Articles from the January 27, 2017 edition

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Orlando Jewish Day School to compete in National Spelling Bee and Hour of Code

Effort will always lead to success. Believe anything else, and you are believing a falsehood. The Talmud states, "if someone says I worked hard but was not successful, don't believe him." This famous... Full story


JCCs receive second wave of bomb threats in a month

NEW YORK—A wave of bomb threats Wednesday morning caused 27 Jewish community centers in 17 states to quickly engage in security protocols to ensure the safety of their participants and facilities. Many quickly received the all-clear from local law e... Full story


Jewish groups reactions to address

(JTA)—Reacting to the inaugural address of President Donald Trump, Jewish groups stuck to their ideological bearings. The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations praised the unifying portions of Trump’s speech and called on... Full story


MLK, Jr. Day observed at JAO

Monday, Jan. 16, was a very special day for the students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando. The students did not take the day off of school in commemoration of the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin... Full story


Paris Mideast conference touts 'two-state solution,' sends subtle message to Trump

( Sunday's Mideast conference in Paris, attended by officials from some 70 countries, concluded that the "two-state solution" is the only way forward to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian... Full story

 By Rafael Medoff    News    January 27, 2017

Terror victims applaud Tillerson's criticism of Palestinian leaders, urge concrete steps

WASHINGTON-American victims of Palestinian terrorism are applauding Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson's criticism of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and are urging him to press the PA to take... Full story


Bill to defund UN over measure against settlements

( U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a bill that seeks to cut off funding for the United Nations until U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which condemned Israel’s settlement policy, is repealed. The bill... Full story


Choices Raffle is the hottest ticket in town

Choices 2017, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's annual women's philanthropy event, is an evening to socialize, catch up with old friends and make new ones, all while supporting the local... Full story


Fall in love with Israel on the Ahavat Yisrael trip

Amy and Eric Geboff are leading a trip to Israel, sponsored by Congregation Ohev Shalom, and the community is welcome to participate. The Ahavat (love of) Yisrael trip will take place June 12-22 and was given this name so that participants can fall i... Full story


A Women's Weekend to recharge and relax

Join SPARK, the Women’s Division of JOIN Orlando, at the luxurious Reunion Resort for an amazing weekend to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect along with other Orlando Jewish women on Feb. 24-26. The weekend will be jam packed with amazing p... Full story


Want to become a volunteer?

JFS Orlando is in immediate need of volunteers for a variety of projects. Whether you are recently retired, in need of scholarship hours or have extra time during the week to lend a helping hand—JFS Orlando has the right opportunity for you. P... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 27, 2017

Why the Palestinian question won't disappear

It’s been clear for a long time that there is little difference between the character of terrorist attacks in Israel and those in the West more broadly. Trucks ram into crowds—as they did in Nice, Berlin and Jerusalem. Terrorists blow up or sho... Full story


Trump's Inauguration- Ugly American rancor

By the time you read this column the Inauguration may be over. Like it not Donald Trump is your president. Even if you claim he is not your president—he is. If you continue your citizenship in America he is your president. I heard and read reports of... Full story


Two Jews walk into a room

Well, what happens if they don’t? This month, a bunch of Europeans and others walked into a room in Paris to decide what actually had already been decided in 1947 and discussed continually since then: That the best solution for the Holy Land of I... Full story


From the editor's desk: Staying strong in solidarity

By Christine DeSouza As of this writing, there have been three bomb threats called in to the Maitland Jewish campus since Jan. 4. This campus was not singled out. Jewish community centers in 17 states also received threats the same day on Jan. 9. It... Full story


Radical Syrian cleric comes to Central Florida-a wolf in sheep's clothing?

For those who did not see this Channel 9 Investigative report there was a Radical Syrian cleric—Sheikh Mohammed Rateb Al-Nabulsi, who openly calls for the death of Jews and gays—speaking in Central Florida earlier this month. Al-Nabulsi found a wel... Full story


Honor Alberto Nisman's sacrifice by continuing his work

WASHINGTON (JTA)—On Jan. 18, 2015, Argentine terrorism prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head in what was almost certainly murder, not suicide. Whoever murdered him didn’t just want to kill him but rather his bod... 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.; S... Full story


Hands touching hands

We need touch. We need the comfort, the connection and the security. Touch has powerful emotional benefits. The power of touch is profound. It is the first language that we learn and our first sense... Full story


Genealogy Success Story: Hurt-filled, but important revelations

Marilyn Macklin's story as told by Gloria Green "My Jewish Roots" Workshops, sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Orlando (JGSGO) continue in February with the workshop: "The Changing... Full story


Ten 'humiliating' minutes at an Israeli checkpoint

By Stephen M. Flatow Remember John Howard Griffin's 1961 book "Black Like Me," about a white journalist who posed as an African-American in order to experience what life was like for blacks in the... Full story


Scene Around

It warms my heart... When former POTUS (President of the United States) surprised former VP JOE BIDEN with the Presidential Medal of Freedom "With Distinction," I felt so good. Joe Biden has always... Full story


The Orlando Senior Help Desk can help you

Have you found yourself searching and scouring the internet for senior services? No doubt, you will find all you need and much more. Perhaps, you may have started out looking for home delivered meals, but then stumble upon assisted living options.... Full story


A Chanukah Challah

On Dec. 23, 2016, Congregation Ohr Chayim had their Chanukah dinner with songs and prayers at Providence Independence, and a beautiful Challah was made by Rabbi Arthur Grae in the shape of a Chanukah... Full story


'Jewish Americana' music gets its moment in the spotlight

NEW YORK (JTA)-Saul Kaye never wanted to be a "Jewish blues" player. In his opinion, the Jewish music he had heard growing up in Northern California's Bay Area ranged from "really bad to horrible."... Full story


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