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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....

 

Legal experts expose biased research, reliance on terror organizations

(JNS) - Amnesty International's latest controversial report released on Feb. 1 during a press conference in Jerusalem, this time accusing Israel of apartheid, has come under fier...

 

The Greater Orlando Jewish Federation stands with JFNA and strongly condemns Amnesty's 'apartheid' report

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando stands with its parent organization, the Jewish Federations of North America, as well as the ADL, and the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with many others in strongly condemning the factually...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    February 11, 2022

DeSantis decries neo-Nazi activity

(JNS) — Jewish groups and some politicians are decrying neo-Nazi activity that took place in Orlando, Fla., over the weekend, even as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis alleges his political enemies are trying to use the incident to “smear” him. On...

 

'Maus' books sell out

By Shira Hanau (JTA) - More than 3,000 people are expected to attend a Zoom talk by Art Spiegelman, the author of "Maus," and hosted by the Jewish Federation of Chattanooga as well as a number of othe...

 

JFGO set to receive security funding from the state

At an in-person briefing, State Senator Randolph Bracy announced that the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando will receive $150,000 in state funds to secure a new security system for the campus. The...

 

AAUW to host author Kristin Harmel

NY Times best-selling author Kristin Harmel will be the guest speaker at the 20th Annual Literary Luncheon on March 5 at the Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park. Doors will be open at 10:15 am....

 

An opportunity to ensure a strong and vibrant Jewish future

Each month PJ Library sends high-quality, age-appropriate Jewish-themed books to families raising Jewish children. For more than 10 years, families in greater Orlando have been receiving these books on a monthly basis through The Jewish Federation...

 

Former Ambassador David Friedman warned by White House: 'Don't be so Jewish'

(JNS) — Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was warned by a U.S. State Department staffer in 2017 not to be “so Jewish,” Breitbart has revealed. Friedman reportedly recounts the anti-Semitic episodes in his new book, Sledgehamm...

 
 By Stewart Ain    News    February 11, 2022

Feds to probe students' complaints of antisemitism at Brooklyn College

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — A federal investigation has been launched into complaints by Jewish students at Brooklyn College that they have been subjected to “severe and persistent harassment” in the Mental Health Counseling master’s...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 11, 2022

Rep. Andy Levin the 'most corrosive' on Israel

(JTA) — Some members of Congress are openly hostile to Israel. But it was Rep. Andy Levin, a Detroit-area Michigan Democrat and a scion of a storied Jewish political family, whom a former AIPAC president identified in an email earlier this month as...

 

The Anti-Defamation League and Amnesty International

One of the more curious responses to Amnesty International’s Israel Apartheid report came from the Anti-Defamation League. In a press conference the heads of Amnesty held, they presented the main “findings” of the “investigation” they...

 

A timely reminder of what groups enable antisemitism

(JNS) — It made headlines in many Jewish outlets, even if it was ignored by the secular press. Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA, gave a sermon on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in...

 

Dear Whoopi: Race or no race, Jews were murdered because they were Jews

The brouhaha around Whoopi Goldberg has been hijacked by the red herring of race. Instead of focusing on the horrific murder of 6 million Jews strictly because they were Jews, we’re arguing over whether these murdered Jews should be considered a...

 

My cousin may have betrayed Anne Frank. What would I have done in his place?

(JTA) — My entire adult life I have espoused and jettisoned multiple theologies and philosophies after subjecting them to the ultimate test: Would they survive Auschwitz? Sometimes yes, sometimes no, almost always with some kind of caveat. Now...

 

Amnesty's anti-Israel report pours more fuel onto delegitimization bonfire

(JNS) — A 211-page report issued by Amnesty International in the United Kingdom is pouring a deeper foundation on top of an already dangerous and insidious path to delegitimize Israel. The report charges Israel “with oppression and domination of...

 

Wake up to the woke government

Dear Editor: Good ole Uncle Joe Biden has more in common with good ole Uncle Joe Stalin than any American I can think of. When he brings up, which he does constantly, that White Supremacy is the greatest threat to our Democracy he sounds like Tokyo...

 

ABC suspends Whoopi over Holocaust comments

(JTA) — ABC has suspended Whoopi Goldberg from her role as a co-host of a morning TV talk show for two weeks amid criticism of Goldberg’s characterization of the Holocaust. Goldberg will take two weeks off from the show, ABC News President Kim...

 

It's Super Bowl week, and Eli Lunzer is tackling a different side of sports

(JNS) - For Eli Lunzer, the road to Super Bowl Super LVI started weeks before the team match-ups were determined. Lunzer will arrive in Los Angeles for a nonstop week of work before the Cincinnati...

 

'The Voice of Silence' brings to light how our history is intertwined

I visited Ephraim Kholmyansky in Moscow in October 1987. It was my second trip to the USSR to help encourage Jews, bringing hope, make personal connections, and smuggle in a small amount of things to...

 

Jewish residents of Village On The Green celebrate 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 connect with its Jewish residents. Jewish Pavilion...

 

Scene Around

Hollywood has a lot of Jews! ... For instance, while watching the STEPHEN COLBERT television show recently, his guest was actor ADRIEN BRODY. I first saw Adrien in the movie "The Pianist" and I fell...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    February 11, 2022

Jewish activist and IfNotNow co-founder was on a 'Jeopardy!' winning streak

(JTA) - Activists on the Jewish left celebrated over the weekend as Emma Saltzberg, a Jewish activist who helped co-found the Jewish anti-occupation group IfNotNow, extended a "Jeopardy!" winning...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    February 11, 2022

'Never again,' for the Uyghurs: Jews around the world ramp up China protests as Beijing Olympics start

BERLIN (JTA) - On a recent Friday afternoon, with the Beijing Olympic Games only three weeks away, Mischa Ushakov and Padma Wangyal chained themselves to the entrance of the Allianz insurance giant's...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    February 11, 2022

How this Modern Orthodox yeshiva went viral

(JTA) — The first thing to know about the Yeshiva Har Torah Twitter account is that, contrary to the account’s bio, the head of school does know about the account. And he has given it his blessing. “I don’t think the school is attracting...

 

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