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Articles from the October 8, 2021 edition

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 By Israel Kasnett    News    October 8, 2021

In the footsteps of his predecessors, Bennett aims to change paradigms

(JNS) - "Hands out of your pockets, sir!" barked a U.S. Secret Service agent at a bewildered pedestrian as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett walked down the Fifth Avenue sidewalk in New York...

 

Grandson of Jewish man accused of ritual murder to speak in Orlando

The year is 1144 and in England, a Christian boy was found dead in the woods with stab wounds. The Jews were accused of ritually murdering the boy and with this began the long ugly history of the Blo...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    October 8, 2021

SCN tracks threats to Jews

(JNS) - A state-of-the-art security command center was unveiled this week by the Secure Community Network to ensure that the Jewish community is prepared in the event of any violence or threats....

 

Abbas: return to pre-1967 lines

(JNS) — In his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas demanded that Israel return to its pre-1967 borders or face consequences. “If the Israeli occupation authorities continue to entrench the...

 

Rosen JCC fall events

The Rosen JCC has an amazing fall planned. It will be filled with fun and excitement for the whole family. Miles to Go and the Rosen JCC: Your Town Square will be hosting the Good Ghoul Gala. The...

 

Jewish Pavilion's Online Auction coming up

The Jewish Pavilion seeks to enhance the lives of our elders, of all faiths, in long-term care. They provide festive holiday programs and arrange friendly visits so that our aged know that they are not forgotten by the community. Their Orlando Senior...

 

Explore Florida's Jews in the U.S. Civil War

Dr. David Bortnick will explore the role of Florida’s Jews in the U.S. Civil War at a Zoom program of the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society to be held, Tuesday, Oct.12, at 2:30 p.m. This event is open to the public, all are welcome, there...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

Kamala Harris 'strongly disagrees' with student who said Israel was carrying out ethnic genocide

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Vice President Kamala Harris "strongly disagrees" with a university student who told her that Israel was carrying out "ethnic genocide," her office said, pushing back against...

 

At UN, Bennett warns world Iran's nuclear program at a 'watershed moment'

(JNS)—Demarking a clear distinction between himself and his predecessor, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday morning that one of the most dangerous problems in the world today is political polarization. In his first address as...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

GOP flier in Virginia House race shows Jewish Democrat and a pile of gold coins

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A GOP flier distributed to homes in the Virginia suburbs of Washington depicts the Jewish Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates at a table stacked high with gold coins, a pairing of images of Jewish candidates with...

 

How a budget standoff demonstrated the partisan split over Israel

(JNS) — The Iron Dome missile-defense system has long been one of the least controversial aspects of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Funding for the idea was approved in principle by the George W. Bush administration in 2007 after the Israel...

 

Live streaming during the holidays

As the pandemic extended into the second year of the High Holidays I found myself teetering between attending religious services in person or virtually as a participant in a live-streaming congregation. Last year, as a senior citizen and unprotected...

 

Peace Now attacks the Conference of Presidents

(JNS) — It’s the ultimate case of biting the hand that feeds you. Americans for Peace Now has launched a public assault on the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations — the very organization that risked its good name...

 

Kamala's Hillary moment

I followed reports of Vice President Kamala Harris’ recent exchange with a student at George Mason University with great interest, and dismay. In many ways, she reminded me of an incident with Hillary Clinton, not in a good way. Harris addressed st...

 
 By Sean Durns    Opinions    October 8, 2021

What's missing in POLITICO's look at the 'two-state solution act'

(JNS) — On Sept. 23, 2021, Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.) introduced the “Two-State Solution Act” to “to preserve conditions for, and improve the likelihood of, a two-state solution that secures Israel’s future as a democratic state and a...

 

Is it time to say, 'who cares?'

(JNS) — At the risk of putting a target on my back, it has occurred to me that the proper response for much of the anti-Israel activity on and off campus should be a combination of derision, counter-attack and neglect. I’ve been dealing with...

 

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....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

In first UN speech, Bennett sounded different than Netanyahu

(JTA) — In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addressed the twin threats of Iran and the coronavirus, in keeping with his quest for a relationship with the international community that...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 8, 2021

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett to American Jewish leaders: 'We have to redesign our relationship'

NEW YORK (JTA) - The first thing Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said, facing a room full of the leaders of the American Jewish community: "I wish my mom were here." The son of American...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    October 8, 2021

A Jewish male model is running for Germany's parliament - on the far-right ticket

(JTA) – At a political rally in Berlin in June, a young Jewish gay man wearing a turquoise kippah launched his campaign to represent one of Germany's most ethnically diverse constituencies in...

 

Scene Around

More surprises ... Of course I've heard of WILLIAM SHATNER, but I never knew he was Jewish. Shatner was born in Montreal, Canada (like my mom). His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from present...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 8, 2021

3 Israelis arrested after settler attack that injured 12 Palestinians

(JTA) — Three Israelis have been arrested for an attack on Palestinian residents of the West Bank that sent a three-year-old to the hospital over the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret. The attack came amid a week in which several Palestinian...

 

Why Jews read Torah on a yearly cycle

Every week, one section of the Torah, known as the Torah portion or “parsha,” is designated as a focus of Jewish study and is read aloud in synagogue that Shabbat. The first mention of a scheduled Torah-reading cycle appears in the Bible, in...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

Ocasio-Cortez: 'Yes, I wept'

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive congresswoman from New York, said she changed her vote from “no” to “present” on a bill for special funding for Israel’s anti-missile Iron Dome defense system because of the ...

 

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