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A most unusual reunion 75 years later

In the middle of June, Heritage received an email from a French man named Jean-Frederic Voltz. The email stated that the writer had found a helmet that belonged to Private First Class George...

 

Resolutions endorsing two-state solution, condemning BDS adopted

(JNS)-The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee adopted two resolutions on Wednesday, one condemning the anti-Israel BDS movement and another endorsing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian...

 

New hire to oversee PJ Library/youth

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando recently hired Rebecca Tregerman as the director of Outreach and Engagement. In that role, Tregerman will oversee the Federation's PJ Library, PJ Our Way and...

 
 By Jeff Jacoby    Features    July 26, 2019

How the Bible molded America

The Hebrew Bible indelibly molded the American founding, and its influence remains a part of its national story. The Continental Congress in Philadelphia approved the final text of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July, but it wasn...

 

Touring Israel-our homeland

Temple Israel's recent tour of Israel in June included 18 participants. The trip was carefully planned by Natan Brener, who defined the goal of the trip as providing a great opportunity for people to...

 

Blum to appear at JCC to kick off women's book club

Best-selling author Jenna Blum, who rose to prominence with 2004’s Holocaust-themed novel “Those Who Save Us,” will be in Maitland next month to discuss her latest work, “The Lost...

 

Presidential candidate Joe Sestak would move the US embassy 'back out of Jerusalem'

By Jackson Richman (JNS)-Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, said on Friday that, if elected, he would undo US. President Donald Trump's...

 

Booker, Biden, Gillibrand wouldn't move US embassy

(JNS)—U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, have said that if elected president in 2020, each of them would keep the U.S. embassy in Israel in Jerusalem, despite criticizing U.S. President Donald...

 

Tlaib accuses Israel of 'racist policies'

(JNS)—U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) compared Israel’s “dehumanization and racist policies” to 19th-century segregation in the United States. “There is continued dehumanization and racist policies by the State of Israel that violate inte...

 
 By Ariel Kahana    News    July 26, 2019

Netanyahu: 'There will be no more settlement evictions'

(Israel Hayom via JNS)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his commitment on Wednesday to the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria. Netanyahu was speaking at an event marking the 4oth anniversary of the Samaria Regional...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 26, 2019

'Who, me? A racist?'

(JNS)—The exposé on anti-Semitism in the British Labour Party, broadcast in the United Kingdom last week by the BBC’s flagship Panorama program, gave viewers an opportunity to see the extraordinary confrontation in April 2016 between John Mann,...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    July 26, 2019

The aftermath of the lunar landing

The 50th anniversary of the first successful Apollo-Saturn Moon Mission was met last week with great fanfare and enthusiasm by the national and international media, the American people and the entire global community. There were inspiring speeches, r...

 
 By Eyal Zisser    Opinions    July 26, 2019

Appeasing Iran isn't an option

(JNS)—Early last week Tehran announced its intention to enrich uranium above the level permitted by the nuclear deal to which it is a signatory. Over the weekend, soldiers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps attempted to seize a British oil...

 

The problem with opposing Israel's 'occupation'

(JNS)—The radical anti-Zionist IfNotNow group hit the jackpot last week with its initial investment in efforts to impact the 2020 presidential election. IfNotNow’s attempts to infiltrate Jewish summer camps and alter the way they teach about...

 

'Yesterday': The Beatles, the movie and the Torah

How could the world forget the Beatles? “Yesterday”—first the song, now the movie. For fans of the Beatles, “Yesterday,” the song Paul McCartney says came to him note by note in a dream, has a well-deserved claim on the best popular song...

 
 By Todd Cohen    Opinions    July 26, 2019

What do we do when schools fail our children?

Todd Cohn Just recently, the South Florida Jewish community collectively took a very deep breath when Spanish River High School’s Principal William Latson weighed in on the school’s approach to State-mandated Holocaust education. I was in...

 

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...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    July 26, 2019

Biden calls Israel's occupation a 'real' and 'significant' problem

(JTA)—Joe Biden said that Israel’s occupation is a “real” and “significant” problem, but would not go as far to say it is a “human rights crisis.” At a campaign event Friday in Dover, New Hampshire, the leading Democratic...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 26, 2019

Williams College reaches resolution with Department of Ed after nixing pro-Israel group

(JNS)—Williams College has reached a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Education in lieu of an investigation over the student government rejecting a new pro-Israel group, Williams...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 26, 2019

Delivery of Russian S-400 system may have 'major ramifications'

(JNS)-Turkey began to receive the S-400 air-defense missile-defense system on Friday despite U.S. warnings not to do so. The move by Turkey is likely to have "major ramifications" for the...

 

Philip Roth's possessions are being auctioned-here are 9 of the most interesting ones

NEW YORK (JTA)-There are fans of Philip Roth who enjoy his books. Then there are the fans who want to own his typewriters. The latter have their shot: Some of the late Jewish author's typewriters...

 

Iranian nuclear facility 'has never been repurposed'

(JNS)—Iran’s underground Fordow uranium-enrichment facility has not followed the 2015 nuclear deal, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Institute for Science and International Security. Apparently, it has “never been...

 

Scene Around

Bulgaria's Tolerance March... "The World Jewish Congress and its affiliate, the Organization of Jews in Bulgaria Shalom, recently drew more than 1,500 people from across Bulgarian society onto the...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    July 26, 2019

Trump, Netanyahu discuss national security, impending threat of Iran

(JNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone Wednesday about Iran, in addition to joint American-Israeli security interests, as Trump threatened that U.S. sanctions on Iran will be “increased...

 

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