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 By Shira Hanau    News    October 16, 2020

NY Hasidic enclave to be shuttered

(JTA) — The county health commissioner in upstate New York’s Orange County issued an order Monday closing schools serving students from Kiryas Joel, a community made up of mostly Satmar Hasidic Jews. The village has the highest COVID positivity...

 

Enjoying Sukkot under restrictions and lockdown in Israel

I'm sitting in my sukkah, fighting off the heat. This week we all have an extra room outside. We eat all our meals in the sukkah, despite the heat of the day. We are obligated by the Torah to do this,...

 

20,000 Jewish communal professionals lost jobs

“Blindsided.”  That’s how Melissa Engelberg felt after being laid off in April due to COVID-19 cutbacks.   “I was shocked, I was sad and I was worried,” said Engelberg, who lost her job as director of grants and programs at the Jewish...

 
 By Larry Luxner    News    October 16, 2020

As Genesis Prize goes to a vote, its impact on Jewish causes grows

Doron Almog, a former head of the Israeli Defense Forces' Southern Command, was one of the heroes of Israel's 1976 hostage rescue operation in Entebbe, Uganda, and winner of the 2016 Israel Prize for...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Top Hamas official enters quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 By Neta Bar (Israel Hayom via JNS) — Deputy Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri has contracted COVID-19, the terrorist group confirmed on Thursday. Arouri had entered quarantine...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 16, 2020

Report: white supremacists the 'most persistent and lethal' threat in the US

(JTA) — A new report from the Department of Homeland Security names white supremacists as the biggest domestic terror threat in the United States. The Homeland Threat Assessment, released on Tuesday, details an array of violent domestic threats in...

 

The Holocaust Center forms partnership with USC Shoah Foundation

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida announced via a webinar held Oct. 1, that it has partnered with USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education...

 

Gov. Newsom vetoes ethnic-studies bill requiring anti-Israel curriculum

(JNS) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would make ethnic-studies courses a high school graduation requirement. Newsom, a Democrat, cited the ongoing pushback over the curriculum for...

 

JFS Orlando CARES is here

Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, in partnership with the TOP Jewish Foundation and the Jewish Capital Alliance, is excited to announce the launch of a new financial assistance program called “JFS Orlando CARES.” Dedicated to providing...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 9, 2020

COVID closures in New York

(JTA) – One New York City private Jewish high school shut down Monday after two students in 11th grade and two students in 12th grade tested positive. Several students in the younger grades exhibited symptoms. In a boys’ yeshiva high school in...

 
 By Jane Edelstein    News    October 9, 2020

Jewish Pavilion's 'Gems and Jeans Gala' is an online auction this year

"We are doing our annual gala auction online this year because it's the best choice we have. We're just not going to lose sight of helping our seniors, no matter what," said Shirley Schoenberg,...

 

Explore biblical secrets, in person or via Zoom, at JLI

Beginning at the end of the month, Chabad in Metro Orlando will be offering a new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, titled Secrets of the Bible: Iconic Stories, Mystical...

 

Rosen JCC launches Brain Fitness Academy

For many, the recognition that a loved one is having trouble with their memory is scary and frightening. They are not alone. More than 5 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s. An estimated 5.8 million Americans age 65 and older in 2020...

 
 By Hannah Dreyfus    News    October 9, 2020

Columbia University students pass college's first-ever Israel boycott referendum

(NY Jewish Week via JTA) — Students at Columbia University have passed a first-ever referendum to boycott and divest from companies that “profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s acts towards Palestinians.” The news was released to the...

 

Ocasio-Cortez withdraws from event to commemorate Yitzhak Rabin

(JNS) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has withdrawn from being a speaker at an upcoming Americans for Peace Now event memorializing Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli prime minister who was assassinated by a Jewish extremist almost 25 years ago...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    October 9, 2020

Student government passes pro-Black Lives Matter resolution

(JTA) — The University of Illinois student government included a call for divestment from companies that do business with Israel as part of a resolution in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The university’s Office of Student Affairs con...

 

House Dems vote against anti-Semitism amendment

(JNS) — More than 160 U.S. House Democrats voted on Sept. 16 against an amendment to combat anti-Semitism. The Republican-offered measure was added to a Democrat-backed bill, the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act, which would allow for the fili...

 

Jewish groups react to Trump nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to US Supreme Court

(JNS) - Jewish groups expressed mixed reactions to U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement on Sept. 26 that he has nominated U.S. Seventh Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed the late...

 

'Designer' masks available at the Jewish Pavilion

To promote the upcoming Jewish Pavilion “Gems and Jeans” auction Oct. 18-23, Marlene Adler, chairwoman of the board of directors, put her talents to use and designed one-of-a-kind denim masks....

 

IDF hero to address local Jewish teens

Yaron Porter is a former elite classified IDF special forces soldier who suffers from PTSD. Nine years ago he was one of the first fighters to clash with the Sinai ISIS on the Eilat border. After...

 

Chabad supplies Rosh Hashanah needs to the NBA

This year the National Basketball Association was in mid-season when COVID-19 hit. On March 11 NBA announced the suspension of the 2019–20 season putting the whole sport on lockdown. Several...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    October 9, 2020

An insider's look at 'corona hotels' operated by IDF Home Front Command

(JNS) - As the Israeli cabinet weighs increasingly stringent steps to deal with the growing numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases, the Israel Defense Forces' Home Front Command is playing an...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Congress members join global task force to combat online anti-Semitism By Marcy Oster (JTA) — Several U.S. Congress members are part of a new task force of international lawmakers trying to combat online anti-Semitism. Members of the national...

 

BDS co-founder warns First Abu Dhabi Bank against doing business with Israel

(MEMRI via JNS) - The BDS movement is monitoring the activity of Arab companies regarding Israel in the wake of the peace deals signed last month between the Jewish state, the United Arab Emirates...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 2, 2020

Jewish COVID-19 second wave updates

NEW YORK (JTA) — After an initial first wave that devastated New York City’s Orthodox Jewish communities, the coronavirus is on the rise again. Meanwhile, Israelis are back under lockdown after new infections there reached crisis levels. As we di...

 

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