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What is happening on college campuses?

There's a war going on in the United States. It isn't a battle with weapons that harm the physical body. It's a war of ideology versus truth and logic. And the battlefields are on college campuses....

 

Asher Ravede-youngest inductee into Running Series Hall of Fame

A few weeks ago The Heritage ran a story about Central Florida residents Jules and Elyse Baclar, who are marathon runners. Now in their late 60s and early 70s, they are still running strong. Asher...

 

Survivor to speak at high school

On Wednesday, April 26, Club L'Chaim and students at Lake Brantley High School will present a discussion about combating hate in current times. Titled "Never Again!" the keynote speaker of the...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    April 14, 2017

Israel supports U.S. strike

Israeli leaders welcomed President Donald Trump’s surprise military action late Thursday to strike the airbase where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was believed to have launched a chemical attack resulting in the deaths of at least 86 Syrians,...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    April 14, 2017

Israeli response to Syrian chemical attack? A wave of donations

TEL AVIV (JTA)-In response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria on Tuesday, Israelis have donated hundreds of thousands of shekels to help children and others caught in the conflict raging on...

 

13,000 teens participate in Jewish Youth Service

WASHINGTON, DC—Approximately 13,000 Jewish teens in more than 90 communities across 20 countries are participating in a day of community service and improvement projects this spring as part of J-Serve, the International Day of Jewish Youth...

 

PA TV broadcasts 'religious rules' for beating wives

(JNS.org) The Palestinian Authority’s official television network gave viewers instructions on what a female reporter described as the Islamic “religious rules” that husbands should use when they physically abuse their wives, Palestinian...

 

Russia recognizes 'West Jerusalem' as Israel's capital

(World Israel News)—Russia’s Foreign Ministry shocks the world by declaring West Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. In a statement released today by its Foreign Ministry on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Russia took the unusual step of...

 

JCC bomb threats suspect traded millions in bitcoin

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org)—Israel’s Rishon Lezion Magistrates’ Court Thursday remanded a 19-year-old Israeli-American hacker from Ashkelon to police custody for an additional 12 days. It marked the suspect’s third remand since his Ma...

 

Federation's 'Pomegranates' celebrate philanthropy

A group of women dedicated to improving the world gathered March 30 at the home of Betsy Cohen for the annual reception of the Pomegranate Society, part of the Women's Philanthropy division of the...

 

A high school groups' stand against anti-Semitism

Back in March, several Lake Brantley High Jewish students decided to do something about the anti-Semitic vandalism that had taken place on their school grounds. At a meeting of Club L'Chaim-the...

 

Make May 7th 'Golfer's Day,' with the Pavilion Golf Society

While Golfer's Day is officially marked in early April, it has been suggested that this 'above-par celebration' be moved to May 7th in honor of the Pavilion Golf Society (PGS) Tournament to be held...

 

Remembering the six million, the rescuers and liberators

Each year the Holocaust Center hosts Yom HaShoah, A Day of Remembrance, to remember the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. On this special day the Jewish community stands with the local survivors and remember the families they lost....

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    April 14, 2017

Approach Marine Le Pen with caution

There was an illuminating report from Paris in The Wall Street Journal this week that related how Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, has been consulting a group of French bankers and captains of industry in a bid to continue the m...

 

Another day, another attempt to burn Jews alive

A group of Palestinians tried to burn some Israeli Jews to death March 23. Just another day in the Middle East. The four attackers drove up to the perimeter of the Jewish community of Beit El, north of Jerusalem, and began hurling firebombs toward ho...

 

Neighbors

I am learning more than just a language as I study Arabic. As I had hoped, it is allowing me a peek into a culture and mentality. For example, the other day I was riding my bike and stopped to say hello to a young Arab man employed by the city as a g...

 

U.S. action against genocide: a brief guide

President Donald Trump’s missile strike against Syria inaugurates a new chapter in the long and controversial history of American responses—and sometimes nonresponses—to mass murder around the world. Although the killing of Syrian civilians by...

 

Stop denying the Israeli consensus on the Palestinians

Yair Lapid is the current favorite to become prime minister the next time the Israeli people go to the polls to elect a new Knesset, at some point in the not-too-distant future. But whether or not the former television star who leads the centrist...

 

What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30...

 

Fifth annual Shabbat 1000 celebrated at UCF

On Friday, March 3rd, hundreds of students from the University of Central Florida community came together for the fifth annual mega Shabbat dinner in the Pegasus Ballroom.  The goal of the "Shabbat...

 

Genealogy success story: The mystery of my great-aunt Helen

Helen Benton was the younger sister of my maternal grandmother, Rose Rothenberg. My great-aunt Helen was an outgoing person in a family of reserved people. She was always very kind to my family and...

 

Jewish Academy of Orlando students prepare for Passover

Mah Nishtanah? What’s new at the Jewish Academy of Orlando? Preparations for Passover, that’s what’s new! And these preparations were in high gear prior to the Passover holiday, which began on April 10. The students learned the different parts...

 

Heartfelt Shabbat programs

Harriet Moldau may be in town only part of the year, but fortunately she shares much of that time enriching, visiting and educating Jewish seniors in our community. A huge thank you to Harriet for...

 

Scene Around

Not a kiddie movie... I'm referring to "The Zookeeper's Wife." No, it is definitely not a film comedy for children as it may sound. Rather it is the true story of a person who helped Jews escape from...

 

Genealogists learn how to use DNA tests to discover missing ancestors

The eighth in the series of 10 monthly JGSGO (Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando) workshops was held at Central Florida Hillel, UCF on April 4. The guest speaker was genetic genealogist...

 

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