Articles from the January 12, 2024 edition

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Walk Out to Bring Them Home

Students Supporting Israel at the University of Central Florida has arranged a walkout/protest on Thursday, Jan. 18, starting at 10:07 a.m. to support the Hostages in Israel. The marchers will meet... Full story

 
 By Joshua Marks    News    January 12, 2024

Hamas military assets in north Gaza 'completely dismantled'

(JNS) - Israeli forces have completed the destruction of Hamas's military capabilities in the northern Gaza Strip, Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said in a press briefing...

 

US volunteers help equip IDF

(JNS) — Operation Israel, a U.S.-based nonprofit, has provided more than $7 million worth of supplies, medical equipment and protective gear to IDF soldiers since Hamas launched the current war with its massacre of 1,200 people on Oct. 7, the NGO...

 

Kindertransport survivor turns 100

(JNS) - Kindertransport survivor Walter Bingham, recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest living working journalist, celebrated his 100th birthday in Jerusalem on Jan. 4, 2024. Born...

 

The science of chili

In mid-December, Central Florida was experiencing a cold snap, and I decided to make chili. I had the canned tomatoes and chopped green chilis and the soy meat crumbles for the recipe, and I had all...

 

Upcoming events at the Holocaust Center

“A Tree of Life: The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting” Documentary Screening On Jan. 21, 2024, at 2 p.m. at Shalom Orlando, 851 N Maitland Ave, Maitland, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center will present its Continuing Discussion...

 

'Better to be ruled by Israel than Hamas,' admit Gaza terrorists

Palestinians captured by the IDF in the Gaza Strip are angry about the way Hamas used civilians to protect themselves and would prefer Israeli rule as the soldiers have treated them better, according to recordings of interrogations released by the...

 

An evening with Saul Dreier

Hearing the inspiring story of Saul Dreier, a Holocaust survivor who worked in Schindler’s Factory and survived three concentration camps, on Jan. 24, 7 p.m., at Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando, 1701 Markham Woods Rd., Longwood. Also enjoy the...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    January 12, 2024

Citing risk to Elie Wiesel's 'Night,' Iowa judge blocks key parts of state book ban law

(JTA) – A federal judge in Iowa has blocked much of a state law forbidding school libraries from stocking books depicting “sex acts,” in part because he said it was keeping a classic Holocaust memoir off shelves. U.S. District Court Judge...

 

Israeli Supreme Court postpones recusal law's implementation

(JNS) — Israel’s Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the government’s “recusal law“—an amendment to Israel’s Basic Law: The Government—from taking effect until after new elections are held. In its 6-5 ruling, the Supreme Court,...

 

US confirms Shifa Hospital was Hamas command center

(JNS) — U.S. spy agencies verified Israeli claims that Hamas and another Palestinian terrorist group used Shifa Hospital in Gaza City as a command center and to hold hostages, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. In late November, the Israel...

 

Harvard resignation is a DEI debacle

(JNS) — In the end, not even the support of former President Barack Obama and one of his former cabinet members was enough to save Claudine Gay from being forced out as president of Harvard University. Nor did the initial support of the...

 

All the ayatollah's men

(JNS) — Forty-five years ago this month, a revolution was underway in Iran. It was called an Iranian revolution but its leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, had a more ambitious project in mind: the founding of a new Islamic empire that would...

 

Starring down the barrel of a gun 

(JNS) — I have a secret that I’ve never told anyone before. For more than 20 years, it’s been too embarrassing and traumatic to revisit. But the time has come to share the story. Believe it or not, the whole situation arose because I was...

 

A dream of peace for Israel

(JNS) — In his final book, “No Room for Small Dreams,” former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres wrote: “I have spent most of the better part of my life in pursuit of peace, and in doing so I have learned … making peace is not a simple...

 

The mob's attempt to undermine America

(JNS) — While antisemitic riots in support of Hamas are breaking out in cities across America, few if any such protests seem to be taking place in the Arab or Muslim world. One does not hear about outbreaks of violence in support of Hamas in the...

 

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.,...

 

Iran marks three years since Soleimani killing

(JNS) — At least 100 Iranians were killed and scores of others were wounded on Wednesday in two reported explosions at a commemoration ceremony for slain Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in the city of Kerman, some 600 miles southeast of...

 
 By Noam Dvir    News    January 12, 2024

Be'eri members visit destroyed kibbutz

(JNS) - Hamas terrorists murdered about 100 members of Kibbutz Be'eri and visitors on Oct. 7. Of the 30 who were kidnapped from their homes, 19 have been released and the body of Judith Weiss was rec...

 

Jewish outfielder Harrison Bader signs with the New York Mets

(New York Jewish Week) - Jewish outfielder Harrison Bader is headed back to New York, this time as a member of the New York Mets. The 29-year-old Bronxville native agreed to a one-year, $10.5 million...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 12, 2024

Biden administration, Reform Jewish leader slam Smotrich and Ben Gvir for calling for Palestinians' removal from Gaza

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Biden administration condemned calls by two Israeli government ministers for Palestinians to be removed from the Gaza Strip. Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, also condemned the call. The...

 

After US censure, Smotrich repeats call to resettle Gazans

(JNS) — Israel’s Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich on Wednesday reiterated his support for the voluntary resettlement of Gazans, a day after being condemned by the U.S. for taking this stance. “More than 70 percent of the Israeli public today...

 

Engagement Announcement -Jordan Paige Silver and Raymond Joseph Levy

Stephen Silver and Sandra Grant of Winter Park, Fla., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jordan Paige Silver to Raymond Joseph Levy, son of Dr. Elie and Miriam Levy of Seattle,...

 
 By Vered Weiss    News    January 12, 2024

Fungal foot infections common among IDF soldiers returning from Gaza

Soldiers serving in Gaza are experiencing unusual infections, including severe foot fungus, Yedioth Ahronoth has reported. Long campaigns with soldiers standing sometimes for hours at a time, and the compromised hygiene in Gaza have increased the...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Eldercare mediator

When a parent needs long-term care or nears the end of life, siblings may argue about a range of caregiving issues. Sometimes these disputes are bitter, and they can break up a family. In these situations, it can be helpful to have an objective...

 

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