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Guatemala moves embassy to Jerusalem

By World Israel News Guatemala made history on Wednesday when it moved its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, two days after the US made the same move. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, Prime...

Inscribing the memory of their sacrifice

The fate of Israel and, specifically, the reunification of Jerusalem were decided 50 years ago at Ammunition Hill. As Israel mourns the fallen on Remembrance Day, Jewish National Fund-USA ensures...

Jewish Pavilion volunteer Susan Bernstein engages seniors with music

As about 40 Jewish residents of Oakmonte Village's independent living building sat expectantly on a recent Friday evening, Jewish Pavilion volunteer Susan Bernstein strapped a thin, boxy "travel...

An evening of music and inspiration in honor of the Rebbe

In honor of the Yartzeit of the Rebbe on the 3rd of Tamuz, Chabad of North Orlando, will be hosting a unique multimedia concert that tells the story of the Hassidic melodies taught by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory. Known far more for his...

Barzilai wins 2018 Eurovision

(ISRAEL21c)-Throughout her 25 years of life, Netta Barzilai was told over and over that she wasn't pretty enough or smart enough or skinny enough to accomplish what she wanted in life. Last night she ...

At the Israel border, pointing fingers at the wrong abuser

(JNS)—When confronted with absolute evil or the depths of human depravity, some of us experience a very particular kind of depression. It’s as if we just can’t cope with such a repudiation of humanity. Some experience it when exposed to the...

A definition of insanity

It’s an old expression: A definition of insanity is doing the same thing in the same way time after time and expecting different results. It’s been said many times about the Arabs in Israel time after time. And of course, not much ever changes....

Don't just destroy the Iran Deal-deliver an alternative

May 8, 2018, the day that Donald Trump announced that he’s pulling America out of the nuclear deal with Iran, will mark the inauguration of a new American-Israeli-Arab alliance in the Middle East and a major realignment of US strategic interests....

Keep your eyes on Iran, Syria, and Iran in Syria

It’s an irony that as Russia celebrated Victory Day, 73 years since the Allied victory of the tyranny of the Nazis, President Putin hosted Prime Minister Netanyahu as an honored guest. The timing and symbolism were meaningful. At the same time,...

Israel's current moral imperative

Jewish tradition teaches that when our ancestors left Egypt 3,500+ years ago they were pursued by the Egyptian military still bent on their destruction.  As they stood at the water’s edge faced with two very bad choices, the hand of God split...

Once again, David called upon to slay Goliath

Most people are familiar with the biblical story of David and Goliath, which occurred during the reign of King Saul. The ancient Philistines, who did endless battle with the Israelites in a futile attempt to conquer the land of Israel and to bring...

Israel tackle football is growing-and needs your help here in Central Florida

Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, and Andre Dobson, PE coach at Faith Christian Academy in east Orlando, have a lot in common. They both are passionate about football and love Israel....

JNF-USA celebrates Israel@70 with a return to the homeland

This year, Israel marks 70 years of statehood—seven decades of intensive growth and remarkable achievement. Jewish National Fund-USA is proud of the formative role it has played in the country’s development, since before the founding of the...

The 'Titanic Fanatic' tells his tales of the unsinkable ship

On March 28, 1956, nine-year-old Steven Mattis sat mesmerized in his living room in Philadelphia as Kraft Theater's adaptation of "A Night to Remember" unfolded. Based on the nonfiction book of the...

Ruth Salzman marks 100th birthday

The Kinneret Council on Aging, a nonprofit agency that provides ongoing programs and services to residents of Kinneret Apartments, recently celebrated the 100th birthday of resident Ruth Salzman....

Five Jewish facts about the new Han Solo 'Star Wars' movie

(JTA)-"Star Wars" fans are eagerly awaiting the franchise's latest film, "Solo: A Star Wars Story." As its title suggests, the flick focuses on Han Solo, the legendary character made famous by...

'Holocaust By Bullets' monuments erected throughout Belarus

How does one keep the memory alive of the 800,000 Belarusian Jews killed during the Holocaust? For two Jewish families with links to Florida, along with a couple from England, the answer was simple: ...

In European Jewry's biggest song contest, Israel is always a winner

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—Each spring, the televised Eurovision song contest captivates the continent in ways that outsiders can never hope to understand. A sort of Olympics for patriotic power pop, Eurovision might attract the interest of, say, Jews...

Elders experience social issues

Whether living independently or with assistance, elders often experience social issues and anxiety. Here are just a few examples of what they may be feeling: • Loneliness from losing a spouse and friends. • Inability to independently manage the...

Scene Around

I am so upset... What kind of White House do we have? What's with our 45th? What is happening to Congress? (Well, maybe I won't be alive much longer to care, but my children and grandchildren...

Bat Mitzvah - AUDREY KAYE BRENNAN

Audrey Kaye Brennan, daughter of Michele Brennan and Mitch Barnett of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando....

Obituary - ELLY G. SOSKI

Elly G. Soski, age 86, of Lake Mary, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018, at her home in Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary. She was born on March 21, 1932, in Lvov, Poland to the late Benzion and Gitla Grunberg. Elly’s family was arrested by the...

Obituary - ROSE SOBEL KELLMAN

Rose Kellman, age 100, passed away at her residence at Monroe Village, Monroe Township, New Jersey, on Monday, May 7, 2018. Rose was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Oct. 7, 1917, the only child of the late Louis and Bessie Weinberg Sobel. She...

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