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Articles from the January 21, 2022 edition

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Texas synagogue attacked - hostages freed, gunman killed

(JNS) - "I'm grateful to be alive," wrote Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker on Facebook shortly after he emerged unscathed from his synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, where he...

 

Anne Frank betrayal may have been solved

(JTA) - A team of researchers said they have identified the person who betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis 80 years ago: a Jewish notary forced to work for the Nazis. The man identified...

 

Woodstock Festival organizer dies

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - Michael Lang, the Jewish co-creator of 1969's legendary Woodstock Music and Art Fair, died on Saturday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital in Manhattan. He was 77....

 

In memory of …

Laren Speigel Barrett will be remembered Jan. 22, 2022, at the Chabad of Altamonte Springs services. Laren moved to Orlando in the early 1970s as a newly wed. She lived most of her adult life in Altamonte Springs, later moving to Port Orange,...

 

Giving to the Golani Brigade

When Federation CEO Keith Dvorchik went to Israel last October, one of the places he visited was Hebron, the beautiful city where the Jewish patriarch Abraham and matriarch Sarah, as well as Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Leah and Joseph are buried....

 

BUSINESS UPDATE: Shop Israeli products through Kemel Inc. distributors

Kevin and Melitza Lugo have a deep love for Israel. So deep that they put “their money where their heart is” and started Kemel Inc. Equipment Sales & Imports in 2019 to become distributors for Ole...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 21, 2022

'We were terrified': Texas rabbi says he threw a chair at synagogue gun-man to facilitate escape

(JTA) — Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker has publicly described for the first time the moment he and two other hostages escaped a gunman in his synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday “The last hour or so of the standoff, he wasn’t getting...

 

Major Jewish groups urge Senate to take immediate action to replenish Iron Dome

(JNS) — A dozen major Jewish organizations spanning the religious and political spectrum are urging the U.S. Senate to quickly approve funding for the replenishment of Israel’s Iron Dome air-defense system. The House of Representatives...

 

Jewish museums team up to create new tool for researching Holocaust victims

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — In a boon for scholars and amateur researchers, records from Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust authority, are now publicly available through JewishGen, the largest online Jewish genealogy resource of its kind. The...

 

A message from Federation CEO

Our Cherished Community, There are no words for the fear, anger, and despair we felt this Shabbat as the situation in Colleyville, Texas unfolded. In the same way, words cannot describe our relief when all hostages emerged safely. This horrific...

 

Politics and combating antisemitism don't mix

(JNS) — At a time when antisemitism is on the rise around the globe, the office of the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy for Combating and Monitoring Antisemitism ought to be filled. Indeed, the Biden administration seemed to signal its...

 

Mahmoud Abbas plays Benny Gantz for a fool

(JNS) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz must have known that hosting Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas at his home in Rosh Ha’ayin would arouse the ire of the right. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have cloaked the outcome of his...

 

America needs to relearn the seven Noahide laws

(JNS) When COVID-19 struck the United States, I thought that it would become a unifying force. I naively reasoned that the coronavirus pandemic would bring people together. I believed that the bitter polarization that began with the crash of the sto...

 

How the term 'Arab Jew' distorts history and slanders Zionism

(JNS) — The Jewish communities of North Africa and the Middle East are often inaccurately represented in academia and the mainstream media. Their rich, complex history is purposely obscured to undermine Zionism. Indeed, professors, anti-Israel...

 

ZOA letter to PM Naftali Bennett: Stop the destruction of Arugot Farms

This letter from ZOA was sent to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Deputy Prime Minister Benjamin Gantz, Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, State of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel Re: URGENT Request to stop Minhal Ezrahi’s...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, some minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m....

 

Over 10,000 Israelis test positive for COVID

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — A record-breaking number of Israelis tested positive for the coronavirus in the current infection wave, according to Health Ministry data published on Tuesday morning. Of the 197,402 Israelis screened for the virus in the...

 

Jewish History in Film: Three is not company in this post-World War II movie, 'Enemies, A Love Story'

From the title onward, it is evident that director Paul Mazursky's "Enemies, A Love Story" is anything but your typical run of the mill love story. Ron Silver is magnificent as the tragic Herman...

 

Hoarding – vice or virtue?

I must confess that I am a hoarder. I strongly believe in keeping things "in case I need them in the future." I'm not a messy hoarder, and I usually know where to find what I have carefully put away,...

 

Scene Around

I don't know if I should be flattered or insulted ... For many years I've been told that we look alike. Also for many years I've been told that we sound alike. I do know we are both funny ... but she...

 

The rise and fall and rise again of Gush Etzion

In a country whose biblical and modern history are intertwined and covered with dramatic events taking place at locations everywhere, Gush Etzion is among the most significant. Gush Etzion is the Jude...

 
 By David Isaac    News    January 21, 2022

Opponents of Israel to push for 'apartheid' designation in 2022

(JNS) — Last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid warned that Israel will face increasing allegations that it is an apartheid state in 2022, with the foreign minister saying that he fears that opponents of Israel will attempt to target...

 

Birthright Israel and Onward Israel merge

NEW YORK & TEL AVIV — Birthright Israel, the largest educational tourism organization in the world, and Onward Israel, the leading provider of mid-length immersive experiences for young adults in Israel, have merged. Combining these two...

 
 By Asaf Shalev    News    January 21, 2022

Jewish charities among top funders of Islamophobia, says report by Muslim civil rights group

(JTA) – Charitable foundations with ties to Jewish federations and Jewish families feature prominently in a new report about the flow of tax-deductible donations to organizations that a leading Muslim civil rights lobby has identified as...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 21, 2022

A marketing firm that works with Jewish groups, Big Duck, has nixed a potential client because of its Israel ties

(JTA) — A marketing firm that has worked extensively with Jewish nonprofits has declined to work with one because of growing concerns among its staff members about groups with “significant programming in Israel.” The Shalom Hartman Institute,...

 

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