Well-kept secret of Jeff's Gourmet Sausages at Dodger Stadium satisfies mix of Orthodox and foodies

Dodger fan, Rabbi Zvi Block, finally enjoys game like others
With its decades-long legacy playing in the Jewish-deli capital of America, the former Brooklyn Dodgers never brought the tradition of kosher hot dogs to Elysian Park. This left many kosher-observant, night-game attendees empty-stomached. With Sandy Koufax back as a pitching consultant, and centerfielder, Joc Pederson on the roster, did new President & CEO, Stan Kasten, finally bring the momentum to add the club to the list of Major League Baseball stadiums offering kosher food at the ballgame?

Despite the city's large number of Jewish emigrants from the Northeast, L.A.'s Dodger Stadium hasn't offered much for those with a taste for a traditional-deli frank. The staple, Farmer John "Dodger Dog" contains "traif"- pork. While some stands sell a more expensive "All-Beef" variety, brown-mustard has become rare to find- and no sauerkraut at all- the only vegetable condiments are minced, raw-onions and pickle relish.

How well does Americas 2nd most populous Jewish town accomodate kosher diners at the ball park? NYC-raised, sports radio host, Vic "the Brick" Jacobs (AM570) discusses the LA Dodgers players' dining idiosyncracies as we recognize Dodger Stadium finally accomodating kosher attendees through the glatt, Jeff's Gourmet Kosher Sausages stand in the Right Field pavilion.

After 35-years of importuning by civic-activists, like Stanley Treitel, Jeff's Gourmet Kosher Sausages of Pico Blvd managed to work-out a glatt-kosher concession arrangement with Dodger Stadium, to fill the void for kosher attendees. Long after a number of other cities stadiums accomodated kosher fans, Jeff's started in July 2015 and the 2016 is their first full season (closed for Sabbath observance Friday eve and Saturday).

Jeff Rohatiner brings Pico kosher franks to ballpark
Rather than situating it in a central location, Jeff's Gourmet Kosher has been relegated to a barely marked booth behind the scoreboard in Right Field. Fans sitting in the upper decks have to travel down guarded stair levels (and back) just to procure a kosher frank in between innings.

But, the word has gotten out that not only does Jeff's offer only kosher franks and sausages, they are a better meal than Dodger Dogs. Not only do they have brown mustard for their custom buns, they serve sauerkraut- and they'll even grill peppers and onions to top your wurst.

What affect has Jeff's had on Dodger fans- both Jew and Gentile? Listen to Jewish actor Josh Malina ("The West Wing," "Sports Night") and father, Robert, relate how the Dodgers' kosher offering has enhanced their MLB game experience- among others' as well.

The well-kept secret is that the kosher stand offers the best franks in the park.  Look for Jeff's Gourmet Kosher Sausages in the Pavilion-area behind the Right-Field bullpen at Dodger Stadium- or on 8930 W. Pico Blvd, west of Robertson Blvd. The Dodgers hold their annual, Jewish Community Day on Sunday Aug 28, 2016.

Some Arabs want Egyptian judo to scrap scheduled Olympics match vs. Jewish-Israeli at Rio Olympics

by Ruthie Blum in The Algemeiner, Aug 11, 2016   
An Egyptian judoka is being pressured on social media not to show up for his scheduled Friday-afternoon fight against an Israeli contender at the Olympics in Rio, the Hebrew news site nrg reportedon Thursday. 
According to the report, in spite of repeated assertions from the chairman of the Egyptian Olympic Committee that Islam El Shehaby will appear on the mat for his slated match against Israeli judoka Or Sasson – going as far as to warn the athlete that, if he fails to do so, his Egyptian citizenship will be revoked – calls from fans on Facebook and Twitter for him to shun the fight have been intensifying. 
Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby
“You will shame Islam,” wrote one angry follower. “If you lose, you will shame an entire nation and yourself. We don’t want to think what will happen if you lost to an Israeli. Victory will give you nothing. How can you cooperate with a murderous nation?” 
El Shehaby , who is known for his extreme anti-Israel views, told Egyptian media outlets that he would make his decision closer to the fight. “The situation is very sensitive,” he said. “And I don’t want to discuss it.” 
The 2010 World Judo Championship bronze medalist in the over-100-kilo category is supposed to fight Sasson, winner of two silver medals — one in 2015 and a second in 2016 — in the European championships. 
According to nrg, Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev called on Egypt to “respect the spirit of the Olympics and act accordingly.” She also called on the International Olympic Committee to prevent the games from being “tainted by politics.” 
The controversy surrounding El Shehaby is not the first incident of its kind at the Olympic Games in Brazil. 
On August 5, the Lebanese delegation to the games refused to share a bus meant to take the athletes to the opening ceremony with the Israeli team. Subsequently, on Aug. 7, Saudi Arabian judoka Joud Fahmy forfeited her first-round match against Christianne Legentil from Mauritius, reportedly in order to avoid competing against Israeli contender Gili Cohen in the next round.

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Tolerating Jihad against Israel results in terror everywhere

 Amir Taheri in Asharq al-Awsat July 8, 2016

"When the first wave of terrorism linked to the Middle East started in the 1970s, the assumption in the West was that the disturbing phenomenon reflected Arab anger over the Israel-Palestine issue. . . Peace between Israel on the one hand, and Egypt and Jordan on the other didn’t tone down terror attacks. Nor did the Oslo accords between Yasser Arafat and the Israelis achieve a reduction in terrorist violence."
In Ceremony for victims of Independence Day jihad attack at L.A.X. explores motive, negligence, and cover-up (2014) JewTube.Info laid out the details of the July 4th jihad on L.A:
On Independence Day, the survivors of Vicky Hen held the 12th Independence Day Memorial for victims of the 1st jihadist attack in California- upon the El Al ticket counter of Los Angeles Airport's international terminal - on the 4th of July 2002- 9-months after Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony by Vicky's survivors, father Avi, mother Rachel, and brother Udi, were comforted by around 3-dozen attendees and speakers.  
The 2016 event was smaller- fewer visitors attended, no one from the Israeli Consulate came (or even sent a press-release as they traditionally did). No El Al employees attended- only retired, El Al station-chief Klaus Ben-amy Hackel (accompanied by his partner, Dror, and their daughters) drove down from Bakersfield. 

Rabbi Moshe Parry spoke about the authorities' downplaying the Muslim-terror risk to minorities, then and now, and avoiding addressing the special protection Jews and Israelis require.  

Photo of slain El Al employee, Vicky Hen at LAX Memorial 
Hen mother Rachel, son Udi, dad Avi with Rabbi Parry & Scott Jacobs

Experience scenes and sounds from 14th Independence Day El Al Terror Victims' Memorial at L.A.X. in JewTube.Info this exclusive video.

Mourning Zionistic-Christian bridge-builder, Patricia Johnson of Israel-Christian Nexus

Patricia Johnson of Israel-Christian Nexus
Pastor Lorraine Coconato, Ari Bussel, and Patricia Johnson
Patricia Johnson, a SoCal public-relations professional who helped lead the Israel-Christian Nexus- a pioneering effort in catalyzing Zionistic Christian and Jewish relations, died Monday, June 6th after a long-battle with Type1 Diabetes. Ms. Johnson was a regular at the Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California, founded by Dr. Jack Hayford who was also instrumental in the activities of the I.C.N. 

CrossMap reported her death through American News Service on June 16th in "Patricia Johnson, ‘A True Lover and Supporter of The Jewish State of Israel and The Jewish People,’ Has Passed onto Her Eternal Reward" by Dan Wooding.  

Blogger, Ari Bussel, eulogized her, Pastor Lorraine Coconato provided photos, and we include a JooTube video clip of Patricia explaining Christian support for Israel and the Jewish nation.
"Patricia, a modern-day disciple, a most devoted servant of the L-rd, an angel not-in-disguise, has graced us with her presence. A most unique gift we were given. Patricia was not only a true friend, a fighter, a believer, a giant, a force of nature in a very frail human body; Patricia was a pillar of strength, a continuum-now-interrupted, a comforting, consoling, supporting and amazing friend. 

I wrote about the late Shimon Erem z”l. Patricia was Gen. Shimon’s right hand person, trusted advisor, faithful protector, loyal disciple. There was no one more devoted and loyal than Patricia - our liaison to the Christian community, a true lover and supporter of the Jewish State of Israel and the Jewish People - God’s people - a person who has blessed us so much, with her entire being. May she be as blessed." 
Gen. Shimon Erem on his mentor David ben-Gurion
JooTube reported the Christian support for Gen. Erem, when video-chronicling at his memorial service, four years ago.  Zionistic Christian leaders, including Pastors John Hagee, Robert Stearns, and Jim Tolle join Jews in eulogizing Israeli Gen. Shimon Erem, founder of Israel-Christian Nexus.

During the 2012 Gaza Crisis, at a rally in Los Angeles, Patricia Johnson explained Evangelical Christians' commitment to support Israel in good-works as well as beliefs.

In his obituary article, Dan Wooding quotes Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, Director, Interfaith Affairs at The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles:
"I don't think I can remember Patricia without a smile on her face and boundless energy in her step. Many years ago, when invited for the first time to a meeting of a group of evangelical Christians who supported Jews and the Jewish State, it was Patricia who took me under wing. Her presentation of her beliefs - which, at their core, could be reduced to unyielding confidence in the Word of G-d - were not only an eye-opener, but changed me for life. She continued for many years to be the point-person in building bridges between our two communities."

Will jihad against latino LGBT's finally awaken "progressives" to their common-cause with Jews and Israel?

Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu released these remarks on the jihad massacre of homosexuals in Orlando, Florida, Saturday night, 11 June.

"In Orlando, a terrorist walks into a nightclub and murders nearly 50 human beings. Sons and daughters, brothers and sisters cut down in cold blood. They did nothing wrong. They were dancing with friends, they were enjoying music with loved ones. Why did the terrorist murder them? Because he was driven by a fanatical hatred. 
He targeted the LGBT community because he believed they were evil. 

Now, the murderer wasn't alone. Regimes and terrorist organizations around the world ruthlessly persecute the LGBT community. In Syria, ISIS throws gays off rooftops. In Iran, the regime hangs gays from cranes. Too many people have remained silent in the face of this awful persecution. 

This week's shooting wasn't merely an attack on the LGBT community. It was an attack on 
all of us, on our common values of freedom and diversity and choice. Radical Islamist terror makes no distinction between shades of infidel. This week it was gays in Orlando. A few days before that it was Jews in Tel Aviv. Before that it was music fans in Paris; Travelers in Brussels; Yazidis in Iraq; Community workers in San Bernardino; Christians and journalists in Syria. All of us are targets. 
Islamists murdered 4, wounded 6 at Sarona Mall last Wednesday

We believe that all people are created in the image of God. ISIS, by contrast, believes that all people who aren't just like them deserve to die. We will not be terrified into submission. We will fight back. And we will triumph. 

Today I ask you to reach out to friends in the LGBT community. Comfort them. Tell them you stand together, we stand together as one. And that you will always remember the victims. Tell them they will never be alone, that we are all one family deserving of dignity, deserving of life. 

I have no doubt that those who seek to spread hate and fear will be defeated. Working together we will defeat them even faster. We need to stand united, resolute in the belief that all people regardless of their sexual orientation, regardless of their race, regardless of their ethnicity, all people deserve respect, deserve dignity."

Tel Aviv Univ's IDEAS Forum brings start-up nation ingenuity to US business stage

How did Israel become branded "The Startup Nation?" American Friends of Tel Aviv University presents the IDEAS Los Angeles Forum annually at Santa Monica College's Broad Stage to explore technology venture development. 

The organizers describe IDEAS Los Angeles as a project in partnership with corporations, private businesses, community organizations, institutes of higher learning and media outlets to create a space where global business leaders, futurists, studio heads, movie and television producers, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, Tel Aviv University administrators, professors, and alumni can come together and share ideas. 
Tel Aviv Univ RAMOT's CEO,Shlomo Nimrodi
 at IDEAS Conference in L.A.

At last year's IDEAS forum, David Dorfman introduced me to Mr. Shlomo Nimrodi, who serves as CEO of Ramot Business-Engagement Center at Tel Aviv University. 

Mr. Nimrodi explains how his initiative prospects innovation developed through Tel Aviv University researchers and cultivates it towards commercialization. 

Register for the IDEAS Conference, which returns June 15-16th at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

L.A. Jewish Film Festival premieres the nouveau and salutes the classic

L.A.J.F.F. premiered Israeli espionage series, "K'fulim" ("False Flag")
featuring stars Angel Bonanni, Ania Bukstein, and co-creator Amit Cohen
The L.A. Jewish Film Festival runs for the week between Wednesday May 18th and May 25th on this schedule. Exec. Director Hilary Helstein discusses some of this year's offerings, from their red-carpet event in Beverly Hills.
On the 50th anniversary of  Israeli musical Kuni Lemel," original host of "Let's Make a Deal,"Monty Hall presents Kuni Lemel actor, Mike Burstyn, a lifetime achievement award on behalf of the Festival. Mr. Burstyn answers audience questions about the film and his career.
Actor, Eric Edelstein, discusses the Jewish-American comedy he stars in, "The Pickle Recipe," and lays-out L.A. Jewish delis he frequents- for visitors to note.

At Holocaust memorial cermony, Zionist & Czech diplomats and survivors address pacifism against tyrannical movements

Exclusive news video from Holocaust memorial / Yom Ha Shoah ceremony at Museum of Tolerance.

Fox News published this op/ed by Rabbi Abraham Cooper to coincide with yesterday's ceremony: "Holocaust Remembrance Day 2016: What Americans can (and should) do" 5 May 2016 

Museum of Tolerance Exec. Dir. Leibe Geft welcomes Czech
Republic's Amb. Pavol Sepelak's Yom HaShoah remarks
The article begins: "For over seven decades, on Yom Hashoah- Holocaust Remembrance Day, people pause to reflect on the mass murder of 6,000,000 Jews, a genocide conceived, organized and executed by Hitler’s Third Reich. Two words sum up the silent pleas from the ashes of the victims and those who survived the Shoah: “Never Again.” But let’s be honest. In 2016, the operative term is “ever” not never again.

What lessons from the Nazi Holocaust has the U.S. or other nations applied to stop the ethnic cleansing of Iraqi Christians, the genocide of Yazidis, the gassing of civilians and targeting of hospitals in Syria, the Boko Haram outrages in Nigeria?" To read full article

At yesterday's Museum of Tolerance' Yom Hashoah / Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration, executive director Liebe Geft introduced remarks by Rabbi Cooper and other experts on Jew-hatred and its appeasers.

Watch JewTube's original video of remarks by Rabbi Meir May, Rabbi Abe Cooper, Israeli Consul General David Siegel, and Rabbi Marvin Hier.

Remarks by Czech Republic's diplomat to Los Angeles, Amb. Pavol Sepelak.

Czech survivor, Bill Harvey, 92, of Hollywood, relates his perspectives following the ceremony at the Museum of Tolerance.

Sen. Ted Cruz woos Jews seeking a champion

Sen. Ted Cruz addressed the R.J.C. Spring Leadership
Meeting in Las Vegas on Saturday (John Locher/ A.P.)
U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) courted Jewish-Americans in New York and at a national gathering in Las Vegas. With a strong history in opposing the anti-Semitic Islamist movement, Sen. Cruz was invited to bake matzoh in Brooklyn before Passover. He is also the only Republican candidate who accepted the Republican Jewish Coalition's invitation to address its Las Vegas gathering over the weekend of April 7th, 2016.

The Jewish Insider has curated a collection of coverage from the Republican Jewish Coalition Spring gathering in Las Vegas:
"Sheldon Adelson and top GOP donors retreat to the sidelines" by Alex Isenstadt and Katie Glueck: “Burnout’s real. People spent a lot of time and energy traveling on their own nickel, asking friends for money from different candidates. There’s only so many times you can go back to the well,” said Jay Zeidman, a Texas executive who has thrown his support to Cruz after initially backing Jeb Bush... Ronald Krongold, who has yet to endorse another contender following Bush’s departure, added: “I’m a little disappointed as to how the race has evolved.”

"On Friday night, Cruz courted over a dozen RJC members at AquaKnox, a dimly lit seafood restaurant just off the casino floor. He schmoozed with attendees including Texas businessman Fred Zeidman and California venture capitalist Yitz Applbaum, both former Bush supporters, and former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer. Among the topics discussed, according to one person briefed on the informal get-together: how the ongoing delegate fight will play out." [PoliticoCNN]

(Video: CBSN via Ted Cruz campaign)

Where was Sheldon? "On Thursday evening, Adelson hosted some of the organization’s top officials at his palatial mansion. While former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper discussed how fractured parties can unite, Adelson listened but said little, according to three people who were present. And on Friday, rather than preside over the deliberations, Adelson and his wife, Miriam, departed for a wedding... in Baltimore." [PoliticoGuardian] • Which Wedding? Ariel Garber & Scott Goldstein [TheKnot]
Ted Cruz made matzah at a Brooklyn bakery with this group of 
 children on Thursday, April 7, 2016. (Credit: WCBS-TV News)

Ari Fleischer tweets: "Ted Cruz helped himself a lot at the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting.  He's going to leave here with a lot of support." [Twitter]

David Frum tweets: "At @RJC weekend in Las Vegas, Ted Cruz moved a number of important party leaders from “I guess … ” to “yes!!" [Twitter]

Cruz woos pro-Israel coalition as backers seek to build on momentum” by Peter Stone:“Roughly a dozen wealthy board members of the RJC hosted a roundtable discussion with the Texan, giving him a chance to woo donors in a more intimate setting. “The Cruz train is looking appealing,” said Michael Epstein, an RJC board member and commercial estate developer from Maryland who only recently joined the campaign’s finance team, after initially backing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and then Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Epstein told the Guardian he and a dozen other board members – including the California venture capitalist Elliott Broidy, the New York real estate investor Ben Heller and the Houston businessman Fred Zeidman – organized the roundtable, which drew about 75 people, giving Cruz a chance to “welcome everybody” to become supporters. “Obviously money is important, and we’re talking to everybody else” about the campaign’s needs, he said.” [TheGuardian]

HOW IT PLAYED: "At Meeting of Jewish Donors, Cruz Talks Up Electability"
  [TexasTribune] •
"In Las Vegas, Cruz touts his support for Israel and ability to defeat Clinton"

  [LasVegasSun] •
"Cruz Rails Against Trump as Republican Jews Ponder Options" [AP] • 

"Cruz to Jewish Republicans: I'm perfectly electable" [CNN]
"Cruz tells Jewish Republicans Trump is 'a disaster'" [ArutzSheva] • 

Danny Ayalon keeps-at public-diplomacy via social-media, video, in-person instruction

Former Israeli Amb. to the U.S. Danny Ayalon (@DannyAyalon) has been active for the past four years in a social media initiative to help convey Israel's arguments against mainstream and left-wing biased media. He has starred in a series of informational videos called, "The Truth About Israel" on historic and contemporary issues. 

Video: "The Truth About the Balance of Power in the Middle East"

Amb. Ayalon's Twitter activism earned him the Fourth 
Most Influential Jewish Twitterer slot on a new list published by Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The 25 most influential people on ‘Jewish Twitter’   

JewTube.Info asked him about the state of Israeli hasbara (public relations) at his recent appearance in Los Angeles.

David Suissa (left) (Jewish Journal of L.A.) interviews 
Former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador 
to the US Danny Ayalon at Beth Jacob Cong. in Beverly Hills 
Amb. Ayalon participated in a public conversation 26 March '16 at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills- entitled "Challenges and Opportunities for Jewish People in a Rapidly Changing World." The moderator was David Suissa, President, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. 

JewTube.Info presents its exclusive video of the presentation and question and answer segment with the audience. (Video playlist menu in upper left corner, advance through controls on lower left). 

Watch candidates vie for support, staking-out positions at the America/Israel AIPAC Policy Conference

Donald Trump overcomes doubts about his commitment to Israel in address to Zionists at AIPAC
Jewish and Christian conference attendees attempting to access the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington were confronted by violent Muslim and Leftist demonstrators chanting, "Shut it down!"

Donald Trump laid out his Middle East policy plans which would affect Israel.

Ted Cruz will be hard towards the latitudes Obama has granted Islamist movements, like Iran. 

Gov. John Kasich professed a personal affinity with Jewish friends and Israel.

Vice President Joe Biden downplayed his administration's pushing Israel to sacrifice territory for an Islamist Palestinian state, sabotaging Israel's defense against Iran's nuclear development and reneging on promises to boost Israel's military advantage after losing the JCPOA to the White House.

Hillary Clinton made no reference to the revelations of her State Dept. staff and advisors to stir Palestinian terrorism against Jews in order to pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu to cede territory.

At the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas 2014 we asked Commentary Magazine editor, John Podhoretz whether he feels AIPAC officials are selling Democrats for Jewish support.

Post-convention analysis of candidates' speeches at the Verizon Center in Washington from Tim Constantine, Washington Times columnist.