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 By Christine DeSouza    News    June 15, 2018 

Congratulations to Nancy Ludin, an Orlando Magazine Woman of the Year

In the June 2018 issue of Orlando Magazine, 23 women are named as the magazine's 2018 Women of the Year. The magazine asked for nominees of women who are making a positive impact on the community,...

 
 News    June 15, 2018 

TOP appoints new executive director

TOP Jewish Foundation has announced that Ellen Weiss was selected to fulfill the role of executive director effective May 2. The leadership transition is relatively seamless as Weiss has been on the...

 

JNF to sue Hamas over kite terror

Palestinians from the Gaza Strip once again launched burning kites at civilian communities on the Israeli side of the border Tuesday, setting hundreds of dunams of farmland alight adjacent to Kibbutz...

 
 By Lisa Levine    News    June 15, 2018 

Jewish Pavilion gears up to celebrate its 18th anniversary

The Jewish Pavilion Gala committee is in full swing, planning a festive and memorable celebration to mark the organization's 18th-Chai-anniversary. Since chai means "life" in Hebrew, the slogan for...

 
 News    June 15, 2018 

Holocaust Center's annual Dinner of Tribute a great success

On May 10, the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida celebrated its annual Dinner of Tribute honoring Jeffrey Miller and Ted Maines. The event was a tremendous success with...

 
 News    June 15, 2018 

Legal Aid Society offers free legal consult to JFS Orlando

In partnership with JFS Orlando, the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. now offers free confidential legal consultations to JFS Orlando clients. JFS Orlando and The Legal Aid Society have enjoyed a great partnership for...

 
 By Sam Sokol    News    June 15, 2018 

For reporters covering Gaza, charges of bias overshadow the stories they witness and tell

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Of the more than 60 deaths that occurred during the recent clashes between Israel and Palestinians at the Gaza border, none was as divisive as that of Layla Ghandour. Ghandour, an...

 
 By World Israel News    News    June 15, 2018 

US envoy to media: 'Keep your mouths shut'

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Monday that the media should either figure out a better way to deal with the border protests or stop its negative coverage of the Jewish state. Addressing a media conference in Jerusalem, Friedman said...

 
 By Renee Ghert-Zand    News    June 15, 2018 

Four years after 3 Israeli yeshiva boys were kidnapped and killed, their families find a new normal

JERUSALEM-It's easy to spot Iris Yifrach as she walks through the crowds in a packed shopping mall in central Israel. And it's not just because she's wearing a bright yellow blouse and matching...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 15, 2018 

Supreme Court's cake shop ruling is good for the Jews

(JTA)-Seven Supreme Court justices sided with a Colorado baker in his legal fight with a gay couple. And seven major Jewish groups weighed in on the decision. Six of the Jewish groups disagreed with t...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    June 15, 2018 

The Chabon speech

(JNS)-Author Michael Chabon ignited controversy in the Jewish world following his May 14 commencement speech at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles with students...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 15, 2018 

It's a big deal that Argentina cancelled its soccer game in Israel

(JTA)—Israelis want nothing more than for their country to be considered normal. That may have to wait. A much-anticipated soccer game between the Argentine and Israeli national teams was cancelled Wednesday because, Israeli and Argentine...

 
 News    June 15, 2018 

Eurovision-only if it's in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel should withdraw as host of the Eurovision song contest if it is not held in Jerusalem, an Israeli government minister said. “I will recommend to the government that if the Eurovision is not in Jerusalem, then it wouldn’t...

 
 News    June 15, 2018 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

‘The Band’s Visit’ wins 10 Tony Awards, including for best musical (JTA)—“The Band’s Visit,” a jewel-box musical based on an Israeli film about an Egyptian band stranded in a hardscrabble Negev town, won the 2018 Tony Award for best...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    June 15, 2018 

Banned from marrying interfaith couples, Conservative rabbis are finding other ways to celebrate them

NEW YORK (JTA)-Emily Schorr Lesnick and Jamila Humphrie always knew that Judaism would play a part in the life they wanted to build together. But experiences with Conservative Jewish institutions had...

 
 By Josefin Dolsten    News    June 15, 2018 

Ugandan rabbi: 'We... need to be treated like any other Jewish community'

(JTA)-A Ugandan rabbi called on Israel to recognize his community after the government ruled against allowing members to move to the Jewish state. Rabbi Gershom Sizomu confirmed a report in Haaretz...

 
 By Jake Suster    News    June 8, 2018

Knights for Israel honored at Camera Gala 2018

This year, UCF's Knights for Israel was honored with the David Bar-Ilan Award for Outstanding Campus Activism. This award signified a tremendous amount of accomplishments for the organization. When CA...

 

A must-see film addresses the growing threats to the West

The new Central Florida Chapter of the Zionist Organization of America will host the screening of the hard-hitting documentary film, "Fight of Our Lives: Defeating the Ideological War Against the...

 

JNF's Plant Your Way website

NEW YORK—Jewish National Fund revealed its new Plant Your Way website that easily allows individuals to raise money for a future trip to Israel while helping build the land of Israel. First introduced in 2000, Plant Your Way has allowed many...

 

UCF rabbi has led 18 Birthright Trips to Israel

Rabbi Chaim Lipskier, co-director of Chabad at the University of Central Florida, returned home tired but happy after leading his 18th Birthright trip to Israel. More than 700 students have joined...

 
 By Lisa Levine    News    June 8, 2018

Orlando Senior Help Desk offers hurricane season advice

An approaching hurricane fills many people with dread and uncertainty. And as Central Florida was reminded only last September with Hurricane Irma, any year can bring us one (or more) of these...

 

RAISE applications now being accepted

The RAISE program for young adults with special needs is now accepting online applications for a limited number of fall positions. RAISE is a 6- to 12-month work and social skills training program offered through the Jewish Federation of Greater...

 

JFS Orlando needs summer volunteers

Since school is now out and students have time on their hands, now is a good time to volunteer at JFS Orlando. It is one way to garner volunteer hours for the Florida Bright Future scholarships, plus...

 
 By World Israel News    News    June 8, 2018

US calls for urgent Security Council session to respond to attacks on Israel

The US condemned the Palestinians following the worst day of bombing by Gaza-based terror organizations that Israel has experienced since Operation Protective Edge, and called for an urgent...

 

US statement condemning rocket attacks on Israel blocked in UN Security Council

(JTA)—A U.S.-drafted statement condemning rocket attacks on Israel was blocked in the United Nations Security Council by Kuwait. Kuwait is a non-permanent member of the council and represents the Arab countries. It blocked the resolution proposed...

 

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