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 By Pamela Ruben    News    July 31, 2020 

SCSB member, Abby Sanchez, on school reopening and her re-election

Abby Sanchez, member of the Seminole County School Board, represents District 3 in Central Florida. First elected in 2016, Sanchez's current term ends in 2020. She is running for re-election in the...

 
 News    July 31, 2020 

AOC praises support of anti-Semitic groups for letter censuring Israeli sovereignty

(JNS) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) praised the support by at least 10 anti-Semitic groups for a letter issued by her and signed by other Democrats, The Washington Free Beacon recently reported, citing “an internal email...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 31, 2020 

Organizations petition US Supreme Court to overturn Jewish discrimination case

(JNS) — A group of 10 Jewish organizations has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a discrimination case from the 1970s that involved a Jewish employee who couldn’t work on Saturdays, which is the the Jewish Shabbat. The amicus curiae...

 
 News    July 31, 2020 

US House votes to maintain security aid to Israel

(JNS) — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2021 on Tuesday that includes the continuation of American assistance to Israel for missile-defense programs and other initiatives. The...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    July 31, 2020 

Abe Foxman's next act: Raising $28 million to feed thousands

(JTA) — Since retiring from his post as national director of the Anti-Defamation League in 2015, Abraham Foxman has had plenty of opportunities to take on other projects in the Jewish world. Until now, he’s almost always said no. But now the 80-y...

 

4 Israeli inventions that purify the air of Covid-19

(ISRAEL21c) - Remember when pollution was our worst respiratory worry? Now, scientists say airborne virus particles may be the main cause of Covid-19 infections. In the face of new evidence, the...

 
 News    July 31, 2020 

Brooke and Olivia Chepenik are sweet on our seniors

Not only are Brooke and Olivia Chepenik bright and beautiful, but they are artistic and philanthropic as well. The sisters decided that they wanted to help seniors in long-term care during the Covid...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 31, 2020 

Omar's challenger Antone Melton-Meaux: Progressive and pro-Israel not mutually exclusive

(JNS) - Since taking office in 2019, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has become one of the most outspoken critics of Israel in the U.S. Congress. She has become part of a growing cadre of young...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 31, 2020 

John Lewis and the Jews: 6 moments that showcase an enduring alliance

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When John Lewis, the civil rights icon and congressman from Georgia, died at 80 over the weekend, Jews in America and abroad lost an ally of nearly six decades. Lewis never tired of telling folks to “get into good trouble,...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    July 31, 2020 

'Paradigm has shifted,' as Israel emerges as pillar

(JNS) - In somewhat of a role reversal, Israel has emerged during the global coronavirus crisis as the main supporter of Jewish communities worldwide. In a Wednesday briefing with Jewish Agency for...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 31, 2020 

AJC new anti-Semitism director speaks out against Jew-hatred

(JNS) - Israel and the Jewish people are always looking for friends, and they seemed to have found one in Holly Huffnagle. A Christian now employed to help tackle anti-Semitism in the United States,...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    July 31, 2020 

US Department of Justice takes action against New York village targeting Orthodox Jews

(JNS) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York sent a letter Monday notifying the Village of Airmont in Rockland County, N.Y., that they plan to file suit against the village on the grounds that are violating terms of...

 
 News    July 31, 2020 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Trump names former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka to defense education body By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump named Sebastian Gorka to a committee that promotes national security through the education system. A onetime...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    July 31, 2020 

Some Israeli companies view China as major growth market

(JNS) - Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and increasing tensions between the United States and China, Israeli companies continue to view China as a major market for growth and development....

 
 By Keith Dvorchik    News    July 24, 2020

Sound the shofar and make joyful noise in unison

In the era of COVID-19, we are facing many challenges. As we make all our events virtual, wear facemasks wherever we go, and back up a few more steps in the checkout line, it's clear that we're...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    July 24, 2020

Bari Weiss, opinion editor with anti-Semitism focus, resigns

(JTA) - Bari Weiss, the Jewish opinion writer and editor who has been a lightning rod for left-wing critics, has resigned from The New York Times. The author of a much-discussed recent book on anti-Se...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    July 24, 2020

Cantor Bryce Megdal joins CRJ

"Today is the day: The moment I (and many of you) have been waiting for! I begin my journey as the cantor of CRJ," posted newly hired Cantor Bryce Megdal in celebration of her first day on the job at...

 
 By Israel 21c staff    News    July 24, 2020

New drug may stop Covid-19

(ISRAEL21c) - Could a well-known cholesterol-lowering drug help treat Covid-19? A research team led by Hebrew University of Jerusalem Prof. Yaakov Nahmias says that early research looks promising....

 

Nick Cannon apologizes for anti-Semitic remarks, Fox to keep him as show host

(JNS) - The Fox TV network will retain Nick Cannon as host of "The Masked Singer" following his apology for making anti-Semitic remarks on a podcast that has since been deleted from YouTube for viol...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 24, 2020

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jemele Hill call out anti-Semitism in the Black community

(JTA) — In the wake of a string of high-profile controversies involving the likes of rapper Ice Cube and NFL player DeSean Jackson, two more prominent Black commentators have called out anti-Semitism in the Black community this week: NBA Hall of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 24, 2020

Despite pressure from progressives, no major changes in Democratic platform on Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Centrists on the platform-writing committee of the Democratic National Committee overrode progressives who wanted the platform to condemn Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. The 2020 platform only alludes to the occupation,...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    July 24, 2020

New York City's flagship JCC cuts 35 percent of jobs

(JTA) — Just days after the expiration of a federal program meant to preserve jobs during the pandemic, one of the largest JCCs in the country has laid off or furloughed 35 percent of its employees. The Marlene Meyerson Jewish Community Center of...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    July 24, 2020

New Israeli spy satellite set to provide powerful intelligence

(JNS) — The “Ofek 16” spy satellite launched from central Israel at 4 a.m. on Monday (July 6) morning is due to significantly upgrade Israel’s ability to monitor the dangerous activities of its adversaries throughout the Middle East,...

 

French court rules painting belongs to Jewish collector

(JNS) - A French appeals court ruled against an American couple that sought to get back the 1887 painting called "La Cueillette des Pois" ("Picking Peas") by Camille Pissarro that was looted from a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 24, 2020

Evangelical says nixing West Bank annexation could cost Trump the election

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel’s potential annexation of parts of the West Bank may not be a top election issue for American Jews, or even a top issue right now for most Israelis. But some evangelical Christians in America are hoping to make it an...

 

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