Articles from the June 21, 2019 edition

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 By Faygie Holt    News    June 21, 2019

Security has become a top priority at Jewish summer camps

(JNS)—In just a few weeks, tens of thousands of kids will be on the move, leaving home for Jewish overnight camps. This year though they’ll be doing so under the specter of heightened security concerns as anti-Semitism is at a near-record high... Full story


Pompeo: Iran is responsible for attacking oil tankers in Gulf

(JNS)-Two tankers, one carrying oil and the other transferring a freight of methanol, in the Gulf of Oman near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were attacked on Thursday, less than a month after Iran... Full story


College credits for high schoolers

A unique opportunity is coming to Jewish high school students in Orlando this fall: the chance to earn two private college credits while exploring the tenets of Judaism. The course is being offered by CTeen U: a collaboration of Yeshiva University... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019

NYC closes tenth Jewish school

NEW YORK (JTA)—New York City is shuttering an Orthodox school in Brooklyn because it has continued to admit unvaccinated students in violation of a city order. The Central UTA Satmar School for Boys, a hasidic school in the Williamsburg... Full story


An evening of film, story and inspiration in honor of the Rebbe's Yartzeit

Forty some years ago, a young man named Eliot Lasky was driving with his friend when he saw a Chabad rabbi dancing on the street with a few other Chassidim. The young man was shocked. He'd never seen... Full story


The benefits of belonging to a community

The Jewish Pavilion’s mission is to bring Jewish life and culture to residents in senior living facilities. This includes Shabbat and holiday services and programs, along with individual visitations. The outcome is obvious and predictable—an... Full story


Congregation Beth Sholom Sisterhood meeting

The Congregation Beth Sholom Sisterhood will have their monthly meeting on Sunday, July 7, at 2 p.m. The meetings are held at the Beth Sholom Synagogue located at 315 North 13th Street in Leesburg with the entrance on Center Street. The meeting and... Full story


RAISE employee and job coach applications open for the fall

The RAISE program for adults with special needs is now accepting online applications for RAISE employees as well as opportunities to volunteer as a job coach. RAISE is a 6- to 12-month work and social skills training program for adults with special... Full story

 By Dov Lipman    News    June 21, 2019

Eyeing current polls and September elections, right-wing Knesset leaders explore new options

(JNS)-The campaigns for Israel's second elections in 2019 are underway and, after reviewing the first polls, many Israelis are asking if they may end up with a stalemate and no government following... Full story

 By Lior Zaltzman    News    June 21, 2019

Yiddish word kicked off Scripps Spelling Bee finals

It’s Yiddish for the win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee! OK, not quite, but last week, when the first rounds of the finals kicked off, the word “Yiddishkeit” nearly stumped contestant No.... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    June 21, 2019

Last living survivor of Nazi death camp Sobibor dies

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The last living survivor of the Nazi death camp Sobibor has died. Semion Rosenfeld died on Monday at a hospital in central Israel at the age of 96. He moved to Israel from the Ukraine in 1990, according to the Jerusalem Post.... Full story


First EL AL flight from MCO coming July 9

Coming in for a landing on July 2 at the Orlando International Airport will be EL AL’s inaugural flight from Tel Aviv to MCO. The flight will ferry out empty back to Tel Aviv. Then on July 9 at 9:30 a.m. EL AL will make its first flight out of MCO... Full story

 By Jackson Richman    News    June 21, 2019

Iran increases production of low-enriched uranium

(JNS)—Iran has increased its uranium enrichment since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, warned the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday. However, while IAEA chief Yukiya Amano informed... Full story


Nuclear secrets and terror links uncovered

(JNS)—A few days ago, Britain’s Daily Telegraph revealed that in 2015 the British authorities had uncovered a Hezbollah terrorist plot. The key point was that this had been kept secret until now. In a bomb factory on the outskirts of London, a... Full story

 By Shay Attias    Opinions    June 21, 2019

Israel needs American Jewry, now more than ever

(BESA Center via JNS)—The Jewish diaspora in the United States is becoming increasingly estranged from Israel. American Jewish youth are being pushed away from affiliation with the Jewish state, and some Jewish students are even forced to hide... Full story


No American weapons to anti-Semitic governments

(JNS)—At a time when violence against Jews is on the rise around the world, should the United States provide advanced weapons to a government that actively promotes anti-Semitism? That’s the question we need to consider as the Senate debates... Full story


Viewpoint: Diaspora Jews right to influence Israel's political decisions

By Howard Lefkowitz Last weekend, I had a heated discussion with my son-in-law, a political science professor at Virginia Tech, as to America’s right to demand change in Israel’s internal and external political directions. He asserted that... Full story


Overcoming hatred for Jews

As a youngster said to her mother, “Why am I called a dirty Jew? I shower everyday.” I am a Jew who has helped many children. Let me introduce myself. I am Elaine. I was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Jewish parents. My background is all... Full story

 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    June 21, 2019

An ill-deserved assault on Ambassador David Friedman

(JNS)—Palestinian and leftist Jewish leaders called for America’s Israel ambassador to be fired for telling The New York Times in a recent interview that the Jewish state has, “under certain circumstances, the right to retain some, but... Full story


Israel should not be politicized

Dear Editor: Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said in a speech this week: “If Prime Minister Netanyahu makes good on his threat to annex West Bank settlements, he should know that a President Buttigieg would take steps to ensure that American... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    June 21, 2019

Rocket fired from Gaza strikes school in southern Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A rocket fired from Gaza hit a school building in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Thursday evening. The building, identified as a Jewish religious school, was damaged but no injuries were reported. It was reported to be... Full story


Lockheed Martin awarded $42 million contract

(JNS)—Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $42 million contract by Israel’s Defense Ministry to conduct “expansive maintenance services to the State of Israel,” as well as to operate and maintain an F-35 training center southeast of Beersheva... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 21, 2019

David Friedman gave Netanyahu half a nod for West Bank annexation-what happens next?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—David Friedman, U.S. ambassador to Israel, said Israel “has the right to retain” some of the West Bank. Palestinians fumed, Jewish settlers rejoiced, and the punditocracy predicted gloom and doom. What was it exactly that... Full story


'Army of Islam' will set out from Jerusalem to conquer to world

(MEMRI via JNS)-A Palestinian sheikh said during an address at the Al-Aqsa mosque uploaded to the internet in June that Jerusalem is the "heartland" where the banners of the caliphate will flutter,... Full story


Buttigieg promises to re-enter US into Iran nuclear deal

(JNS)—Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, criticized U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday for withdrawing from the 2015 Iran deal in May 2018, saying that it was... Full story


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