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What? Jews aren't historically tied to the Temple Mount! So says the U.N.

The U.N. has passed yet another anti-Israel resolution denying historical and archaeological evidence proving a long-existing Jewish presence on the Temple Mount.  In blatant disregard of history,...

 

Druze sacrifices in service to Israel

By Caleb R. Newton Families from the Druze community of Israel came to the Jewish Academy of Orlando late after Shabbat on April 16, to share their stories of loved ones who died while serving in the...

 

First Owl Award goes to Alex Kahn

When Alex Kahn, son of Valerie and Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Kahn of Maitland, joined Startup Institute Chicago's web development course in fall 2014, he'd already been a technologist at heart and was...

 

Forum on hate speech at UCF

By Caleb R. Newton The University of Central Florida (UCF) community has been hit a few times recently with anti-Semitic or otherwise racist incidents. The incidents include anti-Semitic vandalism at...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 29, 2016

Bus bombing rocks Jerusalem, at least 21 injured

JERUSALEM (JTA)-At least 21 people were injured in a bus bombing in Jerusalem, police said, in the first such attack in Israel in years. A city bus exploded and went up in flames Monday evening,...

 

Congress urges Obama not to abandon Israel at U.N.

Ninety percent of Congress sent a clear message to President Obama—back Israel. House Republicans and Democrats united in urging President Barack Obama to reject any one-sided actions by the United Nations attempting to resolve the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 29, 2016

Talk of giving back the Golan is a thing of the past

JERUSALEM (JTA)-During the five-plus years of Syria's civil war, Israel has striven to stay neutral-supporting neither the government of President Bashar Assad nor the rebels, and certainly not the...

 

'Faith Under Fire' and 'Who Am I?'

The Holocaust Center in Maitland will host the traveling exhibit "Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose." The exhibit chronicles the life of young Jehovah's Witnesses who faced Nazi terror but who...

 

Hadassah hosts day of beauty

Orlando Hadassah is delighted to pair with Mary Kay Cosmetics to present a “New You.” The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah invites all women to join us for a day of beauty and a buffet lunch on Tuesday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m. at Ohev Shalom. Yvonne...

 

Learn how to create family video biographies

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando presents, “How to Create an Informational and Entertaining Family Video Biography” on Tuesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at The Roth Family JCC in Maitland. Video and documentary producer Walter...

 

Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2016 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando on Aug. 17. “For almost 30 years, individuals who have made...

 

Peace treaties that don't bring peace

Israelis of a certain age have a saying that translates from Hebrew as, “We’ve already seen that movie.” It’s the approximate equivalent of, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” It came to mind after seeing the most...

 

Sound and fury, signifying ??

It is difficult to determine what is most offensive: the Jewish candidate for president condemning Israel’s actions, exaggerating by five times the deaths in Gaza during the military operation in 2014 without anything like an appropriate weighing...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    April 29, 2016

Bernie, BDS and the Saudis

Bernie Sanders drew a reported 28,000 people to a rally in Brooklyn. That’s a lot of folks for a 74-year-old man to draw to a speech. But, it doesn’t seem to translate into wins in primaries. Bernie has struck a chord with unhappy Democrats (and...

 

ISIS or Islam: Which breeds terrorism?

A lie conceals the truth. And ugly but hidden truths never have a chance of being acknowledged, addressed, and ultimately ameliorated. Because of this simple truism, one of the greatest lies of our age—that violence committed in the name of Islam...

 

Missing Palestinian youth found, and surprises abound

Silly me. When I heard reports throughout Israeli national media about three Palestinian Arab youth missing for nearly two weeks, I was concerned on two parallel levels. First I was concerned that because if Israeli media was reporting the missing yo...

 

It's time to allow Conservative rabbis to officiate at interfaith weddings

ELKINS PARK, Pa. (JTA)—The Conservative movement’s leadership must drop its ban on Conservative rabbis officiating at interfaith weddings—before it’s too late. The Rabbinical Assembly’s unequivocal rule is that a Conservative rabbi may...

 

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...

 

Endorsements for the five leading contenders

JTA invited supporters of the five leading Republican and Democratic contenders for their parties’ presidential nomination to submit opinion pieces in support of their candidate....

 

Donald Trump is a visionary with talents our country needs

(JTA)—I am executive vice president and chief legal officer of The Trump Organization. I have been working with Donald Trump for over 19 years. I am an observant, committed Jew. What comes to my mind when I think of Donald Trump? Inspiration. He...

 

Bernie Sanders is simply better for America, for Israel and the world

NEW YORK (JTA)—On April 19, in the New York Democratic primary, I voted for Bernie Sanders. I’ve got three good reasons for doing so. Sanders is incomparably better on fighting for social equality. He’s more pro-Israel than Clinton. And...

 

In a scary world, Hillary Clinton is the commander in chief we need

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Today, Israel is surrounded by more turmoil than ever, and the world also presents great challenges to the United States. Iran is developing missile technology that can reach Israel, and providing ever-more-sophisticated rockets...

 
 By Nick Muzin    Opinions    April 29, 2016

Not a day goes by that Ted Cruz doesn't think about the Jews and Israel

SILVER SPRING, Md. (JTA)—I want to tell you about the person I have worked with closely for the past two years. Sen. Ted Cruz is not just my boss, but has become my mentor and my friend. There is no greater friend of the Jewish people and of Israel...

 

'I'm for Israel. Period.' That's the John Kasich I know.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (JTA)—There are many opinions as to what criteria should be used in deciding who gets my fellow Republicans’ vote as their nominee for president of the United States. But I think the only valid question should be this one: Which ca...

 

JFS Orlando goes the extra mile in helping others

Through the generous grants and donations from its many supporters, Jewish Family Services Orlando has recently expanded its Counseling, Growth and Development Program and is building on its...

 

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