, his former adviser David Axelrod recently said. And in an Israeli television interview, Obama said he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu often "joust," but have a good relationship. 

"Oy vey. We're in trouble," Hikind said, adding that Obama seems obsessed with Netanyahu. 

 Before the April Israeli elections, Obama and his people were very negative against Netanyahu, hoping he would be defeated, Hikind said. Hikind called Obama's "jousting" comment "insulting." 

"We're talking about an existential threat to the state Israel," he said. "He's jousting? He's playing a game? This is fun time? It is just absolutely obnoxious." 

Jimmy Carter used to be the worst president in regard to being a friend to Israel, Hikind said, but Obama now has taken that position. 

Obama "is the worst president in terms of the relationship with the state of Israel," Hikind said. "When he plays this game, he is endangering Israel." 
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Controversy over B.D.S. groups funded by UJA & JCRC marching in US Jewish parade persists

Jeff Dunetz takes aim at the United Jewish Appeal and the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) pressure groups they finance. These groups attempt to try to influence Israeli policy on Judea and Samaria through economic pressure and Washington lobbying. 

"Why I Won't Be Going To Today's Israel Parade (And Why You Shouldn't Donate To UJA)" by Jeff Dunetz in "Yid with Lid."
"Your donations to UJA go to delegitmize the state of Israel. The findings come on the back of a JCCWatch investigation on Tuesday that showed that UJA-Federation leadership have been pressuring former Israeli diplomats, and the office of the current Consul-General in New York, to give cover for their support of the New Israel Fund to participate in this weekend’s Israel Day Parade.
Israeli Knesset's Nissim Ze'ev led NY rally opposing BDS'ers in Parade, 4/8/14
Flanking him Rabbi David Algaze & Helen Friedman (Photo:Maxine Dovere)
From "Israel Rejects as ‘False’ UJA Federation’s Claims about Israel Parade ‘Inclusion’" by  Lori Lowenthal Marcus in The Jewish Press 

The organizers of the event, N.Y. City’s Jewish Community Relations Council and its financial big brother, New York City’s UJA-Federation, insist a show of unity is what matters. ...
Richard Allen, a New York City businessman and the driving force behind JCCWatch.org‘s effort to expose and to end the participation of those who seek to harm Israel in the Celebrate Israel Parade, had this response to the latest Federation statement: “It is sad that the UJA-Federation continues to connive and hoodwink the Jewish community as they provide support to groups that work for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Their current leadership has corrupted this once great charitable organization. They must remove those within their Board that support these anti-Israel groups.”
We caught-up with several people involved in the controversy at the parade in 2013. 

It appears that the issue is getting further, not closer, to a solution in the years since.

Celebrate Israeli Festival event inspires lovers of Zion around America

Event is one of five, Israeli-American Council-organized public Israeli Independence events being held around the US this month.

An estimated 15,000 Zionistic Americans and Israelis celebrated Israeli Independence and Jerusalem Day at the Celebrate Israel Festival in Los Angeles' Rancho Park on Sunday, May 17, 2015. 

Dennis Prager and Consul General David Siegel were among the luminaries who spoke with JewTube after addressing the crowd, which was comprised of Israeli-Americans, Jewish-Americans, and some Zionistic Christians. I.A.C. organizational leaders also spoke to JewTube about their role in adapting the previously low-budget, San Fernando Valley event. The video-playlist plays automatically in the first raster frame, or you may select your preference from the menu of a dozen clips is in the upper left corner. Several of the segments are parsed below the fold.

Excerpts can be found in the next section.

Celebrate Israel Festival unites Zionistic Americans and Israelis to rejoice with Zionist pride

Celebrate Israel Festival is held in America's 2nd most populous Jewish city, Los Angeles, annually. Enjoy some video clips from JooTube's coverage at last year's Festival.

Rabbi's "Roadmap Genesis" leads Jews and Christians together

Roadmap Genesis is a film that makes the case that the Book of Genesis is an international roadmap for morality across faiths.

The film exposes viewers to a wide spectrum of ideas and dialogues, including conversations with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Alan Dershowitz, Rabbi David Wolpe, Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, and Rabbi Sharon Brous. Roadmap Genesis promises to lift the U.S. out of its current decline, and return it to prosperity, promise, and accomplishment. 

"Roadmap: Genesis" director, Rabbi (in training) Nolan Lebovitz @ L.A. Jewish Film Festival spoke with us at the premiere. 
Question and Answer period of Roadmap Genesis panel discussion with Rabbis David Wolpe  (Sinai Temple) and Sharon Brous (IKAR),  moderated by Jewish Journal Managing Editor, Susan Freudenheim (left).

Dutch Resistance fighter honored for humanitarian work by filmmaking project at LA Musuem of Holocaust & LA Jewish Film Festival

Dutch Resistance survivor, Curt Lowens' story of escape and resistance during World War II to the screen (see below) was produced into a film, A Life of Changes," at last summer's Harvard-Westlake's Summer Film program, with the Righteous Conversations Digital Storytelling Workshop. Their mentor filmmakers and animators were Alyssa Sherwood, Cosmo Segurson, and Cheri Gaulke.

Hilary Helstein, Executive Director of the L.A. Jewish Film Festival, explains how the 70th annivesary of the liberation of Auschwitz factored in to the selections at the 10th annual Festival.

Curt Lowens was presented an Humanitarian Award for the lives he helped save against Nazis- and educating the next generations to defeat anti-Semitism before it gets out of hand.

Watch the presentation and Curt Lowens' story in his own words in this JewTube exclusive video.

Watch "A Life of Changes" on Vimeo
Curt Lowens: A Life of Changes from TheRighteousConversationsProject on Vimeo.

Netanyahu forms new government; Judiciary positions go to Bennett's Jewish Home Party/ Habayit haYehudi

Bennett & Netanyahu announce coalition agreement (Photo:Emil Salman/HaAretz)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finalized a deal late Wednesday evening to establish a new governing coalition, concluding weeks of negotiations after his March 17 election landslide victory, Israel Radio reported.

An announcement from Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud Party said that the prime minister would deliver a joint statement with Naftali Bennett, the leader of the pro-settler Jewish Home Party, who was the final hold out in the coalition haggling.

Mr. Netanyahu’s new majority is likely to have just 61 seats held by right-wing and religious factions, leaving Mr. Netanyahu with little margin for error in the 120-seat parliament, known as the Knesset.

Read More in the Wall St. Journal

Ha'Aretz reports: "According to the deal, aside from the education portfolio, Habayit Hayehudi will get both the justice portfolio and the chairmanship of the Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, giving it unique control over the judiciary. The party will also hold the deputy defense minister position, and will get control of the Civil Authority, in charge of the Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank."

L.A. Jewish Film Festival opens with bio-pic of Sophie Tucker, the female Al Jolson

Actress, Kat Kramer at the L.A. Jewish Film Festival premiere
The 2015 premiered with a screening of biography, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker by Lloyd and Susan Ecker.

The week-long, Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival began in a big way with the Los Angeles premiere for the biography, “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker.” This film from Susan and Lloyd Ecker tells the story of legendary entertainer Sophie Tucker who shocked and enthralled audiences with her booming voice, outsized personality and musical talent. The film features appearances by Tony Bennett, Carol Channing, Michael Feinstein, Shecky Green, Bruce Vilanch and Mamie Van Doren. 

JooTube interviewed director William Grecki, Sophie Tucker and Ted Shapiro performers Suzy Williams and Brad Kay, and filmed the post-screening discussion with the producers, moderated by Stan Taffel, Emmy-Award winner and classic film archivist.

The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival runs from April 30 to May 7th.

Melanie Phillips adds context at new documentary, "Body & Soul: State of the Jewish Nation," premiere in L.A.

Director, Gloria Greenfield discusses her new, theatrical documentary about Israel, "Body and Soul: State of the Jewish Nation," which she is screening around N. America and Europe.

Director Gloria Greenfield

The N.Y. Times calls Body and Soul "a concise, skillful recounting of the story of the Jewish people and their connection to the land of Israel." 

In this trailer for "Body & Soul: State of the Jewish Nation," UK Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks is among many experts who explain Judean/Palestine history and Zion's role in the faith and culture of the Jewish people.

Melanie Phillips with Adam and Gila Milstein at LA premiere
The film premiered in L.A. on April 23rd, accompanied by remarks from Ms. Greenfield, backer Adam Milstein, and British author, Melanie Phillips. Ms. Phillips praised the film and contextualized the importance of people seeing it to c0unter the Islamist-imperialist movement's delegitimization of Western societies.  She and Ms. Greenfield then addressed audience questions, shown in this JewTube exclusive playlist.
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Sold-out premiere audience listens to Gloria Greenfield

"Body and Soul" is running at the Cinema Village in Manhattan's Soho through April 30th. To learn more about screenings, obtain tickets or DVD's, please visit BodyAndSoulTheMovie.com