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The 2017 USA Maccabiah water polo team

Here are the members of the USA water polo team who will be competing at the 20th Maccabi Games in Israel this week. The two Orlando players are in the center row: Zev Halikman is in the middle and...

 

Trio of Civil Rights exhibits now on display at the Holocaust Center

This summer, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida is inviting visitors to join them in a conversation about the local, national, and international struggle for civil...

 

Haley slams UN Security Council

(JNS.org) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed the U.N. Security Council Thursday for its inaction on Iran, which she says has "repeatedly and deliberately violated"...

 

Israeli conversion bill delayed 6 months 

(JTA)-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shelved a controversial bill that would have made the haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate the only body authorized by the government to perform...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 7, 2017

Netanyahu defends suspending the Western Wall agreement-here's how

(JTA)-American Jewish leaders are calling it a betrayal. They say that 17 months after achieving an historic agreement to provide a non-Orthodox space at Judaism's holiest prayer site, Israeli Prime...

 
 By Adam Abrams    News    July 7, 2017

Despite flare-up, Israel's response to Syrian mortar fire deemed 'old policy'

Mortar shells fired from Syria into the Israeli Golan Heights Saturday prompted the IDF to respond with a retaliatory strike in Syria, purportedly killing Syrian soldiers. Despite the incidents, a...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 7, 2017

Decaying relations with Diaspora yield bold words in Israel, but little action

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israeli politicians rushed to condemn their government's decision Sunday to freeze a plan promoting pluralistic prayer at the Western Wall. Voices from across the political spectrum,...

 

Federation kicks off season of sharing the love

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's "Summer of Love" has arrived. The season of saying "thank you" to the local Jewish community kicked off June 19, ushering in a full week of activities...

 

JFS Orlando kicks off Summer Food Drive

As the school year comes to an end, Central Florida students who depend on free and reduced lunches will no longer have access to proper and nutritious food. To help with this situation, JFS Orlando kicked off its Summer Food Drive, which began...

 

RAISE accepting applications

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s RAISE program offers paid employment opportunities and social skills training to young adults with special needs. Online application for a limited number of fall positions opened on June 26, 2017. RAISE...

 

The Murder of Otto Warmbier

Yes, he was a Jew. But he was killed because he was an American. The tragedy of Otto Warmbier took a strange twist shortly after his death last week. It was only then that we discovered that the young American imprisoned by North Korea to 15 years of...

 

Gevalt, again

The Jews of Israel are watching Muslims near and far killing themselves, and contemplating horror scenarios of a serious threat from Iran, Hezbollah, or some other evil source. There are near daily efforts of individual Palestinians to attack Jews,...

 

Who cares about Jewish unity?

There are four important aspects to the government’s decisions on Sunday relating to egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall and the conversion bill. The first is that by and large, the headlines of the stories distort rather than explain what the...

 

The quest for annual Chanukah stamps

Dear Editor: It looks like this will be a repeat year. The United States Postal Service will not be issuing a new Chanukah stamp design in 2017. This means it will be up to each local post office to order Chanukah stamps. Past history has shown that...

 

A different take on the Western Wall controversy

The headlines of the Jewish press this week were filled with stories about angry American Jews arriving in Israel and denouncing the Israeli government’s decision regarding egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall. Jerry Silverman, head of the...

 

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...

 

All I want is... music, music, music!

Music has become of such vital importance to the senior community. Recent studies have revealed that music has the capacity to alleviate stress, evoke powerful memories, instill a sense of vitality,...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    July 7, 2017

NASCAR's first Israeli driver is an unlikely success story

(JTA)-Israeli race car driver Alon Day's rise to the highest ranks of NASCAR has been an unexpected one for a variety of reasons Here's one of them: The 25-year-old has done the bulk of his training...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 7, 2017

LGBT Jews say it's increasingly difficult to be pro-Israel and queer

NEW YORK (JTA)-For years, Laurie Grauer had waved a rainbow flag emblazoned with a Jewish star at the Chicago Dyke March, sometimes marching near activists waving Palestinian flags. It had never been...

 

Good reads A page-turner that book clubs have been waiting for

"David and the Philistine Woman" by Paul Boorstin, published by Top Hat Books Trade.  The clash of David and Goliath may well be the world's ultimate narrative of good triumphing over evil. Thanks...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    July 7, 2017

Scene Around

Good for you... I'm speaking of a New York City Subway rider, GREGORY LOCKE, who is a hero in my book because he shared his post on Facebook as a lesson for all of us. I read the following in the curr...

 

JCC 39ers learn about Medicare at free class

On Monday, June 19, the JCC 39ers hosted an educational class titled "Medicare 101" given by Bracha Leibowitz. The 39ers are a daytime group for seniors who get together weekly at The Roth Family JCC...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    July 7, 2017

The West Bank's world class wines have Israelis toasting the settlements

PSAGOT, West Bank (JTA)-Psagot Winery calls its Sinai wine an "unassuming but distinctive blend" of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all its wines, the bottle is stamped with the image of a coin...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    July 7, 2017

Meet Diego Schwartzman, the best Jewish tennis player on earth

(JTA)-When Wimbledon starts next week, no other Jewish tennis player will be seeded higher than Diego Schwartzman. The scrappy 24-year-old from Argentina, fresh off an impressive five-set duel with...

 
 By Shannon Sarna    Features    July 7, 2017

Keep these 10 pantry staples around for easy any-time dinners

(The Nosher via JTA)—Keeping a stocked pantry is a deep love of mine; it must run in my blood. My mother also was obsessed with having backups of her favorite products in the basement. There were always boxes of pasta, cans of beans, soup and tons...

 

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