Shorts: u.s.

Schwarzenegger to go to Israel

sacramento (jta) | Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to Israel.

The Hollywood star and former bodybuilding champion announced he will visit Jerusalem in May for the groundbreaking of Israel’s Museum of Tolerance.

Schwarzenegger also will use his two-day visit to promote trade ties between Israel and California.

The $200 million museum, designed by Frank Gehry, is slated to be twice as large as the Los Angeles version and is scheduled to be completed in three years.

Chassidic leader dies in prison

new square, n.y. (ap) | Chaim Berger, one of the founders of the Chassidic village of New Square and a mastermind of the theft of millions of dollars in government subsidies, has died in a prison hospital, friends said. He was 79.

Berger died Tuesday, March 16, at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C., where he was serving a six-year sentence.

Berger was one of five men accused of embezzling $11.6 million from federal anti-poverty programs. He fled prosecution in 1997 but was arrested in Israel in 1998 and returned to the United States in 2001 to stand trial.

‘Jesus’ sign leads to resignation

denver (jta) | A U.S. minister who posted a sign saying Jews killed Jesus resigned.

Maurice Gordon of the Lovingway United Pentecostal Church in Denver had posted the sign last month to coincide with the release of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”

Gordon has apologized and said he did not intend to foment anti-Semitism, but wanted people to read the Bible.

ADL must pay out millions in lawsuit

washington (jta) | The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal of a ruling that the Anti-Defamation League must pay $10.5 million to a couple denounced as anti-Semites.

The judgment stems from a 1994 case in which a Jewish couple contacted the ADL’s Mountain States Region after having taped their neighbors’ phone conversations in which anti-Semitic slurs were uttered.

Saul Rosenthal, the head of the ADL’s Mountain States Region, had denounced the neighbors, the Quigleys, at a news conference.

Charges of ethnic intimidation against the Quigleys were dropped, and the couple sued the ADL for defaming them as anti-Semites.