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14 December 9 • 2010
MIAMI (JTA) -- A Chabad rabbi
belted out the national anthem at an
NBA game in Miami as part of Jewish
Heritage Night festivities.
Rabbi Yossi Lebovics, who is also
a cantor and principal of the Chaya
Aydel Seminary in Hallandale, Fla.,
presented "The Star-Spangled Banner"
on Dec. 1 prior to the Heat-Pistons
game at the American Airlines Arena.
Nearly 5,000 Jewish fans showed up
for the second annual heritage celebra-
tion, which coincided with the first
night of Chanukah.
Former Heat all-star Alonzo
Mourning, now the team's vice presi-
dent of player development, helped
Guma Aguira light
the shamash on
a giant menorah
at halftime. The
was followed by a
Dr. Laz and the
Sensations, a band
comprised of spe-
from a nearby school.
Jewish Heritage Night has become a
growing trend in professional sports,
with basketball, baseball, hockey and
soccer teams getting into the spirit
"Basketball is filled with physical
giants; Chanukah is all about spiritual
giants;' said Rabbi Pinny Andrusier of
Chabad of Southwest Broward, one of
the prime movers of the Heat event.
Miami beat Detroit, 97-72.
Hamas Honor Treaty?
JERUSALEM (JTA) Hamas will
honor a peace treaty with Israel if the
results of a Palestinian referendum
approve the deal, said the group's
leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh.
Haniyeh said during a Dec. 1 news
conference in the Gaza Strip that
Hamas would "accept a Palestinian
state on the borders of 1967, with
Jerusalem as its capital, the release of
Palestinian prisoners and the resolu-
tion of the issue of refugees:' Reuters
The admission runs counter to the
llamas charter, which states that all of
the land of Palestine, including what
is now Israel, is a Muslim birthright
and should not be ceded to Israel. The
charter also calls for the destruction
"Hamas will respect the results
(of a referendum) regardless of
whether it differs with its ideology
and principles:' Haniyeh said, adding
that the referendum must include all
Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank
Rabbi Wanted Over
NEW YORK (JTA) -- The former prin-
cipal of a Brooklyn yeshivah, along
with three of his sons, are wanted for
molesting four of his children over 15
New York police are looking for
Rabbi Gershon Kranczer, 58, and one
of his sons, Asher, 21, who are believed
to have fled to Israel, according to
reports. SonTechezkel Kranczer, 24,
turned himself in to the police on Dec.
2 and was released on bail, and a third
son, 15, was arrested.
The abuse reportedly came to light
after one of the daughters, 20, told a
co-worker at the yeshivah where she
works as a teachers' aide that the rabbi
had been molesting her for 15 years,
the New York Daily News reported.
Gershon Kranczer and his three sons
are accused of sexually abusing the
four sisters — ages 20, 19, 17 and 8 —
numerous times in the past few years.
Gershon Kranczer is the former head
of Yeshiva Tehila L'Dovid, which serves
children with special needs. He and his
wife have 14 children aged 10 to 28.
New York City children's services
officials reportedly removed the minor
children from the home.
In recent days, both the Syrian
foreign minister and the Lebanese
prime minister have publicly
accused Israel of not being com-
mitted to peace.
It is interesting that the charge
comes from two countries that have
no relations, treaties or negotiations
with Israel, and stood silent when
Egypt and Jordan made peace with
Israel a couple decades ago.
- Allan Gale
Jewish Community Relations Council
of Metropolitan Detroit
© Jewish Renaissance Media • December 9, 2010