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Articles from the January 22, 2021 edition

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 By JTA    Life Cycles    January 22, 2021

Sheldon Adelson, megadonor to Israel and Republicans, is dead at 87

(JTA) — Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate whose philanthropy had an unparalleled influence on American and Israeli politics and Jewish causes, has died at 87. Adelson, the chief...

 

Commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day Jan. 24

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center in partnership with the Jewish Federation and the Roth Family JCC will present, via Zoom, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day...

 
 By David Isaac    News    January 22, 2021

Knesset thanks US Amb. Friedman

The Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee held a special meeting on Monday to give MKs a chance to bid farewell and thank U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. Committee chairman Zvi...

 
 By Yakir Benzion    News    January 22, 2021

Pain-free Covid spit test launched

Israel's world-famous Technion Institute rolled out its accurate, inexpensive and rapid COVID-19 test, launching a campus-wide test program for faculty, staff and students at its Haifa campus. "To sup...

 

JAO gala to honor Cheryl and Greg Finkelstein

Jewish Academy of Orlando, celebrating 43 years of Jewish education, announced it will be honoring Cheryl and Greg Finkelstein at the Soaring Into the Future Gala on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at 7:30...

 

Jenna Richman achieves Girl Scout Gold Award

Olympia High School senior Jenna Richman has been in the Girl Scouts since she was in first grade. This year she completed her Gold Award project to receive her Girl Scout Gold Award - the highest awa...

 

Rosenblum Trio performs live in Orlando

Award-winning New York City jazz pianist Ben Rosenblum and his trio will perform an intimate concert at the Timucua Arts Foundation in Orlando on Friday, Feb. 12, as part of a seven-stop Southeast...

 
 By Eric Berger    News    January 22, 2021

These are the steps Jewish institutions are taking to secure themselves against possible attacks

(JTA) — When someone threw rocks a couple months ago at the doors of a Chabad center in Atlanta, the glass didn’t shatter. That’s because earlier in the year, local Chabad leaders decided to reevaluate their security following an incident with...

 

Here are the 37 Jewish members of Congress

By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — There are 37 Jewish members of the 117th Congress, which was sworn in last week amid the trauma of an insurrection spurred by President Donald Trump. Of the 37, there are 10 in the Senate and 27 in the House of Rep...

 

UNRWA admits teaching hate

United Nations Relief and Works Agency Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini admitted in a series of tweets that “inappropriate” material was indeed distributed to over 300,000 students in UNRWA’s care. IMPACT-se released...

 

Will impeachment and censorship defend Jews against anti-Semitism?

(JNS) — With the U.S. House of Representatives poised to pass new articles of impeachment against former President Donald Trump, the debate about the proper response to his role in last week’s disgraceful and bloody Capitol riot has now moved to...

 

RJC owes an apology to the American Jewish Community

Although never a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition, I have endorsed their efforts over the years in being at the Republican Party table and promoting Republican candidates who support a strong American/Israel relationship. Their work has...

 

A historian who forgets history

(JNS) — More than 100 years ago, George Santayana famously intoned that “those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” The Spanish philosopher’s warning has often been repeated. Regrettably, it is often ignored, including by...

 

So far, we have failed to guide the Federation into political inclusion

Over the past few years I have worried about the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s occasional but damaging engagement in partisan activities (I use “partisan” loosely and not to suggest that the Federation is in danger of losing its tax...

 

Trump's lasting legacy will be the Abraham Accords

(JNS) — Mainstream media and pundits from across the political spectrum have been quick to assert that the violent riot on the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 has permanently tarnished the Trump presidency. It remains to be seen what Trump’s...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, some minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of North Orlando is holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset;...

 

Left-wing Jewish, Israel groups issue statement

(JNS) — Left-wing Jewish and Israel groups have issued a joint statement in opposition to adopting the universal definition of anti-Semitism set by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The collection of groups, known as the...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    January 22, 2021

Israel determined to prevent Iran from achieving 'Syria Project'

(JNS) - Media reports carried news of intensive airstrikes against Iranian-linked targets in eastern Syria early on Wednesday, attributed to the Israeli Air Force. The alleged strikes in the Deir...

 

Remembering Sheldon Adelson

The Jewish world has lost one of its most prolific funders with the passing of Sheldon Adelson, whose business empire spanned continents and whose $35 billion personal fortune ranked him #38 on the Fo...

 

Iran positions 'suicide drones' in Yemen, within range of Israel

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - As tensions escalate in the Red Sea region, Iran has sent several Shahed-136 loitering munitions, known as "suicide drones," to its proxies in Yemen, Newsweek reported on...

 

Scene Around

Am I Proud! ... The song "Of Thee I Sing" written by my 2nd cousins (on my fathers side), George and Ira Gershwin, became the first musical to win a Pulitzer Prize on Oct. 10, 1935 (way before I was...

 

Florida Jewish couple turns 100 years old together and celebrates 80th anniversary

(JTA) -A Jewish couple in Florida is celebrating two hefty milestones together this year: 100 years of life, and 80 years of marriage. Lou and Edith Bluefeld, of Boca Raton, have known each other...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 22, 2021

Israel is having yet another election - could Netanyahu lose? Here are the basics.

(JTA) - In about two months, Israelis will vote in a national election.  Seem familiar? It is.  Israel will be holding its fourth election in just two years - the latest sign that in a country...

 

French Jews, political leaders mark 6 years since Hyper Cacher killings

(JTA) — Six years after millions marched across France to protest the killing of 12 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and another four at a kosher supermarket, a lawyer for the families of four victims said the sense of solidarity...

 

Farewell to a great Jewish patriot

(JNS) — I feel deep sorrow at the passing of a wonderful friend, and wonderful person—the late Sheldon Adelson. With a broken heart, in the name of my wife, Sara, on my own behalf and in the name of many people in Israel and the world, we send...

 

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