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Cantor Rawiszer honored with ACC President's Award for Volunteerism

Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer was recently awarded the American Conference of Cantors President's Award for Volunteerism at the recent ACC-GTM Convention in Atlanta on June 23, 2019. Rawiszer-shown here...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 5, 2019

White House unveils economic portion of Middle East peace plan

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Days ahead of a workshop where Jared Kushner sought tens of billions of dollars for his Middle East peace plan, the White House unveiled an outline of its economic portion, including proposals, like a Gaza-West Bank travel...

 

Novelist Judith Krantz dies at 91

(JTA)-Judith Krantz, one of the best-selling female novelists of all time, has died. Krantz died on Saturday at her home in Bel Air, California at the age 91, Deadline reported. According to the...

 

Israeli company wins US bid

(JNS)-Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems announced on Wednesday that its U.S. subsidiary has been awarded a $26 million contract by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to install a...

 

St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society mourns the death of Rabbi Richard Levy

Just 72 hours after the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society marked the 55th anniversary of the largest mass arrest of rabbis in U.S. history, Rabbi Richard Levy, one of the 16 rabbis arrested,...

 

Humanitarian crisis facing immigrants in the US

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida would like to make the following statement regarding the humanitarian crisis currently facing immigrants in the United States today: As echoed through our mission, the Holocaust Center b...

 

'The Jewish Golden Age of Spain: From Glory to Exile'

Are you interested in learning more about the Jewish history of Spain? Then register for “The Jewish Golden Age of Spain: From Glory to Exile” taught by Jewish educator Charlene Neely at Temple Israel this fall. The free course will be taught...

 

Beth Shalom recognized for years of service

Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel was recognized by the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida for its 25 years of membership at their annual meeting in Clearwater, June 7. Beth Shalom was founded by Manny Adams and Sammy Goldstein in 1984 and is the...

 

Ocasio-Cortez rejects Auschwitz tour with Holocaust survivor

(JNS)—U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) rejected an invitation on Sunday to tour Auschwitz with a Holocaust survivor. The organization From the Depths, whose president, 93-year-old Edward Mosberg, is a Holocaust survivor, invited her to s...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    July 5, 2019

Bahrain conference reveals 'Palestinian Authority has no interest in peace'

(JNS)—Despite bringing together a historic number of Arab states and prominent world leaders, the Bahrain economic conference, which seeks to be the first step in the Trump administration’s efforts to bring peace between the Israelis and...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 5, 2019

Barak forms a new party saying 'Netanyahu regime must be felled'

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak announced Wednesday that he is forming a new political party. At an evening news conference, Barak said he rushed to make the announcement to thwart Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 5, 2019

Gary Rosenblatt stepping down as editor and publisher

(JTA)-Gary Rosenblatt, the editor and publisher of The New York Jewish Week for 26 years, is stepping down. Under his stewardship, the newspaper started Write On For Israel, an educational/advocacy pr...

 

Dangerous drive to correlate Islamophobia with anti-Semitism

(JNS)—The Somali-born congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has made a number of anti-Semitic remarks, is currently embroiled in controversy over her marriage history. When claims against her of bigamy and immigration fraud first emerged in...

 
 By David Suissa    Opinions    July 5, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez should visit 'The Evidence Room'

(Jewish Journal via JNS)—It’s a sign of how politicized our national discourse has become that nothing is out of bounds—not even the Holocaust. When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) used the charged term “concentration camp” last...

 

What the Trump peace plan cannot accomplish

(JNS)—When the Trump administration released the economic portion of its Middle East peace plan last week, the avalanche of criticism was immediate and harsh. Even though the president’s foreign-policy team couched the plan as a “vision” of...

 
 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    July 5, 2019

Erdoğan's loss is Israel's gain

(JNS)—When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared, during the lead-up to the country’s March 31 municipal elections, that “whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey,” he couldn’t have imagined that the catchy campaign slogan was going...

 
 By Molly Pascal    Opinions    July 5, 2019

We need fewer stereotypical Jews on TV-and more Walter Sobchaks

(JTA)—The other day, my Catholic mother-in-law again implored me, her sole Jewish daughter-in-law, to watch “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The third season of the award-winning show is expected to air in a few months, so I dutifully resigned myse...

 

Why the Supreme Court's decision to let a taxpayer-funded cross stand is dangerous for American Jews

(JTA)—On June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a four-story-high cross on government land abutting a major road—brightly lit at night and maintained by taxpayer funds—can continue to loom over drivers because the monument has stood for...

 

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...

 

Who said no Israelis attended the Summit in Bahrain?

RAMAT GAN, Israel-Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, director general of Israel's Sheba Medical Center Tel HaShomer, attended the summit in Bahrain, held June 25-26, to discuss economic prospects for the Palestini...

 
 By Ariel Ben Solomon    News    July 5, 2019

Supremacists and jihadis form 'two-pronged attack' threatening Jews in US

(JNS)-"Far-right anti-Semitism is on the rise in the United States and Europe, but the response from both Jewish communities and law enforcement agencies has been defensive and case by case, rather...

 

Bicycles to bless Israeli kids

Before the wildfires were extinguished in Israel last month, organizations and communities throughout Israel stepped up to help the more than 3500 people who had been evacuated and displaced from...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    July 5, 2019

Scene Around

The Statue of Liberty... "Give us your tired, your poor, your humbled masses yearning to breath free." (What has become of us? I'm just saying.) Finally, some justice... "A Belgian criminal court has...

 

Congregation Beth Sholom July Events

Friday, July 12th: A meaningful Shabbat service at 7 p.m. led by Rabbi Karen Allen. Join the family-like celebration, followed by refreshments at the Oneg Shabbat allowing everyone to mingle with old and new friends. The synagogue is located at 315...

 
 By Anonymous    Features    July 5, 2019

What preparing a Jewish body for burial is really like

(JTA)—In Jewish communities around the world, there is a little known group of men and women dedicated to performing the mitzvah of preparing a body for burial, a ritual called tahara. The group is called the chevra kadisha, the holy society. The...

 

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