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 News    August 7, 2020 

Online movie series to feature rescuers and rescued during years of Holocaust

(JNS) - The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous is launching a Monday-night movie series, from July 27 to Aug. 21, each week airing one of its award-winning documentaries that highlight Righteous...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    August 7, 2020 

Patricia Sigman runs for state Senate

Longwood resident Patricia R. Sigman is a Democratic candidate on the primary ballot for state Senate, District 9. There is one opponent running against her for the seat and she is hopeful voters will...

 
 News    August 7, 2020 

Storage center dates from Kingdom of Judah

(JNS) - In excavations in Jerusalem near the U.S. embassy conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority, more than 120 of some of the largest and most important collections of seal impressions stamped...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    August 7, 2020 

'He told me to call him Cube': ZOA chief Mort Klein details his talk with Ice Cube after Farrakhan tweets

(JTA) - Mort Klein didn't know much about Ice Cube when he got on the phone with him on Monday afternoon, but by the end of their two-hour conversation, Klein said he was convinced the rapper was not...

 

Thousands join 48-hour #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate Twitter boycott to protest anti-Semitism on the platform

(JTA) — After their vocal calls for Twitter to take down rapper Wiley’s spree of anti-Semitic tweets went unanswered, Jews in the United Kingdom are taking another approach: silence. British Jewish activists and their allies — including...

 
 News    August 7, 2020 

Israel donates third water generator to Gaza Strip

(JNS) - According to the U.N. Trade and Development Commission, some 95 percent of Gaza's groundwater supply is found to be unfit for consumption. The Gaza Strip suffers from a water shortage in...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    August 7, 2020 

DNC platform will not condition US aid to Israel on sovereignty, but will seek return to Iran deal

(JNS) — In a move that bodes well for Israel, the Democratic National Committee’s platform committee voted on Monday to reject additional language that would make the party’s stance on the Jewish state more critical. The committee voted 117-34...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    August 7, 2020 

Holocaust survivors launch campaign to fight Holocaust denial on Facebook

BERLIN (JTA) — Joining a growing chorus of critical voices, Holocaust survivors have launched an international online campaign criticizing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that is aimed at countering Holocaust denial on his social media platform....

 
 News    August 7, 2020 

Why is anti-Israel video part of Ontario school curriculum?

(JNS) — The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center has reached out to the Ontario Minister of Education in search of answers after an anti-Israel video was found to be part of the curriculum of a Grade 10 online civics course, announced the...

 
 By Penina Beede    News    August 7, 2020 

An enduring feature of the pandemic: Jews are flocking to online classes

(JTA) — Israeli poetry scholar Rachel Korazim had been thinking about cutting back on travel when the coronavirus pandemic made the decision for her. “I said I really want to shift my teaching to distance learning because, you know, I’m not...

 
 By Sam Sokol    News    August 7, 2020 

A bipartisan protest movement is rocking Israel and growing by the week

TEL AVIV (JTA) - Noam Ofer might have been an unlikely candidate to join Israel's burgeoning protest movement. At 76, he is older than most of the people who have taken to the streets in recent weeks...

 
 By Dan Diker    News    August 7, 2020 

The BDS-BLM alignment: Implications for Israel and Diaspora Jewry

(JCPA via JNS) - The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis triggered the most widespread racially charged protests in the United States and Europe since the 1960s. International protests over Floyd's...

 
 By Jodie Sadowsky    News    August 7, 2020 

Anti-Semites 'Zoombombed' our Shabbat services

Prior to the pandemic, my family of five rarely attended Shabbat services at our Reform synagogue in Connecticut. There was always something else to do — sports practices and school dances, birthday parties and weekends away. Now, however, with...

 
 By Ariel Ben Solomon    News    August 7, 2020 

Collapse of the PA could provide 'brighter future' for Palestinians

(JNS) - Despite U.S. President Donald Trump's release of the "Peace to Prosperity" Mideast plan earlier this year to help resolved issues associated with the decades-long conflict between Israelis and...

 
 News    August 7, 2020 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Remains of 286 Jewish Holocaust victims uncovered in 2 basements in Ukraine By Marcy Oster (JTA) — The remains of 286 Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust were found in two basements in a town in southwest Ukraine. The remains, mostly women...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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