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Articles from the January 13, 2023 edition

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The top 8 Jewish sports moments of 2022, from Sue Bird to Sandy Koufax

(JTA) — For Jewish sports fans, 2022 was a year of very high highs and particularly low lows. The fall was dominated by an antisemitism scandal involving Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, who shared...

 

Book signing with Brad Meltzer, author of 'The Nazi Conspiracy'

Writer’s Block Bookstore is partnering with The Roth Family JCC to host author Brad Meltzer at the Maitland Jewish Community Center auditorium for an in-person Q&A and signing on his latest book,...

 

Remembering the Holocaust

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center will host the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. Renowned author and educator, Matthew Rozell, will be...

 

British chief rabbi is knighted

(JTA) - Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth - commonly referred to as the United Kingdom's chief rabbi - can now add a "Sir" to his...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Before you get started on your new year’s resolutions, take a look at what was on your list last year. What worked and what didn’t? Was there an activity or hobby you wish you could have done...

 

Jewish Historical Society to mark 10th anniversary at Jan. 30 Luncheon

The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society will mark its tenth anniversary with a luncheon, at noon, Jan. 30, at Taco Libre#3, 2600 North Ponce de Leon Boulevard/Route U.S. 1, St. Augustine 32084. The program will include a brief review of the...

 

Winterfest at the Rosen JCC

It’s time to get ready for some winter fun at the Rosen JCC. Winterfest is scheduled for Jan. 28th 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Last year the biggest hit of the event was the Snow Slide. Many children had never seen snow or had a chance to go sledding. The...

 

Starting the new year with Shabbat

Jewish residents at Harbor Chase Dr. Phillips started the New Year with Shabbat services led by the Jewish Pavilion. They enjoyed fresh fruit, challah, cookies and chocolates in addition to conversation and a beautiful service . Pictured on the left...

 

Lithuania passes law allocating nearly $40 million for Holocaust survivors

(JTA) — Lithuania’s parliament passed a law this week to set aside over 37 million euros ($38 million) as restitution for Holocaust survivors and their heirs. Ingrida Šimonytė, Lithuania’s prime minister, introduced the bill in the Seimas,...

 

Antisemitic activist Nick Fuentes claims over 1,000 sign-ups for 'Students for Ye' group

(JNS) — Holocaust denier and white supremacist Nick Fuentes announced Monday on his telegram channel that more than 1,000 students have signed up for a group dubbed “Students for Ye” within two weeks. Fuentes asserted that his efforts on...

 

Republican Jewish Coalition CEO: George Santos 'will not be welcome' at RJC events

(JTA) — George Santos’ first Chanukah party with the Republican Jewish Coalition was his last. The group said it will not host Santos at any future events after the congressman-elect lied to RJC officials and to the public about being Jewish and...

 

B'nai B'rith denounces UN's referral

(JNS) — B’nai B’rith International condemned the U.N. General Assembly’s request that the International Court of Justice issue a legal opinion concerning Israeli policies on Palestinian-claimed territories. The referral was endorsed by a...

 

Unholy discrimination on the Temple Mount

This week, much of the world got uptight over the visit of a Jewish man to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Jordanian, Palestinian, and other Arab leaders and entities referred to it as the “storming of Al-Aksa” and “violating its sanctity....

 

The Pope Benedict I knew: A keeper of his faith with a deep respect for Judaism

(JTA) — I was first introduced to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later to become Pope Benedict XVI, in the late 1980s when he was visiting Jerusalem. Teddy Kollek, mayor of Jerusalem, was eager for me to meet with the cardinal, telling me that I would...

 

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK: Each one of us can sling a stone at antisemitism

In the midst of all the New Year’s reveling in the streets of Orlando, high above on an office building on Orange Avenue and Washington Street antisemitic messages “Vax the Jews,” “Honk if you hate Jews,” “Hitler was right” streamed ove...

 

Fighting antisemitism - we don't have to sit back and take it

We need to feel empowered, not scared. In 2020, my TV show “Skin Decision: Before and After” premiered on Netflix. In it, I helped people bring out their best selves through performing life-changing plastic surgery procedures. I quickly gained a...

 

Labeling photo-shopped pictures

Dear Editor: I find the undated photograph of the University of California’s Berkeley School of Law with a yard sign reading “Jews Not Allowed” on the front page of the Dec. 30, 2022, issue to be both disturbing and outrageous.  Yet, the...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. 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....

 

In Netflix's 'You People,' Jonah Hill is a Jewish guy who finds love with a Farrakhan follower's daughter

(JTA) – Were Jews the “OG slaves”? Can American slavery be compared to the Holocaust? And who gets the last word on Louis Farrakhan? These questions have spurred very serious debates over time — and now will be getting a raunchier take in...

 

Chanukah happiness and latke love with special teen guest performers

Jewish Pavilion Program Director Cantor Nina Fine (center, standing) entertained seniors at Westminster, Lutheran Towers and Kinneret in downtown Orlando, during the Chanukah holidays. Special guest...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Color therapy for dementia and everyone else

Color therapy can be beneficial for those with memory loss. Dementia specialists recommend using different colors to provide contrast in spaces and to help distinguish different objects. For example, painting a door a color that contrasts with the...

 
 By David Isaac    News    January 13, 2023

Parents are waking up to the Israeli education system's progressive agenda

(JNS) - Concerned Israeli parents are complaining that their children aren't learning even the basics of Judaism in the country's public schools. Activists say the issue goes beyond a failure to...

 

'Imam of Peace' committed to fight against Islamist extremism

(JNS) - Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, an Islamic scholar and thinker, has dedicated his life to fighting Islamic extremism. Physically attacked for his positions and forced to flee his home in Australia...

 

18 notable Jews who died in 2022

(JTA) - Every year brings the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of well-known Jewish icons in every field and to mourn those we have lost. Here are 18 Jews who died in 2022 and who leave ou...

 

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