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 By Shira Hanau    News    January 15, 2021 

Orthodox Jewish Trump supporters decry violence but not the movement

(JTA) - Heshy Tischler, the pro-Trump provocateur of Orthodox Brooklyn, wasn't at the U.S. capitol when a mob stormed it Wednesday - but not because he didn't want to be. Tischler was one of a throng...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    January 15, 2021 

US immigration to Israel holds up in 2020 despite pandemic

TEL AVIV - Emma Caplan, 23, was seven months into her job teaching English at an elementary school in Rishon Lezion in March when the coronavirus pandemic compelled her to cut short her yearlong...

 

Florida Jewish History Month

January is Florida Jewish History Month, designated by the Florida Legislature in 2003. It is a time to teach and celebrate the contributions of Floridian Jews to the development of the Sunshine...

 

Ancient burial stone found in Negev

(JNS) - A stone bearing a Greek inscription from the end of the Byzantine period was discovered last weekend in the Nitzana National Park in the Negev, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on...

 

Course in Orlando explores life, death, and the afterlife

This winter, Chabad Centers throughout Orlando will offer Journey of the Soul, a new six-session course by the acclaimed Rohr Jewish Learning Institute that will answer a question which has occurred to every self-reflective person: What happens when...

 

It's always the season for 'comfort and joy'

Westminster resident Joseph Aaronson cozies up in his Jewish Pavilion “Linus Blanket” nicknamed by him and his son Benn, as it brings him great comfort and joy. He uses it every day to stay warm...

 

One of Ukraine's chief rabbis endorses siege of US Capitol by Trump supporters

(JTA) — Rabbi Moshe Azman, a prominent Ukrainian cleric with ties to several Trump associates at the heart of last year’s Ukrainegate scandal, endorsed Wednesday’s violent attempt to prevent the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s...

 

Iran to boost uranium enrichment to 20 percent 'as soon as possible'

(JNS) — Iran announced on Saturday that it intends to enrich uranium up to 20 percent at its underground nuclear facility at Fordow, in accordance with a law passed in November by the Iranian parliament. “We are like soldiers, and our fingers...

 
 By Assaf Golan    News    January 15, 2021 

WHO fumes as China blocks entry to team studying COVID-19 origins

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — The World Health Organization has leveled strong criticism at China for refusing entry to a team seeking to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a rare rebuke, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom...

 

Conference of Presidents condemns PA payments to terrorists

(New York, NY) — Chairman Arthur Stark, CEO William Daroff and Vice Chair Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement: “Once again, we demand that the Palestinian...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    January 15, 2021 

Court strikes down capacity limits on houses of worship

(JTA) — A federal court of appeals ruled that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s capacity limits on houses of worship in areas with rising COVID-19 cases constituted a violation of religious liberty. The ruling on Monday comes after a Supreme Court...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

France gives $10M to Palestinian group that promotes Israel boycott By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The French government has allocated about $10 million to a Palestinian organization that is a leading promoter of the boycott Israel movement. Promoting...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    January 15, 2021 

This customized van is helping UK Holocaust survivors record their stories during the pandemic

(JTA) - As one of the youngest Holocaust survivors, Eva Clarke has spent years telling the story of how her mother, weighing just 68 pounds, gave birth to her inside a concentration camp just a month...

 
 By Boaz Bismuth    News    January 8, 2021

Home at last: Jonathan Pollard arrives in Israel

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - Jonathan Pollard landed in Israel early Wednesday morning, one month after his parole restrictions were lifted and five years after he was released from U.S. federal prison...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 8, 2021

Those we lost in 2020: Remembering the rabbis, pioneers and innovators

(JTA) - There's no way to tally all those we lost in 2020, a year when we mourned even our ability to carry out time-tested rituals of grief. Among those who died this year were some of the Jewish...

 

Israel leads world in vaccines

(JNS) - Israel vaccinated its millionth citizen against COVID-19 on Friday, just three days after announcing the 500,000th Israeli had received the first dose of the vaccine. Israeli Prime Minister...

 

How Fox News depicts 'Palestine'

(JNS) - A graphic on Fox News last week showed "Palestine" as a country, despite it not being an independent nation. The graphic appeared during the Dec. 23 broadcast of "America's Newsroom" during a...

 

Yard displays are a sign of the times

Starting a business in the age of Covid may sound risky but a Winter Park couple, Evan and Susanne Roberts, saw it as an opportunity. They launched Sign Greeters, a company that installs large,...

 

From darkness to light - Rabbi tells his story

As part of their monthly guest speakers via Zoom "Physically Apart - Emotionally Together", Chabads of Greater Orlando and North Orlando invite you to hear the fascinating story of Rabbi Motti Fliksht...

 

JFS Orlando's 10 favorite things in 2020

Even though three quarters of 2020 was under quarantine, JFS Orlando had many things to be thankful for. These are the agency’s 10 favorite things: 10 The Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry provided enough food for more than 175,000 meals to about...

 
 By Aaron Bandler    News    January 8, 2021

StandWithUs calls on UC Merced to discipline 'anti-Semitic' professor

(Jewish Journal via JNS) — The pro-Israel educational organization StandWithUs sent a letter to the University of California Merced on Dec. 24 calling on it to take action against professor Abbas Ghassemi over his use of “anti-Semitic...

 
 By Shahar Klaiman    News    January 8, 2021

Saudi authorities remove anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist content from textbooks

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — Saudi authorities have been removing anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist content from the country’s textbooks for the coming school year, a report by the Jerusalem-based Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in...

 

When Israel and Arab nations unite, world should take note, says UN ambassador

(JNS) — Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan reflected on 2020 and how “Israel’s future looks brighter than ever” in his address on Sunday night at the Zionist Organization of America’s Virtual Superstar Gala. Erdan,...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    January 8, 2021

Cuomo promises consequences

(JTA) - After an Orthodox-owned health clinic appeared to be administering COVID-19 vaccines to members of the public contrary to state guidelines, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the investigation...

 

This 118-year-old Jewish bakery in India is a hit on Christmas

MYSORE, India (JTA) - From the flashing outdoor lights that deck out Park Street, to the bustling pop-up Christmas market at the central rotunda of the sprawling New Market, Christmas has always been...

 

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