Articles from the July 2, 2021 edition

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American Jews mobilize in response to building collapse in Orthodox enclave

(JTA) - As the United States woke up to news of the building collapse in Surfside, Florida, it quickly became clear that the disaster is an American Jewish tragedy.  The 12-story building in the heav...

 

Israeli-trained EMTs help in apartment collapse

An apartment building in Surfside, Fla., partially collapsed early this morning, killing at least one resident and injuring others. The incident also sent first responders from Hatzalah of South Florida racing to the scene, some of whom received...

 

Heritage columnist wins AJPA award

Heritage columnist, Mel Pearlman, won an Honorable Mention Award for Journalistic Excellence in Covering Zionism, Aliyah and Israel from the American Jewish Press Association. Only 110 awards were...

 

Action Alert from StandWithUs

From June 29th to July 3rd, America’s largest labor union, the National Education Association will vote on two motions attacking Israel: New Business Item 29 and New Business Item 51. NBIs 29 and 51 are part of a larger pattern. In recent weeks,...

 

Galvanized and inspired, nearly 700 Jewish teens travel to Israel again with BBYO this summer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week marked the rekindling of the magic of a summer experience in Israel, with the first group of BBYO teens arriving in Ben Gurion Airport on June 14 to embark on Israel Journey, BBYO’s flagship travel experience in the...

 

American Zionist Movement elects first woman president

(JNS) - Deborah S. Isaac was elected president of the American Zionist Movement (AZM), the United States federation of 39 Zionist organizations, at the AZM Biennial National Assembly held virtually...

 

Happening at the J

Mahjong for Beginners Interested in learning how to play Mahjong? Then this class is for you. This 6-week series introduces the fundamental principles of the game — perfect if you are a new player or want to brush up on your skills. The class will...

 

Shabbat trio at Cascade Heights

Many of the seniors visited by staff and volunteers at the Jewish Pavilion transition from one community to another. The Jewish Pavilion follows them wherever they land. Three dear friends met at...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 2, 2021

73 congressional Democrats to Biden: Reverse more of Trump's Israel policies and call settlements illegal

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A letter from 73 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, including a number in leadership positions, urges President Joe Biden to make a number of moves to reverse what they call the Trump administration’s...

 
 By Phillissa Cramer    News    July 2, 2021

Group that removed Israeli food truck from event apologizes: 'Our actions were ignorant and inexcusable'

(JTA) — Three days after igniting a social media firestorm by removing an Israeli food truck from a festival, a Philadelphia group has apologized — and vowed to “make up for our mistakes with help from our community.” Eat Up The Borders,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 2, 2021

Palestinian Authority looks a gift horse in the mouth

(JTA) — The Palestinian Authority canceled a deal that would have seen Israel give it 1 million COVID vaccine doses in exchange for a later shipment. The P.A. made the move because many of the doses were set to expire in the coming weeks, according...

 
 By Paul Scham    Opinions    July 2, 2021

I'm on the American Jewish Left - and I haven't abandoned Israel

As the AIPAC consensus — the norm for American Jewish political life for decades — recedes, the “American Jewish Left” is becoming increasingly visible and heterodox opinions on the left are proliferating. However, with that profusion comes...

 

The push to 'other' the identities of Israeli Jews

(JNS) — When discussing the history of the establishment of Israel, a commonly parroted trope within anti-Israel and anti-Semitic circles is that the nation was founded by Jewish people who “colonized” the land and displaced more than 1...

 
 By Dan Elbaum    Opinions    July 2, 2021

Why Truman's support for Israel is more relevant than ever

(JNS) — It was perhaps the most important meeting in Jewish history, but it was also simply a discussion between two old friends. Harry S. Truman was the president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world. Across from him in the...

 

It's time to expose Muslim antisemitism

(FLAME on JNS) — With antisemitism at record highs in the United States and around the world, many prefer to focus purely on right-wing and neo-Nazi Jew-hatred, rather than on the larger problem: Hatred of Jews and the Jewish state in the Arab...

 

Woke and ignoring the gifted

Yes, “all men are created equal”, but that doesn’t mean we are all identical. Champions of woke ideology have found a new enemy: special educational programs for the gifted. Last week another special ed curriculum for the gifted in mathematics...

 

When will congressional Jews pull the fire alarm?

(JNS) — As a Jew residing in a suburban Jewish bubble, my congressman, Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), has been largely unseen where the mounting anti-Semitism from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party is concerned—with one exception. He...

 

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. a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 2, 2021

Constituents face to face with their lawmakers

(JTA) — The Orthodox Union is setting up meetings between members of Congress and Orthodox Jewish constituents who are alarmed by antisemitic incidents since last month’s Israel-Gaza conflict, and by what they see as Congress’ failure to have...

 

Gaza terrorist groups call on Palestinians to 'prepare for escalation'

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - Palestinian terrorist organizations in Gaza issued a joint statement on Tuesday calling on Egyptian and international mediators to pressure Israel to "lift the blockade on...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 2, 2021

As Israeli swimmers took 4th place in an Olympic trial, a TV commentator criticized their country

(JTA) - Standing poolside in Barcelona, Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky beamed with pride and satisfaction as they struggled to catch their breath. The two athletes from Israel on Sunday had just...

 

How a non-Jewish Swiss baker's challah wowed the Internet

Challah baker Katharina Arrigoni lives in a town in northern Switzerland with 3,000 residents, none of whom - including Arrigoni – are Jewish. Entirely self-taught, Arrigoni has never tasted a...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    July 2, 2021

Scene Around

I don't sleep well at night ... I used to wonder why, but now I know. What kind of a world is this coming too? I am worried, not so much for myself but for my children and grandchildren. I probably...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    July 2, 2021

Netanyahu finally agrees to leave the residence - in 3 weeks

(JTA) — After being blasted by critics for staying in the Israeli prime minister’s residence well over a week past his ousting from the role, Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to leave — in another three weeks. He and his successor, Prime Minister...

 
 By Renee Ghert-Zand    News    July 2, 2021

There's a new test for cancer risks from a longtime Jewish genetic screening program

After discovering a suspicious lump in her breast one day while in the shower, Abby Match was diagnosed in August with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She subsequently underwent a bilateral...

 

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