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Florida federation sends $30,000 to help Ethiopian Jews awaiting immigration

Florida’s Jewish Federation of Broward County has donated $32,800 to help provide medical care, food and clean water to Jews in Ethiopia awaiting to make aliyah and resettle in Israel. The funds will help support the efforts...
Members of the Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command assist in search-and-rescue efforts in Surfside, Fla., June 2021. Credit: IDF.

US rescue forces working with Israelis at disaster site in Surfside, Fla., visit Israel

Rescue forces from the United States that worked with the Israeli delegation this summer at the condominium collapse disaster site in Surfside, Fla., arrived in Israel for a week of shared learning, the Israel Defense Forces announced on...
Co-founder and CEO of the Israeli-American Council Shoham Nicolet addresses the opening plenary at its national summit in Southeast Florida, Dec. 5, 2019. Photo by Noam Galai.

Surge in anti-Semitism to power attendance at in-person IAC summit in Southeast Florida

After a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Israeli-American Council (IAC) is looking forward to holding an in-person summit this December. IAC CEO Shoham Nicolet said it was more important than ever for people to...
Broward County Public Schools Department at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Credit: YES Market Media/Shutterstock.

Florida makes strides in Holocaust education after new standards prioritize source material

The Florida State Board of Education adopted new civics and Holocaust-education standards for Florida’s public schools in July, which had been pushed by the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis. The new social-studies standards spell out what...
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla). Credit: Flickr.

Florida senator urges Commerce Department to investigate Ben & Jerry’s over Israel boycott

A U.S. senator from Florida is calling on the Department of Commerce to investigate Ben & Jerry’s for banning the sale of its products in parts of Israel. In a letter sent to U.S. Secretary of Commerce...
Florida license plate; one will soon feature a boost to Israel, December 2020. Credit: Courtesy.

Florida set to ban Unilever from state contracts if Ben & Jerry’s boycott stands

The state of Florida notified Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream, on Tuesday that it has 90 days to cease its “boycott of Israel” or face a ban on contracts and...
Everix optical filters. Source: Screenshot.

Israel Innovation Authority, Space Florida name winners of joint tech program

Four innovative programs representing joint ventures between technology companies in Florida and Israel were named as winners of the 2021 Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Program. A venture of Space Florida, the Sunshine State’s aerospace development authority, and...
Demolition crews set off explosives to bring down the remaining portion of a collapsed condo building in Surfside, Florida, July 4, 2021. Source: YouTube

Surfside condo demolished ahead of tropical storm

Controlled explosives on Sunday brought down the rest of the Surfside, Florida condo that collapsed on June 24, leaving more than 140 people dead or missing. The confirmed death toll rose to 24 on Saturday with 121...
Search and rescue workers comb through the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condominium. Source: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue/Twitter.

In the face of disaster, the priority is help and prayer, not politics

It has become a trope of American culture that the idea of sending “thoughts and prayers” in response to a catastrophic event has become a term of derision. This is mostly related to the...
A view of the rubble after a 12-story condominium in Surfside, Fla., partially collapses on June 24, 2021. Source: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue/Twitter.

Condo across from Miami synagogue collapses, search and rescue underway

One person has been pronounced dead after a 12-story condominium in Surfside, Fla., in a predominately Jewish area near a large synagogue, partially collapsed at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday morning. As many as 50...