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Articles from the December 23, 2022 edition


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  • Netanyahu: This will be a 'liberal-nationalist' government

    Dec 23, 2022

    (JNS) - Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday rejected criticism that his coalition will pursue a right-wing extremist agenda. During a Knesset plenum, Netanyahu said, "Everyone will live in accordance with their own faith. This will not become a nation of religious law. It will be a country in which we tend to all citizens of Israel, without exception." "We were elected to lead in our way, the way of the nationalist-right and the way of the liberal-right, and that's...

  • Antisemitic propaganda group Goyim TV relocates to Florida

    Gabe Stutman|Dec 23, 2022

    (J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — The functional headquarters and nerve center of the nation’s most prolific antisemitic propaganda group have moved from California’s Bay Area to Florida. Jon Minadeo Jr., the leader of Goyim TV, announced the move in videos and social media posts this week, explaining that he had grown increasingly isolated in his hometown of Petaluma and saw Florida as fertile ground for the hate group’s activities. The announcement came in a dramatic, Hollywood-style movie trailer replete with drone shots...

  • Shine A Light on Jew-hatred

    Mike Wagenheim|Dec 23, 2022

    (JNS) — From Tampa Bay to Edmonton, a campaign intends to Shine A Light on antisemitism this Hanukkah. “You can’t dispel darkness with darkness. You have to dispel darkness with light,” Adam Teitelbaum, executive director at the Israel Action Network and associate vice president for public affairs at Jewish Federations of North America, told JNS. “The ability to shine a light on the multiple ways in which antisemitism manifests in today’s society is an incredible opportunity for the coordination and collaboration of institutions across not...

  • Evidence of Maccabean revolt

    Dec 23, 2022

    (JNS) - Israeli archaeologists have discovered a small hoard of silver coins in the Judean Desert dating to the reign of Antioch IV, the ruler of the Seleucid Empire at the time of the rebellion of the Maccabees. The coins, 15 in all, were in a wooden container hidden some 2,200 years ago and uncovered during excavations at the Darageh Stream Nature Reserve overlooking the Dead Sea last May. The unique, lathe-turned wooden jar was discovered in a crack in the cave. When the lid was removed, pack...

  • Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Adult Day Care

    Nancy Ludin, CEO Jewish Pavilion|Dec 23, 2022

    Adult Day Care is a community-based program. There are more than 4,000 centers across the country with more than 78 percent operating on a nonprofit basis. All medical model adult day health care programs are affiliated and licensed under nursing homes. If you are considering an adult day health care program, here are some tips to help you get started in choosing the one best suited for your loved one. Select a daycare model: Decide whether you want a medical or social model. Medical Model Adult Day Health Care Program: The medical model...

  • Remembering Freddie Roman, a legendary Jewish comedian

    Alan Zeitlin|Dec 23, 2022

    (JNS) — Freddie Roman, a Jewish comedian known for his impeccable timing and his performances at Borscht Belt hotels, died on Saturday in Boynton, Florida at 85. He was the creator of the “Catskills on Broadway” musical and one of the show’s four performers. “I had the pleasure to perform with Freddie Roman many times, including with Sid Caesar, Pat Cooper and Dick Capri,” Jewish comedian Modi Rosenfeld, who performs under the moniker Modi, told JNS. “No matter who you were, he made everybody feel special and he was always encouraging.” Comedia...

  • Keeping the holiday spirits high

    Dec 23, 2022

    When the Covid 19 pandemic prevented The Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers from entering facility buildings to lead services or to make visitations back in 2020, they decided to deliver holiday goody bags to temporarily replace regular programs. These bags have been a great success and have been sent to over 400 Jewish residents on each holiday, those who reside in independent or assisted living, long-term healthcare or memory-care facilities. For three years running, during Rosh Hashanah,...

  • Christian Media Summit brings Israel allies to Jerusalem

    Etgar Lefkovits|Dec 23, 2022

    (JNS) — The group stood in prayer for the State of Israel. An American evangelical bishop took the stage to lead in the singing of Israel’s national anthem at the culmination of a gala opening evening at a Jerusalem banquet hall. It certainly was not your standard international conference or foreign press association gathering in Israel. Welcome to the 2022 Christian Media Summit in the Holy Land. At a time of rising global antisemitism and deep divisions among Israelis spilling out into growing tensions with Diaspora Jewry over the makeup of...

  • Netanyahu defends his pending far-right coalition: 'Two hands firmly on the steering wheel'

    Andrew Lapin|Dec 23, 2022

    (JTA) — On the cusp of forming a new government, incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his inclusion of far-right groups in his coalition amid domestic and global criticism of his alliances with extremist figures. “They’re joining me, I’m not joining them,” Netanyahu said in an NPR interview Thursday during the final stretch of his coalition talks, which are currently set for a Dec. 21 deadline. “I’ll have two hands firmly on the steering wheel. I won’t let anybody do anything to LGBT [people] or to deny our Arab citize...

  • Unilever settles dispute with Ben & Jerry's over Israeli sales

    Dec 23, 2022

    (JNS) — Unilever plc announced on Thursday that its legal battle with the independent board of its wholly-owned autonomous subsidiary Ben & Jerry’s, over the brand’s sale of ice cream in Israel, has been resolved. The Vermont-based ice cream company announced in July 2021 that it would not renew the Israeli franchise agreement for the following year, saying that the sale of its ice cream in Judea and Samaria, commonly called the West Bank, was inconsistent with the brand’s values. This was met with a class-action lawsuit by a U.S. shareho...

  • CUNY continues its antisemitic campaign to purge Zionism

    Richard L. Cravatts|Dec 23, 2022

    (JNS) — As if to confirm its reputation as an institution stewing in radical anti-Zionism, anti-Israelism and antisemitism, members of CUNY4Palestine and other activists did their best to disrupt and shut down a Dec. 8 panel discussion titled “A Conversation on the Language of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” held at the City University of New York Graduate Center. The panelists were Miriam Elman, executive director of the Academic Engagement Network; Donna Robinson Divine, a professor of Jewish studies at Smith College; and Dr. Asaf Romir...

  • Biden shows WH antisemitism roundtable was a sham

    Zionish Organization of America|Dec 23, 2022

    Months ago, President Biden nominated longtime Democrat donor Elizabeth Frawley Bagley to serve as ambassador to Brazil. At her confirmation hearing in May, she faced bipartisan condemnation for a 1998 interview in which she claimed that Democrats entertained “stupid” pro-Israel viewpoints because of “the Jewish factor” and echoed old antisemitic tropes, saying, “There is always the influence of the Jewish lobby because there is major money involved.” The ZOA opposed her nomination and noted that Bagley was among “a long list of President Bid...

  • A new Judea and Samaria policy will promote security

    Amir Avivi|Dec 23, 2022

    (JNS) — Due to the incoming Israeli government’s declared intention of transferring civilian issues in Judea and Samaria to the relevant ministries, alarmists are coming out of the woodwork, using their security credentials to further political agendas. They are recklessly spreading falsehoods and sowing distrust of the new government before it has even started to act on the mandate it was so clearly given by the Israeli public in the November elections. I am appalled by recent statements from former senior generals regarding the ant...

  • Advice from the ex-State Department crowd has proven wrong again and again

    Stephen M. Flatow|Dec 23, 2022

    (JNS) — Twice in recent weeks, Arab workers from Gaza have been arrested in Israel for terrorist activity. Can you imagine what would happen if 100,000 Gazans were being admitted to Israel every day? That’s not just idle speculation. A proposal for Israel to admit 100,000 workers from Gaza every day was promoted a few years ago by a former State Department official. It was just one in a long series of attempts by the ex-State Department crowd to pressure Israel into making risky one-sided concessions to the Arabs. In the aftermath of the rec...

  • Teaching terror to tots

    Itamar Marcus|Dec 23, 2022

    (JNS) — Palestinian Media Watch recently published a report on Fatah’s Waed children’s magazine, covering every issue published over the last eight years. The messages conveyed to Palestinian children via this publication confirm that the goal of the Palestinian Authority and Fatah was always, and remains, not two states, but rather Israel’s destruction and replacement by “Palestine.” The following is an executive summary of the report, titled “Teaching Terror to Tots,” which will be released in full at the GPO’s Christian Media Summit in J...

  • Why is J Street defending Congress' worst antisemite?

    Moshe Hill|Dec 23, 2022

    (JNS) — J Street, a far-left organization that has done more to turn Israel into a partisan issue than any other, has joined other anti-Israel Jewish groups in an attempt to browbeat Kevin McCarthy—likely to be the next speaker of the House—into not kicking virulent antisemite Rep. Ilhan Omar off the House Foreign Affairs Committee. This is in keeping with J Street’s plan to make Israel less safe and turn it into a wedge issue. First, let’s examine why and under what precedent McCarthy will make this decision. The precedent was set by outgoing...

  • What's Happening

    Dec 23, 2022

    MORNING MINYANS 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. Congregation Ohev Shalom — Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy...

  • Lack of time, interest and politics: why so many US Jews avoid communal life

    Dec 23, 2022

    (JNS) — Thirty-two percent of American Jews do not have time to be involved with Jewish organizations and institutions, and 28 percent do not consider those organizations a high priority on a personal level, according to a report published on Wednesday by the Ruderman Family Foundation. The report—titled “The American Jewish Community: Trends and Changes in Engagement and Perceptions”—is based on two surveys commissioned by the foundation and conducted by the Mellman Group in December 2019 and November 2021. Lack of time was the top obstacle...

  • 'The Fabelmans': Steven Spielberg's antidote to Jewish victimhood

    David Suissa|Dec 23, 2022

    (Jewish Journal via JNS) - I hope the Jew haters who bully a young Steven Spielberg in his new movie "The Fabelmans" get a chance to see the film. In fact, I hope Kanye "Ye" West, Kyrie Irving, Jew-hating white supremacists and any sect who believes American Jews are not the "real Jews" also see the film. I want them to see the film for many reasons, but primarily because of the young Spielberg's reaction to being called a "kike" and a "Christ killer" and getting beaten up by ignorant,...

  • Michelle Williams says she plans to raise her children Jewish

    Philissa Cramer|Dec 23, 2022

    (JTA) - Michelle Williams is one of the only non-Jewish actors with a starring role in "The Fabelmans," director Steven Spielberg's autobiographical film based on his Jewish family. But it turns out that Williams, who plays the Spielberg character's mother, has a Jewish family of her own. She told the Wall Street Journal that she and her Jewish husband, director Thomas Kail, are raising their two young children with Judaism and that she is studying the religion herself. "I can't teach it to...

  • Israeli coalition deal gives Itamar Ben-Gvir control

    Philissa Cramer|Dec 23, 2022

    (JTA) — Itamar Ben-Gvir, the right-wing Israeli politician called a “pyromaniac” by his critics because of his penchant for inflaming his country’s deep tensions, will head Israel’s police forces, under the terms of a deal inked with Benjamin Netanyahu early Friday. The deal would expand the ministry of internal security, the old name of the cabinet position in charge of the police, into the ministry of national security and would also give Ben-Gvir authority over border police in Palestinian territories, according to the terms reported...

  • Jesse Eisenberg's on fire in 'Fleishman Is in Trouble'

    Alan Zeitlin|Dec 23, 2022

    (JNS) "Money doesn't buy you happiness," says Jesse Eisenberg, as Dr. Toby Fleishman. "Oh, of course it does," Claire Danes says, as his wife, Rachel, in the FX series "Fleishman Is in Trouble," available on Hulu. The miniseries is based on the eponymous New York Times best-selling book by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, who wrote the series and is the showrunner. In it, Eisenberg delivers his best performance other than when he played Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network." Toby meets Rachel at a...

  • Does your loved one need extra time in the hospital?

    Nancy Ludin, CEO Jewish Pavilion|Dec 23, 2022

    Sometimes, your loved one is going to be discharged from the hospital, and you feel that person is not ready to come home. You can refuse discharge. Every state has a quality innovation network quality Improvement Organization. These government agencies help people with Medicare and Medicaid. See www.tiny.cc/QINmap KEPRO is a beneficiary and family-centered, quality-improvement organization that can help you. Quite simply, this is how it works and I tried it with my mother a few years ago. The hospital gives a discharge order. You refuse the...

  • JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

    Dec 23, 2022

    How are your relationships with friends, loved ones, or others around you? Are there people you wish you were closer to? The holidays can be the perfect time to nurture those relationships. It can be as easy as a phone call, grabbing a cup of coffee together, an afternoon walk in the park, or even sending them a surprise holiday gift. Make it a priority to show them that they are important to you and that you cherish them in your life. Remember that strong and healthy relationships can boost your overall well-being! Consider meeting with a JFS...

  • The man who saved more Jews than Schindler

    Jane M. Friedman|Dec 23, 2022

    As a journalist in Israel in the 1980s, I'd covered the Lebanon War and violence in the West Bank. But I'd always felt like an outsider. Last month, I returned to Jerusalem after nearly 35 years away. This time, though, I wasn't just an observer. Dancing around a Torah scroll at a tiny Haredi yeshiva, I was a participant. That Torah was saved thanks to Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese official who rescued thousands of Jews from the Nazis - including my grandparents. For two days in...

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