News Briefs: Local Orgs Named to Slingshot Guide, Soccer Team Bowed to BDS Pressure, and More

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Two Local Organizations Named to Slingshot Guide

Moving Traditions and Judith Creed Horizons for Achieving Independence (JCHAI) were named to the 13th annual Slingshot Guide of North America’s top 50 innovative Jewish organizations.

The guide praised Jenkintown-based Moving Traditions as “a leader in helping Jewish teens address challenges within safe, Jewish communal spaces, so that they can thrive — growing up confident and compassionate, and finding meaning and connection in Jewish life.”

Meantime, Bryn Mawr-based JCHAI was cited for its work with intellectually disabled and autistic clients, noting that, “Something is working: JCHAI’s rate of integrated employment for clients is 75 percent, four times the national average. Maybe the secret is that JCHAI doesn’t believe in limits.”


Two Pennsylvanians to Attend ROI Summit in Jerusalem

Danielle Selber of Bala Cynwyd and Barr Yaron of Penn Valley will be among more than 150 young Jewish innovators gathering in Jerusalem from June 24-28 for the 2018 ROI Summit.

Selber is the assistant director for Tribe 12, a nonprofit connecting Philadelphia Jews in their 20s and 30s, while Yaron is a data scientist for Facebook’s Internet.org, a project that focuses on creating products to bring connectivity to people around the world without internet access.

The summit is part of ROI Community, an initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

BDS Pressure Leads Argentina National Soccer Team to Cancel Match with Israel

A friendly match between the Israeli and Argentinian national soccer teams slated for June 9 in Israel was canceled when the latter team allegedly bowed to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) pressure, JTA reported.

The Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires tweeted about the cancellation, citing “threats against [star forward Lionel] Messi that logically generated the solidarity of his teammates.”

The Argentinian team had been pressured since April, when BDS Argentina promoted a boycott campaign with the motto “Argentina don’t go” or #ArgentinaNoVayas. In addition, the Palestinian Football Association urged Argentina to cancel and, on June 6, demonstrations were held in Barcelona, Spain, where the Argentinian team is training.

Upon hearing of the cancellation, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman tweeted, “It’s a shame the soccer team of Argentina did not withstand the pressure of the Israel-hating inciters, whose only goal is to impinge on our basic right to self-defense and bring about the destruction of Israel. We will not yield before a pack of anti-Semitic terrorist supporters.”

Highest-Ranked Jewish Tennis Player Makes Quarterfinals at French Open

Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, the world’s highest-ranked Jewish tennis player, made the French Open quarterfinals before falling to defending champion Rafael Nadal.

Schwartzman, who is ranked 11th in the world, took the first set off the defending 10-time champion and was leading in the second set when rain halted play on June 6. Play resumed briefly before the rain returned, and the match was postponed to the next day. Nadal then won three consecutive sets to take the match; he ended up winning the tournament.

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