Articles from the January 5, 2024 edition

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'The war is far from over'

(JNS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited troops in the northern Gaza Strip, during which he said that the war against Hamas is not nearly finished. "We are not stopping; we are...

 

Orlando Zionists Join 2,500 at the Global Conference

DENVER - Orlando community members recently joined 2,500 Zionists in Denver, Colorado, for Jewish National Fund-USA's Global Conference for Israel. Emotions ran high as attendees embraced the dozens...

 

'Shabbat: A Taste of Heaven'

(JNS) - Mark Podwal's "Shabbat: A Taste of Heaven," an acrylic and colored pencil drawing on paper, was part of his 2003 exhibition "A Sweet Year" at the Israel Museum Ruth Youth Wing in Jerusalem. (H...

 

1,500-year-old lamp discovered

(JNS) - Two Israeli reserve soldiers recently discovered a small, well-preserved Byzantine-era oil lamp at a military staging area in southern Israel near the Gaza border, the Israel Antiquities...

 

Jewish Pavilion Fashion show to honor Lisa Eichenblatt

Dillard's Department Store in Altamonte Springs is proud to announce its role as the host venue for the upcoming Jewish Pavilion Annual Fashion Show on Feb. 15, 2024, starting at 9:30 a.m., according...

 

New kosher bakery enhances JP Chanukah celebrations

The program directors, staff, and volunteers working with The Jewish Pavilion have earned a well-deserved rest after filling and distributing approximately 450+ holiday bags and conducting an average...

 

Upcoming events with Shalom Orlando

Jan. 9 — Kabbalah One Class This 10-week course will be held in the Senior Lounge from 6 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. The course is free. Information, please email Michael Slone, mslone@slonebrothers.com Jan. 16 — Annual Appreciation Event for Legacy Donor...

 
 By David Isaac    News    January 5, 2024

Voluntary population transfer floated as option for Gaza residents

(JNS) — South American and African countries have already expressed interest in taking in Palestinian Arab refugees from the Gaza Strip in return for monetary compensation, Likud Knesset member Danny Danon said on Monday. Israel’s former amb...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    January 5, 2024

Florida district pulls many Jewish and Holocaust books, including Saul Bellow's 'Herzog' and 'Black, White and Jewish'

(JTA) — A global bestseller by a Jewish Holocaust victim; a novel by a beloved and politically conservative Jewish American writer; a memoir of growing up mixed-race and Jewish; and a contemporary novel about a high-achieving Jewish family are among...

 

Israeli evacuees call on Biden to back force against Hezbollah

(JNS) — A group representing some 60,000 evacuees from northern Israel is calling on the Biden administration to back a military campaign to push Hezbollah away from the border. Lobby 1701 is named after the U.N. Security Council Resolution that e...

 

To the media, Hamas terrorists are ghosts

(JNS) — Following Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon, veteran journalist Marvin Kalb, senior fellow at Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, detailed how Hezbollah manipulated the press. A similar report can be writt...

 

Restoring deterrence

(JNS) — The coming of a New Year is an appropriate time for retrospection. I’ve been thinking about December 2001. Like many Americans, I was traumatized by the horrific images of the Sept. 11 attacks. And like many Americans, I wanted to do som...

 

The day I agreed with AOC

Yes, that’s right. I agree with AOC. No, these were not words I ever expected I’d put together in the same sentence much less in that order. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hateful, reckless, dangerous, factually challenged, and a mem...

 
 By Erfan Fard    Opinions    January 5, 2024

Countering the terrorist Houthis

(JNS) — Yemen’s Houthi terrorist movement recently made international headlines due to its attacks on shipping in the Red Sea. Initially a Zaydi Shi’ite response to perceived marginalization, the Houthis have become a powerful force in Yemen...

 

A two-state fantasy

(JNS) — The repeatedly proposed remedy for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a “two-state solution,” with Arabs and Jews living side by side, happily ever after. But these magical words, as enticing as they may seem, are little more than fanta...

 

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., 407-6...

 

Israeli Olympic champion to auction medal

(JNS) — An Olympic champion who won Israel’s first-ever world gold in gymnastics is auctioning off the medal to raise money for the Gaza border communities devastated in the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas terrorists. Artem Dolgopyat, 26, won the 2023 Wor...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 5, 2024

What you need to know about Dean Phillips, the Jewish congressman running for president

(JTA) — Dean Phillips is running for president. And he wants to talk. Talking runs in the Jewish Minnesota congressman’s family — his grandmother is Dear Abby. And he’s friends with Ilhan Omar, d...

 
 By Dave Gordon    News    January 5, 2024

'Heart-wrenching' how badly Oct. 7 survivors want to share aftermath

(JNS) — Shai DeLuca, a Canadian-Israeli interior designer, won a defamation suit on Dec. 22 against an anti-Israel Toronto restaurant owner who called him a terrorist and killer. “As much as this was...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    January 5, 2024

Israeli hi-tech may hold key to draining Hamas's finances

By (JNS) — An investigative report published earlier this month purports to show that senior Israeli and American officials had in hand financial intelligence showing the flow of tens of millions of dollars to Hamas and failed to act on it. That f...

 

US has delivered over 10,000 tons of military equipment to Israel

(JNS) — The United States has delivered more than 10,000 tons of military weapons and equipment to Israel since the start of the war on Oct. 7, Channel 12 reported on Monday. These shipments have arrived in 244 cargo planes and 20 ships. The Hamas t...

 

A new 'Color Purple' adaptation hits theaters, returning author Alice Walker's history of antisemitism to spotlight

(JTA) - The bright, colorful movie musical "The Color Purple," which opens in theaters on Christmas, tells a story that has by now become a familiar part of the American canon - of a young Black...

 
 By Jon Kalish    Features    January 5, 2024

Klezmer world will remember the 'youngest of the old guys'

(New York Jewish Week) — The late Brooklyn klezmer musician Pete Sokolow would sometimes take the stage as “Klezmer Fats.” But many players used a different sobriquet to refer to the pianist, who served as a link between generations: “the younges...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    January 5, 2024

Feds to probe University of North Carolina's response to harsh anti-Israel speech

(JTA) – Earlier this month, a lawyer acting on information from a pro-Israel group of North Carolinians told the federal government that their state’s flagship public university should be investigated for allowing anti-Israel rhetoric on campus. Now...

 

Deeply offensive,' Holocaust Museum says of now-canceled protest

(JNS) — The members of Doctors Against Genocide, which calls itself “a global health coalition committed to stopping genocide” and has some 3,100 combined followers on Instagram and X, may have taken their Hippocratic Oaths. But the group first did a...

 

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