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Articles from the May 12, 2017 edition

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Netanyahu recalls 'moment of triumph'

(JNS.org)-In his Independence Day message, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recalled the "moment of triumph" in the 1948 creation of the state of Israel and praised the Jewish state's resilie... Full story


Oppenheims and Katherine Ramsberger to receive the JNF Tree of Life award

Jewish National Fund will host the annual Tree of Life™ Award Gala at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, May 15, 2017 to honor Nina and Ron Oppenheim and Katherine... Full story


After 17 years, Wladis leaves JAO

On Friday, April 28, the Jewish Academy of Orlando bid farewell to Shari Wladis, principal of the Jewish Academy of Orlando. The entire school community of students, teachers and parents commemorated... Full story


Zachary Engel-he's a rising star!

Kudos go out to Chef Zachary Engel for winning the James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Engel is the chef de cuisine at Shaya restaurant in New Orleans, and was one of 11 New Orleans... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 12, 2017

Trump, Abbas link renewed peace talks to countering Islamic State

WASHINGTON (JTA)-President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would help bring about the defeat of the Islamic State terrorist... Full story


UNESCO again denies Jewish ties to Jerusalem

(JNS.org) As millions of Israeli and Diaspora Jews marked Israel’s 69th Independence Day, the United Nations cultural body UNESCO voted Tuesday, May 2, to adopt its latest resolution denying Jewish ties to Jerusalem.  The resolution—which passe... Full story


North Korea threatens Israel with 'merciless' punishment

JERUSALEM (JTA)—North Korea threatened Israel with “merciless, thousand-fold punishment” and labeled it the only “illegal possessor” of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. The Foreign Ministry in Pyongyang issued a statement Saturday... Full story


New Jersey university students vote down BDS resolution

(JTA)—The student government at Montclair State University reportedly voted down a resolution calling on the school to boycott Israel. The measure was defeated April 26 by a vote of 11-1, with six abstentions. An earlier survey aimed at gauging...


Tasman joins the USA Maccabi water polo team

There is another local water polo player who will be playing on the Maccabi Water Polo team this summer. Ory Tasman, four-time All-American and Winter Park resident, was selected to the 2017 Maccabi... Full story


Heritage nominations for Human Service Award

It is that time of year once again when Heritage Florida Jewish News is putting out feelers for one outstanding person in the Jewish community who has given his or her time or talent or monetary gifts to better the Orlando Jewish community....


Jewish Community Shavuot program at Temple Israel

Shavuot is the second of three historical pilgrimage/agricultural festivals mentioned in the Torah. It is also known as Z’man Matan Torateinu—the Time of the Giving of our Torah at Mount Sinai. Therefore, the study of Torah is a cornerstone of... Full story


Sharing the goodness witnessed in Israel

On Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m., Pastor Roger Diaz of Fellowship Church in Winter Springs will give a presentation on the goodness he has witnessed in Israel as he takes groups of Christians to... Full story


First Orlando 'Roots-athon' promises discoveries

Just like a “Hackathon” where people gather together to work on finding challenge-driven solutions, the Jewish Genealogical Society is sponsoring the first ever Orlando “Roots-athon.” The event is open to anyone who is interested in... Full story


For unity's sake, let Jews everywhere vote in Israeli elections

(JTA)—As Israel turns 69, world Jewry is in a state of crisis. Israel and American Jewry are drifting apart, and within each of those groups we’re seeing increased polarization on fundamental issues like the two-state solution, Israel’s... Full story


J Street embraces an Israeli settlement

J Street, the left-wing group that claims to be staunchly opposed to Israeli settlements, has embraced an Israeli settlement. What? How can that be? This strange but true story began when the Israeli Knesset overwhelmingly adopted a law to prohibit... Full story

 By Andrew Moss    Opinions    May 12, 2017

Resisting the politics of fear

Some time ago I attended a “know your rights” workshop sponsored by an immigration rights organization near my home in Los Angeles. The attorneys conducting the workshop offered a broad array of ideas and suggestions, but one piece of advice... Full story


Why the debate about Iran isn't over

When the Obama administration managed to avoid a congressional vote on its nuclear deal with Iran in the fall of 2015 courtesy of a Democratic Senate filibuster, the argument surrounding the controversial agreement seemed to be over. That’s why... Full story


Are they immigrants or invaders?

Dear Editor: With the recent and current influx of Muslim “refugees” coming into Europe and the United States, one has to ask, “Are these Muslims migrants, immigrants or are they invaders?” There is a drastic difference. The prophet Mohammed... 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


JGSGO "My Jewish Roots" Workshop 'Jewish Names'

The ninth in the series of ten monthly JGSGO (Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando) Workshops was held at The Roth Family JCC on May 2, 2017. The guest speaker was Warren Blatt, managing... Full story


Celebrating Passover at Westminster Towers

The Jewish Pavilion was thrilled to have husband and wife, Joe and Renee, join in, as well as several other Jewish residents and almost 20 students from the Trinity Christian Academy's Jewish history... Full story


Lucky seniors at Atria Park love their Shabbats

Judy Suberman is shown here (standing) with very lucky seniors residing at Atria Park at Lake Forest. Lucky because they benefit from her friendship, dedication and kindness. Passover customs and the... Full story


Jewish Pavilion gives residents opportunity to observe Yom HaShoah

The residents at The Watercrest of Lake Nona and Jewish Pavilion Program Director Walter Goldstein observed the candle lighting ceremony of Yom HaShoah. Six candles were lit in remembrance of the 6... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 12, 2017

Trump will visit Israel on first overseas trip

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump said his first overseas trip as president would be to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Vatican—a triad that signals his plan to join the three Abrahamic faiths in the fight against terrorism. Trump’s...

 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 12, 2017

Business Update: Renee Friedman named OBJ 2017 Business Woman of the Year

After the recession slowed most businesses down considerably, Renee Friedman's team of 14 at FastSigns Orlando Central, under her leadership, hunkered down to make 2016 the company's best year since... Full story


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