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Articles from the November 27, 2020 edition

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Happy Thanksgiving from JAO students

Jewish Academy of Orlando kindergarteners performed in the school’s annual Thanksgiving show. The remote audience was taken back in time to the days of the pilgrims. The students sang Thanksgiving...

 

New online learning platform aims to bridge the gap between US and Israel

When the first wave of coronavirus infections reached the American South, Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker of Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, knew the religious school's classes at his...

 

ZOA gala will honor Layishes

ZOA Florida is very excited to announce that two of its board members - Dr. Dan and Staci Layish and Dr. Craig Deligdish and Gila Bronner of Melbourne - will be recognized as 'Zionists in the...

 

Jonathan Pollard is freed

The U.S. Parole Commission has issued a certificate terminating parole and lifting all parole restrictions on Jonathan J. Pollard, effective Nov. 21, 2020. According to the law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Pollard is no longer...

 

Chabad of South Orlando's 'Secrets of the Bible'

Chabad of South Orlando, 7347 W. Sand Lake Rd, Orlando invites the community to sign up for six thought-provoking classes titled Secrets of the Bible. Find the answer to these questions: • What is...

 

Get in the game with Jewish sports legends

On Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m., the director of the Jewish Sports Heritage Association, Alan Freedman, will present "Jewish Sports Legends," a free Zoom program open to the entire community. Freedman...

 

Federation and JCC present 'Powered by Courage' webinar series

Last year Jewish Federation CEO Keith Dvorchik participated in the Encounter program in Israel. Encounter works to help Jewish leaders understand the diverse Palestinian narrative. “It was a fascinating experience that was hopeful, depressing,...

 

'Notorious RGB' to be shown here

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando will present the video “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” virtually on Dec. 9, 7 p.m. The presentation includes a video from Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Chief...

 
 By Ariel Kahana    News    November 27, 2020

Post-Moderna development, Netanyahu promises Israelis 'as many vaccines as possible'

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his optimism on Monday that the country's coronavirus crisis could soon be over after drug-maker Moderna announced that...

 

Christiane Amanpour apologizes for Kristallnacht-Trump comparison

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — Veteran CNN anchorwoman Christiane Amanpour apologized during her Monday show for having equated the events of Kristallnacht with U.S. President Donald Trump’s term in office. Her comments caused a storm of...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    November 27, 2020

Orthodox group asks Supreme Court, with its new conservative majority, to block restrictions on synagogues

(JTA) — After several challenges to pandemic-induced restrictions on houses of worship citing religious liberty, an Orthodox Jewish advocacy group is taking its case to the U.S. Supreme Court in the hopes that the new conservative majority will...

 

Summing up - so far

The mainstream media and pollsters have once again soiled themselves. Let’s begin with the best news of election week. Republicans appear likely to retain control of the Senate. That means no court-packing (though the idea has now been given...

 

Thomas Friedman lectures about lying

(JNS) — Thomas Friedman, The New York Times columnist who built his career on a lie about his pro-Palestinian past, has just authored a column bemoaning the legitimization of lying in American culture. Then, just a few hours later, he publicly...

 

The progressives are about to become regressive

The out-going Trump administration has implemented many policy decisions regarding the Middle East during its term in office that have resulted in a paragon shift in the Arab World’s perception of Israel from non-recognition and enemy to...

 

Trump's crusade against facts will make defending Israel harder than ever

(JTA)  — Joe Biden won the 2020 election. This fact is indisputable, and has been reported as such by Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post — some of the most conservative outlets in the country. Yet due to President Donald...

 

I had no idea Joe Biden has a Jewish family - that's actually a good thing

Last Thursday night, 567 days after Joe Biden officially announced his presidential campaign and five days after he won the election, I learned that all of Biden’s children married Jewish partners. I’ll admit, I was surprised. There I was,...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, some minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of North Orlando is holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset;...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    November 27, 2020

Jewish day schools and yeshivas remain open in NYC

(JTA) — Jewish schools and other private schools in New York City will remain open even as the city shutters its public school buildings starting Thursday amid a rise in new COVID-19 cases in the city. City officials decided this summer to shift...

 

A Jewish cohousing movement is on the rise - but challenges beyond COVID remain

VANCOUVER, Canada (JTA) - On a January afternoon, snow blanketed the streets of this western Canada city of famously weather-fickle residents. But it didn't keep 30 Jews from packing into the living...

 

Kosher startup ideas at new CKids Club

On Sunday, Nov. 15, children gathered at Chabad of North Orlando to experience kosher in a whole new way. The program channeled children's inner designers, entrepreneurs, and chefs as they created...

 

Marlene Adler - a volunteer behind the scenes at the Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion has many volunteers who go into the facilities and visit with our seniors but those volunteers are just the tip of the iceberg. The Jewish Pavilion's volunteers aren't just those...

 

New program engages Jewish college students in volunteer service

Repair the World and Hillel International are collaborating to mobilize thousands of college students in meaningful volunteer service and learning through the national Serve the Moment initiative....

 

Scene Around

What a loss ... I loved watching the television show, "Jeopardy." Although I rarely knew the answers to the questions, I enjoyed watching the game hosted by Alex Trebek. Maybe its because I felt such...

 
 By Gilad Zwick    News    November 27, 2020

Israel rolls out plan to reduce carbon emissions by 2030

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — Israel’s Energy Ministry announced on Monday that the country plans to reduce carbon emissions by 7.5 percent within the next 10 years. The ministry also recommended an interim goal of an 11 percent improvement in energy...

 

Lifting the lid on Israel's best ancient toilets

(ISRAEL21c) - Thursday, Nov. 19, was World Toilet Day, established by the United Nations to raise awareness of sanitation challenges across the globe. To mark the special event, we looked at the...

 

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