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Kinneret Council on Aging announces 8 over 80 honorees for 2022

The Kinneret Council on Aging, a nonprofit agency that provides ongoing programs and services to residents of Kinneret Apartments, has announced the honorees for their 2022, "8 Over 80" Honorary Gala...

 

Leaders at Kyiv Jewish Forum warn against rising antisemitism

(JNS) - Ukrainian, Israeli, American and European leaders joined together online on Dec. 15-16 for the third-annual Kyiv Jewish Forum to discuss the historic relations between the Jewish and...

 

18 noteworthy Jews who died in 2021

(JTA) - Every year brings the deaths of Jewish icons who leave behind outsized legacies, from the realms of art and culture, government, business, philanthropy and beyond. Here are 18 whom we lost in...

 

Three new faces at the Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion has added a new marketing director, office manager and receptionist to its organization. The new marketing director at the Jewish Pavilion, Alicia Lovejoy, participated in the...

 

Connecting at the Jewish Chamber of Commerce

Networking is a great way to expand your business and meet new friends. To this end, the Jewish Chamber was formulated to connect like-minded individuals for business and social purposed. Over 20...

 

Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry begins partnership with new Sprouts

JFS Orlando’s Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry is proud to announce its partnership with the newest Sprouts Farmers Market location at Colonial Plaza, and since the beginning of December 2021, JFS is picking up food donations from this Sprouts...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    December 31, 2021

An intersection on Manhattan's Upper West Side to be named in honor of Shimon Peres

(JTA) — Shimon Peres will soon receive a major honor for a non-New Yorker: the late Israeli prime minister will have a New York City street corner named in his honor. The intersection of West 95th Street and Riverside Drive will be renamed...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 31, 2021

Billoo continues attacks on 'Zionists' as she goes on sabbatical

(JTA) — A Muslim civil rights leader who stirred outrage when she said “polite Zionists” like Jewish federations “are not your friends” continued her critique of “Zionists” as she announced that she is going on a sabbatical. “I am...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    December 31, 2021

D.C. 3rd-graders told to reenact scenes from the Holocaust

(JTA) — Students at a Washington, D.C., elementary school were instructed by a staff member to reenact scenes from the Holocaust Friday, according to The Washington Post. When the third-grade students asked why the Germans killed Jews, the staff...

 

Florida Holocaust Museum responds to Holocaust simulation

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — A recent story involving a third-grade teacher who made their students simulate episodes of the Holocaust has rightfully sparked comment from around the nation.  The incident, which involved a staff member having their...

 

2021: Past, present and future

(JNS) — Looking back at 2021 in the hope of having something sensible to say about the past year, I found myself musing on a perennial question. Is history a story of progress, in which greater numbers of human beings become healthier, happier,...

 

A new year; same old problem confronts the Jewish people

As the holiday season concludes with this evening’s New Year’s celebrations and tomorrow’s recovery, the same old problem of 2021 confronting the Jewish people is carried over into 2022, namely global antisemitism. As we move into the new...

 

Antisemitism in Congress - where's our Jewish voice?

Antisemitism is alive and well in the United States. Everything from shootings in a Kosher food market in New York to marches with Neo-Nazis chanting “Jews Will Not Replace Us” to cold-blooded killings in a synagogue. Now it has entered the...

 

Coronavirus double-speak

(JNS) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s announcement on Sunday evening of additional steps to confront the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus illustrates how easily government policies can be inherently contradictory. Even when...

 

We're in a shmita year. So why aren't American Jews talking more about student debt relief?

(JTA) — When I finished rabbinical school in 2018, I entered the “real world” with $40,000 in student loans. I acted fast, prioritizing repayment over everything else. Within six months, I paid nearly $10,000 to eliminate interest, and I contin...

 

Why the double standard on West Bank violence?

(JNS) — To the casual observer of news from the Middle East, it would appear that the biggest story coming out of Israel lately is what some outlets are describing as a surge in settler violence against Palestinians. According to B’Tselem, an a...

 

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 Ron Kampeas    News    December 31, 2021

In reset to pre-Trump norm, State Department terrorism report includes extensive reporting on West Bank settler violence

(JTA) — The U.S. State Department has included extensive reporting on West Bank settler attacks on Palestinians in its annual terrorism report, a sign of how seriously the Biden administration is treating the phenomenon. The 2020 report on...

 

A Bukharian trades in his Wall Street job to make pickles

(JNS) - When the pandemic hit, Edward Ilyasov was in a bit of a pickle. The 29-year-old resident of Queens, N.Y., had submitted his letter of resignation with plans to travel the world, starting with...

 

Central Florida gave voice in unity for Israel at IAC National Summit

More than 3000 people joined the IAC National Summit and 125 participants joined the Orlando-Tampa delegation this year at South Florida, The Diplomat Beach Resort. The Summit featured a one-of-a-kind combination of inspirational sessions,...

 

Scene Around

More Jewish super-talents ... ADAM SANDLER is a talented actor-comedian who has starred on television and in many movies. He, of course, is Jewish and born in Brooklyn like me! His ancestry is...

 

Abraham Accords impact

DUBAI — As dozens of Jewish organizations plan delegations to the United Arab Emirates following the signing of the Abraham Accords, Visions of Abraham, a nonprofit working to create and promote educational initiatives relating to interfaith...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    December 31, 2021

Sections of lost Torah scroll reappear in a German town 83 years after Kristallnacht disappearance

BERLIN (JTA) - A German Protestant minister has handed over segments of a long lost Torah scroll to the city of Görlitz in southeast Germany, 83 years after his father, a town policeman, came into...

 

Amazon to publish 'Tzurba M'rabanan'

NEW YORK — The Religious Zionists of America has undertaken a groundbreaking partnership with Amazon.com to make its “Tzurba M’Rabanan” text available in English throughout Amazon’s entire distribution network. This latest venture...

 

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