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Helping Jews after Hurricane Ian's devastation

It's unbelievable to see what happened to my city, my friends, my community. Hurricane Ian decimated Fort Myers Beach, along with homes, businesses, roads and vehicles, and left much of the area...

 

Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel has a new location

Thirty-eight years ago, Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, the only Jewish funeral home in Central Florida, opened its doors at 115 W. Gore Street in Orlando to serve the funeral needs of the Jewish...

 

JFS Orlando Helps Ukrainian Family

Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando leads collaborative community effort to house Ukrainian refugees in our Central Florida community. Recently, St. Mary Protectress Ukrainian Catholic Church in Apopka became aware of a Ukrainian refugee family...

 

JNF-USA Orlando has full-time team

Jewish National Fund-USA has installed two stellar professionals in new Orlando roles in response to the organization's rapid growth in the region. The appointments mark the first time that the city...

 

Judah Samet was a mensch well before he survived the Tree of Life shooting

(JTA) - It is rare that one can say attending a funeral was an uplifting experience. Yet the funeral Thursday for Judah Samet, who died Sept. 27, 2022, was exactly that, because remembering Judah can...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Get to the root of the problem. The process of forgiveness can oftentimes start a bigger conversation surrounding the underlying issue that might have caused the event or disagreement you're...

 
 By Kassy Dillon    News    October 14, 2022

Wellesley's student paper editorial board says anti-Israel Mapping Project 'is providing a vital service'

(JNS) — Wellesley College’s student newspaper endorsed the controversial Boston “Mapping Project” last week in an article penned by the editorial board, claiming the project provides a “vital service.” The project, published this past...

 

Surfside, site of deadly condo collapse, approves twin city pact with Samaria Regional Council

(JNS) — The heavily Jewish town of Surfside, Florida, passed a resolution last week establishing a twin city relationship with the Samaria Regional Council. Passed by a 5-0 margin, the partnership encompasses some three dozen Jewish communities...

 

More than 90 percent of slanted articles in top U.S campus papers were biased against Israel

(JNS) — Between 2017 and 2022, 92.82 percent of the articles in leading U.S. college newspapers that strayed from journalistic objectivity were anti-Israel, according to a report from Alums for Campus Fairness. ACF surveyed 75 leading college and...

 

How Benny Gantz killed Palestinian-Israeli peace

In an interview with Maariv last week, former Israeli Air Force commander Amir Eshel made several startling admissions about the role he and other IDF generals played in scuttling former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most significant...

 

The ever-increasing miracle of Jewish survival

On the eve of The Day of Atonement, “Erev Yom Kippur”, it is traditional for Jewish families to recite the Kapporeth prayer in the morning before Yom Kippur as part of our atonement, asking G-d to forgive our sins of the past year; and to give...

 

The two-state paradigm comes round again

(JNS) — On Sept. 21, U.S. President Joe Biden addressed the U.N. General Assembly. In his speech, he referred to a negotiated “peace between the Jewish and democratic State of Israel and the Palestinian people.” He added that such a peace is...

 

Democracy's watchdog has abandoned its role

(JNS) — It has often been said that the media is a pillar of democracy because it keeps our politicians honest. Lifting the veil of secrecy in which authorities like to cloak themselves, revealing inconvenient truths that expose the inadequacies...

 

The Palestinian Authority cannot meet the most basic requirement for statehood

(JNS) It is an article of faith among European leaders, the political intelligentsia and the Biden administration that “two states for two peoples” is the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Failure to achieve this goal is usually...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. 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....

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    October 14, 2022

Trader Joe's drops the 'Israeli' for its pearl couscous

(JTA) — Couscous lovers who frequent the grocery store Trader Joe’s may have noticed a change in the grain aisle: The chain’s brightly colored purple boxes of “Israeli Couscous” are now simply known as “Pearl Couscous.” The Nosher, a...

 

Mila Kunis tears up in multifaceted talk ranging from family to films

(JNS) - Jewish actress Mila Kunis has charmed millions of fans around the world, but did she charm her way into America? After a screening of her new film "Luckiest Girl Alive" at the 92nd Street Y in...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 14, 2022

Israel-Lebanon maritime deal heads to collapse

WASHINGTON (JTA) - The Biden administration is still hoping to close a deal between Israel and Lebanon on a maritime border. Still, Israel is citing the deal's apparent collapse to prepare for...

 

In 'Last Flight Home,' a Jewish family helps their father end his life

(JTA) - When Rabbi Rachel Timoner's dad Eli told his family of his decision to end his life, Rachel knew what would soon be asked of her: to officiate his funeral, something he had told her he wanted...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Tips for keeping good medical records

One of the most important roles of a caregiver is to coordinate the medical care their loved-one receives. As medical needs grow, we often need to see specialists, have lab work done, go to therapists, and change care facilities. We would like to...

 

Hulu's 'The Patient' gets at a dynamic rarely seen on TV: Orthodox-Reform tensions

(JTA) - Episode three of "The Patient," the well-received psychological thriller series on Hulu about a serial killer who kidnaps his therapist, involves a flashback to an Orthodox wedding.  Ezra,...

 
 By Lauren Marcus    News    October 14, 2022

UK PM a 'huge Zionist,' wants to move embassy to Jerusalem

New UK Prime Minister Liz Truss pledged "wholehearted" support for the Jewish State during a speech at the Conservative Friends of Israel conference on Monday. "I am so pleased to be here for the...

 

The ancient Jewish practice of hakhel

(JTA) — Every seven years, in ancient times, Jewish men, women, and children would gather at the Temple on the first day of Sukkot to hear the king of Jerusalem read aloud from the Torah. In 2022, there’s no king and no Temple, and more than...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    October 14, 2022

Does UC Berkeley really have 'Jew-free zones'?

(JTA) – It seemed like a headline out of the 19th century: a warning of “Jew-free zones” at the University of California-Berkeley. That’s the phrase being employed by some prominent pro-Israel groups this week to describe a dispute at UC...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

White House ‘alarmed’ by Iran crackdown, still committed to nuke deal (JNS) — The Biden administration is “alarmed” by the Iranian regime’s ongoing deadly crackdown on demonstrators across the country but is  still committed to forging...

 

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