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'The Jewish Golden Age of Spain: From Glory to Exile'

Are you interested in learning more about the Jewish history of Spain? Then register for “The Jewish Golden Age of Spain: From Glory to Exile” taught by Jewish educator Charlene Neely at Temple Israel this fall. The free course will be taught...

 

Beth Shalom recognized for years of service

Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel was recognized by the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida for its 25 years of membership at their annual meeting in Clearwater, June 7. Beth Shalom was founded by Manny Adams and Sammy Goldstein in 1984 and is the...

 

Ocasio-Cortez rejects Auschwitz tour with Holocaust survivor

(JNS)—U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) rejected an invitation on Sunday to tour Auschwitz with a Holocaust survivor. The organization From the Depths, whose president, 93-year-old Edward Mosberg, is a Holocaust survivor, invited her to s...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    July 5, 2019

Bahrain conference reveals 'Palestinian Authority has no interest in peace'

(JNS)—Despite bringing together a historic number of Arab states and prominent world leaders, the Bahrain economic conference, which seeks to be the first step in the Trump administration’s efforts to bring peace between the Israelis and...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 5, 2019

Barak forms a new party saying 'Netanyahu regime must be felled'

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak announced Wednesday that he is forming a new political party. At an evening news conference, Barak said he rushed to make the announcement to thwart Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 5, 2019

Gary Rosenblatt stepping down as editor and publisher

(JTA)-Gary Rosenblatt, the editor and publisher of The New York Jewish Week for 26 years, is stepping down. Under his stewardship, the newspaper started Write On For Israel, an educational/advocacy pr...

 

Who said no Israelis attended the Summit in Bahrain?

RAMAT GAN, Israel-Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, director general of Israel's Sheba Medical Center Tel HaShomer, attended the summit in Bahrain, held June 25-26, to discuss economic prospects for the Palestini...

 
 By Ariel Ben Solomon    News    July 5, 2019

Supremacists and jihadis form 'two-pronged attack' threatening Jews in US

(JNS)-"Far-right anti-Semitism is on the rise in the United States and Europe, but the response from both Jewish communities and law enforcement agencies has been defensive and case by case, rather...

 

Bicycles to bless Israeli kids

Before the wildfires were extinguished in Israel last month, organizations and communities throughout Israel stepped up to help the more than 3500 people who had been evacuated and displaced from...

 

Congregation Beth Sholom July Events

Friday, July 12th: A meaningful Shabbat service at 7 p.m. led by Rabbi Karen Allen. Join the family-like celebration, followed by refreshments at the Oneg Shabbat allowing everyone to mingle with old and new friends. The synagogue is located at 315...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 5, 2019

Iran says it will abandon more nuclear deal commitments

WASHINGTON (JTA)-After Iran announced that it will abandon further commitments agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal, President Donald Trump threatened "obliteration" in "some areas" of the country....

 

Iran is very close to the nuclear threshold

By Raphael Ofek (BESA Center via JNS)-IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano confirmed on June 10 that Iran is realizing its threat to increase its rate of uranium enrichment, in direct defiance of the...

 

Danon calls on world to declare war on anti-Semitism

(JNS)-The United Nations General Assembly met on Wednesday to discuss the growing anti-Semitism worldwide, at the initiative of Israel's ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, who has enlisted the...

 
 By Penny Schwartz    News    July 5, 2019

Rabbi suggests congregants bring guns to synagogue for protection

BOSTON (JTA)—A rabbi here has asked congregants to consider bringing guns to religious services as a form of protection in response to recent shootings at synagogues across the country. Rabbi Dan Rodkin of Shaloh House in Brighton, a Boston...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram takes 2 gold medals at 2019 European Games By Marcy Oster (JTA)—Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram won two gold medals at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus. She won gold medals in the Ball event and...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    July 5, 2019

Building projects at entrance to Jerusalem means real growth (and some growing pains)

(JNS)-Just like "Rome wasn't built in a day," neither was Jerusalem, says Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum. As a part of the city's development endeavors, Jerusalem's main entrance will...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 5, 2019

Arming synagogues? Jewish leaders grapple with balancing safety and accessibility

(JNS)-In the aftermath of two synagogue shootings exactly six months apart, in addition to arson incidents at Chabad Houses in Massachusetts and an attempted arson attempt at a Chicago synagogue last...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 5, 2019

US Holocaust Museum rejects all 'analogies between the Holocaust and other events'

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum reiterated a strong rejection of analogies to the Holocaust in the wake of the debate surrounding the term “concentration camps” sparked by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. The museum ...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 28, 2019

Robert Kraft announces foundation to combat anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM (JTA)-New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced the establishment of a foundation dedicated to combating anti-Semitism as he accepted the Genesis Prize award in Jerusalem on Thursday...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    June 28, 2019

Iran is dragging the Middle East into a dangerous standoff

(JNS)—In recent weeks, Iran and its proxies have begun operating under a new directive best described as a policy of controlled escalation. Still, the potential for miscalculation and region-wide...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 28, 2019

Jewish groups slam Ocasio-Cortez

(JNS)—Outrage from pro-Israel and Jewish groups is growing at U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for her remarks on Monday on her Instagram account that the United States is “running concentration camps on our southern border,” in...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    June 28, 2019

Grief support through a Jewish lens

Cyndie Ellman lost her husband in July and attended grief counseling with a lovely woman who was unaware of her faith and "just didn't get it." She then tried a secular grief support group run by one of the hospices, and again "they just didn't get...

 

Mentalist Mark Stone coming to dinner at Beth Am

On Sunday, July 14, at 5:30 p.m. Congregation Beth Am in Longwood will be hosting mentalist Mark Stone for an evening with dinner and a show that will amaze you. Stone is one of the nations most...

 

A not-to-be-forgotten b'not mitzvah

The congregants of B'nai Torah, a progressive conservative synagogue, were truly moved to tears at a recent mother and daughter b'not mitzvah. The mother, Lisa Ravede, is a convert to Judaism. The...

 
 By Penny Schwartz    News    June 28, 2019

Boston museum pays $500K for rare Torah ornaments

BOSTON (JTA)-The Museum of Fine Arts bought two pairs of rare Torah finials, bidding $500,000 for the 17th-century German silver set. The set is considered among the earliest surviving examples of the ritual Torah ornaments. The final sale price...

 

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