Week of July 19, 2024

  • Hostage posters ripped off the wall outside Schneider's office

    Ron Kampeas

    (JTA) — WASHINGTON — Vandals tore down Israeli hostage posters hanging outside the Capitol Hill office of Rep. Brad Schneider, an Illinois Democrat, a week after pro-Palestinian activists used megaphones and drums to protest outside his home in the middle of the night. “My Capitol office was vandalized yesterday in a vile act of hate in which the posters of the more than 100 people still held hostage in Gaza (including 8 Americans) were ripped from the wall, shredded and tossed across the hallway,” Schneider, who is Jewish, posted...

  • Jewish politician leads prayer for Israeli hostages to end Republican convention's first day

    Ron Kampeas

    (JTA) — MILWAUKEE — “Beautiful prayer!” the woman shouted out from the floor of the massive Fiserv Forum. The delegate to Donald Trump’s coronation was responding to a benediction led by Leora Levy, a Jewish Republican from Connecticut, to close out the first day of this year’s Republican Party convention. Levy’s comments included one of the rare mentions of Israel on the convention’s first day, as she led a hushed and somber crowd in praying for the release of hostages abducted by Hamas on Oct. 7. “O Lord our God, we pray...

  • Netanyahu: shooting 'attempt to assassinate American democracy'

    (JNS) — Saturday’s assassination attempt on former president and presumptive Republican nominee for the White House Donald Trump “is not only a heinous crime, it is also an attempt to assassinate American democracy,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. At the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday morning, Netanyahu said that he “would like to send him in my name, in the name of my wife, Sara, in the name of the ministers of the Israeli government and in the name of the entire people of Israel our...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    A month after announcing $90 million in Palestinian aid, USAID will send $100 million more (JNS) — On June 5, Samantha Power, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, announced that the United States would donate $90 million in aid to Palestinians. Just over a month later, Power, who is visiting Israel, revealed that Washington plans to provide another $100 million in Palestinian aid. Power is meeting with Israeli officials “to discuss continued efforts to increase the flow of assistance across Gaza, including...

  • Israeli startup Wiz could become Google's biggest-ever buy

    Joshua Marks and Amelie Botbol

    (JNS) — Google’s parent company Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire Israeli cloud cybersecurity startup Wiz in a deal worth some $23 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. If the agreement is inked, it would represent the California tech giant’s biggest-ever buy (scorching the previous record of $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility in 2012). It would also mark a significant achievement for Israel’s high-tech sector. “This is the largest acquisition to ever happen in the Israeli high-tech sector. It’s a sign of...

  • Jewish, Israeli leaders condemn shooting at rally that left Donald Trump injured

    Ron Kampeas

    (JTA) — Jewish and Israeli leaders and lawmakers condemned what officials are investigating as an assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, as did Gabrielle Giffords, a Jewish former congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt. A number of top Jewish lawmakers, many of them Democrats who oppose Trump’s bid to return to the presidency, immediately condemned the attack. “I am horrified by what happened at the Trump rally in Pennsylvania and relieved that former...

  • On the 48th anniversary of the Entebbe rescue, Israelis are still wrestling with tough questions about freeing hostages

    Ami Eden

    (JTA) — As expected, on July 4, 1976, the United States celebrated its bicentennial with a flurry of patriotic pride and hype. The surprise was that the day also brought one of the most miraculous events in Jewish history: Israel’s rescue of 102 hostages being held over 2,500 miles away at an airport in Entebbe, Uganda. A week earlier, on June 27, terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a radical West German group hijacked an Air France airliner full of Israeli...

  • Second annual  'Rolene's Shabbos'

    On Friday, Aug. 2, Chabad of North Orlando will kick off its second annual "Rolene's Shabbos" in loving memory of Rolene Hunter Z"L. Rolene, was the first to become a member of Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando's Jewish Legacy Society by remembering the Longwood Chabad in her will and leaving a portion of her estate to help ensure a Jewish tomorrow. "Rolene was taken from us way too soon but she will forever remain in our hearts. Honoring her with this special Shabbos is the least we can do to...

  • Want to help enrich the lives of Jewish residents in elder care?

    The Friends committee comprises dedicated Jewish Pavilion Senior Services volunteers. This vibrant social group offers friendship and camaraderie, akin to a Women's Auxiliary. The committee members are friendly and sociable, often enjoying lunch together after meetings. They organize events such as the Jewish Pavilion Luncheon, fashion shows, and cocktail parties. Additionally, they volunteer at over 50 elder-care facilities, supporting programs arranged by Jewish Pavilion staff for Jewish...

  • Israel, Hamas agree to hostage deal framework, PA-led force in Gaza

    Akiva Van Koningsveld

    (JNS) — The Hamas terror group has agreed to a hostages-for-ceasefire framework and mediators are negotiating the details and implementation, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday night, July 10. The Post‘s David Ignatius said that though the framework is in place, officials warned that a final agreement is unlikely to be imminent as the details of the deal are complex and will take time to work through. One U.S. official suggested that Hamas’s acquiescence to the terms was at least in part prompted by the fact that the terror group...

  • Trump: Assassination attempt a chance to bring America together

    Charles Bybelezer

    (JNS) - The attempt on his life is an opportunity to unify the United States of America, former U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday, a day after he was shot in the ear at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. "This is a chance to bring the whole country, even the whole world, together," Trump told the Washington Examiner. Trump also talked to The New York Post about the harrowing experience, saying that he was "supposed to dead" and calling it "surreal." "The doctor at the hospital said he...

  • Democratic Socialists pull endorsement of Ocasio-Cortez after she hosts panel on antisemitism

    Luke Tress

    (New York Jewish Week) — The Democratic Socialists of America dropped its endorsement of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she hosted a panel discussion on antisemitism. The DSA said in a Tuesday statement that it was rescinding its conditional endorsement of Ocasio-Cortez’s reelection campaign after she “conflated anti-Zionism with antisemitism and condemned boycotting Zionist institutions” during the discussion she sponsored last month. “This sponsorship is a deep betrayal to all those who’ve risked their welfare to...

  • 'Corey died a hero'

    (JNS) - The man killed in the assassination attempt on former U.S. president and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump was Corey Comperatore, Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro announced on Sunday. Comperatore, 50, was a former volunteer fire chief from the Buffalo Township who loved his family, the governor stated. "Corey died a hero. Corey dove on his family to protect them last night," Shapiro said. "Corey was the very best of us. May his memory be a blessing," the Jewish Democrat told...

  • 'Serious' errors let Hamas infiltrate kibbutz on Oct. 7, per internal IDF probe

    Akiva Van Koningsveld

    (JNS) - Nearly 350 Hamas terrorists, including 100 members of the terror group's elite Nukhba Force, managed to infiltrate Kibbutz Be'eri in southern Israel on Oct. 7 due to catastrophic failures by the Israel Defense Forces in their readiness and response, according to the first part of the IDF's internal probe of the attacks. "The IDF had difficulty creating a clear picture of what was happening in the kibbutz until the afternoon hours of Oct. 7, even though the yishuv emergency team had an...

  • 'I'm determined on running,' Biden tells press

    Andrew Bernard

    (JNS) — U.S. President Joe Biden answered nearly an hour of questions at a potentially make-or-break press conference on Thursday, amid increasing pressure from Democrats for him to withdraw from the 2024 election over concerns about his age and fitness for office. Biden, who began the press conference 57 minutes after its scheduled start time, opened with eight minutes of prepared remarks, which he read from teleprompters, about Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the economy, border security and a potential Israel-Hamas...

  • NYPD: 45 antisemitic incidents last month

    Luke Tress

    (New York Jewish Week) — The NYPD reported 45 anti-Jewish hate crimes across the city in June as the increase in antisemitism continues more than eight months after Hamas’ Oct. 7 invasion of Israel. The total for June was more than double the tally during the same month last year, when there were 19 antisemitic incidents reported to police. Jews were targeted in 57 percent of all hate crimes reported to the NYPD last month. Hate incidents against Jews spiked after the Oct. 7 invasion of Israel, with 69 in October and 62 in November. The...

  • The GOP platform: Supporting Israel, Fighting 'anti-Christian bias' and deporting 'pro-Hamas radicals'

    Ron Kampeas

    (JTA) — WASHINGTON — The 2024 Republican Party platform pledges to fight antisemitism and to keep Israel safe. It promises to fight anti-Christian bias as well as “gender insanity.” And it vows, in all-caps, to “DEPORT PRO-HAMAS RADICALS AND MAKE OUR COLLEGE CAMPUSES SAFE AND PATRIOTIC AGAIN.” Parties traditionally publish platforms in election years ahead of their national conventions, as a statement of the party’s values and a wish list of policies should their candidate win the White House. The Republican platform, posted...

  • Jewish organizations alarmed by GOP's deportation plan

    Ron Kampeas

    (JTA) — MILWAUKEE — Three Jewish organizations dealing with immigration and community relations said they were alarmed by the Republican Party’s plans to launch mass deportations, saying they are steeped in a racist conspiracy theory that at times has veered into antisemitism. The Republican platform, published this week, pledges to “carry out the largest deportation operation in American history.” “President Trump and Republicans will reverse the Democrats’ destructive Open Borders Policies that have allowed criminal gangs and...

  • Trump says 'God alone' prevented a worse outcome

    JNS Staff

    (JNS) — Former President Donald Trump on Sunday called for unity while paying tribute to the rallygoer who was killed in the attempt on his life. “Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers yesterday, as it was God alone who prevented the unthinkable from happening,” Trump wrote on his Truth social media platform. “We will FEAR NOT, but instead remain resilient in our Faith and Defiant in the face of Wickedness,” he continued. “Our love goes out to the other victims and their families. We pray for the recovery of those...

  • Columbia removes 3 deans over text exchange deriding concerns of campus antisemitism

    Luke Tress

    (New York Jewish Week) — Three Columbia University administrators have “been permanently removed from their positions” after sending a series of derisive text messages during a panel on campus Jewish life, the university’s provost announced Monday. In an accompanying letter, Columbia President Minouche Shafik wrote that the texts echoed antisemitism and vowed to start a “vigorous program of antisemitism and antidiscrimination training” in the fall, when classes reconvene. “This incident revealed behavior and sentiments that were...

  • A Palestinian State? Israel and US relations?

    These two current situations have people questioning, “What’s going on?” Dan Pollack, ZOA director of Government Relations, will shed some light on what is happening concerning the Palestinians and the rift between the U.S. and Israeli governments at two separate meetings sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America – Florida. Both meetings will be held on Aug. 11. The first will be held at the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation, 11200 S. Apopka Vineland Rd, at 1:30 p.m. Pollack will discuss “Is the rift between the U.S. and...

  • Biden highlights frustrations with Israel during high-profile press conference

    Ron Kampeas

    (JTA) — WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Israel had been “less than cooperative” with the United States in its efforts to deliver assistance to Palestinian civilians, adding to pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the terms the Biden administration has brokered to bring about an end to the war. “I met with most of the Arab leaders to try and get a consensus going as to what had to be done to get more aid and food and medicine into the Gaza Strip,” Biden said at a press conference on Thursday...

  • The children of Israel and the Oct. 7 massacre

    John Jenkins MD

    I visited Israel for the second time recently. The first time was approximately six weeks after the Oct. 7th massacre by Hamas. The country is still working to eliminate Hamas and the country will be forever changed by the evil attack. On this trip I tried to focus mostly on the children of Israel and what their future will look like. The future of any culture is dependent on their ability to remember the past without the bias of the media and for the culture to remember what their core beliefs are. In Israel, the children seem to have a very...

  • What would a Palestinian state look like the day after independence?

    Dr. Eric R. Mandel

    (JNS) — The Biden administration, as well as almost every nation in the world, is pressuring Israel to create an immediate pathway for a Palestinian state. In theory, separating from the Palestinian Arab population—if it could be done with all security safeguards in place—accepting Israel as a Jewish state and signing an end-of-conflict agreement would be a reasonable alternative to the present situation, if it were possible. But does anyone look at what a Palestinian state would be and how faithful its leadership would be to any signed...

  • Will there be more Hamas hostages?

    Jonathan Feldstein

    Sunday, July 7, is not just another day. It is 275 days since the inhuman Hamas invasion and massacre in Israel, slaughtering 1200 and taking more than 250 hostages to Gaza. 120 are still in captivity in Gaza’s network of terror tunnels. Some may still be being held captive in the private homes of Hamas terrorist operatives, as were the four rescued in a bold IDF operation on June 8. Through forensic and other evidence, Israel has declared that a few dozen of the 120 hostages are already dead. But the actual number of hostages still alive...

  • Clooney's America

    Joseph Frager

    (JNS) — On July 11, actor, director and producer George Clooney was featured in The New York Times calling for a new Democratic nominee for president. His credentials for an opinion piece in the newspaper that still claims to publish only “All the News That’s Fit to Print” are that “I have led some of the biggest fundraisers in my party’s history” and “last month I co-hosted the single largest fundraiser supporting any Democratic candidate ever, for President Biden’s reelection.” George Clooney does himself in when he...

  • Discovering old truths

    Morton Schapiro

    (Jewish Journal via JNS) — The reaction of many Jews to the horrific times in which we find ourselves calls to mind the “Christopher Columbus problem”—conflating what’s new to us with what’s actually new. Has the world really changed since Oct. 7, or have a number of enduring truths suddenly become all too evident? I propose that it is the latter. Here are a dozen examples: 1. Many hold Israel to a very different standard than any other nation. Countries that kill gays, subjugate women, slaughter minority populations and murder...

  • The north's race against time

    Douglas Altabef

    (JNS) — Franz Kafka would feel right at home in northern Israel. Life here has a surreal, absurdist character with the indivisible mix of the mundane and the potentially catastrophic. A quiet day has only a handful of rocket or drone attacks and we have become used to incessant plane noise and to looking up and around after a boom or two. Israelis are resilient, but resilience is often the product of being able to maintain one’s routine and “normalcy” within one’s familiar surroundings. Anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000 people have...

  • Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Using colors to help manage Alzheimer's Disease

    For people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, the world around them significantly impacts how they engage, react, and enjoy life. Caregivers often seek supportive tips and tricks for behavior management, but did you know you can modify and even prevent behaviors associated with dementia by using color? Many studies have been conducted on light as well as color with varying results. However, most experts agree that the use of colors, especially for someone living with dementia, can help in improving their quality of life....

  • Jewish athletes to watch in the 2024 Paris Olympics

    Jacob Gurvis

    There are veterans like an Australian gold medalist canoe paddler and Israel's powerhouse judo team. There are newcomers, like the youngest American female wrestler ever and Israel's soccer team. And there are athletes competing in events from fencing to beach volleyball to racewalking to air pistol shooting. The 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris are around the corner, running from July 26 through Aug. 11, and dozens of Jewish athletes will be among the estimated 10,500 competitors representing...

  • Americana meets meshuggeneh at a museum exhibit about MAD magazine

    Andrew Silow-Carroll

    (JTA) - STOCKBRIDGE, Massachusetts - There's a delightful "what if" moment at the start of "What, Me Worry? The Art and Humor of MAD Magazine," a new exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum. In 1964, MAD commissioned Rockwell himself to paint a portrait of Alfred E. Neuman, the humor magazine's gap-toothed mascot, as he might have looked in real life. Correspondence featured in the exhibit suggests that Rockwell - grand master of gentle, folksy, even cornball Americana - was close to signing on...

  • Obituary - DR. BERNARD NORMAN GOTLIB

    Dr. Bernard Norman Gotlib, 96, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully July 8, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. Dr. Gotlib was born May 13,1928 in Bangor, Maine to the Abraham and Sarah (Nathanson) Gotlib of blessed memory. Dr. Gotlib graduated from the University of Maine and University of Vermont Medical School before completing his ENT training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston. They lived most of their married lives and raised their children in Longmeadow,...

  • 'Dr. Ruth,' dies at 96

    Andrew Silow-Carroll

    (JTA) - Ruth Westheimer, the diminutive Holocaust survivor and Israeli military veteran who charmed and educated millions of listeners as the taboo-breaking radio sex therapist "Dr. Ruth," died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 96. Her program, "Sexually Speaking,'" which launched in 1980 on the now defunct WYNY-FM, broke broadcasting taboos about talking about sex and helped make her the most famous sex therapist in the world - albeit one with a motherly demeanor and thick German...

  • Bat mitzvah in Jerusalem

    Dr. Michael and Mrs. Jackie Hirsch are pleased to announce the bat mitzvah of their daughter Malena Hirsch, on Monday, July 1, 2024 (25th day of Sivan 5784). Malena read the Korach Torah portion at the Robinson’s Arch portion of the Kotel in Jerusalem, Israel. Cousins Shira Leibowitz Schmidt of Netanya, Yaakov Mantaka of Bnei Brak, and Roger Friedman of Irvine, California attended the ceremony. Rabbi David Ebstein and his wife Rena assisted in arranging for the bat mitzvah on the Temple Mount...

  • What's Happening

    MORNING MINYANS 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.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona — Monday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904-672-9300. Congregation Ohev Shalom — Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of Orlando — Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Temple Israel — Sunday,...

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