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Online movie series to feature rescuers and rescued during years of Holocaust

(JNS) - The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous is launching a Monday-night movie series, from July 27 to Aug. 21, each week airing one of its award-winning documentaries that highlight Righteous...

 

Florida Film Festival features a short film by 'hometown girl' Talia Osteen

The Central Florida Jewish community knew and loved Talia Osteen as one of the three members of the singing group Visions, which began under the guidance of Cantor Allan Robuck of Congregation Ohev Sh...

 

Patricia Sigman runs for state Senate

Longwood resident Patricia R. Sigman is a Democratic candidate on the primary ballot for state Senate, District 9. There is one opponent running against her for the seat and she is hopeful voters will...

 

Storage center dates from Kingdom of Judah

(JNS) - In excavations in Jerusalem near the U.S. embassy conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority, more than 120 of some of the largest and most important collections of seal impressions stamped...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    August 7, 2020

'He told me to call him Cube': ZOA chief Mort Klein details his talk with Ice Cube after Farrakhan tweets

(JTA) - Mort Klein didn't know much about Ice Cube when he got on the phone with him on Monday afternoon, but by the end of their two-hour conversation, Klein said he was convinced the rapper was not...

 

Thousands join 48-hour #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate Twitter boycott to protest anti-Semitism on the platform

(JTA) — After their vocal calls for Twitter to take down rapper Wiley’s spree of anti-Semitic tweets went unanswered, Jews in the United Kingdom are taking another approach: silence. British Jewish activists and their allies — including...

 

Israel donates third water generator to Gaza Strip

(JNS) - According to the U.N. Trade and Development Commission, some 95 percent of Gaza's groundwater supply is found to be unfit for consumption. The Gaza Strip suffers from a water shortage in...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    August 7, 2020

DNC platform will not condition US aid to Israel on sovereignty, but will seek return to Iran deal

(JNS) — In a move that bodes well for Israel, the Democratic National Committee’s platform committee voted on Monday to reject additional language that would make the party’s stance on the Jewish state more critical. The committee voted 117-34...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    August 7, 2020

Holocaust survivors launch campaign to fight Holocaust denial on Facebook

BERLIN (JTA) — Joining a growing chorus of critical voices, Holocaust survivors have launched an international online campaign criticizing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that is aimed at countering Holocaust denial on his social media platform....

 

Why is anti-Israel video part of Ontario school curriculum?

(JNS) — The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center has reached out to the Ontario Minister of Education in search of answers after an anti-Israel video was found to be part of the curriculum of a Grade 10 online civics course, announced the...

 

The Islamist takeover of George Floyd

(JNS) — We Americans seem quite capable of separating ourselves into fractious groups without the help of our enemies, but that hasn’t stopped many, especially the Islamists of the world, from using the death of George Floyd to fuel our divides....

 

Pandemic of Hate

We can either choose to divide or connect. Dividers spew hate, connectors share love. People can be divided into two categories: connectors and dividers. Connectors look for commonalities, dividers focus on differences. Connectors give the benefit...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    August 7, 2020

You, Me and God

Let me put the disclaimer out first: I am no biblical scholar — I am no expert on ancient Jewish history. So, this column is really in the form of a few questions about belief and my own life. I have stated before that I was raised in a totally...

 

Parents face impossible choices during the pandemic - we shouldn't face school-shaming, too

This article is part of a collaboration between the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Kveller about pandemic parenting and school reopenings.  HIGHLAND VILLAGE, Texas (JTA / KVELLER) — I’m dubbing “school shaming” the new Mommy War of 2020. If...

 

Boycotting Twitter could backfire

NEW YORK (JTA) — On Friday afternoon, a few hours before Shabbat, I found myself scrolling through Twitter when I stumbled upon an anti-Semitic rant.  This by itself is hardly unusual — the amount of anti-Semitic vitriol on Twitter is horrifyin...

 

Military assistance to Israel is a winning situation

Dear Editor: There seems to be a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding concerning the United States government’s allocation of the sum of $3,800,000,000 of military assistance to the State of Israel for defense purposes. In reality, only 20 p...

 

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....

 

'The Painted Bird' is now on demand

(JTA) - Jerzy Kosinski's 1965 Holocaust novel "The Painted Bird" was mired in controversy almost from its release. The film adaptation, which became available through on-demand platforms this...

 
 By Penina Beede    News    August 7, 2020

An enduring feature of the pandemic: Jews are flocking to online classes

(JTA) — Israeli poetry scholar Rachel Korazim had been thinking about cutting back on travel when the coronavirus pandemic made the decision for her. “I said I really want to shift my teaching to distance learning because, you know, I’m not...

 
 By Sam Sokol    News    August 7, 2020

A bipartisan protest movement is rocking Israel and growing by the week

TEL AVIV (JTA) - Noam Ofer might have been an unlikely candidate to join Israel's burgeoning protest movement. At 76, he is older than most of the people who have taken to the streets in recent weeks...

 

How did Europe's Jews cope with a 17th-century plague?

BOSTON (JTA) - More than 350 years ago, a plague took a deadly toll on Hamburg, Germany. As the High Holidays approached, fear and panic set in and many of the city's Jewish families fled. Among them...

 

Scene Around

We need some "light" news these days ... As a vocalist, I am constantly adding to my repertoire. I am so delighted when I realize who the composers were! For instance, "You're Gonna Hear From Me," a...

 
 By Dan Diker    News    August 7, 2020

The BDS-BLM alignment: Implications for Israel and Diaspora Jewry

(JCPA via JNS) - The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis triggered the most widespread racially charged protests in the United States and Europe since the 1960s. International protests over Floyd's...

 
 By Jodie Sadowsky    News    August 7, 2020

Anti-Semites 'Zoombombed' our Shabbat services

Prior to the pandemic, my family of five rarely attended Shabbat services at our Reform synagogue in Connecticut. There was always something else to do — sports practices and school dances, birthday parties and weekends away. Now, however, with...

 

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