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Articles from the October 23, 2020 edition

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Jewish artwork hidden during Holocaust needs a home

(JTA) - Plans are under way to find a home for a huge trove of works by a nearly forgotten Jewish artist that was uncovered 78 years after her death in a Nazi concentration camp. The works of Czech...

 

Israel startup nation cycling team wins historic first-ever Grand Tour stage

(Tel Aviv) - The Israel Start-Up Nation cycling team made history, recording its first ever stage victory in a Grand Tour race, just five years after the team's establishment. Alex Dowsett finished...

 

AJC has new exec. director

(JNS) - The American Jewish Congress announced on Tuesday that it has picked Joel Rubin, who served as the liaison to the Jewish community for the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sande...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 23, 2020

Facebook bans Holocaust denial

(JTA) — Facebook announced that it will now ban any posts that deny or distort the Holocaust, a landmark change from its previous policy. For years, Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, had defended Holocaust denial as a misguided but legitimate...

 

Victoria has a secret during the pandemic

She is NOT wearing an underwire. And so are many other women. Yes, we have expunged our Exquisite Forms, ousted our Olgas and wiped out our Warners. Instead, we have traded our confining, pokey...

 

Last of the Jewish Red Necks

In his own words, Laurence Morrell is the "last of the Jewish Red Necks." This coming Oct. 30, 2020, will be not only his 78 birthday, but also the 65th anniversary of his bar mitzvah at Temple...

 

Jewish American shares Nobel Prize in economics

(JNS) — A Jewish American economist was one of two winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in economics for studying how auctions work, announced the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Monday. Paul...

 

Jews of Color Career Development Program launches on Indigenous People's Day with aim to diversify Jewish leadership

The Jews of Color Career Development Program announced its first cohort members today — on Indigenous People’s Day — who will work in Jewish ventures and institutions across the country, developing their skills as entrepreneurial leaders...

 

UN space agency to establish office at Ben-Gurion

(JNS) — The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the creation of a regional support office for UNOOSA’s UN-SPIDER program, the United...

 

World Jewish Congress president meets with Abbas

(JNS) — World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder met with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, announced a Palestinian minister. In a Twitter post, P.A. Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh disclosed the information,...

 

While Cuomo targets Orthodox Jews, Muslim mass gatherings go on

(JNS) — Every year, Shi’ite Muslims in Flushing, Queens, conduct the Arba’een, a procession in honor of Mohammed’s grandson whose death at the hands of a Sunni caliph marked the pivotal break between Shi’ites and Sunnis, slapping their...

 

Time to heed George Orwell's warning

(JNS) — The British essayist, novelist and critic Eric Arthur Blair, best known to the world as George Orwell, died in 1950. A year before his death from tuberculosis, he used his unique insight to write his classic dystopian novel “1984....

 

A reminder to American Jews: Civilization is fragile

(JNS) — The question I receive more than any other from non-Jews is: Why are so many Jews on the left? Before addressing it, I should note that the same question could be asked of Christians and other non-Jews. Why have so many mainstream Protestan...

 

Bipartisan need for Holocaust education and a strong Israel

(JNS) — A lighthearted conversation between two Jewish comedians, Seth Rogen and Marc Maron, aimed to promote a new film, “An American Pickle,” recently landed actor Seth Rogen in a pickle with the Jewish community. Rogen stated, “You...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 23, 2020

An Israeli 'dissident' demolished

(JNS) — The most scathing book review I have read in a very long time appears in the Sept.18 edition of the London-based journal, the Times Literary Supplement. You might want to read it, too, if only for an illustration of what a comprehensive...

 

Trump, antisemitic? This is madness

(JNS) — The Internet is alight with the accusation made by reporter Greg Miller in The Washington Post that U.S. President Donald Trump declared that Jews “stick together” and are “only in it for themselves.” Indeed, such statements...

 

We need another four years with Trump as president

Dear Editor: In her letter advising us that “Trump is bad for the Jews,” (“Another four years of Trump is bad for the Jews,” Oct. 9 issue), Roz Fuchs expressed her concern with the president’s loss of trust from our allies and his alleged...

 

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....

 

In first official visit, UAE ministers arrive in Israel to formalize cooperation agreements

(JNS) — The Etihad Airways flight carrying a ministerial delegation from the United Arab Emirates landed in Israel at noon on Tuesday, marking the first-ever official visit from the Gulf state, following the Sept. 15 signing of the U.S.-broke...

 

Critics accuse Gal Gadot of cultural appropriation for accepting Cleopatra role

(JTA) - A social media storm has erupted after the announcement that Israeli actress Gal Gadot will portray the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra in a blockbuster film. Critics complained that Gadot is...

 

Decades before Gal Gadot, Elizabeth Taylor fell into controversy playing Cleopatra as a Jewish actress

(JTA) - After Israeli actress Gal Gadot announced this weekend that she would play the legendary Egyptian queen in a blockbuster movie, it didn't take long for the calls of cultural appropriation to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 23, 2020

Federations and Orthodox groups call for quadrupling security funds for nonprofits

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two Orthodox umbrella groups and the Jewish Federations of North America joined a faith groups’ letter to congressional appropriators asking them to quadruple funds for security grants for vulnerable nonprofits, to $360...

 

Prince and the Jews: The late rock star's best Jewish friend tells all in new memoir

(JTA) - In the late 1960s, when Neal Karlen was not even 10 years old, he would spend time at the home of his grandparents, one of the few Jewish families that remained on the north side of Minneapoli...

 

Scene Around

Who knew?... I surely didn't and I knew her! Actress GOLDIE HAWN was raised Jewish by a Jewish mom and non-Jewish dad. She's been on television lately as "Rowan and Martin's Laugh In" has returned to...

 

Obninsk, Russia, home of the world's first nuclear power plant, gets its first synagogue

(JTA) — A synagogue has opened for the first time in Obninsk, a city near Moscow that was built in 1945 to accommodate the staff of the world’s first nuclear power plant. Around 400 Jews, including some from Moscow seeking to move out of the...

 

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