Articles from the September 30, 2016 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 30, 2016

Bibi and Barack part amiably as chilly U.S.-Israel relations thaw

WASHINGTON (JTA)-When President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for what was likely to be the last time as leaders of their countries, the most important thing they said was... Full story


Five Orlando women attend JWRP Global Leadership conference

Five Jewish mothers from Orlando participated in the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project (JWRP) Leadership Conference in College Park, Md. The JWRP Leadership Conference, held in collaboration with... Full story


Shimon Peres dies

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Shimon Peres, the former defense hawk turned Nobel Peace Prize winner and the last of Israel's founders, has died. Peres died before dawn Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at 93, Israel Radio... Full story


We're all from the same planet

Can a children's book about the Jewish High Holidays help advance world peace? A new edition of an award-winning children's book author thinks so-and National Geographic agrees. "Celebrate Rosh Hashan... Full story


Does the U.S.-Israel military aid deal put to rest years of strained relations under Obama?

By Sean Savage The United States and Israel made history on Thursday signing the largest ever military assistance package between the two allies. The agreement was hailed by many as a means... Full story


More retired U.S. generals and admirals line up for Trump

The number of retired U.S. military generals and admirals endorsing Donald Trump in an open letter has grown from 90 to 162, says the only Holocaust survivor signing it, retired Green Beret Maj. Gen.... Full story


Having that 'aha' moment in genealogy research

Gene Starn was the founder of the Heritage and also of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando. He wrote this article in 2005. I am about to have zenith moment! Many of us who are tracing our family history often hit a brickwall. When we... Full story


BBYO international teen president visits Orlando Jewish community

Ellie Bodker, the international president (N'siah) of BBYO, the world's leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement, visited the greater Orlando Jewish community over Sept. 15-18. Bodker, of Overland... Full story


Congregation Beth Sholom welcomes 5777

With the coming of Rosh Hashanah, Jews around the world will celebrate the new year of 5777. According to the Jewish calendar, the world’s oldest calendar still in use today, the year 5777 will begin on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 2. Rosh H... Full story


At a time of Jewish introspection, Donald Trump offers hope

By Jason Dov Greenblatt NEW YORK (JTA)—As my family and I prepare for Rosh Hashanah, we look back with grateful hearts for the brachot, blessings, in our lives. We take time to reflect on the joys and the challenges, the ups and downs, that we e... Full story


Clinton has the temperament to be commander-in-chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA)—I support Hillary Clinton for president because I have seen her work up close—as first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state. She has the temperament, experience and judgment to be commander-in-chief and our cou... Full story


Going to war against a Movement

I wrote some thoughts down, posted them on my Facebook page and wrote a truncated version to the Orlando Sentinel, which was printed as a letter to the editor. So, here are some further ramblings. 9/11 was a tragedy. We have had a few in our... Full story


UCF students perpetuate spirit of cooperation

It was heartening to see on the front page of The Heritage the powerful image of a table representing UCF’s Knights for Israel literally under the same tent as a table belonging to the Muslim Student Association (MSA). This is a testament to the t... Full story


Israel haters excel in disruption

It has become standard practice among those who hate Israel to accuse the Jewish state’s supporters of suppressing speech. These so-called progressives piously charge Israel advocates of crying anti-Semitism whenever Israel is criticized, and accuse... Full story


Adjusting to American life with the help of JFS Orlando

Dear Editor: I recently relocated to Central Florida from Israel, and I want to take this opportunity to tell members of the Jewish Community about a wonderful program that helped me in my adjustment to life in America in Orlando. JFS Orlando’s J... 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

 By Ben Sales    News    September 30, 2016

Haredim look to Trump as a pro-Israel, traditionalist tough guy

NEW YORK (JTA)-American Jews are likely to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, but American Jewry's fastest-growing community is likely to go the other way. A solid majority of haredi Orthodox Jews... Full story


JFS Orlando's Chef Challenge puts the fun in fundraiser

If you have ever watched any of the television shows on the Food Network-shows like "Chopped," or "Cutthroat Kitchen"-you have a glimmer of an idea as to what JFS Orlando's Pantry to Plate Chef's... Full story


A beautiful blanket adorned with Judaic tapestry

Special thanks to Larry and Renee Pitt for donating items from Larry's parent's estate to the Jewish Pavilion. The agency was able to use some of the items directly and sell the remainder. Pictured... Full story


It is never too late to have a happy childhood!

Jewish Pavilion nonagenarians Cee-cee, Zelda and Margaret are enjoying their lollypops as they are getting ready for Sunday in the Park at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Cranes Roost. Pictured... Full story


Scene Around

France's Jewish community... I read this in the World Jewish Congress Digest (WJC), and pass it along to you: "France's Jewish community, the largest in Europe, has elected a Sephardic Jew as its new... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    September 30, 2016

NY bombing suspect's Orthodox neighbors seemed resigned to backyard terror

ELIZABETH, N.J. (JTA)-Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man who police say planted four bombs in Manhattan and New Jersey-including one in the train station here-used to come to the One Stop Kosher Market to... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 30, 2016

Obama's $38B aid package to Israel comes with caveats: It's generous, but on his terms

WASHINGTON (JTA)-President Barack Obama's near parting gift to Israel, a guarantee of $38 billion in defense assistance over a decade, distills into a single document what he's been saying throughout... Full story


A Sephardic seder, of sorts, for Rosh Hashanah

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-For Rosh Hashanah, many of us eat an apple dipped in honey as an auspicious sign for a sweet new year. The symbolism is clear, and the ritual as easy to pull off as squeezing a... Full story



Esther Halfon, age 69, of Lake Mary, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Esther was born on May 17, 1947, to the late Jack and Rachel Capouya Halfon. Following high... Full story


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