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OJO volunteers deliver holiday wishes

Volunteers from Our Jewish Orlando (OJO) served Christmas dinner on Dec. 25 to women and children at the Coalition for the Homeless Women's Residential and Counseling Center in Orlando. In all, 18 OJO...

 

'Celebrate the Spirit of the Woman' at Choices 2016

The stage is set, the Woman of Choice has been selected and the invitations are in the mail! Choices, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's largest women's philanthropy event of the year, will...

 

HMREC reflects on its 30 years

Throughout 2016 the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. During the year they will present special programming that honors both the...

 

U.S. spied on Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The United States monitored phone conversations between top Israeli officials and U.S. lawmakers as well as U.S. Jewish groups in the U.S., current and former U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal. The National Security...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 8, 2016

Advancing NGO bill, Israel's Cabinet fires another shot

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Its backers call it a victory for transparency. Opponents say it smacks of dictatorship. Either way, a new bill requiring certain Israeli nongovernmental organizations to publicly...

 
 By Abby Sher    News    January 8, 2016

Berlin and Omaha's new synagogue-mosque-church

(Jewniverse via JTA)-A priest, a rabbi, and an imam walk into a bar... Actually, this isn't a joke or a bar. It's an extraordinary new building called the House of One, which will combine a mosque, a...

 

Meet the women behind Choices 2016

Now in its 22nd year, Choices has become known as the premier women's philanthropy event in Central Florida. Each year, Choices organizers make it their goal to "raise the bar" by injecting a fresh...

 

Shapiros catch the spirit of Israel through a JNF tour

Valerie and Jim Shapiro of Orlando recently led the Jewish National Fund's Spirit of Israel Tour on Nov. 1-8. They visited the north, the Negev, and Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Explaining why they...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 8, 2016

The cost of collaborating with Iran

Next month marks the first anniversary of the death of Alberto Nisman, the Argentine federal prosecutor who spent a decade investigating the 1994 Iranian-backed bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires. In that massacre, 85 people were...

 

My 'Horrorscope' For 2016

OK, so 2015 was a bummer. But we are a people with a tradition of looking to the future with hope—and having a sense of humor. So here’s my prediction for the major news stories of 2016: January: In the midst of a winter heat wave, Madison...

 

A tough weekend

It was possible to hope that this wave of violence was winding down. Soon after Friday prayers at the mosques, there was not much more excitement than routine stone throwing at a light rail train as it passed by an Arab neighborhood. For some time no...

 

Proposed Israeli NGO law is hypocritical attack on left

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Yet again the Israeli Knesset is considering legislation to single out and punish progressive nongovernmental organizations, particularly the human rights groups that are such a thorn in the side of those who favor the continued...

 
 By David Levy    Opinions    January 8, 2016

The Force is strong with Conservative movement teens

BALTIMORE (JTA)—No spoilers here, but you must have noticed by now that “Star Wars” is everywhere. With the recent release of “The Force Awakens,” everyone from die-hard to casual fans are analyzing all aspects of the movie, from the poster...

 

Myth of 'Palestinian security cooperation'

State Department officials and Middle East “experts” are always warning us that if the Palestinian Authority collapses, Israel will be harmed because Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation will come to an end. But an incident in Ramallah this...

 

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...

 

SOJC youth perform at Brookdale Senior Living in Ocoee

A youth group from the South Orlando Jewish Congregation (SOJC) ranging in age from 6 to 16 took the time Christmas Day morning to put on a talent show for seniors at Brookdale Senior Living in...

 

Obituary - MARY RUTH LAVIN

Mary Lavin, age 81, of Longwood, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2105, at Island Lake Center in Longwood. Mrs. Lavin was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 5, 1934, one of two daughters of the late Nathan and Sylvia Friedman Feldman. She was a...

 

Obituary - GLENN THOMAS VANDEWATER

Glenn T. Vandewater, age 65, of Lake Mary, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at Hospice of the Comforter, Altamonte Springs. Born in Queens, New York, on Feb. 21, 1950, he was a son of the late Daniel T. and Helen Lambert Vandewater. He was a...

 

Zipping through the season with Zumba and toys

The Tri-County Hadassah in The Villages has been busy this past season. In addition to Zumba dancing to Israeli music, they collected toys for the children in Shepherds Lighthouse Women's Shelter in...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 8, 2016

Six numbers that describe Israel's economy

TEL AVIV (JTA)-It has the highest poverty rate among affluent democracies, the fourth-worst income inequality and the seventh-lowest government spending on social services. Those are among the dismal...

 

Scene Around

Dangers of the Internet... One of the major priorities for the World Jewish Congress (WJC) in 2016 is to put an end to the spread of hate and the recruitment of terrorists on social media sights. I...

 

The highest form of wisdom is kindness

These two girls, (along with big sister not in photo) had the pleasure of sharing time and Chanukah with their grandparents, Jack and Rose, as well as dozens of other seniors on the first night of...

 

From Israel, with love

Whether it's your first time in Israel or your 50th, there's something undeniably magical about Eretz Yisrael. For me, our December trip was my fifth visit to the Land of Milk and Honey. It was my...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    January 8, 2016

How a one-armed American soldier fought his way back into the Israeli army

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The hardest part was loading the assault rifle. That's not because he was a newbie, unaccustomed to the workings of a Tavor rifle. Rather, 1st Sgt. Izzy Ezagui had lost an arm in...

 

How a Jewish reporter celebrated Chanukah at the Kremlin

MOSCOW (JTA)-Like many tourists in Red Square, I have often wondered what lies beyond the tall walls that separate this Moscow attraction from the Kremlin, the official residence of Russia's president...

 

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