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 By Christine DeSouza    News    August 11, 2017 

Sara Stern is the epitome of human service

Her demeanor is reserved. She speaks softly with dignity and grace. Yet beneath that quiet exterior lays a strength to spearhead many projects that enhanced the Orlando Jewish community. Sara Stern...

 

Roth Family JCC appoints Kacie Zemel to Youth & Camp director

When Kacie Zemel relocated from Orlando to North Miami Beach to accept a position as a third-grade teacher at a Jewish day school, she still thought of herself as an active participant in The Roth...

 

JFGO awards $52K in collaborative grants

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) recently awarded more than $50,000 in community collaborative grants to local Jewish organizations and synagogues. The grants are designed to encourage and promote collaboration in the Jewish community...

 

New Inter-Generational program director gets the ball rolling

The Jewish Pavilion's new Inter-Generational program director, Walter Goldstein, has kicked off the One-on-One Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project with June and Jacob at Brookdale Island Lake. This is the...

 

Eagle Scout project rebuilds Temple Israel fire pit

The Scouts of Troop 641 showed their support of Eagle Scout candidate Steven Kluger last Sunday at Temple Israel. Steven's Eagle project was to rebuild the synagogue's outside fire pit and add...

 

Back to School open house at Beth Am

Congregation Beth Am invites the community to its Open House and Back to School Bagel Bash on Sunday, Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon, where families will have the opportunity to check out CBA’s religious school and meet its new education director,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 11, 2017 

Jared Kushner on Israeli-Palestinian peace: 'There may be no solution'

NEW YORK (JTA)-If Jared Kushner is the only person who can deliver Middle East peace-as his father-in-law Donald Trump said-he comes off as a reluctant savior. In a speech delivered Monday to a group...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    August 11, 2017 

Court ruling deals blow to Palestinian efforts to restrict Jews in Jerusalem

Palestinians are vowing to continue their efforts to prevent Jews from living in large parts of Jerusalem’s Old City, despite a July 31 Israeli court ruling permitting a Jewish purchase of several properties there.  The ruling by Judge Gila...

 
 By World Israel News    News    August 11, 2017 

More than 1,000 Jews ascend the Temple Mount on Tisha b'Av

More than 1,000 Jews braved a searing heat wave Tuesday morning to visit the Temple Mount on Tisha b'Av, the saddest date on the Hebrew calendar, while thousands more sat on the floor-a traditional J...

 

Cornerstone Hospice offers volunteer training

Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care invites Orlando and Kissimmee-area residents to volunteer to help patients throughout Orange and Osceola counties.  Cornerstone Hospice volunteers may help by visiting with a patient at an assisted living...

 
 By Eli E. Hertz    News    August 11, 2017 

Jordan's shameful record: Establishing apartheid

Jordan’s foreign minister blames the “occupation” for the Temple Mount terror, and threatens even more dangerous crises. As recently as the mid-20th century, when Arabs last controlled parts of Jerusalem, they exhibited no respect for the Holy...

 
 By Adam Abrams    News    August 11, 2017 

Walls that work: Can Israeli tech be Trump's solution for Mexico border security?

The Trump administration has reportedly reached a new contract with the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems to implement advanced security systems on the U.S. border with Mexico,...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Supreme Court orders Netanyahu to release some details of Sheldon Adelson calls JERUSALEM (JTA)—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must disclose the dates and lengths of the phone conversations he had with billionaire American Sheldon Adelson,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 11, 2017 

Trump is thinking of breaking the Iran deal-here's how he could do it

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Campaigning last year for the presidency, Donald Trump said the Iran nuclear agreement was the "worst deal" he had ever seen. It was never exactly clear, however, what he intended to...

 
 By Adam Abrams    News    August 11, 2017 

The Western Wall prayer controversy: separating fact from fiction

Before an Arab terror attack that killed two Israeli policemen ignited the latest wave of tension over the Temple Mount, much of the Jewish world’s attention had focused on an internal Jewish controversy surrounding prayer rights at the adjacent...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    August 11, 2017 

IDF's Counter-Terrorism Branch helps Israel 'be ready for the next war'

On Friday night July 21, Maj. Hanan (full name withheld for security reasons) received word of a gruesome development. A knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist had killed three members of an Israeli fam...

 
 By Andrew Friedman    News    August 4, 2017

After Temple Mount 'victory,' Arab MKs set sights on Western Wall

Palestinians and Arab Members of Knesset declared "victory" as Israel reversed security measures at the Temple Mount, adding that their struggle for control over the compound also extends to the...

 

Netanyahu suggests land swap with Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in discussions with the U.S. administration, has agreed to land swaps with the Palestinian Authority, Channel 2 reported Thursday. The conversations were...

 

'Family Fun Day' at annual meeting

Registration has begun for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s Aug. 27 Annual Meeting, which this year has a few summer twists. The gathering on the Maitland Jewish Community Campus, billed as the “2017 Annual Meeting & Family Fun Day,”...

 

Kinneret accepting nominations for annual '8 over 80'

Do you know of an active and passionate senior over 80 who volunteers countless hours and lends their leadership skills to help organizations in our community? Then please consider nominating them for Kinneret’s 8th annual 8 over 80 honorary...

 

White House hails dismantling of Temple Mount metal detectors

(JTA)—The White House lauded Israel for dismantling metal detectors near the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem that had spurred violent clashes between Muslims and Israeli police, but Palestinian officials called for sustained protests. “The United Sta...

 

The Holocaust Center's 2017 Education Forum Series

Upcoming education forum topics and dates at The Holocaust Education and Resource Center include the following: Thursday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m. —The Tuskegee Airmen: Fighting for the Right to Fight The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-Americans to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 4, 2017

A Jewish professor taught at a Catholic school in a Muslim country-here's what happened

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Near the end of his first year teaching American studies at the Georgetown University campus in Qatar, Gary Wasserman introduced a dozen Israelis to a dozen undergraduates from...

 

Violinist returns for a special Kabbalat Shabbat service

Congregation Beth Sholom of Leesburg invites the community to a very special warm, joyous, and festive Shabbat service on Friday, Aug. 11th at 7 p.m. This uplifting service of music and song, led by Rabbi and Cantor Karen Allen, who will be playing...

 

Celebrating Shabbat lunches at Brookdale Lake Orienta

Twice-monthly Shabbat afternoons have recently turned into monthly Shabbat lunches at Brookdale Lake Orienta. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Brookdale for working diligently with the Jewish...

 

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