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Israeli study: Pfizer vaccine wears off after six months

(Israel21c via JNS) — The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine loses considerable effectiveness six months after the second dose, according to new Israeli research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study echoes findings published...

 

Online portal for students to report antisemitic incidents

(JNS) — Hillel International has teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League and the Secure Community Network to launch an online portal where college students can report anti-Semitic incidents on their campus and receive immediate support. The...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 15, 2021

Rand Paul obstructs quick vote on Iron Dome funding

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul blocked an expedited vote to approve $1 billion in funding to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system and received swift criticism from an array of pro-Israel groups. Sen. Robert Menendez, the...

 

British Jewish newspaper launches campaign for spy to be called Righteous Gentile

(JNS) - A new campaign by The Jewish Chronicle calls for a British spy who saved 10,000 Austrian Jews during World War II to be recognized by Yad Vashem as a Righteous Gentile. "It is not about how...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 15, 2021

Palestinians won Israel's highest film honor, stars skipped the award show in protest

(JTA) — The award for best feature film at Israel’s Ophir Awards, the country’s top film honor and its automatic nominee for the foreign film category at the Oscars, went to “Let It Be Morning,” a film about an Arab-Israeli man forced to gr...

 
 By Adam Reinherz    News    October 15, 2021

After tweaking rituals during the pandemic, a Jewish burial society in Pittsburgh has made amends

PITTSBURGH (Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle via JTA) - Tahara, the act of washing and purifying the deceased, is paramount to Jewish burial. So when the pandemic descended on the United States in March...

 

Lapid inaugurates embassy in Bahrain, Iran calls visit 'stain that cannot be erased'

(JNS) - Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated the Jewish state's embassy in Bahrain on Thursday, a year after the two countries signed the Abraham Accords to normalize ties. "Bahrain, like...

 

Looking for Ron Arad

More than Facebook crashing, news in Israel this week has been about the vague announcement and gripping story of efforts to locate Ron Arad, an Israeli Air Force officer who has been missing in action since October 1986. Ron Arad was a 28-year-old...

 

These Jewish NYC schoolteachers want a religious exemption from the city's vaccine mandate

(JTA) — When Rivka Taub Rivera decided to apply for a religious exemption to New York City’s vaccine mandate for teachers, she didn’t turn to the rabbis of Borough Park, the Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn where she lives. Instead, she asked...

 
 By Howard Blas    News    October 15, 2021

For NBA's Deni Avdija, year two means easing back from injuries and into game mode

(JNS) Basketball player Deni Avdija was the talk of the town in Israeli and Jewish circles last season. The 19-year-old Israeli was drafted No. 9 in the first round of the NBA draft by the Washington...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

London lawmakers reject plan for high-rise building next to historic synagogue By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — City council members in London voted against a controversial plan to build a high-rise building near an 18th-century synagogue. The plan by...

 
 By Joe Baur    News    October 15, 2021

2 years after the synagogue attack in Halle, Germany, young Jews gather to turn mourning into activism

BERLIN (JTA) — Last year, as Rabbi Rebecca Blady approached the first anniversary of the Yom Kippur attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany, she knew she wanted to commemorate it on her own terms. Blady runs Base Hillel Deutschland, an organizatio...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    October 8, 2021

In the footsteps of his predecessors, Bennett aims to change paradigms

(JNS) - "Hands out of your pockets, sir!" barked a U.S. Secret Service agent at a bewildered pedestrian as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett walked down the Fifth Avenue sidewalk in New York...

 

Grandson of Jewish man accused of ritual murder to speak in Orlando

The year is 1144 and in England, a Christian boy was found dead in the woods with stab wounds. The Jews were accused of ritually murdering the boy and with this began the long ugly history of the Blo...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    October 8, 2021

SCN tracks threats to Jews

(JNS) - A state-of-the-art security command center was unveiled this week by the Secure Community Network to ensure that the Jewish community is prepared in the event of any violence or threats....

 

Abbas: return to pre-1967 lines

(JNS) — In his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas demanded that Israel return to its pre-1967 borders or face consequences. “If the Israeli occupation authorities continue to entrench the...

 

Rosen JCC fall events

The Rosen JCC has an amazing fall planned. It will be filled with fun and excitement for the whole family. Miles to Go and the Rosen JCC: Your Town Square will be hosting the Good Ghoul Gala. The...

 

Jewish Pavilion's Online Auction coming up

The Jewish Pavilion seeks to enhance the lives of our elders, of all faiths, in long-term care. They provide festive holiday programs and arrange friendly visits so that our aged know that they are not forgotten by the community. Their Orlando Senior...

 

Explore Florida's Jews in the U.S. Civil War

Dr. David Bortnick will explore the role of Florida’s Jews in the U.S. Civil War at a Zoom program of the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society to be held, Tuesday, Oct.12, at 2:30 p.m. This event is open to the public, all are welcome, there...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

Kamala Harris 'strongly disagrees' with student who said Israel was carrying out ethnic genocide

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Vice President Kamala Harris "strongly disagrees" with a university student who told her that Israel was carrying out "ethnic genocide," her office said, pushing back against...

 

At UN, Bennett warns world Iran's nuclear program at a 'watershed moment'

(JNS)—Demarking a clear distinction between himself and his predecessor, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday morning that one of the most dangerous problems in the world today is political polarization. In his first address as...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

GOP flier in Virginia House race shows Jewish Democrat and a pile of gold coins

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A GOP flier distributed to homes in the Virginia suburbs of Washington depicts the Jewish Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates at a table stacked high with gold coins, a pairing of images of Jewish candidates with...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 8, 2021

In first UN speech, Bennett sounded different than Netanyahu

(JTA) — In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addressed the twin threats of Iran and the coronavirus, in keeping with his quest for a relationship with the international community that...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 8, 2021

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett to American Jewish leaders: 'We have to redesign our relationship'

NEW YORK (JTA) - The first thing Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said, facing a room full of the leaders of the American Jewish community: "I wish my mom were here." The son of American...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    October 8, 2021

A Jewish male model is running for Germany's parliament - on the far-right ticket

(JTA) – At a political rally in Berlin in June, a young Jewish gay man wearing a turquoise kippah launched his campaign to represent one of Germany's most ethnically diverse constituencies in...

 

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