Articles from the December 29, 2017 edition

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The 7 most heartwarming Jewish stories of 2017

(JTA)-Political turmoil, terror attacks and natural disasters around the world: 2017 had plenty of people feeling down, for good reason. But there were also notable moments of light. As this year draw... Full story

 By Pam Ruben    News    December 29, 2017

Jewish Pavilion Gala honors Marian Bromberg and A.J. Kronenberg

Please join the Jewish Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. at Sheraton Orlando North (Maitland) for their 'Gems and Jeans Gala,' as they honor community 'gems,' Marian Bromberg and A.J. Kronenberg,... Full story


Orlando hosts BBYO IC

BBYO North Florida Region is honored to welcome and host BBYO’s International Convention 2018. Over President’s Day weekend (Feb. 15–19, 2018), more than 5,000 of the Jewish community’s top teen leaders, educators, professionals, and philant... Full story


UN opposes US on Jerusalem

(JNS) The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution denouncing President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The 193-member General Assembly voted 128-9, with 35 abstentions, to... Full story


Community champion, Joseph Hara dies at age 91

Joseph Hara died on Dec. 24, five days shy of his 92nd birthday. He always likened his life to a Horatio Alger tale, a man who rose from a humble background and achieved success beyond his wildest... Full story


Milstein Family Foundation names winners of meme contest

(JNS) The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation (MFF) on Monday announced the winners of its second competition for the creation of pro-Israel social media memes. The competition brought together... Full story


Discover your life's purpose at JOIN Evening Out

JOIN Orlando and SPARK, the women’s division of JOIN, are hosting an evening with delicious appetizers, a variety of drinks and a discussion about “Mission Possible - Discovering Your Life’s Purpose” by Rabbi Ahron Hoch on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, f... Full story


Israel travel scholarships available through Federation

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has announced that applications for 2018 Ronald Colman Israel Scholarships will be available online starting Monday, Jan. 8. The Ronald Colman Israel Scholarship Fund was made possible by a generous endowment... Full story


Bowl the night away

Join Congregation Ohev Shalom’s Men’s Club and Sisterhood for a fun night of bowling. Bowl the Night Away will be held on Jan. 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at AMF Bowling Lanes in Altamonte Springs. The cost is $18 for two hours of bowling, and inc... Full story


Hamas 'just waiting for Abbas to die' as Palestinian unity deal falters

Hamas's latest effort to join a Palestinian unity government is little more than a facade, and the terror group's top immediate objective is to seize control of Judea and Samaria and turn it into a... Full story


Why these experts say Trump's Jerusalem recognition will help the peace process

By Ben Sales NEW YORK (JTA)-When President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, many foreign policy experts called it a blunder. It could spark a conflagration of violence in the... Full story


US vetoes UN resolution calling for withdrawal

(JNS) The U.S. on Monday vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that called for President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to be withdrawn. Following the vote, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley cal... Full story


Israeli Americans can be the glue that builds a stronger Jewish community

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—The Israeli-American Council’s Fourth Annual National Conference in Washington, D.C., held last month felt like a long-overdue family reunion. Enveloping warmth and a powerful sense of togetherness, the love for Israel was inf... Full story


My Reform colleagues were wrong on Jerusalem

(JTA)—We were wrong. As Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky pointed out, “The Reform response to the recognition of Jerusalem was terrible. When... a superpower recognizes Jerusalem, first you... welcome it, then offer disagreement. Here it was... Full story


Don't forget Qatar and Turkey

U.S. National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster underlined an important point this week that deserves a wider audience. Speaking at a conference in Washington, D.C., McMaster highlighted two countries that he said were playing a key role in... Full story


The Jewish youth group dating scandal that isn't

(JTA)—I’m sorry... sometimes adults just don’t get it. A number of articles have been published recently in the Forward about a “point system” game played by members of United Synagogue Youth (and other Jewish youth groups) now and in the past. Acc... Full story


One of my donors harassed me-I couldn't afford to stay silent

PORTLAND, Ore. (JTA)—As a 27-year-old female Hillel executive director, I spend my days focused on enriching the lives of Jewish students in my community. Working for an organization with a mission and vision so closely aligned with my values is a p... Full story


Ending the silence on abuse

In the last two months, the avalanche of stories about sexual abuse and harassment has touched virtually every sector of American society. The revelations about deeply troubling behavior on the part of politicians, journalists and figures in the... 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 a.m... Full story


Trump: Israel not the root of Mideast's problems

(JNS) As President Donald Trump was poised to publicize his administration’s national security doctrine Monday, reports indicate that the document will emphasize that Israel is not the cause of chaos in the Middle East. According to The Associated P... Full story


Chanukah and Christmas lights intertwine in former Nazi hotbed

Most residents of Tübingen, Germany, probably don't know that the local "synagogenplatz" (synagogue plaza) even exists. The rusted memorial to the synagogue that burned to the ground during... Full story


The Reform movement is alive with the sound of music

BOSTON (JTA)-Emily Katz and Liora Hyman arrived early enough to snag front row seats for a concert with some of their favorite performers. But this show wasn't at one of Boston's storied nightclubs. R... Full story


US Jewish studies scholars criticize Trump's Jerusalem decision

(JTA)—More than 130 Jewish studies scholars from U.S. colleges and universities signed a statement expressing “dismay” at President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The statement criticizes Trump’s “decision to reverse de... Full story


NY Port Authority suspect blames bombing on Israeli actions in Gaza

NEW YORK (JTA)—The suspect in a pipe bomb attack on this city’s Port Authority Bus Terminal said he was motivated by Israeli actions in Gaza, CNN reported. Akayed Ullah spoke with authorities at Bellevue Hospital, where he was taken after the bomb we... Full story



Stella Haiden Cohen, daughter of Tracey Kagan of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Stella is in the seventh... Full story


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