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  • Obituary - PHILIP FLEISHMAN

    May 3, 2024

    Written by the family Philip Fleishman, 58, of Orlando, Florida, entered into eternal rest Monday, April 8, 2024. Philip was born July 17, 1965, in Richmond, Virginia, son of Audrey Shipper Fleishman and the late Herman “Sandy” Fleishman of blessed memory. He was a graduate of University of South Carolina and the owner of Fleishman and Associates accounting firm in Winter Park, Florida. Philip served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. He was a classic car enthusiast, enjoyed playing the guitar but above all he was a devoted family man. Phi... Full story

  • Obituary - CLAIRE MERCER

    May 3, 2024

    By her son, Dr. Lane Mercer Claire Mercer, a long-standing Orlando area resident, passed away after a brief illness on April 9, 2024 (1 Nisan 5784). She was 95 years old. Claire was born at the beginning of the Great Depression and spent most of her childhood in Newark, New Jersey. Growing up during the Depression, her childhood was difficult. She would joke that times were so tough her parents could not afford a middle name for her. A graduate of Weehawken High School in Newark, circumstances prevented her from pursuing a career in journalism... Full story

  • OBITUARY - MICHAEL ERIC ROCHKIND

    May 3, 2024

    Written by the family Michael Eric Rochkind, 69, died Wednesday, April 17, 2024. Born May 3, 1954, in Winter Haven, Fla., son of the late George Rochkind and Esther Rochkind; brother of Arthur Rochkind and Carole Rochkind Lieberman. Michael Rochkind lived in Richmond, Virginia for the majority of his childhood. He attended and graduated from Averett College (University) in June of 1975 and married his high school sweetheart, Marci Sue Pinchefsky, June 1, 1975. They lived in Danville, Virginia... Full story

  • OBITUARY - PAULA ANN JURIN ROTH

    May 3, 2024

    Written by the family Paula Ann Jurin Roth left us on April 15, 2024, at the age of 78. The world has truly lost one of a kind. Paula was born in Portsmouth, Va., on Dec. 21, 1945, to Sareta and Yale Jurin. Growing up in Richmond, her family was always at the center of a large circle of friends… friends who felt more like family. Apart from the happy times spent in Richmond, Paula and her sisters also formed lifelong memories during their summers spent at Camp White Mountain in West Virginia. P... Full story

  • Israel Police establish 'anti-anarchist' unit

    May 3, 2024

    (JNS) - The Israel Police has established a dedicated team to deal with the increasing phenomenon of left-wing anarchists who are undermining security and stability in Judea and Samaria, Ynet reported Tuesday. The special division, which includes detectives from the investigation and intelligence unit who work in cooperation with immigration officers and officials from the Population and Immigration Authority, works under the command of Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir....

  • Smotrich aims to legalize 68 outposts in Judea and Samaria

    May 3, 2024

    (JNS) — Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich aims to legalize 68 outposts in Judea and Samaria and has instructed various ministries to prepare to provide them with public services. Smotrich is also a minister in the Defense Ministry with broad authority over civilian issues in the disputed territories. “We welcome the progress on the approvals for 68 ‘young communities’ in Judea and Samaria. These are communities established years ago and sanctioned by the country,” Yesha Council Chairman Shlomo Ne’eman said. The council is the umbrell...

  • Biden administration caving to BDS tactics against Israel

    Israel Kasnett|May 3, 2024

    (JNS) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is reportedly considering blacklisting the IDF’s Netzach Yehuda Battalion under the “Leahy Laws,” two statutory provisions that, according to the State Department, prohibit the U.S. government “from using funds for assistance to units of foreign security forces where there is credible information implicating that unit in the commission of gross violations of human rights.” Extreme political NGOs and rights organizations often falsely accuse Israel of committing human rights abuses. In October 202...

  • Second Title VI complaint filed against Maryland's largest school district

    David Swindle|May 3, 2024

    (JNS) — The Zionist Organization of America announced the filing on April 18 of a Title VI complaint to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against the Montgomery County Public Schools. In 28 pages, it detailed multiple incidents of ethnic slurs, swastika vandalism, pro-Hamas teachers and retaliation against educators, ringing the alarm bell about the threat to Jewish students. Noting a previous Title VI filing against the district, the complaint states that it “relied solely on an opinion piece written by a Jewis...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    May 3, 2024

    Hottest April day in the Tel Aviv area since 1907 (JNS) — The greater Tel Aviv area along Israel’s central Mediterranean coastline, known as Gush Dan, suffered its hottest day in April since 1907, the country’s meteorological service reported on Thursday. Records were broken in Yavne, where temps skyrocketed to 42.4 degrees Celsius (107.96 degrees Fahrenheit) and in Nitzan, near Ashkelon, where the thermometer rose to 43 degrees Celsius (109.4 degrees Fahrenheit). In the city of Tel Aviv, the high was 40.7 degrees Celsius (105.26 degrees Fahren...

  • Reported antisemitic incidents up 140% in 2023, shattering records

    Mike Wagenheim|May 3, 2024

    (JNS) — In part due to the unleashing of Jew-hatred in the aftermath of Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre, antisemitism in the United States spiked by a record 140%, according to figures released by the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday. Nearly 9,000 incidents of assault, harassment and vandalism—including more than 5,000 in the post-Oct. 7 period—were reported across America last year. The figure not only blew away the totals from 2022—itself a record year—but outpaced the marks from the previous three years combined. The ADL began tracking relevant da...

  • UN Security Council committee doesn't recommend Palestinian membership vote

    Mike Wagenheim|May 3, 2024

    (JNS) — The U.N. Security Council’s committee on new members reported on Tuesday that it could not reach a consensus on the revived application for full Palestinian U.N. membership. Algeria, the Arab world’s de facto representative on the council, has drafted its own resolution and plans to put the application up for a decisive vote on Thursday afternoon. Washington has suggested that it would veto such an application. The Committee on the Admission of New Members, which includes representatives of all the members of the Security Counc...

  • Iranian athlete arrested after condemning attack on Israel

    May 3, 2024

    (Israel Hayom via JNS) — An Iranian athlete who posted criticism online of Iran’s April 14 attack on Israel has reportedly been arrested, and her whereabouts have been unknown since Wednesday, according to media reports. Iranian national volleyball team player Mobina Rostami posted on her Instagram account: “As an Iranian, I am truly ashamed of the authorities’ attack on Israel, but you need to know that the people in Iran love Israel and hate the Islamic Republic.” She was reportedly arrested shortly afterwards. One of the comments on her po...

  • Israel approves five-year plan to rebuild Gaza border region

    May 3, 2024

    (JNS) - The Israeli Cabinet on Wednesday unanimously approved a five-year strategic plan to rebuild, develop and strengthen the western Negev communities devastated during Hamas's Oct. 7 terrorist invasion. The 19-billion-shekel ($5 billion) program, which will be carried out by the recently created Tekuma ("Revival") Authority, will see investment in housing, infrastructure, education, employment opportunities, medical services and more, the Prime Minister's Office said. "The Hamas terrorists...

  • Peacock's 'The Tattooist of Auschwitz' tackles a Holocaust love story based on real events

    Shira Li Bartov|May 3, 2024

    (JTA) — A Holocaust romance, sparked when a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau is forced to tattoo a number on another prisoner’s arm and they fall in love at first sight, sounds almost implausibly uplifting for a story set in a concentration camp. But “The Tattooist of Auschwitz,” a new television series, is based on two Slovakian Jewish prisoners — Lali Sokolov and Gita Furman — who really did meet at Auschwitz, survive, marry and move to Australia together after the war. The six-part drama, which premiered May 2 on Peacock and Sky, draws from...

  • Herzog shares new footage of Yarden Bibas kidnapping

    May 3, 2024

    (JNS) — Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Wednesday night shared new footage showing Yarden Bibas, the father of Kfir and Ariel and the husband of Shiri, being abducted by Hamas terrorists to the Gaza Strip on Oct. 7. The 40-second video segment shows a bloodied Yarden being kidnapped by armed terrorists on a motorcycle. A large crowd of Palestinians and journalists gathers around the hostage, taking photos and abusing him. “The world must not remain silent in the face of such crimes. Bring them home now!” Herzog wrote on X. The world must...

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