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Happy anniversary Central Florida Hillel

Central Florida Hillel kicked off its 20th anniversary with a tree planting on Sunday, July 11. The year 2021 marks the 20th year that Central Florida Hillel has been recognized as a Jewish...

 

Hear two dynamic speakers who share in the fight to preserve Israel

Reports about the Arabs who live in Judea and Samaria is always covered in the mainstream media - their living conditions, their suffering, their plight, etc. There is not much coverage about Jews...

 

Herzog sworn in as Israel's president

(JNS) — Former Labor Party leader and Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog was sworn in as Israel’s 11th president on Wednesday, saying he would work to repair divisions within Israeli society. The...

 

Israel's Palestinian president

Israel just inaugurated a new president. He is largely a ceremonial figure as the official “head of state.” He has a limited but very structured constitutional role. Nonetheless, amazingly, he is a Palestinian. Isaac “Bougie” Herzog is...

 
 By Faygie Holt    Features    July 16, 2021

Back at the lake and canteen: Jewish campers express relief just 'getting to be kids again'

(JNS) - The countdown started weeks ago, and it's finally time for many to return to sleep-away camp after a year of lockdowns, Zoom school, and separation from friends and family amid a worldwide...

 

Earn college credits in high school while learning what Judaism says about money, stress and success

Once again this fall, Jewish high school students in the North Orlando area will have a unique opportunity to earn college credits while exploring the tenets of Judaism. Over the last year, the stock...

 

JFS Orlando provided more than $884,000 in rental assistance

JFS Orlando CARES, the emergency rental assistance program of Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, provided relief for those impacted financially by COVID-19 since October 2020. With the completion of the program on June 30, 2021, JFS Orlando...

 

Anti-Israel activists accuse IDF of exploiting disaster in Surfside, Fla.

(JNS) — Anti-Israel activists took to social media to accuse the Israel Defense Forces of exploiting the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Fla. Rafael Shimunov, a political activist from Queens, N.Y., questioned the motives of...

 

George Washington's famous letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport

This letter, written by George Washington in 1790, is a response to Moses Seixas, warden of the Touro Synagogue in Newport. In it, Washington addresses the tolerance and freedom of religion in the newly established nation:  Gentlemen. While I...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 16, 2021

Andrew Saul, Jewish Social Security boss installed by Trump and fired by Biden, vows to stay in the post

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Andrew Saul, the Social Security Administration Commissioner who President Joe Biden fired last week, claimed the move was illegal and vowed to stay in the post. Saul, a businessman who has donated heavily to Jewish causes, gave...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 16, 2021

Alleged assailant in stabbing of rabbi charged with hate crime

(JTA) — The suspect in the stabbing of a Boston Chabad rabbi has been charged with committing a hate crime and civil rights offense. Khaled Awad, 24, was arrested Thursday after allegedly stabbing Rabbi Shlomo Noginsky outside of his school and...

 

Don't confuse Holocaust education with the battle over critical race theory

(JNS) — There is no more obvious sign that American education is in trouble than the fact that most state legislatures have become battlegrounds over how to teach history. The subject can be fraught with controversy under any circumstances. But in...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    July 16, 2021

The elusive meaning of religious freedom in America

One of the factors in the early formation of humans into social groups was a common belief in spiritual powers, mythical gods and superstitions. The consensus of so-called religious beliefs within these groups at the dawn of civilization was as much...

 

Christian Zionists: Three lies and a truth

(JNS) — Over the last couple of months, everyone once again attempted to take sides in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Hamas, acting under insidious and aggressive tactics, used an emotionally charged court case as a reason to wage a large assault on...

 

Palestinian Authority kills and tortures dissenters while the media yawns

(FLAME via JNS) — As the Palestinian Authority tightens its iron grip on dissent in the West Bank—and a dissident is brutally murdered while in P.A. custody—Western media virtually ignore the story. One Palestinian activist accuses the United...

 

US taxpayers shouldn't subsidize Palestinian corruption, terror and intransigence

(JNS) — The Biden administration is determined to provide aid to the Palestinians in violation of the spirit, if not the letter of the Taylor Force Act, which bars U.S. aid from going to the Palestinian Authority (PA) so long as it continues its...

 
 By Adam Gordon    Opinions    July 16, 2021

An antisemitic rally to remember

(JNS) Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Massachusetts Boston put together a “March for Palestine” at the Massachusetts State House on June 24. The event began with a UMass Boston SJP member taking the microphone and telling...

 

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 Faygie Holt    News    July 16, 2021

Study reveals 912 percent increase in anti-Semitic content on TikTok

(JNS) — During a symposium about online anti-Semitism sponsored by the U.S. State Department last year, a representative from the social-media platform TikTok assured that his company was working to combat hate. Speaking in October 2020, Jeff Colli...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 16, 2021

University of Chicago's Jewish community reels with the loss of 2 students

(JTA) - Rabbi Anna Levin Rosen has counseled Jewish students at the University of Chicago through crises before. But she says the last two weeks have been "devastating." First, Ilan Naibryf, 21,...

 
 By Penny Schwartz    News    July 16, 2021

Boston Jews rally together after streak of attacks in the area

BOSTON (JTA) - Days after a series of violent acts stunned Greater Boston and threatened its Jewish community, residents are jolted but resolute, vowing to continue taking pride in their Jewish...

 

The chance to head a nation like no other: A letter to Israel's incoming president, Isaac Herzog

(JNS) —To the honorable President of Israel, Truth be told, I’m a little envious of you. In a short while, you will find out exactly how magnificent the privilege of the presidency is. Over the next seven years, you will meet Israelis from all...

 

Scene Around

I must mention and salute ... I'm talking about DAN NEWLIN, (probably not Jewish). I want to take this opportunity (on the 4th of July!) to thank him for his care and generosity to our military. Mine...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    July 16, 2021

New government criticized for approving lackluster building projects in Judea and Samaria

(JNS) — At the end of June, the new Israeli government led by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett approved 31 new building projects throughout Judea and Samaria. The projects were green-lighted by the subcommittee on Jewish “settlements...

 

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