Articles from the May 31, 2019 edition

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JAO dedicates student-inspired Kindness Garden

The Jewish Academy of Orlando dedicated its new Kindness Garden on Friday, May 17. The garden, which is a segment of the campus playground, was created by the 2019 graduating class and funded by a... Full story

 By Rebecca Braun    News    May 31, 2019

Patriots' Robert Kraft and Chelsea's Roman Abramovich team up to fight anti-Semitism

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.-When the New England Revolution and England's Chelsea Football Club took the field on a chilly evening in mid-May at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL's Super Bowl champion... Full story

 By Alex Traiman    News    May 31, 2019

Friedman fires back at New York Times

(JNS)-U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman fired back at The New York Times on Wednesday over an article castigating him for claiming that Israel was "on the side of God" while speaking about... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    May 31, 2019

Netherlands wins song contest

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The Netherlands won the Eurovision song contest 2019 and earned the right to host the international event next year. Duncan Laurence sat behind his keyboard and sang his ballad "Arcade... Full story

 By Emily Burack    Features    May 31, 2019

All the 2019 Jewish Tony nominees

NEW YORK (JTA)-The Tony Award nominations announced Tuesday were dominated by "Hadestown," a musical about the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice that garnered 14. One among the "Hadestown" nods was... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    May 31, 2019

Celebrating Israel's independence in words and song

Seniors at The Mayflower in Winter Park were treated to a very special program of Israeli folk and Jewish music that focused on themes related to the founding and history of the Jewish state. Paul Stenzler, a Jewish Pavilion board member and past... Full story


RAISE employee and job coach applications open for the fall

The RAISE program for adults with special needs is now accepting online applications for RAISE employees as well as opportunities to volunteer as a job coach. RAISE is a 6- to 12-month work and social skills training program for adults with special... Full story


A gathering of past Beth Am presidents

Sunday, May 19, 2019, was the first 'official meeting' of Congregation Beth Am Past Presidents. One thing in common among all is their past and, for many, current dedication and contributions to... Full story

 By Rachel Neiman    News    May 31, 2019

Didn't anyone notice Israel had an earthquake last week?

On May 15, as social media was weighing in on the first round of Eurovision finals and readying for the second round, a series of posts started to appear around 8 p.m. “Did anyone feel an earthquake?”; “Earthquake in Israel—who felt it?”; “Earthqua... Full story


UCLA guest lecturer compares Zionists to white supremacists

(JNS)—A guest lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, last week labeled Zionists as white supremacists, reported Jewish Journal on Tuesday. A Jewish student in the class, Shayna Lavi, recalled to the Journal that San Francisco State U... Full story

 By Penny Schwartz    News    May 31, 2019

Fire at Chabad center investigated as possible hate crime

BOSTON (JTA)—A fire outside the suburban Boston home of a rabbi that serves as a Chabad center is being investigated as a possible hate crime. Police in Arlington, Massachusetts, have asked for the public’s help in identifying a person caught on a n... Full story


US and Israel call for end of UNRWA

(JNS)—The United States and Israel on Wednesday called for UNRWA, the U.N. agency that oversees the Palestinian refugees, to cease operations. “We need an additional $1.2 billion for our activities in 2019. We don’t believe the future of Palestine re... Full story


Revising Rashida Tlaib's Revisionist History

Rep. Rashida Tlaib suggesting that her people made way for Jews in “Palestine” is dishonest and whitewashes the historical reality that the leaders of the indigenous Arab population of Ottoman and British controlled Palestine colluded with the Naz... Full story


Can Jews be anti-Semites? A cartoonist proves the point

(JNS)—There’s an old joke that tells of a person who has been accused of being a self-hating Jew. His response is to tell his accuser that he doesn’t hate himself. It’s other Jews he hates. That’s an apt introduction to the controversy over cart... Full story


The shadow war between Israel and Hamas rages on

(JCPA)—The shadow battle between Hamas and the Israeli intelligence services continues at full throttle, despite the discovery several months ago of an Israeli special forces unit operating in the Khan Yunis area that Hamas claimed was involved in s... Full story

 By Evelyn Gordon    Opinions    May 31, 2019

One year later, the US embassy move has produced lasting gains

(JNS)—The first anniversary of the U.S. embassy’s move to Jerusalem sparked multiple articles in the Israeli press declaring it a failure for both U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. From the left-wing Haa... Full story


Kate Smith and the Game of Thrones' latte

By Rabbi Benjamin Blech Aish Hatorah Resources A Starbucks latte in medieval England is merely ludicrous. Destroying lives and legacies without taking into account historic context is a far more serious distortion. Tens of millions of faithful... Full story


Burying Herman Wouk and burying his Zionism

Herman Wouk, the famed novelist who first became a household name for his 1951 Pulitzer Prize winning “The Caine Mutiny,” died last week nearly 70 years after achieving fame. Besides his long career as a writer he was also a lifelong Zionist. This fa... 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


Good reads: Clues surrounding Six-Day-War ambush surface in 'Blood In The Water'

On June 8, 1967, the USS Liberty, an unarmed intelligence ship reporting to the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the auspices of the National Security Agency, was ambushed by unmarked jet planes. Rockets and machine gun fire erupted, napalm hit the deck,... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    May 31, 2019

Palestinian activists don't understand why they can't enter the US

(JTA)-In December 1992, about nine months before the first Palestinian-Israeli peace accords were signed on the White House lawn, Hanan Ashrawi met with President George H.W. Bush in the Oval Office.... Full story

 By Gabe Friedman    Features    May 31, 2019

Why so many Jews love the band Phish

(JTA)-Gary Stein remembers the first time someone played a Phish song for him in high school. It was "Divided Sky," an intricate 11-minute tune that shows off the group's diverse jam rock chops. Stein... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    May 31, 2019

How to make the best falafel at home

(JTA)-If you've never made falafel from scratch, I'm here to say: It's possible, and it's delicious. I was definitely intimidated by the task until I finally jumped right in. But I couldn't have done... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 31, 2019

Scene Around

About Roe V Wade... Boy, am I glad that I am too old to become pregnant (or am I?) Not even in case of rape? I'm speechless. (Nuff said!) Some welcome news for a change... British Home Secretary... Full story


A site to order Kaddish for your loved ones takes a page from Nathan Englander's latest book

NEW YORK (JTA)—In his most recent novel, “,” Nathan Englander imagines a website that a character—encumbered by Jewish guilt—uses to hire someone to say the traditional mourner’s... Full story


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