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Two decades after Sbarro suicide bombing, survivors' scars are still healing

By (JNS) - Twenty years ago, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Sbarro restaurant at the corner of King George Street and Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem. Fifteen people were murdered,...

 

Jewish advocates warn that pro-Israel college students to face aggression on campus

(JNS) - A number of Jewish groups have significant concerns about how Israel's conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip this spring will correlate into anti-Jewish sentiment on North American college ca...

 

Pam Kancher to step down

Submitted on behalf of the Holocaust Center's Board Officers The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida announced on Aug. 12, 2021, that Executive Director Pam Kancher, who has...

 

Bialik to host 'Jeopardy!' specials

(JTA) - "Jeopardy!" is getting its first-ever Jewish host as Sony Pictures Television announced that actress Mayim Bialik will host some of the game show's new prime time specials. Following longtime...

 

Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties provides 7,000 backpacks and school supplies to children in need

Nathan Velez, 16, received one of the 7,000 backpacks filled with school supplies that were recently provided for economically disadvantaged children by the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler...

 

Are you a 'new bee' or an 'old bee'?

Jewish Academy of Orlando welcomed many new "Bees" this school year.  Here are a few photos before the start of school. Jewish Academy of Orlando serves central Florida students of all faiths from...

 

New preschool in Altamonte Springs

Rabbi Mendy Bronstein is excited to announce that this October, right after the holidays, Chabad of Altamonte Springs will be opening a new preschool called Jewish Beginnings Early Learning Center....

 

The role of Jews in the Civil War

Dr. David Bortnick will explore the role of Jews in the U.S. Civil War at a gathering of the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society to be held at the St. Johns County Library Main Branch, 1960 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd. St. Augustine, Fla., 32084 on...

 

Jewish philanthropists establish OU 'Katz Family Initiative' to support Jewish identity programs for public school teens

NEW YORK — Avi and Becky Katz, long-time Jewish communal leaders, have established a multi-year, multi-million national initiative with NCSY,the flagship youth movement of the Orthodox Union, to support Jewish identity programs for public school te...

 
 By Aaron Bandler    News    August 20, 2021

Ben & Jerry's franchisees call for company to rescind Israel decision

(Jewish Journal via JNS) — Several U.S. Ben & Jerry’s franchisees have sent a letter to the company calling on them to rescind their July 19 decision to stop doing business in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory.” The letter was signed by...

 

Palestinians blast Fatah in West Bank protests

(JNS) — Ongoing Arab protests in recent weeks in the West Bank against the Palestinian Authority over the killing of opposition activist Nizar Banat by security forces have led to heavy criticism of the P.A. for suppression. According to...

 

The bombing of Sbarro's and why Oslo failed

(JNS) — Next month, Americans will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The trauma lingers in the memory of everyone who was then alive. But while that day of terror will never be forgotten, as an event that informs foreign and defense p...

 

Time to put the United Church of Christ on trial for antsemitism

(JNS) — In July, the United Church of Christ’s General Synod passed a “peacemaking” resolution that declared Israel guilty of sins against the Palestinian people. The resolution repeats the narrative broadcast by Palestinian Christians in the...

 

For anti-Zionists, 'Palestine' does not stop at the Green Line

(JNS) — In the aftermath of the recent uproar over the Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream company announcing it would boycott the “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” it is worthwhile to take a closer look at that term. In 1964, Ahmad el-Shukairy...

 

The experiences of Jews of color

(JTA) — Jewish culture is deeply rooted in traditional core values, structures and norms often held by our American Jewish organizations. At the same time, today’s American Jewish community is more diverse and represents more backgrounds than...

 

I used to judge ex-Orthodox Jews - then I started listening to them

(JTA) — Ten years ago, I sat shocked watching a new music video from one of my creative Jewish heroes, Matisyahu. Newly married and studying in yeshiva, my husband and I were trying to figure out how to uplift the art world in alignment with our...

 

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....

 

'Real Housewives of New York City' Shabbat dinner

(JTA) — Many people have curbed or curtailed their big Shabbat dinners during the COVID-19 pandemic, but not the cast of “The Real Housewives of New York City.” On the episode that aired Tuesday, the cast of the Bravo reality TV series about...

 
 By Josh Satok    Features    August 20, 2021

Remembering Ilan Naibryf, Jewish Surfside victim anyone would be lucky to meet

I'm writing this from Miami, 10 minutes from the beach. There are many reasons to be here - the beach, the sun, the culture. And there are many reasons not to be here. As my grandma keeps calling to t...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    August 20, 2021

How three Israeli filmmakers wound up becoming the story in Africa

(JNS) - Three Israeli documentary filmmakers arrived home safely from Nigeria at the end of last week, after what they described as 20 "hellish days" detained under inhumane conditions by the...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    August 20, 2021

Israeli and American militaries tighten air-defense cooperation

(JNS) — Representatives from the U.S. and Israeli Air Forces met last month to discuss a remarkable development: what the Israel Defense Forces described as “updated orders for the cooperation between the two nations’ air-defense systems...

 

Scene Around

Eretz Israel ... Oops ... How did I miss writing about May 14 1948? YEAH! Israel is officially a state! Have you ever been to Israel? I have! It is our PROMISED LAND, YES! I left my heart there ......

 
 By Stewart Ain    News    August 20, 2021

What Jewish New Yorkers need to know about Kathy Hochul, who will replace Cuomo as governor

(New York Jewish Week/JTA) - Kathy Hochul, who is set to succeed Andrew Cuomo as governor of New York, is no stranger to the New York Jewish community. Cuomo resigned Tuesday, a week after a state...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    August 20, 2021

Jewish athletes celebrate Olympic success at Tokyo games

(JNS) - Many in the Jewish world are sharing in Israel's record-setting four medal wins at the just-concluded 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Leading the pack were rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram and...

 

Obituary - MORRIS BAROCAS

Morris Barocas, 94, of Orlando, passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at his residence. Mr. Barocas was born in New York on May 29, 1927,, to the late Joseph and Rebecca Azar Barocas. After serving two tours in the United States Navy, e and his... Full story

 

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