Articles from the February 9, 2024 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 9, 2024

'An incredibly volatile time': From Iran to Yemen

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A conflict that started on a tiny perimeter of land on Oct. 7 is, less than four months later, reverberating throughout the region, from Lebanon in the north to Morocco in the...

 

UF Hillel kicked off 'Spread Cream Cheese, Not Hate' ®

GAINESVILLE, Florida — Amid the record levels of antisemitism on college campuses, student leaders at the University of Florida held the fifth-annual Spread Cream Cheese, Not Hate® Bagel Day program on Jan. 31.  Started in 2020...

 

2 co-execs for Shalom Orlando

Craig Polejes, Chair of the Shalom Orlando Board of Directors, announced that the Board of Directors of Shalom Orlando has appointed Melissa Youngblood and Rachel Greenspan as the interim co-executive directors. Melissa Youngblood has been an...

 

House passes antisemitism bill

With only three representatives voting against it, the Florida House of Representatives passed House Bill 187 that defines what antisemitic speech is, and now it moves on to the Senate. Sponsor of the bill, Rep. Mike Gottlieb (D-Plantation), told the...

 

Remembering Hank Katzen and his commitment to the Jewish community

Last week, the Katzen family suffered the terrible loss of Harry "Hank" Katzen Z"L who succumbed to a cancer that was more stubborn than the man himself and that is saying something! This loss comes...

 

Christian rally at Knesset in solidarity with Israel

(JNS) — Scores of Christian supporters from around the world gathered in Israel’s parliament on Tuesday, marking the 20th anniversary of the Knesset’s Christian Allies Caucus in a show of solidarity amid the war against Hamas in Gaza. The even...

 

Netanyahu lays out conditions for ending war against Hamas

(JNS) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday set out the country’s core demands for ending the war against Hamas in Gaza. “The essential goal is, first of all, the elimination of Hamas. To achieve this goal, three things are...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    February 9, 2024

Florida Jewish day schools receive $25 million in security funds

(JNS) — The Florida Department of Education has distributed $25 million in security funding—of $43 million allocated by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R)—to more than 130 Jewish day schools and preschools across the state, the governor’s...

 
 By David Swindle    News    February 9, 2024

Tlaib, Cori Bush vote to allow Oct. 7 attackers into US

(JNS) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted 422-2 on Wednesday to deny entry into the United States to non-U.S. citizen members of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad who attacked Israel on Oct. 7. Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.)...

 

It's Biden who's playing politics with the Gaza war, not Bibi

(JNS) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reputation as a master political schemer and a cynical seeker of power is so deeply embedded in the public consciousness that there is literally nothing he can do without being accused of...

 

Most pro-Palestinian demonstrators are not just anti-Israel-they are also anti-American

(FLAME via JNS) — Hamas’s brutal Oct. 7 massacre unleashed Israel’s enemies across the United States and around the world to demonstrate in support of the terrorist group’s primary objectives—the killing of Jews and destruction of the...

 

It's time for American Jews to toughen up

(JNS) — Since the Oct. 7 massacre, American Jews have experienced attacks that are now burned into our souls:  On dozens of campuses and nearby streets, Jews have been screamed at, attacked, hectored, threatened and bullied — and did not...

 

Reverse the Colorado Supreme Court decision!

Dear Editor: The following are considerations that I hope reflect in part what will cause the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision by unanimous vote: 1. The purpose of Amendment XIV Section 3 was to keep officials fro...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael — Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.,...

 
 By David Isaac    News    February 9, 2024

Ofakim mayor details help Gallant promised that never came

(JNS) — A video clip making the rounds in Hebrew media features Ofakim Mayor Yitzhak Danino revealing disturbing details of a conversation he had with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant as the Oct. 7 attack unfolded, in which he pleaded for army...

 

With Oct. 7 on their minds, Jewish teens head to gathering of thousands with renewed sense of priorities

When 18-year-old TJ Katz was elected last February to be international president of BBYO after four years of deep involvement with the Jewish youth organization, the New Jersey teen was exceedingly...

 

David Friedman: Biden is 'hampering' Israel's war effort

(JNS) - U.S. President Joe Biden is harming Israel's efforts to demilitarize the Gaza Strip by demanding that Jerusalem scale back its military offensive against the Hamas terror organization, form...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk Organizing medical records

Keep a folder of all medical information. It is good to have a binder in addition to a folder on the computer, so you can take critical medical information with you to appointments. Information Needed: • Health insurance cards, Medicare cards, and...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    February 9, 2024

At Kerem Shalom, protesters block aid to Gaza

(JNS) - Despite a military closure, on Monday a diverse group of hundreds of protesters from all over Israel gathered at the country's Kerem Shalom border crossing with Gaza for the sixth day in a...

 
 By David Isaac    News    February 9, 2024

Settlement mega-event calls for Jewish return to Gaza

(JNS) - In an exuberant display of support for re-establishing Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip, 5,000 activists filled three large halls to overflowing at the International Convention Center in...

 

Critic's account of classical music after the Holocaust is named Jewish book of the year

(JTA) - Music critic Jeremy Eichler's study of how classical composers made music after the Holocaust was named the book of the year by the Jewish Book Council, which will present the National Jewish...

 

Learning from the history of Portugal's Jew

(JNS) — At the beginning of the 16th century, my family fled the Iberian Peninsula, which had been their home, according to family tradition, for the better part of two millennia, having been exiled directly from the Land of Israel. They appear...

 

Ben-Gvir threatens to topple government over hostage deal

(JNS) — Israel’s National Security Minister, Otzma Yehudit Party leader Itamar Ben-Gvir, threatened on Tuesday to bring down the government if it reaches a “reckless” hostage deal with Hamas. His tweet came amid apparent progress on an...

 
 By Efrat Forsher    News    February 9, 2024

Claims Conference releases 'unprecedented' report on Shoah survivors

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - There are about 245,000 Holocaust survivors alive, according to a new Claims Conference report. They are dispersed in more than 90 countries with 49 percent residing in...

 

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