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Israel and India mark 30 years of deepening friendship

(Israel21c via JNS) - India and Israel seem like a study in contrasts. Some 1.4 billion Indians live in a vast country stretching nearly 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) across at its widest point,...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    May 20, 2022

Jewish and pro-Israel groups react to appointment of new press secretary

(JNS) - American Jewish organizations are divided in their reception of the new White House press secretary who has a history of taking anti-Israel positions. U.S. President Joe Biden nominated...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 20, 2022

Take antisemitism seriously

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Antisemitism is often not taken seriously until it becomes deadly, said Deborah Lipstadt, the Holocaust scholar whose nomination to be the State Department's antisemitism monitor...

 

Blaze destroys Torah scrolls

(JNS) - A fire ripped through Chabad-Lubavitch of the Panhandle, in Tallahassee, Fla., gutting the newly renovated building and consuming the Torah scrolls. The Tallahassee Fire Department confirmed...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    May 20, 2022

Jewish Chamber and Pride Chamber joint event

There will be a joint venture between the Jewish Chamber of Commerce and the Pride Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, July 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is a networking Happy Hour will be held at...

 

JFS Orlando says thank you!

Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando is proud to announce that its Restock & Rebuild Challenge raised over $63,000, which is nearly double the amount raised in their 2021 campaign. This year during the Challenge, which ran from March 15th throug...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Don't feel guilty to set work boundaries. Practicing professional self-care might look like taking time for lunch breaks, only answering phone calls and emails during work hours, or letting your boss...

 

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 Andrew Lapin    News    May 20, 2022

Larry Summers, Alan Dershowitz and over 100 Harvard faculty and alumni denounce student paper's Israel boycott endorsement

(JTA) – The Harvard Crimson’s recent endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has attracted far more wide-ranging attention than a typical student paper’s editorial page, as faculty and alumni of the Ivy League institution...

 

Biden's amendments hand US sovereignty to the WHO

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Biden administration is setting the stage to hand ultimate control of America’s health care system and U.S. national sovereignty over to the World Health Organization. On May 22-28, 2022, the 75th World Health Assembly...

 
 By Hanan Greenwood    News    May 20, 2022

75 percent of Arab citizens believe Jews have no right to sovereignty in Israel

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — Three-quarters of Arab Israelis believe Jews have no right to sovereignty in the country, according to a recent study by Israeli NGO Habithonistim–Protectors of Israel. When asked where their loyalties would lie in case...

 

Even if they're wrong, we shouldn't be trying to silence them

(JNS) — The job of defenders of democracy would be easier if opponents of free speech never sought to disguise their efforts by portraying their goal as the preservation of the very ideals that they are suborning. It’s a lot harder to recognize...

 

Jewish tradition 'permits' abortion - if you believe in bodily autonomy, that's not enough

(JTA) — Last week, Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz responded to the draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, “A woman’s rights over her own body are hers alone.” It might seem odd that the Israeli health...

 
 By Bassem Eid    Opinions    May 20, 2022

Abolish 'Nakba Day'

(JNS) — Who in the Middle East has not been traumatized by the upheavals of the last century? All of us celebrate the history of our families and treasure the places where we have lived, yet only the Palestinian leadership has weaponized the...

 

Celebrating Israel's independence with biblical significance

The United States was founded by deeply religious Christians, and its tradition is rooted in what’s known as Judeo-Christian values. Other countries also are founded on, and embrace, biblical values as well. It should go without saying that...

 

MSNBC host Ali Velshi's rabid, reckless anti-Israel rant

(CAMERA via JNS) — On April 30, MSNBC host Ali Velshi delivered a lengthy rant against the Jewish state that was as dishonest as it was rabid. The monologue was riddled with false statements and exaggerations that betray Velshi’s willingness to...

 

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....

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    May 20, 2022

'Funny Girl' snubbed, but 'Lehman' stock rises, in Tony nominations

(JTA) – Some of the biggest Jewish names on Broadway weren't shining so bright in this year's Tony nominations. The much-anticipated revival of "Funny Girl," with Beanie Feldstein in the Barbra...

 

The evil eye in Judaism

The “evil eye,” ayin ha’ra in Hebrew, is the idea that a person or supernatural being can bewitch or harm an individual merely by looking at them. The belief is not only a Jewish folk superstition but also is addressed in some rabbinic texts. T...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    May 20, 2022

After months of delays, Israel permits American basketball player to live in the country - but only temporarily

(JTA) – Israel has granted a temporary residency to American basketball player Jared Armstrong, ending for now a months-long saga of multiple rejections, accusations of racism and petitions by influential people including an American investor and a...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    May 20, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk Housekeeping

While most seniors prefer to stay in their own homes as long as possible, official records show that home injuries are the biggest reason for adult hospitalization, especially for women. These stagger...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 20, 2022

Scene Around

Wow! May 20 was my mom's birthday. Happy Birthday in Heaven, Mom. I love you and always will! Do you believe these names?... Remember Eppie Lederer? (Of course you do!) Esther Pauline "Eppie" Lederer...

 
 By Jacob Henry    News    May 20, 2022

Passengers say Lufthansa threw all visible Jews off NYC-Budapest flight because some weren't wearing masks

(New York Jewish Week) — A group of Orthodox Jews are demanding an apology from Lufthansa airlines after they were expelled from a flight from New York to Budapest last Tuesday. The travelers say all of the identifiably Orthodox Jews were prevented...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    May 20, 2022

Update: Lufthansa apologizes for blocking Jews from boarding flight, denies antisemitism

The German airline Lufthansa has apologized for an incident last week in which more than 100 Orthodox Jews traveling in separate groups were collectively prevented from boarding a connecting flight in Frankfurt, following a dispute over masking...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 20, 2022

Found in the conservative scrutiny of Florida's math books: a joke about Jews

(JTA) - In a purge following accusations that textbook publishers were trying to "indoctrinate" students in allegedly liberal concepts, Florida rejected dozens of math books from being used in the...

 

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