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Articles from the September 14, 2018 edition

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Kids get a 'time out' from the unrest near Gaza

(JNS)-For five months now, since March 2018, Israeli communities bordering Gaza have sustained ongoing terrorism and arson from hundreds of rockets and incendiary devices, causing constant stress and...

 

Reform congregation wins landmark legal battle to build synagogue

Recently, JTA reported that a Reform congregation won a legal battle to build a synagogue building in the central Israeli city of Hod Hasharon, a wealthy city located several miles north of Tel Aviv....

 

Sukkot-a feast for all people

More than 40 years ago a small group of Christians, under the leadership of Pastor Ken Garrison, chose to step away from traditional Baptist practices and began to learn about the biblical feasts...

 

No deal with Israel? No Palestinian aid

On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump told Jewish leaders that the Palestinians would not receive any more aid from the U.S., unless they made a deal with Israel. Trump made the remarks during a conference call placed in anticipation of the...

 

A weekend of Israel and leadership for teens at Emory University

The Atlanta-based Center for Israel Education and the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel invite Jewish 10th- and 11th-graders to apply to attend the Teen Israel Leadership Institute...

 

Jewish Pavilion provides pet therapy for residents

Pet therapy is a widely used practice that helps a person overcome physical and mental challenges. Bonding with an animal can reduce blood pressure and release endorphins that calm, decrease stress,...

 

Temple Israel's Sisterhood & Sharsheret: Empowering Jewish Women

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Temple Israel will be having a special Shabbat service, "Sisterhood & Sharsheret: Empowering Jewish Women," on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 9:30 a.m....

 

Holocaust Center hosts panel discussion on hatred and extremism

The Atlantic Institute and the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida are partnering on a program titled “Responding to Hatred and Extremism: Solutions from Faith Traditions.” This event will be held Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at the...

 
 By JTA    Life Cycles    September 14, 2018

Neil Simon, Broadway's giant of bickering, wise-cracking couples, dies at 91

(JTA)-Playwright Neil Simon, known for such Broadway hits as "The Odd Couple," "Barefoot in the Park" and "Lost in Yonkers," has died. Simon, who earned a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, died...

 

Princeton Lyman, Jewish diplomat who helped plan Operation Moses, dies at 82

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Princeton Lyman, the Jewish American diplomat who played a critical role in organizing Operation Moses, the stunning 1984 airlift of Ethiopian Jews, has died at 82. Lyman died Friday...

 

One dead, 17 sick from salmonella in Empire Kosher chicken

Salmonella in Empire Kosher chicken has led to one death and 17 illnesses, the Centers for Disease Control said. Eight people have been hospitalized. The outbreak of the food-borne infection in the leading kosher chicken seller has shown up in...

 

The empty nest

Eighteen and a half years ago, when our third and last child was born, I remember thinking, “I’m going to be 62 when he goes to college. That’s so old!” Now that time has come, as has Rosh...

 

Who failed the Farrakhan test?

(JNS)—A demonstration last month in Washington consisting of two-dozen right-wing extremists set the world on its head. The event on the anniversary of last year’s Charlottesville rally by neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan was a pathetic flop, but...

 

Kol Nidre and Jabotinsky: The season for Jewish unity

It can be claimed that no single day in the Jewish liturgical calendar is clearly meant to showcase the unity of the Jewish People than Yom Kippur. And during Yom Kippur no single service symbolizes that unity more than the famous Kol Nidre. A short...

 

The sparkling waters of the West Bank

(JNS)—In this topsy-turvy world, if you’d like to see Palestinians living in peace, gainfully employed, with access to quality medical care and reason to believe tomorrow will be brighter than today, you’re denounced as anti-Palestinian. If,...

 

Sacrificing Israel's long-term interests for short-term gains

(JNS)—With the Trump Administration reportedly planning various steps against UNRWA—the U.N. aid agency devoted solely to Palestinian refugees—Israeli defense officials have leaped to UNRWA’s defense. A rapid cutback of U.S. funding would...

 

Gaza needs a new solution

(JNS)—Perhaps more than any other issue in the Middle East today, the situation in Gaza under the control of Hamas—a designated foreign terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel and aspiring to the genocide of world...

 

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...

 

KCOA launches new website

The Kinneret Council on Aging, a nonprofit agency that provides ongoing programs and services to residents of Kinneret Apartments, has launched their new, redesigned website, www.KinneretLiving.org. “We are thrilled to launch our new website which...

 

Jewish Academy of Orlando teachers participate in year-long fine arts initiative

The fine arts program continues to grow at Jewish Academy of Orlando. This summer, JAO was one of 10 schools selected to participate in a grant by the highly prestigious Teacher Institute for the...

 

Engagement Announcement - Stephanie Flax and Craig Oppenheim

Nina and Ron Oppenheim of Maitland announce with pleasure the engagement of their son Craig Oppenheim to Stephanie Flax, daughter of Jill Flax of Potomac, Maryland, and the late Howie Flax. Stephanie...

 

Susie Stone brings seniors the joy of the shofar

Each year for the High Holidays, the plaintive, soul-stirring sound of the shofar rings out in synagogues all over the world, and congregants are moved by that ancient tie to their ancestors. For the...

 

Scene Around

He was loved and respected... I wrote briefly about the late Senator John McCain in last week's column when I first heard about his passing. (I write well in advance of publication). What I want to...

 

Abbas says Israel-Hamas deal 'over my dead body'

Israel’s Channel 10 News published a report on Tuesday based on comments from a senior Fatah official demonstrating Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ intense hostility toward any potential deal between Israel and the...

 

The Jewish year in review: #MeToo, the embassy move, and a growing gap between Israel and the Diaspora

(JTA)-For North American Jews, the Jewish year 5778 began with tensions between Israel and the Diaspora over egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall and ended with more tension over a controversial...

 

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