Articles from the November 8, 2019 edition

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 By Faygie Holt    News    November 8, 2019

Jewish schools, synagogues, congregations affected by fires raging in California

(JNS)-Up and down the state of California, synagogues, Hebrew schools and Jewish residents are dealing with effects of wildfires that have consumed tens of thousands of acres in recent days, from... Full story

 By Dov Lipman    News    November 8, 2019

With ball in Gantz's court, he's shooting for support wherever he can find it

(JNS)-Benny Gantz and the Blue and White Party are hard at work trying to find other parties to join his coalition to give him the 61 mandates needed to form a government. Much talk has centered on... Full story


Anti-Semitic act on Halloween

The Holocaust Center was saddened to learn a student allegedly dressed in costume as Adolph Hitler for Halloween and was seen giving other students the Heil-Hitler salute at a local high school. This incident has caused great alarm and the Holocaust... Full story


Keep CAIR off college campuses

(JNS)—The watchdog group is calling on the U.S. Department of Education and Georgie State University to keep the “terror-affiliated” Council on American-Islamic Relations off U.S. college campuses. “The Council on... Full story


Do you feel latke (lucky)?

Congregation Ohev Shalom’s Sisterhood hosts their second mahjong tournament on Dec. 15. This year’s event, Winter Mahj will have a festive Chanukah slant—Meet new friends, see “old” friends and have fun. The registration fee is $36 per... Full story


Jewish Academy's book fair is just around the corner

Jewish Academy of Orlando will hold its annual Scholastic Book Fair from Monday, Nov. 18 through Nov. 22, 2019. The Family Learning Night and Author Event, the school's signature event, will be held... Full story

 By JFS Staff    News    November 8, 2019

JFS Orlando accepts insurance for mental health services

Recently there has been a great deal of news about the lack of available and affordable mental health services in Central Florida. JFS Orlando has been accepting insurance as well as offering a sliding fee scale throughout its history. Paneled by ove... Full story


Presidential hopeful Michael Bennet: I think about my family's experience during the Holocaust every day

(JTA)-Since announcing his presidential run in May, Michael Bennet has been polling between zero and 1 percent. He didn't qualify for the latest Democratic debate and he's a long shot to make the... Full story

 By Gabe Friedman    News    November 8, 2019

Alex Bregman breaks a World Series home run record

(JTA)-Most of the news surrounding Houston Astros slugger Alex Bregman on Tuesday night focused on his "bat carry"-how he ostentatiously carried his bat down to first base while watching his first... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    November 8, 2019

Israeli embassies increase security over fears of Iran attack

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israeli embassies around the world have increased security and awareness over fears that Iran will attack Israel by targeting a diplomatic mission on foreign soil. The diplomatic missions have been put on high alert and ordered to... Full story


Bernie's Gaza aid farce exposes J Street's false front

(JNS)—The still-crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field proved to be a godsend for the left-wing J Street lobby. It gained attention for its annual conference this week due to the presence of five presidential candidates. But the dynamic of the... Full story


Uncle Sam needs twenty courageous Republican senators

When America entered the Great World War in 1917, it commissioned an artist by the name of James Montgomery Flagg to create a recruitment poster to encourage Americans to enlist in the Army. The poster Mr. Flagg designed pictured a stern Uncle Sam ma... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    November 8, 2019

Belgium's carnival of hatred is still going strong

(JNS)—A few years ago, I was paying for some items at a large department store in the Netherlands when I was startled by the sight of a doll behind the cashier’s desk that appeared, at first glance, to be a grotesque racial caricature of a small... Full story


After the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: A special report

(JNS)—Following the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by U.S. forces, Wikistrat, a crowd sourced geopolitical consultancy, released a multi-perspective analysis on the significance of his death, as well as the future of the Islamic State and the... Full story


'Aliyah' seems to be the hardest word

(JNS)—At its three-day board of governors meeting in Jerusalem this week, the Jewish Agency for Israel, which recently turned 90, revealed a new plan of action. Addressing the Jewish leaders who convened in the Israeli capital on Sunday, Jewish... Full story


Al-Baghdadi's miserable end evokes no pity

(JNS)—At the moment of his demise, what passes through the mind of a terrorist who literally views himself as king of the world? “He died like a dog,” said U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, referring to the death of Islamic State leader... 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... Full story


Congregation Beth Sholom in Leesburg November events

Friday, Nov. 8: Come and join the family-friendly members of Congregation Beth Sholom for a spiritual service beginning the Shabbat. Experience the wonderful atmosphere beginning with the members who greet all guests with open arms, and followed up... Full story


The tiny NGO that helped heal Paradise

The headlines called it Paradise lost: The northern California town of Paradise, population 27,000, devastated in November 2018 by the so-called Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire... Full story


Special program with StandWithUs

StandWithUs Southeast and The Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties invite the community to join them for a special Sunday program, Nov. 10 at 10:15 a.m. titled “Combating Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel Activity on Middle School, High... Full story


Kurdish kids get urgent medical treatment in Israel

A Kurdish refugee toddler-we'll call him Ajwan, for security reasons-is the latest of 44 Iraqi and Syrian Kurdish children who've had emergency medical treatment at Israel's Sheba Medical Center in... Full story


Anti-Semitism at Columbia University

(JNS)—The American NGO Alums for Campus Fairness released a comprehensive report last week that documents what ACF describes as “systemic anti-Semitism and an ingrained delegitimization of... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    November 8, 2019

Oslo City Council bans purchase of Israeli settlement

(JTA)—The recently elected Oslo City Council is getting right to work: The Norwegian lawmakers are banning the purchase of goods and services from Israeli Jewish settlements by municipal departments and other local authorities. It is the sixth... Full story


Scene Around

Let's tell it like it is... DENNIS MILLER is a well-known comedian. He had this to say about the Middle East situation. I don't agree with all he says but I pass it along in part anyway: "A brief over... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    November 8, 2019

All of Israel's embassies around the world are on strike

(JTA)—As of Wednesday morning, Israel’s embassies and consulates across the globe are on strike. “No consular services will be provided and no one will be allowed to enter,” one ambassador posted on Twitter. Those services include passport... Full story


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