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Articles from the January 4, 2019 edition

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 By Josh Hasten    News    January 4, 2019

Is Israel's security barrier a terrorism deterrent or political tool?

(JNS)-Many have pointed to Israel's security barrier in Judea and Samaria as being one of the primary contributors to the reduction in Palestinian terrorism since the years of the Second Intifada, fro...

 

Artist Stephen Gamson gets his own day in Miami Beach

Ask people in the Miami area if they have heard of Stephen Gamson, and the majority will say a resounding "Yes!" He is so well known that Dec. 3, 2018, was proclaimed Stephen Gamson Day by City of...

 

Amos Oz is dead at 79

(JTA)-Amos Oz, one of Israel's most widely read and best-known writers, has died. He was 79. The cause was cancer, the Israeli media reported. Barely older than the country he chronicled in dozens of...

 

Vote to dissolve Knesset

(JNS)—The governing partners of Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition voted unanimously on Monday to dissolve the Knesset. New elections are tentatively scheduled for April 9, 2019, four years since the last election, and six months before the...

 

25th Choices is next week at COS

Choices, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s largest annual women’s philanthropy event, is less than a week away, but tickets are still available for Thursday’s event at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. The Presenting Sponsor for Ch...

 

My Jewish Roots Series: 'If they are forgotten, did they ever live?'

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando to hear a highly-experienced Jewish genealogist explain ethical wills and their role in your family history. Laurence Morrell, a native Floridian with decades of service to Central Florida’s...

 

Israel travel scholarships available through Federation

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has begun accepting applications for 2019 Ronald Colman Israel Travel Scholarships. The Ronald Colman Israel Scholarship Fund was made possible by a generous endowment established by the Colman family to...

 

A wonderful gift for the Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion sends its heartfelt thanks to everyone at Senior Health and Human Services Network. The group of providers in the health and human services areas for Seminole County (and...

 

Russia struggling to stop the Iranian-Israeli shadow war in Syria

By Yaakov Lappin (JNS)—It didn’t take long for the recent Israeli Air Force strikes on Iranian or Hezbollah targets in the Damascus area to receive Russian condemnation. Russia issued a public...

 

Genetic study finds Sephardic genes in Latin America

(JTA)—In a genetic study of 6,589 people from five Latin American countries, about a quarter displayed traces of what may be Sephardic Jewish ancestry. Geneticist Juan-Camilo Chacón-Duque and his colleagues published their findings last week in...

 

Last surviving Warsaw Ghetto Uprising fighter passes away

(JNS)-The last surviving resistance fighter from the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 passed away on Dec. 22 in Jerusalem at the age of 94. Simcha Rotem, born Kazik Ratajzer in Warsaw in 1924, joined th...

 

Pros and cons of the US pullout from Syria

By Caroline Glick www.carolineglick.com President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement that he is removing U.S. forces from Syria shocked many. But it shouldn’t have come as a surprise, because the move is consistent with key aspects of Trump’s...

 

LeBron James doesn't deserve a free pass

LeBron’s apology is the perfect example of how not to say you are sorry. LeBron James has a following on Instagram more populous than 203 countries. When nearly 46 million people sign up to read everything you have to say, you have a responsibility...

 

Getting 'fed up' with critical tone of Federation leadership

(JNS)—For the second time in two months, the leadership of the Jewish Federation of North America has made it clear that it is fed up with the policies of Israel’s government. According to multiple news reports, JFNA leaders told Israel’s...

 

What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) 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...

 

Knesset opposition cheers news of upcoming elections

(JNS)-Opposition members in the Israeli government cheered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's announcement on Monday that there will be elections next year. "In April, we will win," said Avi...

 

Of miracles and gratitude: 'Make new friends but keep the old...'

Two years ago, Peter and Margaret Hunter, friends from England, visited us in our home in Kissimmee, Florida. They brought two bottles of Moet Chandon Brut Champagne, which we tucked away for a...

 

Some of the inspiring Jews we lost in 2018

By Gabe Friedman (JTA)-The end of every year brings the grim task of rounding up the prominent Jews who passed away over the previous 12 months. But in doing so, we are able to pay tribute to their...

 

Scene Around

My Canadian roots... My mom was born in Montreal, Canada, and I'm sure I have some relatives still living there. I've been to western Canada, performing at the Calgary Stampede with the Jimmy Dorsey...

 

2,000-year-old ring found in the City of David

A 2,000-year-old ring with a solitaire gemstone was uncovered in archaeological excavations in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem. The ring was found by Israel Antiquities Authority...

 

7 of the most heartwarming Jewish stories of 2018

(JTA)-This year hasn't been an easy one. From shootings that claimed many innocent lives, including at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, to political turmoil in the United States and abroad, there have been...

 

Hundreds of gap-year students gather in Jerusalem to explore futures in Israel

(JNS)-Here Next Year, in partnership with Nefesh B'Nefesh, hosted its fifth annual Israel Fair on Saturday night in the center of Jerusalem. The fair is designed to help young potential new...

 

Obituary - RUTH BORENSTEIN

Ruth Borenstein, age 94, of Apopka, passed away peacefully at her residence on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. A native of New York City, she was born on Oct. 19, 1924, to the late Hyman and Ethel Siegel Schreier. Ruth, a high school graduate and...

 

Obituary - ROBERTA GERSON DAVIS

Roberta G. Davis, age 74, of Clermont, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, at the Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont. A native of Winthrop, Massachusetts, she was born on April 30, 1944, to the late Perry and Pauline Bean Gerson. Roberta...

 

Obituary - RIGOBERTO SEGUNDO PAZ DUMENIGO

Rigoberto “Rigo” Paz Dumenigao, age 75, of Orlando, passed away on Dec. 10, 2018, at Florida Hospital—East. He was born on June 1, 1943, in Ciego de Avila, Cuba, to the late Manolo Paz and Augustina Dumenigo Paz. Rigo earned his bachelor’s...

 

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