Articles from the January 29, 2016 edition

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JAO receives bomb threat

The Jewish Academy of Orlando and the JCC were evacuated Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. because of a bomb threat. According to the police, a threatening call was made to the JAO by a man who said he... Full story


Chabad Jewish Center at UCF finds permanent home

After nine years of serving the Jewish students and faculty at UCF, as well as at Valencia and Rollins Colleges, Chabad at University of Central Florida will have a permanent home near the UCF... Full story


JFS Orlando awarded grant

On Jan. 20, JFS Orlando was awarded a $40,000 grant from the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, a McCormick Foundation Fund, for its Family Stabilization Program during a surprise ceremony held at the... Full story


Zionistas: 'To Israel with Love'

Zionistas are pleased to present "To Israel with Love" on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. The program will take place at the Eastmonte Civic Center, 830 Magnolia Drive, Altamonte Springs. There is no... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 29, 2016

Human Rights Watch report ramps up pressure on Israeli settlement activity

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process a year ago has led to an accelerating war of words over Israeli settlements, with Israel accusing its growing chorus of foreign critics of prejudging the final terms of a peace... Full story

 By JTA Staff    News    January 29, 2016

Two days of terror: Israeli mother of 6 killed, pregnant woman stabbed

(JTA)-A day after witnessing her mother's brutal murder, Dafna Meir's teenage daughter spoke before hundreds who had come to mourn her. Dafna Meir, 38, a mother of six, was stabbed to death on Sunday... Full story


Redefining the role of synagogues

Synagogues should not be a place to go just on holidays or special occasions. Today’s challenge is to make synagogues relevant and meaningful so that they are viewed as spiritual and educational centers designed to encourage community engagement y... Full story


Beth Am offers series 'Tough Questions' with Life Coach Stephen Halpin

Congregation Beth Am is collaborating with Stephen Halpin, certified life coach, to offer a 3-part series titled "Tough Conversations." The first program is Sunday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.... Full story

 By Shana Medel    News    January 29, 2016

UCF student is shining a light on the Middle East

It's a highly contested and complicated region, one where the entanglement of history, religion and politics causes most students to shy away from learning more about it. But University of Central Flo... Full story


Finding your ancestry at the Family History Center

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando for its Februrary program at the Family History Center (FHC) in North Orlando, 45 East Par Street. The meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 from 7... Full story


Orlando Hadassah presents Coping with Danger

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Ohev Shalom at 11:30 a.m., The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah will present a program that is essential to the wellbeing of every person living in this community. No one should miss this presentation. Your safety may depend on it!... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 29, 2016

Israel and the four powers

The rulers of the Arab Gulf states are, it seems, increasingly attentive to what Israel has to say about the balance of power in the region. As a rising Shi’a Iran faces off against a Sunni coalition led by Saudi Arabia, the core shared interest b... Full story


Why is everyone so angry?

Usually, most people don’t take a real interest in politics until at least spring of an election year. Admittedly this year is different. The rise of The Donald continues to amaze. Obviously Bernie Sanders has touched a nerve. Jews have been a... Full story



A New York Times review of a book describing what may be the world’s largest refugee camp, near Kenya’s border with Somalia, notes that 60 million people have been displaced throughout the world as a result of conflict and other mass mis... Full story


To those who want to push Israel off campus: you will fail

Malicious campaigns to intimidate Jewish and other pro-Israel students and faculty into silence are occurring on far too many North American college campuses. Driven by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and its many off-campus enablers, the... Full story


Israeli and (some) American Jews: The Grand Canyon

It was one of those encounters that had happened to me so many times on book tour in America: the car ride back to my hotel from the Jewish Community Center after a few hours of lecturing, answering questions and signing books. Usually, the drivers... Full story


Another proud Palestinian parent

“I am proud of my son,” the father of 16-year-old Morad Adais, of the Palestinian village of Dura, declared this week. What do you suppose was the occasion for this burst of parental pride? What was it that young Morad did which so pleased his fat... 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


Learning to code with Orlando Jewish Day School students

Sheriff Jerry Demings recently visited with the students of the Orlando Jewish Day School for Hour of Code during National Computer Science Week. "I can't believe an 8-year-old just taught me how to... Full story



Richard C. Wolff, age 82, of Longwood, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Florida Hospital—Altamonte. Mr. Wolff, a Boston native, was born on July 17, 1933, to the late Simon and Jennie Friedman Wolff. After serving in the U.S. Army, he a... Full story


There will be some lucky ladies at this year's Choices

Choices 2016, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's annual women's philanthropy event, is focused primarily on giving. But some who attend will be receiving, going home with a valuable piece of a... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Anna Rose Finer

Anna Rose Finer, daughter of Paul and Teresa Finer of Orlando, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Anna is in the seventh... Full story


Travel agent is perfect fit for Holocaust Center upcoming trip

When the Holocaust Center decided to sponsor a trip centered around European Jewish Heritage July 10-20, they found the ideal travel agent in Oren Lotringer. As the director of Group Operations for To... Full story


Events this weekend in Volusia and Flagler counties

The following are the events that will be held at various temples sponsored by the Endowment of the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler counties. These events are free and open to the public. No Solicitation. Community Shabbat service tonight... Full story


Scene Around

Justice finally served... I read this in the current issue of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) Digest and pass it along to you: "A judge in Kansas has followed a jury's recommendation and sentenced... Full story


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