Articles from the July 21, 2023 edition

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'Exodus' immigrant's diary shows hardships of post-Shoah refugees

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - Dozens of personal diaries from people living through the early years of the Jewish state have been handed over to the National Library of Israel as part of the Operation...

 

From horses to flying monkeys, a family story weaved into world history

Family histories are a precious legacy of who you are and from where you came. Unfortunately, as time goes on, these stories can get lost over time. Dr. Lane Jay Mercer heard his family stories all...

 
 By Sophie A. Katz    News    July 21, 2023

SOJC welcomes a new rabbi

Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation has a new full-time rabbi. Rabbi Melissa Crespy brings more than 30 years of rabbinical experience to this congregation, along with a lifelong love of music,...

 

Is Barbie Jewish?

(JTA) - Long before the craze over the upcoming "Barbie" movie, most people could conjure an image of the doll: She was the beauty standard and the popular girl, a perky, white, ever-smiling brand of...

 

Jewish Chamber spends a day with Rosie's Adventures

Food and fun we're on the agenda when the Jewish chamber partnered with Rosie's Adventures for an afternoon of arts and crafts at Shalom Orlando. Adults and children of all ages gathered to put...

 

Special guest at Chabad of North Orlando prayer service

On Friday, July 28, Chabad of North Orlando will host "Rolene's Shabbos" in loving memory of a special woman. Rolene Hunter was the first to become a member of Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando's...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 21, 2023

Pittsburgh jury finds synagogue gunman eligible for the death penalty, setting up trial's final phase

PITTSBURGH (JTA) — Jurors in the trial of the gunman who killed 11 Jewish worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue took less than two hours to find him eligible for the death penalty, setting up a final phase of the historic proceedings in which the...

 

Come and celebrate the earliest Jews of the USA

Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine and the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society have formed a partnership to celebrate the Jews who landed on Florida’s Coast with Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Rabbi Merrill Shapiro, founder and chairman of...

 

Orlando Hadassah Game Day

Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., is hosting a Game Day on Sunday, Aug. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. The event will be held at One Senior Place, Altamonte Springs. The cost is $20 and includes a light lunch. To register, visit...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 21, 2023

Jewish quotas were at the heart of Supreme Court affirmative action ruling

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Harvard’s 20th-century antisemitic Jewish quotas were a key part of the Supreme Court’s decision to gut affirmative action on Thursday, as the winning litigant and two conservative justices cited them in the landmark case....

 

Senators demand US admin reverse 'antisemitic Israel boycott'

(JNS) — A group of U.S. Republican senators sent a letter on Tuesday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling on the Biden administration to rescind its “discriminatory” guidance halting bilateral scientific and technological cooperation...

 

DeSantis blasts Biden over Netanyahu snub

(JNS) — Florida Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis on Tuesday denounced U.S. President Joe Biden over his failure to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House. “Biden meets with dictators of countri...

 

Groff v. DeJoy is the rare Supreme Court decision that every Jew can celebrate

(JTA) — In one of its most anticipated cases of the year, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Groff v. DeJoy last month, significantly expanding the federal protections afforded religious employees in the workplace. The decision itself...

 

Biden decries antisemitism yet funds it

(JNS) — On May 25, President Joe Biden announced a plan to combat antisemitism and declared that “the venom and violence of antisemitism will not be the story of our time.” Yet Biden is underwriting antisemitism. In 2018, Congress passed the...

 

The Pittsburgh synagogue shooter wasn't acting alone

(JTA) — Earlier this month, as the jury in Pittsburgh handed down the verdict in the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in American history, I found myself walking into Shabbat services at a Berlin synagogue that had been destroyed on...

 

It's time to dismantle the United Nations

(JNS) — The malevolent scapegoating of Israel by the United Nations has long been a scandal. These abuses are regularly highlighted by tireless U.N. watchdogs such as Hillel Neuer, the executive director of UN Watch, and Anne Bayefsky, president...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660....

 

A walk on the beach was a hint of a better world to come

This article originally appeared on My Jewish Learning.  (JTA) — Last week’s Torah portion is named after one of the Torah’s more complicated figures. Pinchas is the grandson of Aaron, the first high priest, and son of Eleazar, the second,...

 

That lonely Jewish seat on the Supreme Court

(JNS) - Here's a joke: "A Jew, a Black and a Hispanic walk into a bar... association.... " It's not really a joke, but rather a colorful way of describing the composition of liberal Justices on the...

 

David Beckham says he's proud to be 'part of the Jewish community' at London synagogue event

(JTA) - British soccer icon David Beckham is known globally for his bevy of championships as well as the "bend" he could put on the ball during 20 seasons of play. But on Sunday, approximately 600...

 

Netanyahu caught between Washington and Beijing

(JNS) - During his visit to Israel two months ago, Kevin McCarthy, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke from the Knesset plenum. It was only the second time that a U.S. speaker ad...

 

Ed Asner plays a Holocaust survivor in film being released 2 years after his death

(JTA) — The prolific Jewish actor Ed Asner died nearly two years ago, but his final film will hit select theaters on Friday. In “Tiger Within,” he plays a Holocaust survivor who becomes the...

 

Helen Mirren plays Golda Meir in a new film. The two are also (kind of) related

JERUSALEM (JTA) - Helen Mirren will soon become linked with Golda Meir in the minds of many viewers when she plays the late Israeli prime minister in a new film. But the award-winning actress has...

 

Hulu's 'The Bear' brought up 'Jewish lightning': What does it mean, and is it antisemitic?

There are some light spoilers for “The Bear” in this article. (JTA) — “The Bear,” FX and Hulu’s drama series about the behind-the-scenes workings of a Chicago restaurant, has been one of...

 

Israel's men's soccer team is headed to the Olympics for the first time since 1976

(JTA) - Israel's national men's soccer team qualified for the Olympics for the first time in nearly 50 years by making a surprising run at a major under-21 European tournament. Israel lost to England...

 

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