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AJC has new exec. director

(JNS) - The American Jewish Congress announced on Tuesday that it has picked Joel Rubin, who served as the liaison to the Jewish community for the Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sande...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 23, 2020 

Facebook bans Holocaust denial

(JTA) — Facebook announced that it will now ban any posts that deny or distort the Holocaust, a landmark change from its previous policy. For years, Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, had defended Holocaust denial as a misguided but legitimate...

 

Jewish American shares Nobel Prize in economics

(JNS) — A Jewish American economist was one of two winners of the 2020 Nobel Prize in economics for studying how auctions work, announced the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Monday. Paul...

 

UN space agency to establish office at Ben-Gurion

(JNS) — The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the creation of a regional support office for UNOOSA’s UN-SPIDER program, the United...

 

World Jewish Congress president meets with Abbas

(JNS) — World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder met with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, announced a Palestinian minister. In a Twitter post, P.A. Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh disclosed the information,...

 

In first official visit, UAE ministers arrive in Israel to formalize cooperation agreements

(JNS) — The Etihad Airways flight carrying a ministerial delegation from the United Arab Emirates landed in Israel at noon on Tuesday, marking the first-ever official visit from the Gulf state, following the Sept. 15 signing of the U.S.-broke...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 23, 2020 

Federations and Orthodox groups call for quadrupling security funds for nonprofits

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two Orthodox umbrella groups and the Jewish Federations of North America joined a faith groups’ letter to congressional appropriators asking them to quadruple funds for security grants for vulnerable nonprofits, to $360...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    October 23, 2020 

Obninsk, Russia, home of the world's first nuclear power plant, gets its first synagogue

(JTA) — A synagogue has opened for the first time in Obninsk, a city near Moscow that was built in 1945 to accommodate the staff of the world’s first nuclear power plant. Around 400 Jews, including some from Moscow seeking to move out of the...

 

Ancient two-shekel weight unearthed near Western Wall in Jerusalem

(JNS) - An ancient two-shekel weight has been unearthed beneath Wilson's Arch, adjacent to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Tuesday. The limestone weight,...

 

Group rallies against Cuomo, de Blasio over new COVID restrictions directed at Jews

(JNS) Supporters of a grassroots group seeking to end anti-Semitism held a rally outside of the New York Public Library last Thursday to express their dismay with recent comments and actions by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 23, 2020 

US sanctions cut Iranian banks off from the world

(JTA) — New U.S. sanctions on Iran, which target 18 Iranian financial institutions and penalize non-Iranian institutions who deal with them, effectively cut the Middle Eastern country off from the world finance system. The sanctions deprive “the...

 

83 percent of Orthodox Jews would vote for Trump

(JNS) — If the U.S. elections were held today — two weeks before the Nov. 3 election — 83 percent of Orthodox Jews would vote for U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a poll released on Wednesday. An Ami magazine poll of 1,000 Orthodox...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Israeli army opens two coronavirus wards for civilians in Rambam Hospital in Haifa By Marcy Oster (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces opened two civilian coronavirus wards in an underground parking complex designed to be used for medical purposes...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    October 23, 2020 

Greek court brands neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn a criminal organization

(JNS) - A Greek court has deemed the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn as a criminal organization disguised as a political party - a ruling applauded by Jewish groups. The five-and-a-half-year trial...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 16, 2020

Orthodox Jews burn masks in protest against New York's new COVID rules

(JTA) — Protests by Orthodox Jews against New York’s crackdown on gatherings in their neighborhoods turned tense and at times violent Tuesday night as throngs of young men demonstrated in the streets of Borough Park. The late-night protest in a...

 

'Later, Gator!' - Friends and colleagues thank Robby Etzkin for his JCC service

On Oct. 5, more than 100 households gathered on Zoom for a virtual thank you party in honor of Robby Etzkin, who left his position as executive director at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of...

 

First speaker of Chabads' 'zoom lecture series' is Holocaust survivor

Chabads of North Orlando and Greater Orlando will be hosting Holocaust survivor Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, who lived through the horrors of the Nazi occupation of Poland, a labor camp and concentration...

 

When caregiving is overwhelming, call the Orlando Senior Help Desk

The future needs of healthy and independent seniors are not on the radar of their family members until a crisis arises. An unexpected fall is often the beginning of a family member’s transition into caregiving. All of a sudden, the new caregiver...

 

There's always time for PE at JAO

Jewish Academy of Orlando kindergarteners and first graders participate in PE despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a peek at what PE looks like at the Jewish Academy of Orlando. Jewish Academy of...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 16, 2020

NY governor imposes new rules on houses of worship, schools and essential businesses

(JTA) – It won’t just be schools that close in areas of New York City with many COVID-19 cases. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced new restrictions on houses of worship, with services in some parts of the state capped at just 10 people....

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    October 16, 2020

Orthodox Jewish leaders decry Cuomo's 'draconian' measures to restrict worship amid virus rise

(JNS) — Professing his “respect and love” for the Orthodox Jewish community, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced major restrictions and closures in parts of the state designated as “COVID clusters,” areas that have an overwhelmingly large...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    October 16, 2020

Jewish poet Louise Glück wins Nobel Prize in Literature

(JTA) — Louise Glück, the American granddaughter of Hungarian Jews, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Glück, 77, was awarded “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence...

 

Decline COVID-19 morbidity cause for 'cautious optimism'

(JNS) — The percentage of Israelis testing positive for COVID-19 has decreased for the third day in a row, according to Israeli Health Ministry figures released on Sunday. In an interview with Channel 12 on Sunday morning, Weizmann Institute...

 

JAO students celebrate Sukkot in the Sukkah

Jewish Academy of Orlando students loved celebrating sukkot. They (safely) shook the lulav and etrog, had a snack, and made edible sukkot. The students also loved integrating STEM education into...

 

Principal fired for Holocaust denial to be reinstated

(JNS) — The principal of a high school in the heavily Jewish city of Boca Raton, Fla., who was fired last year after he declined to recognize that the Holocaust occurred, has been reinstated. The Palm Beach County School Board voted 4-3 on...

 

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