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Articles from the February 21, 2020 edition

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IfNotNow turns up volume in Democratic circles, pushing pro-BDS, anti-Israel agenda

(JNS)-The anti-Israel group IfNotNow approached the leading Democratic presidential candidates in New Hampshire, ahead of the state's primary on Tuesday, to ask if they will skip the annual AIPAC... Full story


Taika Waititi's big win & 5 other Jewish moments from the 2020 Oscars

(JTA)—When Adam Sandler was shut out of this year’s Academy Award nominations for “Uncut Gems,” the Oscars lost out on the chance to have an acceptance speech as hilarious as the one Sandler delivered Saturday at the Independent Film Spirit... Full story


Jewish Academy initiates TAP

Jewish Academy of Orlando has made private education more accessible by initiating the Tuition Assistance Program. The TAP program adjusts tuition based on a family’s income for new students in grades TK-5th. TAP is designed to boost enrollment of... Full story


15th-century prayer book fully restored

(JNS)—Restoration of the National Library of Israel’s renowned Moskowitz Mahzor has been completed with the manuscript online for the first time. It was created on parchment in the 15th century... Full story


The Holocaust Center presents the heralded Vedem Underground exhibition through April 3

MAITLAND, FL—The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida is honored to feature Vedem Underground: The Secret Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto (1942-1944) from Jan. 13 through... Full story


CRJ presents Legacy Letters Workshop with Leah Dobkin

Mark your calendar to participate in a free, unique “Legacy Letters Workshop” led by nationally known freelance writer, speaker, author, and inspiring presenter Leah Dobkin on Sunday, March 1, starting at 1 p.m. at Congregation of Reform Judaism.... Full story


The Jewish Pavilion and Ohev Shalom children celebrate together

Tu B'shvat, Jewish Arbor Day, is an opportunity to connect with nature and remember how vital our natural resources are. Each year at this time we reflect on the importance of taking care of our... Full story


UN council issues blacklist of 112 companies tied to Israeli firms in Judea and Samaria

The United Nations Human Rights Council has released a list of more than 100 companies it says are operating in Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. In a report issued on Wednesday, the council said that the activities of these companies “rais... Full story


AIPAC apologizes, removes ads slamming 'radical Democrats' Reps. Omar, Tlaib and McCollum

(JNS)—AIPAC apologized for and removed at least four ads it sponsored on Facebook that slammed “radicals in the Democratic Party.” “We offer our unequivocal apology to the overwhelming majority of Democrats in Congress who are rightfully... Full story


The Hadassah Foundation awards $330,000 to organizations in Israel promoting gender equality

NEW YORK, NY—The Hadassah Foundation, a nonprofit organization that awards grants to social change programs that empower women and girls in Israel and the United States, is pleased to announce $330,000 in new grants. The recipients are six... Full story


Arabs are in an uproar (over the prospect of living in Palestine)

(JNS)—Leave aside, for the moment, the deepening rows about U.S. President Donald Trump’s “vision” for ending the Middle East conflict. Leave aside the question whether the plan’s lead author, Jared Kushner, and the U.S. ambassador to... Full story


History will remember Abbas as peace rejectionist

(JNS)—Even before the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan was revealed earlier this month, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas was planning his trip to New York City, where he plans to address the United Nations and protest the p... Full story


Twisting Israeli and Palestinian history

In Donna Nevel’s Feb. 7 op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel (“Bloomberg’s ‘kibbutz’ comment brings to mind Zionist history”), the self-styled “social justice activist” author capitalizes on an opportunity to convert a simple sentence on... Full story


Viewpoint: Concerns raised about Heritage content

Since 1976, the Heritage has been the only regularly published Jewish newspaper in our community. It was “founded with the purpose of helping to unify a scattered community by focusing on Jewish issues. It is published independently of any outside... Full story


ZOA tells AIPAC to retract apology for calling out Jew-haters

By Morton A. Klein and Chairman Mark S. Levenson, Esq. In our view, AIPAC made a serious mistake when it retracted and apologized for its recent ads expressing the accurate concern that radical, Jew-hating Israelophobes in the Democratic Party are... Full story


Breaking down the UNHRC blacklist

(JNS)—In the halls of the United Nations, they’re calling it a “database,” but it’s more commonly and accurately known as a “blacklist.” It’s a list of more than 100 companies conducting business activities with Jewish communities... Full story


What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) 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... Full story


Asking the right questions

If you have not had experience with senior citizens, you may have difficulties interacting and connecting. Some relationships are immediate; some take time. All interactions with strangers may be difficult. The Jewish Pavilion has solved the... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    February 21, 2020

Jewish Harvard students form anti-Zionist organization

(JTA)-A group of undergraduate students at Harvard University has formed what they call an "anti-Zionist Jewish organization" that supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against... Full story


J Street president embraces Abbas

(JNS)—J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami embraced Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas after the latter made statements at a hotel on Tuesday following his remarks earlier at a U.N. Security Council session, denouncing the Trump... Full story

 By Ed Borowsky    News    February 21, 2020

Temple Israel of DeLand is 66 and steadily growing

There is a thriving Jewish community in DeLand, Florida and it's growing by leaps and bounds. Temple Israel of DeLand has been in existence since the late 1940s, not to be mistaken for Temple Israel... Full story


Scene Around

We need protection!... I heard from the ADL and pass it along: "The end of year explosion of anti-Semitic violence in New York and New Jersey is cause for deep concern. A couple of months ago... Full story


Former lawmaker removed from event for challenging Tlaib on anti-Semitism

(JNS)-Former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat, was removed by police from an event earlier this week after interrupting and questioning Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) about her past ant... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    February 21, 2020

White supremacists distributed more propaganda in 2019 but held fewer events, ADL says

(JTA)—One flyer reads “Holocaust = fake news.” Another says “America is not for sale.” And another: “Diversity destroys nations.” These are just a few of the 2,713 pieces of propaganda distributed in the United States by white... Full story


Report shows improvement in Saudi textbooks

(JNS)—The first full review of the Saudi curriculum in more than a decade shows that while improvements have been made, extremist content still exists. For example, Jews are blamed as assassins, described as monkeys, and will be fought and killed... Full story


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