Articles from the February 7, 2020 edition

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Trump's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan-these 2 maps tell you what you need to know

(JTA)-The Trump administration put questions about the seriousness of its Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal to rest Tuesday by delivering a 181-page, detail-laden document that outlines a clear-if on... Full story


A call to stand against anti-Semitism through Jewish core values

Matthew Gales has a goal and he wants the Jews of Orlando to embrace this goal: To unite and stand for what is right-To reject hate while embracing love and community. While anti-Semitism is not as... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    February 7, 2020

A.G. Barr meets with Jewish leaders

NEW YORK (JTA)—In a meeting Tuesday with Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn, U.S. Attorney General William Barr pledged to track and prosecute hate crimes more aggressively on the federal level while also blaming the rise of anti-Semitism on what... Full story


Putin pardons Naama Issachar

(JNS)-Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday to pardon Naama Issachar, an Israeli-American woman imprisoned in Russia for possessing and smuggling a small amount of cannabis.... Full story


JAO and PJ Library kids enjoy #beeyourselfie day together

Jewish Academy of Orlando partnered with PJ Library Greater Orlando to bring the community, "#beeyourselfie," a day that celebrated every child's uniqueness. The fun-filled morning started with a... Full story


Licks and hugs

Pet therapy happens every month at Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary. In coordination with the Jewish Pavilion, Pet Rescue by Judy volunteers bring therapy dogs and cats to the residents for licks and... Full story


Hope McCormack, bat mitzvah to program director

At the age of 13, Hope McCormack needed a bat mitzvah project. Happy to fulfill this Temple Israel requirement, her mother, Michelle Bilsky, guided her to the Jewish Pavilion. She started going to assisted living communities and nursing homes to... Full story


Trump administration's Mideast proposal receives subtle support from Muslim nations

(JNS)-The words were barely out of U.S. President Donald Trump's mouth-and the much-anticipated peace plan to resolve the century-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict for good was barely uploaded to the... Full story

 By Gabe Friedman    News    February 7, 2020

The key points of the Trump Middle East peace plan, explained

(JTA)—President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan on Tuesday, and the release event was a doozy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined Trump at a news conference and compared it to President Harry Truman’s... Full story


Here's how Jewish groups are reacting to the Trump peace plan

(JTA)—Reactions to President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan unveiled Tuesday took a predictable path, with Jewish groups on the right praising the much-anticipated proposal and those on the left criticizing it. The proposal, which... Full story


Mike vs. Bernie: Two approaches to being a Jewish president

(JNS)—Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg both want to be the nation’s first Jewish president. But they couldn’t possibly be more different. Sanders is a Socialist who is hoping to lead America on a lurch to the left that many of his more enth... Full story


'Peace to Prosperity' plan shatters failed Oslo paradigm

(JNS)—With the presentation of its peace plan, titled, “Peace to Prosperity: A vision to improve the lives of the Palestinian and Israeli people,” the United States has essentially shattered the once-holy Oslo paradigm, having learned from the... Full story


Ten questions about two states

With the release of the Trump Middle East peace plan, the “Deal of the Century,” there have been many questions and challenges posed about whether it’s good or bad, politically motivated or not, has potential to do anything toward achieving... Full story


The 'deal of the century' illuminates a century-old conflict

(JNS)—The Trump administration has just released the long-anticipated “deal of the century,” designed to resolve the seemingly intractable Arab-Israeli conflict. Before commenting on the plan, everyone should actually read it. It is a... Full story


The 'deal of the century' must be rejected 

(JNS)—We have now seen and heard the primary official details of the “deal of the century,” and it is, indeed, a bad deal for Israel. Presumably, the intentions that led to the formulation of the plan, the formal title of which is “Peace to... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    February 7, 2020

What Putin didn't talk about in Jerusalem...

(JNS)—Predictably, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech to last week’s World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem raised hackles among the responsible guardians of Holocaust memory. The Russian dictator claimed that 40 percent of the 6 million... 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... Full story

 By Sam Sokol    News    February 7, 2020

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin takes a lead role in pushing back against Europe's Holocaust revisionism

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israeli President Reuven Rivlin assailed Polish complicity in the murder of European Jews during the Holocaust during a visit to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwit... Full story


Trump's Middle East peace plan has 99 problems, but Israeli engineers say a tunnel ain't one

(JTA)-President Donald Trump's long-awaited peace plan has been met with plenty of skepticism since its release on Tuesday. Could Trump actually be the one to settle a decades old conflict where so... Full story


For first time in history Israeli concerns at forefront

(JNS)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has perhaps never looked more subtly elated on any previous visit to the White House than he did on Tuesday. He and U.S. President Donald Trump, the friendliest-ever president toward Israel in U.S.... Full story


Scene Around

Combating hate?... I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress digest and pass it along: "WJC President Ambassador RONALD S. LAUDER delivered the keynote address at a recent event at the... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 7, 2020

What the Democratic presidential candidates have said about Trump's Middle East peace plan

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Democrats running for president have hewed to the party line in criticizing the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan rolled out by President Donald Trump: Unilateral annexation of settlements is the wrong way to go. The tone was... Full story


Jewish mom Pink opens up about aging and I feel so seen

I grew up with Pink. Her first two albums, "Can't Take Me Home" and "Missundaztood," came out during bat mitzvah season for me, and it was her songs that truly got the party started. Yes, they were... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    February 7, 2020

Palestinians warn of violence tied to Trump peace plan

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Trump administration’s peace plan is an attempt to destroy the Palestinian cause and could lead to violence on the part of the Palestinian public, Palestinian Authority officials warned. In addition, a senior aide to... Full story



Written by the family Andrew Jacob Ruben passed away in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. He was born on Jan. 22, 1998 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Anthony and Pamela Ruben (nee April). Andy... Full story


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