Articles from the August 11, 2023 edition

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Pittsburgh synagogue shooter gets death penalty

(JNS) - A Pittsburgh jury agreed unanimously last Wednesday that Robert Bowers, 50, should be put to death for killing 11 Jewish worshippers at Tree of Life*Or L'Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh on...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 11, 2023

After synagogue gunman's death sentence, Pittsburgh's Jews feel relief

PITTSBURGH (JTA) - The overriding feeling in this city now that the gunman convicted of murdering 11 Jews here in 2018 has been sentenced to death is gratitude. Not for the penalty itself, which was...

 

Peace with Saudis a 'sure bet'

(JNS) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is confident his government can achieve some form of normalization with Saudi Arabia in the coming months, Netanyahu said in an interview with Bloomberg Television broadcasted on Monday. “I...

 

Best guardians of Judea/Samaria

(JNS) — Following a tour on Wednesday of Jewish-owned agricultural sites in Samaria’s Binyamin region, Israeli Agriculture Minister Avi Dichter applauded farmers’ role in protecting state lands in Judea and Samaria. “We came here to learn...

 

Jews in the Land of Disney: Michelle Anflick - Music is deep in her soul

This is a story about an orthodox wife and mother, a busy Bubbe, a retired schoolteacher and a full-time dental hygienist, who at a moment in her life, or so it seemed at the time, was Divinely inspir...

 

Community Bingo is back at the Rosen Event Center

Bingo at the Rosen Event Center is full of fun and prizes. On Thursday, Aug. 17, the doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The games start at 6:30 p.m. Bring $20 to play games and for your chance at raffle...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    August 11, 2023

South Carolina school district to return Bernard Malamud's 'The Fixer' to shelves after yearlong removal

(JTA) – A school district in South Carolina will return Bernard Malamud’s “The Fixer,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about antisemitism, to shelves nearly a year after it was removed following a parental complaint. The decision made Wednesda...

 

Suspect in custody after man fires shots near Memphis Jewish school

(JNS) — A Jewish day school in Memphis, Tenn., went into lockdown for about 45 minutes on Monday afternoon after a man fired several shots nearby. No injuries were reported at the Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South. “We have...

 

Sara Netanyahu joins campaign to end violence in daycares

(JNS) — Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, met on Wednesday with representatives of the nonprofit association Mateh Hama’avak Lema’an Hayeladim (“The Taskforce for Children”), whose goal is to eradicate...

 

Palestinians not a roadblock to Saudi deal, says Israeli FM

(JNS) — The Palestinian issue will not be an obstacle to normalizing relations with Saudi Arabia, according to Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen.  Jerusalem’s top diplomat made the remarks in a wide-ranging interview with Arabic-language...

 

A film about saving children isn't an antisemitic conspiracy

(JNS) — “Sound of Freedom” is the film that the chattering classes are encouraging you not to see. NPR says its success is due to support from the shadowy QAnon extremist group. It’s been blasted by The Guardian as “QAnon adjacent...

 

Pilgrimage to Poland - Part 7

The next day our positive energy experienced on the March of the Living quickly dissipated as we arrived at the site where an estimated 800 Jewish children are buried in a mass grave in the Zbylitowska Góra Forest. The gravesite is located deep in t...

 

Look who's in charge of protecting the Jews at CUNY

(JNS) — In response to public outrage over the pervasive, systemic, years-long scandal of antisemitism at CUNY, the university formed its inaugural Advisory Council on Jewish Life. At first, Chancellor Matos Rodríguez refused the demands of...

 

Why an Orthodox group supports the Supreme Court ruling on not serving same-sex couples

(JTA) — The Orthodox Jewish community boasts a wide array of creative services providers. And, in keeping with the Jewish religious tradition over millennia, those vendors cannot, in good conscience, buy into elements of “progressive” social...

 

Notice to the IDF: Southern Lebanon is biblical Israel

(JNS) — Once again, we are seeing Hezbollah threatening us, encroaching on the demilitarized area and daring us to retaliate. In Southern Lebanon, Hezbollah has positioned thousands of rockets aimed at Israel in direct violation of the stipulation...

 

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....

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    August 11, 2023

Football team joins San Diego Jewish school in commemorating children murdered in the Holocaust

(JTA) — The German football team Borussia Dortmund joined students at the San Diego Jewish Academy on Friday to participate in a project to commemorate children who were killed in the Holocaust. The club, which plays in the Bundesliga, Germany’s...

 

Royal Caribbean navigates the kosher cruise market

(JNS) - Sea travel has always posed formidable challenges-especially for Jews. Keeping kosher, observing Shabbat and venturing into a sea of people who aren't Jewish isn't easy for the strictly...

 

First-ever 'Borscht Belt Fest' brings bygone era back to life, if only for a day

(JNS) - A deli chef prepares roast pork sandwiches as a museum official quotes from the Mishnah in Pirkei Avot, often translated as "Ethics of the Fathers." Saturday's Borscht Belt Fest was...

 

Wilfrid Israel and Yad Vashem's continuing failure

Wilfrid Israel risked his own life to save tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Yad Vashem refuses to recognize and honor him. Yad Vashem refuses to recognize and honor the more than 200...

 

Ahead of new Netflix show, Gal Gadot shares thoughts on her career

(JNS) - Gal Gadot's first Hollywood audition was for the role of a James Bond girl in "Quantum of Solace," alongside Daniel Craig. Although Gadot did not get the role, now, a decade and a half later,...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    August 11, 2023

Robert Kraft speaks with rapper Meek Mill on NAACP panel about antisemitism and racism

(JTA) - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft participated in a panel conversation on fighting antisemitism and racism during the annual NAACP convention in Boston. Titled "Hate Has No Home:...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    August 11, 2023

Hezbollah could take possession of Syrian chemical weapons

(JNS) — Iran is working to seize control of an extensive network of Syrian military industry facilities, collectively known by their French acronym of CERS, or the Scientific Studies and Research Center in English, according to a report released...

 

Israeli study explains delay in tanning after sun exposure

(JNS) — Tel Aviv University researchers have proposed a new theory for why the body’s tanning process does not occur immediately after exposure to the sun’s rays, but only after a few hours or even days. The study found that the body’s...

 

JFK documents reveal assassin's CIA monitor was Reuben Efron, a Jewish spy who loved Midrash

(JTA) — For decades, armchair analysts scrutinizing the mysteries of the President John F. Kennedy assassination have fixated on who, exactly, opened his future assassin’s mail while he was under CIA surveillance. As the conspiracy theory went,...

 

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