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PBS 'Finding Your Roots' host highlights genealogy conference

Next week, July 23 to 28, a thousand or more avid Jewish genealogists will gather for the annual International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies conference at the Swan Resort in Orlando....

 

Israelis murdered at Temple Mount

Two Israeli policemen in their 20s were critically wounded in the Old City of Jerusalem Friday morning when three Palestinian terrorists opened fire near the entrance to the Temple Mount. Two other...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    July 21, 2017 

Journalist removed from reporting

An award-winning journalist who broke the story of the group of Jewish women ejected from an LGBTQ march in Chicago last month has been reassigned to non-journalistic duties at the paper which ran...

 
 News    July 21, 2017 

Fun, food and friends at Temple Israel's Fourth Annual Sha-Ba-BQ

Savor the last bit of summer at Temple Israel's fourth annual Sha-Ba-BQ on Friday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. at 50 South Moss Road in Winter Springs. This special indoor and outdoor celebration features great...

 
 By Adam Abrams    News    July 21, 2017 

SodaStream gets more bang for its buck with new spokeswoman

Mayim Bialik, a star on the CBS hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," launched a witty new video campaign this week for SodaStream, succeeding actress Scarlett Johansson as the official pitchwoman for...

 
 News    July 21, 2017 

Cool off with Shabbat Sababa at Ohev Shalom

It's been a long, hot summer so far. But don't let the dog days get you down-there's a chance to cool off. On Friday evening, July 28, at 7:30 p.m., Congregation Ohev Shalom will host Shabbat Sababa,...

 
 News    July 21, 2017 

The brave Tuskegee airmen who flew the 'Red Tails'

There were 355 Tuskegee airmen pilots in World War II. Their mission was to escort bombers to their destinations. Only 66 airmen lost their lives, and the group lost the fewest number of bombers to...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 21, 2017 

A Knesset bloc unveils its plan for peace: Total Palestinian surrender

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel has already defeated the Palestinians. All that's left is for them to surrender. That, at least, was an argument being made in Jerusalem last week. Led by the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 21, 2017 

Chief rabbinate says list of rabbis is not a blacklist

(JTA)-The Israeli chief rabbinate says that its list of foreign rabbis has been misconstrued, and that the list does not imply that those rabbis cannot be trusted to vouch for the Jewish identities...

 

U.S. ambassador to Israel, not welcome in Ramallah, joins peace talks against Palestinians' wishes

A meeting between Trump’s negotiating team and Palestinian officials took place in Jerusalem instead of Ramallah because of the PA’s refusal to host the U.S. ambassador to Israel.  In an unusual occurrence, United States Ambassador to Israel...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    July 21, 2017 

Biased U.S. textbooks turn young Americans against Israel

Anti-Israel bias in the textbooks used by many American high schools may be to blame for the decrease in sympathy for Israel among young adults. According to the Brand Israel Group, only 54 percent of U.S. college students lean more toward Israel...

 
 By Ben Hartman    News    July 21, 2017 

Here's why some of America's top cheese brands are now going kosher

It's early morning in the Sardinian countryside and a farmer is milking his sheep while an Orthodox Jewish kosher supervisor looks on. The supervisor, known as a mashgiach, is sleeping in the...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 21, 2017 

These American Jews are looking beyond the Western Wall-to prayer on the Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Liberal American Jews are feeling thwarted in their years-long campaign for the right to pray as they wish at the Western Wall. Long frustrated that the plaza in front of the wall is...

 
 News    July 21, 2017 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Israeli soldier who shot downed Palestinian moving to house arrest JERUSALEM (JTA)—Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting a downed Palestinian terrorist, will be released to house arrest. Azaria, who was convicted i...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 21, 2017 

Lack of State Department appointments can hurt Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Carmel Shama HaCohen, Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, is second to none in his admiration for the Trump administration’s United Nations envoy, Nikki Haley. In fact, he’d like to clone her. Shama HaCohen appreciated Haley’s...

 
 By Ben Hartman    News    July 21, 2017 

This Chicago lawyer's life was saved by two Israeli Nobel Prize winners

When Jeffrey Kriezelman first started feeling the pain in his back, he shrugged it off as the vestige of an old baseball injury. A busy immigration lawyer whose Chicago firm helps immigrants and asylum seekers gain lawful status in the United...

 

Federation delegation on leadership mission

Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando President Rhonda Forest (from left), board member Lawrence Haber and Executive Director Olga Yorish meet July 5 in Budapest with Taly Shaul, director of Hungary's...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    July 14, 2017

UNESCO's Cave of the Patriarchs measure is latest 'narrative warfare' against Israel

An upcoming vote by the United Nations cultural body UNESCO on whether to declare Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs as an endangered Palestinian heritage site is the latest example of "narrative...

 

New community relations director

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has hired Ben Friedman as its new director of Community Relations and Leadership Development. He replaces Marli Porth, who has moved out of state with her...

 

Rosie Miller joins JFS Orlando

Eric Geboff, executive director of JFS Orlando, announced today that Rosie Miller has joined the Winter Park-based nonprofit, human service agency as development director.  Miller brings a rich and...

 

Losing my friend, Lois Joan Tannenbaum, July 4, 2017

These were my immediate thoughts when-just like each of you-I tried to absorb the shock. Each of you has Lois memories-these are some of mine.  Losing Lois. On my 42nd birthday in 1981, Lois and...

 

Holocaust Center welcomes Tuskegee airman on July 23

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida is thrilled to welcome Winter Park native and Tuskegee airman, Chief Master Sergeant Richard R. Hall, Jr., to the...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    July 14, 2017

How Gaza's electricity crisis could spell trouble for Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)-An internal Palestinian dispute has left Gaza's nearly 2 million Palestinian residents dangerously vulnerable to a heat wave, but Israel could get burned, too. The West Bank...

 

North Carolina passes anti-BDS bill

(JTA)—North Carolina lawmakers passed a bill that would bar the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. Both houses of the General Assembly passed the bill last week. Gov. Roy Cooper must sign the measure before it becomes...

 

Congregation Beth Sholom of Leesburg July schedule

Celebrate Shabbat with the Synagogue that feels like family. Our Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi Karen Allen is on Friday, July 14 at 7 p.m. An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th St. in Leesburg,...

 

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