Articles from the March 9, 2018 edition

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 By Ben Sales    News    March 9, 2018

Parkland students begin to heal at Jewish conference in New York

(JTA)-Seven survivors of the Parkland school shooting were among thousands of Jewish high school students who attended the annual conference of the Chabad movement's youth group. Responding to the Feb... Full story


Choices 2018: A night of transformation

The 24th annual presentation of Choices on March 26 is subtitled "Women Transforming Lives," and that theme rings true, right down to the venue chosen for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's... Full story


Choices 'Lights of Empowerment' ceremony

In response to feedback from previous attendees, Choices 2018 will place a greater emphasis on socializing than in years past, allowing women ample time to connect and celebrate. The highlight of the... Full story


ADL: Anti-Semitism surged in 2017

(JNS)-The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared in 2017, according to the annual report by the Anti-Defamation League. There were 1,986 acts classified as anti-Semitic in 2017,... Full story


JNF gala speakers to talk about 'Israel and the next generation'

Jewish National Fund (JNF-USA) will host the annual Tree of Life™ Award Gala at Congregation Ohev Shalom on Tuesday, March 20, to honor Deborah Dorsky Meitin, Marc Reicher, James Riola, and Rabbi A... Full story


Congregation Sinai needs community help and support

This small congregation located in Minneola, Fla., has been serving the Jewish community of Central Florida since 2003. After providing successful community service for the past 15 years, they have just received an unexpected lease non-renewal... Full story


Celebrate Passover with Congregation Beth Sholom

Congregation Beth Sholom, “The Synagogue that Feels Like Family,” invites the community to attend a second night Passover Seder with Rabbi Karen Allen at Pennbrooke Fairways, 501 State Road 44, in Leesburg, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. A tra... Full story


Rosen JCC Men's Night Out

It’s a time for the men to get together and watch the opening games of the NCAA tournament or play poker and blackjack at the Rosen JCC’s Men’s Night Out, March 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be lots of food, fun and friendship. The event... Full story


JFS Orlando Restock Challenge is on!

From March 1 until April 15 JFS Orlando will be collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to restock their pantry shelves. This year the Weiner family and the Winter Park Wealth Group will match 50 cents for every dollar and one pound... Full story

 By Yaakov Lappin    News    March 9, 2018

Syria is now 'a Shi'a colony of Iran,' Damascus-born professor tells Israeli conference

(JNS)-After years of bloody warfare, Syria has become a "Shi'a colony of Iran," a Syrian professor who lives in Germany told an Israeli conference in recent days. Addressing the Begin-Sadat Center... Full story


Rajoub vs. Dahlan to replace Mahmoud Abbas

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs via JNS The battle for the succession of Mahmoud Abbas in the Palestinian Authority is heating up. This was apparent from Fatah Secretary-General Jibril Rajoub's re... Full story


Granddaughter of former Sen. Lieberman makes aliyah

(JNS)-The granddaughter of former longtime U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has immigrated to Israel. Nesya Lieberman, 20, made aliyah on Tuesday through the Nefesh B'Nefesh organization, in partnership with... Full story


The embassy will move... and the world won't end

(JNS)—Maybe it wasn’t such a big deal after all. Instead of waiting until 2019 or 2020, the U.S. embassy to Israel will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May. On Friday, the Trump administration said the ceremony converting a Jerusalem con... Full story

 By Boaz Bizmuth    Opinions    March 9, 2018

On Israel, Trump doesn't just make promises, he takes action

Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS via JNS President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec. 6 was not a political move, but rather the fulfillment of a true intention. The same goes for his decision on Friday to move t... Full story

 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    March 9, 2018

Purim and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee

Last week we observed the holiday of Purim with the reading in synagogues around the world of the Megillat Esther, partying with strong drink and masquerades, eating Hamantashen (named after the notorious Haman), and exchanging Shalach Monot (gifts... Full story


You cannot whitewash away Polish anti-Semitism

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was forced last week to deny being a Holocaust revisionist, after suggesting that Jews were complicit in their own genocide. Referring to a new Polish law making it illegal to say the country has... Full story


The PA is not a sacred cow

(JNS)—It has become a platitude repeated ad nauseam by former Israeli security officials: The Palestinian Authority must not be weakened because this might imperil Israel. The reasoning is that even though the PA is bad, at least it cooperates, to a... Full story


From the Editor's Desk: How Israel handles school shootings

As our government continues to debate the gun law issues and what to do concerning protecting our schools, Israel has the problem very much under control. Since 1974 there have only been about one-half dozen terrorist attacks on Israeli schools.... Full story


The ballet came to Westminster

The Orlando Ballet School, on behalf of the Jewish Pavilion and under the direction of Dierdre Miles Burger, gave a special performance for residents of Westminster Winter Park on Feb. 27. Attendees... Full story


Czech-Israeli solidarity

Although "The Moldau" (Czech Vltava), is immediately recognized by most lovers of classical music as the work of composer Bedrich Smetana evoking the flow of the Vltava River from the forests of... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 9, 2018

What is AIPAC's role in the age of Trump?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—When candidate Donald Trump spoke at AIPAC’s Policy Conference in 2016 and said Barack Obama may be the worst thing that ever happened to Israel, many cheered, many choked and the organization apologized. The fallout from that eve... Full story


JNF celebrates the power of women

Jewish National Fund is celebrating Women’s Month in March and highlighting the remarkable women who have taken on leadership roles within the organization. JNF Women’s Month coincides with National Women’s History Month, as well as International Wom... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Kathryn 'Katie' Rose Botwink

Kathryn "Katie" Rose Botwinik, the daughter of Steven and Nikki Botwinik, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Katie has been... Full story


Scene Around

Our people have been there... I read this in a letter from the American Jewish World Service: As this column is read, "we have just celebrated Purim, a celebratory holiday filled full of treats and... Full story

 By Batya Jerenberg    News    March 9, 2018

US ambassador warns against Jewish expulsion from Judea and Samaria

Privately and off the record, US Ambassador David Friedman gave a pessimistic assessment of issues surrounding a possible peace deal with the Palestinians to a group of officials from the Conference... Full story


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