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Articles from the August 24, 2018 edition

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Israelis share firsthand accounts of life on the Gaza border

On Sunday, Aug. 26, Jewish National Fund and The Roth Family JCC will host a town hall meeting about the Gaza border crisis. JNF is bringing three residents of Gaza border communities to Florida, to... Full story


Congregation Sinai moves to a new location

Since 2003, Congregation Sinai has been serving the Jewish Community of Central Florida. After providing very successful community service over the past 15 years, they have now moved to 1200 West... Full story


Myrtle Rutberg dies at age 106

Myrtle Rebecca Skop Rutberg, who loved all things American, and all things Jewish, passed away Saturday evening, Aug. 8, 2018, one month shy of her 107th birthday. Her achievements in life were many.... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    August 24, 2018

Appreciating volunteers

As it gears up to celebrate its milestone 18th anniversary at its Gems and Jeans Gala on Oct. 28, The Jewish Pavilion and its Friends of the Pavilion Board are looking back with nostalgia and... Full story


Hebrew-speaking therapist joins JFS Orlando team

JFS Orlando is pleased to announce the addition of Dorrit Ram to their JFS family. Dorrit Ram, LCSW earned a masters in social work from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is a licensed clinical social worker experienced in... Full story


Orlando Hadassah opens the 2018-2020 season Sept. 4

The summer is coming to an end and Orlando Hadassah is gearing up for another season of exciting programs and fundraising events. We open the season on Sept. 4 at Congregation Ohev Shalom at 11:30... Full story


New exhibit coming soon to the Holocaust Center

The next exhibit that is part of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center Fall 2018-2019 Cultural Season is titled Heroes of Warsaw, which will be on display from Sept. 1-Dec. 28, 2018. Us... Full story


Let USPS know we want a Hanukkah stamp every year

The 2018 Hanukkah stamp will be issued sometime in late September or early October. The word "Hanukkah" is not on the stamp. The explanation given by the USPS is "Though the word Hanukkah is not on th... Full story

 By Ben Sales    Features    August 24, 2018

Hydrox, the original kosher sandwich cookie, is accusing Oreo of sabotage

(JTA)-You know what Oreos are. They're two delicious chocolate cookies sandwiched around a creme filling. Oreos also come in Double Stuff, vanilla, birthday cake and pumpkin spice (really). There is d... Full story


Iran Action Group created

(JNS)—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday the founding of the Iran Action Group, which will “be responsible for directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department’s Iran-related activity.” “For... Full story


Jerusalem hostel blacklists Jon Stewart and others

A hostel in Jerusalem’s Old City has published a list of “haters of Israel” who have been banned “because of crimes committed against the Jewish people,” drawing derision and ridicule from those blacklisted. The Jerusalem Heritage House des... Full story


Trump approves largest-ever aid package to Israel

and United with Israel US President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act on Monday, which includes $550 million in assistance to Israel and temporarily halts the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey. This comes amid tensions... Full story


'BlacKkKlansman' recalls the possibilities,

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)—In a dramatic scene, word reaches local officials that the leader of a militant black organization coming to town is intent on stirring up trouble. An undercover operation ensues when an African-American attends the event, takin... Full story


Protect Israel from terrorists, not its critics

(JNS)—When security breaches threaten airports, there’s not much doubt about who is usually called in to deal with the situation. Israel’s prowess in dealing with threats to its borders, and especially its air-transportation system, is... Full story


It's all about eliminationism

(JNS)—There is two-stage subversion project at work against Israel and its Zionist-base ideology. The first stage seeks to cozy up, in a sense, and to equalize, falsely, two movements: Zionism and Palestinianism. If we are “equal,” then we are... Full story


From the editor's desk: Where's the Establishment Clause?

How would you feel if your child came home from school and said that he/she had to memorize and recite the Apostles Creed? The Apostles Creed is a statement of faith that many Protestant Christians recite in church every Sunday. What if your child... Full story


The missing Israeli flags

JNS.org Aish Hatorah Resources Arabs came to the protest in Tel Aviv because they oppose the very existence of a Jewish state, including its most innocuous symbol. Ever since Saturday night’s demonstration against the nation-state law in Tel Aviv,... Full story


Am I being too picky?

Hold on to what’s important and let go of the super detailed image you have in your mind. One day they tell you you’re young and beautiful. You have a bright future ahead of you, they say. Then the next day, with no warning, they say you are... Full story


We've come too far to stay silent any longer

They say that silence is golden. Yet, now is a time that we cannot stay silent. For over four months, communities facing the Gaza border in Southern Israel have lived through a daily barrage of incendiary kites, balloons, and rockets. For these... Full story


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... Full story


Why Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' is a cautionary tale for 21st-century Jews

Spoilers for "BlacKkKlansman" below. NEW YORK (JTA)-In 1965, two young Jewish men, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were murdered along with black activist James Chaney by Ku Klux Klansmen in... Full story


If Israel has such bad PR, why does it remain so popular?

The first mention in JTA of the Hebrew word “hasbarah” was in 1988, at the height of the first intifada. The article focused on Israelis and American Jews and their deep concern that the media were distorting the unrest and showing the Israeli... Full story


Scene Around

Anti-Semitism in France... As recently reported in the La Croix International, (and passing it along to you), some 300 leading French public figures signed a manifesto denouncing what they see as the... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    August 24, 2018

Lauder helped make Netanyahu prime minister-now he's opposing him

(JTA)-It's gotta hurt when the guy who used to fund your political career writes two op-eds criticizing you in The New York Times. Benjamin Netanyahu would know-that's what's happening to him right... Full story

 By Josh Hasten    News    August 24, 2018

Why Israelis aren't as worked up about the Western Wall as Diaspora Jews

(JNS)-The future of prayer at the Western Wall has become one of the most contentious issues among Diaspora Jewry in the past year, mainly as a result of the Israeli government's June 2017, suspension... Full story


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