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Landslide victory: Senate votes 97-3 to make US Embassy move permanent

In a landslide vote Thursday the Senate approved a budget resolution amendment making the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem permanent, so that it could not be moved out of Israel's capital in the future....

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    February 12, 2021

Israel headed toward 1 million residents living in the West Bank

(JNS) - The latest edition of the "West Bank Jewish Population Stats Report," commissioned annually by former Member of Knesset and National Union Party head Yaakov "Ketzaleh" Katz, shows a 2.62...

 

Trump tapped for Nobel Peace Prize

Former President Donald Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on Feb. 1 by an Estonian member of the European Parliament, Jaak Madison. In a post on social media, Madison said: “In the last 30 years, Donald Trump is the first president...

 

Israeli drug cured COVID cases in days

Researchers at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital have discovered that a new cancer drug has been successfully used to treat patients seriously ill with the coronavirus, Kan News reported Friday. The drug EXO-CD24 is based on a biological protein...

 

Why American Jews love Stella D'Oro cookies

As a child, visits to my maternal grandfather and grandmother (of Italian and Polish heritage, respectively) involved eating a lot pasta and pierogi. Dessert, in turn, was sometimes cannoli and poppys...

 

Zoom Havdalah at Temple Israel

Temple Israel Sisterhood is hosting a special Zoom Havdalah on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7:15 p.m. and invites the community at large. This service is a symbolic way to say goodbye to Shabbat and usher in a new week. Please RSVP at htt...

 

Jewish Pavilion volunteers have long lasting friendships

"Make new friends and keep the old. One is silver and the other gold." Not only is that a quote very similar to us but can be very relatable as well. The Jewish Pavilion has solidified so many silver-...

 

Blinken says Iran's breakout time 'matter of weeks,' Israel's energy minister disagrees

(JNS) — Contrary to U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken’s assessment that Iran could produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon in “a matter of weeks,” Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Tuesday that it would take close...

 

US official, Palestinians speak in first government contact in years

(JNS) — Officials in the Biden administration and the Palestinian Authority held a discussion on Monday in what appears to be the first formal contact between the United States and Palestinians in several years. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of...

 

Israel transfers thousands of vaccines to Palestinians

(JNS) — Israel on Monday transferred 2,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Palestinian Authority, according to Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. The Moderna vaccines are to be used by medical personnel caring...

 

It's not enough to just remember the Holocaust

(JNS) — International Holocaust Remembrance Day is meant to serve two purposes: to memorialize the victims of the Nazi genocide and help prevent future genocides. Last week, on Jan. 27, the day designated by the U.N. General Assembly for this annua...

 

U.S. re-engagement with the Palestinians

As the Biden administration takes shape it is becoming increasing clear, through the president’s appointments to the State Department, White House staff and other federal bodies dealing with Middle East policy formulation, that he sees U.S....

 

California's ethnic-studies curriculum

(JNS) — For more than a-year-and-a-half, StandWithUs has worked tirelessly together with concerned citizens and partners to remove anti-Semitism, anti-Israel bias and other destructive ideas from California’s draft Ethnic Studies Model Curriculu...

 

Biden returns to immoral equivalency

(JNS) — It took less than a week for the Biden administration to return to the Obama-Biden policy of moral equivalency, or what I prefer to call immoral equivalency — the policy of viewing Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and their...

 

Put Iran out of the nuclear-weapons business for good

(JNS) — The question now is not if the United States will return to negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, but when. Notwithstanding reports that the Biden administration has too much on its plate right now to move up talks with Tehran as...

 

Combating anti-Semitism: We need swivel-headed Jews

For the last two decades, American Jewish Committee has been blowing the whistle on the rising tide of anti-Semitism worldwide.  When asked the source, our answer has always been the same, depending on the specific circumstances: Look in one of...

 

Do not forget those exterminated in Croatia

Dear editor: In response to the article “New attacks on Israel and Zionism may fuel campus anti-Semitism,” (by Sean Savage, JNS, in the Jan. 29, 2021 issue), it is important that Tammi Benjamin [co-founder and director of the California-based...

 

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;...

 

Biden 'embraces' international definition of anti-Semitism

(JNS) — The Biden administration has said it will adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of anti-Semitism, a key tool in fighting anti-Semitism at home and abroad. While addressing the Organization for Security...

 

IDF's Kochavi positions Israel atop regional anti-Iran bloc

(JNS) - When assessing the comments made earlier this week by Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, who warned against the return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, it is...

 

2021 NAACP Image Awards: The Jewish nominees, from Daveed Diggs to Doja Cat

(JTA) — Several Jewish stars are among the nominees for the 2021 NAACP Image Awards, which celebrate Black achievement in movies, television, music and literature. The list announced Tuesday features a mix of familiar Jewish names, such as the...

 

2021 Golden Globes: All the Jewish nominees, from 'Mank' to 'Borat' to 'Unorthodox'

(JTA) - "Schitt's Creek" is trying to pick up in the Golden Globes where it left off in the fall with its historic Emmys sweep. The show about a wealthy interfaith Jewish family was nominated...

 

170 celebs, execs to launch new 'Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance'

(Jewish Journal via JNS) - More than 170 entertainment industry leaders released a unity statement on Feb. 1 after launching the Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance (BJEA), a joint initiative by...

 

Scene Around

First, a somber memory ... Jan. 27 was "Holocaust Remembrance Day." That brings to mind the late former Congressman from California, Tom Lantos, who passed some years ago from cancer. For those of...

 

This NYC ice cream parlor is famous for wild flavors - it's surviving the pandemic by catering to Jewish customers

NEW YORK (JTA) - On a frosty Tuesday in January, Mark Becker strode into Max and Mina's ice cream shop holding a netted green bag filled with fresh oranges.  "Maybe he's making orange ice cream," his...

 

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