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Theater at the J hosts One Orlando Benefit

On Sunday, July 17, The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando's Theater at the J will host a One Orlando Concert. All proceeds from ticket and concession sales will benefit the One Orlando Fund,...

 

Building in Judea/Samaria is not an obstacle to peace

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized the statement issued by the Middle East Quartet (the U.S., the U.N., the European Union & Russia) which, while rightly criticizing...

 

Mentalist headlines Federation meeting

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO), dubbed "A Meeting of the Minds," will feature America's premier mentalist, Sidney Friedman. The annual meeting is set for 7...

 

JFS scholarship to local high schooler

JFS Orlando distributed the 2016 Kobrin Scholarship to local Seminole High School student, Silvia Huaman. This annual scholarship of $2,000 is awarded to one deserving and academically successful...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 15, 2016

In Rabbinate protest, Lookstein and Sharansky call for revisions, not revolution

NEW YORK (JTA)-Three months after Israel's Chief Rabbinate rejected his authority to perform conversions, one of America's most prominent Modern Orthodox rabbis joined with Natan Sharansky to...

 

How Elie Wiesel inspired the Free Soviet Jewry movement

(JTA)-On my bookshelves there are two rows of volumes on the Soviet Jewry movement. Squeezed in among the tomes is a small, well-worn paperback with pages no longer attached to the spine, "The Jews of...

 

Not a time to be silent about BDS, anti-Semitism

Speaking with passion and commitment, nationally known speaker/media expert Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder and president of Proclaiming Justice To the Nations (PJTN), once again encouraged her...

 

RAISE positions available

The RAISE program for young adults with special needs is now accepting online applications. There will be a limited number of positions available, as well as opportunities to volunteer as a Job Coach. RAISE is a 6- to 12-month work and social skills...

 

Learn more about St. Augustine

The first joint meeting of the St. Augustine Historical Society and the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society will be held July 20, 7 p.m. at the Gamache-Koger Theater of the Ringhave Student Center, 48 Sevilla St., in St. Augustine, on the...

 

Join TI members for more fun

Temple Israel is, once again, inviting the whole community to join their members in watching the Men’s Orlando City Soccer Team Lions play on Sunday, August 7 at 7 p.m. at the Citrus Bowl against the Seattle Sounders FC. Tickets are specially...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 15, 2016

Netanyahu's Russian realism

These are the days that Vladimir Putin has been aching for since the end of the Cold War. On Dec. 5, 1989, three weeks after the Berlin Wall was torn down, angry crowds stormed the Dresden Headquarters of the Stasi, the brutal secret police of the So...

 

Moral equivalence has become a moral atrocity

We have reached the point where moral equivalence has become a moral atrocity. The smart set in the West has insisted for over a generation that Israel and the Palestinians are morally equal. There are extremists, on both sides, they say. Both sides...

 

Stuck with unpleasant events

A single page in the weekend edition of Yedioth Aharonoth captures the essence of where we are. One article on the page is a rational assessment of recent violence, its decline, and concludes with the point that there is no solution, other than the...

 

Weisel, bestower of the memory of the Holocaust to the world

The moment I finished reading “Night” many years ago, I knew that I had just experienced my personal Holocaust despite being safely tucked into, and protected by, my American way of life. The Holocaust was now mine to hang onto. Elie Wiesel gave...

 

Trump can lay 'Stargate' to rest-assuming he wants to

(JTA)—Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign never recovered after he was caught on video telling a group of millionaires that 47 percent of Americans will always vote for Democrats because they don’t take “personal responsibility” for th...

 

Take my son 'somewhere else'?

(Kveller via JTA)—It finally happened. My son is almost 9 months old, and this week, for the first time, a stranger came up to me and asked me to “take him somewhere else.” Even worse, it happened at synagogue. The woman who approached me was...

 

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....

 
 By Hillel Kuttler    News    July 15, 2016

Meet a Namibian cyclist pedaling for a diverse Israeli team

PHILADELPHIA (JTA)-Growing up in Namibia, Dan Craven would bicycle long distances upon the only two paved roads in his hometown of Omaruru-80 miles heading north to Otjiwarongo and 45 miles south to...

 

Zaatar Fried Chicken with Spicy Thyme Honey Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Look, I'm going to be honest with you: Deep frying is a huge pain. It's hot, it's splattery, sometimes things come out raw and it's not exactly healthy. BUT! Big, big but. It is...

 

Seven Elie Wiesel books that show the range of his influence

(JTA)-Most people know Elie Wiesel as the author of "Night," one of the first published autobiographical accounts of what life was like inside Nazi concentration camps. The book, which helped shape...

 

Scene Around

Remember Hezbollah?... With all the talk and worry about Isis these days, we almost put on the "back burner" terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. DAVID HARRIS of the American Jewish Congress wrote...

 

Society for Crypto-Jewish Studies confirms St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society hypotheses

As scholars of the Crypto-Jewish world, those who study Jews who went into hiding during the Spanish Inquisition and beyond, gathered for their twenty-sixth annual conference in Santa Fe, New...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 15, 2016

Did the Brexit vote unleash the bigots? Some British Jews think so

LONDON (JTA)- For two years, in her travels around the English capital, Natalie Pitimson has toted a library bag emblazoned with a word in Yiddish. "The word 'schlep' written on the side perfectly...

 

Getting 'UnREAL' with actress Shiri Appleby:  Actress dishes on playing a Jewish, feminist antihero

(JTA)-In the world of television, Rachel Goldberg is a rare character: a Jewish, female antihero. She's the main character in "UnREAL," a scripted drama on Lifetime about the behind-the-scenes world...

 

Family of slain teen hold memorial ceremony on Temple Mount

Five hundred Jews gathered Tuesday morning by the entrance to the Temple Mount, to ascend in memory of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a teenage girl who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian on June 30. In...

 

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