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Articles from the February 2, 2018 edition

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Pence concludes Israel trip with 'inspiring' Western Wall visit

(JNS)-Vice President Mike Pence concluded his trip to Israel on Tuesday with a private visit to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism. Pence arrived at the holy site with a black... Full story

 By Dori Gerber    News    February 2, 2018

World-Renowned speakers to add 'Spark' to Women's Retreat

Ladies in the Central Florida area, mark your calendars for the second annual SPARK Women's Retreat set to ignite the light in you March 9-11, 2018, at the luxurious Reunion Resort. This year's... Full story


JNF names Gould president-elect

The Jewish National Fund is pleased to announce that Bruce K. Gould has been appointed to the positions of president-Elect and vice president of Campaign for the National Board. This comes at... Full story


New director of the JCC preschool

The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando proudly announces the hiring of Melissa Youngblood as the next director of the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center. Beginning June 1, Youngblood will take over direct oversight of the... Full story


Consider high school in Israel-it's free!

In 1992, when Soviet Jewish parents were looking for ways to immigrate to Israel, a school was started by the Jewish Agency and the Israeli government that provided a way for Soviet youth to study in... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    February 2, 2018

Jewish Pavilion honors its Pearl's with Couture creation

The Jewish Pavilion's *Pearls of the Pavilion luncheon will take on a whole new luster when it is held at the home of Jewelry Designer Gay Harrison of Gay Harrison Handcrafted Couture Jewelry.... Full story


TOP completes 2017 stronger than ever

The Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation ended 2017 with assets supporting the Jewish and greater nonprofit communities approaching $50 million, a number that includes a portfolio of $3.7m in Israel Bonds and investment performance net of fees... Full story


JFS Orlando open house and ribbon-cutting for new wing

JFS Orlando is proud to announce the opening of its expanded counseling wing. Since inception, JFS Orlando has provided more than 50,000 counseling sessions. The counseling, growth and development program provide individual, couples, family and... Full story


Vice President Pence's address at a special session of Knesset

Vice President Mike Pence on Monday addressed the Knesset, Israel's parliament, affirming the US' support for the Jewish state, for Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and for Israel's security. The... Full story


Fifth annual Kosher Halftime Show during Super Bowl

NEW YORK-On Feb. 4 millions of people will gather around the world to watch the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots play in Super Bowl LII. One of America's favorite annual events is the... Full story


Mike Pence got help from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on his Knesset speech

(JTA)-Former British chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to help him frame religious and historical elements of his speech before Israel's Knesset. Sacks and Pence met... Full story


Jewish men need to talk about #MeToo

(JTA)—Like a lot of other Jewish men, I have been quietly keeping a scorecard of the number of Jewish men in the #MeToo headlines. Harvey Weinstein, Dustin Hoffman, Jeffrey Tambor, Mark Halperin, Leon Wieseltier, James Toback, Israel... Full story


Inclusion and the Jewish group that demonizes Jews

The issue the organized Jewish world has struggled most with in recent years is how to keep communal peace at a time when the debate over Israel has become increasingly polarized. The result is a dialogue of the deaf that diminishes the community. Th... Full story


Dangerous trends in our democratic society

After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the country entered into a period of patriotic and political unity that it had not experienced since World War II and the decade that followed. The 1960s and 1970s were periods o... Full story


Iranian brutality, European cowardice, US leadership

In March 1979, shortly after the mullahs grabbed power and dragged Iran into theocratic dictatorship, destructive wars and terrorism, Iranian women took to the streets to protest the forced hijab. “Freedom is not eastern, not western, it is... Full story


Countering BDS from the ground up

States across the country—from Rhode Island to California, from Texas to Minnesota—have passed important anti-BDS legislation. To date, 24 states have joined the movement to reject hate, proudly standing up and saying, those who discriminate... Full story


Abbas has a problem with women

Why is it that every time a female US government official says something that the Palestinian Authority (PA) doesn’t like, PA leaders respond by making a disparaging remark related to the fact that she is a woman? In his bizarre, two-hour rant... 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


Congregation Beth Sholom February additional events

Saturday, Feb. 24th Shabbat Morning Purim Service led by Rabbi Karen Allen, at 10 a.m. Purim songs will be sung throughout the service, and will read the Megillah at the end of the service. A Kiddush will follow the service. The synagogue is located... Full story


At this Holocaust museum, you can speak with holograms of survivors

SKOKIE, Ill. (JTA)-In an otherwise darkened theater, viewers gasped when they saw what appeared to be a seated 83-year-old man wearing a light green button-down shirt and khaki pants. Aaron Elster of... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 2, 2018

Mike Pence's faith drives his support for Israel-does it drive Mideast policy?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-When Mike Pence moved to Washington earlier this year, he and his wife took with them a framed phrase they had for years hung over their fireplace in their Indiana home, and then... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    February 2, 2018

Jewish journalist confronting Trump's immigration allies

NEW YORK (JTA)—During a combative news conference in early August, White House adviser Stephen Miller told reporters that the United States should prioritize immigrants who speak English. “Does the applicant speak English?” Miller asked,... Full story


Scene Around

How upsetting... I read this not too long ago in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along to you: "As reported recently by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, two kippah-wearing brothers... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    February 2, 2018

A poll shows support for Israel among Democrats is sliding-but experts say the truth is more complex

NEW YORK (JTA)-The share of Democrats who sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians is falling fast, while Republican sympathy for Israel over the Palestinians is spiking. So says a new poll... Full story


Brandeis receives $8.4 million from a man who visited once

(JTA)-Brandeis University has received an $8.4 million bequest gift for social justice initiatives from a man who visited the Boston-area campus one time. The university announced the gift from... Full story


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