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 By Faygie Holt    News    June 25, 2021

Florida legislation supports funding for day schools

(JNS) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a synagogue in South Florida on Monday to sign legislation that had the support of many in the Jewish community there. At the Shul of Bal Harbour in...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    News    June 25, 2021

Federation meeting addresses the growing antisemitism

On June 14, at 7 p.m., an in-person and zoom meeting was hosted by Keith Dvorchik, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Orlando, and Aaron Weill, CEO of Central Florida Hillel, for a community discussion...

 
 By Mark Davids    News    June 25, 2021

Beth Am engages interim rabbi

Congregation Beth Am has engaged Rabbi David Barnett to be their interim rabbi. He started on June 15, 2021. The Rabbinic Search Committee chaired by Steven Gordon, after having interviewed many...

 

UK passports nix Jerusalem

(JNS) - Israel's Foreign Ministry is investigating a report that an Israeli woman had her birthplace changed from "Jerusalem" to "Occupied Palestinian Territories" upon renewing her U.K. passport....

 

Hundreds rally in Ohio, Arizona against vandalism, Jew-hatred and anti-Semitism

(JNS) - Groups of Jews and other community members in Arizona and Ohio gathered on Sunday to express their concern over the recent rise in anti-Semitism across the country and around the world. In...

 

Live virtual 'In My Own Words' events

The following virtual programs will be hosted by the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center. The first on Sunday, June 27 at 3 p.m. is with Holocaust survivor Claire Soria. Hear Soria's...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    June 25, 2021

Jewish United Fund uses media, advertising in Chicago

(JNS) - The Jewish United Fund is taking the fight over antisemitism to residents of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs with a major media blitz that included TV ads, billboards, social-media posts...

 

Update: There is more to the Trader Joe's incident

Federation CEO and Executive Director Keith Dvorchik reached out to the Heritage about the Trader Joe’s incident saying that “a lot more happened that wasn’t included [in the article Heritage ran].” After learning of the anti-Israel discourte...

 
 By Yori Yalon    News    June 25, 2021

North American immigration to Israel spikes after 'year of COVID'

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - Some 5,000 new immigrants from the United States and Canada are scheduled to immigrate to Israel by the end of 2021, according to new data published by the Nefesh B'Nefesh...

 

Nine firsts you should know about Israel's new government

(Israel21c via JNS) — For the first time in 12 years, Israel’s Likud Party and its head, Benjamin Netanyahu, have moved from the prime minister’s seat to the opposition in the Knesset. The new government, sworn in Sunday night, brings into powe...

 

Biden nominates Thomas Nides as ambassador to Israel

(JNS) — U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday officially announced the nomination of Thomas Nides to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Nides, 60, has held prominent roles in the private and public sectors. From 2010-2013, he served as the State...

 

The Palestinian culture of violence

(JNS) — Regular readers of my column know that I like to bring some historical perspective to current affairs that is missing from most reporting and analysis. I happened upon some interesting tidbits that may help us understand the recent... Full story

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    June 25, 2021

'Critical Race Theory' - What does it mean for Jews?

Since I moved to the “Deep South” my cultural education gets a rough shock almost daily. From governors trying to undo a legal election to who is eligible to vote and where and when you can vote to the newest twist on an old subject to be taught...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    June 25, 2021

Perspectives on Israel's new government

A friend of mine and faithful reader of my column (I hope!) asked me to share with him my perspectives on the new political situation in Israel and the impact it will have on future relations between Israel and the U.S. government, American Jewish...

 
 By Gil Troy    Opinions    June 25, 2021

When it comes to anti-Israel attacks on Jews, it's time to name the enemy

(JTA) — The COVID-19 epidemic proves you cannot just treat a plague’s symptoms — you must root it out. Yet as incidents of Jew-bullying in the U.S. more than doubled in May compared to the same time period in 2020, too many American Jews...

 
 By Farley Weiss    Opinions    June 25, 2021

The imperative to take a stand against Ilhan Omar

(JNS) — Standing up to hatred is hard. When those who take a moral stand against it act together, however, it can be confronted to an impressive degree. What started as four Jewish Democrats in Congress attacking the comments of Rep. Ilhan Omar...

 
 By Nathan Lewin    Opinions    June 25, 2021

America does not have the 'horrible past' of Germany

(JNS) — The Washington Post’s support of the currently popular trend to call Americans racists is well-known. Its readers, including me and many others who do not share the Post’s premise, read its stories and opinion pages warily but are...

 

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 Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 25, 2021

Brazilian parents protest teaching of new Anne Frank diary

(JTA) — Parents in Brazil are protesting a school’s teaching of Anne Frank’s famous Holocaust diary, citing what they say is sexual content inappropriate for seventh graders. In a letter sent to the management of the Sao Paulo branch of Escola...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 25, 2021

Bubblegum and magic tape: How PM Bennett's kippah stays on, and why it matters

JTA - Israel's new prime minister is probably the first one who has stuck a wad of chewing gum to his head right before a public event. Naftali Bennett, who took office last week, is the first prime m...

 
 By David Isaac    News    June 25, 2021

Haley, Hagee show solidarity in visit to Israel

(JNS) - "Israel, you are not alone. ... We represent 10 million-plus people in America and these people say to you Israel, we have your back." That was the message of Pastor John Hagee, chairman and...

 

Scene Around

So maybe that's why I'm funny? ... (I DIDN'T SAY FUNNY LOOKING!) Pointing out more Jewish funnymen of my day, I must include Groucho, Harpo and Chico Marx. (Born in New York City, of course.) I also...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    June 25, 2021

'The Shrink Next Door,' a dark Jewish-themed podcast

(JTA) - "The Shrink Next Door," a 2019 reported podcast about a Jewish psychiatrist on the Upper West Side of Manhattan who takes control of the life of one of his Jewish patients, is being made into...

 
 By Asaf Shalev    News    June 25, 2021

Boycott Israel? No, Ben & Jerry's is boycotting social media

(JTA) – Pro-Palestinian activists were swarming the social media comments sections of Ben & Jerry's to demand the company boycott Israel.  In response, Ben & Jerry's appears to have indeed...

 

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