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U.S. lawmakers divided on Kerry speech

(JTA)—Responding to Secretary of State John Kerry’s address on making peace between Israel and the Palestinians, many U.S. lawmakers said they were disappointed by the Obama administration’s decision to abstain on the vote in the U.N. Security... Full story


'Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel ...'

Chanukah was especially fun this year at Brookdale Ocoee, as Beverly and the other residents all played dreidel after a large lunch from the facility with gelt, cookies and music provided by the... Full story


Chanukah visits that brighten the spirit

Families and friends were invited to Jewish Pavilion Chanukah celebrations all throughout the holiday. When loved ones visit from out of town, the feeling of Chanukah and the songs and latkes... Full story

 By Andrew Tobin    News    January 13, 2017

Hundreds of Jews respond to John Kerry's speech with West Bank solidarity tour

JERUSALEM (JTA)-About 200 Jews from around the world toured the West Bank in response to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's recent speech warning of the dangers of settlement expansion. The group,... Full story

 By Jason Frances    News    January 13, 2017

Israel Diversity Week at UCF

This past November, Knights for Israel (KFI) and Central Florida Hillel collaborated to host the very first Israel Diversity Week at the University of Central Florida; the second largest school in the nation with over 62,000 students. With the help... Full story


Obituary - SHEILA K. JONES

Sheila Jones, age 74, of Longwood, passed away on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at her residence. She was born on May 25, 1942, in Hartford, Connecticut, to the late Raymond and Lottie Somers Kronick. A high school graduate, Sheila worked as an analyst in... Full story



Henry Klein, age 79, of Kissimmee, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at The Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers. A native of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Henry was born on Jan. 14, 1937, to the late Morris and Florence Abraham Klein. He served in... Full story


Obituary - SARAH LUFT

Sarah Luft, age 93, of Orlando, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at her residence. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on Nov. 23, 1923, Sarah was a daughter of the late Max and Tanya Tabel Schwartz. On December 16, 1945, in Brooklyn, she married Aaron... Full story



Janis Oshinsky, age 66, of Leesburg, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at Leesburg Regional Medical Center. She was born on Aug. 31, 1950, in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Max Faitelson and the late Roslyn Levine Spear. Janis received her... Full story



Larry Travitsky, age 79, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at Florida Hospital—Orlando. Larry was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Aug. 7, 1937, to the late Abraham and Fannie Pakula Travitsky. He attended Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute... Full story

 By Andrew Tobin    News    January 13, 2017

What Netanyahu and his rivals expect from a 'new era'

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expects a “new era” when U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month. He said as much at a Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony Saturday, where he addressed the United Nations... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Jared Kushner to be named Trump White House senior adviser (JTA)—Jared Kushner, the Orthodox Jewish son-in-law of President-elect Donald Trump, will be named senior adviser to the president, Trump transition officials reportedly have confirmed. The... Full story

 By Andrew Tobin    News    January 13, 2017

Israel's top security experts redraw West Bank map for the Trump era

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Israel's leading security think tank has published a plan to redraw the map of the West Bank in a bid to consolidate major settlements and prevent the spread of others. The plan,... Full story


Marvin Hier says he's 'proud' to be Trump's inauguration rabbi

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-Rabbi Marvin Hier has known Charles and Seryl Kushner-Jared Kushner's parents and Donald Trump's in-laws-for decades. The Hiers and the Kushners have gone to the same kosher for... Full story


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