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The top 10 Jewish stories of 2022

(JNS) - It's been a difficult decade. 2020 was the year of coronavirus-pandemic panic and the general collapse of established norms. This was compounded by the Black Lives Matter riots that set off a...

 

'Better Together' ready to rumble

Any fan of wrestling knows how engaging wrestling can be as they are drawn into the drama of wrestling teams pummeling their opponents. Such is the sport of wrestling, and Central Florida is home to...

 

Broadcaster is voice of World Cup victory

(JTA) — Yes, Lionel Messi will forever be the face of Argentina’s long-awaited World Cup championship on Sunday. But the voice of the victory belongs to the Argentinean Jewish sportscaster who...

 

Impact of your JFS gifts on community

This year, as in the previous 44 years, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando is proud to have worked together with the community to make an impact on the lives of those in need, especially as hardships continue to grow. From fighting hunger and...

 

A night of celebrating Chanukah with our elders

Chanukah with the Jewish Pavilion was extra special at Brookdale Lake Orienta this year. The Jewish Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Pavilion and provided a top-notch party complete with candle...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Before you start counting down the clock to the new year, take a moment to reflect on how you used your time this year... Were there things on your to-do list you needed to get done or wish you could have done, but didn’t? What got in the way of...

 

It's the conspiracy theories that make hatred of Jews unique, says Deborah Lipstadt

(JNS) — The U.S. State Department’s point woman on Jew-hatred says there’s a key element to antisemitism differing it from other types of hate. It’s the conspiracy theory. “You can’t really grasp what antisemitism is, even if you care tr...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 30, 2022

In Ohio, 'zoombombing' a religious service can now net jail time, thanks to advocacy by Jewish groups

(JTA) — In its closing session, Ohio’s legislature passed a law imposing penalties of up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for “zoom-bombing” religious services, a practice that antisemites have used to intimidate Jews. The law,...

 

Biden: Iran nuclear deal is dead

(JNS) — A video of U.S. President Joe Biden saying that the nuclear deal with Iran is “dead” but that Washington will not announce as much surfaced on Tuesday, Dec. 20. The footage, which was apparently taken during Biden’s visit to...

 

Leonard Cohen's 1973 Yom Kippur War concerts to be dramatized in TV series by 'Shtisel' writer

(JTA) — Leonard Cohen’s momentous trip to the Sinai Desert to perform for Israeli soldiers in the wake of the Yom Kippur War is being turned into a dramatized TV series. “Who by Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai” will be written by Yehonatan...

 

In fighting antisemitism, Jews can be our own worst enemies. We shouldn't be.

(JTA) — Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, and even if you’re not Jewish, you can’t miss the fact that antisemitism is back in the news again: Kanye West, Kyrie Irving, Nick Fuentes; extremists returning in...

 

No, Gray Lady, the 'bedrock' of US-Israel relations isn't a two-state solution

(JNS) — In a social media post on Sunday, Prime Minister-designate Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu blasted the Gray Lady for its gall. “After burying the Holocaust for years on its back pages and demonizing Israel for decades on its front pages,...

 

'MTG' spells problems for the Jews

Marjorie Taylor Greene has just been elected by the Republican Party to a position right behind Party Whip Kevin McCarthy. This puts an avowed “Christian Nationalist” and outspoken antisemite in a power position within the Republican Party. She...

 

Chanukah and the new imperialist assault on Judais

(JNS) Ahead of Chanukah, two students at Colgate University in New York vandalized a campus menorah. When they were caught, they explained that they didn’t mean it. They were just drunk. The incident at Colgate isn’t a big story in and of...

 

The European Union's subversion of Israel

(JNS) — Liberal Jews in both the Diaspora and Israel have been hyperventilating over the “extremist” ministers in the incoming government headed by Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu. These are the rabble-rouser Itamar Ben-Gvir...

 

What's Happening

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. Congregatio...

 

Adam Sandler to receive Mark Twain Prize for American humor

(JTA) — The eight crazy nights of Chanukah came early for Adam Sandler when the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that the comedian and actor would be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at a ceremony in...

 

'Christian Birthright' brings US students to Israel

(JNS) - It is being dubbed the "Christian Birthright." The group of 120 American college students had just crisscrossed Israel on a nine-day journey, visited the requisite sites including a Friday...

 

Trevor Noah has hosted his last 'Daily Show.' Al Franken, Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler will soon sit in the chair.

(JTA) – As “The Daily Show” looks ahead to a future without host Trevor Noah, at least three Jewish comedians are waiting to take his place — at least temporarily. Al Franken, Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler are among the extensive list...

 

2022 was a big year for Jews in the arts. Here's what happened on screen and stage.

(JTA) – Once more for the record, Dave Chappelle: Jews don't actually run Hollywood. But anyone paying attention to pop culture in 2022 saw a lot of Jewish creativity. This year saw several big,...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Medical alert systems

Medical Alert systems should provide reliable, 24/7 monitoring by trained monitoring agents, allowing seniors and their caregivers to live with less worry, at home or on the go. An Alert system should provide the following: If there is an emergency,...

 

The Story of "Oy Vey"

Oy vey! - also: Oy vavoy! Oy vey iz mir! Oy gevalt! Or quite simply: Oy! - is an iconic Jewish expression that conveys the weariness of a people overly familiar with hardship and oppression, as well...

 

US lawmaker: All of Judea and Samaria should remain part of Israel

(JNS) - Washington should steadfastly stand by the Jewish state, U.S. Congressman Dr. Andy Harris (R-Md.) said last week. "It is an American interest for Judea and Samaria - indeed all the land of...

 

Bipartisan bill awards Congressional Gold Medal to last living Nuremberg prosecutor

(JNS) - U.S. Reps. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) on Thursday were joined by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in announcing their...

 

70,000 people from 95 countries make aliyah in 2022

(JNS) - Some 70,000 people from 95 different countries immigrated to Israel in 2022 with the assistance of the Jewish Agency for Israel, in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration. It...

 

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