Articles from the January 6, 2017 edition

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Kerry slams Israel, Netanyahu hits back in wake of UN vote against settlements

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the Israeli government over settlement building, warning that the two-state solution is "in jeopardy," in a lengthy speech Wednesday that Israeli Prime... Full story


Year in Review: 10 Israel news storylines that defined 2016

By Jacob Kamaras President Barack Obama sprang his much-anticipated "December surprise" on Israel at the United Nations, capping off 2016 with a bang as it relates to the Gregorian calendar... Full story


Choices 2017 will be beautiful

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is planning something beautiful. Choices, the Federation’s largest women’s philanthropy event of the year, will kick off at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. The the... Full story


Jewish Pavilion wins a grant

The Jewish Pavilion staff is involved in many networking and advocacy groups on behalf of seniors. The Community Education and Resource Affiliation (CERA) Healthcare Industry Networking Team offers... Full story

 By Ami Eden    News    January 6, 2017

Seven questions about the UN resolution

NEW YORK (JTA)-Emotions are running high following the Obama administration's decision to allow the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution condemning Israeli settlements. Here are seven questions... Full story


Jewish groups split on Kerry's settlements speech

(JTA)—Jewish organizations split along ideological lines in their reactions to Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech criticizing Israeli settlement growth and laying out principles to achieve a two-state solution. Centrist groups were measured in... Full story


Astronomer Vera Rubin dies at 88

(JTA)-Vera Rubin, an astronomer whose research helped find evidence of the existence of dark matter, has died. Rubin died Sunday night in Princeton, New Jersey. She was 88. Though a perennial... Full story


Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia of 'Star Wars' fame, dies at 60

(JTA)-Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for playing Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" films, died Dec. 27 2016, four days after suffering a heart attack on an airplane. She was 60.... Full story


Federation's Shalom Families celebrates 'Winter in Israel'

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Shalom Families/PJ Library Orlando celebrated the Hebrew month of Kislev (Chanukah, Oranges and Dreams) on Sunday, Dec. 11, at White's Red Hill Groves Farm... Full story


Dr. Ken Hanson to discuss "The New Anti-Semitism"

At a time when there is a surge of anti-Semitism in the United States and around the globe, it is fortunate that Professor Ken Hanson is in central Florida to keep the community informed of the most... Full story


OJO hosts discussion for interfaith couples

Our Jewish Orlando, the young adult division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, hosted a conversation about interfaith relationships, "Celebrating Traditions," on Dec. 8 at Infusion Tea in... Full story


Beth Am board installation and Volunteer Shabbat

Congregation Beth Am (CBA) in Longwood will be holding a special Shabbat service and Oneg sponsored by the 2016 CBA Board of Directors on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. In addition to installing the 2017 board of directors, CBA will also... Full story


Two bomb threats to Central Florida Jewish community

Wednesday morning, Jan. 4, the Jewish Academy of Orlando received a phone call stating that there was a bomb in the building. The specific message from a distorted voice said "There is a bomb in the... Full story


Stab me twice, shame on you

As the sanctity of the Sabbath, the day of rest, set over Israel, two stabbings hit close to home and were jarring personally and nationally. The first took place in our neighborhood Friday evening. Despite the lack of use of electronics as is... Full story


Obama's abandonment of Israel should surprise nobody

The United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlements comes in the wake of two other U.N. resolutions, passed by the UNESCO cultural body in October, that denied the historic and biblical relationship between the Jews and the land of Israel. T... Full story


Jews and others, there and here

In a recent article, Caroline Glick, a staff writer for the Jerusalem Post, takes aim at what she sees developing in the American Jewish community. Her targets include Jews supporting Obama, Clinton, and others of the Democratic Party establishment,... Full story


'Sore Loser Syndrome' disrupts America's political process

WASHINGTON, D.C.,—At year-end, efforts are being made to disrupt the transition process of President-elect Donald Trump by crowds of disgruntled protestors. In response, Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens published t... Full story


Obama's war against America

In 1989, following her tenure as President Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to the UN, Jeane Kirkpatrick described how the Palestinians have used the UN to destroy Israel. Following outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama’s assault on Israel at the UN Securit... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 6, 2017

'We are all Hezbollah': the mark of shame

In July 2006, Israel fought a bitter defensive war against the Lebanese Islamist organization Hezbollah. The hostilities, which saw thousands of rockets fired at Israel by Hezbollah terrorists, as well as the displacement of nearly 500,000 Israelis... Full story


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 a.m... Full story


History lesson for today

Using the term ‘occupied (territories)’ is anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. Why? 1) There is no such thing as ‘occupied territories.’ That area of land was lost by Jordan when they attacked Israel. This term is purely anti-Israel. 2) Jews are not ‘oc... Full story


This bears mentioning again and again and again

By Eli E. Hertz True peace between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs cannot be based on a lie. Putting Israel and its Arab neighbors on the same footing totally ignores the asymmetry of the history of the conflict and something as fundamental as... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 6, 2017

With U.S. abstention, Israel again forced to face reality of world's rejection of settlements

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Ahead of the unknowns a Trump administration will bring to American Middle East policy, the Obama administration allowed a bracing reminder on Friday that the international community... Full story


Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-I was the only person in Miss Duckler's kindergarten class without a sibling. I had wished so long for a sister. But I had also wished on a star for a Baby Alive doll, and that... Full story


Josh Radnor, beyond 'How I Met Your Mother'

(JTA)-Josh Radnor is starring these days in Richard Greenberg's off-Broadway play "The Babylon Line." For the 42-year-old actor, it is the latest in a long and impressive list of credits. However, the... Full story


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