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 By Keith Dvorchik    News    July 24, 2020

Sound the shofar and make joyful noise in unison

In the era of COVID-19, we are facing many challenges. As we make all our events virtual, wear facemasks wherever we go, and back up a few more steps in the checkout line, it's clear that we're...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    July 24, 2020

Bari Weiss, opinion editor with anti-Semitism focus, resigns

(JTA) - Bari Weiss, the Jewish opinion writer and editor who has been a lightning rod for left-wing critics, has resigned from The New York Times. The author of a much-discussed recent book on anti-Se...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    July 24, 2020

Cantor Bryce Megdal joins CRJ

"Today is the day: The moment I (and many of you) have been waiting for! I begin my journey as the cantor of CRJ," posted newly hired Cantor Bryce Megdal in celebration of her first day on the job at...

 
 By Israel 21c staff    News    July 24, 2020

New drug may stop Covid-19

(ISRAEL21c) - Could a well-known cholesterol-lowering drug help treat Covid-19? A research team led by Hebrew University of Jerusalem Prof. Yaakov Nahmias says that early research looks promising....

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    July 24, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Entrepreneur Les Neumann, racecar driver at 60+

How does a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx grow up to become a racecar driver? Meet Les Neumann. He now lives in DeLand, is semi-retired and races on the Vintage Race Car Circuit. This is no small...

 

Nick Cannon apologizes for anti-Semitic remarks, Fox to keep him as show host

(JNS) - The Fox TV network will retain Nick Cannon as host of "The Masked Singer" following his apology for making anti-Semitic remarks on a podcast that has since been deleted from YouTube for viol...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 24, 2020

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jemele Hill call out anti-Semitism in the Black community

(JTA) — In the wake of a string of high-profile controversies involving the likes of rapper Ice Cube and NFL player DeSean Jackson, two more prominent Black commentators have called out anti-Semitism in the Black community this week: NBA Hall of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 24, 2020

Despite pressure from progressives, no major changes in Democratic platform on Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Centrists on the platform-writing committee of the Democratic National Committee overrode progressives who wanted the platform to condemn Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. The 2020 platform only alludes to the occupation,...

 

The bullying of Bari Weiss and the end of classic journalism

(JNS) — For most observers of American journalism, The New York Times has long been regarded as the flagship of liberal thought and opinion. But after a woke mob essentially hounded Bari Weiss, a centrist Jewish writer who has been outspoken abou...

 
 By Yael Lerman    Opinions    July 24, 2020

Right and wrong way to handle anti-Semitism on campus

At two universities on opposite ends of the country, student government leaders recently found themselves mired in controversy for promoting anti-Semitism online. In June, the student senate president of Florida State University, Ahmad Daraldik, was...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    July 24, 2020

Sensitivity and teachable moments

Last week, I received an e-mail from a reader of my Everywhere column of July 10, 2020, titled “Black lies matter,” criticizing me for an attempt to be cute with the title by playing on the words, “black lives matter,” and suggesting that...

 
 By David Suissa    Opinions    July 24, 2020

Bari Weiss' resignation letter did a service to press freedom

I grew up worshipping The New York Times. To this day, I live on the paper’s home page. Only lately, as much as I still enjoy much of its cultural reporting, my jaw drops when I see the homogeneity of opinion. Virtually every op-ed and regular colu...

 

What Hank Greenberg's friendship with Jackie Robinson can teach us today

NEW YORK (JTA) — Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner posted a video late last week in response to Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic screed against Jews.  After describing his horror at the 2018...

 

Bornstein didn't present a balanced view

Dear Editor: I’m writing to object to three statements by David Bornstein in his July 10 column. I’ve skipped others due to The Heritage’s word limit. Bornstien said President Trump denounced NATO. President Trump criticized our NATO allies...

 

Don't forget the 'under-visited' archaeological sites in Israel

Dear Editor: As an avid subscriber to the Biblical Archaeology Review for over 40 years, I really appreciated Heritage’s article about some of the more important archaeological sites to visit in Israel (“The 10 most iconic archeological sites in...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, all minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) 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....

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    July 24, 2020

New York City's flagship JCC cuts 35 percent of jobs

(JTA) — Just days after the expiration of a federal program meant to preserve jobs during the pandemic, one of the largest JCCs in the country has laid off or furloughed 35 percent of its employees. The Marlene Meyerson Jewish Community Center of...

 

Could this Mediterranean takeout brand named for an Arabic Israeli TV show be the restaurant of the future?

(JTA) - As a child in Israel, Amir Nathan dined at Sami VeSusu, an innovative restaurant in Beersheba named after a popular children's television show from the 1960s and '70s. So when it came time...

 

How a Holocaust survivor's book helped this Rohingyan refugee survive brutal detention

Jaivet Ealom is the only known person to have ever escaped the notoriously brutal Australian-run refugee detention center on Manus Island. As a Rohingyan refugee fleeing Myanmar's campaign of...

 

Scene Around

Just Saying... I write this column almost 2 weeks in advance, so if this problem is solved correctly, forget I wrote about it: As the mother of three grown adults and two grown grandchildren, this...

 
 By Joel Haber    Features    July 24, 2020

The forgotten history of Jews in the alcohol industry

This may be surprising, but Jews have a long and very influential history in the alcohol industry spanning Europe, Israel and North America. For most of the 1800s, Eastern European Jews held a...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    July 24, 2020

New Israeli spy satellite set to provide powerful intelligence

(JNS) — The “Ofek 16” spy satellite launched from central Israel at 4 a.m. on Monday (July 6) morning is due to significantly upgrade Israel’s ability to monitor the dangerous activities of its adversaries throughout the Middle East,...

 

French court rules painting belongs to Jewish collector

(JNS) - A French appeals court ruled against an American couple that sought to get back the 1887 painting called "La Cueillette des Pois" ("Picking Peas") by Camille Pissarro that was looted from a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 24, 2020

Evangelical says nixing West Bank annexation could cost Trump the election

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel’s potential annexation of parts of the West Bank may not be a top election issue for American Jews, or even a top issue right now for most Israelis. But some evangelical Christians in America are hoping to make it an...

 

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