National Roundup 05-02: Trump to Spend Weekend at N.J. Golf Course; Study Shows Decline in Broward County Jewish Community
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Trump to Spend Weekend at N.J. Golf Course: President Donald Trump is expected to spend the weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, according to a Federal Aviation Administration notice.
The alert posted Monday morning stated there will be a 30-mile temporary flight restriction in the Morristown and Bedminster airspace from Friday to Sunday. There will be a 10-mile radius where no aircraft can fly, affecting airports in Somerset and Hunterdon counties, including Somerset Airport in Bedminster and Solberg Airport in Readington Township.
This will be Trump’s first visit to Trump National since he traveled there in November as president-elect. He and his transition team spent the weekend there working to fill key roles in his administration.
Trump is scheduled to be in New York City on Thursday, where he will meet with the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the USS Intrepid museum as part of a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, the White House announced last week. An FAA advisory indicated Trump will spend Thursday night in New York City before traveling to Bedminster, according to the Palm Beach Post. [NJ Advance]
Rutgers Fraternity Honors Legacy of Teen Slain in Israel: With tears filling his eyes, Ari Schwartz said Sunday’s event at Alpha Epsilon Pi honoring his slain son was “different” from all the others.
On Nov. 19, 2015, 18-year-old Ezra Schwartz was killed by a terrorist’s bullet in Israel. Unlike all previous events and ceremonies, the one at the fraternity was “not celebrating who Ezra was and what Ezra did,” but rather, “it represents who he could have been” — a Class of 2020 Rutgers University student just finishing his freshman year and most likely a brother of the international Jewish fraternity. “He could have been sitting here. He could have been roommates with one of you,” Ari Schwartz said to the brothers.
So on the day known in Israel as Yom Hazikaron — The Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism — AEPi inducted Ari Schwartz as a brother and Ezra Schwartz as an honorary brother of the Rho Upsilon chapter of the fraternity. “It means a lot,” Ari Schwartz said. “It really does. It seems like the entire world has reached out to us in order to support us through this tragedy. AEPi’s gesture today is another example of that. I very much appreciate the gesture of inducting me into AEPi as well.” In a private 30-minute ceremony, the father and son became the 69th and 70th members of the more than 60-year-old Rutgers chapter, which was reinstated on the campus in 2014.
Ezra Schwartz was one of three killed in a West Bank terrorist attack in Novermber of 2015. His plan, following his gap year in Israel, was to attend Rutgers and, perhaps, join AEPi. According to Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, Ezra Schwartz had been accepted admission to Rutgers Business School. “I remember the day he got his acceptance to Rutgers,” Ari Schwartz added. “He was so happy. He wanted a big school with a strong Hillel and a strong sports program. He loved sports and was immediately excited to be a huge Scarlet Knights fan.” [USA Today]
Obamas Will Host Chicago Leaders at Private Event Wednesday: Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will host Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and community leaders at a private event in Chicago on Wednesday. Attendees will learn about the coming Obama Presidential Center and likely be encouraged to donate to the project.
The South Shore Cultural Center event is intended as a way to “update the community on the progress of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park and hear directly from members of the community on their ideas for the Center,” according to a Monday statement from the Obama Foundation.
However, the 11 a.m. CST discussion will take place as a roundtable discussion and is closed to the general public.
In mid-February, Obama attended four strategy meetings regarding the South Side facility, which will include a museum, library and event center. The former president met with neighborhood leaders at the Obama Foundation’s Hyde Park office and three others about fundraising the hundreds of millions of dollars necessary for construction. [Wash Examiner]
Emanuel Accepted Gifts of Sports Tickets, Travel Perks Last Year: For the sixth straight year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has reported receiving free transportation, sports tickets and houseguest stays from wealthy friends and political supporters. Emanuel made the disclosure on his annual economic interest statement that was due Monday and requires all Cook County politicians to report gifts valued at more than $500. The mayor accepted gifts from three people last year — two regulars and a newcomer to his annual filing.
Once again, Emanuel accepted transportation and sports tickets from close friend, confidant and top campaign donor Michael Sacks, whom the mayor appointed to run World Business Chicago shortly after taking office in 2011. Sacks has appeared on the list every year since Emanuel took office, but 2016 is the first year the mayor reported staying as a houseguest of Sacks.
Sacks, his family and employees at investment firm GCM Grosvenor have contributed more than $3.6 million to funds that helped Emanuel win election, state campaign finance records show. Also appearing on the form again was Sidney “Skip” Herman, a partner at law firm Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott. The latest filing marked the sixth time Emanuel has reported staying as a houseguest of Herman, who calls himself a close friend and fishing pal of the mayor’s. Herman told the Sun-Times this year that he and Emanuel long have vacationed together with their families at Herman’s Montana home. Herman has contributed more than $145,000 to Emanuel’s campaign fund, including a maximum $5,600 donation recorded by the mayor March 30, records show. [Chicago Tribune]
Demographic Study Shows Decline in Broward Jewish Community: The Jewish population in Broward County has declined in 2016 from 1997, although Broward County still is the largest Jewish community in Florida and the eight largest American Jewish community, according to Dr. Ira Sheskin of the University of Miami. The median age of Jews residing in Broward County is younger now than in 1997 at age 53. Sheskin spoke on his study April 25 at B’nai Aviv Synagogue in Weston.
These statistics, among others, were presented to approximately 50 people who attended the presentation of the results of the 2016 Demographic Study of the Broward Jewish Community, funded by the Jewish Federation of Broward County. An overview of the data indicates that the decline of Broward’s Jewish population from 243,000 in 1997 to 149,000 is due to the mortality of the large elderly Jewish population.
“There is a big decrease from the Jewish population in Broward from 16% in 1997 to 8% in 2016 and that is because those who are 65 and over have declined from being 46% of the Broward Jewish community to 27%,” said Sheskin at the presentation.
By contrast, Sheskin’s 2014 demographic study of the Miami Jewish community showed an increase in Miami-Dade County’s Jewish population over a decade, although Miami-Dade still has a smaller Jewish population than in Broward County. “Miami’s growth had much to do with the growth of the adult Hispanic Jewish population. In Broward, there is an increase in the adult Hispanic Jewish population from 1997 as well,” said Sheskin. The data shows that 19% of adults in Broward Jewish households are born outside of the United States, with 13,200 who identify themselves as Hispanic Jewish adults (from mostly South American nations) and 13,600 who identify as Israelis. There is also a growing number of Russian Jews who reside in Broward County, compared to 1997. [Sun Sentinel]