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JSU now at Oviedo High School, and coming to others soon

What is JSU? The Jewish Student Union is an after-school club that provides any high school student-regardless of Jewish affiliation-a Jewish experience through programs that strengthen their Jewish...

 

Evil: A Matter of Intent exhibit at FIU

Showing now at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is the exhibit Evil: A Matter of Intent. This timely exhibition features the work of over 30 contemporary and modern artists addressing the many faces...

 

JFGO executive director bows out

The Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) has announced that Executive Director Olga Yorish will be leaving to pursue other professional opportunities effective Aug....

 

Russian military builds base in Syria

(JNS.org)—Russian military forces have replaced the Syrian regime’s military presence in Daraa and Quneitra in southern Syria, and have built a base in the area, Syrian opposition sources reported this week. The move indicates that Russia...

 

Hadassah 2017-2018 season

The summer is coming to an end and Orlando Hadassah is gearing up for a sensational new season of exciting programs and fund raising events. The first meeting of the new season will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Ohev...

 
 By Judy Appleton    News    August 25, 2017

The woman who held my hand

"Making a difference in the lives of others"-This has been my personal motto for years. That said, I am grateful that my position as a program director at The Jewish Pavilion has afforded me multiple...

 

Shabbat Sh-Aloha happening at Temple Israel Sept. 8

Temple Israel will continue its Shabbat Friday dinners on Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m., in the Roth Social Hall. The theme for September is “Hawaii” and called Shabbat Sh-Aloha. The dinner will be followed by a musical Shabbat service in the sanctuary....

 

Historical Society offers no-cost tour of Jewish St. Augustine

The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society will mark the 452nd anniversary of the founding of oldest European city in the U.S. with a 2-hour walking tour of Jewish St. Augustine, starting at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in the shade of the trees at the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 25, 2017

Hate in Charlottesville: The day the Nazi called me Shlomo

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (JTA)-The white supremacists, for all their vaunted purpose, appeared to be disoriented. Some 500 had gathered at a park here Saturday to protest this southern Virginia city's...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 25, 2017

PA wants two-state commitment from Trump administration

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The Palestinian Authority expects the Trump administration to commit to a peace deal endgame before the close of this month and prefers it would be the two-state solution. "We need...

 

Two president's reactions to racism

At the NAACP's annual convention in 1981, former President Ronald Reagan stated in response to racist violence: "A few isolated groups in the backwater of American life still hold perverted...

 

State's new Mideast director has record of criticizing Israel

The newly appointed Middle East director at the State Department has a long record of criticizing and pressuring Israel. Isn’t anybody at the White House paying attention to who’s being hired over at Foggy Bottom?  David Satterfield, who is...

 

Want diversity and tolerance? Stop demonizing conservatives

Many Americans know that the sickness at the heart of our political culture stems from a spirit of intolerance that has become the keynote of discourse. Liberals blame it on President Donald Trump and his supporters. But few of us seem able to...

 

Almost the same

I wrote a column about the extreme left and the extreme right. I did that before Charlottesville, the chants of “Jews will not replace us” and the murder of a 32-year-old woman. Still there is some validity to the following: The late Eric...

 

I am a rabbi, and my place was in Charlottesville

(JTA)—I was in Charlottesville on Saturday. I felt called to go because white supremacy is a hateful ideology that has murdered millions throughout history and continues to kill. I went because my family and ancestors suffered at the hands of...

 

Our president just asked us to be fair to white supremacists

NEW YORK (JTA)—There was a moment in his “neo-Nazi, neo-Shmazi” news conference where you might have found yourself thinking, maybe President Trump is right. On the narrow question of who was responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, a...

 

JWV condemns Charlottesville violence

On Aug, 11, an estimated 100 white supremacists marched through the University of Virginia campus with their tiki torches full of citronella and their hearts filled with hate. They were recorded shouting racist, anti-Semitic Nazi slogans—such as ...

 

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...

 

A nosh of Yiddish returns at two locations

After a summer hiatus, Jewish Pavilion volunteer Yiddish instructors Joan Pohl and Elliot Davis welcome all to join them for a Nosh of Yiddish. Joan Pohl will be leading Yiddish class at Oakmonte Village, Royal Gardens Circle, Lake Mary (Valencia...

 

JFS Orlando hosts coffee and a tour

On Aug. 31, JFS Orlando will once again host Coffee Connections. This is a free event (reservations are requested) held at the George Wolly Center, 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park, from 8 a.m.-9 a.m., with coffee and a light breakfast served as attendees...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 25, 2017

I talked to the 'anti-Semitic' Swiss hotel owner-it's more complicated than you think

(JTA)—A chuckle tickled my throat as Ruth Thomann, a Swiss hotelier who posted signs urging her “Jewish guests” to shower before entering the pool, assured me that she has “nothing against Jews.” To be clear, I don’t find racism...

 

Experiencing the real Israel

Israel Experts, an Israel-based tour operator with an in-house logistics team made up of highly professional experienced tour guides, has been running Birthright trips for over 16 years. The...

 

Birthday Cheers!

When family comes to town and it's your 95th birthday, that calls for celebration! David Fitzer was delighted to be surrounded by family, friends and community at Kabbalat Shabbat one recent Friday...

 

Scene Around

'Confronting Anti-Semitism in America"... The following (in part) is from The Huffington Post some months ago. It is very enlightening: "No one is born hating, but, tragically, some are taught to hate...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 25, 2017

Following terrorist attack, Barcelona's chief rabbi says his community is doomed

(JTA)—Commenting on deadly attacks in Catalonia, the chief rabbi of that region in Spain said his community is doomed, partly because of radical Islam and the alleged reluctance of authorities to confront it. Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen has been...

 

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