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Articles from the November 12, 2021 edition


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  • Ultra-Orthodox protest Women's Western Wall service

    Philissa Cramer|Nov 12, 2021

    (JTA) - Women of the Wall's monthly prayer service at the Western Wall in Jerusalem was disrupted yet again by more than 100 Orthodox protesters, a day after former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu amplified the protesters' cause. The disruptions took place even though lawmakers who support and oppose the group agreed to stay away from the Western Wall, in a bid to calm tensions. Women of the Wall, a group that organizes a women's prayer service at the holy site on the first day of each Hebrew...

  • Denouncing antisemitism a priority at in-person IAC summit

    Dmitriy Shapiro|Nov 12, 2021

    (JNS) — After a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Israeli-American Council is looking forward to holding an in-person summit this December. IAC CEO Shoham Nicolet said it was more important than ever for people to show their support for Israel and denounce rising antisemitism in the United States and around the world. “The feeling was that it’s not a luxury to have the summit, but really essential,” he said. “Because for us to really support Israel, to really show our united voice against antisemitism, you need to bring peo...

  • Mystery solved

    Abigail Klein Leichman|Nov 12, 2021

    (Israel21c via JNS) — A team of Israeli experts has solved the mystery of which proteins in the SARS-CoV-2 virus are responsible for causing the severe vascular damage seen in coronavirus patients. The novel coronavirus is made up of 29 proteins. Five of those proteins were identified as damaging to blood vessels in a study led by Tel Aviv University researchers Ben Maoz (biomedical engineering and neuroscience), Professor Uri Ashery (life sciences and neuroscience) and Professor Roded Sharan (computer science). “We see a very high inc...

  • Israel approves national budget

    Asaf Shalev|Nov 12, 2021

    (JTA) — In what was seen as a crucial test in Israel’s longstanding governing crisis, the country’s lawmakers managed to approve a national budget for the first time in more than three years on Thursday. A failure to do so by a Nov. 14 deadline would have meant the collapse of Israel’s new government and a fifth national election since 2019. The approval of the fiscal framework marks a victory for the coalition led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett over his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, who sought to undermine parliamentary negotia...

  • New York's pension fund halts investments in Ben & Jerry's parent company

    Julia Gergely|Nov 12, 2021

    (New York Jewish Week via JTA) — New York State’s state pension fund will divest its holdings in Unilever in response to the July decision by the conglomerate’s affiliate Ben & Jerry’s to restrict ice cream sales in the West Bank. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s announcement Thursday makes New York the fourth state to move to sanction the Ben & Jerry’s corporate parent over its Israel stance, following New Jersey, Arizona and Florida. At least four other states have launched reviews investigating whether the Ben & Jerry’s decision coul...

  • Sharing her love of dance with Pavilion seniors

    Nov 12, 2021

    Thirteen-year-old Shir recently entertained at one of The Jewish Pavilion's newest sponsors. Providence Living at Maitland welcomed Shir with such delight. She had a repertoire of five Broadway tunes, each that were familiar to the residents. What a delight she was with pure grace, poise, and personality. Her mother, Lora, described her perfectly, "She's an old soul. She gets great nachas and meaning in seeing seniors enjoying. She wishes she could adopt them and hug them!" The Jewish Pavilion...

  • JFS Orlando surpasses Hope Challenge match

    Nov 12, 2021

    Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando is proud to announce that its Hope Challenge raised $86,000, which is an increase of over 650 percent compared to its 2020 campaign. During the 2021 Hope Challenge, which ran from Sept. 1 through Oct. 13, each donation stretched even further as the Pearlman-Minkow Families generously matched $0.50 of each $1. Additionally, because of the amazing community response during the challenge, the Albertson family added their own match while the Pearlman-Minkow...

  • Rosen JCC is hosting a harvest festival

    Nov 12, 2021

    The Market: Artisan and Vendor Market will host “The Harvest Festival” edition at the Rosen Event Center on Sunday Nov. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Rosen JCC: Your Town Square in partnership with Ear for Each Other created The Market as a way to support furloughed and impacted hospitality workers and bring the community together. It now includes other vendors, local makers, bakers and so much more. This is the perfect opportunity to support local makers and vendors in the local community while getting your holiday shopping done early. The Mar...

  • Biden official confirms plans to reopen consulate for Palestinians

    Nov 12, 2021

    (JNS) — Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Matt McKeon confirmed on Wednesday that the administration is seeking to reopen the U.S. Consulate for Palestinians in its original location in Jerusalem. McKeon was grilled by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, during his testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and asked whether he was involved in planning the reopening of the consulate. McKeon confirmed that he was, telling Zeldin that the administration was contemplating o...

  • Senators move to block Biden's plan to reopen consulate for Palestinians

    Nov 12, 2021

    (JNS) — Three-dozen Republican senators introduced a bill on Tuesday that aims to block the Biden administration’s plan to reopen the U.S. consulate for the Palestinians in Jerusalem. Upholding the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Law Act of 2021 was introduced by Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) and co-sponsored by 34 additional Republicans. It calls on the Biden administration to uphold the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and not reopen the U.S. Consulate to the Palestinians, which was merged into the U.S. embassy when it was relocated to Jerusalem in May...

  • Pope sides with Abbas over Israel, pushes for Palestinian state

    Pesach Benson, United With Israel|Nov 12, 2021

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas visited the Vatican on Thursday where he had a private audience with Pope Francis. A Vatican press release described the talks as “cordial” and called for renewed peace talks towards a two-state solution. “With regard to the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, it was stressed that it is absolutely necessary to reactivate direct dialogue in order to achieve a two-state solution, also with the help of more vigorous effort on the part of the international community,” the statement said. ...

  • Republican Coalition celebrates Youngkin's win

    Ron Kampeas|Nov 12, 2021

    (JTA) — Republican Glenn Youngkin, a businessman, has defeated former Gov. Terry McAuliffe to become Virginia’s governor in a race that was fraught with charges of antisemitism. Local and national media organizations called the race, which was widely viewed as a barometer for Republican electoral strategy in the post-Trump era, early Wednesday morning. Youngkin embraced former President Donald Trump in the primary but distanced himself from Trump in the general campaign, while still managing to retain the support of Trump’s core const...

  • Is this the beginning of a new cold war between Biden and Israel?

    Jonathan S. Tobin|Nov 12, 2021

    As far as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid are concerned, this week has brought a perfect storm of circumstances that threaten to complicate their hopes for a better relationship with the United States. Both men, each for their own reasons, see establishing a good rapport with President Joe Biden and his administration as one of the main goals of their coalition government that took office in June. But blistering criticism was issued by the U.S. State Department on two issues: its renewed commitment to...

  • How Lebanon can emerge from its failed-state status

    Mel Pearlman, Everywhere|Nov 12, 2021

    Lebanon is the little Arab brother that reluctantly got into its big brothers’ fight with Israel. Lebanon won its formal independence in 1943 with the termination of the French Mandate established by the League of Nations. It became truly independent with the withdrawal of the French army in 1946. During WWII Lebanon was under the control of the French Vichy regime. Post WWII Lebanon became quite prosperous as Beirut soon became the banking center for the oil-rich Gulf States including Saudi Arabia. It was considered the Switzerland of the Midd...

  • Who is trying to mainstream Holocaust denial and how?

    Ricki Hollander|Nov 12, 2021

    (JNS) — In the wake of a CAMERA exposé, the Target Corporation has taken swift action to remove two dozen Holocaust-denial and antisemitic conspiracy books being sold on the company website. On discovering the publications, CAMERA contacted Target executives and alerted its membership to the egregious problem. Commendably, the company acted immediately in addition to apologizing for its “error in having these books available on Target.com.” But, as it turns out, this was only one chapter in an ongoing story whose conclusion is not yet obviou...

  • Biden's new move makes all of America a sanctuary state

    Daniel Greenfield|Nov 12, 2021

    Over 1.7 million illegal alien invaders were caught on the border in the last fiscal year and detentions hit their highest level since the 1986 illegal alien amnesty. During the election, Biden warned that he couldn’t shut down President Trump’s immigration enforcement policies right away. “The last thing we need is to say we’re going to stop immediately … and then end up with 2 million people on our border.” Biden stopped them anyway and we’re less than 300,000 illegal aliens away from 2 million. And when illegals don’t succeed the first time,...

  • America will become a democratic dictatorship if we allow it

    Nov 12, 2021

    Dear Editor, I’ve never lived under a dictatorship before so I have no experience in describing what it was like or what we could expect. I don’t believe a benign dictatorship exists and the only ones I’m familiar with are: China, Russia, N. Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Pakistan possibly, PLA under Abbas, Syria, Somalia, Turkey, and Afghanistan. There was a time in modern history that Germany, Italy, Hungary, and several Eastern European nations turned into fascist dictatorships. Other than meeting several people with tattoos on their arms...

  • What's Happening

    Nov 12, 2021

    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. 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 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona — Monday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904-672-9300. Congr...

  • Adams draws strong support from Orthodox community in New York mayoral win

    Faygie Holt|Nov 12, 2021

    (JNS) Addressing supporters with a "heart filled with hope purpose and love for this city," Eric Adams accepted his win as New York City's mayor-elect with a nod to strong support from the Orthodox Jewish community, especially in Brooklyn, N.Y. Adams, a Democrat, received 66.5 percent of the vote to Republican Curtis Sliwa, 67, founder of the Guardian Angels, who won 28.8 percent with nearly 78 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday afternoon. In the district that includes the Crown...

  • Netflix short film, 'Camp Confidential: America's Secret Nazis,' leaves viewers cringing

    Alan Zeitlin|Nov 12, 2021

    (JNS) - It was basically the complete opposite of what they expected. A group of German Jews who fled Hitler and Nazi Germany, and who signed up to be American soldiers, wanted to exact revenge. Instead, they were told to be nice to the Nazis, play sports with them and keep them happy. Arno Mayer thought he was on the side that was gonna "beat the s**t out the Germans," he explains in the newly released Netflix documentary "Camp Confidential: America's Secret Nazis." Peter Weiss also expected to...

  • Israel is positioned to become a leader in green technologies

    Alex Traiman|Nov 12, 2021

    (JNS) - Part of a 140-member Israeli delegation to Glasgow, Scotland, to attend the 26th U.N. Climate Change Convention, Environment Minister Tamar Zandberg tells JNS how she assesses the role that the Jewish state can play in the global effort, and the environmental and economic benefits it will bring to the country. Q: Israelis generally don't take environmental issues seriously. There is litter and illegal dumping. Water sources are dirty. Air quality is often poor. Why start addressing the...

  • Scene Around

    Gloria Yousha|Nov 12, 2021

    Who knew?... In all my 48 years did I ever know that Emma Lazarus, the lady who wrote the verse on the Statue Of Liberty, was Jewish? (Okay... shut up about my age!) Emma Lazarus was an American author of poetry, prose, and translations, as well as an activist for Jewish causes. She was born in New York City and is buried in Brooklyn at Beth Olam cemetery. Of course we all heard of her. She wrote "The New Colossus," the lines inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Like my departed...

  • IAC seeks to deepen understanding about Israel as challenges rise in public-school systems

    Jacob Kamaras|Nov 12, 2021

    (JNS) — Long well-documented on college campuses, pro-BDS and anti-Semitic sentiments are now gaining traction in kindergarten through 12th-grade public-school systems. The United Educators of San Francisco in May became the first teachers’ union in the country to pass a resolution supporting BDS. In September, while United Teachers Los Angeles voted to postpone a pro-BDS resolution, San Diego’s American Federation of Teachers Guild stated that “condemning Israel for its ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, occupation, apartheid and war crimes is...

  • Jewish American Hall of Fame for Superman creators

    Nov 12, 2021

    (JNS) - The Jewish co-creators of the comic book superhero Superman will be posthumously inducted into the Jewish American Hall of Fame in a virtual ceremony that will take place in November. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster developed the superhero as well as his companion characters Clark Kent, Lois Lane and others. It took them six years to find a publisher and they eventually sold their idea to DC Comics for only $130. Their comic strip became so popular that in 1939 Superman became the first...

  • 2024 hopefuls featured at Republican Jewish Coalition

    Ron Kampeas|Nov 12, 2021

    (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition’s 2020 conference was one of the last Jewish conferences to be canceled as the pandemic set in: The group had gone so far as to order branded hand sanitizer. Now, it’s one of the first to resume, and it’s doing so amid a great deal of change relevant to the group’s agenda. There was the election of President Joe Biden last fall and the tumultuous transition as Donald Trump exited the White House while remaining a looming figure in the Republican Party. Then there was the death, in January, of Sheldon A...

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