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Six prominent Holocaust survivors have died in Europe over the past month

(JTA) - The constant stream of breaking news about American politics and the coronavirus pandemic has hidden a sobering fact: Six prominent Holocaust survivors who had dedicated much of their lives...

 

Haley calls to release classified report on refugees

(Jewish Journal via JNS) - Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called on the Trump administration to declassify a report detailing the current number of Palestinian refugees who...

 

Netanyahu up for Nobel Peace Prize

(JNS) — Former First Minister of Northern Ireland Lord David Trimble has nominated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, according to a statement from Netan...

 

Israeli diabetes breakthrough

People who suffer from diabetes frequently require insulin shots, causing pain, inconvenience, and visible scars that do not heal. To address this pressing healthcare issue, a company based in Israel developed the first oral insulin capsule, called...

 

Children are spreading light in Chabad CKids Club

The nights may be getting longer, but they are also about to get a whole lot brighter. On Dec. 13, children will gather on ZOOM or in person at Chabad of North Orlando to spread light all over town...

 

JAO students organize a Toy Drive to benefit local children

Jewish Academy of Orlando's Knesset (student government) is collecting toys to benefit local children in need through Jewish Family Services.   Collection boxes for unwrapped are located at the...

 

Jewish Pavilion Chanukah luncheons

As COVID continues, caution is taken as the Jewish Pavilion program directors plan Chanukah luncheons or bring Chanukah goodie bags to area assisted-living facilities. The outdoor luncheons are open to the public. Here is the schedule: Friday, Dec....

 

Major Israeli insurance firm hacked; prominent clientele information compromised

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — The personal information of thousands of Israelis was compromised on Tuesday, following a massive hack into the database of a major local insurance company. The Capital Markets Authority and the National Cyber Directorate...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    December 11, 2020

Supreme Court strikes down New York's COVID restrictions on synagogues

(JTA) — The Supreme Court blocked government restrictions on houses of worship imposed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a late-night ruling Wednesday. Deciding two cases at once — one brought by Agudath Israel, an umbrella organization...

 

EU invites all member states to adopt definition of anti-Semitism that includes Israel hatred

(JTA) — The Council of the European Union, which is a key driver of EU policy, “invited” all the bloc’s 27 members to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that includes anti-Israel vitriol. The invitation to adopt the International Holocaust...

 

Israel looks headed for more elections as Benny Gantz backs bill to dissolve parliament

(JTA) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Tuesday that his party will back a bill crafted by the opposition in parliament to dissolve the government, likely sending Israel to its fourth election in two years. The votes from Gantz’s Blue a...

 

An end to a great injustice

(JNS) — The end of the great injustice to Jonathan Pollard has finally come. The video of the call from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to him displayed the warmth that the convicted spy whose parole restrictions were just lifted...

 

A chance to right a historical wrong

(JNS) — Some 850,000 Jews have been deported from Arab countries and Iran, but their stories are not heard in E.U. meetings and their photos cannot be found hanging in exhibitions in the corridors of the United Nations. Their names are not...

 

Religious freedom vs. religious responsibility

The recent per curium (unsigned) decision by the U.S. Supreme Court granting a temporary injunction prohibiting the governor of New York from enforcing a poorly drafted, over-bearing and constitutionally defective executive order has been...

 

Why we should discuss racism at Holocaust museums

What is a good museum? A good museum serves its entire community. A good museum speaks to society. A good museum challenges you, sparking a social and cultural conversation. That means that a good museum will, from time to time, face controversy. Are...

 

The Cold War with China has begun

(JNS) — Not long before a virus born in China began spreading around the globe, destroying lives, devastating economies, and, oh yes, shutting down the Washington social scene, I attended an elegant, off-the-record dinner hosted by a well-funded...

 

Make your voices heard

Dear Editor: I just read “The Dems Had No Choice But to Rig The Election!,” by bookseller and former journalist Ayad Rahim. It was published on Dec. 4. 2020, in Front Page Mag, a project of David Horowitz Freedom Center. Please read this...

 

Is it the end of the two-party system

Dear Editor: From my perspective, the election of 2020 will have a monumental effect on future elections in the United States. I feel that a new beginning has started. There is a small but potentially enlarging crack growing in the electoral process...

 

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;...

 

'Goodnight Bubbala' and other Chanukah-themed children's books for the holiday season

BOSTON (JTA) — As a child, Sheryl Haft was captivated by the sounds of her grandparents speaking Yiddish. Sing-songy terms of endearment like “bubbala” and “mamleh shayne” sparked joy when her grandmother used them. Grittier words like...

 

Lesser-known facts about the Festival of Lights

Chanukah is one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays in the United States. But that doesn't mean there is nothing new to learn about this eight-day festival. From the mysterious origins of...

 

Cheese Latkes

If you're tired of "regular" potato latkes by the second night of Chanukah, here are some versions and accouterments to try. For most of these recipes, you can start with your own basic potato latke r...

 

Scene Around

Happy Chanukah! ... As you know, Chanukah began sundown on Dec. 10th and goes through sundown on Dec. 18th. The holiday celebrates redemption of the second Temple in Jerusalem. Of course, fried foods...

 

Zelensky announces Ukraine-Israel free-trade agreement to take effect in January

(JNS) - A free trade agreement between Israel and Ukraine will take effect beginning Jan. 1, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky posted on his Twitter account. "Relations between our countries are...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    December 11, 2020

The pandemic is making visible how important religious liberty is to Orthodox Jews in America

(JTA) - In the more than 30 years that Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel has worked at Agudath Israel, an umbrella organization and advocacy group representing haredi Orthodox Jews, he can't remember a...

 

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