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 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 21, 2021

Scene Around

Laugh and cry ... (That seems to be how I describe my days lately). During this pandemic, I stay at home a lot and watch television. Of course I see many comedians. There is one comedian especially,...

 
 By Ashley Fisak    News    May 21, 2021

Golfing for a cause with the Jewish Pavilion

Did someone say "fore"? It looks like the Jewish Pavilion and the Orlando Senior Help Desk are back at it again. The PGS Annual Golf Tournament to raise money and awareness for the Orlando Senior...

 
 By Shira Hanau    Features    May 21, 2021

TikTok and Twitter videos bring images of Israel-Gaza conflict home to American Jews

(JTA) - For some Americans watching the escalating violence in Israel and Gaza in recent days, the most striking image from the conflict came in a video of Israeli men at the Western Wall, singing...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    May 21, 2021

Progressives slam Israeli actions

(JNS) — With Israel coming under the fire of more than 1,300 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip, many U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have vocalized their support for Israel. As to be expected, some in the progressive wing of the Demo...

 

Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2021 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando this summer. “For more than 30 years, individuals who have...

 
 By Asaf Shalev    Features    May 21, 2021

186-year-old letter detailing early American diplomatic visit to Holy Land surfaces in Jerusalem auction

(JTA) — A detailed account of one of the earliest American diplomatic voyages to Palestine has surfaced as part of an upcoming auction in Jerusalem.  The account appears in a handwritten letter from one of the passengers of the USS Delaware, a...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    May 21, 2021

Iran's role in Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be 'overlooked,' say Mideast experts

(JNS) — The escalating conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is one of the first major policy tests for the Biden administration. Despite U.S. President Joe Biden’s hope to shift foreign policy away from the Middle East to deal with...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    May 21, 2021

Young American Jews are increasingly Orthodox or unaffiliated

(JNS) Young American Jews are moving in two very distinct directions—towards Orthodox or little Jewish engagement. That was one of the major findings from “Jewish Americans in 2020,” a new study by the Pew Research Center. This is the second...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

The Guardian says supporting the pro-Zionist Balfour Declaration in 1917 was a mistake By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — In an article about its “worst errors of judgment” from its 200-year history, a Guardian writer implied that the storied British...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    May 21, 2021

New Pew study shows 75 percent of Orthodox Jews identify as Republicans, up from 57 percent in 2013

(JTA) — Among the findings of the Pew Research Center’s new survey of American Jews is one that has become increasingly self-evident in recent years: Orthodox Jews in the U.S. overwhelmingly affiliate with the Republican Party. According to the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 21, 2021

In a sign of greater willingness to criticize Israel, Democrats blame both Israel and Hamas for current conflict

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Last year, when AIPAC wanted a Democrat to sponsor the pro-Israel lobby’s signature legislative effort, it turned to one of its most reliable partners in the Senate, Chris Coons of Delaware. Coons contributed to a result the...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    May 21, 2021

If current Mideast violence a test, some experts say Biden is failing

(JNS) — The Biden administration has come under withering criticism in the United States and Israel for its poor handling of the current situation in the Middle East. On Tuesday, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price failed to mention Hama...

 

Israel and Hamas agree to ceasefire

(JTA) — After 11 days of fighting, Israel and Hamas agreed to a “mutual and simultaneous” ceasefire on Thursday that began at 2 a.m. Friday Israel time. Israel’s security cabinet unanimously approved the truce, according to reports, after mil...

 

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