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Articles from the January 20, 2023 edition

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Successful Pro Israel Friends Group is looking for new members

People often complain that they have no voice in government legislation, thinking erroneously that they are just “one person whose voice doesn’t matter.” But this isn’t true. There is a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 20, 2023

AIPAC's gathering is focused on how to elect pro-Israel candidates in 2024

WASHINGTON (JTA) - With a new right-wing government in Israel raising alarm bells among many in the United States, the timing seemed ripe for a gathering by AIPAC, which regularly convenes bigwigs to...

 

Orlando loses passionate leader

Orlando lost another builder of the Jewish community. Described over the years by many friends as compassionate; serious; deeply devoted to the community, Congregation Ohev Shalom, Israel and the... Full story

 

Bethanne Weiss, 2023 Fashion Show honoree

Many people describe Bethanne (Wellness) Weiss as someone with boundless energy and incredible wisdom. The Jewish Pavilion is pleased to honor Weiss at its upcoming fashion show on Thursday, Feb.16...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Choosing a Senior Living community, Continuous Care Retirement Community, or rental community

A Continuous Care Retirement Community is the same as a Life Plan Community. In both cases a continuum of care is provided — independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Some CCRC’s offer memory care, and some do not....

 

This year's 'Jewish Nobel' is a group prize, going to Jewish activists supporting Ukraine

(JTA) — A prize established to honor a single inspiring Jew with a lifetime of achievements has been awarded this year to a nameless group whose work is ongoing: Jewish activists in war-ravaged Ukraine. The Genesis Prize Foundation said the war in...

 

Combat Antisemitism Movement outlines plans for the coming year

(JNS) — Speaking at the annual Combat Antisemitism Movement Advisory Board meeting Wednesday night, chairman Natan Sharansky underscored the importance of countering the global rise of antisemitism. “For the last 20 years, we could say...

 

Ilhan Omar to be booted from House Foreign Affairs Committee

(JNS) — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday repeated his promise to block vocal critic of Israel Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In an interview with Punchbowl News, McCarthy said that he would al...

 

Second Gentleman Emhoff to lead Holocaust remembrance efforts in Europe

(JNS) — The White House announced on Thursday that Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff will travel to Europe this month to participate in Holocaust remembrance events. Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, is set to visit Krakow,...

 

Where's the outrage over Biden comparing illegal immigrants to Holocaust victims?

(JNS) —  After two years of pointedly ignoring a problem largely of his own making, President Joe Biden finally made a brief visit to the U.S. southern border in El Paso, Texas. While there, however, he saw little of the human cost of the catastro...

 

Jews who defend antisemites

(JNS) — It seems that every Jewish organization claims it is fighting antisemitism. Yet, it is clear that they are failing. Many reasons account for the spread of this cancer. One is that some Jews are antisemites or have taken positions that are...

 

US demands Israel maintain discriminatory 'Muslims only' policy on Temple Mount

It is a fundamental American principle that religious and racial discrimination is impermissible, unacceptable and unjust. We Americans do not let threats of violence stop us from changing a discriminatory “status quo.” Thus, threats from the Ku...

 

Jewish students are 'falling through the cracks'

(JNS) — In their zeal to construct an academic setting that reflects the true diversity of the nation and attempts to redress past discrimination and exclusion, universities have created “protected” groups of students who are scrupulously...

 

Walk like an Israeli

(JNS) — Imagine if Pope Francis were to say: “Only Christians are permitted in the Vatican! No Muslims and no Jews!” The “international community” would be outraged. But the pontiff would never say that. Muslims and Jews are welcome in 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....

 

German zoo gets $26 million from widow

(JTA) — The zoo in Cologne, Germany, has gotten its first check from the $26 million gift promised by the widow of a Holocaust survivor who credited the city’s residents for saving him during the war. Elizabeth Reichert willed the funds to the...

 

U.N. exhibit remembers when the world turned its back on stateless Jewish refugees

(New York Jewish Week) - In 2017, Deborah Veach went back to Germany, looking for the site of the displaced persons camp where she and her parents had been housed after World War II. They were in...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    January 20, 2023

Left-wing Israelis take to the streets as new government presses right-wing agenda further

(JTA) – As Israel’s new right-wing government continued to signal that it would push through measures to cripple the judiciary and clamp down on public dissent and news operations, thousands of citizens took to the streets in protest and one...

 

Moscow's former chief rabbi: ' The best option for Russian Jews is to leave'

(JTA) - Pinchas Goldshmidt, the former chief rabbi of Moscow who fled the country earlier this year, said other Russian Jews should leave before it's too late in an interview with the Guardian....

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

January is National Poverty Awareness in America Month and, between our busy Pearlman Food Pantry and the effects of poverty all our Family of Services witness every day, we can safely say that...

 

The Deborah Project adding litigators against Critical Race Theory

(JNS) - The Deborah Project, a public interest law firm dedicated since 2016 to protecting Jewish civil rights in the American educational system, recently announced that it will hire more...

 

New non-profit helps show the way home for those seeking to move to Israel

(JNS) - Sometimes going home is hard. Enter La'aretz, a new non-profit organization with the mission to help Israelis and Jews overcome bureaucratic and financial obstacles to immigrating, returning,... Full story

 

Letters slam organizations for criticizing Netanyahu government

(JNS) — The Eretz HaKodesh and Coalition for Jewish Values organizations criticized a letter — written by The Jewish Federations of North America, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Hayesod and the World Zionist Organization — which expressed...

 

Envoy mocks meeting over Ben-Gvir's Temple Mount visit

(JNS) — Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations said he was “overjoyed” when he heard that the U.N. Security Council was holding an emergency meeting Thursday over the “quiet, orderly, uneventful” visit of an Israeli government...

 

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