Articles from the March 22, 2019 edition

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 By Yaakov Lappin    News    March 22, 2019

Rockets on Tel Aviv an escalation that could cost Hamas dearly

(JNS)-Last Thursday night's twin rocket attack on greater Tel Aviv from the Gaza Strip marks a dramatic escalation of the security situation that could prove to be highly costly for Hamas. While it...

 

A new play about freedom from addiction is coming to Orlando

Today there is a severe addiction problem in the United States. Jews are rarely associated with this side of life. However, no one is immune, and Jews are not immune to the devastation of addiction. One residential addiction treatment center, Beit...

 
 By Paul Lefton    News    March 22, 2019

Giving is in the Farb's blood

You can see it in their faces and hear it their voices, which come alive with passion as they speak about their 40-year commitment to the Greater Orlando Jewish community: Stuart and Jo Ann Farb...

 
 By Pinhas Inbari    News    March 22, 2019

Forming the new PA government

(The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs via JNS)-Two developments currently taking place in the Palestinian arena deserve our attention, and both of these are interlinked: the proposed new...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    March 22, 2019

Rollins' students learn core life lessons from The Apple Tree Series

"Gratitude. Mindfulness. Community Engagement." These are just some of the merits, which Dr. Susan A. Bach, Ph.D., formerly the executive director of the Center for Leadership Development at Rollins...

 

Fair Trade Values and Jewish ethics

Each year, Susan Bernstein, Jewish Pavilion program director, travels to Guatemala to visit with Mayan women artisans who have been trained to use their skills in weaving, beading, and crocheting to...

 

Get tee'd up for Congregation Sinai's annual golf tournament

Congregation Sinai will host its annual Golf Tournament on Sunday, March 31, at the Green Valley Golf Course on Sunday in Clermont, Florida 34711. This tournament offers lunch, plenty of awards and...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 22, 2019

Trump touts new Republican group, 'Jexodus,' urging Jews to bolt Democratic Party

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump promoted on his Twitter feed a group founded by Republicans that hopes to draw young Jews away from the Democratic Party. “‘Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party,’” Trump said Tuesday...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 22, 2019

Political rivals Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu will face off at AIPAC conference

(JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, will speak at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington ahead of national elections next month in Israel....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 22, 2019

State Department drops Israel 'occupied' language

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Trump administration ended the policy of referring to the West Bank and the Golan Heights as “occupied” by Israel. The State Department’s annual report on global human rights issues, issued Wednesday, drops the “occupie...

 

The UCC is not a 'just peace' church

(JNS)—On paper, the United Church of Christ should be well-equipped to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The UCC, a liberal Protestant denomination with 800,000 members and a little less than 5,000 churches in the United States,...

 

Contemporary Hamans and their predecessors

This past week we celebrated the holiday of Purim. It is a festive holiday because it commemorates the victory of the Jewish citizens of Persia over their fellow citizens who were given license by the king’s decree to destroy the Jews in their...

 

Tied score

There are polls every day or two. You can see the latest at  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_polling_for_the_2019_Israeli_legislative_election They pretty much are showing a tie, or close to it between the center-left and the right. Bibi is a...

 

'Bibi or Tibi' debate is about Zionism, not racism

(JNS)—He’s done it again. After being called out for allegedly employing racist incitement against Israeli Arabs during election campaigns, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being attacked again for saying things that hurt the...

 

Fear and loathing at IDF checkpoints

(JNS)—A critical function of the Israel Defense Forces is to secure borders and sensitive locations, in addition to the transition points in and through such areas. Guard duty is deceptively routine and simple. Like other military functions, most...

 

lhan Omar, the Benjamins and Purim today

George Elliott is credited with saying, “History repeats itself.” Mark Twain sharply improved on it with his observation that “history doesn’t repeat itself—but it does rhyme.” No matter how much things may change, one constant always...

 

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....

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    March 22, 2019

Shtayyeh appointed new PA prime minister

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has appointed a Fatah Party insider who was educated abroad as prime minister. Mohammad Shtayyeh, a longtime Abbas ally, was announced on...

 

KCOA celebrates their annual 8 over 80 Gala

The Kinneret Council on Aging, a nonprofit agency that provides ongoing programs and services to residents of Kinneret Apartments, held their 2019, 8 over 80 Gala on Sunday, March 3. The gala...

 
 By Lisa Levine    News    March 22, 2019

'Mitzvah Maj' is fun for Jewish Pavilion volunteers and residents

The clatter of a bagful of mahjong tiles spilling onto a table broke the quiet of the commons at Tuskawilla Nursing and Rehab Center on a recent Thursday morning. Jill Cousins had just arrived and...

 

On this Spanish island, Purim used to be the biggest holiday for persecuted Jews

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (JTA)-On this island south of Barcelona, Jews celebrate Purim these days pretty much as they do most anywhere else in Europe. There's the reading of the Book of Esther at the...

 

Scene Around

Climate change?... I received a report from the Environmental Defense Fund recently. It said in large red letters, “WE ARE A PLANET IN DANGER! I pass it on to you: “United Nation Secretary-General, ANTONIO GUTERRES said,’ This report by the...

 

Meet the Jewish artist behind the haunting Purim puppets of Paris

(JTA)-Though he may be one of France's best-known puppet makers, Michel Nedjar insists he does not really create the acclaimed and haunting figures that he calls his "Purim puppets." A former...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 22, 2019

Israel has no plans to leave the Golan Heights

(JNS)-After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Golan Heights this week together with U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, former U.S....

 

The Romans tried to ban wild Purim parties in 408 CE

(JTA)—Every year before Purim, my inbox and social media fill up with dire exhortations from rabbis and yeshivas warning against the dangers of celebratory excess—as if drunkenness on the holiday were something new. In reality, the after-Purim...

 

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