Articles from the February 5, 2021 edition

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Israel discovers royal purple cloth from King David's era

(JNS) — In a groundbreaking discovery, Israeli archaeologists have recovered scraps of fabric dyed in royal purple, also known as true purple, dating back to the era of the biblical King David. The...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 5, 2021

Biden administration unrolls Middle East policy

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Statements and appearances by U.S. officials suggest the Biden administration's emerging Mideast strategy: reassuring Israel while resuming ties with the Palestinians ruptured by...

 

Larry King dies at 87

(JTA) - Larry King, the iconic Jewish radio and TV interviewer who never met a subject he didn't seem to like, has died at 87. King died Saturday at a hospital in Los Angeles. His company Ora Media...

 
 By JTA staff    News    February 5, 2021

All the Jews tapped by Joe

(JTA) — President-elect Joe Biden filled the months before Inauguration Day lining up a slate of Cabinet secretaries, assistants and advisors, many of them Jewish. Biden’s choices reflect a diverse cross-section of American Jewry and possess expe...

 

Jewish Academy of Orlando's out-of-this-world gala

Jewish Academy of Orlando's Soaring Into the Future Gala, which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m., will be held remotely, and will highlight the school's innovations and feature a live and...

 

Introducing Rabbi Arny's new video series

JFS Orlando's very own community rabbi, Rabbi E. Arnold (Arny) Siegel, started a new video series this year. Every month, he discusses a different relevant theme that touches on Jewish culture and...

 

Tu B'Shvat concert delights Westminster residents

On Jan. 27, Cantor Nina Fine entertained residents of Westminster Orlando with a lively outdoor Tu B'Shvat program featuring songs about trees, sun, rain, and more. Cantor Fine explained what Tu B'...

 

Jewish Pavilion celebrates Tu B'shvat

Even though we are in the midst of a pandemic and visitation rights have been decreased at most of the senior living facilities in the area, the Jewish Pavilion has been committed to finding ways to...

 

Senate confirms Tony Blinken as US secretary of state

(JNS) - The U.S. Senate confirmed Tony Blinken on Tuesday as the 71st U.S. secretary of state. The final tally was 78-22. Blinken, who is Jewish, will succeed Mike Pompeo as America's top diplomat....

 

Progressive Jewish groups seek to undermine adoption of universal anti-Semitism definition

(JNS) — As the Biden administration prepares to take on major international issues of the day, a debate has emerged within the American Jewish community over whether the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism...

 

Coalition of 51 Jewish, pro-Israel organizations adopts definition of anti-Semitism

(JNS) — A coalition of 51 Jewish and pro-Israel organizations has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism on Thursday. The organizations are members of the Conference of Presidents of Major...

 

My grandfather survived Auschwitz -  and spends his life spreading kindness

(JTA) — On Jan. 6, a sea of heads bobbed and flags flew outside the U.S. Capitol. A closer look revealed a dark hoodie, skull, crossbones and large white letters: “Camp Auschwitz,” followed by “Work Brings Freedom.” That’s the phrase my...

 

It's no longer feasible to agree to disagree

(JNS) — I offered a relative a ride last week to and from Methodist Hospital in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn, N.Y. I had the choice to wait in the area or drive home and head almost immediately back. I chose to drive home. In another era, I...

 

Who will defend Jewish students against anti-Semites?

(JNS) — Following the U.S. Capitol riot, there has been a renewed emphasis on the threat from white-supremacist hate groups from the Biden administration, much of the media as well as the organized Jewish community. The anti-Semitic imagery seen at...

 

52 years ago, 9 Jews were hanged in Baghdad - today, their descendants risk losing everything they left behind

(JTA) — On Jan. 27, 1969, nine Jews were hanged in Tahrir Square in the center of Baghdad as half a million people looked on.   It was the climax of a campaign of persecution that followed the establishment of Israel, which in turn hastened an...

 

The Holocaust, understanding it, its memory and Yad Vashem

Research about the causes and reasons for the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust, based on documentation has gone on for dozens of years, and has ascertained a variety of long-range processes that coalesced in certain historical circumstances. Yet Dr....

 

Let's start talking about our rights in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria

(JNS) — Now is the time to unpack the arsenal of arguments that were not so necessary during the era of former U.S. President Donald Trump, and refresh the discourse about Israeli rights to Jerusalem and to Judea and Samaria, that latter home to ha...

 

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;...

 

British Jews feel more welcome and optimistic

(JTA) — In an annual survey of British Jewish adults, two-thirds said Jews have a future in the United Kingdom — the highest level of confidence since 2015. And the portion of British Jews who said they felt “unwelcome” in the United Kingdom...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    February 5, 2021

Totenberg learns of a family member's daring Holocaust escape

(JTA) - In this Tuesday's episode of the celebrity genealogy show "Finding Your Roots," pioneering journalist Nina Totenberg and TV personality Andy Cohen learn about the deep Jewish roots of their...

 

Israel surpasses 1 million fully vaccinated with both doses

(JNS) - Israel surpassed the 1 million mark in the number of people who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Monday morning, 1,106, 506 people had received the two doses,...

 
 By Ariel Kahana    News    February 5, 2021

Ambassador David Friedman: 'We left the Middle East in good shape'

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - One winter morning in 2017, a young man arrived at the Kesher Israel synagogue in the heart of Washington. He prayed fervently, as if his heart was filled with a special reque...

 

Scene Around

"We are the world"... "We are the children." (I'm using this wonderful song, written by Michael Jackson and LIONEL RICHIE, and applying it to the Jewish people because it seems to fit!) The more I...

 

Israeli Air Force pilots share thrill of flying in online course

The Squadron, the only air force simulator program with Israeli fighter pilots as instructors, announced the launch of their live, online center of excellence. The center, which is designed for both...

 

Green Mediterranean diet lessens liver fat, cuts non-alcoholic liver disease by half

(JNS) - An 18-month trial began in 2017 at the Nuclear Research Center Negev in Dimona, Israel, when 294 workers in their 50s with abdominal obesity were randomly divided into three groups: healthy...

 

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