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In wake of antisemitic incidents, Chanukah menorah-lightings evoke Jewish pride

(JNS) - The North MoPac Expressway runs up Austin's west side, a busy, eight-lane artery that speaks to the city's expanding suburbs and the extravagant consumption of space that is uniquely Texan....

 

Community study ready for review

Last year about this time, The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando began The Central Florida Jewish Community Study, conducted by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University...

 
 By Lisa Keys    Features    December 3, 2021

Own a piece of the Borscht Belt

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - Immortalized by pop-culture phenomena like "Dirty Dancing" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," New York's Catskill Mountains were once the go-to summer destination for...

 

Majeskys to lead trip to Israel - Don't just see the land, capture a taste of its soul

Rabbi Yanky and Chanshy Majesky, co-directors of Chabad North Orlando and Nate's Shul on Markham Woods Rd., are planning to lead a trip to Israel called the Land and Spirit Israel Experience. No affil...

 

Chanukah celebrations at the Roth Family JCC

Upcoming events at the continuing Chanukah festival include: Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Festival of Lights Celebration Join The Roth Family JCC for Festival of Lights. Enjoy latkes, DIY dreidels, and more at this can’t-miss celebration. Here...

 

Shabbat at Cascade Heights

Friday, Nov. 19 was a great day at the Cascade Heights in Longwood. The Jewish Pavilion had the pleasure of facilitating Shabbat services with staff members and volunteers. Residents were engaged in...

 

'Death to Jews,' Polish nationalists shout at rally while burning book about Jews in Poland

(JTA) — Polish nationalists shouted “death to Jews” as they burned a book representing a historic pact protecting the rights of Poland’s Jews. The book burning Thursday at a rally in Kalisz, a city of about 100,000 inhabitants situated 120...

 

Emhoff picks putting mezuzah on VP house as a top memory

(JTA) — When Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, picked a favorite memory from the last year for a reflective Thanksgiving-themed tweet on Thursday, he didn’t turn to the day in January when his wife was sworn in or mention...

 
 By JNS.org    News    December 3, 2021

Palestinian human-rights activist sues Ben & Jerry's

Palestinian human-rights activist Bassem Eid filed a complaint in New York state recently against Ben & Jerry’s over the ice-cream maker’s decision to boycott Israeli territories. Eid filed the complaint last month with New York State’s...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    December 3, 2021

Israel ignored US warnings

(JTA) — American officials have warned Israeli officials that their country’s repeated attacks on Iran’s nuclear program have been counterproductive, arguing that Iran has continually rebuilt the destroyed facilities to be more effective,...

 

Editorializing for Hamas

(JNS) — When Elmer Davis, director of FDR’s Office of War Information, observed that “ … you cannot do much with people who are convinced that they are the sole authorized custodians of Truth and that whoever differs from them is ipso facto w...

 

Critical Race Leery

“We recognize there are not two sides of the Holocaust.” So spoke Texas school superintendent Lane Ledbetter, apologizing for North Texas school administrator Gina Peddy’s remark, surreptitiously recorded by someone among a group of teachers, t...

 

A call to action: Join the Maccabees

(JNS) — Chanukah is a joyous time, as it should be. But many Jews celebrate it superficially, merely by eating latkes and sufganiyot, spinning dreidels and exchanging gifts. While some light a menorah to commemorate the miracle of the last pure...

 

Rising up against accused abusers needs to become the norm

(JTA) — Allegations of child sexual abuse against Chaim Walder, the author of children’s books beloved in the haredi Orthodox market, and the uncharacteristically swift and harsh community response, have left many wondering if this case could...

 

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....

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    December 3, 2021

An 11-year-old girl found a rare 2,000-year-old coin

(JTA) - An 11-year-old girl found a rare silver coin dating from approximately 67-68 CE in dirt from excavations at the City of David park in Jerusalem. Liel Krutokop was visiting the site with her... Full story

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    December 3, 2021

In unstable Lebanon, Hezbollah's amassing of force continues

(JNS) - Lebanon, the least stable country in Israel's environment at this time, is home to Iran's strongest proxy, Hezbollah, which continues to get stronger despite the many crises plaguing its host...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    December 3, 2021

Reuniting women through the sisterhood of challah

The Mega Challah Bake has re-introduced the joy of challah-making to women throughout the Orlando area, following a year and a half Covid break. On Thursday, Nov. 11, Orlando's Chabad Centers brought...

 

Scene Around

You know I write weeks in advance ... Actually, as I write, Thanksgiving hasn't begun yet. I will be phoning my eldest son, DAVID, who is a Navy commander, and his wife, JOLENE, and I will be...

 

Six ancient findings in the footsteps of the Maccabees

(Israel21c via JNS) - Just in time for Chanukah, Israeli archeologists have uncovered new evidence of the long battle between Hellenists and Hasmoneans in the holy land. Chanukah celebrates the 164...

 

We live and grieve together

On Sunday morning, Nov. 21, a terrorist attack took place in Jerusalem leaving one Israeli dead and three injured. Attacks like this are always sad and cause a range of emotions, from anger to...

 

This unique Chanukah program celebrates a world of Jewish miracles

Ten years ago, Illya Buzunov never could have imagined that one day he'd be teaching Jews around the world how to prepare potato latkes.  Until 2014, the Ukraine native didn't even kn...

 

The 12 best Chanukah Songs on YouTube

YouTube holds a vast library of music, and Chanukah songs are no exception. The Chanukah terrain consists of the classics, creative recreations of popular songs and lots and lots of acapella. Here’s a wide mix of all different types of Chanukah...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Sally Rooney’s boycott of Israel publishers gets backing of 70 writers By Asaf Shalev (JTA) — Seventy notable writers and publishers including Rachel Kushner, Francisco Goldman and Eileen Myles have signed a letter supporting Irish novelist...

 

Yom HaGirush - The inside story

Today, we speak of a largely forgotten ethnic cleansing unparalleled in the history of humanitarian abuses. Recall the coordinated international expulsion of some 850,000 Jews from Arab and Muslim lands, where they had lived peaceably for as long as...

 

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