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Articles from the June 15, 2018 edition

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Israeli flag made of cookies in Atlanta breaks Guinness World Record

(JTA)-The Atlanta Jewish community broke a Guinness World Record after creating an Israeli flag out of edible cookies. The flag assembled by volunteers on Sunday used about 117,000 cookies and... Full story


Congratulations to Nancy Ludin, an Orlando Magazine Woman of the Year

In the June 2018 issue of Orlando Magazine, 23 women are named as the magazine's 2018 Women of the Year. The magazine asked for nominees of women who are making a positive impact on the community,... Full story


TOP appoints new executive director

TOP Jewish Foundation has announced that Ellen Weiss was selected to fulfill the role of executive director effective May 2. The leadership transition is relatively seamless as Weiss has been on the... Full story


JNF to sue Hamas over kite terror

Palestinians from the Gaza Strip once again launched burning kites at civilian communities on the Israeli side of the border Tuesday, setting hundreds of dunams of farmland alight adjacent to Kibbutz... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    June 15, 2018

Jewish Pavilion gears up to celebrate its 18th anniversary

The Jewish Pavilion Gala committee is in full swing, planning a festive and memorable celebration to mark the organization's 18th-Chai-anniversary. Since chai means "life" in Hebrew, the slogan for... Full story


Holocaust Center's annual Dinner of Tribute a great success

On May 10, the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida celebrated its annual Dinner of Tribute honoring Jeffrey Miller and Ted Maines. The event was a tremendous success with... Full story


Legal Aid Society offers free legal consult to JFS Orlando

In partnership with JFS Orlando, the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. now offers free confidential legal consultations to JFS Orlando clients. JFS Orlando and The Legal Aid Society have enjoyed a great partnership for... Full story


Anthony Bourdain found dead at 61

NEW YORK-Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has taken his own life, according to the television network CNN for which Bourdain took viewers around the world for the "Parts Unknown" series. He was 61.... Full story

 By Sam Sokol    News    June 15, 2018

For reporters covering Gaza, charges of bias overshadow the stories they witness and tell

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Of the more than 60 deaths that occurred during the recent clashes between Israel and Palestinians at the Gaza border, none was as divisive as that of Layla Ghandour. Ghandour, an... Full story


US envoy to media: 'Keep your mouths shut'

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Monday that the media should either figure out a better way to deal with the border protests or stop its negative coverage of the Jewish state. Addressing a media conference in Jerusalem, Friedman said...


Religious freedom for me, but not for thee?

(JNS)—There was a time when defending religious freedom was at the top of the Jewish agenda. Jews understood that as a religious minority, our rights could only be defended when those of other religious faiths are also respected. Though... Full story


Cry for us, Argentina...

(JNS)—The cancellation of an event as well-publicized in the media as the World Cup soccer warm-up match between Argentina and Israel requires an immediate PR counterattack from Israel and the Jewish world. What unfortunately succeeded in... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 15, 2018

'Nakba,' 'Naksa'... nowhere

(JNS)—When it comes to the Palestinian “original sin” theory of Israel’s creation, there are two key milestones: the flight of approximately 750,000 Arab refugees during the 1948 War of Independence and the 1967 conquest of eastern... Full story

 By Hanna Gerber    Opinions    June 15, 2018

It's time for Treasury Department to designate Palestinian leaders as terrorists

With the recent passage of the Taylor Force Act, Congress called on the Palestinian Authority “to stop payments for acts of terrorism (...) and to repeal the laws authorizing such payments.” In response, the Palestinian Authority reaffirmed its... Full story


Dear 'Washington Post': You got it all wrong!

(JNS)—To the editor: Do you want to know why most American Jews don’t believe what you publish about Israel? An article in The Washington Post this week explains it all. It had to do with a Palestinian Arab rock-thrower murdering an Israeli man.... Full story


Letter to Yad Vashem: Do not whitewash history

I return to the continuing one-man battle that I have been trying to wage in recent years. As a tour guide, I have visited Yad Vashem many hundreds of times, both the former and the current version. Many structural and technical innovations have upgr... Full story


Democrats are riding on the wrong horse when it comes to Israel

I have never been able to understand why Jews are so wedded to the Democratic Party. First, FDR and his anti-Semitic Congress refused to allow the S.S. St. Louis to land at Key West, thereby relegating hundreds of Hungarian Jews to the concentration... 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... Full story

 By Edwin Black    Features    June 15, 2018

'Judaism, Zionism and the Land of Israel' fills a void

For decades, Rabbi Yotav Eliach, esteemed principal of Rambam Mesivta High School in Long Island, has accumulated his teachings, writings, and those of many other scholars and rabbinical authorities,... Full story

 By Renee Ghert-Zand    News    June 15, 2018

Four years after 3 Israeli yeshiva boys were kidnapped and killed, their families find a new normal

JERUSALEM-It's easy to spot Iris Yifrach as she walks through the crowds in a packed shopping mall in central Israel. And it's not just because she's wearing a bright yellow blouse and matching... Full story


Scene Around

About Sephardic Jews... My late spouse was Sephardic. His ancestry dates all the way back to Barcelona, Spain, and his family spoke Ladino (Spanish). This article from the World Jewish Congress... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    June 15, 2018

Supreme Court's cake shop ruling is good for the Jews

(JTA)-Seven Supreme Court justices sided with a Colorado baker in his legal fight with a gay couple. And seven major Jewish groups weighed in on the decision. Six of the Jewish groups disagreed with t... Full story

 By Eliana Rudee    News    June 15, 2018

The Chabon speech

(JNS)-Author Michael Chabon ignited controversy in the Jewish world following his May 14 commencement speech at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles with students... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    June 15, 2018

It's a big deal that Argentina cancelled its soccer game in Israel

(JTA)—Israelis want nothing more than for their country to be considered normal. That may have to wait. A much-anticipated soccer game between the Argentine and Israeli national teams was cancelled Wednesday because, Israeli and Argentine... Full story



Bertha Weinstein, age 88, of Winter Park, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at her residence. She was born in New York City on Aug. 7, 1929, to the late Abraham and Lillian Ruderman Bialek. A homemaker, Mrs. Weinstein was a high school graduate... Full story


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