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 By Jackson Richman    News    June 28, 2019

US to send additional 1,000 troops to Mideast in reaction to Iranian threats

(JNS)—The United States will send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East as tensions escalate between Washington and Tehran, the Pentagon announced on Monday evening. “In response to a request from the U.S. Central Command for additional...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 28, 2019

Department of Education to probe anti-Israel bias at North Carolina conference on Gaza

(JTA)—The U.S. Department of Education will investigate a Middle East conference on Gaza co-sponsored by two North Carolina universities over allegations that it had an anti-Israel bias. Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., called on the department to...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 28, 2019

Sign unveiled for Trump Heights community in the Golan Heights

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A new Jewish community in the Golan Heights to honor President Donald Trump will be called Ramat Trump, translated as Trump Heights. A sign was unveiled Sunday during the weekly Cabinet meeting held in the Golan Heights at the site...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 28, 2019

Here's what Trump officials and supporters are saying to critics of his Iran policy

WASHINGTON (JTA)-President Donald Trump says he is "very prepared" for Iran. "We're looking at Iran," he said Tuesday when a reporter asked him what he had planned beyond sending another 1,000 U.S. tr...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 28, 2019

Amid escalating tensions, 'all options' on table to deter Tehran's behavior

(JNS)—The ongoing tensions between America and Iran seemed to reach a tipping point late last week when the United States blamed Iran for being behind the attack on two ships in the Gulf of Oman. On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    June 28, 2019

Israeli youth discuss sovereignty, and future prospects in Judea and Samaria

(JNS)—Traveling two hours from Haifa to Ramat Gan, Liza Kouniavsky, 16, arrived at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan for the second “Youth Sovereignty Conference” to date on June 13, telling JNS that “I’m here because I love my country. I...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Palestinian village council head fired after Jews attend son’s wedding By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)—The council head of a West Bank Palestinian village was removed from his office after video from his son’s wedding showed that four Jews...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    June 21, 2019

Security has become a top priority at Jewish summer camps

(JNS)—In just a few weeks, tens of thousands of kids will be on the move, leaving home for Jewish overnight camps. This year though they’ll be doing so under the specter of heightened security concerns as anti-Semitism is at a near-record high...

 

Pompeo: Iran is responsible for attacking oil tankers in Gulf

(JNS)-Two tankers, one carrying oil and the other transferring a freight of methanol, in the Gulf of Oman near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were attacked on Thursday, less than a month after Iran...

 

College credits for high schoolers

A unique opportunity is coming to Jewish high school students in Orlando this fall: the chance to earn two private college credits while exploring the tenets of Judaism. The course is being offered by CTeen U: a collaboration of Yeshiva University...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 21, 2019

NYC closes tenth Jewish school

NEW YORK (JTA)—New York City is shuttering an Orthodox school in Brooklyn because it has continued to admit unvaccinated students in violation of a city order. The Central UTA Satmar School for Boys, a hasidic school in the Williamsburg...

 

An evening of film, story and inspiration in honor of the Rebbe's Yartzeit

Forty some years ago, a young man named Eliot Lasky was driving with his friend when he saw a Chabad rabbi dancing on the street with a few other Chassidim. The young man was shocked. He'd never seen...

 

The benefits of belonging to a community

The Jewish Pavilion’s mission is to bring Jewish life and culture to residents in senior living facilities. This includes Shabbat and holiday services and programs, along with individual visitations. The outcome is obvious and predictable—an...

 

Congregation Beth Sholom Sisterhood meeting

The Congregation Beth Sholom Sisterhood will have their monthly meeting on Sunday, July 7, at 2 p.m. The meetings are held at the Beth Sholom Synagogue located at 315 North 13th Street in Leesburg with the entrance on Center Street. The meeting and...

 

RAISE employee and job coach applications open for the fall

The RAISE program for adults with special needs is now accepting online applications for RAISE employees as well as opportunities to volunteer as a job coach. RAISE is a 6- to 12-month work and social skills training program for adults with special...

 
 By Dov Lipman    News    June 21, 2019

Eyeing current polls and September elections, right-wing Knesset leaders explore new options

(JNS)-The campaigns for Israel's second elections in 2019 are underway and, after reviewing the first polls, many Israelis are asking if they may end up with a stalemate and no government following...

 
 By Lior Zaltzman    News    June 21, 2019

Yiddish word kicked off Scripps Spelling Bee finals

It’s Yiddish for the win at the Scripps National Spelling Bee! OK, not quite, but last week, when the first rounds of the finals kicked off, the word “Yiddishkeit” nearly stumped contestant No....

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 21, 2019

Last living survivor of Nazi death camp Sobibor dies

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The last living survivor of the Nazi death camp Sobibor has died. Semion Rosenfeld died on Monday at a hospital in central Israel at the age of 96. He moved to Israel from the Ukraine in 1990, according to the Jerusalem Post....

 

First EL AL flight from MCO coming July 9

Coming in for a landing on July 2 at the Orlando International Airport will be EL AL’s inaugural flight from Tel Aviv to MCO. The flight will ferry out empty back to Tel Aviv. Then on July 9 at 9:30 a.m. EL AL will make its first flight out of MCO...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    June 21, 2019

Iran increases production of low-enriched uranium

(JNS)—Iran has increased its uranium enrichment since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, warned the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday. However, while IAEA chief Yukiya Amano informed...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    June 21, 2019

Rocket fired from Gaza strikes school in southern Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A rocket fired from Gaza hit a school building in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Thursday evening. The building, identified as a Jewish religious school, was damaged but no injuries were reported. It was reported to be...

 

Lockheed Martin awarded $42 million contract

(JNS)—Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $42 million contract by Israel’s Defense Ministry to conduct “expansive maintenance services to the State of Israel,” as well as to operate and maintain an F-35 training center southeast of Beersheva...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 21, 2019

David Friedman gave Netanyahu half a nod for West Bank annexation-what happens next?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—David Friedman, U.S. ambassador to Israel, said Israel “has the right to retain” some of the West Bank. Palestinians fumed, Jewish settlers rejoiced, and the punditocracy predicted gloom and doom. What was it exactly that...

 

'Army of Islam' will set out from Jerusalem to conquer to world

(MEMRI via JNS)-A Palestinian sheikh said during an address at the Al-Aqsa mosque uploaded to the internet in June that Jerusalem is the "heartland" where the banners of the caliphate will flutter,...

 

Buttigieg promises to re-enter US into Iran nuclear deal

(JNS)—Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, criticized U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday for withdrawing from the 2015 Iran deal in May 2018, saying that it was...

 

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