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Articles from the February 18, 2022 edition

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The Uyghurs: The essential facts everyone should know

China has been accused of committing genocide against the Uyghurs. Here's what you need to know, and what you can do about it. Some people are refusing to watch the Winter Olympics this year because o...

 

Pro-Israel Democrats tout record on supporting Jewish state

(JNS) — When Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid took office in June, his first call to an American organization was not to one of the legacy Jewish groups or umbrella organizations of American...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 18, 2022

3 neo-Nazis arrested in Orlando

(JTA) — Police in Orange County, Florida, arrested three men accused of violence and theft during a neo-Nazi rally in Orlando that made national headlines. Local media identified the men as Joshua Terrell, 46; Jason Brown, 47; and Burt Colucci,...

 

Emma Saltzberg didn't expect to win on 'Jeopardy!' - but criticism of her Israel activism came as no surprise

(JTA) — Emma Saltzberg knew she might invite criticism by competing on “Jeopardy!” From her years of experience in progressive Jewish groups, including IfNotNow, a group founded in 2014 to galvanize American Jews to oppose Israel’s...

 

Lipstadt vows to fight antisemitism

(JNS) — The Biden administration’s nominee Deborah Lipstadt to lead the U.S. State Department’s office that monitors and combats antisemitism appeared in the Senate on Tuesday for her confirmation. Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations...

 

JOIN Orlando can be the place for you!

Are you from Central Florida and want to know more about your Jewish roots? Are you trying to understand how Judaism can fit into your own life and provide meaning everyday? Are you interested in being a part of a Jewish family that is having fun...

 

How to stay healthy from sunrise to sunset

On Sunday, March 13, the Men's Club of Congregation Ohev Shalom will host Dr. Steve Selznick who will discuss "Preventative Health Care from sunrise to sunset of your life." Dr. Selznick is a...

 

Tennessee woman says her child was taught 'how to torture a Jew' in public school Bible class

(JTA) — A Jewish woman in Chattanooga, Tennessee, says her child was taught “how to torture a Jew” in a public school Bible class. The woman, Juniper Russo, wrote about the incident in a Facebook post that is no longer public. In it, she...

 

As antisemitism rises in New York, local politicians share tools to fight it

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — New York City saw nearly three times as many antisemitic hate crimes in January 2022 compared to the same period a year ago, prompting concern from local lawmakers.  City Council member Julie Menin, who represents...

 

Groups urge UN not to use 'false claims' of Amnesty report

(JNS) — The blowback over a biased report by Amnesty International on Israel continues nearly a week after its release as 469 organizations and more than 4,000 individuals signed a strongly-worded letter on Monday urging U.N. Secretary-General...

 

Tlaib paid $170,000 to Israel-bashing political consultant

U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) paid $170,000 to a political consultant who has repeatedly called Israel an apartheid state, Fox News reported on Tuesday. According to Fox, since March 2020, Tlaib’s re-election campaign has paid...

 

Meet the Obama mentor and Soros lawyer heading up the ADL's civil rights

Obama's career of political activism began in some ways when he met Eileen Hershenov. He graduated from Columbia University, and as David Remnick put it, "got it into his head to become a community...

 

Don't confuse book-banning with opposition to woke indoctrination

(JNS) — It hasn’t been a good year for school boards. In the last 12 months, many of the local bodies that govern public schools have been taking a beating over policies dealing with the COVID pandemic that many parents believe are hurting their...

 

Israel's apartheid failure

As I was checking out of the grocery store on Friday morning and thanking a Palestinian Arab worker for helping to bag my groceries so efficiently and quickly, then wishing him and the Palestinian Arab cashier a Shabbat Shalom, I was pulled aside by...

 

From the editor's desk: Missed opportunity

In the Feb. 4, 2022, issue of Heritage, the upcoming meeting with Anti-Defamation League Southern Division Senior Associate Director Eric Ross was announced. I, as the editor, saw it as an opportunity to bring attention to many changes in the organiz...

 

What's Happening

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. a...

 

Netflix's 'The Tinder Swindler'

(JTA) — Tinder says it has banned Shimon Hayut and all of his known aliases. But it’s hard to imagine anyone swiping right on the Israeli who masqueraded as a son of the Russian-Israeli diamond dealer Lev Leviev while allegedly defrauding women...

 

Bringing Saudi Arabia into Abraham Accords a strategic goal for US, Israel

(JNS) - In its annual strategic survey released in recent days, the Tel Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies pointed to a central understanding that has rippled through the region. The...

 

'Maus' author to Federation forum: Parental control, whitewashing led to book

(JNS) — Yet again, those who wanted to learn about Maus had to leapfrog obstacles. This time, it wasn’t the limitations of parental consent. It was the limitations of technology. More than 10,000 viewers flooded into an online discussion with...

 

Scene Around

Memories ... Memories ... My late mom, born in Canada, once told me that she was a terrific dancer and even won a silver cup for winning a Charleston contest! Okay! That's where I got my dancing talen...

 

5 Orthodox New Yorkers join lawsuit challenging COVID-19 vaccine requirements

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Five Orthodox Jewish New Yorkers have joined a suit challenging the city’s vaccine requirements for indoor spaces. Two of the plaintiffs are rabbis at yeshivas. The suit, filed Feb. 7 in New York, challenges the...

 

Israel freezes plans to connect Jerusalem to Ma'ale Adumim due to US, Meretz pressure

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett have ordered the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria's supreme planning council to halt... Full story

 

Israel's gift to Palestinians violates law

(JNS) — The Jerusalem-based Kohelet Policy Forum sent a request on Jan. 16 under Israel’s Freedom of Information Act to Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, asking for information and details on his agreement to transfer hundreds of millions of...

 

Obituary - RICHARD EARL GARDNER

Richard Earl Gardner, age 75, of Apopka, Fla., passed away on Friday, Febr. 4, 2022. Richard was born to Harry and Mildred Gardner on April 15, 1946, in Newark, N.J. He served in the United States Marine Corps until he was honorably discharged in... Full story

 

Judaism has recognized nonbinary persons for millennia

Thought nonbinary gender was a modern concept? Think again. The ancient Jewish understanding of gender was far more nuanced than many assume.  The Talmud, a huge and authoritative compendium of Jewish legal traditions, contains in fact no less...

 

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