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 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 8, 2022

'After Shabbat, we will act': American Jews gear up for wave of post-Roe activism

WASHINGTON (JTA) - An array of Jewish groups across the country are kickstarting into action to protest and potentially challenge the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark...

 

Orlando Torah Academy celebrates its 12th year

The Orlando Torah Academy had a wonderful turn out at the 12th anniversary Annual Dinner, held on June 13. Shown here are (from left to right) Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Spector, Rabbi Avraham Wachsman and Rabbi Yehuda Schepansky, guests of honor Dr. Alan...

 

Going for gold at Maccabiah Games

The World Maccabiah Games, first held in 1932, are an international Jewish and Israeli multi-sport event now held every four years in Israel. The Games were declared a "Regional Sports Event" by...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    July 8, 2022

Unilever sells to licensee

(JTA) - After nearly a year of legal and financial battles, Ben & Jerry's will continue to be made and sold in Israel and the West Bank, as its parent company Unilever announced Tuesday it had...

 

Tidbit about the 'Candy Man'

In the article "10 big Jewish inventions," published June 17 in the Heritage, the third entry, "Sam Born, the Candy Man," is about my grandfather. I recently retired as CEO of Just Born Quality...

 

Mapping Project is antisemitic

The Florida Holocaust Museum responded to a request from the Heritage Florida Jewish News for a statement concerning the mapping project in Massachusetts. Solomon Howard, FHM senior account executive, replied that they are “as alarmed as any by the...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Are you hearing "I'm bored" already from children this summer break? Try to have one to two things for them to look forward to each week. Don't worry, these don't have to be big lavish trips. They...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    July 8, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Exercising our brains

Most people notice changes in their thinking and memory as they grow older. Neurologists tell us that some older adults develop dementia, most memory changes are age related and normal. Staying...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    July 8, 2022

Ben & Jerry's says it opposes parent company's plan to sell the brand's Israel rights

(JTA) — Ben & Jerry’s has come out against its own parent company’s decision to sell the ice cream maker’s brand in Israel to an Israeli company that pledges to continue selling the products in both Israel and the West Bank. “While our...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    July 8, 2022

Naftali Bennett won't run in Israel's upcoming elections

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett won’t run in his country’s upcoming elections this fall, his office announced Wednesday, after he served as head of a fragile, now collapsing Knesset coalition for a little over a year. The...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 8, 2022

Yair Lapid becomes Israeli prime minister

(JTA) — Ahead of his first presidential visit to Israel, Joe Biden congratulated Yair Lapid on becoming prime minister on Thursday, following the resignation of his predecessor Naftali Bennett. “Congratulations to @YairLapid, Israel’s new...

 

Will Biden visit Palestinian sites honoring the killer of his friend's niece? 

(JNS) — Joe Biden’s first eight years in the U.S. Senate (1973-1981) overlapped with the final years of his colleague Sen. Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut, a fellow Democrat. Biden and Ribicoff were friends and political allies, and the newcomer...

 
 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    July 8, 2022

Let UNRWA die already

(JNS) — Despite managing to raise $160 million in New York on Thursday, at a pledging conference of the Ad Hoc Committee of the U.N. General Assembly, the head of the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees was not pleased....

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    July 8, 2022

Catechism trumps US Constitution at SCOTUS

In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court decision that reversed Roe v. Wade, the five justices of the United States Supreme Court who voted in favor of the reversal embraced Mississippi’s statutory definition of a fetus...

 

Zelensky's antisemitic battle won't win his war

Speaking to students at Hebrew University in Jerusalem recently, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a foolish, unnecessary, and strategic mistake of opening an antisemitic battle as another front distracting from his very real war against...

 

Why won't CAIR condemn an antisemitic BDS map?

(JNS) — “Why not?” Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank asked that simple question last week after the normally publicity-mad Council on American-Islamic Relations told him it had nothing to say about a Boston BDS organization’s...

 
 By Dan Schnur    Opinions    July 8, 2022

What would Ruth Bader Ginsburg do?

(Jewish Journal via JNS) — Now that Roe v. Wade has been officially overturned and it becomes clear that the pro-choice community doesn’t have any more of a plan on how to protect abortion rights than it did to protect Roe from its critics, it...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    July 8, 2022

Antisemitic activist campaigned with multiple Democrats

(JNS) — An anti-Israel activist who shared a number of social media posts with anti-Semitic content has campaigned with multiple Democrats over the past year. Mahel Abdel Qader has come under fire for repeatedly promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy...

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    Features    July 8, 2022

Toronto rabbi dishes on being in a Drake music video

(JNS) - If he isn't already, Rabbi Ari Sitnik will soon be the most-seen rabbi in the history of the internet, all because of a single video. The Brazil-born Sitnik, 52, appears at the beginning of D...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    July 8, 2022

Vladimir Zelenko, Orthodox doctor who promoted COVID-19 treatment, dies at 48

(JTA) - Vladimir Zelenko, the doctor from an Orthodox enclave near New York City who rose to fame early in the COVID-19 pandemic for promoting a drug cocktail, has died of cancer at 48. The...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 8, 2022

In Hungary, a palace tied to political scandal becomes Jewish refugee camp

BUDAPEST (JTA) — For the last few months, a lakeside palace linked to a major political scandal in Hungary has been home to Jewish refugees from Ukraine. Just before Passover, six weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, the Hungarian government signed...

 

Group to fight anti-Zionism

(JNS) — More than 80 scholars of Jewish and Israel studies have joined together to form an initiative to combat on-campus anti-Zionism: The Jewish Studies Zionist Network. The organization is the brainchild of Jarrod Tanny, an associate professor...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    July 8, 2022

Scene Around

What a surprise!... I’m referring to the late, great Madeline Albright who passed away at the end of March. She was brought up as a Christian, but her parents converted from Judaism to Christianity, which is understandable since they (and...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 8, 2022

Porto Jewish community calls Portugal's criminal probe into its actions 'Holocaust against families

(JTA) — The head of the Jewish Community of Porto, Portugal said that a criminal investigation stemming from the organization’s role in vetting Jews with Sephardic ancestry for Portuguese citizenship amounts to antisemitic persecution by official...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    July 8, 2022

A new documentary gives 'Hallelujah' back to Leonard Cohen, and to Judaism

(JTA) - Leonard Cohen wrote around 150 verses to "Hallelujah," or so the scholars claim.  The beloved Canadian folk singer, who fused Jewish mysticism with pop mythology for a global audience, wrote...

 

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