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Articles from the January 31, 2020 edition

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Learning and living the teachings of MLK

Jewish Academy of Orlando celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day through art, songs, writing and conversation. Themes that ranged through the day included hope, uniqueness, and community.   In the... Full story

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 31, 2020

Under Trump's peace plan, Israel will 'apply its laws' to the Jordan Valley

(JTA)—As part of President Donald Trump’s proposed plan for Middle East peace unveiled Tuesday, Israel says it will “apply its laws” to the Jordan Valley and Israeli settlements in the West Bank. At a news conference with Trump at the White... Full story

 

New head of ORT aims to rebuild

(JNS)-Barbara Birch, 45, of New York was tapped last month as the new president and chief executive officer of ORT America. She most recently served as vice president of development at the Shalom... Full story

 

Celebrate Tu Bishvat the Israeli way

Join the Orlando Israeli American Council in partnership with Temple Israel, the Jewish National Fund, Alexander Muss High School in Israel, and Friends of Israel Scouts, Inc. Tzofim, for a Shishi... Full story

 

Remembering Walter (Sky) Goldstein

Many of you know Walter Goldstein from his work for many years with The Jewish Pavilion. As a program director, he brought so much to seniors in Central Florida. For an amazing 16 months after being... Full story

 

My parents are hoarders

Stories from the Orlando Senior Help Desk Tammy knew her parents, especially her mother, saved everything. They had every class picture, report card, book report, school and sports uniform she and... Full story

 

Jewish security group issues guidelines for synagogues on arms, hired guards

(JNS)—As synagogues nationwide debate whether to have armed individuals in their building to prevent possible terror attacks, the Secure Community Network has issued new research and scenarios on who might carry arms in a congregation—from... Full story

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 31, 2020

Bloomberg: I opposed the Iran deal, but the way Trump left it was wrong

WASHINGTON (JTA)—We ran a story last week on where the top seven Democrats running for president stood on Iran policy. Try as we could, we could not pin down a position for Mike Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who was not included in the last... Full story

 

Putin tells Issachar's mother that 'everything will be fine'

(JNS)-Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday assured the mother of Naama Issachar, an Israeli-American woman imprisoned in Russia whose family has been anxious to secure her release, that... Full story

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 31, 2020

How solidarity with Palestine inspires resistance in Iran

(JNS)—Once again, talk of regime change is in the air inside Iran. Not since the crushing of the 2009 student-led protests has the Islamic Republic, as of this year entering the fifth decade of its existence, looked so vulnerable. The immediate... Full story

 

Remembering Betty during Int'l Holocaust Remembrance Day

Betty is a very ordinary American name. The Betty I am writing about was born more than 92 years ago in the small scenic town of Ruskova, nestled in the Carpathian mountains in the Southeast corner of Romania. Ruskova was for the most part a... Full story

 

Jordanian vote shows why defensible borders still matter

(JNS)—If you want to understand the true obstacle to Mideast peace, look no further than the Jordanian parliament’s unanimous approval last week of a bill to ban natural-gas imports from Israel, just days after the gas began arriving.... Full story

 

Viewpoint: Accommodating Jewish students on a large university campus

By Terri Susan Fine, Ph.D. and Jesse Benjamin Slomowitz, B.A. One core value promoted at the University of Central Florida is the emphasis on the individual within a very large institution. UCF aims to be both enlightened and diverse. Students of all... Full story

 

#WeRemember is not just a campaign, it's a mindset

(JNS)—I’ve never been worried about my reputation. Maybe I should have, maybe I should be. But the fact of the matter is that I represent what I believe in with pride, and I learned long ago from my mother that it’s important to stand up for wh... Full story

 

Cancelled lecture: An ACT of defiance

Dear Editor: Needless to say I was quite disappointed to learn only a couple of days before the presentation by well-known speaker Laurie Cardoza-Moore, to be held at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center, that it was cancelled. No reason was... 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.... Full story

 

Monty Python's Terry Jones cut a 'Nazi Jew' scene from the classic comedy 'Life of Brian'

(JTA)-Terry Jones, one of the core members of the Monty Python comedy troupe, died Tuesday night at 77. He had been suffering from dementia. In addition to starring in numerous Python productions,... Full story

 
 By Sam Sokol    News    January 31, 2020

Putin skews Holocaust history at global Auschwitz commemoration event in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Russian President Vladimir Putin's prime speaking slot at a Holocaust commemoration event here was generating controversy even before the longtime leader took the podium. His remarks... Full story

 

An encounter with Palestinians

During 2019, Keith Dvorchik, CEO of The Roth Family JCC and executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, and Aaron Weil, executive director and CEO of Central Florida Hillel,... Full story

 

Scene Around

I love dogs... (But I don't know about this.) I read it recently in the WJC Digest and pass it along: "Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive chemical produced by the cannabis plant (marijuana)... Full story

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 31, 2020

Survey: most American adults don't know 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust

(JTA)—Half of American adults are unaware of basic facts regarding Nazism and the Holocaust, including the number of Jews who were killed and how Nazis came to power. Those are some of the findings of a new study by the Pew Research Center released... Full story

 
 By Aaron Bandler    News    January 31, 2020

StandWithUs conference teaches students how to fight anti-Semitism

(Jewish Journal via JNS)-Under the banner "Israel in Focus," this year's StandWithUs International Conference focused on educating students about anti-Semitism and how to fight it. The pro-Israel... Full story

 
 By Sam Sokol    News    January 31, 2020

Israel gets dragged into Europe's memory wars

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A major gathering of world leaders in Jerusalem meant to highlight the world’s determination to learn the lessons of the Holocaust has become mired in controversy, dragging Israel into a battle over history debates still raging... Full story

 

Obituary - SHELDON DANIEL BROWN

Sheldon D. Brown, age 84, of Winter Springs, passed away at AdventHealth—Winter Park, on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. A native of New York City, he was born on Jan. 15, 1935, to the Late Jacob and Sylvia Lipschitz Brown. On Aug. 25, 1974, in New York,... Full story

 

Obituary - DOROTHY NORMA BLAHER

Dorothy Norma Blaher, age 87, of Fern Park, passed away on Friday evening, Dec. 27, 2019, at Longwood VITAS and Hospice. Born in Lowell, Mass., she was one of three children and the only daughter, born to the late Samuel and Sarah Palefsky Delinsky.... Full story

 

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