Articles from the February 23, 2024 edition

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JCRC reaches out to Central Florida Hillel at Shabbat Dinner

Last November, circumstance connected the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Orlando and Central Florida Hillel. On Feb. 9, 2024, that connection was solidified in the traditional Jewish...

 

Heritage writer has a blog to appease her 'inner geek'

This March, Marilyn Shapiro will be celebrating a milestone in her writing career: the tenth anniversary of her blog, There Goes My Heart. Wait! You don't know she has a blog? And if you knew, you...

 

Susie Bierman dies at 84

When Arnold Bierman first saw his future bride, he noted that she was "cute, short and possibly Jewish." Susan Reva Cohen Bierman was definitely cute and short and very Jewish. And although she was sh... Full story

 

Hate raises its ugly head again

The attitude about antisemitic groups in Central Florida used to be “if you ignore them, they will go away.” Not anymore. Now people hold to “if you see something, say something.” On Saturday, Feb. 17, a group of neo-Nazi demonstrators stood on the...

 

Jewish music with a country twang

Joe Buchanan, a convert to Judaism inspired by the traditions of Americana music and his faith, will be Artist in Residence on March 1 and 2 at Congregation Ohev Shalom. It was just after a harrowing...

 

The 3,000-year story of Sefarad

The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society will host Dr. Isaac Amon, director of Academic Research at Jewish Heritage Alliance, at its meeting Feb. 29 to begin at 2 p.m. The one-hour presentation in...

 

How the internet reacted to the first-ever Super Bowl ad about antisemitism

(JTA) — Was the first antisemitism-themed ad to air at the Super Bowl tactful or tasteless? How much did it have to do with Israel? And what is “Jewish hate,” anyway? Those are some of the questions that have arisen after the Foundation to Comba...

 

National Library of Israel preserving 'collective memory' of Oct. 7

(JNS) — The National Library of Israel has embarked on a massive project to collect and archive all published materials about the Oct. 7 massacre, both the good and the bad. While scholars and the curious public explore the new library building in J...

 

Netanyahu protests 'settler violence' sanctions in Biden call

(JNS) — During his call on Sunday with U.S. President Joe Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the U.S. administration’s move to sanction four residents of Judea and Samaria over purported “settler violence,” Axios reporte...

 

Why are there still Palestinian refugees after 75 long years?

(FLAME via JNS)— Refugee crises have afflicted millions of innocent war victims in the last century, but only one has stretched for a record-breaking seven decades — a problem precipitated and perpetuated by Israel’s Arab enemies, including Pales...

 

Media worries about terrorists who died in hostage rescue

(JNS) — The media defies satire. “Palestinians in Rafah Describe ‘Night Full of Horror’ During Israeli Hostage Rescue”—New York Times “Dozens reported dead in Rafah strikes as Israel rescues two hostages”—Washington Post “Israeli military says it’s...

 

An eye for an eye?

(JNS) — I once heard a story about two Jews back in Russia who got into a terrible argument. Their blood pressure was rising fast. One fellow got so incensed that he shouted, “I am so angry at what you’ve done to me that I… uh… I uh… I know: I won...

 

The terrorizing of the Jews

(JNS) — It is time that the Jewish establishment infrastructure worldwide—and Israel’s government, in particular—recognizes that at this time, the “pro-Palestine resistance” campaign we now witness seeks to terrorize Jews. It is not the “normal” ty...

 

The girl in the picture

(JNS) — Nick Ut, a Vietnamese American photographer, snapped the Pulitzer Prize-winning picture on June 8, 1972 of nine-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phuc, burned by napalm, running naked down a road. She has been known throughout her life as “the girl in...

 

When terrorists rule

(JNS) — Staffan Tillander, a retired Swedish diplomat, wrote an assessment of terrorist-stronghold territories published by the Jerusalem Strategic Tribune. XX is only estimated to have perhaps 4 to 5000 fighters, but it thrives on rifts and c...

 

What's Happening

MORNING 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...

 
 By Joshua Marks    News    February 23, 2024

Secret document details Hamas psychological warfare

(JNS) — Israeli forces in Gaza recently found a secret document written by a senior Hamas official detailing the terrorist group’s psychological warfare strategy against the Israeli public, Channel 12 reported on Monday. Furthermore, the doc...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    February 23, 2024

Jewish billionaire David Rubenstein buys his hometown Baltimore Orioles

(JTA) - Jewish billionaire businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein has reportedly agreed to purchase the MLB's Baltimore Orioles. Rubenstein, a Baltimore native who is best known as the...

 

Natalie Sopinsky speaks candidly about Israel's needs

Last month, Natalie Sopinsky, spokesperson for Hatzalah Y'osh, Rescuers Without Borders, spoke at The Roth Family JCC as well as at Fellowship Church in Winter Springs. It was clear to all that she...

 

Pretty, pretty, pretty good: Final season of 'Curb' debuts anti-hate apparel

(JNS) - "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David is ending a decade-long gig as a "social assassin," making audiences howl with laughter and squirm with embarrassment at the outlandish predicaments he...

 

Florida House passes bill slamming Hamas-linked CAIR

(JNS) — A controversial “Muslim civil-rights and advocacy” organization experienced a major blow to its reputation last week after the Florida House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to denounce the Council on Ameri...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Transfer Pants

Transfer Pants are high quality unisex pants designed to move disabled persons safely, easily and comfortably. They have patented handles sewn into the pants and the liner to prevent falls and injuries to mobility challenged individuals. They have...

 

Israel to buy 200 armored vehicles for civilian security squads

(JNS) - The Israeli Defense Ministry has approved the purchase of more than 200 armored vehicles for civilian security squads in parts of the country facing increased security risk, including Judea...

 

France sanctions 28  'extremist Israeli settlers'

(JNS) — France banned 28 Israelis from entering the European country, accusing them of attacking Arabs in Judea and Samaria, its foreign ministry said on Tuesday.‘ One day earlier, the U.K. announced similar measures. The statement did not name the...

 

Former Moscow chief rabbi, European Jewry win Charlemagne Prize

(JNS) - The western German city of Aachen, which has awarded an annual Charlemagne Prize for nearly 75 years, has recognized Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt and European Jewry with the 2024 prize, named...

 

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