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Articles from the June 7, 2024 edition

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  • Experiencing Shabbat in the Heights

    Jane Edelstein|Jun 7, 2024

    Would you like to "experience the nerve center of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement?" read the promotional materials for "Shabbat in the Heights," an annual weekend sponsored by Chabad, one of the world's largest Hasidic groups. Considering Chabad's question, I thought to myself: First, will it be a spiritual, religious or fun weekend in Crown Heights (Brooklyn), N.Y.? And second, will some of my favorite people from my North Orlando Chabad community - including the dynamic Rabbi Yanky Majesky - be...

  • Protesters even at Hebrew University

    Jun 7, 2024

    (JNS) - Around 100 students participated in an anti-Israel protest at the Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus in Jerusalem on Tuesday, waving PLO flags and chanting inflammatory slogans, according to Hebrew media reports. Kan News shared video of the demonstration to its X account, quoting some of the slogans being chanted, such as "there is no solution but to expel the occupier" and "Al Aqsa has been redeemed in spirit and blood." The students were protesting against "the ongoing genocide...

  • Mexico elects first Jewish president

    Philissa Cramer|Jun 7, 2024

    (JTA) - Claudia Sheinbaum swept to victory in Mexico's presidential election Sunday, giving the country of more than 120 million a woman leader and a Jewish leader for the first time. Sheinbaum's election makes Mexico by far the biggest country to have a Jewish head of state. Only Israel (9.5 million) and Ukraine (38 million) currently have Jewish leaders. Sheinbaum's Jewish ties are centered mostly on her family story - her grandparents came to Mexico after fleeing persecution in Europe - and l...

  • 'I found a ring!'

    Jun 7, 2024

    (JNS) - A gold ring dating from the early Hellenistic period set with a precious stone was recently found in the joint Israel Antiquities Authority-Tel Aviv University excavation in Jerusalem's City of David. The 2,300-year-old ring was discovered by Tehiya Gangate, a City of David excavation team member. "I was sifting earth...and suddenly saw something glitter," she recounted. "I immediately yelled, 'I found a ring, I found a ring!' Within seconds everyone gathered around me, and there was gre...

  • A recap of recent events and upcoming festivities at Jewish Pavilion Senior Services

    Jun 7, 2024

    Jewish Pavilion Senior Services cherishes the opportunity to celebrate our rich heritage and foster a sense of community among our beloved seniors. Recently, residents have experienced a series of meaningful and joyous events, reflecting the vibrancy and resilience of our culture and history. Israel Remembrance Day and Israel Independence Day Commemorations began with Israel Remembrance Day (Yom Ha Zikaron), a solemn occasion where we honored the memory of the brave soldiers and victims of...

  • Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Care plans

    Jun 7, 2024

    Care plans are essential tools used by long-term care providers to coordinate and manage patients’ healthcare goals, needs, and services. While primarily used by healthcare professionals, family caregivers can also benefit from employing this strategy to provide effective care. However, it’s crucial to understand that care plans require regular evaluation and updating to remain effective over time. Once an initial care plan is established, it should undergo comprehensive review periodically – particularly after significant health events. The dy...

  • Jewish-American tunesmith behind Disney classics dies at 95

    Jun 7, 2024

    (JNS) — Acclaimed songwriter Richard M. Sherman, who along with his late brother Robert crafted the iconic melodies for Disney cinematic gems such as “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “The Jungle Book,” died on Saturday aged 95 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills due to age-related illness. One of the most prolific composer-lyricists in the history of family entertainment and a key member of Walt Disney’s inner circle of creative talents, Richard garnered nine Academy Award nominations (winning two Oscars for his...

  • Netanyahu says 'gaps' remain in proposal to end war announced by Biden

    Philissa Cramer|Jun 7, 2024

    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that there are “gaps” between the ceasefire terms that President Joe Biden laid out on Friday and what he is prepared to accept. “The proposal that Biden presented is incomplete,” Netanyahu said during a closed-door government meeting in which he called reporting about his position on a potential deal “fake news,” according to Israeli media reports. Netanyahu’s comments, as well as growing tension within the government over a potential ceasefire, are muting hopes that Biden’s an...

  • Xi announces $69 million in aid for Gaza

    Jun 7, 2024

    (JNS) — Beijing will provide $69 million in aid to the Palestinians and an additional $3 million to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, Xi Jinping, the president of China, said on Thursday. “Since last October, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has escalated drastically, throwing people into tremendous suffering,” Xi said at the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum in Beijing, the Associated Press reported. “War should not continue indefinitely,” he said. Xi also said there should be an international conference to press for the end of the war....

  • Republican Jewish Coalition defends Donald Trump

    Ron Kampeas|Jun 7, 2024

    (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition leapt to the defense of Donald Trump after he was found guilty on 34 charges related to falsifying records to conceal that he paid an adult film star to cover up a sexual liaison just before the 2016 presidential election. The verdict makes Trump, who is seeking to return to office this fall, the only U.S. president ever to have been convicted of a felony. “Without question this is a political prosecution of a political opponent,” Matt Brooks, the group’s CEO, said after jurors in Manhattan deliver...

  • The 'international community' has no right to exist

    Benjamin Kerstein|Jun 7, 2024

    (JNS) — Recent decisions against Israel by the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice, which are clearly intended to rescue Hamas and aid and abet its genocidal war on the Jewish state, can only reinforce a truism often expressed by Israelis: Kol ha’olam negdeinu. “The whole world is against us.” Israelis have reason enough to feel this way, but it is worth asking whether it’s actually true. What, after all, is the “whole world”? If the term refers to world popular opinion, then it is almost certainly wrong. It is...

  • Why we fight

    Leonard Grunstein|Jun 7, 2024

    (JNS) — During World War II, a series of documentary films were made, directed by Frank Capra, that set out in explicit and graphic detail the precipitating causes and reasons why the U.S. entered the war to defeat the Axis powers, including Nazi Germany. Before Imperial Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, many Americans were beset by doubts about the war. Even after Nazi Germany declared war on the U.S. on Dec. 11, 1941, there were still those who did not know or understand why it was so important for the U.S. to be involved. Nazi p...

  • Biden's bait-and-switch speech

    Ruthie Blum|Jun 7, 2024

    (JNS) — U.S. President Joe Biden’s bait-and-switch speech last Friday evening, timed to prevent religiously observant Israelis from watching and Jerusalem officialdom from issuing a proper response, was as worrisome as it was oxymoronic. Though talking out of both sides of his mouth is typical of the confused incumbent who’s seeking re-election in November, his Shabbat performance was a doozy. Taking credit for his and his team’s “intensive diplomacy” to end the war in Gaza, he announced that Israel had “offered a comprehensive new proposal:...

  • Behind the scenes of the ICC arrest warrants

    Thane Rosenbaum|Jun 7, 2024

    (Jewish Journal via JNS) — Middle East heat indices aside, the truest hot spot on the planet is, always, wherever the Israel Defense Forces happens to be killing Muslims, no matter the reason. Jews taking the lives of Arabs always commands the world’s attention. Muslims killing Muslims—such as the savage sectarian violence between Shi’ites and Sunnis, with a body count in the millions — is never newsworthy. A cause of death brought about by Jews, however, is of special interest to the “human rights” community. Jews fighting for their surviva...

  • Recognizing Palestine

    Jonathan Feldstein|Jun 7, 2024

    If you’re keeping score, to date 138 states have recognized the ‘State of Palestine,” most recently Ireland, Norway, and Spain. This begs the question, what are they recognizing? They have recognized a state that never existed, with a name never used before 1964, but whose national identity is that Israel “occupied” them in 1948. The first time the term Palestine was used was in the Second Century, over 100 years after Jesus was crucified, to subjugate and embarrass its indigenous people, the Jewish people, after a Jewish revolt to expel Rom...

  • Biden's deal gives Hamas everything it wanted

    Daniel Greenfield|Jun 7, 2024

    (JNS) — On Oct. 7, Hamas had a Plan A and a Plan B. Plan A was to destroy Israel and kill all the Jews. Plan B was to pull back, stage ambushes and cry genocide while making up fake casualties and staging atrocities until its Islamist and leftist allies managed to save it, while using hostages and their bodies as negotiating leverage. Biden, who announced back in December that he had bailed out on supporting Israel, has now announced a deal that consists of three (actually 4) phases. Let me break it down. Phase 1. Hamas frees some surviving f...

  • What's Happening

    Jun 7, 2024

    MORNING MINYANS 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.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona — Monday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904-672-9300. Congregation Ohev Shalom — Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of Orlando — Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Temple Israel — Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-647-3...

  • China to host Arab leaders with Palestinian issue on the agenda

    Jun 7, 2024

    (JNS) — China will host several Arab leaders in Beijing this week with the Palestinian issue on the agenda, the foreign ministry said on Monday. The visitors are to include Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, whose government has played a key role in the indirect truce talks between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group in Gaza. Israel’s Abraham Accords allies the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will also be in China, the former represented by UAE President and ruler of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the latter by Kin...

  • Fact-checking the ICJ: Omissions and deceptions

    David M. Litman|Jun 7, 2024

    (CAMERA via JNS) - Unsurprisingly, the International Court of Justice played along with the cynical attempt by Hamas's ally South Africa to halt the Israeli military operation launched to destroy the terrorist organization after its horrific Oct. 7 massacre. Equally unsurprising is that the ICJ justified its ruling by relying on a thin, distorted and inaccurate set of "facts." In its May 24 ruling, the court relied on a handful of dubious, generalized and misleading claims made by various...

  • Haley: Israel is fighting against America's enemies

    Etgar Lefkovits|Jun 7, 2024

    Sderot, Israel (JNS) - Israel is fighting against the enemies of the United States in a war orchestrated by Iran, helped by Russian intelligence and funded by money from China, said Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and governor of South Carolina, in Israel on Monday. A former Republican presidential candidate known for her stalwart support for Israel, she spoke during a solidarity visit to communities near the Gaza Strip and just days after announcing that she would be v...

  • Influencer Montana Tucker featured a freed Israeli hostage in a skincare promo

    Jackie Hajdenberg|Jun 7, 2024

    (JTA) — Since Oct. 7, Montana Tucker has encapsulated the growing role of social media influencers in the sprawling effort to advocate for Israel. Tucker, who has more than 3 million followers on Instagram (in addition to 9 million on TikTok), has uploaded videos and photos from the communities devastated by Hamas’ attack and from Auschwitz. She’s posted speeches at rallies and tried to interview people at campus protests. At the Grammys in February, she wore a large yellow ribbon over her dress displaying the words “Bring them home....

  • The Danish resistance

    Marilyn Shapiro|Jun 7, 2024

    Much has been written about Righteous Gentiles, the men and women who risked their lives to help save the Jews in Europe during the Holocaust. One of the most successful rescues happened in Denmark, where Danish authority and innumerable private citizens working with Jewish community leaders came together to rescue thousands of their fellow citizens from certain death. Although the Nazis had occupied Denmark in 1939, initially there had been an uneasy peace. The Germans regarded the blond,...

  • 'The Commandant's Shadow' tells the true Holocaust story behind 'The Zone of Interest'

    Jackie Hajdenberg|Jun 7, 2024

    (JTA) - In "The Zone of Interest," the Oscar-winning drama about life adjacent to Auschwitz, the children of Rudolf Höss, the Nazi concentration camp's commandant, are only dimly aware of the horrors unfolding on the other side of the fence. Now, a new documentary exploring what those real-life children knew, and when, is hitting theaters - and unlike "The Zone of Interest," it includes voices of Jews imprisoned at Auschwitz. "The Commandant's Shadow," directed by Daniela Volker and distributed...

  • Hamas terrorists fire at central Israel from Samaria

    Jun 7, 2024

    (JNS) - Hamas published footage of masked terrorists opening fire with automatic weapons at Bat Hefer, an Israeli village east of Netanya that borders the Green Line with Samaria, Channel 12 News reported. In the footage, two Palestinians wearing Hamas headbands declare their allegiance to the Gaza-based terrorist organization. The video also includes a photo of the weapons they used to carry out the attack. The alleged shooting towards central Israel did not cause any casualties, according to Channel 12. Hamas said it committed the attack in r...

  • Obituary - HOWARD KICHLER

    Jun 7, 2024

    Howard Kichler, passed away on May 20, 2024 (Iyar 12, 5784). Born in Chicago, Il., Howard Kichler moved to Central Florida from Tampa in 1967. He received a BSEd from the University of Tampa, and a Bachelor’s of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. He worked in both retail and hospital pharmacy for over 50 years, receiving recognition from both the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy, and the Florida Board of Pharmacy for 50 years of service. He was given Lifetime honorary membership by the Florida Board of Pharmacy; the American Pharmacists A... Full story

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