Another mass shooting, Election Day results, Jeff Sessions resigns and more
Mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
According to NPR, a gunman killed 12 people and injured several more at a country music bar in Ventura County, Calif., late Nov. 7, police said. When the shooting started, the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks likely held hundreds of people, drawn by College Country Night, police said. The dead include Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of law enforcement who died at a nearby hospital, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters early Nov. 8. Police received calls around 11:20 p.m. local time about shots being fired at the club and restaurant, Dean said. Police found the shooting suspect dead inside, the sheriff said. He added that the suspect had not yet been identified, and a motive was not known.
Midterm Election Roundup
Here are some key takeaways from the 2018 Midterm Election results:
- Maryland Election 2018 Results
- More Than 75 Percent of Jews Voted for Democrats in the Midterms
- 11 Jewish Women Won Their Midterm Elections
- 2 Jewish Veterans Score Democratic Upsets in House Races
Also see: Midterm Election Guide 2018
Jeff Sessions resigns
President Donald Trump pressured his attorney general Jeff Sessions to resign and named Sessions’ chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, as acting attorney general on Nov. 7. Whitaker will immediately oversee Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, taking the reins from Sessions’ deputy Rod Rosenstein. Trump has dismissed the probe, which has brought down multiple indictments and convictions, as a hoax and has been furious with Sessions for recusing himself from supervising Mueller. Sessions did so because he was involved in Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign. In his stead, Rosenstein, the Jewish deputy attorney general, has supervised the probe and defended its integrity against Trump’s attacks. In turn, the president has aimed some of his rhetorical fire at Rosenstein. Whitaker has attacked the probe in the past, saying Mueller had gone “too far” and that he should not cross a “red line” of examining the president’s personal finances. There have been allegations that Trump’s real estate and branding business have connections to figures close to the Kremlin. The Mueller probe is focused on whether and how Russia interfered in the 2016 election, allegedly on Trump’s behalf. Trump fired Sessions the day after midterm elections swept a Democratic majority into the U.S. House of Representatives, which gives Democrats options to increase congressional oversight.
RBG fractures ribs
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to a hospital Nov. 8 with fractured ribs after falling in her office the previous day. Ginsburg, 85, awoke Nov. 8 feeling pain and went to George Washington University hospital, the Supreme Court said in a statement sent to news outlets. Medical staff said she fractured three ribs on her left side. Known as RBG, Ginsburg is the oldest justice on the court and leads its liberal wing. She is one of three Jewish justices on the court. Ginsburg was due to attend the investiture of the newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, on Nov. 8.–JTA
Broadway Market Tenants announced
Connie’s Chicken and Waffles, Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, Thai Street and a bar overseen by Dooby’s owner Phil Han are just some of the tenants coming to the food hall in the revamped north pavilion of Broadway Market, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Nov. 7, according to Baltimore Fishbowl. Han will also have a food stall selling Korean-inspired fare, and the Verandah, a Hampden-based restaurant selling Indian and Pakistani food, will be among the new tenants. Longtime Broadway Market tenants Sal’s Seafood Market, Vikki’s Fells Point Deli and Sophia’s Place European Market round out the group.
Singer Foundation gives $1M for security of NYC Jewish institutions
The Paul E. Singer Foundation said it will give at least $1 million to help secure Jewish institutions around New York in response to the shooting attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 worshippers dead. The foundation announced Nov. 5 that the money will go toward safety reviews and enhanced precautions at synagogues, day schools and community centers, the New York Post reported Nov. 6. “The tragedy in Pittsburgh was a painful reminder of the need to revisit our community’s security needs,” Paul Singer, a billionaire hedge fund manager, told the newspaper. He called on others to “join the effort.” The money will be distributed through the UJA Federation of New York. The funds also will go toward official security assessments that the institutions need to apply for government funding for security. The Singer Foundation says its mission “is to support and create innovative and effective organizations and initiatives that strengthen American democracy, the future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, and Jewish continuity.” –JTA
‘A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite,’ Pope Francis says
Pope Francis lamented anti-Semitic attacks and spread a message to ban anti-Semitism during an audience with Jewish emissaries. On Nov. 5, the pope for the first time at the Vatican received delegates from the World Congress of Mountain Jews, descendants of Jews who left ancient Persia and settled in the Caucasus. Two weeks after the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 worshippers, Francis read a statement at the meeting that said “Sadly, anti-Semitic attitudes are also present in our own times. “A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite; we share the same roots. It would be a contradiction of faith and life. Rather, we are called to commit ourselves to ensure anti-Semitism is banned from the human community,” he said. The day after the Pittsburgh attack, the Pope said in his weekly prayers that “all of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence.” Francis also told the Mountain Jews: “I have always sought to emphasize the importance of friendship between Jews and Catholics. It is based on a fraternity grounded in the history of salvation and it finds concrete expression in concern for one another. Together with you, I would like to offer thanks to the Giver of every gift for the blessing of our friendship, which is a reason and an impetus to mutual dialogue.” The pope closed his remarks with “Shalom aleichem!” –JTA
Alyssa Milano wants Women’s March organizers to renounce Louis Farrakhan
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano said she won’t speak at the next Women’s March if it is organized by two current leaders who will not condemn anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. In an interview with the Advocate published last week, Milano criticized Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour for not distancing themselves from the Nation of Islam leader, who has repeatedly made anti-Semitic, homophobic and transphobic comments. Earlier this year, Mallory was criticized for not speaking out after she attended an event during which Farrakhan said “The powerful Jews are my enemy.” Sarsour later defended Mallory from criticism. In the Advocate interview, Milano said that she would not feel comfortable speaking at the March. “I would say no at this point,” she said. “Unfortunate that none of them have come forward against him at this point. Or even given a really good reason why to support them.” Last year, Milano’s tweet urging women to share their experiences of sexual harassment and assault propelled the #MeToo movement into the mainstream. (Activist Tarana Burke had coined the term in 2006.) Milano spoke at last year’s Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Farrakhan has a history of making bigoted statements. Last month, he was widely criticized, including by Chelsea Clinton, for comparing Jews to termites in a tweet.
View pictures from the JBiz Meet-Up event held Nov. 7 at Renaissance Fine Arts.
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