News Briefs: ‘Jewish Bulldog’ Wins Another Fight, California College Faculty Votes to Suspend Israel Study Abroad Program and More


‘The Jewish Bulldog’ Wins Second Pro Fight Via First-Round TKO

Benny “The Jewish Bulldog” Sinakin remained undefeated, winning his second pro fight by a first-round technical knockout of Darren Gibbs of Michigan, reported.

Sinakin knocked Gibbs down once and was battering him on the ropes when the Nov. 16 contest at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia was halted just 2 minutes, 23 seconds into the fight.

Sinakin’s father, Lincoln, said his son is on a schedule of fighting every six to eight weeks.

On Oct. 6, Sinakin defeated Alex Lara by unanimous decision in his professional debut. Sinakin, who works fulltime as a mailman, has tattooed Hebrew lettering on his arms and back.

Organization Collects 36,000 Signatures Opposed to SJP Conference at UCLA said Nov. 27 it presented UCLA Chancellor Gene Block with petitions containing more than 36,000 signatures in opposition to the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) conference held on campus Nov. 16-18.

The conference was held despite complaints from U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, the Los Angeles City Council and the City Council of West Hollywood, among others.

“As concerned citizens, we must be proactive in combating the dangers of rising hate and bigotry, which threaten not only Jews, but all Americans,” said Liora Rez, a leader. “In the wake of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh — the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history — we can no longer be lame ducks waiting for the next attack. The time is now to be sober, strategic and strong in fighting against hate originating from radical movements in America.”

California College Faculty Votes to Suspend Study Abroad Program in Israel

Pitzer College’s faculty voted to suspend the school’s study abroad program at the University of Haifa and also voted to condemn the college’s trustees for rejecting a student government resolution to divest from Israel, JTA reported.

The faculty voted on Nov. 8 to suspend the program “until (a) the Israeli state ends its restrictions on entry to Israel based on ancestry and/or political speech and (b) the Israeli state adopts policies granting visas for exchanges to Palestinian universities on a fully equal basis as it does to Israeli universities.”

A final decision has yet to be made on whether to suspend the program.

Hillel International said 11 percent of the approximately 1,000 students at Claremont, Calif.-based Pitzer are Jewish. The school had run a semester abroad program with the Israeli college in the fall and spring.

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, director of the anti-Semitism campus monitor the AMCHA initiative, said this was the first time a faculty shut down an Israel study abroad program.

Injury Doesn’t Keep RGB Off the Bench

Jewish Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn’t let three fractured ribs she suffered on Nov. 7 keep her from missing oral arguments, JTA reported.

Ginsburg, 85, kept intact her 25-year streak of never missing a day of oral arguments when she returned to the bench Nov. 26 for the start of the court’s December session. That includes not missing time when she cracked two ribs in 2012.

Despite the seemingly serious nature of her recent injuries, Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital the next day and resumed her renowned workout program within a week.


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