Shabbat shalom. And thanks for reading our newsletter. From reactions to an ice cream maker’s Israeli boycott, to a new Jewish dating app, we’ve got you covered.
Ben & Jerry’s Israel boycott leaves many Jews cold
Ben & Jerry’s announcement earlier this week that it would halt sales of its product in what it calls “Occupied Palestinian Territory” drew sharp criticism from much of the Jewish world and other supporters of Israel. The move by Unilever, the company that now owns Ben & Jerry’s — and many other brands, such as Breyers, Dove, Hellman’s and Lipton by the way — could have legal repercussions in as many as 33 states which have enacted laws or executive orders targeting the BDS (boycott, divest, sanctions) movement against Israel. Pennsylvania is one of those states.
New digital resource for those with disabilities
An online resource for people with disabilities, ConnectAbility, supported by Jewish Residential Services, will be coming to Pittsburgh next month, and our reporter Adam Reinherz has the scoop.
Speaking of JRS, the organization that supports individuals with psychiatric, developmental or intellectual disabilities has out a call out for nominees for its annual Shore-Whitehill award, which recognizes volunteers who are “champions of inclusion.” Nominations are due by Aug. 31.
Dating for the picky (but aren’t we all?)
A new Jewish dating app, “Lox Club,” has been launched for “Jews with ridiculously high standards.” There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but it only takes one. Check out the story by our colleague Sasha Rogelberg at the Jewish Exponent.
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Toby Tabachnick, Editor