Articles from the October 25, 2019 edition

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 By Marcy Oster    News    October 25, 2019

'Pause for Pittsburgh' to mark one year since synagogue attack

(JTA)-People across the United States and around the world will join together virtually on the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue building in suburban Pittsburgh. The...

 

Netanyahu can't form government; Gantz tapped to try

Two days shy of his 28-day time limit to establish a government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that he cannot form a coalition and that he is returning the mandate to do so to...

 

Elijah Cummings dies at 68

(JTA)-Rep. Elijah Cummings, a longtime Baltimore congressman who worked to build ties between the African-American and Jewish communities in his district, died Thursday in his home city. He was 68. A...

 

Three of 'squad' endorse Sanders

(JNS)—Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) say they plan on endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. The three freshmen...

 

Celebrating Sukkot at JAO

Jewish Academy of Orlando's students love celebrating the new year and spending time with their friends in the sukkah. Here are a few peeks from the week's activities. Jewish Academy of Orlando...

 

Stetson University hosts author Julie Salamon at lecture series

The Malka Altman Memorial Lectures in Jewish Studies presents author Julie Salamon at Stetson University on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Salamon is the author of "An Innocent Bystander." It is the...

 

Last call for Men's Night Out

This year's Men's Night Out is really taking it up a notch. Not only will there be a great steak dinner catered by Arthur's, top-shelf drinks, entertainment by the hilarious comedian Johnny Lampert,...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    October 25, 2019

5,000 Christians show their support for Israel at Jerusalem's 64th Sukkot march

(JNS)-This year, more than 5,000 Christians from all parts of the world gathered on Thursday for the city's annual Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) festive march around Israel's capital, which saw 10,000...

 

Anti-Semitic incidents take center stage at University of Illinois faculty meeting

(JNS)-A recent presentation during a mandatory meeting for the residential living team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that was replete with anti-Semitic references has come under...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    October 25, 2019

'Entry of radical Islamist forces into northern Syria is disturbing,' ex-Israeli intelligence official says

(JNS)—Israel has been closely monitoring Turkey’s brutal offensive against the Kurds in northeast Syria in recent days. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the Turkish invasion on Oct. 10, stating that Israel “warns against the...

 

Trump did not betray the Kurds

The near consensus view of President Donald Trump’s decision to remove U.S. special forces from the Syrian border with Turkey is that Trump is enabling a Turkish invasion and double crossing the Syrian Kurds who have fought with the Americans for...

 

The scandal continues at UMASS Amherst

(JNS)—Kumble Subbaswamy, the chancellor of UMass Amherst, made $579,000 last year, and his boss, Marty Meehan, president of the UMass system, made more than $659,000. Between the two of them, they made more than $1.2 million in 2018. And still,...

 

Great leaders know when to retire

As a native born American of the Jewish faith I have been doubly blessed by being born into two great peoples. I am a proud and patriotic citizen of my native America and a proud supporter of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide. I am not however,...

 

A cautionary cannabis tale for globe-trotting Israelis

(JNS)—After spending six months in jail on the outskirts of Moscow, a young Israeli woman named Naama Issachar was sentenced on Oct. 11 to seven-and-a-half years of imprisonment in Russia. Both the extreme sentence and trumped-up charges of...

 

As an Israeli journalist in Germany, I wasn't surprised by the Halle synagogue shooting

COLOGNE, Germany (JTA)—When the breaking news from Halle started to pour in Wednesday afternoon, the Jewish community around the world was still in the midst of commemorating the holiest day of the year in Judaism, Yom Kippur. Equipped with a...

 

What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) 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. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    October 25, 2019

Thousands march in Berlin against anti-Semitism

(JTA)—More than 10,000 people marched in Berlin against anti-Semitism and in a show of support for the victims of anti-Semitic violence in the city of Halle. The march on Sunday left from Bebelplatz, significant as a site of Nazi book-burning, to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 25, 2019

The Democratic debate revealed the candidates' differences on Middle East policy

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (JTA)-The fourth Democratic presidential debate revealed fissures among the candidates on whether to keep U.S. troops in the Middle East. The 12 hopefuls on the stage Tuesday night...

 

93-year-old Albanian who rescued Jews to be honored in Poland

(JTA)-A Muslim man from Albania who saved Jews during the Holocaust will attend an event in Poland honoring rescuers from across Europe. Xhemal Veseli, 93, who is among a handful of Muslim rescuers...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 25, 2019

At this Florida Jewish day school, half the students aren't Jewish

SARASOTA, Florida (JTA)-Most American Jewish day schools go all in on Chanukah, in part to remind their students that Jews have a winter holiday of their own. But when December rolls around at the...

 

Scene Around

Stronger together... I read this in the World Jewish Congress digest and pass it along: "WJC President Ambassador RONALD S. LAUDER is calling on Jews around the world, of all levels of faith,...

 
 By JTA Staff    Features    October 25, 2019

Argentine Jewish chef named top in Latin America by his peers

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA)-Argentinian chef Tomas Kalika, who cooks traditional Jewish foods with a modern twist, won the Chefs´ Choice Award 2019, the only peer-voted prize at Latin...

 

'Jojo Rabbit' doesn't glorify Nazis-it's a lesson in how hate is taught

(JTA)-"Jojo Rabbit" sounds like a film that is difficult to pull off amid the state of rising anti-Semitism in 2019. It's a comedy set during the Holocaust about a 10-year-old German boy being...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    October 25, 2019

Israeli researchers at forefront of fight against breast cancer

TEL AVIV—About 2.1 million women worldwide developed breast cancer in 2018, according to the World Health Organization. Last year also saw some 627,000 fatalities due to breast cancer—nearly all because their cancer had spread to distant organs....

 

Harold Bloom dreamed in Yiddish until his death

NEW YORK (JTA)-Many obituaries of Harold Bloom, the lion of American literary criticism who passed away on Oct. 15, 2019, at 89, mention that he was born to Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Eastern...

 

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