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Community study results released

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando held meetings Dec. 12 and Dec. 13 (at the Roth Family JCC and Rosen JCC, respectively) to discuss the results of the community study, conducted by the Cohen...

 

Jewish leaders mourn passing of Bob Dole

(JNS) - Former longtime Kansas Republican senator, leader and 1996 GOP nominee for president Bob Dole died on Dec. 5 at the age of 98. Dole's death was announced by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation on...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    December 17, 2021

Israel going to Olympics

(JTA) - Israeli officials are expected to attend the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing next year, unlike their American counterparts who will boycott the game to protest China's human rights abuses...

 

Chabad Orlando brought Chanukah to the Amway Center

At the end of the first quarter as the spotlight glared at the stage, the Grand Menorah Lighting at Amyway Center captured the thousands of participants as Jewish musical artist Jimmy...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 17, 2021

In Israel for Miss Universe competition, Puerto Rican contestant reveals that her great-grandfather survived the Holocaust

(JTA) - When she won the privilege of representing Puerto Rico in the Miss Universe contest, Michelle Marie Colon spoke of her pride in making history as the first Black woman from the territory to...

 

Mahjong buddies together again!

After almost 2 years, this foursome was finally reunited. (l-r, standing) Jill Cousins, Dale Perreault and Debbie Meitin have been playing mahjong with Ruth (seated) for over six years. Ruth resides...

 
 By Jordyn Haime    News    December 17, 2021

Leaders of New Hampshire legislature condemn antisemitism among state representatives

(JTA) — Leaders of the New Hampshire House of Representatives released a statement last week condemning antisemitism after a state lawmaker tweeted in support of Palestinians using a slogan many deem to be antisemitic.  Speaker of the House...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    December 17, 2021

17 BDS resolutions considered and 11 passed at US colleges last year, per ADL report

(JTA) — Student governments considered resolutions to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel at 17 college campuses in the United States during the 2020-2021 school year, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League. The watchdog...

 

Pro-Israel group at Duke protests veto of club recognition

(JNS) — Students Supporting Israel said in an open letter that it urges the Duke University Student Government to vote against its president, who vetoed a decision to formally recognize the organization. DSG president Christina Wang vetoed...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    December 17, 2021

$6.6 million in state funding to redevelop Tree of Life site

(JTA) — Pennsylvania will allocate $6.6 million in funding for the redevelopment of the Tree of Life synagogue campus where 11 people were killed in an antisemitic attack in 2018. Speaking at a press conference outside the synagogue Monday, the...

 

'Imagine' all those people …

(JNS) Diaspora Jews have a collective history of constant migration. Ethnically cleansed hundreds of years ago from their ancient homeland in Israel, they wandered between continents that periodically persecuted them, threw them out or barred them...

 

Palestinian violence, not settler violence, is the problem

(JNS) — A Knesset committee headed by Meretz Party member Moshe (“Mossi”) Raz recently sounded the alarm — sirens, even — over a supposed rise in settler violence against innocent Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. The figures provided by...

 

US 'relentless diplomacy' about to face its most crucial challenges

In October, I wrote about the president’s announced shift from a foreign policy strategy of military intervention to a policy of “relentless diplomacy”; and the challenges he will face in dealing with Iran and with increased Palestinian...

 

Ilhan Omar's backpack

Recent reports have slammed Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert for comments that were offensive to her colleague, Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Boebert shared a security-related incident in the U.S. Capitol, quipping that she saw... Full story

 

Third worldizing of America

In a recent online exchange, the YouTuber Casey Neistat posted his fury after his car was broken into and the contents stolen. Los Angeles, he railed, was turning into a “3rd-world s-hole of a city.” The multimillionaire actor Seth Rogen...

 

There is hope for America

Dear Editor: It is not surprising that anyone who subscribes to all Democratic narratives would advocate that all high schools should receive the Critical Race Theory — the pseudo-intellectual formula for anti-white racism and continuation of the...

 

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 Ben Sales    News    December 17, 2021

Israeli minister promises progress on prayer space

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Israel will set plans in motion to renovate the non-Orthodox prayer space at the Western Wall, an Israeli official said Tuesday in New York.  The current Israeli government is expected to implement an agreement,...

 

Jewish History in Film: Eastern Europe and the immigrant experience in 'An American Tail'

With the holiday season behind us, cool weather upon us, and our wax-covered Chanukiahs needing a polish before being put away until next year, there are few better films to snuggle up to than the Steven Spielberg produced, Don Bluth directed, “An...

 

Former champ Yuri Foreman is now the 'Vegan Boxing Rabbi,' certifying kosher doughnuts

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) - Yuri Foreman's professional peak as a boxer arguably came 11 years ago, when he faced off against Miguel Cotto in a marquee boxing match at Yankee Stadium.  The...

 

Scene Around

Maybe we should change the name to un-American Airlines ... Before I write about celebrities, I must comment on this ... A story I just heard over the television news: An elderly orthodox Jewish...

 

Jews were the creative forces behind 'West Side Story' decades ago and today. Should they be?

(JTA) - In 1955, theater director Jerome Robbins approached writer Arthur Laurents and composer Leonard Bernstein with a new idea for a Broadway musical: a contemporary retelling of "Romeo and...

 

Israeli-made military robot set to play diverse battlefield roles

(JNS) - A new autonomous unmanned ground vehicle introduced by Israeli companies Elbit Systems and Roboteam, called "Rook," can carry out a remarkable number of roles on the battlefield. Elad Levy,...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    December 17, 2021

NYPD: Hate crimes double in year, many markedly antisemitic

(JNS) — Jewish groups are sounding the alarm after the New York City Police Department released statistics on Wednesday indicating that hate crimes have doubled in a single year. Of the nearly 500 hate crimes reported in the city as of November,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 17, 2021

In deal to avoid prosecution, Michael Steinhardt is barred for life from collecting antiquities

(JTA) - Michael Steinhardt, the hedge funder and megadonor to Jewish causes, has agreed to surrender 180 stolen antiquities worth $70 million to their rightful homelands and to never again collect...

 

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