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Irresponsible Americans endanger American freedom

One of the great ironies revealed by the Covid-19 pandemic is the action of many Americans who profess to be lovers of freedom and of their fellow Americans, but who have ignored common sense and betrayed that love, in their irresponsible exercise...

 

A passion for Jewish education and Israel is at the heart of Bruce Gould's giving

The selection of Bruce Gould as this year's recipient of the Heritage Human Service Award was a long time coming. One might ask why he had not been selected earlier. Well, he'd never been nominated....

 
 By Shula Brysky    News    August 13, 2021

Chabad UCF to break ground  for new student center

When Chabad of Greater Orlando, under the leadership of Rabbi Sholom and Devorahleah Dubov, saw the need for a Chabad House to service the Jewish student community, they asked Rabbi Chaim and...

 

SOJC introduces new interim rabbi

Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation will hold a Meet and Greet for its new part-time interim rabbi, David Shmidt Chapman, on Aug. 22, 2021. Rabbi Chapman has served as rabbinic intern at Sutton Plac...

 
 By Ryan Torok    Features    August 13, 2021

Jewish National Fund-USA launches 'This Is What Zionism Looks Like' campaign

Decades after the U.N. General Assembly passed Resolution 3379, which declared Zionism was a form of racism, Zionists continue to be maligned on college campuses, social media and city streets. Confro...

 

Gould family donate and dedicate library to OTA

Amid surging enrollment at Orlando Torah Academy, the school welcomed a new beautiful library.  Jean Gould, together with her children Bruce Gould and Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Gould and joined by many fr...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 13, 2021

In-person General Assembly canceled

(JTA) — The Jewish Federations of North America has canceled the in-person portion of its signature annual event, the General Assembly, citing the coronavirus. The umbrella group for local federations had planned to combine online and in-person...

 

A Jewish camp in Wisconsin has closed early due to a COVID outbreak

(TCJewfolk via JTA) — A Jewish summer camp in Wisconsin sent its campers and staff home three days early following a COVID outbreak affecting nine cabins. Herzl Camp in Webster primarily serves Jews from the Twin Cities area and, as of 2019, had...

 

Revised civics and Holocaust education standards approved in Florida

(ORLANDO, FL) — Investing two years of research and commitment, Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder and president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations is grateful as both Civics and Holocaust Standards submitted by PJTN were approved late last week...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    August 13, 2021

Florida set to ban Unilever from state contracts

(JNS) — The state of Florida notified Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream, on Tuesday that it has 90 days to cease its “boycott of Israel” or face a ban on contracts and investments with the Sunshine State. The move is in...

 

Biden's reward to UNRWA for bad behavior

(JNS) — The United States transferred $135 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees on Saturday. This was in addition to the nearly $33 million that it gave to the organization in May to help the Gaza Strip, ra...

 

Cuomo endorsed the investigation that found him guilty

(Jewish Journal, JNS) — Five months ago, with his back to the wall and facing calls from his own allies to resign, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a ready answer to the accusations of sexual misconduct that were engulfing him: Let’s wait for the...

 

Imagine the reaction if Israel decided to …

(JNS) — For many of us, the world’s hypocrisy when it comes to Israel is self-evident, and the double standards applied to the only Jewish state are clearly anti-Semitic. Typically, we think about these biases when issues arise directly related...

 

There must be room

In columns recently published by The Heritage, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream was excoriated for deciding not to sell ice cream in what the company calls “the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” Mel...

 

Offense taken about 'Abortion's Juneteenth'

Dear Editor: I was completely taken aback by your decision to publish Tamara Aronowsky’s article “Abortion’s Juneteenth” (July 9, 2021 issue). It was offensive on so many levels. At the very least, you should have included a counter article...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, some minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m....

 

Iran behind fatal strike on ship in Arabian Sea

(JNS) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett blamed Iran on Sunday, Aug. 1, for the attack that left two dead on the oil tanker in the Arabian Sea on Thursday night. Speaking during the weekly Security Cabinet meeting, Bennett was quoted...

 

A new animated Anne Frank movie brings her diary to life in modern-day Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (JTA) - A disoriented teenage girl lies on Anne Frank's bed as people swarm the family house. But these people are not Nazis; they're modern-day tourists. And the girl on the bed isn't...

 

Republican senators introduce bill to ban antisemitic country-of-origin labels

(JNS) - A group of Senate Republicans led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced a bill on Thursday that would prevent the Biden administration's State Department or U.S. Customs and Border...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 13, 2021

Deborah Lipstadt, noted Holocaust historian, is Biden's pick for antisemitism envoy

WASHINGTON (JTA) - President Joe Biden is set to nominate Deborah Lipstadt, the Emory University Holocaust historian, to be the State Department's antisemitism envoy. The White House alerted top...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 13, 2021

The Anti-Defamation League and Hillel are now working together to document antisemitism on campus

(JTA) — Over the last year, Jewish college students took it upon themselves to combat antisemitism at their schools. Now, two major Jewish organizations are working together to play a stronger role in fighting antisemitism on campus. Some of the...

 

Scene Around

More Famous Jews ... JAY SCOTT GREENSPAN is an American actor who became famous with JERRY SEINFELD on his long running TV show, "Seinfeld." Oh yes! You would know him as Jason Alexander who played...

 

Rush rocker Geddy Lee's Jewish mom, a Holocaust survivor, was his biggest fan

Our deepest condolences go out to Rush lead singer and legendary bassist Geddy Lee, whose Jewish mom, Mary Weinrib, passed away on July 2, 2021. Weinrib, who was set to turn 96 on July 16, was not only a massive supporter of her son’s music career...

 

Jewish History in Film: Fragmented memories of war in 'Waltz with Bashir'

In an interview with David Poland for "DP/30: The Oral History of Hollywood," director Ari Folman expressed that the reactions he received in Israel toward his 2008 adult animated film, "Waltz with...

 

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