Articles from the January 20, 2017 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 20, 2017

Obama's two farewells: Urging Americans, Israelis to defend their values

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Barack Obama got his kishkes back. The president, whose alleged aloofness was the signature flaw cited by his rivals, his critics and at times his friends, ended his presidency with... Full story

 By David Posner    News    January 20, 2017

Bomb threats won't derail the vital activity of JCCs

(JTA)-A bomb threat is never an inconsequential thing. But 16 in one day is inconceivable-at least it was until Monday, Jan. 9. That's when 16 Jewish community centers in nine states received calls... Full story


Hadassah welcomes national president

Ellen Hershkin, national president of Hadassah, will visit with the members of the Orlando Chapter on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at 1 p.m. to discuss the organizations plans for the upcoming year and... Full story


CBA honors Mitzvah Brigade

Congregation Beth Am will celebrate over four decades serving the Jewish community and honor the CBA Mitzvah Brigade at its 40th Anniversary Gala on Sunday, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m., at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. The event will include a kosher dinner,... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    January 20, 2017

What will Trump mean for U.S. ties with Israel's peaceful Arab neighbors?

The incoming Donald Trump presidency likely means a sharp break from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. For Egypt and Jordan, the only two Arab countries that have peace treaties with Israel and two of the most reliable U.S. allies in the Middl... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    January 20, 2017

After bomb threats, FBI to coordinate with JCCs in 'new reality'

NEW YORK (JTA)—The FBI and Department of Homeland Security will be assisting local Jewish community centers in bolstering security after 16 JCCs received bomb threats on the same day. On Wednesday, officials from the FBI and Homeland Security will c... Full story


The impact of changing borders in Eastern Europe discussed at JGSGO Workshop

Start on a family discovery journey with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando as it continues My Jewish Roots a JGSGO Workshop Roadshow. Each participant's family discovery journey will... Full story


JFS Orlando hosts a coffee tour of its facility

On Jan. 26, come tour JFS Orlando located at 2100 Lee Road, Winter Park 32789. Learn for yourself the impact JFS Orlando is having in our community. Scheduled tours start at 8 a.m. Coffee and light breakfast served. Reservation is requested. Please... Full story


Shades of the Solar Bears and Jewish Academy singers

Guess who came to celebrate Shabbat with the students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando? None other than Shades from the Orlando Solar Bears! Shades came to promote Jewish Academy of Orlando Day at... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 20, 2017

The tide slowly turns against Iranian terror

A glimmer of hope in the fight against Iranian-backed terrorism shone forth from Argentina during the final days of 2016. A federal appeals court ruled that former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will face a new investigation over allegation... Full story


Kerry's Israel speech dishonored Martin Luther King Jr.

In his recent speech about Israel and the Palestinians, Secretary of State John Kerry unfairly blamed Israel and minimized Palestinian violence. But he also did something else: he grievously dishonored the African-American civil rights movement, just... Full story


Current and perpetual troubles

Only three days passed between the political storm triggered by the verdict against Elon Azaria, the Israeli soldier who shot an unarmed Palestinian attacker, and the terror by heavy truck that killed four IDF officer cadets and wounded others. Immed... Full story


Birthright fosters optimism following harrowing UN Security Council vote

Two days into my first Taglit-Birthright Israel trip, during which I led a group of 40 Americans around Israel, I heard the news of the Obama administration’s unprecedented refusal to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning I... Full story


Liberal Jews treat Rabbi Hier's Trump inauguration blessing as a curse

Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center will be giving a benediction at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration ceremony Jan. 20. Liberal Jews are petitioning Hier to decline the honor, charging that it will give legitimacy to some 2... Full story


Let my dad pray at the Western Wall

My dad is coming from the U.S. to visit us in Israel this week. As always, we will devote one morning to praying at the Western Wall (Kotel). As always, he will stop by the hugest worn-off stone—his regular spot—pull out a brown wallet and take out... 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 a.m... Full story


Intergeneration candlelighting

It was "smiles for all" as Chanukah Candlelighting at Siena in Oakmonte Village brought together three generations. Resident Robert Cohen is flanked by grandson Miles Cutler (left) and son-in-law Lee... Full story


Business Update: Always and Forever Florida Weddings

WeddingWire, the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and event industry, announced Always and Forever Florida Weddings as a winner of the 2017 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards®... Full story


Business Update: Home-style good eats in Casselberry

If you do a search for The Coffee Shop in Casselberry, Fla., you will read that it is "romantic, cozy, casual." Casual for sure, but a breakfast-and-lunch restaurant that is described as romantic?... Full story


CTeens enjoyed Jewish Heritage Night at a Magic game

Jewish teens from throughout Central Florida gathered together on Wednesday evening, Dec. 29 to celebrate Chanukah. The evening started at the home of the directors of Cteen Maitland Chapter, Rabbi... Full story


'Home Sweet Home' at Village on the Green

Outside, it was a chilly January morning. But inside, the residents at Longwood's Village on the Green were surrounded by warmth, music and love, thanks to a special visit from the Jewish Federation... Full story


Orlando Hadassah enjoys a 'treat sensation' of Thai food

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah recently hosted a cooking demonstration of healthy Thai food by chef and restaurateur Sue Manatad of Orchid Thai Cuisine Restaurant in Winter Park. The event turned... Full story


Scene Around

It's a dog's life... People who know me know that I prefer dogs to people... well some people. I've hardly ever been without a dog in my life. They give unconditional love (and don't care how I look... Full story


Gems & Jeans Gala a 'sparkling' event

On Sunday, Jan. 8, community treasures Geanne Share and Ruth Darvin, were honored for providing exemplary volunteer assistance to Orlando's elder-care community at The Jewish Pavilion's Gems & Jeans... Full story


Book Review: 'Unfinished people' with opportunities to grow

"At My Pace: Lessons from our Mothers," by Jill Ebstein NEWTON, Mass-At 81-years old, Jill Ebstein's mom signed up for a formal program in Jewish studies. Previously unable to attend college and now... Full story


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