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Articles from the February 25, 2022 edition

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 By Faygie Holt    News    February 25, 2022

Religious freedom or free speech? Congregants appeal to Supreme Court over protests at Michigan synagogue

(JNS) - A Jewish man from Ann Arbor, Mich., is hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether anti-Jewish protesters outside a local synagogue on Shabbat morning violate his right to freely...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 25, 2022

JFNA names 2nd female chair

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Julie Platt is a one-time banker who has become a leader in promoting Jewish education and helping to rescue Jewish camping from the ravages of the pandemic. Now, she's about to mak...

 

I am a Jew and just want to come home

(JTA) - Eight days after I was born, I had a brit. I was a Jew, and that's what Jews do. Well, many do it anyway; Jews who are not observant may not, but that wasn't my family. We kept Shabbat. We...

 

JAO's gala features innovations and auctions

Jewish Academy of Orlando's Rejoicing in our Roots Gala: Celebrating 45 years of Jewish Education in Central Florida takes place on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 6:30 p.m., at the brand new Winter Park...

 

Hadassah Orlando's luncheon features Tony Tsirigotis

Hadassah Orlando's monthly in-person luncheon meeting on March 1 features well-known Orlando area jeweler Tony Tsirigotis from Park Jewelers in Lake Mary. Hadassah Orlando's monthly luncheon meeting...

 

Learn about the Jewish history of St. Augustine

St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society presents a teaching among the most under-told stories in history — the Jewish history of St. Augustine. This important event shares the story of the Jewish people in the New World. The event is open to the...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

As a caregiver, practicing self-care might feel like you're being selfish, but remember that the best caregiver is a healthy caregiver. You can't take care of another person's health if you don't...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    February 25, 2022

Judge orders Ann Arbor congregants to pay legal fees for the 18-year protesters outside their synagogue

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (JTA) – In the latest twist in the long-running legal saga over a small group of protesters who have gathered weekly outside a Michigan synagogue for the past 18 years, a judge...

 

Nancy Pelosi at the Knesset: 'Israel's proximity to Iran is a threat to us all'

(JNS) — “We are together in the fight against terror posed by Iran and its nuclear development,” Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday at the Knesset. Iran “is a threat to the world,” said Pelosi, who...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 25, 2022

Georgia rabbi blows wake-up call to state legislators

(JTA) –When Rabbi Larry Sernovitz was asked to deliver the morning devotion to the Georgia state legislature, he came armed with an ancient alarm: A shofar, the ram’s horn blown in synagogues during the high holy days. The Atlanta...

 

Why we should care about the fate of Ukraine

(JNS) — It’s difficult to know where exactly the crisis over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine will end. Yet no matter whether Russian President Vladimir Putin seizes more of the former Soviet satellite nation, conquers it entirely or...

 

Nides: 'Trying not to agitate' Arabs by visiting Judea and Samaria

(JNS) — In an interview published on Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides again used his phony assertion that he is “trying not to do things to agitate people” as a pretext for boycotting (“not visiting”) Jewish...

 

Poor Whoopi

Poor Whoopi Goldberg performed “Foot-in-Mouth” once again. The argument (only maybe three centuries old) is about antisemitism. When is it real? When is it imagined? Now, poor Whoopi added some fuel to the fire. And as such things do, here we...

 

Unmasking Trudeau's lies and trucker truths

(JNS) — According to an old Israeli quip, the way to remove 500 Canadians from a swimming pool at closing time is to whisper, “Everybody out of the water, please.” The implication is both clear and amusing to each group. Israelis are famous for...

 

Raunchy, sarcastic TikTok Talmud commentary isn't profane - it's Torah

(JTA) — Is it appropriate to call an ancient rabbi a “legendary hottie”? To translate one Talmudic voice replying to another as, “Oh my God, what the actual f–k is wrong with you, you misogynistic ageist dips–t”? Miriam Anzovin, an...

 

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....

 

'Ghostbusters' director Ivan Reitman brought laughter to many

(JNS) - Jewish producer and director Ivan Reitman died in his sleep on Saturday night at his home in Montecito, Calif., at the age of 75, his family told The Associated Press. "Our family is grieving...

 

Islamic Movement's new leader set to continue pragmatism, working with Israeli government

(JNS) - The southern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel chose a new leader in recent weeks that cements its continued role in the Israeli government. Sheikh Safwat Frij, who previously served...

 

His Jewish wedding at a Nazi enclave was a 'middle finger extended to Hitler' - so was the rest of his life

(JTA) - Felice Jacobs and Alan Feldstein could have tied the knot in Phoenix, where they met and where his mother worked at the local Reform synagogue. Or they could have held their wedding on the...

 

Committing hate crimes in Jesus' name is warped

A New Jersey evangelical minister and Orthodox Jew walk into Congress …. It sounds like the beginning of a quirky joke, but in fact it’s how we developed a close, warm friendship. Years ago, for a number of years in a row, we participated...

 

Scene Around

A Poem For You (from me)... "I'm elderly (?) a senior gal, a name that used to pain, Instead of young and beautiful, being old makes me insane, But then I think of all the songs, the music of my...

 

A new record label from this 27-year-old Brooklynite celebrates Jewish music

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) – Steadfast listeners of "Borscht Beat" - a weekly FM radio show featuring Jewish music, old and new - will be thrilled to hear of host Aaron Bendich's latest...

 

Spielberg, Gyllenhaal, Garfield among 2022 Jewish Oscar nominees

(JTA) - Steven Spielberg's remake of "West Side Story" drew seven Oscar nominations Tuesday, including best picture and best director. Spielberg's best-director nomination makes the Jewish Hollywood...

 

Jessica Seinfeld shows us how to be vegan (at least some of the time)

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - Jessica Seinfeld's parents were true children of the '60s. They did yoga before it was cool and served their three daughters brown rice, tofu and wholesome cereal...

 

Malcolm Hoenlein, 50 years at helm of pro-Israel groups, still works to strengthen world Jewry

(JNS) — After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Mission to Israel kicks off Sunday in Jerusalem. The umbrella group, which represents more than 50 Jewish...

 

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