Articles from the January 12, 2018 edition

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A Rust Belt synagogue 'runs out of people' and gathers to bury its past

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (JTA)-It was a frigid 10 degrees on Sunday, the last day of 2017, but some 20 people gathered at Congregation Tifereth Israel's cemetery in this city of 22,000 on the Ohio border. A bl... Full story

 By Larry Luxner    News    January 12, 2018

American immigration to Israel takes a new turn in 2017

TEL AVIV-As a group of well-wishers waved tiny Israeli flags and shouted "Welcome home," Diane Hewitt of Hoboken, New Jersey, stepped off the El Al jet that had just flown her to Tel Aviv from New... Full story


Artists-in-Residence event at Temple Israel

Sam Glaser, one of America's foremost composers, performers and interpreters of Jewish music will be visiting Central Florida Jan. 19-21 as the Artist-in-Residence at Temple Israel and Temple Shir... Full story


Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center is commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27, with a pair of programs that honor the legacy of the Bielski Partisan group. Film screening and Book Club discussion Sunday, Jan.... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    January 12, 2018

Don't miss the Central Florida premier of 'The Bigot'

"How can you hate someone you have never even met?" was a question frequently pondered by 6-year-old Eva Mor, as a young child growing up in Poland in the year's following World War II. Often... Full story


Rock the night away at the Rosen JCC

The Rosen JCC is going back to the '80s with its Decades party on Jan. 27, 2018. The evening will include live music with local cover band Switch, silent auction prizes, food and drink and Good Humor... Full story


Ohev Men's Club presents annual World Wide Wrap

Super Bowl Sunday is just weeks away. That means the annual World Wide Wrap sponsored by the Men’s Club of Congregation Ohev Shalom is just weeks away as well. Each year, Men’s Clubs from Conservative and Masorti synagogues throughout the United Sta... Full story


Congregation Beth Sholom January Schedule

Celebrate Shabbat with the synagogue that feels like family. The Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi Karen Allen is on Friday, Jan. 12th at 7pm. The service will honor the members of our board of directors. An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service.... Full story


Crack!... Bam!... Jokers!... It's Maj Madness at the J

The strange names of the tiles in Maj Jongg are music to the ears of those playing in The Roth Family’s Jewish Community Center 14th Annual “Maj Madness” Mah Jongg Tournament, to be held Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The festivities will begin at 9:15... Full story

 By Aryeh Savir    News    January 12, 2018

Palestinians to Trump: Threats to cut aid are 'blackmail'

The Palestinians rejected President DonaldTrump's threat to cut US aid to the Palestinian Authority over its refusal to return to the negotiations table, saying their "rights are not for sale." Trump... Full story


International Jewish students group to launch anti-Semitism awareness campaign on campuses

JERUSALEM (JTA)—International Jewish student leaders will launch an international anti-Semitism awareness campaign on campuses worldwide and vowed to reject any attempts to deny the Armenian genocide. The World Union of Jewish Students at its 44th W... Full story


Report: Trump transition to derail UN anti-Israel resolution

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Efforts by the Trump transition team to kill a 2016 UN Security Council resolution slamming Israel’s settlement policies were more widespread than was previously known, according to a Wall Street Journal report The report Friday sai... Full story

 By Ebin Sandler    News    January 12, 2018

US threatens to cut funds to Palestinians

At a press conference at the United Nations on Tuesday, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley fielded questions about the fate of US funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency, the primary UN agency responsible for funneling aid to the Palestinians.... Full story


How do you define anti-Semitism? It's complicated.

NEW YORK (JTA)—JTA doesn’t give out Person of the Year honors, but if we did I’d be tempted to nominate Michael Kadar, the Israeli-American teenager accused of making hundreds of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in early 2017. As I wro... Full story


US threats to end aid unlikely to revive peace talks

The Palestinians say “no” ties with the US, “no” meetings with US peace emissaries, and a big “no” to Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. All of these negatives have combined to turn President Donald Trump’s twitter arsenal... Full story


Iranian unrest can bring peace for Israel and beyond

By Daniel Krygier Like all empires and despotic regimes, the Iranian Mullah regime has a shelf life that it desperately seeks to prolong. The renewed popular protests in Iran against the regime and the deteriorating living conditions in the country... Full story


Saying 'thank you' to our Christian friends

President Donald Trump’s recent announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and declaring that the U.S. will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem did not happen in a vacuum or come out of nowhere. It did not happen solely bec... Full story


We need to stop using the phrase 'more Jewish'

(Kveller via JTA)—My family joined a synagogue a few months ago, and overall it’s been wonderful for us. But after our first family Shabbat service, I realized I had a lot to learn. And I wanted to learn. I wanted to be a good example for both my... Full story


Lorde is swimming in anti-Semitic waters

On Dec. 14, the star singer-songwriter Lorde tweeted, not uncharacteristically, “my cutie tour mate covered the heart song.” A week later, she was taking a crash course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By Christmas Eve, she had acquired eno... 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

 By Ben Sales    News    January 12, 2018

Should Israeli soldiers shoot to kill Palestinian terrorists? Michael Oren says yes.

(JTA)-If a Palestinian appears to be committing a terror attack, do they deserve to die on the spot? The answer is yes, says Michael Oren. The former Israeli ambassador to the United States, now a... Full story


France's foremost female rabbi faces flak over Jerusalem stance

PARIS (JTA)—When Delphine Horvilleur, France’s best-known female rabbi, began appearing regularly in the media, her friends and relatives feared it would expose her to threats or attacks by anti-Semites. Several years later it appears they were only... Full story


Ringo Starr to Israel: 'I want to hold your hand'

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has announced that he will perform in Israel next June with his band as part of a 2018 European tour. Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band includes fellow rock legends... Full story


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Museum of Jewish heritage... The Museum of Jewish Heritage is a living memorial to the Holocaust. I recently received a letter from them and pass it along in part: "Who will share the truth about the... Full story


Aharon Appelfeld, renowned Israeli author, dies at 85

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Aharon Appelfeld, an Israeli author who published more than 45 books in Hebrew and won his country's top prize for literature, has died. Appelfeld, a Holocaust survivor, died early Thu... Full story


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