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 By Faygie Holt    News    February 9, 2024

Florida Jewish day schools receive $25 million in security funds

(JNS) — The Florida Department of Education has distributed $25 million in security funding—of $43 million allocated by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R)—to more than 130 Jewish day schools and preschools across the state, the governor’s office announc...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    April 7, 2023

DeSantis signs school-choice bill with nearly $8,000 in state funding per child

(JNS) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday to establish a statewide voucher program in which every child will be eligible to receive nearly $8,000 toward schooling, tutoring or other...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    March 31, 2023

Jewish shoppers struggle with highest prices in recent memory for Passover food

(JNS) — A woman pushed her shopping cart down an aisle filled with Passover foods in a supermarket in northern New Jersey. She lifted a box of kosher-for-Passover soup cracker off the shelf and starte...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    March 10, 2023

Law enforcement: White supremacists not welcome in Central Florida

(JNS) - A sheriff in Central Florida made it loud and clear that white supremacists are not welcome following a series of antisemitic incidents in Volusia County and adjacent areas. "When you are...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    March 11, 2022

South Florida fraternity suspended for swastika incident amid national wave of campus antisemitism

(JNS) — A fraternity at the University of South Florida was suspended after photos circulated of a Feb. 11 event in which members of the group, including a Jewish student, reportedly had swastikas drawn on their “shirts or body parts.” Noting that...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    February 25, 2022

Religious freedom or free speech? Congregants appeal to Supreme Court over protests at Michigan synagogue

(JNS) - A Jewish man from Ann Arbor, Mich., is hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether anti-Jewish protesters outside a local synagogue on Shabbat morning violate his right to freely...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    February 11, 2022

DeSantis decries neo-Nazi activity

(JNS) — Jewish groups and some politicians are decrying neo-Nazi activity that took place in Orlando, Fla., over the weekend, even as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis alleges his political enemies are trying to use the incident to “smear” him. On Saturday,...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    February 4, 2022

California school district adopts 'liberated' ethnic-studies program marked by 'extreme anti-Israel' bias

(JNS) — Jewish groups in California took out a full-page ad in a local newspaper on Wednesday to voice their displeasure and concern with a school-board decision to engage an ethnic-studies curriculum for high school and middle-school students t...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    January 14, 2022

British publisher scraps book that replaced Israel with 'Palestine' in Mideast map

(JNS) — The British publisher of a children’s book about strong Middle Eastern women that included a map of the region with “Palestine” in place of Israel has removed the title from its website after complaints from pro-Israel groups. Author Wafa Ta...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    December 24, 2021

Jewish groups provide relief, physically and emotionally, after tornado

(JNS) - The last time Rabbi Shlomo Litvin, co-director of Chabad of the Bluegrass, had been in Hopkinsville, Ky., he was joined by thousands of other people to see a total eclipse. He returned to the...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    December 17, 2021

NYPD: Hate crimes double in year, many markedly antisemitic

(JNS) — Jewish groups are sounding the alarm after the New York City Police Department released statistics on Wednesday indicating that hate crimes have doubled in a single year. Of the nearly 500 hate crimes reported in the city as of November, s...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    November 12, 2021

Adams draws strong support from Orthodox community in New York mayoral win

(JNS) Addressing supporters with a "heart filled with hope purpose and love for this city," Eric Adams accepted his win as New York City's mayor-elect with a nod to strong support from the Orthodox...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    October 8, 2021

SCN tracks threats to Jews

(JNS) - A state-of-the-art security command center was unveiled this week by the Secure Community Network to ensure that the Jewish community is prepared in the event of any violence or threats....

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    September 17, 2021

Looking back and ahead: Analyzing US, Jewish security concerns post-9/11

(JNS) As Americans gathered this year to remember the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, they did so amid a landscape that is increasingly divided domestically, where hate crimes are at a re... Full story

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    August 20, 2021

Jewish athletes celebrate Olympic success at Tokyo games

(JNS) - Many in the Jewish world are sharing in Israel's record-setting four medal wins at the just-concluded 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Leading the pack were rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram and...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    August 13, 2021

Florida set to ban Unilever from state contracts

(JNS) — The state of Florida notified Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream, on Tuesday that it has 90 days to cease its “boycott of Israel” or face a ban on contracts and investments with the Sunshine State. The move is in respons...

 

Ben & Jerry's boycott ripples through Jewish world, mixed with legal threats

(JNS) — The fallout over the decision by Ben & Jerry’s to no longer sell its products in what the company calls “occupied Palestinian territory,” which includes parts of Jerusalem, immediately rippled throughout the Jewish world, with Israel...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    July 23, 2021

912 percent increase in antisemitic content on TikTok

(JNS) — During a symposium about online anti-Semitism sponsored by the U.S. State Department last year, a representative from the social-media platform TikTok assured that his company was working to combat hate. Speaking in October 2020, Jeff C...

 
 By Faygie Holt    Features    July 16, 2021

Back at the lake and canteen: Jewish campers express relief just 'getting to be kids again'

(JNS) - The countdown started weeks ago, and it's finally time for many to return to sleep-away camp after a year of lockdowns, Zoom school, and separation from friends and family amid a worldwide...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    July 16, 2021

Study reveals 912 percent increase in anti-Semitic content on TikTok

(JNS) — During a symposium about online anti-Semitism sponsored by the U.S. State Department last year, a representative from the social-media platform TikTok assured that his company was working to combat hate. Speaking in October 2020, Jeff Collins...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    June 25, 2021

Florida legislation supports funding for day schools

(JNS) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a synagogue in South Florida on Monday to sign legislation that had the support of many in the Jewish community there. At the Shul of Bal Harbour in...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    June 25, 2021

Jewish United Fund uses media, advertising in Chicago

(JNS) - The Jewish United Fund is taking the fight over antisemitism to residents of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs with a major media blitz that included TV ads, billboards, social-media posts...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    May 28, 2021

Pro-Palestinians assault Jewish diners in Los Angeles

(JNS) — The Anti-Defamation League is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of men who assaulted patrons at a Los Angeles restaurant on Tuesday night in what is being looked at as a hate crime. “We are outraged over reports o...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    May 28, 2021

Supporters of Israel stand strong in US cities from coast to coast

(JNS) - Across the country from the big cities to suburban towns, thousands of Jews gathered on Sunday to show their support for Israel and to take a stand against the rising number of anti-Semitic in...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    May 21, 2021

Young American Jews are increasingly Orthodox or unaffiliated

(JNS) Young American Jews are moving in two very distinct directions—towards Orthodox or little Jewish engagement. That was one of the major findings from “Jewish Americans in 2020,” a new study by the Pew Research Center. This is the second Pew s...

 

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