Articles from the June 7, 2019 edition

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Shavuot commemorates the spring harvest and the giving of the Torah

Shavuot, the "Feast of Weeks," is celebrated seven weeks after Passover (Pesach). Since the counting of this period (sefirat ha-omer) begins on the second evening of Passover, Shavuot takes place... Full story

 By Christine DeSouza    News    June 7, 2019

JFGO speaks out against anti-Israel rant

A recent Orlando Sentinel guest commentary by Zaina Alsous, a Palestinian-American organizer with the Dream Defenders in Miami and Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and educator and a Jewish social justice activist living in South Florida,... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    June 7, 2019

Israel is holding new elections

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The blame game started shortly after midnight Thursday morning. The Knesset's vote to dissolve itself and hold a second national election in five months had hardly been posted on the c... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 7, 2019

Undone by Brexit, May resigns

(JTA)-Theresa May, who announced her resignation on Friday as the prime minister of the United Kingdom, will be remembered as one of her country's shortest-serving and least popular leaders. Blamed... Full story


Scenes from sold-out JAO performance of 'Junie B. Jones'

It's too bad there could be only one performance of "Junie B. Jones-The Musical" by Jewish Academy of Orlando students, because they wowed the audience at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center.... Full story


Beth Sholom dedicates a new Ark of the Torah

Congregation Beth Sholom, Lake County’s oldest synagogue, will celebrate the holiday of Shavuot on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. On Shavuot, we celebrate the gift of Torah. The Torah, a history and a guide to our every step through life, was... Full story

 By Eliana Rudee    News    June 7, 2019

American and Israeli college presidents unite to oppose academic boycotts

(JNS)-Professor Melvin L. Oliver, president of Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., who defied pressure to boycott Israeli academia by vetoing the vote by a Pitzer governance body to suspend the... Full story


International Fellowship raises $275,000 for moshav that lost homes to fire

(JNS)-The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has mobilized to raise more than 1 million shekels (about $275,000) in emergency assistance for residents of moshav Mevo Modi'im, a small... Full story


Florida International, Tel Aviv universities to test social-anxiety treatment for kids

(JNS)-Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday a $5.2 million National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grant to fund a collaboration between researchers at Florida International University... Full story


Your guide to Shavuot, now with 50 percent less facts

(JTA)—In terms of popularity, Shavuot is the National Hockey League of Jewish holidays. Passover, the High Holidays and Chanukah are the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, while Shavuot has a much smaller, albeit intense, following. I don’t know... Full story

 By Ben Sales    Opinions    June 7, 2019

Why Israel will hold a second national election in 2019

(JTA)—Israel held a national election seven weeks ago. It will hold another one in September. If that sounds weird to you, you’re right: Israel has a famously raucous political system, but it’s never held national elections twice in one year.... Full story


The 'deal of the century' is splitting the Arab world

(JNS—Israel Hayom)—The fissures are already visible. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two important, influential Persian Gulf countries, announced they will attend the U.S.-led economic conference in Bahrain scheduled for June 25-26.... Full story


Afraid to wear a Jewish symbol in public? That's exactly why you should

(JYA)—A few months ago, when two of my kids and I boarded the London Underground, all eyes seemed to rest on us. My son’s small black kippah, which he always wears, seemed to be drawing dozens of staring faces—and also a few glares and frowns.... Full story


The problem in Germany is about more than a 'kipah'

(JNS)—Who could really be surprised by the story that grabbed the attention of the Jewish world this past weekend? When Felix Klein, Germany’s first Commissioner for Jewish Life in Germany and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism (yes, that’s his fu... Full story


In Judaism, abortion is not a right-and pregnancy is a responsibility

NEW YORK (JTA)—As in all life matters, when it comes to abortion, Judaism doesn’t speak of rights but of responsibilities and obligations. Seeing things through that lens can be a real eye opener. The concept of “rights” is deeply ingrained... 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.... Full story


Calling all bakers, tasters, and learners!

Temple Israel has brought back their cheesecake bake-off as part of a community-wide Tikkun Leil Shavuot. The night of studying and learning will take place in the Rein Sanctuary on Saturday, June 8, at 9:30 p.m., with cheesecake tasting and judging... Full story


Congregation Beth Sholom June 2019 Schedule

Join Congregation Beth Sholom for a very special Shavuot Shabbat Service, led by Rabbi Karen Allen, on June 14, at 7 p.m. The congregation’s beautiful new Ark will be officially dedicated during the service. Socialize with members and enjoy... 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


Miss Iraq to receive Ambassador for Peace award in Geneva for promoting tolerance

(JNS)-Geneva-based non-governmental organization United Nations Watch has announced that Sarah Idan, who as Miss Iraq in 2017 faced death threats for posting a photo of herself with Miss Israel,... Full story


A ray of sunshine

Any room that Susie Stone walks into becomes warmer and brighter in an instant! This dedicated volunteer helps regularly at Jewish Pavilion programs at Westchester of Winter Park and Savannah Court... Full story


Congratulations to the graduate!

Andrew Burnstine, son of proud mom Karen Burnstine, recently graduated with honors from Florida State University College of Law. He is interviewing with firms here in Orlando where he plans to pursue... Full story


Business Update: ShuffieldLowman attorney Dan Harris elected vice-chair of Central Florida Hillel, Inc.

ShuffieldLowman attorney Daniel B. Harris was recently elected as vice-chair of the Central Florida Hillel, Inc., effective July 2019 for a one-year term. Harris has been an active supporter and leader of Central Florida Hillel. He currently serves... Full story


Business Update: RVW Wealth launches The Jerusalem PortfolioTM to empower investors to own a stake in Israel's thriving economy

LOS ANGELES-RVW Wealth LLC has announced the launch of The Jerusalem PortfolioTM, a new investment vehicle that will empower individuals, foundations and institutions to carve out a portion of their... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 7, 2019

Scene Around

Long, long, long (long) ago, when I was young... Just before World War II (I said it was long, long, long !) and we were poverty stricken and living in the Red Hook Projects of Brooklyn, New York,... Full story


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