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 By Robyn B. Heyman    News    June 9, 2017

Florida Region AZA and BBG reunion planned for Orlando June 30 - July 2

It was the summer before ninth grade and I was invited to a BBG and AZA membership party at the home of the Behr family. The home was filled with other kids new to B’nai Brith, as well as members that we met and learned from about the opportunity...

 

Federation's 'Summer of Love'

Fifty years after the original "Summer of Love" ushered in a counterculture revolution in America, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is launching its own Summer of Love, though with a very...

 

Governor Scott visits OTA

Florida Governor Rick Scott, joined by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and State Representative Randy Fine, visited Orlando Torah Academy on Tuesday to highlight his new bill providing security funding for...

 

JFS Restock Challenge rocks

JFS Orlando, the Winter Park-based nonprofit, human service agency, has collected over 7,500 pounds of food and over $18,000 in cash donations during its annual Pantry Restock Challenge. The Challenge ran for one month and the goal was to restock...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 9, 2017

Trump wants to sell lots of weapons to Saudi Arabia- So, why are Israel (and its friends) keeping quiet?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The year was 1981 and the director of AIPAC was calling for a "showdown" with the Reagan administration, saying "This country is being held hostage to the whims of the Saudis." At...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 9, 2017

Israel's government is right-wing, but it's taking climate change seriously

(JTA)-One of Israel's strongest condemnations of Donald Trump wasn't about the peace process. It didn't concern Trump's broken promise to relocate the U.S. embassy, or his reported leak of Israeli...

 

Brandeis graduates encouraged to 'stand up for justice'

In a stirring speech at Brandeis University's 66th Commencement on Sunday, May 21, Rosalie Silberman Abella, the first Jewish woman named to the Canadian Supreme Court, reminded graduates of the...

 

Federation offering JTEN grants for 2017-18

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is pleased to announce the fourth year of the Jewish Teen Education grant program and is now accepting grant requests for 2017-18 academic year. Federation’s JTEN (Jewish Teen Education Network) offers...

 

Heritage nominations for Human Service Award

It is that time of year once again when Heritage Florida Jewish News is putting out feelers for one outstanding person in the Jewish community who has given his or her time or talent or monetary gifts to better the Orlando Jewish community....

 

Congregation Beth Sholom of Leesburg June schedule

Celebrate Shabbat with the synagogue that feels like family. Congregation Beth Sholom’s Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi Karen Allen is this evening, June 9th at 7 p.m. An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. The Rabbi’s Torah Roundtable Dis...

 

100 years in 60 minutes

Kehillah, which is Hebrew for community, tells the vibrant story of the Jewish community’s past and present in the Orlando area. On Monday, June 26 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at The Roth Family JCC, there will be a special showing of “All About the...

 

For New York Times, the new man in Jerusalem is just as biased as the old one

Anybody who thought the new Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times would be any less pro-Palestinian than his predecessor was sadly mistaken. Ian Fisher replaced Peter Baker as head of The Times’s Jerusalem bureau in January. Many of...

 

Netanyahu's challenge with Trump

On Thursday, less than 48 hours after U.S. President Donald Trump completed his successful visit to Israel, his chief negotiator Jason Greenblatt was back in town. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson set the tone for Greenblatt’s...

 

End the propaganda that Jerusalem is holy to Muslims

Upon the 50th anniversary of the Jewish state of Israel’s reunification of Jerusalem, there is no better time to end the propaganda myth that Jerusalem is a holy city to Muslims.  The Muslim fixation and clamor on Jerusalem is actually a very...

 

Israel's sights, sounds and tastes could be the recipe for defeating BDS

When it comes to winning the argument against the BDS movement, the strategy may be as simple as a pan of shakshuka, a Mizrahi album, and a real or virtual tour through Jerusalem. A celebration of culture and a walk through the history of Israel may...

 

Silence is not golden when it comes to fanaticism

“Very few people were true Nazis,” he said, “but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all...

 

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...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 9, 2017

A government campaign against George Soros splits Hungarian Jews

(JTA)-On a recent Sunday, eight far-right activists filmed themselves on what they called a "raid" on the Aurora Jewish community center in Budapest. Sporting crewcuts and black clothes, the men affix...

 

My Shabbat weekend in the Heights

Throughout my life, I have traveled to New York to visit relatives or go to the theater, but there was a borough that I had always wanted to visit my parents or travels had never taken me. I had...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 9, 2017

Scene Around

About cancer... I have written often about Israel's cancer cure breakthroughs. Here is another. I received this letter from the Weizmann Institute of Science and pass it on in part to you: "Each...

 

Breaking bread together on Shabbat

The staff at The Commons holds a Shabbat lunch each month for its Jewish residents, as well as for the Jewish residents from nearby Windsor Place. Jewish Pavilion Program Director Walter Goldstein...

 

Good Reads: How Hank Greenberg took on Hitler in the summer of 1938

WHIPPANY, N.J. (New Jersey Jewish News via JTA)-With a lifetime of loving and writing about sports, Ron Kaplan has many topics he can sink his teeth into. Add to that passion his time working for the...

 
 By Paul Miller    Features    June 9, 2017

Good Reads: New book disarms Israel's revisionist detractors

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," wrote philosopher George Santayana in 1905. Today, Western civilization's impaired memory is only part of a bigger problem.  From the...

 
 By Tom Tugend    Features    June 9, 2017

Good Reads:Kirk Douglas: How the 100-year-old found true love

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-When movie star Kirk Douglas married Anne Buydens in Las Vegas, the justice of the peace asked Anne to raise her hand and repeat after him, "I take thee, Kirk, for my lawful...

 

Mark Zuckerberg's prayer

No matter how financially blessed, we all need to call upon a higher power to help us make our lives a blessing. At age 32, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest of the world's ten richest people. His fortu...

 

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