Articles from the January 3, 2020 edition

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 By JTA Staff    News    January 3, 2020

The Jews who defined the 2010s

(JTA)-The 2010s were nothing if not turbulent. The decade brought us unprecedented political polarization, war and increasing conflict in Israel, dozens of horrific mass shootings, and a new age of el...

 

KCOA rescues holiday meal program from closure

The Kinneret Council on Aging, a nonprofit agency that provides ongoing programs and services to residents of Kinneret Apartments, has rescued a holiday meal program that was formerly run by Jewish Family Services. Approximately, 83 percent of the...

 

UCF has a 'Top 5' Hillel

ATLANTA—Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, presented awards this week to recognize campus Hillels that are creating innovative experiences and meaningful connections to help students develop stronger ties to...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 3, 2020

Netanyahu easily wins Likud primary

(JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won his party's leadership primary with 72.5 percent of the vote. Challenger Gideon Saar got 27.5 percent, according to Haaretz. Turnout for the...

 

Coming up this month at The Roth Family JCC

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Prospects: A View from the Palestinian street On Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Keith Dvorchik, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and CEO of The Roth Family JCC, and Central...

 

Beyond Borders: A History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Beginning Jan. 6, 2020, Monday evenings, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (Weeks 1-7) and 7 p.m.—9:15 p.m. (Weeks 8-9) The course is taught by Yael Weinstein Part 1: This 9-week course explores the history of the conflict from the inception of the Jewish Aliyah...

 

Jewish Pavilion's annual fashion show debuts at Altamonte Dillard's

Open to the entire community, this year's Jewish Pavilion Fashion Show takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m., at Dillard's Department Store in the Altamonte Mall. "Dillard's Department store is...

 

Trump administration opposes Turkey sanctions bill

(JNS)—The Trump administration is reportedly opposing a bill that would sanction Turkey for purchasing Russian missiles, claiming that it would push both countries towards further cooperation. The administration also opposes a part of the measure...

 

US restores assistance for Palestinian security services, humanitarian and civilian purposes

(JNS)—Part of the $1.37 trillion spending bill that U.S. President Donald Trump signed on Friday included $150 million split evenly between assistance for security services, and humanitarian and civilian purposes for the Palestinians. The...

 

2019 immigration to Israel hits highest number in a decade

(JNS)—An estimated 34,000 immigrants moved to Israel in 2019—the largest number per year in the past decade, according to numbers published by the Jewish Agency. The data includes those who immigrated during the period of January-November 2019...

 

The Chanukah challenge for young Jews

(JNS)—Chanukah’s popularity with American Jews was largely the result of a futile though determined effort to compete with Christmas. While enjoying freedom, prosperity and influence that was unprecedented in the history of the Diaspora,...

 

Guess who's leading your child's tour of Israel?

(JNS)—The problem of anti-Semitic intimidation on American college campuses is serious, and hopefully, U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent executive order will help combat it. But an equally significant problem is the deeply entrenched...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 3, 2020

French Jewish leader questions judicial willingness to confront Islamist anti-Semitism

The head of the French Jewish community expressed fear that last week’s decision by prosecutors in Paris to excuse the murderer of a Jewish woman from a criminal trial symbolized a deeper reluctance to confront anti-Semitism among Muslims in...

 

America's failed Jewish leadership must resign

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in a premeditated attack, two shooters opened fire inside a kosher deli in Jersey City, New Jersey, and murdered four people. The killers included a former member of a notoriously anti-Semitic group and, reportedly, a...

 

Putting the J in Majorca: Finding my purpose in the Spanish Jewish community

For millennia, the Jewish people have overcome darkness. We have prevailed against those who sought to destroy us in each generation, by carrying our beliefs, traditions, culture, and most importantly our strong sense of peoplehood forward. Chanukah,...

 

Memo to all Jews: It's time to kiss and make up

(JNS)—Left, right and sideways, Jews in America are facing a major dilemma: Whose side should we take? Do we take the conservative point of view and accept our duly elected Republican president as the Jews’ knight in shining armor? After all,...

 

What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30...

 
 By Avi Feygin    Features    January 3, 2020

Anti-Semitism is alive and well at York University in Canada

(JNS)—I found myself locked in a room listening to Israel Defense Forces’ veterans tell their stories while people outside chanted for my blood. For several hours, the protesters chanted, pounded on the walls and doors of the lecture hall, and...

 

In PA-controlled Bethlehem, Christmas is no longer the celebration of yesteryear

(JNS)-On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, Manger Square in Bethlehem was filled with people, but local Christians were few and far between. The majority of those milling around in the sunshine...

 

Remembering Mr. Rogers

The murder of eleven Jews while they were observing Shabbat occurred in the heart of Mister Rogers's Neighborhood. The Reverend Fred Rogers and his wife Joanne owned a home and raised their two sons i...

 

Scene Around

Wishing all my readers a very "HAPPY NEW YEAR"! The Holocaust????... I read this recently. It was very disturbing. I pass it along to you: "The New Zealand Jewish Council, an affiliate of the World...

 

USAID's Bonnie Glick takes lessons from Judaism as deputy of US development agency

(JNS)-Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development Bonnie Glick made headlines last week after Bloomberg reported that she placed a hold on U.S. economic assistance to Lebanon...

 

Congress members call on DeVos to deny taxpayer funds for BDS studies on campus

(JNS)—Eight Republican members of Congress on Thursday called on U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to ensure that taxpayer funds do not go toward Middle East Studies’ centers at colleges and universities that support boycotting Israel. In a...

 

Holocaust survivor dies from injuries in transit to White House Chanukah party

(JTA)—Rosalee Glass, a Holocaust survivor recognized by President Donald Trump during the White House Chanukah party, has died following injuries sustained during travel to Washington, D.C. Glass...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 3, 2020

Columbia University accused of anti-Semitic discrimination

(JTA)—A federal complaint has been filed against Columbia University accusing the school of anti-Semitic discrimination. It is the first case filed since President Donald Trump’s executive order on combating anti-Semitism, which grants Jewish...

 

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