Articles from the August 18, 2023 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 18, 2023

Jewish groups launch relief effort as island's Jews are among the evacuated

(JTA) - Jewish groups in the United States and in Hawaii are launching relief efforts following the devastation caused by wildfires that have killed more than 50 people so far. The wildfires have all...

 

Nearly 2,000 teens attend JCC Maccabi games in Fort Lauderdale

Following the historic JCC Maccabi Games in Israel, the world's largest Jewish youth sports event continued with JCC Association of North America's 41st JCC Maccabi Games® and Access events in For...

 

First female rabbi in Orlando

The Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando has recently welcomed Rabbi Rachael Jackson, her husband, Danyul and 9-year-old son, Adrian. Rabbi Jackson is the first female rabbi to serve in the Orlando community. She is not the only female rabbi...

 
 By Louise Cooper    News    August 18, 2023

New student rabbi at SOJC

A new student rabbi is coming to Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation. Rabbi Michael Fraade is a fifth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College, a pluralistic, nondenominational institution in Newto...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Benefits of nature

Being outdoors is good for everyone. Nature may also help protect against the risk of developing certain neurodegenerative disorders. In a study of millions of seniors who spent time in "green spaces"...

 

Shabbat at Cascade Heights

It’s heartwarming to learn about the Shabbat Service organized by the Jewish Pavilion in collaboration with the staff, volunteers, and residents of Cascade Heights in Longwood. Sharing challah and w...

 

Holocaust Center

Film Screening: Liga Terezin On Aug. 24, the Holocaust Center will host a film screening of “Liga Terezin” (2013), a documentary inspired by Oded Breda’s quest to document the story of a soccer league in the Ghetto Theresienstadt, after he recog...

 

TOP Jewish Foundation Webinars Series

On Aug. 23, at noon, TOP Jewish Foundation will host a webinar on Estate Planning & Charitable Giving — Leaving Your Legacy. In the webinar, attendees will learn how to include charitable giving in your estate plan and tax-advantaged estate p...

 
 By David Swindle    News    August 18, 2023

Young adults 'empowered' at Israel on Campus Coalition summit in DC

(JNS) — Sarah Miller’s biggest takeaway from her first day at the Campus Coalition National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., was that there are stronger forces that unite rather than divide. “We have more in common than we have apart,” Miller,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 18, 2023

White supremacist man arrested for allegedly threatening jurors, witnesses in Pittsburgh shooting trial

(JTA) — Federal agents arrested a West Virginia man on Thursday for allegedly threatening jurors and witnesses in the trial of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter, which culminated last week in a death sentence. The man who was arrested, Hardy Lloyd, 4...

 

ADL teams up with Jewish frat AEPi

(JTA) — For its latest effort to combat antisemitism on college campuses, the Anti-Defamation League is turning to a particular brand of college student: frat boys. The Jewish civil rights group is partnering with Alpha Epsilon Pi, the h...

 

Ex-State Department officials admit they were wrong

(JNS) — On his way out the door, the retiring U.S. ambassador to Israel, Thomas Nides, has belatedly acknowledged that he “screwed up” in one of his last major actions. He’s just the latest in a growing line of U.S. diplomats who have admitte... Full story

 

The blessing of listening

(JNS) — Do blessings and curses come from heaven or do we bring them upon ourselves by the way we live our lives? Last week’s Torah reading, Re’eh, from Deuteronomy 11, begins with blessings and curses. Moses is continuing his sermonic messa...

 

How the Bible anticipated Israel's fight over the judiciary

(JTA) — For those following the judicial reform crisis in Israel, this week’s Torah portion is almost too on the nose. For months now, Israel has been convulsed by protests in response to a plan by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “reform” Israel...

 

Palestinian society sinks into shamble

(JNS) — Palestinian society is in disarray. In two major West Bank towns—Jenin and Nablus—the Palestinian Authority has lost control, and rogue gangs rule the land. Last week, thousands of Gazans protested in the streets—risking brutal backlas...

 

Israel needs to secure its territory more than it needs a Saudi deal

(JNS) — The heady excitement over the Abraham Accords overlooked Israel’s core strategic problems. The United Arab Emirates deal may have led to business ties and a certain amount of (mostly one-way) tourism, but then rockets from the terrorist ter...

 

Celebrating the first Jewish Superman

(JNS) — I am not a comic book fan. I am not a superhero fan. I think comic book films are slowly demolishing whatever remains of American cinema. But, if I may be slightly hypocritical, I am a huge Superman fan. My love for the character goes back t...

 

Phoenix Suns will retire Amar'e Stoudemire's number

(JTA) — Amar’e Stoudemire hasn’t donned a Phoenix Suns jersey since 2010, but soon, no Suns player will wear his No. 32 ever again. The Suns announced Wednesday that Stoudemire, along with his teammate Shawn Marion, would be inducted into the team...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. 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. C...

 

David Corenswet, the next Superman, was married by a rabbi and a priest in New Orleans

(JTA) - When David Corenswet was announced as the next DC Comics Superman last month, Jewish movie and comic fans rejoiced: He will be the first Jewish actor to portray the hero in a blockbuster. But...

 

JCC Maccabi Games kicked off with young athletes from 8 countries

(JNS) - The JCC Association of North America's 41st JCC Maccabi Games and Access events, which took place Aug. 6 through Aug. 11, opened at a ceremony on Monday at the FLA Live Arena in Fort...

 

Orwell's view on antisemitism was not Orwellian

(JNS) - It's popular to refer to contemporary issues as Orwellian, and one must wonder whether George Orwell would see echoes of his dystopian vision of 1984 in 2023. I'm not sure how many people are...

 

Our Southern kitchens are where Black and Jewish traditions come together

(JTA) - We grew up in South Carolina in the late 1960s and '70s, one of us from the capital city, Columbia, and the other from the small town of Summerton. The foods served on our respective tables...

 

Michigan state senator apologizes for visiting Israel

(JNS) - A state senator in Michigan has apologized to her Arab and Muslim constituents for a recent visit to Israel with her fellow lawmakers. Sylvia Santana, whose district includes part of Detroit....

 

British city of York, site of a medieval pogrom, gets its first rabbi in 800 years

(JTA) - For the first time in 800 years, the British city of York, whose Jewish population was decimated in a medieval pogrom, will be home to a rabbi. Rabbi Elisheva Salamo arrived in York from...

 

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