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Articles from the July 19, 2019 edition

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  • 50,000 flock to Lubavitcher Rebbe's grave in New York

    Cnaan Liphshiz|Jul 19, 2019

    (JTA)-An estimated 50,000 people have visited the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, ahead of the 25th anniversary of his passing. The pilgrimage to the burial site in Queens, New York, known as the Ohel has taken place over the past week ahead of the anniversary Saturday, the 3rd of Tamuz on the Hebrew calendar, according to a spokesman for the late rabbi's Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement. Schneerson headed the movement from 1950 until his passing in 1994-a... Full story

  • Israeli left, Palestinians slam US diplomats for sledge-hammer blows

    Marcy Oster|Jul 19, 2019

    JERUSALEM (JTA)-Two U.S. diplomats participated in the inauguration of a controversial archaeological tourist site in eastern Jerusalem, angering Palestinian leaders and left-wing Israeli NGOs. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and U.S. Mideast peace envoy Jason Greenblatt were invited to deliver the final sledge-hammer blows to what Friedman described as a ceremonial wall covering the tunnel entrance to the Pilgrimage Road in the City of David. Pilgrim Road was discovered in 2004 and... Full story

  • US mayors travel to Israel

    Jackson Richman|Jul 19, 2019

    (JNS)—Turn on any cable-news channel and the majority of the focus will be on national leaders like U.S. President Donald Trump or Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. And while politicians on the national level indeed command attention, state and local politics move forward at the same time, often at a quicker pace in terms of legislation and reaction to crises. Citizens often feel a more direct impact from resulting policies: From helping local businesses and revitalizing a city’s downtown to basic trash pickup, mayors and local leaders ser... Full story

  • Heritage wins two FPA awards!

    Jul 19, 2019

    The Heritage Florida Jewish News won two awards in the Florida Press Association Awards contest. Christine DeSouza took first place in the Arts, Entertainment & Review Reporting category for the article “Harriett Lake’s wardrobe lives on in a coffee-table book.” (Oct. 5, 2018) “I love it when I am rewarded for writing a fun article!” said DeSouza. The Heritage then took third place in the Serious Column category for “Do we see the battle?” by DeSouza (June 29, 2018). This was an opinion piece about the chipping away of our American cult... Full story

  • Phyllis Schulman Kamenoff dies at 94

    Jul 19, 2019

    Phyllis Schulman Kamenoff, age 94, of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at AdventHealth Hospice at Island lake. She was born on Oct. 28, 1924, in Springfield, Mass., one of two daughters born to the late Harry and Lillian Pallot Schulman. Her family moved to Miami when she was four. Phyllis grew up in Miami where she excelled in music. She was very active in many groups, including the YMHA where she was part of USY and B'nai B'rith Girls. She was a summer camp counselor... Full story

  • Hadassah welcomes support for Never Again Education Act

    Jul 19, 2019

    Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. National President Ellen Hershkin and CEO/Executive Director Janice Weinman today released the following statement on the pending introduction of the Never Again Education Act in the United States Senate: “We are thrilled that the Never Again Education Act is moving forward with bipartisan support in the Senate. This has been Hadassah’s top legislative priority for the past year. Hadassah members have been aggressively advocating for its passage and today we are closer than ever to ma... Full story

  • Florida principal removed after not recognizing Holocaust

    Jul 19, 2019

    (JNS)-The principal of a high school in the heavily Jewish-populated Florida city of Boca Raton was reassigned on Monday following an explosive report that he declined to recognize that the Holocaust occurred. Spanish River Community High School principal William Latson told a mother of a student in April 2018 who sought to ensure that Holocaust education was "a priority" that "not everyone believes the Holocaust happened." "And you have your thoughts, but we are a public school, and not all of... Full story

  • Everyone needs a 'lick and a hug' sometime

    Susan Bernstein, Program Director|Jul 19, 2019

    The Jewish Pavilion has long been partnering with Pet Rescue by Judy, a "no kill shelter" that rescues dogs and cats and prepares them for adoption. The partnership takes the form of pet visitations to Siena and Cordova at Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary known as "Licks and Hugs" once each month. Pet therapy has been shown to reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health which release endorphins that produce a calming effect. Having pets around also diminishes overall physical... Full story

  • Artur Brauner, German-Jewish producer of 'Europa Europa' and other major films, dies at 100

    Toby Axelrod|Jul 19, 2019

    (JTA)-German-Jewish film producer Artur Brauner, whose award-winning films include "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Europa Europa," has died at the age of 100. Brauner, who died Sunday in Berlin, was considered one of the most important producers in postwar Germany. Born in August 1918 in Lodz, Poland, Brauner fled to the Soviet Union in 1939 with his parents and four siblings, thus escaping the fate of other family members who were murdered in the massacres by German forces at Babi Yar... Full story

  • Bernie Sanders says being the first Jewish president would be 'another barrier broken down'

    Ben Sales|Jul 19, 2019

    NEW YORK (JTA)-Bernie Sanders wants you to know that he's not grumpy all of the time. "There are some times I'm not grumpy. Now is not one of those times," he says, a wry smile crossing his face. This might be the most Jewish moment of Sanders' latest interview with NowThis-a progressive social media video site with a following-even though he was asked about what it would mean to be the first Jewish president. The ten-minute interview, titled "Twenty Questions for 2020," was designed to help... Full story