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 By Faygie Holt    News    June 21, 2019 

Security has become a top priority at Jewish summer camps

(JNS)—In just a few weeks, tens of thousands of kids will be on the move, leaving home for Jewish overnight camps. This year though they’ll be doing so under the specter of heightened security concerns as anti-Semitism is at a near-record high...

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

Pompeo: Iran is responsible for attacking oil tankers in Gulf

(JNS)-Two tankers, one carrying oil and the other transferring a freight of methanol, in the Gulf of Oman near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were attacked on Thursday, less than a month after Iran...

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

College credits for high schoolers

A unique opportunity is coming to Jewish high school students in Orlando this fall: the chance to earn two private college credits while exploring the tenets of Judaism. The course is being offered by CTeen U: a collaboration of Yeshiva University...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019 

NYC closes tenth Jewish school

NEW YORK (JTA)—New York City is shuttering an Orthodox school in Brooklyn because it has continued to admit unvaccinated students in violation of a city order. The Central UTA Satmar School for Boys, a hasidic school in the Williamsburg...

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

An evening of film, story and inspiration in honor of the Rebbe's Yartzeit

Forty some years ago, a young man named Eliot Lasky was driving with his friend when he saw a Chabad rabbi dancing on the street with a few other Chassidim. The young man was shocked. He'd never seen...

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

The benefits of belonging to a community

The Jewish Pavilion’s mission is to bring Jewish life and culture to residents in senior living facilities. This includes Shabbat and holiday services and programs, along with individual visitations. The outcome is obvious and predictable—an...

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

Congregation Beth Sholom Sisterhood meeting

The Congregation Beth Sholom Sisterhood will have their monthly meeting on Sunday, July 7, at 2 p.m. The meetings are held at the Beth Sholom Synagogue located at 315 North 13th Street in Leesburg with the entrance on Center Street. The meeting and...

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

RAISE employee and job coach applications open for the fall

The RAISE program for adults with special needs is now accepting online applications for RAISE employees as well as opportunities to volunteer as a job coach. RAISE is a 6- to 12-month work and social skills training program for adults with special...

 
 By Dov Lipman    News    June 21, 2019 

Eyeing current polls and September elections, right-wing Knesset leaders explore new options

(JNS)-The campaigns for Israel's second elections in 2019 are underway and, after reviewing the first polls, many Israelis are asking if they may end up with a stalemate and no government following...

 
 By Lior Zaltzman    News    June 21, 2019 

Yiddish word kicked off Scripps Spelling Bee finals

It’s Yiddish for the win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee! OK, not quite, but last week, when the first rounds of the finals kicked off, the word “Yiddishkeit” nearly stumped contestant No....

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 21, 2019 

Last living survivor of Nazi death camp Sobibor dies

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The last living survivor of the Nazi death camp Sobibor has died. Semion Rosenfeld died on Monday at a hospital in central Israel at the age of 96. He moved to Israel from the Ukraine in 1990, according to the Jerusalem Post....

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

First EL AL flight from MCO coming July 9

Coming in for a landing on July 2 at the Orlando International Airport will be EL AL’s inaugural flight from Tel Aviv to MCO. The flight will ferry out empty back to Tel Aviv. Then on July 9 at 9:30 a.m. EL AL will make its first flight out of MCO...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 21, 2019 

Iran increases production of low-enriched uranium

(JNS)—Iran has increased its uranium enrichment since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, warned the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday. However, while IAEA chief Yukiya Amano informed...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 21, 2019 

Rocket fired from Gaza strikes school in southern Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A rocket fired from Gaza hit a school building in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Thursday evening. The building, identified as a Jewish religious school, was damaged but no injuries were reported. It was reported to be...

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

Lockheed Martin awarded $42 million contract

(JNS)—Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $42 million contract by Israel’s Defense Ministry to conduct “expansive maintenance services to the State of Israel,” as well as to operate and maintain an F-35 training center southeast of Beersheva...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 21, 2019 

David Friedman gave Netanyahu half a nod for West Bank annexation-what happens next?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—David Friedman, U.S. ambassador to Israel, said Israel “has the right to retain” some of the West Bank. Palestinians fumed, Jewish settlers rejoiced, and the punditocracy predicted gloom and doom. What was it exactly that...

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

'Army of Islam' will set out from Jerusalem to conquer to world

(MEMRI via JNS)-A Palestinian sheikh said during an address at the Al-Aqsa mosque uploaded to the internet in June that Jerusalem is the "heartland" where the banners of the caliphate will flutter,...

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

Buttigieg promises to re-enter US into Iran nuclear deal

(JNS)—Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, criticized U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday for withdrawing from the 2015 Iran deal in May 2018, saying that it was...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019 

An Orthodox rally in Brooklyn sees vaccines as a conspiracy

NEW YORK (JTA)—The weirdest part of an Orthodox anti-vaccine conference here was probably when the emcee, a rabbi wearing a black hat and white beard, quoted the Gospel of Luke. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” he cried,...

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

Krakow street to be named after rabbi and 300 orphans murdered in the Holocaust

(JNS)-The city council in Krakow, Poland, has announced that a municipal street will be named next month after Rabbi David Alter Kurzmann, a caretaker of the Krakow ghetto orphanage. During the...

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

Israel is carrying out preemptive strikes

(JNS)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged on Wednesday that the Jewish state was carrying out preemptive attacks against enemy targets, such as Iran and Hezbollah, in Syria. “The chain of tests that we are dealing with is...

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

Gov. DeSantis participated in signing MOU at Shaare Zedek

(Shaare Zedek Medical Center)-During his first trip abroad, Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, came to Israel where he participated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing a trauma...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 21, 2019 

A famed French-Jewish philosopher is afraid to leave his home

PARIS (JTA)-As a French celebrity philosopher, Alain Finkielkraut belongs to a tiny group of VIPs who get to lead normal, paparazzi-free lives despite having film star-like recognizability here....

 
 News    June 21, 2019 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Jewish directors dominate at Tony Awards By Marcy Oster (JTA)—“Hadestown,” a musical about the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and the underworld, won best new musical at the Tony Awards, and a coveted prize for its Jewish director. Rachel...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019 

Orthodox synagogue in Atlanta breaks from national Young Israel movement after political spat

(JTA) — A large Orthodox synagogue in Atlanta is breaking away from the Young Israel synagogue movement. The exit comes months after its rabbi protested the movement’s right-wing political positions. In a statement provided Wednesday afternoon to...

 

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