Month: September 2017

Alex Bregman out of Astros Lineup on Eve of Jewish New Year

(Photo: Houston Chronicle)

By JL Sports Staff

Third baseman Alex Bregman was out of the Houston Astros lineup Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox the night after hitting an RBI double in Houston’s 3-1 win on Tuesday. Marwin Gonzalez will start at third base in place of Bregman, who will be available to pinch hit, according to manager A.J. Hinch.

Bregman, 24, will have played in 144 of the team’s 151 games (assuming he isn’t used off the bench) and had not seen a break in action since September 8th. Bregman was originally drafted by the Astros with…

DC ‘power synagogue’ hires co-senior rabbis

(JTA) — A Washington, D.C., synagogue that hosted President Barack Obama for a speech and counts Congress members and Cabinet officials as members has hired co-senior rabbis.

Adas Israel announced Monday that it hired Rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt and Aaron Alexander, both 40, to succeed Gil Steinlauf, who left the congregation four months ago to create an Innovation Lab for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Steinlauf had brought in Obama to speak in 2015 and Vice President Joe Biden a year later .

Also last year, he was among the Washington-area rabbis urging President Donald Trump to “reconsider” his campaign rhetoric…

In unusual move, 7 Jewish senators urge Netanyahu to protect pluralism in Israel

(JTA) — Bernie Sanders is among seven Jewish senators who sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to implement an agreement to expand an egalitarian prayer plaza at the Western Wall.

Netanyahu’s Cabinet put a hold in June on the deal passed in 2016, drawing the ire of American Jewish leaders.

In the letter sent Monday to Netanyahu, the senators also implored the prime minister to block a bill that would consolidate power over conversions performed in Israel under the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate.

It is rare for U.S. lawmakers to comment on internal Israeli politics, especially…

Rabbi to lead NYC’s annual Muslim Day Parade

(JTA) — A rabbi will lead this year’s annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City.

Rabbi Marc Schneier, the president and founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, will serve as honorary grand marshal of Sunday’s parade. Schneier was chosen in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of Muslim-Jewish relations in the United States and around the world, according to organizers.

It marks the first time in the parade’s 32-year history that a Jewish leader has been chosen to lead the Muslim Day Parade, which this year is dedicated to the plight of the Rohingya, a…

Why Obama’s former speechwriter calls him the most Jewish president ever

(JTA) — He was just 24, but speechwriter David Litt had already become President Obama’s go-to guy for anything considered “kishke-related.” In Litt’s parlance, that meant he wrote the president’s speeches that aimed to connect with Jewish Americans on a gut level — things like holiday and anniversary commemorations, but not, say, Israel or foreign policy.

That explains Litt’s presence one Friday night in the White House library in April 2012. A jet-lagged President Obama had just returned from a trip to Asia and the last thing on his schedule was to record a video greeting for Passover.