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Kosher food and Shabbat at the Olympics thanks to Chabad

(JTA)-Though the Jewish community in South Korea is small, Jews visiting the country to compete in or watch the Winter Olympic Games won't have to skimp on kosher food or Shabbat programming. The...

 

Central Florida Jewish Book Festival hosts award-winning authors

Learn and laugh with four award-winning Jewish authors at the literary event of the year. On Feb. 25, Writer's Block Bookstore is partnering with The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater...

 

Choices 2018 is coming this spring

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's annual Women's Philanthropy event will be held Monday, March 26, on the Maitland Jewish Community Campus. This year's theme is "Women Transforming Lives."...

 

Poles: 'We did not kill Jews'

WARSAW, Poland (JTA)-The Polish Senate passed legislation that criminalizes accusing the Polish state of the crimes committed by the Germans during World War II. The amendment to the Act on the Instit...

 

Mega Shabbat meal at UCF to give nod to the undefeated UCF Knights

Hundreds of students, faculty and community members, along with players from the Undefeated UCF Knights will partake in a "Shabbat of Champions," in the Pegasus Ballroom on Feb. 23 in what is...

 

Hear 'A Soldier's Story' at JOIN Orlando

On Feb. 25, 7 p.m., JOIN Orlando is hosting David Sussman, a former IDF soldier, who will tell his first-hand account of the Second Lebanon War in 2006. During this war, Sussman almost lost his life...

 

Special celebrations of Purim at CRJ

On Saturday, Feb. 24, Congregation of Reform Judaism will celebrate Purim with a night of music and fun as they host “Esther: A Persian Musical,” by Cantor Jamie Marx, music (by based on the music of the Broadway hit “Hamilton”) Lin-Manuel...

 

Ongoing events at Congregation Beth Am

New ‘Mommy and Me’ class Join Cantor Nina Fine as she leads a Mommy and Me class at Congregation Beth Am, Monday mornings, 10 to 11:30 a.m. K’tanim, as the class is also called, is only $7 per family and free for CBA members.  Contact the CBA...

 

Scout Shabbat celebration

The Children of Abraham Foundation, Inc., the charter organization for the local Jewish Boy Scout Units Troop 641, Pack 641 and Crew 641, is holding the celebration of Scout Shabbat at the The Roth Family Jewish Community Center in Maitland of Feb....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 9, 2018

In the State of the Union, Trump vows to punish countries that criticized his Jerusalem decision

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump called on Congress to pass a law that would extend foreign assistance only to “friendly” nations, a dig at the countries that voted in the United Nations to censure the United States for recognizing...

 

Polish Holocaust bill may have 'repercussions'

(JTA)—The U.S. Embassy in Poland said it was “concerned about the repercussions” for bilateral relations after the Polish Senate passed legislation that criminalizes accusing the Polish state of the crimes committed by the Germans during World...

 

Shira Goodman steps down as CEO of Staples

(JTA)-Staples CEO Shira Goodman abruptly departed as head of the retailer after a year and a half on the job. The company announced Friday that Goodman was stepping down. Her successor was later...

 
 By JNS.org    News    February 9, 2018

Obama defends 2016 absention on anti-Israel UN resolution

Former President Barack Obama this week defended his controversial decision to allow a December 2016 United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s presence in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria to pass in the waning days of...

 

Why the Reconstructionist movement is rebranding

PHILADELPHIA (JTA)—“I don’t know any Jews who go to temple.” The line is from a remarkably poignant scene in the 2004 film “Garden State,” in which Zach Braff’s character explains to his love interest, played by Natalie Portman, a few...

 

Does the Obama-Farrakhan photo matter? Does anything?

(JTA)—“Nothing matters.” You hear that a lot these days. You hear it when The Wall Street Journal reports that the president’s personal lawyer paid a porn actress $130,000, at the height of the presidential campaign, so she would stay sile...

 

Why polls on a Palestinian state are a mirage

(JNS)—Ever wonder why polls consistently show that a large portion of the Israeli public supports creating a Palestinian state? How can it be that despite the Palestinian Authority’s support for terrorism, violations of the Oslo Accords and...

 

The heroic legacy of the 35

This past week Israel commemorated the 70th anniversary of one of its most heroic, sad, and yet pivotal battles in its early struggle for independence, among ongoing battles to defend itself until today. I was reminded of the anniversary when I...

 
 By Ami Eden    Opinions    February 9, 2018

Donald Trump and Team Kushner sure sound like they want to make a Mideast deal

(JTA)—Donald Trump is just the man to get an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal done. Just ask Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister was gushing last week about Trump’s negotiating team, which is led by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. “The...

 
 By Ami Eden    Opinions    February 9, 2018

Donald Trump and Team Kushner sure sound like they want to make a Mideast deal

(JTA)—Donald Trump is just the man to get an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal done. Just ask Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister was gushing last week about Trump’s negotiating team, which is led by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. “The...

 

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...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 9, 2018

A Trump nominee makes Jewish groups choose between Israel and sexual harassment

WASHINGTON (JTA)—If there’s overlap between Hillel and the National Council of Jewish Women, it’s in two areas: defending Israel and combating violence against women on campus. Leaders of the campus Jewish organization took a look at the...

 

The best vegetarian matzah ball soup recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Let's face it: There's just something wonderfully soothing about seeing a steaming bowl of matzah ball soup with its pillowy-plump dumplings swimming in a bath of golden broth....

 

Louvre puts Nazi-looted art on display in bid to find owners

(JTA)—The Louvre Museum in Paris has put 31 Nazi-looted paintings on permanent display in an attempt to find their rightful owners. The works were installed in two showrooms last month, The Associated Press reported. Some 296 Nazi-looted paintings...

 

Jewish Academy of Orlando-40 years and counting

On Sunday, Dec. 17, the Jewish Academy of Orlando celebrated its 40th anniversary in style. Its annual gala honored both Dr. Jordan and Nathalie Steinberg and gave a lifetime achievement award to Dr....

 

Scene Around

Not "fake news"... Recently, I watched the movie "Fiddler on the Roof" (for the third time) on television. This time was particularly strange as I felt that I was in Russia and Ukraine while watching....

 

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