Shorts: u.s.

Elvis impersonator does Chanukah spiel

washington (jta) | A U.S. synagogue used an Elvis Presley impersonator and Presley’s songs to retell the Chanukah story.

The program at Beth Sholom Synagogue in Memphis, Elvis’ hometown, featured students from the local Solomon Schechter Day School singing “Blue Suede Jews” and “Heartbreak Kotel,” a reference to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, The Associated Press reported.

“Since we’re in Memphis and Elvis is such a force here, we thought it would be a perfect way to blend modern culture and ancient customs,” said Jonathan Ross, who helped produce the program.

Lieberman seeks Santa’s help

washington (jta) | Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) asked Santa Claus for a good finish in the New Hampshire presidential primary.

“I don’t know if that was totally presidential, but it seemed like the right thing to do,” the Jewish presidential candidate said Dec. 18 after climbing into Santa’s lap at the Old Salt Eating and Drinking Place in Hampton, N.H.

He told Santa he wants “a better-than-expected finish in the New Hampshire primary.” Lieberman is fourth in polls in the United States’ first primary, set for Jan. 27.

Spanish Jewish paper debuts in South Florida

miami (jta) | There’s a new Spanish-language Jewish newspaper in South Florida.

The quarterly publication Tora Tropical: Judaismo con Sabor Latino (Tropical Torah: Judaism with a Latin Flavor) has a press run of 10,000.

The paper, funded by the Jewish federation movement, hopes to go monthly and expand to Chicago and Los Angeles next year.

U.S. presses for deportation

new york (jta) | The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to revoke the citizenship of World War II-era ghetto guard Osyp Firishchak.

Firishchak, 84, a Chicago resident, is accused of involvement in the killing of Jews in the Lvov Ghetto through his participation in the Nazi-sponsored Ukranian Auxiliary Police in 1941, according to a complaint filed Monday by the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations.

The auxiliary police is responsible for sending 100,000 Jews in Lvov to killing sites, including the Belzec death camp. Firishchak entered the United States in 1949 and became a citizen in 1954.

UCLA rabbi gets anger management

los angeles (jta) | A campus rabbi accused of assaulting a journalist agreed to take an anger-management course and go on paid leave.

Chaim Seidler-Feller, who apologized for the Oct. 21 incident, agreed to the recommendations made by the Los Angeles city attorney to resolve the case. A complaint filed Nov. 20 alleged that Seidler-Feller, the rabbi of the UCLA Hillel, assaulted Rachel Neuwirth, a freelance writer, following a campus talk by Alan Dershowitz.