Articles from the June 28, 2019 edition

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 By Marcy Oster    News    June 28, 2019

Robert Kraft announces foundation to combat anti-Semitism

JERUSALEM (JTA)-New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced the establishment of a foundation dedicated to combating anti-Semitism as he accepted the Genesis Prize award in Jerusalem on Thursday... Full story

 By Yaakov Lappin    News    June 28, 2019

Iran is dragging the Middle East into a dangerous standoff

(JNS)—In recent weeks, Iran and its proxies have begun operating under a new directive best described as a policy of controlled escalation. Still, the potential for miscalculation and region-wide c... Full story


Mohamed Morsi dead at 67

(JNS)-Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi died on Monday, June 17, 2019, at the age of 67 after passing out during a court session. The Muslim Brotherhood member led Egypt from 2012, following... Full story

 By Jackson Richman    News    June 28, 2019

Jewish groups slam Ocasio-Cortez

(JNS)—Outrage from pro-Israel and Jewish groups is growing at U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for her remarks on Monday on her Instagram account that the United States is “running concentration camps on our southern border,” in refer... Full story

 By Nancy Ludin    News    June 28, 2019

Grief support through a Jewish lens

Cyndie Ellman lost her husband in July and attended grief counseling with a lovely woman who was unaware of her faith and "just didn't get it." She then tried a secular grief support group run by one of the hospices, and again "they just didn't get... Full story


Mentalist Mark Stone coming to dinner at Beth Am

On Sunday, July 14, at 5:30 p.m. Congregation Beth Am in Longwood will be hosting mentalist Mark Stone for an evening with dinner and a show that will amaze you. Stone is one of the nations most... Full story


A not-to-be-forgotten b'not mitzvah

The congregants of B'nai Torah, a progressive conservative synagogue, were truly moved to tears at a recent mother and daughter b'not mitzvah. The mother, Lisa Ravede, is a convert to Judaism. The... Full story

 By Penny Schwartz    News    June 28, 2019

Boston museum pays $500K for rare Torah ornaments

BOSTON (JTA)-The Museum of Fine Arts bought two pairs of rare Torah finials, bidding $500,000 for the 17th-century German silver set. The set is considered among the earliest surviving examples of the ritual Torah ornaments. The final sale price... Full story

 By Jackson Richman    News    June 28, 2019

US to send additional 1,000 troops to Mideast in reaction to Iranian threats

(JNS)—The United States will send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East as tensions escalate between Washington and Tehran, the Pentagon announced on Monday evening. “In response to a request from the U.S. Central Command for additional for... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    June 28, 2019

Department of Education to probe anti-Israel bias at North Carolina conference on Gaza

(JTA)—The U.S. Department of Education will investigate a Middle East conference on Gaza co-sponsored by two North Carolina universities over allegations that it had an anti-Israel bias. Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., called on the department to c... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    June 28, 2019

Sign unveiled for Trump Heights community in the Golan Heights

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A new Jewish community in the Golan Heights to honor President Donald Trump will be called Ramat Trump, translated as Trump Heights. A sign was unveiled Sunday during the weekly Cabinet meeting held in the Golan Heights at the site o... Full story


Mohamed Morsi and the dangerous lessons of the Arab Spring

(JNS)—His death, like much of his life, was in service to the Islamist cause he championed. By dropping dead in a courtroom where he was caged and silenced, Mohamed Morsi served to bring attention to the dictatorial nature of the Egypt’s mil... Full story

 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    June 28, 2019

Reproductive rights, the Bible and the Constitution

By Mel Pearlman The latest legislative assault on a woman’s reproductive rights is a dangerous and threatening assault on the U.S. Constitution itself. Supporters of these newly introduced state laws prohibiting abortion in every instance believe t... Full story


The morality of life and death and doctors

June has been a month of reflection on life, death, our values, and the greater good. We commemorated the 75th anniversary of the 1944 Normandy invasion (D-Day), which began the liberation of France from German occupation and turned the tide of... Full story

 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    June 28, 2019

The appalling political exploitation of a 7-year-old's rape

(JNS)—Given the nationwide response to the brutal rape of a 7-year-old Israeli girl by the Palestinian janitor at her elementary school, while two other accomplices egged him on, it’s no wonder that her parents waited weeks before complaining to aut... Full story


The high school battle in Newton, Mass.

(JNS)—The Israel-bashing problem so prevalent on North American college campuses has now reached into high schools. Under the guise of teaching history, social studies, conflict resolution or “peace studies,” curriculum mills hostile to the Jewis... Full story


A call for Jewish unity

Dear Editor: As a People, we Jews are not unified. Politically we are divided into two camps, with roughly 70 percent Liberal and 30 percent Conservative. In general, Liberals detest President Trump and Conservatives admire him. These differences bro... 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.m.;... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    Features    June 28, 2019

Wedding invitation of Lubavitcher rebbe

(JTA)-An invitation to the 1928 wedding of the seventh and last Lubavitcher rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, was discovered at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. Schneerson... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 28, 2019

Here's what Trump officials and supporters are saying to critics of his Iran policy

WASHINGTON (JTA)-President Donald Trump says he is "very prepared" for Iran. "We're looking at Iran," he said Tuesday when a reporter asked him what he had planned beyond sending another 1,000 U.S. tr... Full story


'Adolf Island,' a British isle that housed concentration camps

(JTA)-Many are familiar with the names of the larger Nazi concentration camps like Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. But some estimate the Nazis had as many as 40,000 satellite camps around Europe.... Full story


These homemade challah pretzel buns are perfection for burgers

It's hard to improve on the classic goodness of a good American barbecue (or cookout, depending on what part of the United States you might reside). Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken drumsticks and corn a... Full story


This chef turned his popular falafel truck into a booming Israeli restaurant

For nearly a decade, chef Avi Shemtov has been a pioneer on Boston’s food scene. In 2010, he rolled out The Chubby Chickpea, one of the first food trucks in the city, serving up Israeli-style street food from falafel and chicken shwarma to c... Full story


Scene Around

Okay! So I’m a senior citizen... Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we h... Full story

 By Jackson Richman    News    June 28, 2019

Amid escalating tensions, 'all options' on table to deter Tehran's behavior

(JNS)—The ongoing tensions between America and Iran seemed to reach a tipping point late last week when the United States blamed Iran for being behind the attack on two ships in the Gulf of Oman. On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo w... Full story


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