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Naftali Bennett sworn in as head of 36th Israeli government

(JNS) - Israel's 36th government passed a vote of confidence at a special Knesset session on Sunday night with Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett sworn in as the country's 13th prime minister....

 

Government officials address antisemitism at Sarasota Town Hall briefing

Tampa, FL — Tuesday afternoon, more than 1,200 people participated in a Town Hall Briefing on antisemitism organized by seven Florida Jewish federations (Orlando, Tampa, Gulf Coast, Sarasota/Manatee, Lee/Charlotte, Greater Naples and AJC West...

 

What happened at Trader Joe's?

Everyone knows the game where people sit in a circle and one person whispers something in the ear of the next person. The message is then passed on around the group. Nine times out of 10, the message...

 

Abbas vows to 'reclaim' lands

(JNS) - Mansour Abbas, head of the Israel's Ra'am Party, said on Sunday that he would "reclaim the lands that were expropriated from our people." In a mostly-Arabic speech before the Knesset plenum...

 
 By Nina Fine    News    June 18, 2021

The Jewish Pavilion's Adopted Grandparent Program is fulfilling lives of seniors

On a hot morning in early June, I met with Grandparent Program participants Isa Vogel and Rebekah McNarney, age 9, as Isa was hosting a lovely brunch for her adopted 'granddaughter,' Rebekah and her m...

 

The Rosen JCC supports the LGBTQ+ community

The Orange County Sheriff's Office has designated the Rosen JCC a safe place for the LGBTQ+ community. This designation was earned after the staff completed the required training on how to manage...

 

Need some fun? Come to the Summer Soiree and support our elders

The Jewish Pavilion is hosting a soiree on July 11 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Dillard’s department store in Altamonte Springs. The store will close early to the public on Sunday to host the first Jewish Pavilion Summer Soiree. “Our partnership...

 

RAISE accepting applications for fall

The RAISE program for adults with special needs is now accepting online applications for a limited number of fall positions.  RAISE is a 6- to 12-month work and social skills training program offered through the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando...

 

Pro-Israel America announces 30 bipartisan congressional endorsements for 2022

(JNS) — Pro-Israel America announced 30 congressional endorsements for the 2022 election cycle on Tuesday. The bipartisan PAC endorsed 15 Democrats and 15 Republicans in total, which the group says are “proven leaders on issues related to the...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    June 18, 2021

Writers bow down to social media complaints

(JTA) — Bestselling authors Elin Hilderbrand and Casey McQuiston removed references to Anne Frank and Israel from their novels this week following an outcry on social media from small subsets of readers. The moves have ignited a storm of...

 

Hamas used Gaza media tower to jam Iron Dome system

(JNS) — Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations Gilad Erdan met with senior leadership of the Associated Press on Monday in New York, where he told the media outlet that Hamas was using the Gaza media tower to jam Iron...

 

Netanyahu attacks Biden in his final speech

Hours before a vote to oust him, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly accused President Joe Biden of endangering Israel’s security by taking a soft line on Iran. He also compared Biden’s Iran policy to the refusal of the...

 

Why are so many Israelis angry with Naftali Bennett?

(JNS) — Perhaps to non-Israeli followers of Israeli politics, soon-to-be-king Naftali Bennett is doing what is only natural for a politician: making the best deal possible, while extricating the country from a political quagmire that has lasted...

 
 By David Harris    Opinions    June 18, 2021

Hamas then, Hamas now

It was exactly 20 years ago. My wife and I were attending a Shabbat dinner in Madrid on June 1st when someone gave us the news. A suicide bomber had struck a seaside discotheque, the Dolphinarium, in Tel Aviv. There were reportedly many casualties. T...

 

Antisemitism in Congress

(JNS) — According to a May 29 report in The Hill, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) is in the final stage of preparing a motion to censure Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) over concerns about her extremist views. Schneider said that the basis...

 

Right-wing votes to left-wing governments

(JNS) — In 1992, Israeli Labor Party leader Yitzhak Rabin came to power with an overwhelming 44 seats against the Likud’s 32. Then-Likud chairman Yitzhak Shamir suffered a major defeat and subsequently resigned. This was when Benjamin Netanyahu...

 

A clear line between advocating peace and inciting hatred

On March 28, 2021, three student organizations from the University of Miami Law School — the South/West Asian and North African Law Students Association, the Black Law Students Associations, and Miami Law National Lawyers Guild — welcomed Ahmad...

 
 By Sam Friedman    Opinions    June 18, 2021

New Israeli government should be celebrated

Whether you like Prime Minister Netanyahu or not, you cannot deny that during his 12 years in the premiership Israel has advanced technologically, financially, and influentially on the world stage. By all accounts, and obviously last month not withst...

 

Maintain our faith without appeasing our enemies

Dear Editor: Aside from the well-informed and intellectual analysis of relevant facts by Mel Pearlman, the Heritage reported the narrative-oriented nonsense of Mr. Shipley, the affinity of the BLM for Palestinian terrorism and the petition of 90...

 

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 Shahar Klaiman    News    June 18, 2021

'No proof Jewish Temple ever existed on Temple Mount'

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — The years of archaeological excavations Israel has conducted on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City have yielded no proof that a Jewish Temple ever existed in the city, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad... Full story

 
 By Simi Horwitz    Features    June 18, 2021

Shira Haas gives life to a devastating illness in the decorated Israeli film 'Asia'

(JTA) - Shira Haas, the Israeli actress who vaulted into superstardom with her roles in the TV series "Shtisel" and "Unorthodox," has a track record of playing multifaceted characters. Nonetheless, sh...

 
 By Deborah Fineblum    News    June 18, 2021

After a year away, Birthright returns to Israel at a critical time

(JNS) - They're baaaaack! If you're in Israel this month, you can't miss the clusters of them downing falafel on Jerusalem's Ben-Yehuda Street, cooling off in the Dead Sea, climbing Masada at sunrise...

 

Hundreds rally against hate at Florida Holocaust Museum

(JNS) — One week to the day after the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg was vandalized, hundreds gathered on Thursday to say no to anti-Semitism and stand up for the Jewish community. It...

 

Scene Around

I need laughter. (We all do!) ... I recently saw on television (naturally) a television special. ROBERT KLEIN (and his harmonica and jokes) was the star. I also saw Don Rickles (super funny!) And one...

 

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