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Articles from the July 20, 2018 edition

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 By Eric Narrow    News    July 20, 2018

Out of recent ashes, Israel's border communities persevere

Nestled in the Western Negev, along the desert's edge and the border with the Gaza Strip, 32 small agricultural kibbutzim and villages have created an oasis in an otherwise overlooked part of Israel....

 

The many facets of immigration

The Holocaust Center hosted a forum in response to current events related to immigration on Tuesday evening, July 10. The panel discussion was designed to give insight into the immigrant experience....

 

Trump/Putin ensure Israel's security

According to various news sources, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to work together to ensure Israel's security with regards to the advancement of the...

 

Rare coin unearthed in Jerusalem

A rare bronze coin dating to the first century and minted during the fourth year of the Great Jewish Revolt against the Romans was recently discovered at the archaeological sifting project at Emek...

 

The future is bright for Congregation Beth Am

The membership of Congregation Beth Am, the first conservative synagogue in Seminole County, has overwhelmingly endorsed an agenda that will propel the congregation into the New Year. Valuing Jewish heritage and tradition, the leadership and members...

 

Fool Us once... (Warning, spoiler alert!)

Our favorite hometown magician, Kostya Kimlat, was once again on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us television show on Monday evening, July 16. Did he fool them once again? Kimlat did a card trick that involved catching a selected playing card while the...

 

Shabbat shalom!

Gary Becker is no newcomer to Orlando or the Jewish community. Fortunately for the residents at Village on the Green, Becker has been leading the monthly Shabbat program for the past several months....

 

Kosher agency says it can no longer vouch for Starbucks stores

(JTA)-Kosher observers who pick up their coffee at Starbucks may need to look elsewhere for their caffeine fix. A kosher-certifying agency said it can no longer vouch for the kashrut of many...

 

U of Oregon Hillel sign vandalized with pro-Palestinian message and obscenities

(JTA)—A welcome sign at the Hillel at University of Oregon was defaced with a pro-Palestinian message and obscenities The vandalism at the building on the campus in Eugene was discovered Friday. The Hillel posted a photo of the sign in the parking...

 
 By David Hoffman    News    July 20, 2018

We went to the border to support our friends-our disagreements were for another time

(JTA)-Ronald Reagan is reported to have said, "The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally-not a 20 percent traitor." There is much wisdom in this sentiment, but the...

 

Emmys 2018 Jewish nominees

(JTA)—“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Sarah Silverman’s new late-night show earned Emmy nominations on Thursday. “Maisel,” Amazon Studios’ popular series set in a very Jewish 1950s New York neighborhood, was nominated for best comedy...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 20, 2018

French Jewish family told to remove mezuzah outside apartment

(JTA)—The company that manages an apartment complex in France has ordered a Jewish family to remove a mezuzah from the doorframe. The Foncière Bergé Corp. cited its regulations last week in a letter to the Saada family in Montpelier, in southern...

 

Germany increases funding for Holocaust survivors by $88 million

(JTA)—Germany has agreed to increase its funding for social welfare services for Holocaust survivors by $88 million. The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany in its announcement Tuesday said the increase brings global allocations...

 

Another step to the left for Democrats

(JNS)—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t on her way to Congress because of her hostility to the State of Israel. The upset victory of a Democratic Socialist over one of the highest ranking Democrats in Congress, as well as the boss of the party in...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    July 20, 2018

Ideology-Wrong standard for Supreme Court confirmation hearings

The announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and the current process to appoint and confirm his successor, will further politicize the judicial branch of government if ideology is a primary factor in the confirmation...

 

The terrorists whose names must not be mentioned

(JNS)—Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, is one of the best-known killers in American history. Yet two major television networks recently broadcast segments about the Kennedy assassination without mentioning his name at all. What...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 20, 2018

Denmark confronts Islamism and integration

(JNS)—Imam Mundhir Abdallah is a good example of the dilemmas that have confronted politicians in Denmark in their response to Islamist extremism among the country’s 300,000 Muslims, the large majority of whom are first- or second-generation imm...

 

Birthright protestors are accomplices in Palestinian Authority and Hamas inhumanity

(JNS)—In a now-viral video, five American girls staged a walkout on the final day of their trip to Israel courtesy of Birthright, a not-for-profit educational organization that sponsors free 10-day heritage trips to Israel for young adults of...

 

The golden calf of the Democratic party

Dear Editor: Sometimes we need to go backwards in our history and time in order to proceed so that we may obtain a clearer understanding of the total chaos and disorder of this present day in America. Our country is divided. We are no longer a...

 

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...

 

In pursuit of state plates

"Delaware!" my husband Larry yelled as we drove past a line of parked cars on Galena Street in Frisco, Colorado. "We got Delaware!" In our life, "Getting Delaware" is a big deal. Within the first 10...

 
 By Cindy Sher    Features    July 20, 2018

Weddings are lovely, but it's the marriage that matters

CHICAGO (JTA)—My sister was married on a beautiful summer day many years ago. Those of us in the wedding party took pictures in a garden before the ceremony. As maid of honor, one of my duties was to hold up the train of her dress so it wouldn’t...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    July 20, 2018

They tried to take Judaism out of synagogue spaces-now they're coming back to them

NEW YORK (JTA)-For 10 years, Rabbi Dan Ain has tried to take Judaism out of the synagogue. He's convened Friday night prayers in auditoriums with musicians like Matisyahu and Lisa Loeb. He's held...

 

Scene Around

I've been to this "paradise"... I'm referring to Switzerland, of course. It is truly an inspiring, lovely country. My deceased spouse and I truly enjoyed our visit some years ago and I will never...

 

Need tefillin? There's an app for that

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-You can call a taxi, order a hamburger, rent a film and buy a book with a few clicks of a smartphone. So why shouldn't it be as easy to score a set of tefillin? That, at least, was...

 

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