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Netanyahu proclaims 'Stand with Israel' in UNGA speech

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Debate in the late morning of Oct. 1, 2015. Twitter accounts from inside the Debate Hall reported that the... Full story


It will be 'A Starry Night' at Jewish Academy of Orlando's annual Gala

The Jewish Academy of Orlando is honoring the Render family and presenting a lifetime achievement award to the Katzen family at this year's annual gala. The event is on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Hilton... Full story


Party it up for JCC educators

On Saturday, Nov. 21, The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando will host its second annual Party After Dark, benefiting its Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center. The event, which begins at... Full story


JFNA awarded funds for survivors

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is proud to announce that the United States Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the organization $12 million over 5 years, pending the availability of federal funds, to advance... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 9, 2015

Everyone's talking ISIS at the UN, leaving Netanyahu glaring

(JTA)-All anyone attending the United Nations General Assembly opening seemed to want to talk about was the threat posed to the world by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. That was much to the const... Full story


Abbas delivers virulent propaganda address at U.N.

Not so much as a willingness to abide by past agreements with the Israelis or the rest of the world can now be said on the part of the Palestinian leadership. Mahmoud Abbas, the so-called president of Palestine, announced on Sept. 30, 2015, at the... Full story


Pennsylvania Senate passes anti-BDS Resolution

On Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, the Pennsylvania Senate by vote of 49 to 0 passed Resolution No. 136 Session of 2015 Printer’s No. 979.  The Resolution condemned economic, social, cultural and other boycotts of Israel and growing incidents of... Full story


Yael Miller takes the cake at Pavilion's 'A Taste in the Park'

Thanks to cake artist, Yael Miller, you can have your cake and decorate it too at "A Taste in the Park," sponsored by the Jewish Pavilion, on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Maitland Civic Center-Venue on the... Full story


JFS Orlando and Sharsheret present Healing with Ayurveda

JFS Orlando Executive Director Eric Geboff, in conjunction with partner program Sharsheret, is pleased to present Healing with Ayurveda, an interactive session led by Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant Polly Keller. Ayurveda is one of the world’s... Full story


Congregation Sinai's sukkah built by the children

The Confirmation Class of Congregation Sinai built a sukkah to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot. Decorations for the sukkah were made by children of the Religious School ages 5-12. Flowers, fruits,... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 9, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas has a nightmare vision

In November 1974, the late Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat addressed the entire world from the rostrum of the United Nations General Assembly. Always a master of spectacle, Arafat cut an arresting figure as he strode toward... Full story


Obama fails to denounce Putin, Rouhani, and Castro at U.N.

(Washington, DC)—U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement Sept. 29 on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding the need for American leadership and... Full story


Israel-China romance is based on ancient values

(JTA)—The rise of a new global power usually creates tensions with the incumbent superpower, and the United States-China duo is no exception. At their summit last week in Washington, D.C., Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping spoke of progress... Full story


Why Jewish educators need to teach Palestinians perspective

(JTA)—As the new school year gets underway, Jewish educators are making decisions regarding how best to teach about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Most begin with the premise that Jewish students should learn to support Israel and... Full story


Ann Coulter is not an anti-Semite

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—During the course of the second Republican presidential debate, Ann Coulter, the well-known commentator, writer, speaker and provocateur, tweeted: “How many f---ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?... 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


Israel finds few allies at UNGA 70

Governments from around the world had their say at the speaker’s podium of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) general debate held in New York from Sept. 28 to Oct. 3. The Jewish and Israeli communities have stakes in... Full story



Marvin Gassman, age 86, of Longwood, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, at Florida Hospital—Orlando. Mr. Gassman was born on July 16, 1929, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to the late Murray and Gussie Miller Gassman. Mr. Gassman was an U.S. Army... Full story


Obituary - MIRIAM I. LEWIS

Miriam Lewis, age 86, of Orlando, passed away on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. Born in Manhattan, N.Y., on May 24, 1929, she was the daughter of the late William and Ruth Schonbach Lewis. Mrs. Lewis was an educator... Full story


Bar Mitzvah - Jordan David Gabaide

Jordan David Gebaide, son of Robert and Rachel Gebaide of Maitland, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Congregation Ohev Shalom of Maitland. Jordan is in the... Full story


Bar Mitzvah - Harrison Slone

Harrison Slone, son of Lisa and Michael Slone of Winter Park will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Congregation of Reform Judaism. Harrison is thankful for his... Full story


For happy hikers, Israel's 620-mile national trail brings Jewish history to life

It was a brave-some may argue foolhardy-lot who recently braved the August heat of the Negev desert to walk a short segment of the Israel National Trail (INT) at around noontime. But the nearly 100... Full story


Scene Around

I have a dear friend... Because a dear family friend of mine (who will remain nameless), is facing chemotherapy due to a positive diagnosis of breast cancer, I found this letter I recently received fr... Full story


Russia's kosher kingpin aims to launch halal-meat empire

MOSCOW (JTA)-At Russia's largest kosher food factory, owner Pinhas Slobodnik welcomes his Muslim workers with a greeting in Arabic that he pronounces in a thick Russian accent. Some 120 workers, most... Full story


Obama administration earmarks $12M for Holocaust survivors

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Obama administration has awarded $12 million for assistance to Holocaust survivors. The allocation from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Jewish Federations of North America, to be disbursed over five years,... Full story


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