Articles from the January 29, 2021 edition

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 By Stewart Ain    News    January 29, 2021

Immigration, intermarriage and education making US Jewry larger and more diverse

Since the publication more than half a century ago of a landmark article that referenced the "vanishing American Jew," it's been hard to shake that idea as the dominant narrative of American Jewish li...

 
 By Shira Feder    News    January 29, 2021

What it's like to be vaccinated, according to one Jewish essential employee

(JTA) - When Christie Moore rolled up her sleeve to get her COVID-19 vaccine last week, many thoughts went through her mind. Among them: a set of Jewish blessings that rabbis suggested for the...

 

Clemency for more than a dozen Jews

(JTA) — In the final hours of his presidency, Donald Trump awarded clemency to more than a dozen Jews who had been convicted of crimes — but not Sheldon Silver, the disgraced former New York State Assembly speaker. Silver was not on the list of...

 

Nuremberg Trials now online

(JTA) — At the opening of his trial in Nuremberg, Julius Streicher made several uncharacteristically friendly statements about Jews — a people he had devoted his professional life to demonize. Streicher, editor in chief of the Der Sturmer...

 

A book for children about miscarriage

One-third of early pregnancies end in miscarriage. It is emotionally wrenching for the anticipating parents and there are support groups, and many resources to help them deal with the loss. But what...

 

Chabad presents what Jewish life is like in Ghana

As part of their popular monthly zoom series of guest lectures "Physically apart - Emotionally together," Chabad will be hosting Rabbi Noach and Alti Majesky, Chabad Shluchim in Ghana, Africa. The zoo...

 

Phil Spector, rock legend and convicted murderer, dies at 81

(JTA) - Phil Spector, the massively influential rock composer and producer who murdered a woman and spent his declining years in jail, died at 81. Spector died Saturday at a hospital in French Camp,...

 

Biden nominees stress that US will not be rejoining Iran nuclear deal anytime soon

(JNS) — Several nominees for U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s national security team acknowledged on Tuesday that the United States isn’t ready to rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. On T...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 29, 2021

Morocco promotes combating anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism

(JTA) — A Moroccan institution has with official government backing signed an agreement with the U.S. State Department to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, the second such agreement in the Arab Middle East. The agreement signed Friday by El Me...

 

Hasidic boys' choir sings tribute to Donald Trump

(JTA) — Even without hearing the words, the pictures that animate the “Appreciation Song for President Trump” sung by a group of Hasidic boys clearly spell out the reasons for their appreciation for Donald Trump. “With devotion so strong,...

 

Publishers beware: Banning books isn't good for freedom (or business)

(JNS) — In an open letter posted last week to his website, young-adult novelist Barry Lyga called for like-minded colleagues in the industry to join him in blocking the publication of bodies of work written by anyone associated with the outgoing...

 

Shesh Shesh Tesha

In 1968 Rachel and I made our very first trip to Israel. I have told the story of that trip and what it meant to us. On the flight back to the United States, we confirmed the promise we had made to Adi Ben Orr, our guide in Israel: That we would send...

 

What apartheid?

(JNS) — Last week, I woke up one morning in my Nazareth home and was astonished to discover I was living under a racist, apartheid regime whose only purpose is “the promotion and perpetuation of the superiority of one group of people — the Jews...

 

Pardon for a terrorist?

(JNS) — Ahlam Tamimi’s name will not appear among the list of those whom President Donald Trump pardons during his final hours in office. But the Palestinian arch-terrorist might as well be—because successive U.S. administrations have treated h...

 

Thank you, Mr. President ­­- thank you, dear friend

(JNS) — Gratitude is literally written into our Jewish identity. In the book of Genesis, when our foremother Leah gives birth to her last son, she says: “ ‘This time I will give thanks to the Lord’; therefore she called his name, Yehuda....

 

HMREC ignores JCPA talking points about BLM

Dear Editor: In Roz Fuchs’s, “Holocaust Center is continuing the work Tess Wise started” opinion piece (Jan. 15, 2021), I feel compelled to respond. The problem so many people from around the country are having with the “Uprooting...

 

We must not stop protesting

Dear Editor: Holocaust museums must stop worrying about “genocides” around the world and start emphasizing the Nazi Holocaust and its connection to today’s anti-Semitism. The same is true for Holocaust Commissions. Please continue protesting....

 

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;...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 29, 2021

Joe Biden had a lot planned for Day one

(JTA) — Among the flurry of actions Joe Biden took on his very first day as president are several with special resonance for Jewish voters. Biden reportedly plans to issue several executive orders and multiple legislation proposals shortly after...

 

Ophthalmologist elected to Congress clearly sees import of US-Israel relationship

(JNS) - Following a district-wide recount, Republican Iowa State Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks won one of the closest races for a federal office in American history, defeating fellow state Sen. Rita...

 

Washington State's Marilyn Strickland supports Mideast ally Israel, warns of Iran threat

(JNS) Marilyn Strickland, the former Democratic mayor of Tacoma, Wash., easily won over her Democratic opponent, Washington state Rep. Beth Doglio, in the Nov. 3 U.S. House of Representatives election in the state’s 10th Congressional District to...

 
 By Erez Linn    News    January 29, 2021

Businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson laid to rest on Mount of Olives above Jerusalem

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - Businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson, whose contribution to Israel and Jewish life throughout the world, was laid to rest on Friday in a private ceremony in Jerusal...

 

Bat Mitzvah - Emma Simone Bressler

Emma Simone Bressler, daughter of Hillary Bressler of Maitland, will be called the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at their home in Maitland. Emma is in the seventh grade at...

 

Scene Around

No surprise ... One of my favorite actors who has since passed, Jerome Silberman, was Jewish. You may know him as Gene Wilder. He also was once married to Gilda Radner, another Jew and another of my f...

 

A new bee species is discovered in Israel

(ISRAEL21c via JNS) - A new species of bee unique to the sand dunes of Israel's coastal plains has been identified and described by Alain Pauly, a taxonomist from the Royal Belgian Institute of...

 

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