Here are a few essential, interesting and fun items to start the day right in the Jewish community.
In Case You Missed It
- SOJOURN’s Purim off Ponce fundraising party will honor Rabbis Pamela Gottfried and Michael Bernstein on Feb. 25. Find out why.
To Do This Weekend
- Three Reform congregations have special programs at Friday night services for Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month: Temple Sinai, where Full Radius Dance participates in the 6:30 service; Temple Kehillat Chaim, where PRISM Executive Director Marilynn Martinez speaks at the 7:30 service; and Temple Emanu-El, which explores sensory differences at its 7:30 service.
- Ben Hirsch, who escaped Germany on the Kindertransport and became a vital part of Atlanta’s Jewish community through his architecture, tells his story in a Bearing Witness program at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Breman Museum, 1440 Spring St., Midtown. It’s free.
- Keith’s Corner Bar-B-Que, now under Atlanta Kosher Commission supervision, holds a pop-up barbecue cookout Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Young Israel of Toco Hills.
From The Times of Israel
- David Friedman’s confirmation hearing Thursday as U.S. ambassador to Israel included heckling and tough questioning, as well as his stated support for a two-state solution and regret for his past use of strong rhetoric against the likes of J Street and Sen. Chuck Schumer.
- Leaders of Israel’s Jewish Home party don’t care that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is having second thoughts: They’re determined to build a new settlement for the evacuated residents of the illegal outpost Amona.
- Arab feminist activists see racism in an Israeli plan to eliminate polygamy.
Also in the News
- The FBI arrested a South Carolina man Wednesday and accused him of planning an attack inspired by Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, Myrtle Beach TV station WMBF reports. Benjamin McDowell’s target may have been a synagogue, based on his anti-Semitic social media posts and statements.
- Someone hung a Ku Klux Klan banner from an old building in Dahlonega, but it was removed by authorities as a violation of a sign ordinance Thursday, WSB-TV reports.
- Confused and upset by President Donald Trump’s comments Wednesday about openness to a one-state solution, Palestinians are pushing for a Trump meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as soon as possible, Al-Monitor reports.
- Trump’s response at his Thursday press conference to an Orthodox reporter’s question about anti-Semitism drew criticism, JTA says, but the reporter, Jake Turx, defends the president.
- Anti-hate groups are split in France over the trial of a Jewish scholar who’s an expert on Arab anti-Semitism, JTA reports.
- NASCAR is back, with qualifying beginning Sunday for the Feb. 26 Daytona 500, so it’s a good time to get to know the first Israeli to compete in a national NASCAR series, Alon Day, via Ynet.
- Keep calm and carry on in the quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace, Tablet’s Yair Rosenberg advises.
- Tzvi Kahn writes for Foreign Affairs that Trump must make Iran feel the pain for its misbehavior.
- AJT blogger Jeffrey Kunkes thinks those seeing brown shirts everywhere are looking at the wrong side of the political spectrum. (Join the community conversation by starting your own blog.)
- The context isn’t fun — the possible demise of the Dead Sea — but the 360-degree video is amazing.