Articles from the September 1, 2017 edition

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Central Florida delegation to JCC Maccabi Games returns with medals

A delegation from Central Florida recently returned after competing in the 35th annual JCC Maccabi Games, a weeklong Olympic-style sports competition giving close to 3,000 teens the chance to gather... Full story


JFGO meeting, short but sweet

The turn out for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Annual Meeting wasn't as large as in past years. Perhaps the weather, casting a gloomy, gray, cloud-covered sky that threatened rain, put a... Full story


Being there...

Alan Kornman was there... he was in Israel to witness the ceremonies remembering the 1967 Six Day War and celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem 50 years ago. On Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at 7 p.m., he will share with us, in film and in words,... Full story


What's happening at Jewish Pavilion? Music Fest 2017!

On Oct. 15, The Jewish Pavilion will get it's "groove on", bringing the community together with their new fall festival, MUSIC FEST 2017 in memory of Inez and Teddy Snyder, with all proceeds... Full story


Vitas Healthcare chaplain to lead Beth Am High Holiday services

Congregation Beth Am is pleased to announce that Rabbi Edward C. Bernstein will serve as its spiritual leader for the 2017 High Holidays. "My family and I are excited to join the Beth Am community for... Full story


Attend an Israeli Dance Workshop

On Sunday, Sept. 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. there will be a special Israeli dance workshop with professional Israeli dance teacher Danny Pollock. He has been teaching Israeli folk-dance for more... Full story


JSU brings Holocaust speakers to Oviedo High

Holocaust survivors Genia Kutner and Gerald Biegel will share their stories with high school students (and anyone else who would like to attend) at Oviedo High School on Sept. 12. The program,... Full story


The next solar eclipse in 2024: A startling message for the world

The mystical meaning of the next eclipse which is only seven years away. Amazingly enough, the “totality eclipse” which took place this past Monday across the continental United States was not the end of the story. While eclipses of this mag... Full story


Report: Bannon pushed for embassy in Jerusalem

( the wake of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's ousting, reports detailing his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have started to emerge. Bannon reportedly aggressiv... Full story


Lebanese beauty queen stripped of title for visiting Israel

The winner of a Lebanese beauty pageant has been stripped of her title after it was revealed she had visited Israel. Dual Swedish-Lebanese citizen Amanda Hanna, who won the Miss Lebanon Emigrant 2017... Full story


Let's talk about sex: the aftermath of Charlottesville

The scene is Paris in the late 19th century. At a glittering ball, a handful of eligible gentilhommes eagerly circled the charming Comtesse de La Rochefoucauld—something of an Ivanka Trump in her day—in the hope of being granted a dance. But whe... Full story


Rewards for rock-throwers

On a recent Friday, several-dozen Jewish hikers happened to pass near the Palestinian village of Kobar. Some locals reacted to the sight of Jews by trying to stone them to death. News reports noted that Kobar is the home town of the terrorist who rec... Full story


What to do about radical Islam?

There ain’t much anybody can do. It’s one of our insoluble problems. For those of us outside areas of the Middle East and Africa where one or another radical movement established itself, the problem may grow with the defeat of the extremists in are... Full story


Is it possible to fight both neo-Nazis and left-wing anti-Semites?

We live in a time when, as the U.S. State Department has noted, a “rising tide of anti-Semitism” has swept across the globe. Anti-Semitism has crept into the mainstream from the margins of society in the West, as a coalition of intellectual eli... Full story


Charlottesville offers lifesaving lessons for American Jews

Jews are asking if we’re back in the 1920s. To me, the scene outside a Charlottesville synagogue is more like Odessa in 1905. Across from the synagogue stood three white supremacists with semi-automatic weapons. During the Friday night torchlight par... Full story


Has the heat of worldwide anti-Semitism become too hot for the Jewish people?

The stinging heat of anti-Semitism is being felt, yet again, around the world. Whether you live in Miami, Rome or Santiago, the goosebumps we all got when we heard the chants of the white supremacists in Charlottesville—“Jews will not replace us... 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 a.m... Full story


Young and old enjoy cool fun on a hot summer day

What do young people do on a hot summer day at Camp J? They go to join a group of seniors at Brookdale Lake Orienta for a "Game Day." Almost 40 teen-aged campers enjoyed an afternoon bonding with... Full story


What to do when hate speech is in your face

Tuesday evening, Aug. 22, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center hosted a panel discussion on free speech vs. hate speech. The timely dialogue was arranged as a result of the... Full story


These Christians celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

NEW YORK (JTA)—On the night of Rosh Hashanah, thousands of people will leave work, gather in congregations across the globe and worship God, the ruler of the world. Ten days later they will begin a fast and gather again to pray, this time atoning f... Full story


Making a personal connection with past generations

A beginner in the Jewish genealogy search, Jane Edelstein recently attended the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conference held in Orlando. This is the second article about... Full story

 By Alan Kornman    News    September 1, 2017

It's chop-chop, adios from professor who fears defending Islamic law

On Aug. 17, the ‘Florida Atlantic University professor and president of the Islamic Society of Boca Raton, Fla., Bassem Alhalabi, agreed to publicly defend the Shariah Islamiyya (Islamic Law) but ran away in shame from the venue minutes before the p... Full story


Scene Around

Oh No!... My favorite comedian of all, maybe the funniest comic of all time, has passed on. I'm talking about Jerry Lewis. Jerry Lewis was an American actor, comedian, singer, film producer, film... Full story


How continuing education courses rejuvenate older adults

Like many back-to-schoolers, Ed April is preparing to return to classes. An eager student, he has already read through his required text on the Spanish American War. In just a few weeks, Ed will join... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    September 1, 2017

Rabbi Held is shaping the conversation around love and politics

NEW YORK (JTA)-After the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, voices abounded calling the demonstration an affront to American values. Rabbi Shai Held called it an attack on God. "One of the... Full story


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