Articles from the July 12, 2019 edition

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Reunion for 2019 high school graduates who were former JAO students

Former Jewish Academy of Orlando students who graduated from area high schools this year enjoyed a reunion held in the library of the Jewish Academy of Orlando at the end of the academic year.... Full story


EL AL took to the skies in Orlando July 9

Driving to the Orlando International Airport the morning of July 9, the Star of David on the tail of an EL AL plane was visible above the building. It was thrilling to see, because this morning at... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    July 12, 2019

Shooter drills during services

(JTA)-When the ushers locked the door to the sanctuary, and the congregants prepared to flee the synagogue in preparation for a mass shooting, Rabbi Neil Cooper made sure it all happened before they... Full story

 By Faygie Holt    News    July 12, 2019

FBI says: Run, hide, fight

(JNS)—Representatives of Jewish, Christian, Muslim and other religious groups gathered together recently at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., for a discussion on security issues facing faith communities. The timing couldn’t be more apt, as one... Full story


Hillel International welcomes interim CEO and new board chair

WASHINGTON-Adam Lehman will take the helm of the world's largest campus Jewish organization as interim CEO after serving as the organization's chief operating officer since 2015. Hillel International... Full story

 By Susan Bernstein    News    July 12, 2019

Giving back to community through the Jewish Pavilion

Zena Sulkes has dedicated her professional life to education. As a Hebrew School Aid at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Detroit, Sulkes began to feel her way around the classroom and understand the esse...


Arnie Sager, salvage-sales guru, dies at age 86

Former Winter Park and Longwood resident, Arnold "Arnie" Irving Sager, passed away at the age of 86 on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Danvers, Mass. Sager was born Oct. 11, 1932 to the late Bessie and... Full story


New program director at the Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion welcomes Hope McCormack to their staff of program directors. The Jewish Pavilion has been a part of McCormack's life for over 10 years. "For my bat mitzvah project, I delivered... Full story

 By Jackson Richman    News    July 12, 2019

In debate with little foreign policy, Gillibrand pledges to 'engage Iran to stabilize' Mideast

(JNS)-The second Democratic presidential primary debate on Thursday night barely featured a discussion on Iran, let alone foreign policy. However, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said that, if... Full story


Another son of Hamas founder flees, blasts terror organization's corruption

(JNS)-Suheib Yousef, son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef and younger brother of "Green Prince" Mosab Yousef, deserted his post in Turkey, flew to an undisclosed Asian country and then gave... Full story

 By Eliana Rudee    News    July 12, 2019

Palestinian businessmen deem Bahrain conference a success, despite tussle with PA

(JNS)—Despite multiple raids and a detainment made by the Palestinian Authority against participants of the “Peace to Prosperity” economic workshop in Manama, Bahrain, Ashraf Al-Ghanem says that he will remain strong and courageous. Al-Ghanem is th... Full story


Republicans call on Trump to increase pressure on Iran

(JNS)—U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called on the Trump administration on Tuesday to increase pressure on Iran. “We write to urge you to increase pressure on Iran’s nuclear program, in the after... Full story


A sledgehammer blow didn't 'Judaize' Jerusalem or kill the peace process

(JNS)—The critics are right about U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s presence at the ceremonial opening of Jerusalem’s “Pilgrimage Road” being unprecedented. None of his predecessors would have been caught dead at a Jewish site on the wrong... Full story

 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    July 12, 2019

America's greatest scientific & engineering achievement

In January 1966, I found myself living and working in Cocoa Beach, Florida. I had been recruited by RCA Missile Test Project, the scientific and engineering manager of the Air Force’s Eastern Test Range for rockets and missiles being test fired from... Full story


'Two-state solution' isn't best for either side

(JNS)—“The two-state solution,” as America and Israel define it, calls for “two states for two peoples”— for Israel and a new Palestinian-Arab state, sharing the area between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea. The Palestinian Authority h... Full story


When human rights become acceptable collateral damage

(JNS)—Three seemingly unrelated incidents occurred last week, yet all share a common denominator: They exemplify the way anti-Israel politics has corrupted the concept of human rights. Let’s start with best-selling British novelist Richard Zimler’s r... Full story


Ten Jewish groups unite against Israeli democracy

(JNS)—For years, the pundits have been telling us that Israeli democracy is in danger because of the Arab birthrate, or because of the Jewish nation-state law, or because of the debates over the powers of Israel’s High Court. I wonder if they wil... Full story


Iran's time is up

(JNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump’s last-minute decision to pull back from a retaliatory strike on Iran is nothing new in the annals of modern history. According to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Benjamin Netanyahu was on the verge of atta... 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


Walmart, Amazon selling 'Mein Kampf' with neo-Nazi blurb

(JNS)—Walmart, Amazon and Barnes & Noble are among retailers selling an edition of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” featuring a neo-Nazi blurb and a price tag with numbers that reference white power. “This book has set a path toward a much higher un... Full story

 By Samuel Heilman    News    July 12, 2019

The Chabad Rebbe died 25 years ago- here's how his movement has survived

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Twenty-five years ago, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the 92-year-old Lubavitcher Rebbe, succumbed to his many ailments and died, to the horror of his Hasidim. Since suffering the first... Full story

 By Jackson Richman    News    July 12, 2019

Unsurprisingly, Iran exceeds uranium enrichment limit under 2015 nuclear deal-now what?

(JNS)-Iran has exceeded the uranium enrichment limit under the 2015 nuclear deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced on Monday. Tzvi Kahn, senior Iran analyst at the Foundation for Defen... Full story


Auschwitz exhibit examines faith as a mechanism for survival

(JNS)—An exhibition that offers the public a glimpse into the role of faith as a mechanism for survival during the Holocaust opened at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland on Monday. ... Full story


Scene Around

Museum of Jewish Heritage... This museum is a living memorial to the Holocaust. It is located at 36 Battery Place in lower Manhattan, New York City, N.Y. "Not long ago. Not far away" is the theme of... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 12, 2019

Yair Netanyahu stars at pro-Trump student group's Jewish leadership conference

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Turning Point USA, a conservative student group that is most notable for its vocal advocacy for President Donald Trump, is hosting a conference here for young Jewish leaders that... Full story


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