‘Message of fear’: Trespasser hangs anti-Semitic banner at Jewish center in Miami-Dade
A trespasser scaled a fence at the Homestead Jewish Center on Saturday to hang a banner with an anti-Semitic message ahead of Hanukkah, a Jewish festival also known as the Festival of Lights, according to community leaders.
Holocaust survivors honored with online event amid pandemic
An annual event bringing together Holocaust survivors from around the world to mark the start of Hanukkah was held online for the first time Sunday Dec. 13, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)BERLIN – An annual event bringing together Holocaust survivors from around the world to mark the start of Hanukkah was held online for the first time Sunday due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event organized by the Jewish Claims Conference also paid tribute to those killed by the Nazis and raised awareness of anti-Semitism. Among the survivors who spoke was Walter Breindel, who fled Austria at the age of four with his mother and brother. “Hopefully next year it will not be a memory but we shall be together in reality,” he said.
South Florida Jews adjust Hanukkah celebrations due to coronavirus pandemic
He wore a face mask and said he was social distancing. Sabbath restrictions on the use of electronic devices do not apply to Hanukkah, so many families are opting for virtual celebrations. South Florida Jews are hosting smaller Hanukkah celebrations outdoors amid the coronavirus pandemic. Tammy Woldenberg, of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, was at a Kosher food distribution drive-thru event. Avoid touching your face mask, eyes, nose, and mouth.
US Jews plan smaller Hanukkah celebrations amid virus
Many Jewish Americans are already accustomed to more intimate celebrations of a holiday focused more on the home than on the synagogue, including Haredim or ultra-Orthodox communities. So the recent successful Supreme Court challenge to New York restrictions on in-person worship by some Orthodox groups won't mean much as far as their Hanukkah plans. But such large gatherings are "not an essential part of the holiday on any level whatsoever,” he added. “Family gatherings are going to be limited, with or without the Supreme Court decision,” he said. “It will be much, much smaller,” she said, adding that many others in their community were planning intimate gatherings just with immediate family members.
SHIPPING DEADLINES: Send your gifts by these dates to make sure they arrive for the holidays
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Time to start making travel plans for the winter holidays
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