Week of July 12, 2024

  • Gallup: Gen Z believes antisemitism less of a problem in America

    (JNS) — Only one in three Americans under the age of 35 believe that antisemitism is a “very serious problem” in the United States, a significantly lower figure than among the broader public, according to a Gallup poll. Gallup polled a sample of 1,024 American adults from all U.S. states and Washington, D.C., between May 1-23. (The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level, Gallup noted.) Just under half of all respondents believed that Jew-hatred is a very serious problem, while 32 percent...

  • Netanyahu sets red lines in hostage-release talks with Hamas

    Akiva Van Koningsveld

    (JNS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office on Sunday night outlined Jerusalem's red lines in the ongoing ceasefire negotiations with the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip. "The plan that has been agreed to by Israel and which has been welcomed by President Biden will allow Israel to return hostages without infringing on the other objectives of the war," according to the PMO. The statement also credited Netanyahu with pressuring Hamas into returning to the...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    ADL launches $4b lawsuit on behalf of US Oct. 7 victims (JNS) — The Anti-Defamation League, together with Washington, D.C.-based law firm Crowell & Moring LLP, filed suit on Monday in U.S. federal court against Iran, Syria and North Korea on behalf of American victims of Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, states that the three countries provided material support—including military, tactical and financial—to Hamas that enabled it to commit atrocities in Israel on Oct....

  • Widow of IDF hero to tell her husband's story

    Aryeh Rein was a loving husband of Michal and devoted father to nine-year-old Shaked and six-year-olds Geffen and Carmel. He was loved by all who knew him, contributed generously to his community and loved his country. Following the Hamas atrocities on Oct. 7, he was called to serve in the IDF. Aryeh, who was an IDF tank commander, fell in battle on Dec. 24, 2023, while fighting in Gaza to protect the land of Israel and the Jewish people. On Tuesday, July, 16 2024, at 7:30 p.m. Chabad of North...

  • Over 900 Hamas terrorists killed in Rafah

    The Israeli military denied a New York Times report that its leadership is pressing for a ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza. (JNS) — Israeli forces have killed over 900 terrorists during the ongoing offensive in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said on Tuesday. “What we saw with our eyes … over 900 dead terrorists, including commanders, at least one battalion commander, many company commanders and many operatives,” Halevi said during a visit to a forward logistics base in...

  • Mother of rescued hostage Noa Argamani dies of brain cancer

    (Israel Hayom via JNS) - Liora Argamani, whose daughter Noa was held captive in Gaza for 246 days following Hamas's Oct. 7 attacks, died Tuesday after a prolonged battle with brain cancer. Argamani's final wish-to see her daughter one last time-was granted just three weeks before her passing, after Israeli forces rescued Noa in a daring raid last month to free her and three other Israeli hostages, marking a poignant end to a story that captivated Israel and the world. The 61-year-old nurse, who...

  • Netanyahu in Washington

    (JNS) — U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the latter travels to Washington later this month, according to CNN. The report, citing a source familiar with the process of hammering out the logistics, said the meeting will likely take place at the White House. The two leaders last met in mid-October, when Biden visited the Jewish state in the aftermath of Hamas’s terror invasion and massacre of 1,200 Israelis. Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress on July 24, at the...

  • Israel to advance 6,000 housing units in Judea and Samaria

    (JNS) — The Israeli government is advancing the approval of 6,016 housing units in dozens of towns throughout Judea and Samaria, the Supreme Planning Council of the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration said on Tuesday. The body was set to meet on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the advancement of the building plans, some 2,400 of which were expected to receive final approval, Israel’s Channel 12 News broadcaster reported. Among the projects on the agenda of the Supreme Planning...

  • French couple make aliyah to honor son who fell in Gaza

    (JNS) - The Elmkayes family arrived in Israel from France last week, making Aliyah in honor of their son Binyamin, who fell battling Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. The family moved with the support of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and the Israel Ministry for Aliyah and Integration. They have chosen to live in Jerusalem "as a way to ensure that the light of our son's life will continue to shine despite his death," according to the family....

  • Netanyahu calls release of Gaza hospital director 'severe mistake and moral failure'

    Vered Weiss, World Israel News

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the release of the director of a Gaza hospital where Hamas was embedded “a severe mistake and a moral failure” and demanded the establishment of a team to approve future releases. Shifa Hospital director Mohammad Abu Salmiya was released on Monday morning along with close to 55 other Palestinian prisoners. The hospital was proven to have been used to keep hostages and house weapons and ammunition intended to kill Israelis. Salmiya was arrested in November on suspicion of involvement with...

  • Contenders to replace Joe Biden, and their Jewish stories

    Ron Kampeas

    (JTA) — WASHINGTON — Calls for President Joe Biden to relinquish his presidential nomination have proliferated since his disastrous debate performance last week. On Tuesday, for the first time, a Democratic elected official, Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas, echoed the demand; Aside from Doggett, most of the appeals have come from a range of liberal-leaning publications and pundits. Biden insists he’s going nowhere and has sent out campaign surrogates to make the case that the 81-year-old president is up to the job. Nonetheless, chatter...

  • Shin Bet releases 50 Palestinian prisoners

    Vered Weiss, World Israel News

    Shin Bet made the highly controversial decision to release 50 Palestinian prisoners, including the director of Shifa Hospital in Gaza where terrorists were embedded. Although Shin Bet claimed there was no concrete evidence to justify holding the prisoners, they added that there was “not enough room in current incarceration facilities.” Politicians and families of hostages reacted with outrage at the decision to release Muhammad Abu Salmiya, the Shifa hospital director who had been held since November 28. An IDF source told The Jerusalem...

  • Hebrew University launches new English-taught undergrad program to attract Jewish students from the U.S.

    Zev Stub

    (JTA) - Early in her senior year in high school in Washington D.C., Elie Ravitz-Basser realized that the Israel-Gaza war would upend her college plans. "I applied to four universities in the United States early in the fall, but everything changed after October 7," she said. "At that point, I decided to attend college only in Israel, surrounded by people who share my Jewish values." Ravitz-Basser is set to start her bachelor's degree this fall in Jerusalem, pursuing a double major in English and...

  • Jewish Pavilion Breakfast creates connections

    Jewish Pavilion Senior Services recently hosted its latest Sponsor Breakfast event at K2 Medical in Maitland, bringing together 40 JPSS sponsors for a morning of networking and community building. These quarterly gatherings, along with six annual events, provide a platform for JPSS Board members and sponsors to forge stronger connections, fostering both professional and personal...

  • Hamas leaders plead for terror chiefs to accept ceasefire deal

    Adi Nirman

    (Israel Hayom via JNS) — Israel’s nine-month offensive in response to Hamas’s attack on Oct. 7 has likely influenced the terrorist organization to ease its demands in ceasefire negotiations, according to several officials in the Middle East and the U.S., the Associated Press reports. Over the weekend, Hamas appeared to drop its longstanding insistence that Israel commit to ending the war as part of any ceasefire agreement. This change has sparked renewed optimism for progress in internationally mediated talks. Recent internal...

  • Presbyterian Church rejects Christian Zionism, divests from Israel Bonds

    (JNS) — The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted on Monday at its biennial meeting, which is ongoing in Salt Lake City, Utah, to divest from financial bonds in Israel and to denounce Christian Zionism, Religion News Service reported. The denomination, which had 8,704 churches and 1.14 million members as of May 2023, voted to “reject Christian Zionism in all its forms” and to issue a report about the “dangers of Christian Zionism” and how “mainline Christians and those of other faiths are complicit, though unaware of connections with...

  • Successful summer event hosted by Herut of Clermont

    Clermont Herut held a successful summer event at Waterfront Park on Sunday, June 30, with over 75 people attending. A highlight of the event was the table of culinary creations from Sabbaba Market of Altamonte Springs. Attendees came from areas such as Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Leesburg, Four Corners and The Villages. A vast selection of Mediterranean and Kosher food was available to try and buy, and the tastes kept on coming throughout the event. At 2 p.m. the able bodied and fighting fit...

  • Israel's Labor and Meretz parties merge

    Ben Sales

    (JTA) — Israel’s Labor and Meretz parties announced on Sunday that they would unite ahead of the next election in a bid to revive the country’s left and maximize its share of parliament. The new party, called the Democrats, is the latest attempt to stem the more than 20-year decline of the Israeli left. Labor, which governed Israel for its first three decades, is now the smallest party in Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Meretz, to Labor’s left, did not receive enough votes in the most recent election to enter Knesset at all ...

  • St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society to tour library

    The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society will tour the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2024 under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Jefferson, the unofficial “The Jewish Librarian of Florida.” The Society and guests will meet in the parking lot of the Main Branch of the St. Johns County Library, 1960 North Ponce De Leon Boulevard (Route U.S. 1), St. Augustine, FL 32084 at 10 am. for the drive to Gainesville and a noontime lunch at CAVA, 1404 W University Avenue, Gainesville, Florida...

  • Top Iranian general: Next attack on Israel will lead to 'complete victory'

    (JNS) — A senior Iranian general on Monday told family members of Hamas terrorists killed in Gaza that the Islamic Republic was prepared to launch another attack on the Jewish state, similar to its massive missile and drone strike in April. “We await an opportunity for ‘True Promise II’ … in which I do not know how many missiles will be fired,” Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps aerospace forces commander Brig.-Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh told the family members, who were visiting Iran. Iran’s next attack, said Hajizadeh, “will...

  • No auditory illusions about it

    Ruthie Blum

    (JNS) — The debate on Thursday evening between U.S. President Joe Biden and predecessor Donald Trump is a gift that keeps on giving. Every syllable spoken by the two presumptive nominees continues to be the focus of both serious and comedic discourse. Only a handful of desperate straw-graspers are rejecting the consensus opinion that the incumbent’s performance revealed an unacceptable level of age-related brain fog. Even those of his ardent supporters in the media who’ve been telling us not to believe our lying eyes realized that the...

  • The pointlessness of pursuing a two-state solution

    Lawrence Solomon

    (JNS) — Apart from its own 780,000-strong armed forces, Iran has assembled a score of armed groups in countries neighboring Israel; all of which, like Iran, are committed to the eradication of the Jewish state. The United States, the European Union and others in the West who are fixated on a two-state solution continually exhort Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate a peace agreement. This exhortation confuses a sideshow with the main act, because Iran and its proxies, not Israel and the Palestinians, call the shots. Iran, which directs...

  • From humanitarianism to terrorism

    Daniel Greenfield

    (Gatestone Institute via JNS) — “Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; – the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!” — “A Tale of Two Cities,” Charles Dickens Every leftist cause is founded on empathy. The quintessential leftist, no matter how much blood eventually spatters his hands, starts off by caring a great deal about other people. His heart bleeds for the oppressed, the workers and the peasants, for racial and sexual minorities and for all the oppressed peoples of the world. The ideological fashion may change,...

  • Biden and the left's reality distortion field

    Benjamin Kerstein

    (JNS) — The revelation of President Joe Biden’s precipitous cognitive decline at last week’s debate has come has a shock to many, including myself. In retrospect, of course, we were all foolish to dismiss the plethora of evidence that the decline was underway. But beset by the machinations of a collaborationist news media and what was clearly a carefully managed cover-up by the White House, we can’t be entirely blamed for holding on to our illusions. There was, moreover, a great deal of wishful thinking involved. Many of us were...

  • American mediocrity

    Thane Rosenbaum

    (Jewish Journal via JNS) — There is a certain kind of person for whom “The West Wing” was dramatic television at its finest. It featured sharp, brainy, political dialogue with a cast walking around the White House outwitting one another—not outdoing the other’s wits, but simply being wittier. The president was a former professor and Nobel Prize-winning economist. Naturally, he was a Democrat. “The West Wing” catered to coastal elites in the same way that “Roseanne” and “My Name Is Earl” were beloved by the working class...

  • Jewish life stories

    Andrew Silow-Carroll

    (JTA) Houston mourns a ‘PR Fairy’ killed in a fall Susan Farb Morris was spending Father’s Day weekend in Galveston, Texas with her husband, children and grandchildren when the balcony of the vacation home on which she was standing collapsed. She died of her injuries on June 14, at 68. Her death shocked her hometown Houston community where, as the founder and president of Susan Farb Morris Public Relations, she was known as “The PR Fairy.” In addition to arts and corporate clients,...

  • Oct. 7 'deeply personal,' says US actor Michael Rapaport

    Alex Traiman and Etgar Lefkovits

    (JNS) - American-Jewish actor Michael Rapaport said on Monday that the Oct. 7 Hamas massacre, and the wave of antisemitism that it triggered across the United States, were deeply personal for him and enhanced his connection with Judaism. Rapaport spoke to JNS on the sidelines of the annual Pulse of Israel conference in Jerusalem, where he received the "Leadership of Zion Award" from the hands of CEO and founder Avi Abelow. The comedian has emerged as a leading voice for Israel in Hollywood, at...

  • Remembering Rabbi Sacks

    Rob Charry

    (JTA) - When I think of my friend and spiritual advisor Andy Sacks, I think of the words of the late civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis, who urged his followers to "get into good trouble." As the longtime director of the Rabbinical Assembly in Israel, Rabbi Sacks headed the Conservative movement's Bureau for Religious Affairs. In more than 28 years in that role he fought tirelessly for the right of non-Orthodox rabbis and congregations in Israel to operate on a level playing field with Israel's...

  • Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Sibling relationships and caregiving

    Sibling dynamics further complicate the caregiving journey. While parents hope for unity among siblings in providing care, disparities often arise due to various factors such as distance, lifestyle choices, or historical family dynamics. Recognizing these differences and maintaining open communication are pivotal. It’s essential to acknowledge the significance of caregiving collectively and strive to prevent disputes from eroding familial bonds. For siblings unable to contribute physically, offering support in alternative ways, such as...

  • Amateur detectives are invited to join search for a lost Jewish library looted by the Nazis

    Shira Li Bartov

    (JTA) - On the eve of World War II, the Higher Institute for Jewish Studies in Berlin embodied an avant-garde era for the study of modern Judaism and philosophy, hosting students from the leading thinker Leo Baeck to Czech Jewish writer Franz Kafka to the first woman rabbi, Regina Jonas. It was also home to one of the world's largest and most important Jewish libraries - about 60,000 books of theology, history and literature that reflected the diversity of German-Jewish society before the...

  • Our senior citizens - witnesses of America's history

    Independence Day is a time when people of all ages come together to celebrate the freedom and liberty that their country provides. While the focus of this celebration is often on the younger generation, it is important to recognize and honor the contributions of senior citizens who have played a significant role in building and shaping our nation. Senior citizens have lived through decades of change, witnessing the progress and challenges that have shaped our society. They have experienced firsthand the struggles and victories that have led...

  • Obituary - EME MARGOLIS CHAIKIN

    Eme Margolis Chaikin, 95, passed away at home peacefully and surrounded by her loving family, June 22, 2024. She was born in Philadelphia PA., the daughter of Sylvia and Jabob (Lou) Steriss on Nov. 2, 1928. Eme is survived by her children, Maxine Spadaro and spouse, Eugene; Jeffrey Margolis and spouse, Rachel; and Shirley Mayor; grandchildren, Jaimie Dunnick and spouse, Brandon; great-grandchildren, Claire and Benjamin; Stephanie Spadaro, Ollie and Charlie; Jeremy Margolis and spouse, Nicole;...

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