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Articles from the February 15, 2019 edition

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UCF students show support for Israel's lone soldiers

Lone soldiers in Israel are going to be less lonely due to support from UCF students. Back in November, a group of like-minded University of Central Florida students conceived of an idea to raise... Full story


AIPAC Policy Conference 'Connected for Good,' March 24-26

The AIPAC Policy Conference is the largest gathering of America’s pro-Israel community, and will be held this year March 24-26 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.... Full story


Rabbi Eckstein, IFCJ founder, dies

(JTA)-To the many employees and partners of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who died Wednesday at the age of 67, he was a man of vision whose enormous drive to succeed both facilitated and complicated his... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 15, 2019

Senate passes anti-BDS measure

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The U.S. Senate approved in a 77-23 vote a bill that codifies $38 billion in defense assistance to Israel and which provides legal cover to states that target the boycott Israel movement. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R... Full story


Visit Israel with Temple Israel

Join your friends from Temple Israel on their first congregational trip to the land of our ancestors in 10 years. The trip, which takes place from June 16-26, 2019, is open to the whole Central... Full story


MAGAL Purim carnival getting bigger and better

The Meitin Alliance for Growth and Learning, a Collaborative Religious School by Temple Israel and Temple Shir Shalom, presents its annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 10 from 10:30 a.m. to... Full story


Matchmaker, matchmaker, who wants a match?

Ruth Ort is passionate about hooking people up with a good match. A retired speech pathologist, she has been doing it for years in South Beach and since moving up to Central Florida, she has already found two people’s “soulmate.” In fact, she s... Full story


Iraq war veteran, grandson of Holocaust survivors Elan Carr tapped as anti-Semitism envoy

(JNS)-After a 21-month-long vacancy awaiting the appointment of the U.S. State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, the Trump administration has picked Iraq War veteran and... Full story


February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month

Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month is a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them.  JDAIM is observed each February.... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    February 15, 2019

How anti-Israel bias in a Boston suburb's public schools is a case study of emerging nationwide trend

(JNS)—Over the past decade, the Boston suburb of Newton has been beset by controversy over how the conflict in the Middle East is being taught in its public schools. The concern over anti-Israel bias in the school system began in 2011, when a... Full story


The latest anti-Israel smear at 'The New York Times'

(CAMERA via JNS)—Reflecting a total lack of self-awareness, the trite headline to Michelle Alexander’s 2,281-word op-ed, online and in print on Jan. 19, in The New York Times says it all: “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine.” The notion... Full story


Why Henry Ford's anti-Semitism still matters

DEARBORN, Mich. (JTA)—On Jan. 31, we at the Dearborn Historical Commission adopted a resolution objecting to Mayor John O’Reilly’s refusal to allow the distribution of the new edition of The Dearborn Historian, which featured an article by... Full story


Palestinian Arabs never received 'right' to statehood

(JNS)—As part of the Palestinian Authority’s latest ploy to avoid direct negotiations with Israel, it is now absurdly claiming that United Nations Resolution 181, passed by the U.N. General Assembly in November 1947, gave Palestinian Arabs a... Full story


BDS bill debate is about anti-Semitism, not speech

(JNS)—Is the effort to combat the BDS movement much ado about nothing? Given the abject failure of the campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israel to harm the economy of the Jewish state or even to get American universities to endorse their... Full story


J Street's phony poll

(JNS)—More than three-fourths of American Jews want Israel to be reduced to just miles wide—narrower than Washington, D.C., or the Bronx. How can that be? The answer, of course, is that it can’t be. But J Street is now making that claim... Full story


Hadassah mourns the passing of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein z''l

Dear Editor:  Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden and untimely passing of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein z”l, founder and director of the International Fellowship of Christians & Jews.... 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... Full story


Jewish Patriots fans, from seventh-graders to senior citizens, celebrate yet another Super Bowl win

CANTON, Mass. (JTA)-At a kickoff party Sunday night at the Orchard Cove senior home in this suburb about 25 miles from Boston, boisterous cheers erupted from a small ballroom. Dozens of residents had... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    February 15, 2019

How should Jewish leaders confront challenge of BDS groups within their communities?

(JNS)-The decision last week by the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council to pass a resolution declaring that any member organization supporting the BDS movement could be expelled from the... Full story


Scene Around

Israeli special needs youth... I read this in the World Jewish Congress digest (WJC) and share it with you: "The WJC recently brought a first-of-its-kind delegation of special needs youth from across... Full story


J Street U, SJP launch new campaign targeting pro-Israel community

(JNS)—The University of Vermont chapters of J Street U and Students for Justice in Palestine launched a simultaneous attack on the pro-Israel community at the school last week. On Friday, the two groups released corresponding letters blasting the... Full story


Jewish, Christian and Muslim students plant trees for peace

Jewish Academy of Orlando fifth grade students partnered with Muslim peers from Leadership Preparatory School and Christian peers from Geneva School in, “Trees for Peace,” a multifaith tree planti... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    February 15, 2019

Orthodox rabbis compare abortion to murder-and Orthodox women are angry about it

NEW YORK (JTA)—When New York State liberalized its abortion law last week, the Catholic Church and Southern Baptist Convention unsurprisingly released statements slamming the action. And they were joined by two large Orthodox Jewish religious... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 15, 2019

5 Jewish takeaways from State of the Union address

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump linked his actions on Iran to the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, pivoting during his State of the Union address from his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal to a declaration that anti-Semitism must... Full story



Louis Roche Brandes, age 94, of Orlando passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Dr. Brandes was born in Bacau, Romania on Dec. 9, 1924, to the late Joseph and Ioila Brandes. He complete his medical studies initially... Full story


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