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Articles from the January 28, 2022 edition

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Aiming for the moon ... again

(Israel21c via JNS) - I expected the office of SpaceIL-the company that created "Beresheet," the first-ever private spacecraft to attempt a moon landing, in 2019-to be in an industrial zone, filled...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 28, 2022

Church official equates Israeli occupation with 'slavery'

(JTA) - U.S. Jewish groups slammed a top Presbyterian Church official for Martin Luther King Day remarks that equated Israel's West Bank "occupation" with slavery and implied that American Jews have...

 

No tolerance for Holocaust denial

(JNS) — The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday adopted an Israeli-sponsored resolution that condemns denial and distortion of the Holocaust. The resolution, co-sponsored by Germany and backed by the United States, Russia and many other countries, af...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 28, 2022

Fried likens DeSantis to Hitler

(JTA) - Nikki Fried, the outspoken Jewish Democratic candidate running for governor in Florida, compared her rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis, to Hitler in an interview, prompting DeSantis supporters to...

 

StandWithUs has educational materials for schools to combat Holocaust denial

StandWithUs is proud to announce that it recently opened a Holocaust Education Center. The purpose of the center is to create a toolbox of user-friendly Holocaust education presentations and materials for public or private schools that have...

 

Rosen JCC Winterfest coming soon

The Rosen JCC in Dr. Phillips is excited to celebrate Winterfest on Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will give Florida residents a real taste of the fun things winter offers. There will be an Arctic Snow Slide with real snow. ou even have the...

 

How Gush Etzion got its name

“Jonathan Feldstein did an excellent job of the overall history of Gush Etzion [Heritage, Jan. 21 issue ‘The rise and fall and rise again of Gush Etzion’],” a Heritage reader wrote. He continued, “There’s just one thing I thought might...

 

Course to help people find new meaning in their daily lives

Beginning in February, Chabad in Metro Orlando will offer Meditation from Sinai, a fascinating new six-session course by the acclaimed Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, exploring the nature of Jewish...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    January 28, 2022

Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel wants to set the record straight

(JTA) — Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, the man at the center of the Colleyville, Texas, synagogue hostage crisis last weekend, says that he is looking for another job, but wants the world’s focus to remain on his congregation’s trauma and...

 

Court dismisses lawsuit brought by Ari Fuld's family against Palestinian organizations

(JNS) - A U.S. District Court judge in New York dismissed a civil case brought by the family of slain Israeli American pro-Israel activist Ari Fuld against the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, citin...

 

Unilever's Israel boycott said to cost company $26 billion

(JNS) — Unilever’s stock has plunged 20.7 percent in the six months since it informed Avi Singer, the owner of Ben & Jerry’s Israel, that his contract was over unless he stopped selling the company’s ice cream in Judea and Samaria. That...

 

Texas synagogue terrorist came out of UK Islamist no-go zone

(JNS) — As far back as 2013, Pakistani Muslim terrorists plotted to take “foreign Jews” hostage to trade for “Lady Al-Qaeda.” In 2022, a Pakistani Muslim terrorist actually went out and did it. The hostage crisis at Congregation Beth...

 

Sanitizing acts of violence against Jewish Institutions

On Jan. 15, 2022, during Shabbat services, Congregation Beth Israel located in Colleyville, Texas, a suburb of Ft. Worth was attacked by an armed individual who barricaded himself in the synagogue, after taking four congregants hostage, including...

 

January 6 and the Jews

I am writing this on Jan. 6, 2022. It could not wait until my usual deadline date. I was two years old in 1932. The only thing I knew about the burning down of the German Reichstag (their Parliament Building) was what I read and was taught in...

 

AP pushes false narrative on Texas synagogue attack

(CAMERA via JNS) — In its coverage of Saturday’s hostage-taking at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, The Associated Press has advanced, intentionally or not, the absurdly false narrative that the terror attack was not connecte...

 

Jews and Muslims can walk a common path - Martin Luther King Jr. showed us how

(JTA) — In 1957, at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered words whose wisdom continue to resound today: “For the person who hates, the true becomes false and the false becomes true. That’s what hate...

 

In Texas: The target was Jewish, the motive antisemitism

(JNS) — Millions of people around the world, including myself, spent much of our Saturday with our thoughts and prayers focused on Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. As the events were unfolding, my thoughts went toward the...

 

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. a...

 

Israel aims to test BriLife vaccine candidate as booster dose

(JNS) — Israel is preparing to test its novel coronavirus vaccine candidate, BriLife, as a booster dose, NRx Pharmaceuticals reported this week. The American company signed an agreement with the Defense Ministry in July to help fast-track the...

 

Netflix's 'Camp Confidential' tells the story of Nazis housed in an American compound - and the Jews who looked after them

(JTA) - "P.O. Box 1142" was the only name the Jewish GIs were given as to their destination. The American World War II soldiers, many of them refugees from Europe, assumed they would be flying...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    January 28, 2022

The new Florida? Record number of US retirees relocate to Israel in 2021

TEL AVIV - A few weeks ago, Joel Tenenbaum, 81, and Marilyn Berkowitz, 84, arrived in Tel Aviv on an El Al flight from New York ready to start their new lives in Israel.  They had met through JDate...

 

Golden Globes 2022: Andrew Garfield, and Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story,' win big

(JTA) - Golden Globes fans may have noticed something different this year: The annual entertainment awards were not announced on TV, and not for COVID-19 reasons. NBC dropped the broadcast over the...

 

Scene Around

Before I write any further: let me say OOPS! ... I wrote in a recent column that Amy Schneider, a contestant on "Jeopardy" was Jewish. She claims not to be. So sorry! (She also claims not to be a...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 28, 2022

JCC Manhattan's new director wants to help people 'reclaim pre-COVID life'

\(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Almost exactly 18 months ago, as the U.S. settled into its first pandemic summer, the Upper West Side’s flagship Jewish community center delivered some bad news to its staff: more than a third of them would be...

 

Israeli tourism optimistically awaits recovery

(JNS) — For two years now, since the outbreak of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, hotels in Israel have seen dramatic drops in stays by incoming tourists; tour guides have lost most, if not all, of their business; and restaurants and other...

 

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