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Articles from the December 9, 2016 edition

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Federation honors new class of Bornstein grads

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Program has 11 new alumni. Members of the 2015-16 Bornstein class were honored in a graduation ceremony at... Full story


Fires out in Israel, it's time to rebuild

Following six days of devastating fires that ravaged Israel, Jewish National Fund (JNF-USA) is stepping up fundraising efforts to raise the many millions of dollars needed to help the nation recover.... Full story


Meals restructured at Kinneret

The Kinneret Council on Aging (KCOA), a nonprofit agency that provides ongoing programs and services to residents of Kinneret Apartments, has announced a restructuring of the meal service program to... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 9, 2016

Betsy DeVos, Trump pick for education, pleases Orthodox, spooks church-state separationists

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Add sweeping school reforms-and with them, funding for private schools that Orthodox groups embrace and secular Jewish groups fear-to the campaign promises that Donald Trump plans to... Full story

 By Andrew Tobin    News    December 9, 2016

Top U.S. firefighters 'dropped everything' to help Israel battle the blazes

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Call them Israel's American volunteer fire brigade. Dozens of firefighters from across the United States put their lives on hold-leaving behind jobs and families-to help subdue the... Full story


Rabbis visit Rebbe's resting place

More than 5,600 Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic rabbinic emissaries and communal leaders from 90 countries, hailing from as far away as Bangkok and Kenya gathered for the International Conference of... Full story


Yuval Rabin, son of Yitzhak Rabin, to speak at Beth Am about medical aid to Syrians

The State of Israel's humanitarian efforts to alleviate the suffering of the casualties of the civil war in Syria will be presented on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Am in... Full story


Play proceeds to benefit two nonprofit agencies

One of the objectives of local award-winning author Yvonne David's story-become-play "Out of the Apple Orchard"-which premieres on Monday, Dec. 19, at the Orlando Repertory Theatre-is to bring attenti... Full story


JFS will deliver Kosher meals to adult shut-ins before Chanukah

Once again this year, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando will deliver Kosher prepared meals to older adult shut-ins just prior to Chanukah at no cost to the recipients. The food will be prepared by Kosher Gourmet in Kissimmee and will be... Full story


Save the date for Choices 2017

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Choices 2017 is just a few months away-Thursday, Feb. 9, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Keeping with tradition, Choices co-chairs Leigh Norber and... Full story


An evening of food, fun and friends at COS Mahjong tournament

Congregation Ohev Shalom’s Sisterhood invites you to participate in their 5th annual Mahjong Tournament for another exciting event filled with food, fun and friends. This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, Dec.18. Ohev’s Mahjong tournament... Full story


Struggling for 'The Middle Way' in a world of extremes

Can you feel the center collapsing all around you? Looking to the left and to the right—politically and religiously, here and in Israel—I see the gap widening at an increasingly rapid rate. The search for The Golden Mean, the desirable balance be... Full story


The present and future with Trump

Donald Trump is sending mixed messages, some of them more troubling than others. Americans might wonder why others are paying attention. The answer is simple. The U.S. aspires to influence the world, or at least large parts of it. And large parts of... Full story


Rockefeller BDS empire, New Israel Fund, campus anti-Semitism

The New Israel Fund recently received a grant to “research and report on anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses.” On the surface, this appears to be a welcome development—a progressive group being mobilized to confront a major social malady plaguing... Full story


Jimmy Carter spreads anti-Israel venom like cancer

It’s always interesting when Jimmy Carter raises his head from the depths of his presidency in exile, like a perennial groundhog. The main difference is that when groundhogs raise their head, it forecasts either more winter or an early spring. In... Full story


Forty years ago this week, the UN perpetuated Palestinian suffering

During the past few years, the resettlement of refugees has been one of the key issues in international politics. Thehorrendous conflict in Syria has forced more than half the country from their homes, with 4.8 million refugees fleeing to... 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


CTeen and JNF bring early Chanukah to Aleh Negev

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, Jewish high school students from all over metro Orlando gathered in Nate's Shul in Longwood for an evening of volunteering to help Israeli children with special needs. The... Full story


Hillel's Bars & Mitzvah series

Hillel students from Rollins and UCF met with Federation Executive Director Olga Yorish and Eric Sugarman from Federation as part of Hillel's Bars & Mitzvahs series. The goal of B&M is for upper... Full story


Beth Sholom December schedule

Celebrate Shabbat with the synagogue that feels like family. The Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi Karen Allen is on Friday, Dec. 9th at 7 p.m. The service will honor the new members who have joined the congregation during 2016. An Oneg Shabbat... Full story


Shalom Families builds a new tradition with second Family Mitzvah Day

Nearly 70 people took part in a Thanksgiving mitzvah on Nov. 20 as part of the Second Annual Shalom Families/PJ Library Family Mitzvah Day at Build-A-Bear in Altamonte Springs. Shalom Families is a... Full story


Six amazing Israeli inventions discovered by accident

ISRAEL21c—When Avram Hershko was a post-doc fellow at the University of California in San Francisco from 1969 to 1971, he made an unexpected discovery that led to his receiving the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The professor at the... Full story


Scene Around

We all mourn... I received this during last month from the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along in part to you: "World Jewish Congress president Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder remembered... Full story


Sharing Shabbat

On a recent Friday night, love and warmth permeated throughout the room. The Jewish Pavilion partnered up for an intergenerational Shabbat dinner with Horizon Bay Lake Orienta and Our Jewish Orlando.... Full story


A Jewish Pavilion birthday wish

Walter Goldstein, Jewish Pavilion program director, wished "a great big happy birthday to our Ms. Lillian celebrating her birthday with us this month." She received a hand made blanket donated by Jo... Full story


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