Articles from the January 26, 2018 edition

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Holocaust Center is moving downtown

For three years the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center Board of Directors had been looking for a building that could house the ever-growing museum. Built in 1986, the museum was... Full story


Kinneret Council on Aging announces 8 over 80 Honorees for 2018

The Kinneret Council on Aging, a nonprofit agency that provides ongoing programs and services to residents of Kinneret Apartments, has announced the honorees for their 2018, 8 over 80 Gala to be held... Full story


Honoring MLK, Jr. through learning

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education."-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is with Dr.... Full story


The truth about Judea-Samaria

Judea and Samaria is home to more than 430,000 citizens of Israel. They are the vanguard of Israel's security and sovereignty as a Jewish State. Yet this significant area of Israel receives little... Full story


Observing International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day with the first part of a two-part series on Jan. 21 with a discussion of "Defiance" by... Full story


Congregation Beth Sholom February 2018 schedule

Celebrate Shabbat with the Synagogue that feels like family. Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi Karen Allen is on Friday, Feb. 9th at 7 p.m. An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th St. in Leesburg, with... Full story


Learn about and create art for a cure

Back by popular demand, the Congregation Ohev Shalom Sisterhood invites the community to "Learn and Create for a Cure" on Monday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the synagogue. The cost is $5 for nonmembers of... Full story


JLI Teens: Living your dreams course

Life happens; but success at life is a product of a dream, a strategy, core values, and hard work. What are the tools and values teens will need not only to get them through life, but to thrive and succeed beyond their wildest imaginations? Living... Full story

 By Rafael Medoff    News    January 26, 2018

Major Jewish organizations back Israel's BDS entry ban, barred group calls it 'bullying'

Leaders of several major American Jewish organizations have told JNS that they are supporting the Israeli government's decision to prevent the entry of foreign citizens who promote boycotts of... Full story

 By Aryeh Savir    News    January 26, 2018

Palestinians declare Oslo Accords null and void, withdraw recognition of Israel

The Palestinians have announced an escalation of their diplomatic actions against Israel through the annulment of the Oslo peace accords and withdrawal of their recognition of Israel. The Palestinian... Full story


US cuts $65M in Palestinian aid

In a letter, the State Department notified the U.N. Relief and Works Agency that the U.S. is withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment to the body. The letter also makes clear that additional U.S. donations will be... Full story


Israel boycotts the BDS boycotters and they don't like it

Nothing makes Palestinian-supporting BDS boycotters squeal louder than when they themselves become victims of their own tactics. Israel Strategic Affairs Ministry will deny entry for BDS activists if they fall into one of these four categories: • I... Full story


A law that allows hatemongers to pose as martyrs

The term “blacklist” is one that brings up memories of McCarthysim to most Americans. But those on a new Israeli “blacklist” who are to be blocked from entry to that country for promoting boycotts are undeserving of any sympathy. The 20 listed... Full story


If I forsake you

My dad was not a big believer in religion. I found some of the reason when I studied the life of my grandfather, Abraham Shiplacoff. Abe was a devout Socialist of the “Old School.” And, while he believed passionately in his Judaism—he was skept... Full story


What really happened at the original Trefa Banquet

See the article on page 16A “Pulled Pork Kugel and other transgressive traditions from the ultimate treif banquest.” BOSTON (JTA)—In an article written for J: The Jewish News of Northern California and republished by JTA, David A.M. Wilensky descr... Full story


Will Abbas' explosive comments kill the peace process?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Oslo Accords? “Killed,” the Palestinian Authority president says, blaming Israel. The Israeli prime minister says the Palestinians are now “unmasked”—but naturally he blames the Palestinians. Notably, the United States is s... Full story


Six ways to address sexual harassment in the Jewish community

(JTA)—#MeToo. #GamAni. The stories are numerous and painful. They span decades and reach every corner of the Jewish community. Enough is enough. The time is now for us to finally and fully address sexual harassment in Jewish institutional life. W... 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


US Embassy not moving within year

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump denied a claim by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the U.S. Embassy would move to Jerusalem within a year. “By the end of the year?” Trump said Wednesday in an interview with Reuters after being... Full story


Making the world a 'bit better' place

On Jan. 31, Jews will celebrate Tu B'Shevat, the day in which it is believed "trees come of age." For those of us who live in Central Florida, there is no more fitting a place to honor the Jewish... Full story


A son of refuseniks chronicles the slow dissolve of Russia's Jews

(JTA)-When Maxim Shrayer traveled to Moscow for a five-day visit at the end of October 2016, his itinerary included a trip to the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. Shrayer, who emigrated from... Full story



Lou Aaron Tauber, son of Michelle and Chris Tauber of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Lou is in the seventh... Full story


Diet slimming down Sherman the overweight hedgehog

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Sherman the overweight hedgehog, who was put on a diet at a zoo in Israel, has lost about one-tenth of his body weight. Sherman weighed 3.5 pounds, double the average weight of a... Full story


Scene Around

Three cheers... I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along to you: "World Jewish Congress President Ambassador RONALD S. LAUDER welcomed the European Court of... Full story


Turkish Coffee Brownies with Cinnamon Caramel

(The Nosher via JTA)-I was first introduced to Turkish coffee in Israel. Prepared in the traditional copper cezve, it was served piping hot and in beautiful, delicate cups. I quickly became enamored... Full story


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