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 News    June 23, 2017 

International Jewish Genealogy Conference hosts a plethora of talent

What do Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alexander Hamilton and Aida have to do with discovering your ancestors? To find out, join other genalogists at the 37th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish...

 
 News    June 23, 2017 

Anti-Israel march at Lake Eola

There will be a demonstration for the International Day of al-Quds at Lake Eola Park this evening from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., sponsored by the Muslim Congress (muslimcongress.org). The flier for the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 23, 2017 

$125M Jewish international aid

NEW YORK (JTA)—Eighty percent of Jews live in two countries—Israel and the United States—but Jewish organizations are spending more and more of their money elsewhere. Jewish aid to the developing world—the impoverished set of countries your z...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 23, 2017 

80 percent of Reform rabbis are Democrats-that's higher than any other clergy

NEW YORK (JTA)-The vast majority of Reform and Conservative rabbis affiliate as Democrats, according to a new study. The study, published Sunday by Yale University, found that more than 80 percent...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 23, 2017 

A French Jew's killing provides a test for the new Macron administration

(JTA)-Before he threw Sarah Halimi to her death from a window of her third-story apartment in Paris, 27-year-old Kobili Traore called his Jewish neighbor "Satan" and cried out for Allah. These and...

 
 News    June 23, 2017 

Israel to reduce electricity supplied to Gaza at Abbas' request

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel’s security cabinet agreed to reduce the amount of electricity Israel supplies to the Gaza Strip at the request of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas said he would reduce by 40 percent how much money the...

 
 News    June 23, 2017 

Citrus Club 'Happy Hour' unites support for Jewish Pavilion

Cocktails. Crowds. And a worthy cause! The Citrus Club Young Executive Board and the Citrus Club of Orlando brought all three together on Tuesday, June 6, hosting its monthly "United for a Purpose"...

 
 News    June 23, 2017 

Fun Shabbats planned at Congregation Beth Am this summer

While it’s summer vacation at school, Congregation Beth Am is not taking the season off as it hosts Shabbat in the Round and special themed shabbatos services to which the entire community is invited. The CBA sanctuary will be arranged in “the...

 
 News    June 23, 2017 

RAISE applications accepted beginning June 26

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 opens on June 26, 2017. RAISE...

 
 News    June 23, 2017 

Computer-savvy volunteers needed

JFS Orlando is currently recruiting volunteers to assist clients in its computer lab. The computer lab will be offering volunteer shifts Tuesdays, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. If you have any interest in...

 
 By Hillel Kuttler    News    June 23, 2017 

Robert Kraft brings football Hall of Famers to Israel

RAMAT HASHARON, Israel (JTA)-An Israeli soldier clapped football great and Vietnam War veteran Roger Staubach on the shoulder at a soccer field here, telling the 1963 Heisman Trophy winner and U.S. N...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    News    June 23, 2017 

Israel may ban political opinions in college classrooms-and professors are furious

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel's minister of education says he wants to protect students from political coercion in the classroom. But critics of a new code of academic conduct he is proposing say it's a...

 
 News    June 23, 2017 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt returning to Jerusalem this week (JTA)—Two top advisers to President Donald Trump, including his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner, will return to Jerusalem this week to push for restarted peace talks between Israel...

 

Harriett Lake sponsors a new program at Jewish Academy of Orlando

This week, Jewish Academy of Orlando announced its new program: "Harriett's Art and Performance Program for Youth" (also know as our "HAPPY" program). The program is being funded through a very...

 
 By Adam Abrams    News    June 16, 2017

After London Bridge attack, UK and Israel pledge to fight Islamist terror 'trend'

Following Saturday night's terror attack that killed seven people and injured as many as 50 in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May said "enough is enough" and vowed to crack down on the "evil...

 

Abbas ready for peace talks?

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is willing to suspend his demand that Israel freeze Judea and Samaria settlement construction as a condition for restarting peace talks, a top adviser said. Abbas is also willing to...

 

'Wonder Woman' ban spreads

"Wonder Woman" may be a hit at the box office, grossing $228 million worldwide in its first weekend, but not in much of the Arab world. The reason? It's Israeli star, Gal Gadot. After being banned...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 16, 2017

Arab countries turning on Qatar-what does it mean for Israel?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Five Arab nations cut ties with Qatar on Monday, June 5, escalating a long-simmering competition for preeminence in the region into actions that could set the stage for war. Saudi...

 

Senate passes legislation in support of embassy move

(JNS.org) The U.S. Senate urged President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise of relocating the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, unanimously passing legislation in support of the move Monday. The Senate voted 90-0 in favor of a...

 

IDF conducts surprise drill for possible Hezbollah attack

(JNS.org) The IDF called up thousands of soldiers from its Northern Command conscript divisions Sunday to conduct a surprise military exercise on Israel's northern border with Lebanon.  The drill,...

 
 By Michael Tabb    News    June 16, 2017

CRJ puts the Arts in the spotlight

At the end of May 2017, the Congregation of Reform Judaism hosted their first-ever Arts Festival Week that included an art gallery, a variety of free arts workshops, and multiple performances. Each fe...

 

OMC participants win awards in Math Kangaroo Competition

Ari Azbel, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, is a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory and a former student of the Jewish Academy of Orlando. He is also the founder of Orlando Math Circle (www.orlandomathcircle.org), a 501(c)3 organization...

 

Mazel tov to the 2017 Yiddish Class!

Students of Yiddish received their graduation certificate for completing Yiddish 101 at the final class taught by Joan Pohl at Brookdale Island Lake. Participants have been attending class each month...

 
 By Nicky Blackburn    News    June 16, 2017

14 things you didn't know about Gal Gadot

1. In Hebrew, Gal Gadot's first name means "wave" and her surname means "riverbanks." 2. Gal Gadot was born in Rosh Ha'ayin, and her maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors. 3. At the age of...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

‘Oslo,’ Bette Midler and Ben Platt take Tony Awards (JTA)—“Oslo,” a play about the 1993 Oslo Accords, won the Tony Award for best new play and its Jewish lead actor, Michael Aronov, was recognized as best featured actor in a play. Bette...

 

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