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Happy Thanksgiving from JAO students

Jewish Academy of Orlando kindergarteners performed in the school’s annual Thanksgiving show. The remote audience was taken back in time to the days of the pilgrims. The students sang Thanksgiving...

 
 By Michele Chabin    News    November 27, 2020 

New online learning platform aims to bridge the gap between US and Israel

When the first wave of coronavirus infections reached the American South, Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker of Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, knew the religious school's classes at his...

 

ZOA gala will honor Layishes

ZOA Florida is very excited to announce that two of its board members - Dr. Dan and Staci Layish and Dr. Craig Deligdish and Gila Bronner of Melbourne - will be recognized as 'Zionists in the...

 

Jonathan Pollard is freed

The U.S. Parole Commission has issued a certificate terminating parole and lifting all parole restrictions on Jonathan J. Pollard, effective Nov. 21, 2020. According to the law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Pollard is no longer...

 

Chabad of South Orlando's 'Secrets of the Bible'

Chabad of South Orlando, 7347 W. Sand Lake Rd, Orlando invites the community to sign up for six thought-provoking classes titled Secrets of the Bible. Find the answer to these questions: • What is...

 

Get in the game with Jewish sports legends

On Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m., the director of the Jewish Sports Heritage Association, Alan Freedman, will present "Jewish Sports Legends," a free Zoom program open to the entire community. Freedman...

 

Federation and JCC present 'Powered by Courage' webinar series

Last year Jewish Federation CEO Keith Dvorchik participated in the Encounter program in Israel. Encounter works to help Jewish leaders understand the diverse Palestinian narrative. “It was a fascinating experience that was hopeful, depressing,...

 

'Notorious RGB' to be shown here

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando will present the video “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” virtually on Dec. 9, 7 p.m. The presentation includes a video from Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Chief...

 
 By Ariel Kahana    News    November 27, 2020 

Post-Moderna development, Netanyahu promises Israelis 'as many vaccines as possible'

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his optimism on Monday that the country's coronavirus crisis could soon be over after drug-maker Moderna announced that...

 

Christiane Amanpour apologizes for Kristallnacht-Trump comparison

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — Veteran CNN anchorwoman Christiane Amanpour apologized during her Monday show for having equated the events of Kristallnacht with U.S. President Donald Trump’s term in office. Her comments caused a storm of...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    November 27, 2020 

Orthodox group asks Supreme Court, with its new conservative majority, to block restrictions on synagogues

(JTA) — After several challenges to pandemic-induced restrictions on houses of worship citing religious liberty, an Orthodox Jewish advocacy group is taking its case to the U.S. Supreme Court in the hopes that the new conservative majority will...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    November 27, 2020 

Jewish day schools and yeshivas remain open in NYC

(JTA) — Jewish schools and other private schools in New York City will remain open even as the city shutters its public school buildings starting Thursday amid a rise in new COVID-19 cases in the city. City officials decided this summer to shift...

 

A Jewish cohousing movement is on the rise - but challenges beyond COVID remain

VANCOUVER, Canada (JTA) - On a January afternoon, snow blanketed the streets of this western Canada city of famously weather-fickle residents. But it didn't keep 30 Jews from packing into the living...

 

Kosher startup ideas at new CKids Club

On Sunday, Nov. 15, children gathered at Chabad of North Orlando to experience kosher in a whole new way. The program channeled children's inner designers, entrepreneurs, and chefs as they created...

 

New program engages Jewish college students in volunteer service

Repair the World and Hillel International are collaborating to mobilize thousands of college students in meaningful volunteer service and learning through the national Serve the Moment initiative....

 
 By Gilad Zwick    News    November 27, 2020 

Israel rolls out plan to reduce carbon emissions by 2030

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — Israel’s Energy Ministry announced on Monday that the country plans to reduce carbon emissions by 7.5 percent within the next 10 years. The ministry also recommended an interim goal of an 11 percent improvement in energy...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    November 27, 2020 

Non-Jewish leader is working to clean up forgotten cemeteries

(JTA) - National Independence Day in Poland has served in recent years as a backdrop for anti-Semitic, xenophobic and violent incidents at nationalist rallies. Last week, thousands in Warsaw flouted t...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    November 27, 2020 

COVID-19 developer hopes the US stays a melting pot

(JTA) - When Mikael Dolsten, the head scientist at Pfizer, heard the news last week that the COVID-19 vaccine that he has been helping to develop for the better part of a year was over 90 percent...

 

Facing a federal complaint, the University of Illinois pledges to protect Jewish and pro-Israel students

By Ben Sales (JTA) — Weeks after a federal complaint alleged an anti-Semitic climate at the University of Illinois, the university announced it would work with Jewish groups to improve conditions for Jews and pro-Israel students on campus. The...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Study: Israel second least affordable country (JNS) — Israeli housing is the second most expensive in the world, a new study finds. According to the study, conducted by Australia’s price-comparison website CompareTheMarket, the average Israeli...

 

SF State University's student government passes Israel boycott resolution

(J. the Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — The student government at San Francisco State University has approved a divestment resolution targeting Israel that would have the school pull out of investments in companies that do business...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    November 27, 2020 

Their annual gathering impossible, Chabad rabbis convene on Zoom - for days and days

(JTA) — At the end of the annual conference of Chabad emissaries from around the world, they typically take a giant group photograph in front of the movement’s headquarters in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights. But this year, no camera at the Kinus Hash...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    November 27, 2020 

New York's Nicole Malliotakis seeks to be a conservative counterweight to 'The Squad'

(JNS) — Despite retaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Democrats saw a number of significant defeats in the Nov. 3 elections that will shrink their majority going into the 117th Congress. One of the biggest upsets was by...

 

A new Torah in honor of Orlando Jewish community - watch it be written live!

In the times of the Baal Shem Tov (founder of the Chassidic movement) there was an outbreak of a dreadful disease. The holy master suggested that the community participate in the creation of a new...

 

'The Druze' film wins awards

In May 2019, Dr. Ken Hanson, coordinator of the Judaic Studies program at UCF, traveled to Israel to produce a video documentary titled "The Druze." He was accompanied by his editor, Milos Ajdinovic,...

 

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