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Articles from the May 17, 2019 edition

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A land where the Bible serves as a tour guide's GPS

(JNS)-When you visit Nachal Prat, you can almost feel what it was like to be a seventh-century Israelite leading your donkey, its saddle bags full of water, to Jerusalem. Nachal Prat, often referred... Full story


This octogenarian's leap from radio pioneer to mystery writer

Being in his late 80s was not a deterrent for Longwood resident Bob Herpe to becoming an author of a fiction mystery novel. He'd worn many "hats" in his careers and enjoyed many experiences-good and b... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 17, 2019

New Israeli Lounge at Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts named the winner of a redesign competition for its Israeli Lounge, a tribute to the U.S.-Israel relationship that Israel contributed... Full story


Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2019 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando on Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. - noon. “For more than 29 years,... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    Features    May 17, 2019

Golfers made drives for the Orlando Senior Help Desk

Early on a bright and pleasant Sunday morning, more than 100 players teed up at Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club for the Pavilion Golf Society's annual golf tournament. The May 5th event benefitted the... Full story


Jewish Academy of Orlando provides robust whole-child education program

"A whole-child approach to education is instrumental in raising well-adjusted children who have self-compassion, the confidence to take on new challenges, and the resilience to get back up and try aga... Full story


JCRC to host Ramadan Iftar

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando will collaborate with the Atlantic Institute, a Turkish Muslim organization, to host an interfaith Ramadan event at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center on Thursday... Full story

 By Josefin Dolsten    News    May 17, 2019

Swedish-Israeli NASA astronaut Jessica Meir gets ready for her first trip into space

(JTA)-Jessica Meir has been preparing to go into space since the age of 5. She attended her first space camp after finishing middle school and a training program at the Kennedy Space Center following... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 17, 2019

Anti-Zionist imam delivers opening prayers in the House

WASHINGTON (JTA)—An imam who has wished for the end of Zionism, called for a third Intifada and likened Israel to Nazi-era Germany, delivered the opening prayer for a session of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Omar Suleiman, the... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    May 17, 2019

'Chop off their heads,' children sing at a Muslim center's event in Philly

(JTA)—Children at a Muslim center in Philadelphia sing they will “chop off their heads”—an apparent reference to Jews—in a video uploaded by the center to Facebook. The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is investigating the April... Full story


'One of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century'

(JNS)—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Wednesday that the creation of the State of Israel was “one of the greatest accomplishments of the 20th century.” “My view of the establishment of the State of Israel is one of the greatest... Full story



Sherwood Alan Weisman, doctor of podiatric medicine, was born in Manhattan, N.Y., on April 21, 1946, to loving parents Gussie Schifren Weisman and Raphael Lester Weisman. He died on Wednesday, May 8,... Full story

 By Dorit Sasson    Opinions    May 17, 2019

I left Israel because of terror attacks-after Pittsburgh and Poway, I don't feel safe in the US anymore

PITTSBURGH (JTA)—The April 27 shooting at the Chabad of Poway, which left one woman dead and three people injured, was a devastating tragedy for the American Jewish community. As an Israeli expat who has made a home in Pittsburgh, it made me feel... Full story


Israel's 'City of Health' inspires the world

(JNS) Exactly 71 years ago, as Jewish pioneers fought for Israel’s independence, a military hospital was created to treat soldiers wounded on the battlefield. That moment marked the beginning of a new story for a determined people and a promising... Full story


Who denied the Palestinians an independent state? Not Israel

(JNS)—According to The New York Times, the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has left Palestinian families seeing “no light at the end of the tunnel.” A feature published on the front page of Monday’s Times focuses on... Full story


Living with Terror: Observations on how Israelis Deal with Rockets from Palestinian Arab Terrorists in Gaza

You could be forgiven if you hadn’t heard of the latest round of Palestinian Arab terrorists firing an unprecedented barrage of rockets from Gaza into Israel the weekend of May 4-5. Since most of the world media broadcast limited details, if you... Full story


Wake up, NYU! Stop tolerating anti-Semitism, or you'll lose students and support

(JNS)—New York University has one of the largest number of Jewish college students in the country. But prospective students and their families, alumni and donors should know that the university has a deeply troubling anti-Semitism problem that it... Full story

 By deborah Danan    Opinions    May 17, 2019

The reality of sirens for children in Israel

(JNS)—It’s been a surreal few days. On Thursday, I grappled with how to explain the Holocaust Remembrance Day siren to my 4-year-old. We were in a coffee shop when it blared. I decided I would leave explanations about dead Jews and the people... Full story


Jewish Pavilion ensures seniors celebrate the Jewish holidays

The counting of the Omer connects the Liberation from Egyptian slavery at Passover with the acceptance of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai, which is celebrated on Shavuot. Modern day... Full story


Cong. Beth Sholom May schedule

Celebrate Shabbat and Memorial Day at Congregation Beth Sholom’s Saturday Morning Service led by Rabbi Karen Allen on May 25 at 10 a.m. The service will include special readings remembering the members of the armed forces who died while serving... Full story

 By Edwin Black    Features    May 17, 2019

Israel's tourism triumph: The restaurant scene

(JNS) Israel's adversaries in the BDS movement thought they could starve Israel through economic warfare that included even its food sector. Many remember the furor over SodaStream, Sabra hummus,... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 17, 2019

Scene Around

Why Jews around the globe must stay aware... From the USA: An anti-Semitic madman entered the Tree Of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh during Shabbat and massacred 11 Jews while shouting "all Jews... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs

Hundreds attend funeral of American killed by Hamas rocket By Sam Sokol JERUSALEM (JTA)—An American citizen killed while running for cover from a Hamas rocket was laid to rest in Jerusalem on Sunday evening. Hundreds turned out to bury Pinchas Men... Full story


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