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Articles from the June 19, 2020 edition

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Mazel Tov to the 2020 high school graduates!

Heritage Florida Jewish News congratulates all of the 2020 high school graduates in Central Florida. As everyone knows, graduations were either put on hold until July or not scheduled at all for this... Full story

 

The Jewish day school teacher who wagered $18 on 'Jeopardy!' and won $50,000

(JTA) - Astute viewers could find plenty of signs during the recent "Jeopardy!" Teachers Tournament that one leading contestant had some Jewish bona fides. There was the fact that Meggie Kwait...

 

BLM: Renounce anti-Semitism

A leading Evangelical Christian leader has spoken out publicly against the Black Lives Matter movement’s anti-Semitic manifesto and silence after synagogues and churches were attacked and defaced during their protests last week. “All true...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    June 19, 2020

Plans to annex early as July 1

(JTA) - While the world has had its attention fixed on the George Floyd protests and the ongoing threat of COVID-19, a political development with monumental implications has been brewing in the...

 

Documentary 'Minority of One' premieres in a online event

StandWithUs is proud to announce the online global premiere of its powerful new documentary, "Minority of One." The screening will take place on June 22 at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. ET), followed by a... Full story

 

Show the Jewish Pavilion your Shabbat

With all the craziness in the world right now, the Jewish Pavilion is trying to bring love, tradition, and comfort to those who are sheltered in elder-care facilities. Although unable to visit,...

 

Innovative firm makes semi-finals in start-up event

Blue Halo BioMedical's CEO, Anthony Ruben of Winter Park, recently announced that the company has made the semi-finals of the "Collision From Home" start-up event to be held June 24. Blue Halo was...

 

ZOA Repeats: We Condemn the Horrific Killing of George Floyd

The Zionist Organization of America reiterates that, as ZOA President Morton Klein previously tweeted, we condemn and deeply mourn the despicable, horrific murder of George Floyd. ZOA moreover reiterates Klein’s call strongly urging that the...

 

Federal judge denies Madoff compassionate release

(JNS) — A federal judge has denied Bernie Madoff’s request for compassionate release from prison in which the disgraced financier claimed to be terminally ill and likely to die in the next 18 months. Madoff, 82, has served 10 years of a 150-year...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 19, 2020

800 rabbis and cantors support peaceful protest against racism

(JTA) — More than 800 rabbis and cantors, including the leaders of three major denominations, signed a statement in support of peaceful protest against racism and in memory of George Floyd. The statement invoked Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, an...

 
 By Ben Harris    News    June 19, 2020

Palestinian counterproposal to Trump peace plan

(JTA) — The Palestinian Authority has submitted a proposal for an independent demilitarized Palestinian state in Gaza, the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said Tuesday that the P.A. had submitted a proposal to the...

 

The great threat to America, and to American Jewry

(JNS) — Scattered among the thousands of cellphone videos depicting looting and destruction in the streets of America’s greatest cities are clips of a different sort. In these short videos, we see throngs of white people on their knees, bowing...

 

Cancel culture comes to the Conference of Presidents

(JNS) — Americans are united in their outrage about the death of George Floyd, an African-American man who was wrongfully killed by a Minneapolis policeman. However, a commendable desire to oppose hate has quickly morphed into something beyond... Full story

 
 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    June 19, 2020

Owing the ultra-Orthodox an apology

(JNS) — Two weeks after Israel gradually reopened its education system, students and teachers around the country came down with the coronavirus, forcing thousands of their peers and family members into quarantine. The main hotspot has been the...

 

I attended George Floyd's memorial service - it caused me to reflect on my own spiritual leadership

MINNETONKA, Minn. (JTA) — When I received a phone call last Saturday morning from the governor and lieutenant governor’s office, I sensed it would be a Shabbat and Shavuot unlike any other.  They were organizing a press conference with a small g...

 

Presidential Election 2020: Not a Hobson's choice

Dear Editor: I disagree strongly with what Mel Pearlman wrote on May 8 (The Hobson’s choice for president). I don’t believe American Jews have a “Hobson’s choice for president.” There are “shades of gray” about the domestic issues he...

 

It is better to be unified than to criticize

Dear Editor: I am responding to the two letters in the Heritage on June 5 (“Why I detest Donald Trump” by Art Friedman and “We need a congress that works be-partisan” by Bill Kahn), which referenced my letter on May 22 concerning my appreciat...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, all minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660....

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 19, 2020

Palestinians could declare state on 1967 borders

JERUSALEM (JTA) — If Israel annexes parts of the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority will declare a state on the 1967 borders with a capital in eastern Jerusalem, the P.A. prime minister said Tuesday. Mohammad Shtayyeh made the remarks in Ramallah...

 

Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2020 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando in August. “For more than 30 years, individuals who have... Full story

 

Jews In the Land of Disney: A Puerto Rican converso discovers her Jewish roots

By Ed Borowsky This is the first article in a four-part series about the Puerto Rican Jews living in Central Florida and their history. Since Hurricane Maria in 2017 an exodus of Puerto Ricans, have...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 19, 2020

At a time of racial strife, liberal groups file complaints about ZOA

WASHINGTON (JTA) - As many Jewish organizations across the United States sent out statements decrying racism over the past week, the head of the Zionist Organization of America took a different...

 

Scene Around

From my heart... I stand with our African-American brothers and sister. Diversity is what makes the United States great! Please let's end racism and anti-Semitism once and for all! No longer divide...

 

A Jewish anti-racist reading list for children of all ages

This moment has many of us reeling. Honestly, for those of you who are, like me, white-presenting Jewish parents, we should consider this a time of reckoning. Are we doing enough to make our homes...

 

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