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Mover and shaker Hank Katzen recipient of Heritage Human Service Award

The interview for this year's Heritage Human Service Award winner was unprecedented. Since an "in person" interview was not possible, Heritage requested a bio and this chosen recipient obliged with...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    July 31, 2020 

SCSB member, Abby Sanchez, on school reopening and her re-election

Abby Sanchez, member of the Seminole County School Board, represents District 3 in Central Florida. First elected in 2016, Sanchez's current term ends in 2020. She is running for re-election in the...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    July 31, 2020 

Jews in the Land of Disney: The Share family volunteerism passed down l'dor v'dor

Adrian and Geanne Share came to the Orlando area in 1998. "My husband's an engineer whose passion is to see high-speed rail built in the U.S., and we came to Florida for that purpose. He's spent 20 ye...

 
 News    July 31, 2020 

AOC praises support of anti-Semitic groups for letter censuring Israeli sovereignty

(JNS) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) praised the support by at least 10 anti-Semitic groups for a letter issued by her and signed by other Democrats, The Washington Free Beacon recently reported, citing “an internal email...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 31, 2020 

Organizations petition US Supreme Court to overturn Jewish discrimination case

(JNS) — A group of 10 Jewish organizations has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a discrimination case from the 1970s that involved a Jewish employee who couldn’t work on Saturdays, which is the the Jewish Shabbat. The amicus curiae...

 
 News    July 31, 2020 

US House votes to maintain security aid to Israel

(JNS) — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2021 on Tuesday that includes the continuation of American assistance to Israel for missile-defense programs and other initiatives. The...

 
 By Anat Talmy    Opinions    July 31, 2020 

Beinart's guilt damns a nation

(JNS) — Peter Beinart’s two pieces, one in The New York Times and the other in Jewish Currents, are calling for the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state. Beinart no longer supports a two-state solution, but rather a binational state where J...

 

Statues, slavery and 'The New York Times'

(JNS) — Irony may be dead in America, but if any were left alive, this would count. Consider the work of Vincenzo Miserendino (1875-1943). An Italian-American sculptor, he created statues and busts of famous Americans and other notables, including...

 
 By Farley Weiss    Opinions    July 31, 2020 

Shame on Nancy Pelosi for endorsing Ilhan Omar

(JNS) — On March 7, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Resolution 183 condemning anti-Semitism. The resolution, which passed 407-23, was initiated in response to anti-Semitic comments made by Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and...

 

Antone Melton-Meaux is a necessary contender against Rep. Ilhan Omar

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (JTA) — The Babylonian Talmud in Tractate Kiddushin teaches that “devarim shebalev einam devarim” — words not put out into the universe are irrelevant — and that we must speak our minds when we feel the imperative to...

 
 By Mark Pelavin    Opinions    July 31, 2020 

4 lessons we can learn from civil rights hero John Lewis

ST. MICHAELS, Maryland (JTA) — The day is one of my most vivid and treasured memories. I was associate director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and we were in the middle of our flagship public policy conference. One of my responsi...

 

Using common sense to solve world problems

Dear Editor: I believe that it is worth noting that your fine publication noted in separate columns that the prime minister of the Palestinian entity has submitted in writing plans for a Palestinian state (“PA says it is ready to restart peace...

 

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 By Shira Hanau    News    July 31, 2020 

Abe Foxman's next act: Raising $28 million to feed thousands

(JTA) — Since retiring from his post as national director of the Anti-Defamation League in 2015, Abraham Foxman has had plenty of opportunities to take on other projects in the Jewish world. Until now, he’s almost always said no. But now the 80-y...

 
 By Marilyn Shapiro    Features    July 31, 2020 

A bolt out of the blue

When I was six years old, I loved summer storms. As the sky turned dark, the thunder clapped, and the lighting shot across the sky, I would watch from the safety of our living room window. My mother...

 

4 Israeli inventions that purify the air of Covid-19

(ISRAEL21c) - Remember when pollution was our worst respiratory worry? Now, scientists say airborne virus particles may be the main cause of Covid-19 infections. In the face of new evidence, the...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    July 31, 2020 

Scene Around

Sad news ... As I've said before, I write this column almost two weeks in advance of publication so I just learned of the death of Congressman John Lewis yesterday. What a great loss! I had so much...

 
 News    July 31, 2020 

Brooke and Olivia Chepenik are sweet on our seniors

Not only are Brooke and Olivia Chepenik bright and beautiful, but they are artistic and philanthropic as well. The sisters decided that they wanted to help seniors in long-term care during the Covid...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 31, 2020 

Omar's challenger Antone Melton-Meaux: Progressive and pro-Israel not mutually exclusive

(JNS) - Since taking office in 2019, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has become one of the most outspoken critics of Israel in the U.S. Congress. She has become part of a growing cadre of young...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 31, 2020 

John Lewis and the Jews: 6 moments that showcase an enduring alliance

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When John Lewis, the civil rights icon and congressman from Georgia, died at 80 over the weekend, Jews in America and abroad lost an ally of nearly six decades. Lewis never tired of telling folks to “get into good trouble,...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    July 31, 2020 

'Paradigm has shifted,' as Israel emerges as pillar

(JNS) - In somewhat of a role reversal, Israel has emerged during the global coronavirus crisis as the main supporter of Jewish communities worldwide. In a Wednesday briefing with Jewish Agency for...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 31, 2020 

AJC new anti-Semitism director speaks out against Jew-hatred

(JNS) - Israel and the Jewish people are always looking for friends, and they seemed to have found one in Holly Huffnagle. A Christian now employed to help tackle anti-Semitism in the United States,...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    July 31, 2020 

US Department of Justice takes action against New York village targeting Orthodox Jews

(JNS) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York sent a letter Monday notifying the Village of Airmont in Rockland County, N.Y., that they plan to file suit against the village on the grounds that are violating terms of...

 
 News    July 31, 2020 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Trump names former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka to defense education body By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump named Sebastian Gorka to a committee that promotes national security through the education system. A onetime...

 

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