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  • Why does Iran want nuclear weapons capability?

    Apr 8, 2022

    Temple Israel is proud to host "Inside the Mind of Iran's Leader," an in-person talk from Iran and Middle East expert David Nissan, on Saturday, May 28, immediately following Shabbat services and kiddush in the Roth Social Hall. Imagine that Iran's leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, comes to Orlando, and in a one-time meeting with an American audience talks openly and candidly about issues that concern us about his country. What are the real reasons behind Iran's relentless quest to attain nuclear...

  • Double your impact with JFS Orlando's Restock & Rebuild

    Apr 8, 2022

    Beginning March 15th through April 30th, every donation to Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando during the Restock & Rebuild Challenge is being generously matched dollar for dollar by The Weiner Family and The Winter Park Wealth Group, with a total match of up to $25,000. JFS Orlando continues to meet the increasing needs of our community by: DOUBLING the capacity of the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry, currently under renovation, to keep up with the increase in those seeking food...

  • Learn the history of St. Augustine's Temple Bet Yam

    Apr 8, 2022

    The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society will explore the history of Temple Bet Yam, with a program in the synagogue's facility at 2055 Wildwood Drive, St. Augustine, Florida 32086, on Wednesday, May 11 at 2 p.m. The program will include presentations by Temple Bet Yam founders Shelly and Marty Cohen, Carol Gladstone, Joan Guglielmo, and Donna and Elliott Palevsky. The program is open to the public, all are welcome. There is no charge. No advance arrangements need be made. Founded in 1993,...

  • JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

    Apr 8, 2022

    Playtime isn’t just for kids! It’s important for adults to make time for play too, whether it’s something that gets you up and moving like dancing or working out, or something more laid back like painting or taking a fun virtual class. Add fun activities to your calendar and take some time away from work and the everyday. Putting your wellness first doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be fun too! We’re here to help. Our therapists can build an individualized wellness plan with you, or our Fa...

  • The power, potential and possible pitfalls of the Negev Summit

    Alex Traiman|Apr 8, 2022

    (JNS) - The sight of four Arab foreign ministers - from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt - accompanied by the U.S. Secretary of State and hosted by an Israeli foreign minister at the first annual Negev Summit at Kibbutz Sde Boker was more than just the fulfillment of founding Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion's vision to make the desert bloom. The summit demonstrates that the 2020 Abraham Accords pave a clear path to the end of the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict. It also...

  • Senate unanimously confirms Lipstadt

    Ron Kampeas|Apr 8, 2022

    WASHINGTON (JTA) - The Senate in a voice vote unanimously confirmed Deborah Lipstadt, the Holocaust scholar who endured delays and a contentious hearing in her nomination to be antisemitism monitor. The vote late Wednesday took mere seconds. "The ayes appear to have it," Sen. Tammy Baldwin, the Wisconsin Democrat who was presiding over the session, said after calling for a vote. "The ayes do have it. The nomination is confirmed." There were no "Nos." It was not clear from the C-Span video,...

  • Biden proposes boosting budget for nonprofit security

    Ron Kampeas|Apr 8, 2022

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden wants to increase federal funding for security for nonprofits from $250 million to $360 million, a key request advanced by Jewish organizations in the wake of attacks on Jewish institutions. Biden included the funding in the homeland security section of the $5.8 trillion federal budget he released Monday. Presidential budgets function as wish lists, and not every component will likely pass congressional muster, but including the request gives its chances of adoption a significant boost. “In prior years, be...

  • Hillary Clinton tries to rewrite history

    Stephen M. Flatow|Apr 8, 2022

    (JNS) — I understand that Hillary Clinton is mourning the passing of her friend and predecessor, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. But that doesn’t give her the right to revise the historical record concerning Albright and Israel. Writing in The New York Times on March 27, Clinton described Albright as “a woman of action, especially when facing injustice.” According to Clinton, Albright “understood that American power is the only thing standing between the rules-based global order and the rule of the sword.” And she “never stop...

  • Cold War II and Biden's new 'new world order'

    Clifford D. May|Apr 8, 2022

    (JNS) — These are confusing times, and President Joe Biden is not helping to bring clarity. Last week, for example, he told Business Roundtable that “there’s going to be a new world order.” What could he possibly have meant? The old “new world order” was established by the United States following World War II. With the hopefully named United Nations at its core, the goal was to prevent or at least limit armed conflicts, promote human rights and establish a body of international laws and norms. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the 199...

  • Prepare a war-crimes tribunal for Putin

    Mitchell Bard|Apr 8, 2022

    (JNS) — As the evidence of war crimes committed by the Russians in Ukraine mounts, and President Joe Biden has already labeled Russian President Vladimir Putin a “war criminal,” the United States should lay the groundwork for a war-crimes trial patterned after the Nuremberg trials following World War II. A tribunal should be formed with the most esteemed jurists from the United States, Britain, France, and perhaps one or more other countries, to ensure a fair and credible trial of Putin and the officers who carried out his orders. The Inter...

  • The new Iran deal is a disaster, and everyone knows it

    Farley Weiss|Apr 8, 2022

    (JNS) — The United States and Iran are reportedly on the cusp of a new nuclear agreement. One of the last remaining issues is said to be whether or not the Biden administration removes the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the Foreign Terrorist Organization list. The administration is purportedly offering to do so on the condition that Iran makes some amorphous commitment to rein in its regional aggression and refrain from targeting Americans. In other words, as far as the Biden administration is concerned, it’s OK if the Iranians att...

  • 20 years on, PA still glorifies the perpetrators of the Passover Seder Massacre

    Lt Col Maurice Hirsch|Apr 8, 2022

    (JNS) — March 27, 2022, was the twentieth anniversary of the Passover Seder Massacre. As families sat down to Passover dinner at the Park Hotel in Netanya in northern Israel in 2002, a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated his explosive device in the dining hall, murdering 30 and wounding another 160. Every month, the Palestinian Authority spends tens of thousands of dollars to reward the bomber’s family and pay salaries to the terrorists arrested by Israel for their part in the massacre. Among the terrorists arrested for the attack are: Abb...

  • What's Happening

    Apr 8, 2022

    MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, some minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. 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.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona — Monday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904-672-9300. Congr...

  • Israeli leaders vow swift response to terror wave

    Apr 8, 2022

    (JNS) — Israel’s leadership vowed a swift response to ending the latest terror wave, while also offering condolences to the victims and their families, in a flurry of statements on Tuesday evening. “Israel is facing a deadly wave of Arab terrorism,” said Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in a statement. “My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones tonight, and I pray for the well-being of the wounded.” He went on to say that security forces are responding, and that “we will fight terror with perseverance, stubbornness...

  • Passover Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

    Chanie Apfelbaum|Apr 8, 2022

    There's nothing like Passover to remind us where we come from. In many Jewish homes, Passover traditions are carried down from father to son, establishing the family's customs and setting the standards for their Passover pantry. Growing up, my family's standards were quite stringent. We did not eat any processed ingredients, and we only used produce that could be peeled. My mother prepared simple syrup in place of sugar, and we seasoned our dishes minimally with kosher salt, no spices allowed....

  • Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk Adult day care programs are available

    Nancy Ludin, CEO of the Jewish Pavilion|Apr 8, 2022

    Adult Day Care Centers are designed to provide care and companionship for older adults who need assistance or supervision during the day. Programs offer relief to family members and caregivers, allowing them to go to work, handle personal business, or just relax while knowing their relative is well cared for and safe. Adult day-care programs encourage socialization and may delay or be an alternative to institutionalization. There are two types of adult day care: adult social day care and adult day health care. Adult social day care provides...

  • RAISE March Employees of the Month

    Apr 8, 2022

    Mildred - Congregation Ohev Shalom, Jewish Academy of Orlando and Kinneret Congratulations to RAISE's Employee of the Month-Mildred! Mildred is a valued employee at Congregation Ohev Shalom, Jewish Academy Art Room, and most recently added Kinneret Senior Living facility to her resume. At Ohev, Mildred has the important responsibilities of serving snack to over 100 students and teachers each Wednesday. This has given Mildred the opportunity to interact with a variety of people and to be assertiv...

  • Nominate a community hero for the Heritage Human Service Award

    Apr 8, 2022

    Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2022 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando this summer. “For more than 30 years, individuals who have made major, voluntary contributions of their talent, time, energy and effort to the Central Florida community have been honored with the selection and presentation of this award,” said Jeff Gaeser, editor and publisher of the Heritage. Last year’s recipient was Bruce Gould. Former recipients have inclu...

  • Scene Around

    Gloria Yousha|Apr 8, 2022

    First, before I begin my column, I want to express my condolences to the family of the late Madeleine Albright as well as to all of us. (She was quite a loss.) Madeleine was the first United States woman Secretary of State under President CLINTON. She immigrated with her family, (Jews who converted to Christianity) to the U.S. from Communist Czechslovakia. Unfortunately, she said, her parents never told her about her Jewish ancestry and heritage. (She learned of this in 1997). May she forever...

  • How to make your own Haggadah

    My Jewish Learning|Apr 8, 2022

    Making your own Haggadah is not just a money-saver, but also a great way to educate yourself about the Passover seder, add a unique twist to your seder and have a more meaningful and satisfying holiday. For generations, enterprising seder leaders have been sticking post-it notes in their favorite parts of existing Haggadahs, adding in photocopied readings or even cutting and pasting from multiple Haggadahs and combining it all in a looseleaf binder. The Internet makes the project of creating a...

  • 10 Tips for a Less Stressful Passover

    Duby Litvin|Apr 8, 2022

    Passover requires a lot of preparation, especially if you are making your home kosher for Passover. These 10 tips will help you organize and prioritize, so you can enjoy the holiday. Don’t Wing It, Plan It Planning is imperative. Think of your house as your corporation and you are its CEO. You are in charge. Just like a big company would plan out their functions, so too you want to work on “Project Passover.” When you have a plan in place, things will go much more smoothly. Delegate To Your Team, Including Children As CEO it is your job to de...

  • Obituary - DR. IRENE MOSS LOBER

    Apr 8, 2022

    Dr. Irene Moss Lober, a resident of Lake Mary, passed away on March 28, 2022. A daughter of Brooklyn, Irene was one of five children raised by loving parents Beckie (Belanka) and David Moss. She was predeceased by her siblings, Albert, Caroline, Louis and Harold. She met the love of her life, Sol, while selling war bonds in the City College of New York cafeteria when Sol returned from WWII to study on the GI bill. He knew from the moment he met her that she was his intended and proposed six weeks later. They were married for 66 years before...

  • Ahead of Passover, Homeland Security steps up effort to protect Jewish facilities and congregants

    Mike Wagenheim|Apr 8, 2022

    (JNS) - Colleyville. Pittsburgh. Poway. Too many Jewish institutions are wondering if they'll be next. Too many in Brooklyn, N.Y., and elsewhere already deal with the reality of antisemitic attacks that keep on coming. The federal government says it stands ready to help ahead of the holiday season. Marcus Coleman, director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, sat down one-on-one with JNS to explain what resources are available for...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Apr 8, 2022

    Israeli soldiers return fire and kill at least 2 Palestinians in raid as tensions continue to mount By Gabe Friedman (JTA) — Israeli soldiers shot and killed at least two Palestinians after being fired at in a raid on a West Bank refugee camp on Thursday, in the latest instance of rapidly escalating tensions across Israel. Troops entered the Jenin camp to arrest suspects allegedly connected to the terror attack that left five Israelis dead in and around Bnei Brak on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces said, and to subdue others who were s...

  • War in Ukraine could put a crunch on 'shmura' matzah supplies

    David I. Klein|Apr 8, 2022

    (JTA) — On Feb. 24, two shipping containers laden with 20,000 pounds of shmura matzah were slated to head out of port in Odessa, Ukraine, on their way to Orthodox Jews in the United States. Two hours before they were to be loaded onto a ship, Russia invaded. The shipment was the last of 200,000 pounds of unleavened bread that Ukrainian matzah bakeries shipped to the United States this year, in addition to what they ship to Europe and Israel. Now, technically outside of Ukraine’s customs zon...

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