Articles from the August 28, 2020 edition

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Hank Katzen receives Human Service Award virtually

It was the most unusual Jewish Federation annual meeting, and not just because Heritage publisher Jeff Gaeser did not have to wear a coat and tie to present the Human Service Award to Hank Katzen....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 28, 2020

Gun control activists at DNC

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Gabby Giffords, the Jewish former congresswoman who became a leader in the gun control movement after being shot by an assailant in the head in 2011, opened the third night of the...

 

DNC hosts Qalam Institute imam

(JNS) - The Democratic National Convention hosted an imam from an Islamic extremist institution on Sunday. Noman Hussain, imam of ISM Brookfield in Wisconsin, was one of the religious leaders who...

 

Torahs packed, synagogues on high alert as wildfires cross California

SAN FRANCISCO (J. the Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — When the evacuation orders came last night, Guerneville resident Sonia Tubridy and her daughter packed the car and left, joining a caravan of vehicles fleeing the North Bay area...

 

Orlando Senior Help Desk is there to help with needs

As the pandemic continues, the phone is ringing off the hook at the Orlando Senior Help Desk at the Jewish Pavilion. Seniors are in need of low–rent housing, assisted living, home care, emergency...

 

Compassion has no boundaries

Kudos to Amy from Texas and hundreds of other wonderful people across the nation who have sent cards to the Jewish Pavilion for our elders in long-term care. Isolation and loneliness often define the...

 

It's back to school and seeing friends at the Jewish Academy of Orlando

Jewish Academy of Orlando's students loved heading back to school with their friends.  Here are a few peeks from the first day of school....

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    August 28, 2020

Coronavirus chief: 'Israel has lowest mortality rate in world'

(JNS) — According to Israel’s Coronavirus Project coordinator, Ronni Gamzu, his main goal right now is to combat and contain the virus “without implementing a full lockdown on the country.” “I am not sure we will succeed, but I am...

 

Facebook doesn't 'recognize Holocaust denial' as hate speech

(JNS) — Facebook, according to an Aug. 10 report, “actively promotes further Holocaust-denial content to that user” and “has been unwilling to recognize Holocaust denial as a form of hate speech against Jews.” “Hosting the Holohoax: A...

 

Gov. Newsom signs California ethnic-studies bill into law

(JNS) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law on Monday to require an ethnic-studies course requirement for matriculation from California State University, starting with the 2021-22 school year. Spearheaded by the AMCHA Initiative, 90...

 

Harris, Omar and the party's great march leftward

(JNS) — Last Tuesday, two notable events occurred in the Democratic Party. Joe Biden announced that he had selected California Senator Kamala Harris to serve as his running mate in November; and Rep. Ilhan Omar won her primary, all but...

 

Finally, an issue on which all Jews can agree

The last few weeks have witnessed a landmark development in Arab-Israeli relations upon which all fair-minded Jews can finally agree. I am of course referring to the agreement reached on Aug. 13, 2020, between the government of Israel and the...

 

Where are the Jews this time?

Let’s go back in time. The 1960s. Hippies. The March on Washington. George Wallace. Viet Nam. The Edmond Pettis Bridge. Remember? Well, I guess that those of us of a “certain age” do. We remember the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. We...

 

Viewpoint - Donald Trump: social justice president

President Donald Trump’s accomplishments establish him as an effective social justice president. He speaks proudly and joyfully of results — not platitudes: improving the lives of minority communities through increased employment, reducing...

 

Rabbi Steinsaltz: A Zionist appreciation

Rabbi Steinsaltz, who passed away Aug. 7 in Jerusalem at the age of 83, was a rabbi in the most authentic meaning of the word: He was an educator. And the world was Rabbi Steinsaltz’s student body. He spent decades teaching, writing, publishing,...

 

What is Nancy Pelosi thinking?

Dear Editor: Kudos for publishing “Shame on Nancy Pelosi for endorsing Ilhan Omar,” in your July 31st issue. Pelosi has moved from the Light to the Darkness. In the Light she is the “Lioness,” supporting bills that will make a difference for...

 

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....

 

Birthright Israel launches first-ever interactive tour

Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic and for the first time in its history, Birthright-Israel has postponed all trips since mid-March. “While tens of thousands of Jewish young adults were planning to visit Israel this summer, the organization...

 

Israeli archaeologists unearth 1,300-year-old church near Jesus' Mount of Transfiguration

(JNS) - Israeli archaeologists have announced that they have unearthed a 1,300-year-old Byzantine-era church in the Lower Galilee in the village of Kfar Kama near Mount Tabor, which Christians...

 

Bar Mitzvah - Jaret Samuel Richman

Jaret Samuel Richman, son of Scott and Gwen Richman of Gotha, Fla., was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Jaret is in the...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    August 28, 2020

Off-campus, but in touch: Students learn tools from CAMERA conference to fight anti-Semitism

(JNS) - Due to global coronavirus pandemic, this year's CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis) student conference was held via Zoom, teaching students how to...

 

Scene Around

While watching television ... (What else is there to do during this pandemic quarantine? Well. If I wasn't a widow I would figure it out!) Anyway, I saw some great movies in the last few days. "First...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    August 28, 2020

EU review of Palestinian textbooks is a tragedy of errors, says watchdog group

(JNS) - Palestinian textbooks are rife with blatant incitement against Israel, as has been reported for decades. And in the United States, for example, Palestinian children studying under the...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    August 28, 2020

After facing threats, Kentucky rabbi set to offer educational courses on anti-Semitism

(JNS) - After denouncing racist, anti-Semitic fliers left around his community earlier this month and then being threatened by a neo-Nazi leader, Rabbi Shlomo Litvin of Lexington, Ky., aims to...

 

Obituary - ROD MACE JAMES BOBELE

Written by the family Rod Mace James Bobele, 35, of Winter Park, died Aug. 12, 2020. He fought a rare cancer for 18 months with humor and courage. Rod was a 2nd Degree Black Belt, a touring Yo-Yo...

 

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