THE JEWISH PRESS
TALK about aiming high. Hamodia gives space — two-and-a-half pages — to an Israeli rabbi who is running a series of workshops to teach non-Jewish flight staff how to cope with Jewish passengers. Rabbi Yisrael Noach Guttman conducts a full-day seminar of day-today Jewish practice, which he hopes will bridge the cultural gaps and avoid any misunderstandings. He says female flight attendants will learn that when a frum Jew refuses to shake hands, he is not being rude. He also advises Charedi passengers on flight etiquette, recommending frum passengers arrive at the airport three hours before check-in so they can ask for a seat next to someone of the same gender.
Also attracting media attention is Israeli director Ari Folman. The Forward reports how Mr Folman could not fly back from the Cannes Film Festival as planned because of the increasing interest in his animated documentary, WaltzWithBashir. The movie chronicles — in cartoon form — Israel’s 1982 war against Lebanon.
And for those trying to trace their family history, the Jewish Tribune tells of a new facility created by the United Synagogue and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain which allows people to search the Office of the Chief Rabbi marriage-authorisation indices. They will contain the “English” names of the bride and groom, along with the date and place of their intended marriage.
Waltz with Bashir