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Remember: There is more to Israel than conflict

In these last few difficult days in Israel, there is a moment that I cannot shake. I'm sitting on the sofa talking to my husband who is abroad on a work trip, and suddenly, unexpectedly, the siren goe...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    May 21, 2021

Heavy rocket barrage on Israel, hitting Tel Aviv, causes fatalities and injures dozens

(JNS) - A heavy rocket barrage fired by Gazan terror factions at central Israel killed an Israeli woman in Rishon Letzion and injured more than 20 civilians in multiple locations. In Holon, eight... Full story

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 21, 2021

Violence escalates, who's in charge?

(JTA) - In the seven years since the last war in Gaza, Israel and Hamas have repeatedly come close to reigniting the conflict.  But the peace on the Gaza border has largely held - until this week. Si...

 

Israeli-American Council, American Jewish groups rallied for Israel from coast to coast

(LOS ANGELES) - With Israel's citizens under massive Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist rocket attacks, the Israeli-American Council and other American Jewish groups organized rallies on May 12...

 

Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry

JFS Orlando's Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry began receiving food donations once again from Sprouts Farmers Market at Winter Park Corners. For the majority of last year, all food donation pick-ups...

 

2021 Kobrin Family Scholarship deadline extended

The application deadline for the 2021 Kobrin Family Scholarship has been extended to July 15, 2021. This college scholarship is awarded to a qualified, full-time student in the Jewish communities of Orange, Osceola or Seminole County who will be...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 21, 2021

Biden says Israel has a 'right to defend itself' as he sends envoy to deescalate conflict

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Saying that Israel has a right to defend itself, President Joe Biden has sent his top Israeli-Palestinian negotiator to the region in a bid to deescalate the deepening conflict there. During a White House news conference...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 21, 2021

Worst internal Arab/Jewish violence in decades

(JTA) — A rocket from Gaza killed a 5-year-old child in the Israeli city of Sderot, bringing Israel’s death toll to seven in its exchanges of fire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. In Gaza, 83 people have died, including 14 children, according to...

 

Ocasio-Cortez, Omar rebuke Biden's support for Israel as 'siding with occupation'

(JNS) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) rebuked U.S. President Joe Biden over his statement supporting Israel’s right to defend itself amid escalating violence with Hamas, accusing the president of “siding with occupation....

 

Israel's president offers Gaza-border residents respite from missiles

In the wake of a barrage of 250 missiles launched from Gaza into Israel, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin invited citizens from the Gaza “envelope” (periphery) area and greater southern Israel to his official Jerusalem residence, Beit Hanasi....

 

How Israel's Iron Dome saves Arab lives

I have been hosting a variety of briefings and doing media interviews this week, putting into perspective many of the complicated, frustrating, and scary things that Israel is undergoing and enduring this week.   Today I read a vile comment that...

 
 By David Suissa    Opinions    May 21, 2021

While terrorists try to murder Jews, Omar flips the script

(Jewish Journal via JNS) — Palestinian terror groups such as Hamas have a surefire strategy to win over the world’s sympathy: fire rockets into Israeli territory, trigger an Israeli response and wait for the global outrage against Israel’s...

 

Washington's agenda is wrong - and incendiary

(JNS) — Throughout the month of Ramadan, the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority and Hamas have been inciting Arab Israelis in Jerusalem and throughout the country to attack Jews. And so it happened that at the outset of the month, Jews in...

 

Conflagrations over Meron and my family in Israel

I watched the tragedy in Meron on Lag Ma’omer in the wee hours on Friday morning on on-site video broadcast on the Internet from Israel. I grieved and agonized over the loss of life and the enormity of the tragedy, and then it hit me: young...

 
 By Hillel Frisch    Opinions    May 21, 2021

Israeli appeasement and Palestinian violence

(Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies via JNS) — Rarely do politicians have the opportunity to test the implications of their policy within a day. In Israel, the land of miracles, such an opportunity occurred on May 9-10, when the Israeli...

 
 By Erica Sassoon    Opinions    May 21, 2021

The new reality of 'normal'

As I sit here writing this, my phone keeps buzzing with red alert after red alert. Red alert - incoming rocket! As I check to see where it is, I selfishly breathe just a small sigh of relief that...

 

We need to identify the 'enemy'

Dear Editor: I am writing in response to the letter recently published written by William J Levy from Ormond Beach, Florida (May 7, “Why aren’t we fighting back against anti-Semitism?”). While I can appreciate Mr. Levy’s concerns, I have to...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, some minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m....

 

Biden to Netanyahu: Israel has 'unwavering support,' urges pathway to restore calm

(JNS) — U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, where he double-downed on his “unwavering support” for Israel’s security amid more than 1,300 rockets fired on the country from terrorist fact...

 

Matching half of Roman-era lamp unearthed in Jerusalem possibly found in Budapest

(JNS) - The Roman-era oil lamp recently unearthed in Jerusalem may be the missing half of a similar artifact found in Budapest nine years ago, the City of David Foundation announced on Sunday. Mere...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    May 21, 2021

German Jewish leaders call 15 percent rise in politically motivated antisemitic crimes 'absolutely alarming'

BERLIN (JTA) – The number of politically motivated crimes rose sharply in Germany last year, including a 15 percent rise in antisemitic offenses. The total documented by the country’s federal police force is the highest since contemporary...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 21, 2021

Here's what American Jews think about Israel

(JTA) — On Tuesday, Israel found itself fighting what may be another war in Gaza. And American Jews are watching.  Israel and Hamas, the militant group that governs the Gaza Strip, have already traded hundreds of airstrikes and missiles since...

 

Bat Mitzvah - Danielle Catherine Allen

Danielle Catherine Allen, the daughter of Cheryl Heller-Allen and Paul Allen, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on May 29, 2021, at Congregation of Reform Judaism. Danielle is a 7th-grade student at Indian Trails Middle School, where she...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    May 21, 2021

Israel targets Gaza with airstrikes, artillery and tank fire

UPDATE: Israel’s announcement of a ground operation in Gaza may have been intended to misdirect Hamas militants. While the Israeli army bombarded Gaza on Thursday, the army later clarified that troops did not enter the territory. (JTA) ...

 

Shavuot goodie bags for seniors

Kudos to Marci Gaeser, Sharon Littman and Jewish Pavilion volunteers for making Shavuot extra special for the seniors this year. The Jewish Pavilion provided more than 350 seniors with goodie bags...

 

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