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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 25, 2019 PAGE 13A IKEA Israel to open fifth store in Tel Aviv (JNS)--The Swedish fur- niture and home accessories chain IKEAwill open its fifth store in Israel later this year in Tel Aviv. The store will have just 21,500 square feet of floor space. It will focus on kitch- ens, reported Globes on Thursday. IKEA's largest Israeli store, in Rishon Lezion, is 366,000 square feet and was opened in 2010, but not before the first one in the country opened in 2001 near Netanya. The other megastores are in Kiryat Arba, opened in 2014, and Beersheva, opened in 2018. IKEA is also planning to open a location that is a little more than 269,000 square feet in Eshtaol, near Bet Shemesh, in 2020. The chain currently has more than 420 stores in 52 countries. US military purchases Israeli missile-defense systems (JNS)--The U.S. military has completed a nearly $80 million purchase of the Israeli-developed mis- sile-defense system Tro- phy to protect tanks and armored-personnel carri- ers, announced the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems contractor Leonardo, which is American. This development comes after the United States reached a similar $200 mil- lion agreement last summer. The brewery obtained its kosher certification from Oregon Kosher, which is a member of the Association of Kashrut Organizations un- der the auspices of Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, kashrut administrator of the Chicago Rabbinical Council. House GOP leader says Steve King will face consequences By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican minority leader in the U.S. House of Repre- sentatives, said Iowa Republi- can Steve King will face con- sequences for wondering why the term "white supremacist" was offensive. "That language has no place in America," McCar- thy, R-Calif said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation." "I have a scheduled meeting with him on Monday. I am having a serious conversa- tion with Congressman Steve King on his future and role in this Republican Party." CBS said that McCarthy said off camera that con- sequences might include removing King from commit- tee assignments, depriving the congressman of the key outlet for influence in the body. Republicans also could join in a motion of censure, which the Democratic leader- ship has indicated it might initiate. "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civi- lization-how did that lan- guage become offensive?" King said in a New York Times As t h, e g(eement, profile last week. "Why did the.Uriite St/ '/es'i ' i 16ecfed I t'in'Classes teaching, me to pay an additional $120 mil- lion for more defense systems, contingent on final approv- als, bringing the sum of the two contracts to around $400 million, according to a Rafael spokesperson, as reported by The Times of Israel. The Trophy consists of a radar-detection system that recognizes incoming missiles and projects their trajectories, with launchers that shoot metal pellets, causing the incoming mis- sile or rocket to explode away from the tank. It was created by Rafael and the Israel Aircraft In- dustries' Elta Group, and became operational in 2009. First kosher brewery in Portland opens tap- room (JNS)--Portland's first kosher brewery announced this week that it will expand and open a taproom. Leikam Brewing co- founder Sonia-Marie Leikam told Willamette Week that she and her husband, head brewer Theo Leikam, have acquired a building that used to house a Thai restaurant in the Mount Tabor neigh- borhood. "We have plans for com- munity-focused activities like trivia nights, jewelry- making classes and gather- ings," Sonia-Marie Leikam told the outlet. "And we will continue to give back to local nonprofits with designated sales from beers going back to the community." The timeline has yet to be determined, though the couple aims to open it in the summer. In addition to beer, a limited kosher food menu will be available. about the merits of our his- tory and our civilization?" King later said he rejects "those labels and the evil ideology they define," but the damage was done. The entirety of the GOP House leadership condemned the remarks, as did the Republi- can Jewish Coalition. Jewish man assaulted in Brooklyn's Crown Heights By Marcy Oster (JTA)--A 19-year-old Jew- ish man was attacked by a group of black teenagers in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. There have been several assaults by blacks on identifi- ably Jewish victims in Crown Heights, a neighborhood with large Hasidic Jewish and black populations, over the last year. The victim was "violent- ly assaulted," Collive re- ported, and was taken to Maimonides Hospital to be treated for light injuries. A nearby security camera captured the teens on video, though not the actual assault, according to the report. The alleged assailants fled. The New York Police De- partment is investigating the attack in conjunction with the Hate Crimes Task Force. Mahmoud Abbas set to assume chairmanship of major UN bloc By Marcy Oster (JTA)--Palestinian Au- thority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in New York City to assume the chair- manship of a major bloc of developing countries at the United Nations. Abbas on Tuesday will suc- ceed Egypt as the leader of the Group of 77. He is scheduled to address the General As- sembly, which elected the "State of Palestine" in July to head the bloc. The Palestinians' presi- dential spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, called it "an important historical event." "It is also an important achievement to assert the Palestinian identity in the international community, which colonial powers have tried to abolish over many centuries," he told the Pal- estinian Maan news agency. The G-77 has recognized Palestine as a member since 1976. The bloc is made up of 134 member states, repre- senting at least 80 percent of the world's population, though it originally started with 77. It was designed to promote its members' economic advancement and uses its size to leverage its negotiating capacity. Palestine was elevated to nonmember observer state in the General Assembly, the same stat'Js given to the Vatican, in 2fl2. Last week, Abbas began serving the bth year of the four-year pre;idential term to which he elected in 2005 to replace the late Yas- ser Arafat. Israeli pop star turns down Eurovision perfor- mance (JNS)--One of Israel's most popular singers, Omer Adam, has rejected an offer to perform at the international singing comp. tition Eurovi- sion because rehearsals for the finale wtl be held .on Shabbat. According to a statement, he declined "despite the great honor," and "thanks them from his heart for approach- ing him." Adam, while not Ortho- dox, has made it a matter of principle not to perform on Shabbat. The finale of Eurovision is scheduled b take place in Tel Aviv on SaUrday, May 18, with rehearsas taking place throughout tle day. Adam was born in the United State:, grew up in Israel, and ha risen to the top of the chrts. His most popular song ,f 2018, "Sheni Meshugaim" ("Two Crazy People") garnered more than 48 million hits last year on YouTube. Gal Gadot to voice Won- der Woman in 'The Lego Movie 2' By Marcy Oter (JTA)--GalGadot will be heard as Winder Woman long before th sequel to her megahit film s screened in 2020. Gadot will oice the char- acter in "Th, Lego Movie 2: The Seconq Part," which will open nextmonth in U.S. theaters, acco'ding to movie blogs and fan stes, including Flickering Myh. The Israeli Lctress will be joined by seveal others who portray DC characters on the big screen, witi Jason Momoa voicing Aquanan and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn from "Suicide Squad." "The Lego Movie" was released before Gadot first performed as Wonder Woman in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Jewish Democrats say party has dropped Wom- en's March sponsorship By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- The Jewish Democratic Council of America said the party will not sponsor the na- tional Women's March in the wake of accusations of anti- Semitic associations against the movement's leadership. In a statement Tuesday, the JDCA said the Demo- cratic National Committee was joining the increasingly popular strategy of joining lo- cal women's march organiz- ers while avoiding affiliation with the national group. "JDCA supports the ob- jectives of the Women's March and stands with sister marches across the country this weekend," its executive director, Halie Soifer, said in a statement. "At the same time, we welcome the DNC, SPLC, Emily's List, and other organizations' decision to not sponsor and participate in the Women's March and take a principled stand against anti-Semitism." JTA has asked the DNC to confirm its nonparticipation in the national Women's March. Emily's List is a group that encourages women to run for office. The Southern Poverty Law Center tracks hate groups. Top leaders of the national Women's March organization have been accused of engag- ing in or condoning anti- Semitism, of not cutting ties with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and of fail- ing to heed the concerns of its thousands of Jewish backers. Pale~stlnlans to lead UN's largest bloc of na- tions (JNS)--The Palestinians are set to lead the largest bloc of members in the United Nations, known as the Group of 77 (G77) and China, on Tuesday. Palestinian leader Mah- moud Abbas is expected to be in New York for the ceremony, followed by a meeting with U.N. Secretary General An- t6nio Guterres, U.N. Security Council president Francisco Antonio Cortorreal of the Dominican Republic, in ad- dition to other world leaders. Because the Palestinians have the status of a non- member state at the United Nations that would have made them ineligible for the chairmanship of the bloc without a special vote, the U.N. General Assembly held one last October to temporar- ily elevate the Palestinians' status at the world body to resolve the issue. The G77was established in 1964 and seeks "to articulate and promote their collec- tive economic interests and enhance their joint negoti- ating capacity on all major international economic is- sues within the United Na- tions system, and promote South-South cooperation for development," according to its website. "This is an important historical event added to the political achievements of the State of Palestine since it joined the UN as an observer state in 2012. It is also an important achieve- ment to assert the Palestinian identity in the international community, which colonial powers have tried to abol- ish over many centuries." Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh told Palestin- ian Wafa news agency on Monday. Jewish-American businessman among 21 killed in Nairobi terror- ist attack By Ron Kampeas (JTA)--Jason Spindler, a Jewish American whose life was changed when he sur- vived the 9/11 attack in New York, was killed in a terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya. The shooting attack Tues- day on a business complex, claimed by the Somali Is- lamist terrorist group Sha- bab, claimed at least 21 lives. Shabab said it was motivated in part to commit the attack by President Donald Trump's recognition in 2017 of Jerusa- lem as Israel's capital. Spindler, a young invest- ment banker in 2001, helped save lives in New York on 9/11, friends told The Washington Post. The experience led Spin- dler to leave investment banking, earn a law degree from New York University and join the Peace Corps. He was in Kenya as a social entrepreneur, helping others start small businesses as a means of alleviating poverty. An avid climber, he main- tained a goofy sense of humor: In November, on Facebook, he posted a picture of the Finger Board Room in his Houston hometown synagogue, Beth Israel, and captioned it "Synagogue or climbing gym #badclimb- ingjokes." Spindler's Houston=based family was flying to Kenya to retrieve his body and would hold a funeral service for him on Monday on what would have been his 41st birthday. Sweep of the Danube riverbed finds no bones of Holocaust victims By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)--A sonar scan of the bottom of the Danube River in Budapest revealed no human remains. Volunteers for Zaka, an Israel-based Orthodox Jewish group, conducted the search Tuesday for the bodies of some of the thousands of Jews shot dead on the banks of the river in 1944-45 by Hungar- ian Nazi collaborators. Slomo Koves, the head of the Chabad-affiliated EMIH Jewish federation of Hungary, told JTAthat the team operat- ing the sonarwill be back next month for another scan. Zaka provides emergency services and collects human remains for burial after natural and manmade disasters. In October 1944, tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews were shot on the banks of the river and their bodies dumped in the water as part of mass executions by members of the Arrow Cross party. In 2011, human remains were discovered during con- struction work on a bridge overlooking the Danube. DNA tests run on the bones in August 2015 found that at least nine of the 15 samples were Ashkenazi Jews from Europe and that six others could also be. The murders by the pro- Nazi Arrow Cross are at the heart of an ongoing and polarizing debate in Hungary about how government-led and other commemoration efforts should address the issue of complicity. The Mazsihisz Jewish federation has accused the government of whitewashing this com- plicity, though EMIH has disputed this. A memorial to those mur- dered on the banks of the Danube was erected in 2005. "Shoes on the Danube" fea- tures dozens of pairs of empty shoes lined up at the edge of the river, where the Jews were told to step out of the footwear before being shot so the shoes would not fall in the water. "Whether this is contro- versial or not is really not an issue," Koves said of his group's efforts to find the re- mains of Arrow Cross victims. "The only thing that matters is the major mitzvah of bring- ing the victims to burial." The rabbi said the govern- mentwas helpful in obtaining permits for the searches. Stolen stumbling stone Holocaust memorials replaced ROME (JTA)--A group of 20 Holocaust memorials in downtown Rome that were stolen in December have been replaced. The Stolpersteine, or stumbling stone, memo- rial project was begun in the 1990s by the German artist Gunter Demnig. Brass plates, like cobblestones, are placed in front of the homes of people deported during the Holocaust, with the name, year of birth and fate of the person memorialized. Demnig personally installs the stones, and he replaced the stolen ones in:~ ahead of Tuesday's ceremony attended by the city'S mayor, Jewish leaders and other dignitaries. In addition, on Tuesday and Wednesday he installed 26 other stumbling stones in various parts of Rome. He will install others this month in more than 30 towns andcities around Italy. Yad Vashem designer Moshe Safdie among winners of Israel's Wolf Prize By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)--The architect who designed the Yad Vashem Holocaust me- morial and museum in Jeru- salem was among the winners of the 2019 Wolf Prize. Moshe Safdie, 80, chosen for architecture, was one of five recipients honored Wednesday at the president's residence in Jerusalem. The Wolf Prize is given by the president of Israel on behalf of the Wolf Foundation. Each year the Wolf Founda- tion awards $100,000 prizes in five fields. This year's other winners are: Jeffrey Friedman, Rock- efeller University; Mathemat- ics: Gregory Lawler, Univer- sity of Chicago and Prof. Jean- Francois Le Galle, University Paris-Sud Orsay; Agriculture: David Zilberman, University of California; Chemistry: Ste- phen L Buchwald, MIT, and John F Hartwig, University of California, Berkeley. Rivlin noted that no wom- en were named this year. "The Foundation would do well to make sure that each year they find a groundbreak- ing woman scientist and art- ist, who certainly exist, and award her a prize."