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Israel and UAE reach US-brokered deal to normalize relations

(JTA) — In a diplomatic breakthrough, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are normalizing ties. The deal was finalized in a phone call on Thursday, Aug. 13, between President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    August 21, 2020

Israel's historic deal with the UAE could be just the beginning

(JNS) - A joint statement by U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, announcing the "Abraham Acco...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    August 21, 2020

Kamala Harris is Biden's VP pick

(JTA) - It's official: Kamala Harris is Joe Biden's choice for vice president. The California senator, who made history Tuesday as the first Black woman to join a major party presidential ticket, is...

 

Hillel confronts Jew-hatred

(JNS) — Amid the rise in anti-Semitism on college campuses, Hillel International announced on Monday that it is launching a new initiative to ensure that university administrators and staff are trained to recognize and confront Jew-hatred....

 

Congregation Ohev Shalom welcomes new youth director, Jayme Epstein

The leadership of Congregation Ohev Shalom is pleased to announce the hiring of Jayme Epstein as youth director.  Epstein grew up between Westchester, New York, and Dallas, Texas, and has been in...

 

Jewish Pavilion seniors never forgotten, even during this time

The Jewish Pavilion would like to welcome Watercrest Senior Living Group in Winter Park as one of its newest sponsors. The Jewish Pavilion volunteers look forward to celebrating Shabbats, holidays...

 

Zoom into the Museum of Happiness - Virtual Edition

Join Congregation Ohev Shalom Sisterhood as COS member Rachel Scheinberg, president of Matooki - Making Tomorrow Kinder, leads The Museum of Happiness - Virtual Edition at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug....

 

Jewish Academy steps ups safety to welcome back students

Jewish Academy of Orlando began the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, Aug. 17, after adding additional precautions to ensure a safe start. Some students began attending in-person with precautions in place while others participated in remote learning....

 

StandWithUs launches Rabbis United

(LOS ANGELES) - StandWithUs announces the launch of its new division, Rabbis United. Rabbis United will enable StandWithUs to connect more closely with rabbis and other Jewish community leaders and th...

 

Israeli corona discovery: Tuberculosis shots could help

Vaccinations against Tuberculosis administered in the last 15 years may provide additional protection against COVID-19 to people under 24 years of age, according to a new study published recently in the medical journal Vaccines. Dr. Nadav Rappoport...

 

Reform movement gets $600,000 grant

By(JTA) — The Reform movement has received a $600,000 multi-year grant to support racial equity, inclusion and diversity work. The Union for Reform Judaism said Wednesday that it had received funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to fight...

 

Trump vows new Iran deal 'within four weeks' if re-elected

(JNS) — U.S. President Donald Trump vowed that if re-elected in November, there would be a new deal with Iran “within four weeks.” “When we win, we will have a deal within four weeks,” he said in leaked footage from a fundraiser on...

 

America's failed Jewish leadership must resign

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in a premeditated attack, two shooters opened fire inside a kosher deli in Jersey City, New Jersey, and murdered four people. The killers included a former member of a notoriously anti-Semitic group and, reportedly, a follo...

 

UAE and Israel: A match made in heaven

Earlier this month, the Jewish people celebrated the joyous holiday of Tu B’Av, the date on the Jewish calendar that focuses on love and commitment. Little did we know, but at the time, U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin N...

 

What will normalization with the Arab world mean for Israel?

(JNS) — Israel is set to sign a historic agreement with the United Arab Emirates that would see the two Middle Eastern nations officially strike diplomatic relations and exchange embassies. The move represents a major validation of the Netanyahu...

 

Centrist Democrats and their leftist aides

(JNS) — Heading into the 2020 presidential campaign, centrist Democrats as well as those who are supporters of Israel had good reason to be worried about the future of their party. After Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016, Bernie Sanders’s wing...

 

The Israel and UAE peace deal: The honey and the thorn

Israel’s celebrated songstress and unofficial poet laureate, who authored the classic melody “Jerusalem of Gold,” the late Naomi Shemer, subsequently wrote a far more melancholy tune called “The Honey and the Thorn.” It describes the...

 

What do 'unmarried female rabbis' have to do with solving world problems?

Dear Editor: In the July 31, 2020, edition of the Heritage Florida Jewish News, there was a letter to the editor by David G. Danziger titled “Using common sense to solve world problems.” There are many aspects of this letter that I strongly disag...

 

My two cents on the Federation leaders' statement about George Floyd

Dear Editor: My name is William J. Levy and I live in Ormond Beach and read your newspaper every week. Sadly there is only one group of people in America who think of themselves as guests: not the Irish, not the Blacks, not the Lithuanians, no one...

 

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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....

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    August 21, 2020

Harris' nickname shows how close she is with her Jewish family

(JTA) — In the middle of her first speech as Joe Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris disclosed her favorite nickname. “My family means everything to me. And I’ve had a lot of titles over my career, and certainly, vice president will be g...

 

Harris as Biden's VP pick prompts immediate replies from Jewish, Israel-related groups

(JNS) - Jewish and Israel-related groups expressed mixed reactions to the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, picking Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)...

 

Jews in the Land of Disney: With family and friends, Debbie Meitin has lived a wonderful life

"I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the only child of Rosalind and Irving Dorsky. My grandparents came from Belarus and Ukraine to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. My paternal...

 

Scene Around

A proud Navy mom ... While watching television the other night (what else is there to do during the "pandemic"?), I watched one Navy musical movie after another. The first one was titled "Hit The...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    August 21, 2020

Algorithms promote Holocaust denial

(JTA) — Holocaust denial content is “readily accessible” on social media and Facebook algorithms “actively” promote it, according to a report published Monday. The London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue found that typing “holocaust...

 

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