News Briefs: Cardi B Performs at Bar Mitzvah and More

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Cardi B Performs at Bar Mitzvah

Rapper Cardi B performed at a Bar Mitzvah party in New York over the Oct. 20-21 weekend, JTA reported, adding that the New York Post claimed her appearance fee was probably about $500,000.

The singer said on Instagram that she performed at Manhattan’s Tao club for a boy named Jake. She said the party was “epic.”

In addition, rapper Rich the Kid performed at a Bar Mitzvah party at the same time for the son of financier Howard Lutnick’s at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Post reported. His fee was between $200,000 and $300,000. Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson was among the guests.


Ari Goldstein to Stand Trial for Second Charges

Ari Goldstein, the former president of Temple University’s suspended Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity chapter, was ordered held for trial on a second set of sexual assault charges.

Goldstein, 21, was already facing a charge of attempted rape stemming from an incident on Feb. 25. The new charges stem from a different incident on Nov. 29 with a different woman.

At a hearing on Oct. 18, the complainant testified that she previously had sex with the defendant several times. The encounter at issue began consensually, but when he allegedly got too aggressive, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Stramm said, the complainant asked him to stop and he didn’t, KYW Newsradio reported.

Goldstein faces charges of rape, deviant sexual intercourse, unlawful restraint/serious bodily injury, sexual assault, indecent assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. Judge Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde dismissed a false imprisonment charge.

Golden Slipper Gems Opens New Location

Golden Slipper Gems opened a new location on Oct. 4 at Shir Ami in Newtown, which provides lifelong learning and trips for older adults. The new location will operate two days a week, 32 weeks per year.

Programming at this new location so far includes several seven-week courses that run through October and November. These courses cover the topics of film, British influence on American culture, tai chi and the history of Jewish Philadelphia. The courses are taught by professionals and educators.

The location at Shir Ami is Golden Slipper Gems’ fourth location, joining the organization’s other locations at the Pavilion in Wynnefield Heights, Adath Israel and Federation Housing.

Hadassah to Reopen DC Office

A decade after closing its Washington, D.C., office after unwittingly being involved in Bernie Madoff’s investment fraud schemes, Hadassah is reopening an office there, JTA reported.

The women’s Zionist group will focus on educating lawmakers about its hospitals in Israel, as well as Israel in general, anti-Semitism and women’s health, Hadassah President Ellen Hershkin and new office Director Karen Paikin Barall said in a release.

“By educating policymakers on both sides of the aisle about the work of the Hadassah Medical Organization and Hadassah’s policy priorities, the D.C. office will magnify our voice in Congress, as well as with federal agencies and partner organizations,” Hershkin said.

Barall previously directed mid-Atlantic advocacy for the Orthodox Union and was a President George W. Bush appointee to the State Department’s anti-Semitism monitoring office.

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