Articles from the August 4, 2023 edition

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Israeli newspapers run black front-page ad after judicial reform vote

(JNS) - Several leading Israeli newspapers ran entirely black front page advertisements on Tuesday morning, in response to the passing of key judicial reform legislation the day before. The ads,...

 

JFS Orlando's Pearlman Food Pantry distributes record levels of food

The Pearlman Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando is as busy as ever — working diligently to ensure those in need can get vital food assistance for themselves and their families. “So far this year, JFS Orlando’s pantry has distr...

 

We came to fight for democracy

Over 200,000 supporters of the proposed judicial reform gathered on Sunday evening, before the vote on judicial reform, in Tel Aviv's Kaplan Street, until now the main location for the weekly...

 
 By Yori Yalon    News    August 4, 2023

Rare coin found in Judean desert

(JNS) - A 2,000-year-old silver half-shekel bearing the Hebrew inscription "Holy Jerusalem" has been discovered in the Judean desert, the Israel Antiquities Authority revealed on Tuesday. The rare...

 

New Class for Jewish High School students with cash incentive to join

Does Judaism believe in angels? How about heaven and hell? What’s a Hamsa charm used for? Why is the pig the most unkosher of animals? And speaking of food, what are the origins of gefilte fish, cholent and other Jewish delicacies? What about Jews wi...

 

Back to school at the Rosen JCC

Camp J is just finishing and the Rosen JCC is getting ready for back to school. The Early Childhood Learning Center will be kicking off with new STEAM lessons for the kids. STEAM uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics to tap into...

 

Conversation and connecting

Conversation and connecting is what the Jewish Chamber is all about. Enjoy networking at a Happy Hour on the covered patio at Firebird Wood Fired Grill, located at 1562 N. Mills Ave. Orlando, on...

 

After pivotal judicial reform vote, US Jewish groups unleash their newfound voices on Israeli domestic policy

WASHINGTON (JTA) — For months earlier this year, mainstream American Jewish groups waffled on how much to weigh in on Israel’s internal political debates, something many had studiously avoided in the past. But that felt like a distant memory on Mon...

 

Israel passes first law weakening Supreme Court following months of civil strife

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s government has passed a law restricting the Supreme Court’s ability to strike down laws, the first piece of a proposed overhaul of the country’s judiciary that has led to massive street protests and a growing movemen...

 

Is there alien life among us?

(JNS) — Israeli-American astrophysicist believes he may have found alien life. The purported discovery took place more than a mile underwater near Papua New Guinea. Those in search of aliens from other planets would typically look to the stars. B...

 

Federal jury returns death-penalty verdict for Pittsburgh synagogue shooter

(JNS) — A Pittsburgh jury agreed unanimously on Wednesday that Robert Bow-ers, 50, should be put to death for killing 11 Jewish worshippers at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018. The judge will formally sentence the...

 
 By Eric Levine    Opinions    August 4, 2023

Biden's new anti-Israel policy

(JNS) — Last week, the Biden administration announced that it will no longer support scientific and technological research at Israeli institutions in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. State Department spokesman Matthew M...

 

NYT admits the problem isn't Israel's judicial reform

(JNS) — This is a really extraordinary article. All of these months the Israeli left and media have been howling that judicial reform, which means rolling back the unlimited authority of the country’s Supreme Court, is a coup and a threat to dem...

 
 By Gina Ross    Opinions    August 4, 2023

A new opportunity for the Jewish people

(JNS) — I was born in Syria, grew up in Lebanon and eventually moved to Brazil from where I made Aliyah. After nine months of learning Hebrew in an ulpan, I met my husband and moved to the United States. But I left my heart in Israel. Later, I f...

 

Why compromise is unlikely in Israel's crisis

(JNS) — The night before Monday’s Knesset vote on the first of the government’s proposed judicial reforms, a video filmed on the escalators in Jerusalem’s central train station went viral on social media. It showed a great tide of people holding...

 

ZOA hails Knesset's passage of bill a victory for democracy and the rule of law

The Zionist Organization of America strongly supports and praises Israel’s democratically elected Knesset for passing the first part of much-needed judicial reform. The new law prevents the Israeli Supreme Court from striking down or reversing d...

 
 By Avi Abelow    Opinions    August 4, 2023

Alan Dershowitz: "These reforms will make Israel into a democracy like Canada, New Zealand and Australia"

Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz puts Israel’s judicial reforms into proper perspective in this discussion featured on J-AIR 88FM Radio and J-AIR Internet radio Retired US attorney Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz debated Eugene Kontorovich, p...

 

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. C...

 

All 15 justices to hear petitions against 'reasonableness law'

(JNS) — All 15 justices of Israel’s Supreme Court will hear the petitions asking them to cancel the “reasonableness law” that the Knesset passed last week, Supreme Court President Esther Hayut announced on Monday. The hearing is scheduled for 10...

 

25 years ago, 'Saving Private Ryan' presented a rare portrait of a Jewish soldier in film

(JTA) - According to the Jewish Virtual Library, 550,000 Jews served in the United States armed forces during World War II. There were 38,338 Jewish casualties, while 26,000 Jewish soldiers "received...

 
 By Sergio Carmona    News    August 4, 2023

Dov Hikind: 'I've become very disillusioned with the Democratic Party'

(JNS) — Dov Hikind, a former New York state representative, announced last week that he is leaving the Democratic Party. In an interview with JNS, Hikind said the decision to become a Republican w...

 
 By Joshua Marks    News    August 4, 2023

High Court ruling on reform law could trigger constitutional crisis

(JNS) — If Israel’s Supreme Court, sitting as the High Court of Justice, strikes down the “reasonableness law” that the Knesset enacted on Monday it would create an unprecedented constitutional crisis...

 

Pickleball, America's fastest-growing sport, is a hit at Jewish camps and sports tournaments

(JTA) - As head of programming for Maccabi USA, Shane Carr is used to having people ask him to add sports to the organization's many Jewish sports tournaments around the world. But since 2019, one...

 

RFK Jr. on the people to blame for COVID

(JTA) — Speaking at an event geared toward Jewish voters on Tuesday night, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., said, “The charge of antisemitism is one that cuts me.” Kennedy, the anti-vaccine theorist and Democratic presidential candidate, was responding to mou...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 4, 2023

White House blasts Fox News host's claim that 'you had to be useful' in death camps

WASHINGTON (JTA) - In an extraordinary swipe at a popular Fox News Channel host, a White House official condemned Greg Gutfeld's claim that "you had to be useful" to survive Nazi death camps. "What Fo...

 

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