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Harriett Lake sponsors a new program at Jewish Academy of Orlando

This week, Jewish Academy of Orlando announced its new program: "Harriett's Art and Performance Program for Youth" (also know as our "HAPPY" program). The program is being funded through a very...

 
 By Adam Abrams    News    June 16, 2017

After London Bridge attack, UK and Israel pledge to fight Islamist terror 'trend'

Following Saturday night's terror attack that killed seven people and injured as many as 50 in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May said "enough is enough" and vowed to crack down on the "evil...

 

Abbas ready for peace talks?

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is willing to suspend his demand that Israel freeze Judea and Samaria settlement construction as a condition for restarting peace talks, a top adviser said. Abbas is also willing to...

 

'Wonder Woman' ban spreads

"Wonder Woman" may be a hit at the box office, grossing $228 million worldwide in its first weekend, but not in much of the Arab world. The reason? It's Israeli star, Gal Gadot. After being banned...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 16, 2017

Arab countries turning on Qatar-what does it mean for Israel?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Five Arab nations cut ties with Qatar on Monday, June 5, escalating a long-simmering competition for preeminence in the region into actions that could set the stage for war. Saudi...

 

Senate passes legislation in support of embassy move

(JNS.org) The U.S. Senate urged President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise of relocating the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, unanimously passing legislation in support of the move Monday. The Senate voted 90-0 in favor of a...

 

IDF conducts surprise drill for possible Hezbollah attack

(JNS.org) The IDF called up thousands of soldiers from its Northern Command conscript divisions Sunday to conduct a surprise military exercise on Israel's northern border with Lebanon.  The drill,...

 
 By Michael Tabb    News    June 16, 2017

CRJ puts the Arts in the spotlight

At the end of May 2017, the Congregation of Reform Judaism hosted their first-ever Arts Festival Week that included an art gallery, a variety of free arts workshops, and multiple performances. Each fe...

 

Commemoration of largest mass arrest of rabbis

The fifth annual commemoration of the largest mass arrest of rabbis in U.S. history, an event that took place in St. Augustine in June 1964, will be held on Monday, June 19, at 12:30 p.m. at the historic Columbia Restaurant, 98 St. George...

 

OMC participants win awards in Math Kangaroo Competition

Ari Azbel, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, is a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory and a former student of the Jewish Academy of Orlando. He is also the founder of Orlando Math Circle (www.orlandomathcircle.org), a 501(c)3 organization...

 

Six days and 50 years

Every time I see the movie “Titanic” I hope that there will be a different outcome. I hope that the captain will successfully avert the massive iceberg. I hope that the ship won’t sink, that so many of its passengers won’t perish. I hope...

 

Why aren't Muslim countries leading the charge on aid

Why aren’t Muslim countries leading givers to the Palestinian cause? The question has renewed relevance upon a United Nations agency’s recent release of its list of donors. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East...

 

Can Donald do it?

He says that he wants to settle things between Israel and Palestine. His initial venture outside the U.S., to the Middle East, may indicate the importance that he assigns to it. There was also a business deal with the Saudis, that will bring more...

 

Publication of pro-terrorist ad in The Forward raises eyebrows in Jewish media world

The decision by the Jewish weekly newspaper The Forward to publish a paid advertisement supporting imprisoned Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti is being questioned by some editors of other American Jewish newspapers. The full-page ad appeared...

 

Want a path to peace? Pound the table at Abbas

The most important incident during President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East took place out of view of the international press. At the time, it went unreported and unremarked upon. The president not only didn’t mention it publicly, he...

 

What's happened to the Anti-Defamation League?

Where is the Anti-Defamation League?  As a “new anti-Semitism” casts the Jewish state as the cruelest of nations, and her Jewish supporters as “racists,” the ADL has been largely silent. The lies are spread in ne...

 

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....

 

Mazel tov to the 2017 Yiddish Class!

Students of Yiddish received their graduation certificate for completing Yiddish 101 at the final class taught by Joan Pohl at Brookdale Island Lake. Participants have been attending class each month...

 

Could Gal Gadot become the biggest Israeli superstar ever?

(JTA)-Try to think of the most famous Israelis in history. Not necessarily the most consequential or "important" ones-like any number of Nobel Prize winners or behind-the-scenes Middle East peace deal...

 

The Sephardim-Part I Their Heritage

Many American Jews, who are at least 95 percent Ashkenazi by origin, also find it hard to relate to those Jews in Israel whose cultural background is so different. By origin, approximately 50 percent...

 

Scene Around

(When you read this column I will still be in Chicago visiting with children and grandchildren.) Oh my aching back... I read this in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along to you:...

 
 By Nicky Blackburn    News    June 16, 2017

14 things you didn't know about Gal Gadot

1. In Hebrew, Gal Gadot's first name means "wave" and her surname means "riverbanks." 2. Gal Gadot was born in Rosh Ha'ayin, and her maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors. 3. At the age of...

 

Obituary - DALE COHEN

Dale Cohen, age 63, of Davenport, passed away in Bogota, Colombia, on May 21, 2017, while vacationing with his wife, Sonia. A New York native, he was the son of the late Milton and Miriam Garfinkle Cohen, and was born on Sept. 28, 1953. Dale...

 

Obituary - AARON JOEL GOLDWASSER

Aaron Joel Goldwasser, age 33, of Lake Mary, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017, at his residence. He was born on July 9, 1983, in Atlanta Ga., a son of Albert and Annette Newman Goldwasser. He moved to the Orlando area with his family in 1999. He...

 

Obituary-ELAINE SHERRY SONNE

Elaine S. Sonne, age 74, of Eustis, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Cornerstone Hospice at Orlando Regional Medical Center. A native of Queens, New York, she was born on Feb. 1, 1943, to the late Barnett B. and Pauline Letwack Rosen. She was...

 

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