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Netanyahu offers condolences after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio

(JNS)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveyed his condolences to the American people on Sunday night after back-to-back mass shootings rocked the cities of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton,...

 

Venturing out beyond exercise into movie productio

Many people in the Jewish community know Bethanne Weiss as an accomplished physical fitness guru and author of the book "Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank," which garnered her the...

 

2019 JFGO Annual Meeting, Aug. 25

It has been a year of unprecedented change for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. Much of that change—and what it means for the larger Central Florida Jewish community—will be discussed Sunday, Aug. 25, during JFGO’s 2019 Annual Meeting...

 

Israeli student found stabbed

JERUSALEM (JTA)-A 19-year-old yeshiva student was found stabbed to death in the West Bank's Etzion settlement bloc. Dvir Sorek of the Ofra settlement was reported missing on Wednesday evening, hours...

 
 By Hope McCormack    News    August 16, 2019

Looking forward to Shabbat

By Hope McCormack Cascade Heights has the privilege of having a wonderful Shabbat service almost every week. The third week of July was no different. The service was led by Program Director Susan Bern...

 

Savor the summer at Temple Israel's sixth annual Sha-Ba-BQ

Soak up the last bit of summer with Temple Israel's sixth annual Sha-Ba-BQ on Friday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at 50 South Moss Road in Winter Springs. This special indoor and outdoor celebration features...

 

Joint Maimonides-Cardozo event to honor Dr. Harry Rein, Esq.

For more than 50 years, Dr. Harry Rein, Esq. has served our community as the only doctor-lawyer-judge in the United States. His unique expertise in both the medical and legal fields have made him a...

 

RAISE employee and job coach applications open for the fall

The RAISE program for adults with special needs is now accepting online applications for RAISE employees as well as opportunities to volunteer as a job coach. RAISE is a 6- to 12-month work and social skills training program for adults with special...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    August 16, 2019

58 Jewish groups gather in New York to mobilize against anti-Semitism

(JNS)-Fifty-eight Jewish organizations gathered in New York City on Wednesday for a "National Consultation on Responses to Antisemitism" to address ever increasing anti-Semitic incidents in the...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    August 16, 2019

JTA editor in chief Andrew Silow-Carroll named editor of the NY Jewish Week

(JTA)-After three and a half years as editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Andrew Silow-Carroll will be the next editor of the New York Jewish Week. The veteran journalist will succeed...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 16, 2019

Author David Grossman eulogizes settler teen who was murdered hugging his book

(JTA)-Those close to Dvir Sorek, the 19-year-old student who was murdered Thursday in a West Bank terrorist attack, described him as a unique young man. One of his friends from the West Bank...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 16, 2019

Trump condemns bigotry and white supremacy in response to El Paso and Dayton shootings

(JTA)—President Donald Trump said “hate has no place in America” in an address to the nation following the mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Trump pledged additional resources to the FBI to investigate domesti...

 

What real incitement to murder looks like

(JNS)—In the wake of the latest mass shootings to afflict America, some Jewish organizations and their leaders joined in the effort to place at least some of the blame for these atrocities on President Donald Trump. Rabbi Rick Jacobs of the Union o...

 

Reflections on immigration to America

(JNS)—Given the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, I decided to reflect upon my own personal immigration story. At the outset, I want to compliment the president for sticking to his guns and doing more than any president of the United States to...

 

My congresswoman is un-representative

At the beginning of a recent trip to the U.S. I was privileged to find myself in the office of my Congressional Representative, Bonnie Watson Coleman, (NJ 12th District) discussing legislation related to providing security in the Middle East against...

 

Israelis and Arabs say one thing in public and another behind closed doors

NEW YORK (JTA)—By the end of this year, my research and travels in the Middle East will have brought me through Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan and Kurdistan, as well as many visits to Capitol Hill. What...

 

Doubling down on Shabbat

(Jewish Journal via JNS)—At a time of rampant assimilation and declining synagogue attendance, how do you get more Jews to connect to their tradition? In recent years, the non-Orthodox streams of Judaism have tackled this challenge with renewed...

 

False accusations of anti-Semitism hurt the Jews more than you realize

BALTIMORE (JTA)—As Americans of conscience, many of us are deeply troubled by the hyperpartisan tone that seems to color almost every news story and cycle. The sensationalism that is so often present within our nation’s discourse undermines our...

 

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...

 

88 US senators call on Poland to pay Holocaust victims

(JNS)—A bipartisan group of 88 U.S. senators signed a letter on Monday to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, asking him to “act boldly and with urgency to help Poland resolve this issue comprehensively” of compensating Holocaust victims whose...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 16, 2019

Not The Squad: Rep. Elissa Slotkin and her 'Gang of 9' offer Democrats a path of moderation

LANSING, Michigan (JTA)-Tom Dalton could be the poster boy for Elissa Slotkin's path to a second term and, she would argue, to Democrats keeping the U.S. House of Representatives. The 67-year-old...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    August 16, 2019

Who's running in Israel's September elections, explained

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel's upcoming elections in September-just five months after the last ones in April-are essentially a do-over. In the April election, the right wing won a majority. But because...

 

Scene Around

Over 3,000 years ago... I received this information from StandWithUs. "An indigenous people developed a thriving civilization and culture in their ancestral homeland. "Over time they were conquered by...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 16, 2019

Netflix's 'The Red Sea Diving Resort' misses the real story of Ethiopian Jews

(JTA)-Out of all of the unrealistic scenes in "The Red Sea Diving Resort," the most absurd one might be when Ben Kingsley, playing a supposedly gritty Mossad agent, shows up in the desert wearing a su...

 

What is 8chan, the site linked to shooters in Christchurch, Poway and El Paso?

(JTA)—Not long after news that a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, left at least 22 people dead, reports started swirling that the suspect had posted a manifesto on 8chan, an online forum. Law enforcement officials are investigating a...

 

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