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Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s Jewish AG, declares candidacy for governor (JTA) — Josh Shapiro, the Pennsylvania attorney general who made national headlines last year pushing back against attempts to reverse Joe Biden’s win in the state, is...

In first day of US trip, Lapid underscores bipartisanship, urges alternative plan on Iran

(JNS) - On the first of a three-day visit to Washington, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid made his rounds in Congress on Tuesday, highlighting the Israeli government's push for bipartisan support...

Alabama Cherokee tribe establishes ties with Israel

(Israel InSight via JNS) - The Northeast Alabama Cherokee held a ceremony on Sept. 25 in Guntersville, Ala., to establish a relationship with Israel. There, the tribe presented a resolution,...

Israel comes to the rescue

Israeli activists, philanthropists and aid workers have helped rescued 125 Afghans at risk from Taliban retribution in a complex and hush hush operation that happened earlier this month. The Afghans,...

Lapid happy with what he heard at meeting with Blinken about Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Yair Lapid got what he wanted out of his Washington visit: the word “every,” instead of “other.” During Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s first meeting with President Biden in August, the American president,...

U.S. pipe dreams of a democratic Palestine and a peaceful Iranian Islamic Republic

The president recently announced that the United States will shift American foreign policy strategy from military intervention to “relentless diplomacy.” Translated into the jargon of the foreign policy establishment, this means a downgrading...

Israel should grant Jews the right to pray on the Temple Mount

(JNS) — A fundamental constitutional right in the United States, embodied in its first amendment, is the freedom of religion. Freedom of prayer is clearly part of freedom of religion. Part of freedom of prayer is the freedom to pray in public...

A common battle against the poison of antisemitism

(JNS) — We live in a formative time, with fewer and fewer survivors who can tell us what happened, which calls for intensified efforts to commemorate the Holocaust. Deniers should never be allowed to falsify the history of the worst crime against...

Cancel culture is no laughing matter

(JNS) — Comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special, “The Closer,” is making the rounds but not for its hilarity. No, its high ratings can be attributed to the venom that it has elicited from the mainstream press and social media....

The 'Jewface' debate about casting non-Jews as Jews betrays an Ashkenazi bias

(JTA) — Actress and comedian Sarah Silverman, in comments on her Sept. 30 podcast, railed against the practice of casting non-Jews as Jewish characters in TV and films. She referred to the castings as “Jewface,” a play on the historically...

Jews in the Land of Disney: Former city commissioner finds family thought lost in the Holocaust

Sandi Solomon, three-term Casselberry city commissioner has found relatives who were thought to have perished in the Holocaust. Through a genealogy search that her daughter-in-law Sharon Fleitman of...

Sally Rooney: Israeli publishers can't put out my new book for now, but Hebrew translation 'would be an honour'

(JTA) — The bestselling author Sally Rooney said she decided not to publish her latest novel with an Israeli publishing house because she supports a boycott of Israel, but added that a non-Israeli press could still publish the book in Hebrew....

From Judeo-Greek to Karaim, Oxford courses on 12 rare Jewish languages aim to keep heritages alive

(JTA) — In April, the language-learning app Duolingo added its 40th language to its program arsenal: Yiddish. A couple of decades ago, it would have been unthinkable for a mainstream non-Jewish language program to offer an expansive,...

Scene Around

How thrilled I am ... Sure, sure, at my age anything would thrill me, right? WRONG! It has to be something very special ... and it was! The other evening on the KELLY CLARKSON television show, her...

Assisting agencies and Jewish entities, here's JCA's goals and objectives

During this year, The Heritage will run a half page insertion in every issue featuring an organization that has partnered with the Jewish Capital Alliance of Central Florida to attain its chartered...

Jim Fleischer, CEO of AEPi, dies at 52

(Cleveland Jewish News via JTA) - Jim Fleischer, a Canton, Ohio native who served as CEO of the historic Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi since June 2018, died from cancer on Saturday. He was 52....

Obituary - LAUREN ELLEN SHAEFFER-VANDIVIER

Mrs. Lauren Ellen Shaeffer-Vandivier, 63, of Orlando died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at Cornerstone Hospice, following a brief illness. Mrs. Schaeffer-Vandivier was born on Jan. 19, 1948, in Philadelphia, Penn., to Jeanne Singer Schaeffer and the late...

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