Articles from the October 13, 2017 edition

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Kehillah: A History of Jewish life in Greater Orlando opening November 12

From the tiny seed of an idea, an enormous community event has grown. In February of 2015, Sara Stern assembled a committee for Congregation Ohev Shalom to begin planning its centennial celebration.... Full story


An adventure in intimacy-A one-day experience

On Sunday, Oct. 22, Hedy and Yumi Schleifer will be in Orlando to lead a very special one-day workshop for couples. Organized by JOIN (Orlando Jewish Outreach Initiative) this event will be held at Th... Full story


Bassem Eid: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Chabad of Greater Orlando and Altamonte Springs and AIPAC jointly present Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid on Oct. 29, 7 p.m., at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park. The evening discussion... Full story


Jewish Academy of Orlando students cast their sins away in Tashlich services

Jewish Academy students cast their sins away in Tashlich services. The third through fifth graders walked to Lake Lily to participate in a Tashlich service. Students gathered in a circle, listened to... Full story


Being there

This Zionistas program was scheduled for earlier in September but was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. Alan Kornman was in Israel to witness the ceremonies remembering the 1967 Six Day War and... Full story


Bereavement support through the Jewish lens

For those grieving the death of a loved one, The Jewish Pavilion and Vitas Healthcare offer a free grief support group. This is a six-week program led by Rabbi Moe Kaprow, the Vitas Healthcare chaplain, and will be held at Oakmonte... Full story


Grief support group through life transitions

Jewish Family Services Orlando in cooperation with Hospice of the Comforter is helping connect and support the Jewish community through life transitions. This group will be co-led by a Jewish therapist and a hospice social worker. The group will... Full story


Egyptian leader urges Palestinians to accept coexistence with Israel

Egypt's president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday made an impassioned pitch for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, calling for both sides to take advantage of a "rare" opportunity to achieve... Full story


The true story behind the movie 'Defiance'

Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando is sponsoring "An Evening with Mickey Bielski-Son of Partisan Hero Tuvia Bielski." On Sunday, Oct. 22, Mickey will tell the story of what it was like to come of age... Full story


Interpol grants Palestinians full membership

(—The international police organization Interpol voted Wednesday in favor of granting the “State of Palestine” full membership, in a diplomatic defeat for Israel. At the organization’s annual General Assembly that convened this year in Beij... Full story


PA prime minister visits Gaza

( Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah arrived in the Gaza Strip Monday for the first time since 2014, as the PA and its rival, the Gaza-ruling terror group Hamas, initiated the first steps in forming a unity government.... Full story


Erdogan threatens to sever ties with Israel

(—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated Tuesday he would mull severing ties with Israel if the Jewish state does not withdraw its support for an independent Kurdish state. “If Israel does not reconsider its support for Kurdish ind... Full story


The case for Kurdish independence

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tried to extort Israel to withdraw its support, and threatened to end the process of normalization unless it does so. It is worth noting that Turkey strongly supports statehood for the Palestinians but not for... Full story


Where does Israel fit in a Jewish future without faith?

For Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s political opponents, his government’s woes aren’t just an opportunity to score political points at his expense. They also provide easy-to-understand explanations for the question that nags at the margins of ev... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 13, 2017

Trump betrays Kurdistan

It is difficult to look at the scandalous international response to the Kurdish independence referendum and not think, at the same time, of the betrayals endured by the Zionist movement in the decades after World War I. In 1917, Britain issued the... Full story


What Ambassador David Friedman meant- and why his critics lied about it

Public figures occasionally misspeak. That is, they say something that is clearly untrue, not because they are intentionally lying but because they innocently stumbled in their articulation of some thought. A famous example occurred during the 2008... Full story


Lessons learned?

Today is October 6. Forty-seven years ago on this date, I was in my dorm room at the Hebrew University (I was spending a year in Israel as an exchange student) napping after Musaf service on Yom Kippur/Shabbat, Oct 6, 1973 At 2 p.m. I was awoken to... Full story


Why I traveled to Las Vegas to help after the deadly shooting

LAS VEGAS (JTA)—We just got into our car and drove. Going to Las Vegas after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history felt like the right thing to do. As Americans and as Jews, we wanted to be a source of support and love in the face o... 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


Volunteers needed for JFS Orlando's computer lab

JFS Orlando is currently recruiting volunteers to help in its computer lab. Clients need help creating resumes, search for jobs and apply for benefits. There is an immediate need for Spanish-speaking volunteers. Please contact volunteer coordinator... Full story


Far-right AfD party's rise highlights a 'fine line' for German Jews and Israel

The rise of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the country's recent election has been described as a "political earthquake," while Jewish leaders' immediate reaction was toexpress c... Full story


Celebrating Rosh Hashanah the Jewish Pavilion way

The Jewish Pavilion was all about the sweet memories as they celebrated the High Holidays around town.... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 13, 2017

With America's blessing, Abbas signals a reconciliation with Hamas

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The Trump administration is encouraging the Palestinian Authority to assume control of the Gaza Strip and leaving the door open for a role by Hamas in the subsequent Palestinian... Full story


Scene Around

I am emotional... Before I even start this column, I must mention the Monday, Sept. 25th, showing of the tape, Broadway from 1893 to 1927, a JCC 39ers program presented by SHELDON BROOK. Although I am... Full story


The land we know as Palestine

The following are excerpts from the U.S. Congressional Record of 1922 that demonstrates the powerful sense of the members of Congress in favor of reestablishing a Jewish national home in Palestine: “Palestine of today [1922], the land we now know a... Full story


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