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 By Larry Brook    News    October 22, 2021

Alabama Cherokee tribe establishes ties with Israel

(Israel InSight via JNS) - The Northeast Alabama Cherokee held a ceremony on Sept. 25 in Guntersville, Ala., to establish a relationship with Israel. There, the tribe presented a resolution,...

 

Michael Oren sees Jewish Agency as solution

(JNS) — Michael Oren says he has been “integrally linked to the Jewish Agency” for years. The former Israeli ambassador to the United States and former Knesset member is one of eight candidates to head the organization. He has a long history...

 

Israel comes to the rescue

Israeli activists, philanthropists and aid workers have helped rescued 125 Afghans at risk from Taliban retribution in a complex and hush hush operation that happened earlier this month. The Afghans,...

 

Jim Fleischer, CEO of AEPi, dies at 52

(Cleveland Jewish News via JTA) - Jim Fleischer, a Canton, Ohio native who served as CEO of the historic Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi since June 2018, died from cancer on Saturday. He was 52. In...

 

Blue's musician Daryl Davis' exhibit at Holocaust Center

MAITLAND — The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida announces the exhibit Uprooting Prejudice: Conversations for Change, a first-of-its-kind exhibit that examines the indelible link between antisemitism and racism as told...

 

Men's Night Out is back live!

The men in this community are in for another year of a great prime rib dinner catered by Arthur's, top-shelf drinks and entertainment by the hilarious comedian Dennis Regan. "With the help of premium...

 

Rosen JCC offers new fall events

The Rosen JCC in Dr. Phillips is excited to partner in these two new events for the Orlando community. USA Memory Championship The USA Memory Championship is an annual competition that takes place this year on Saturday, Oct. 23, noon, at the Rosen...

 

The power of DNA

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando is hosting a Zoom meeting on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. about DNA and the surprises discovered through DNA testing. Put “DNA testing surprises” into your search engine, and you get almost 7 million result...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 22, 2021

Lapid happy with what he heard at meeting with Blinken about Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Yair Lapid got what he wanted out of his Washington visit: the word “every,” instead of “other.” During Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s first meeting with President Biden in August, the American president,...

 

Texas official to teachers: State law requires teaching 'opposing' views on the Holocaust

By (JTA) — Teachers in a Texas school district were told last week that a new state law requiring them to present multiple perspectives about “widely debated and currently controversial” issues meant they needed to make “opposing” views on...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 22, 2021

In TV interview, Ben & Jerry's founders say accusations of antisemitism following West Bank pullout are 'absurd'

(JTA) — In an interview that aired on HBO, both of the founders of the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream brand reiterated that they stand behind the company’s decision to stop selling their products in Judea and Samaria. But for Jerry Greenfield, being a...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 22, 2021

California's ethnic studies requirement is signed into law

(JTA) — After months of controversy and tens of thousands of public comments, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed off on legislation that eventually will require students to pass at least one course in ethnic studies in order to graduate from...

 

The 'Jewface' debate about casting non-Jews as Jews betrays an Ashkenazi bias

(JTA) — Actress and comedian Sarah Silverman, in comments on her Sept. 30 podcast, railed against the practice of casting non-Jews as Jewish characters in TV and films. She referred to the castings as “Jewface,” a play on the historically...

 

U.S. pipe dreams of a democratic Palestine and a peaceful Iranian Islamic Republic

The president recently announced that the United States will shift American foreign policy strategy from military intervention to “relentless diplomacy.” Translated into the jargon of the foreign policy establishment, this means a downgrading of...

 

A common battle against the poison of antisemitism

(JNS) — We live in a formative time, with fewer and fewer survivors who can tell us what happened, which calls for intensified efforts to commemorate the Holocaust. Deniers should never be allowed to falsify the history of the worst crime against...

 

Cancel culture is no laughing matter

(JNS) — Comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special, “The Closer,” is making the rounds but not for its hilarity. No, its high ratings can be attributed to the venom that it has elicited from the mainstream press and social media. Nothin...

 

Israel should grant Jews the right to pray on the Temple Mount

(JNS) — A fundamental constitutional right in the United States, embodied in its first amendment, is the freedom of religion. Freedom of prayer is clearly part of freedom of religion. Part of freedom of prayer is the freedom to pray in public...

 

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....

 

Vote for your choice for the 2022 Genesis Prize laureate

The six finalists for the 2022 Genesis Prize have just been released. The Foundation is asking the global Jewish community to vote for their favorite. Last year, they engaged over 3 million people via social media and 200K from six continents voted....

 

Corrections

In Mel Pearlman’s Everywhere column titled “Live streaming during the holidays” in the Oct. 8 issue of Heritage, the word “pragmatic” in the last paragraph should have been “problematic.” The correct paragraph is: Although, I...

 

Assisting agencies and Jewish entities, here's JCA's goals and objectives

During this year, The Heritage will run a half page insertion in every issue featuring an organization that has partnered with the Jewish Capital Alliance of Central Florida to attain its chartered go...

 

Scene Around

How thrilled I am ... Sure, sure, at my age anything would thrill me, right? WRONG! It has to be something very special ... and it was! The other evening on the KELLY CLARKSON television show, her...

 

Google, Amazon workers call to cancel billion-dollar Israel contract

(JNS) — Hundreds of Google and Amazon employees have signed a public letter demanding that the tech giants cancel Project Nimbus, a billion-dollar contract to provide public cloud computing services to Israel. In the letter, published by The...

 

Jews in the Land of Disney: Former city commissioner finds family thought lost in the Holocaust

Sandi Solomon, three-term Casselberry city commissioner has found relatives who were thought to have perished in the Holocaust. Through a genealogy search that her daughter-in-law Sharon Fleitman of...

 

From Judeo-Greek to Karaim, Oxford courses on 12 rare Jewish languages aim to keep heritages alive

(JTA) — In April, the language-learning app Duolingo added its 40th language to its program arsenal: Yiddish. A couple of decades ago, it would have been unthinkable for a mainstream non-Jewish language program to offer an expansive, comprehensive...

 

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