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HERITAGE FLORIDAJEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 11, 2011 Painting looted by Nazis seized from Florida mu- seum NEW YORK (JTA)--U.S. authorities seized a paint- ing on display in a Florida museum that was believed to be looted from its Jewish owner by the Nazis. The nearly 500-year-old painting, "Christ Carrying the Cross Dragged by a Ras- cal" by Girolamo de' Romani, was seized Nov. 4 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee. The painting, which had been on display at the mu- seum since March, was on loan from the Pinacoteca dP Brera museum in Milan, Italy. The exhibit was set to close Nov. 6, according to Reuters. Federico Gentili di Gi- useppe, an Italian Jew living in Paris, is believed to have owned the painting. He died in 1940 shortly before Ger- many invaded France: The painting and more than 70 other works belong: ing to Giuseppe were looted and sold by the French Vichy government in 1941. His grandchildren filed a lawsuit in 1997 to have the painting returned to them. In 1999, a French court ordered the Louvre to return five paintings to the family. Giffords wants to come back to Congress WASHINGTON (JTA)-- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D- Ariz.) is determined to return to Congress. Giffords, who is recovering from being shot in the head in January, reveals in a book she co-writes with her husband, Mark Kelly, that she plans to keep her job, according to a report Nov. 4 by the Associated Press, which got an advance copy. "I will get stronger. I will return," she wrote. Giffords returned to Congress, for one vote, on Aug. I to vote for a $2.5 billion debt-ceiling package. It is not clear if, by "return" she means she will run again next year: her staff said in August she had yet to make that decision. The gunman who shot Giffords during a constitu- ent meeting in Tucson killed another six people, Giffords is the first Jewish woman elected to Congress from Arizona. Official Israeli websites hacked in cyber attack JERUSALEM (JTA)--An ap- parent cyber attack has caused the crash of official Israeli websites, including govern- ment ministries, the Mossad and the military. The Websites crashed Nov. 6. Internal computer networks were not affected, security of- ficials told Haaretz. The Israel Defense Forces North American spokesman's desk told JTA that it was expe- riencing "server issues." An international group of hackers known as Anonymous had threatened Nov. 4 to attack Israeli government computers in response to the interception of Gaza-bound ships carrying a symbolic amount of medical aid. The threat was made in a video uploaded to YouTube. Anonymous threatened to launch repeated cyber at- tacks against Israeli computer systems until Israel ends its maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip. Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA Wjkimedia Commons The revival of'Funny Girl,' the story of Fanny Bce, has been canceled. Brice was born Fania Borach on Oct. 29, 1891 in New York. This picture is from around 1911. In Hagee Ministries' $6 mil- lion pot, Nefesh B'Nefesh the big winner WASHINGTON (JTA)-- John Hagee Ministries distrib- uted $6 million to Israeli chari- ties, with the largest chunk going to Nefesh B'Nefesh, a group that encourages immi- gration to Israel from English- speaking countries. Nefesh B'Nefesh received $900,000 in the awards an- nounced after the 30th annual Night to Honor Israel held at Hagee's Cornerstone mega- church in San Antonio, Texas. Organizers said the event drew 7,000 people. Other major awardees in- cluded hospitals, with the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem and the Western Galilee Hospital receiving $250,000 each. Groups that assist immi- grants and Holocaust survi- vors received awards, as did educational foundations. A number of smaller awardswent to groups associated with the settler movement. Hagee founded Christians United for Israel, a lobbying and grass-roots group. Swastikas painted on syna- gogue, libraries in N.Y. NEWYORK (JTA)--Swasti- kas were painted on two public libraries and a synagogue in New York City. The vandalism, which oc- curred on the night of Nov. 3, targeted the East Elmhurst Library, the Jackson Heights Library and Congregation Tifereth Israel in Corona, all in the borough of Queens. The swastikas were removed from the libraries and covered up at the synagogue by the next afternoon. Police reportedly are investigating the vandal- ism as hate crines. On Nov. 4, elected officials held a rally against hate and bias crimes at one of the van- dalized libraries. Swastikas had been painted in the area before, most re- cently in July. PA to provide housing for released prisoners JERUSALEM (JTA)--The Palestinian Authority will provide housing for the Pal- estinian prisoners released in the Shaiff swap. PA President MahmoudAb- bas made the announcement Nov. 5 during a meeting with some of the ex-prisoners at his headquarters in Ramallah, according to reports. Some 477 prisoners were re- leased as part of the swap. Most of the prisoners returned to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Abbas and Hamas in'the Gaza Strip had announced previously that they will give each prisoner a cash reward totaling several thousand dollars each. Hamas also announced that 300 of the freed prisoners will be taken to participate in the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, paid for by Saudi Arabia, according to The As- sociated Press. Arad letters made public JERUSALEM (JTA)--Let- ters from missing Israeli air- man Ron Arad to his wife and daughter have been released to mark 25 years since his capture. The letters were written in 1986, during his first weeks in captivity. They were handwrit- ten on pages torn from books to his wife, Tami, and his daugh- ter, Yuval, then 15 months old, according to reports. The family decided to release the letters, which were shown on Israel Channel 2 on the evening of Nov. 3. Arad was shot down over Lebanon in 1986 and held cap- tive by the Shiite terror group Amal. He is widely presumed to be dead. In one letter, Arad promises 'that he will return to his family and never leave them, even if it means not flying again. In another letter Arad tells his wife that he had dreamed about walking together with her and that it made him happy for a few moments. Some sections of the letters were blackedoutat the family's request. Arad reportedly also had tried to provide clues to his whereabouts in the letters. Photocopies of the letters were given to the family three years ago during a prisoner exchange that brought the bodies of Israeli soldiers Eidad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, killed in July 2006, back to their families. Shalit undergoes surgery to repair abduction injuries NEW YORK (JTA)--Gilad Sha]it underwent surgery to repair wounds from when he was taken hostage in 2006. The surgery Nov. 4 at Ram- barn Hospital in Haifa removed seven pieces of shrapnel in Shalit's hand. according to news reports. It was deemed successful. Shalit was released from captivity 2 1/2 weeks ago in exchange for more than a thou- sand Palestinian prisoners. He will spending the weekend at the hospital for observation. " Earlier last week, a law- maker from the haredi Ortho- dox Shas Party, Menshulam Nahiri,. criticized Shalit for spending his first weekend of freedom at the beach rather than at synagogue. Israel cuts tax payments to PR NEW YORK (JTA)--Israel has suspended $100 million in tax payments to the Palestin- Jan Authority. Israeli officials had threat- ened to cut off payments entirely ifPalestinewas admit- ted into UNESCO, the United Nations' cultural agency. Palestine was recognized as a state at UNESCO last week over opposition from U.S. and Israel. Palestinian officials an- nounced Nov. 3 that Israel had not transferred tax revenue for November. The funds are col- lected from customs, border and some income taxes and are usually transferred within the first three days of the month. Israel has yet to announce a public position on the tax pay- ments, but an official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that a "temporary hold" has been put in place "pending a final decision," The Associ- ated Press reported. According to Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the PA uses that money to pay their employees and has had to borrow from local banks to make up for the loss of funds. France won't vote on Pales- tinian statehood NEW YORK (JTA)--France will abstain from voting on whether to admit Palestine as a full member of the United Nations. The French Foreign Min- istry said Nov. 4 it sees no chance of Palestine's statehood request passing the Security Council because the United States, which holds veto power, has already announced it will vote against. The ministry also voiced concern about the violence that might occur if the vote was to fail. Currently, Palestine is con- sidered an observer entity at the' U.N. The ministry has of- fered to help elevate Palestine's status to a nonmember state. Palestinian F)reign Min- ister Riyad al-Maliki told journalists in Ramallah that Palestinians are not interested in anything other but becom- inga full member state. Perry: I would back Israeli strike on Iran NEW YORK (JTA)--U.S. presidential candidate Rick Perry said he would back an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facitilies. Perry said Nov. 3 that, as president, he would support an attack if there were proof Tehran was moving closer to a nuclear weapon, Reuters reported. "Obviously, we are going to support Israel," the Texas governor said in an interview "with CNN. "And I've said that we will support Israel in every way that we can, whether it's economic sanctions; whether it's overt or covert operations, up to and including military action." "We cannot afford to allow that madman in Iran to get his hands on a nuclear weapon, period," he added. Perry, whohas been slipping in the polls of late, made his comments on the same day that President Barack Obama called for "unprecedented pres- sure" to compel Iran to meet its international obligations. Names of 30,000 Holocaust victims now searchable WASHINGTON (JTA)--The names of 3(000 Holocaust victims are now searchable online through the World Memory Project. The joint venture of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.corn announced Nov. 2 that four collections of names from the museum would now be available on Ancestry.corn at no cost. "The collections contain in- formation on thousands of in- dividuals including displaced Jewish orphans; Czech Jews deported to the Terezin con- centration camp and camps in occupied Poland; and French victims of Nazi persecution," a statement said. The World Memory Project aims to expand the accessibil- ity of the museum's archival collection, which contains information on well over 17 million people targeted by Nazi racial and political policies, and enable millions to conduct online searches. The project is built in part by volunteers who transcribe historical records into the database. 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'Funny Girl' revival is can- celed LOS ANGELES (JTA)-- Fanny Brice would have blown her top at the news: The revival of "Funny Girl," based on the life of the old trooper, was canceled. Previews of the show were scheduled to start Jan. 15 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, followed by a Broadway run at the Imperial Theatre in April. The show's New York pro- ducers blamed the weak economy for the cancellation, saying it would have cost $12 million to launch what would have been one of Broadway's most expensiye revivals. In Los Angeles, artistic director Michael Ritchie said he was looking for a replace-_ ment production for one of America's quintessential Jew- ish musicals. "Funny Girl," which trans- formed Barbra Streisand into a stage and screen star, is based on the life of Brice, a comedienne in the 1920s and 1930s. She was the daughter of a Jewish saloonkeeper on New York's Lower East Side. Brice made up-for her lack of conventional beautywith an enormous talent that propel led her to stardom in the Ziegfetd Follies. Later she embarked on a second career in her radio incarnation as Baby Snooks. The role of Brice is so identi- fied with a Jewish performer that when the non-Jewish ac- tress Lauren Ambrosewas cast in the role for the now-can: celed revival, the blogosphere lit up with sleptical comments questioningwhetherAmbrose could do justice to the role. Join us for Matzah Ball Soup *PAVILION