Articles from the October 20, 2023 edition

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Jewish community joins together at 'Stand With Israel' rally

There was singing and dancing, Israeli and American flags flying and messages from the rabbis of four Chabad Centers at the Walt Disney amphitheater at Lake Eola on Sunday, Oct. 15, as hundreds of...

 

Six films to enjoy at this year's Jewish Film Festival

By Christine DeSouza The film "Matchmaking" opens this year's Jewish Film Festival, and what a wonderful way to begin the series with Israel's biggest box office hit of the year! In this tale, love is...

 

Dvorchik no longer at Shalom Orlando

The Shalom Orlando Board stated that Keith Dvorchik is “no longer with the organization,” effective immediately. Craig Polejes, Shalom Orlando Board of Director’s chairman, did not give any infor...

 

Arch of Titus lit up in tribute

(JTA) - When Rome lit up a landmark this week in blue and white following Hamas' deadly invasion of Israel, it joined many other cities and countries across the globe that have bathed their most...

 

The Rosen JCC offers options to support Israel

The tragic events unfolding in Israel are leaving not just Jewish people but many people in our community wondering how they can help. The Rosen JCC in Orlando, Florida has compiled a list of organizations that are working to help those impacted....

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: What you need to know before turning 65

Most people pay into Medicare through their payroll for their employment years, thinking that once they turn 65, the coverage will be free. Medicare has several expenses. High-income earners pay more in terms of copays, deductibles, and premiums. Eye...

 

Commemorate Kristallnacht Nov. 8

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center will host the Kristallnacht Commemorative Program on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Holocaust Center, 6:30 p.m. Kristallnacht was a turning point in...

 

Florida senator cautions campus president prior to BDS conference

(JNS) — Rhea Law, president of the University of South Florida in Tampa, received a letter from Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) warning about potential chaos prior to an anti-Zionist event on campus at the end of the month. The Tampa Bay BDS Conference i...

 

After brief condolences, UN head chides Jewish state, notes 'legitimate' Palestinian grievances

(JNS) — In January, Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, said during an International Holocaust Remembrance Day event that the international body was “founded upon the ashes of the Holocaust. It was established to ensure such...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 20, 2023

'I have not given up hope' on rescuing hostages held by Hamas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden said he is designating experts to help in the effort to secure the release of hostages held by Hamas. The announcement came following U.S. confirmation that there are Americans among the more than 100 captives t...

 

Israeli opposition, pro-democracy protesters press unity in face of attacks from Hamas

(JTA) — Hours after Saturday’s deadly surprise attack on Israel by Hamas, the Israeli protest group Achim le’Neshek (Brothers and Sisters in Arms) was helping arrange transportation for army reservists being called to the front. “Brothers and Sis...

 

CUFI statement on Hamas attack

WASHINGTON — The leadership of Christians United for Israel, the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, issued the following statements concerning the Hamas attack on Israel. “The scenes we are witnessing today in Israel are heart...

 

Stronger together

In the summer of 2014, my 17-year-old daughter knocked on my bedroom door late one night shortly after my wife and I had gone to sleep. She asked us not to come downstairs, saying that she had just brought two guys home. This was not an announcement...

 

Why won't Biden call out Iran?

(JNS) — President Joe Biden’s address yesterday on Israel’s war was almost everything you could have hoped for. It was tough. By naming Hamas as the enemy of civilization and condemning their acts of evil, it was unambiguous. It pledged uncon...

 

No words

I am writing this because I have to. I am writing this for myself. If it gets read or answered, that’s fine. If it does not, I care not. I am writing this, but I have no words. I am writing this because I have not lived a day like this in my 93+ y...

 

The ayatollah's plan for Israel and Palestine

(JNS) — Originally published on July 31, 2015. “The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.” This is how the blurb of “Palestine,” published by Islamic Revolution Editions last week in Tehran, identifies the book’s author. The author is “Grand A...

 

Israel will prevail

Dear Editor: As an associate professor of Judaic Studies, I cannot speak officially on behalf of my university, but as a private citizen I can express my deepest solidarity with the State of Israel (where I resided for several years) during this...

 

Oct. 7 – are you part of the problem?

Dear Editor: I am angry, disgusted, and most of all not surprised. The silence is deafening. The comparisons are gruesome, and the justification is just, well, I don’t have the words. If you believe that speaking about what is happening in Israel is...

 

What's Happening

MORNING 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. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael — Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 20, 2023

Blinken lands in Israel to pledge support after leaders vow to 'wipe out' Hamas in escalating war

(JTA) — On a visit to Israel, Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged American support for the country as it ramps up its war on Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza. Israel is reportedly preparing for a ground invasion of Gaza, its first in n...

 

Elderly couple survive three Hamas assaults on home in Kibbutz Yitzhak

(JNS) - "You're not going out. You are not going out." Those were 63-year-old Vivian Roitman's fateful words to her 72-year-old husband Menachem on the morning of Oct. 7, after the Hamas terrorists...

 

Stars show solidarity with Israel

(JNS) - "Stars of David, they took your life, they could not take your pride," sang U2 lead singer Bono. The Irish band was performing at the Las Vegas Sphere, and Bono dedicated the song "Pride" to...

 

Israel supporters drown out Hamas backers at rally outside Israel's New York City consulate

(JNS) - It was partly a celebration of life and partly an outpouring of anger. Several hundred Israel supporters-religious and secular, Israeli and American born-joined together in tight, barricaded...

 

Gantz meets with Biden officials amid Saudi normalization talk

(JNS) - Israel's National Unity Party leader Benny Gantz paid a visit to Washington, D.C., this week for meetings with top Biden administration officials, the opposition politician revealed on...

 

Alex Bregman draws Star of David on hat during MLB playoff win

(JTA) - On a night when Dean Kremer became the first Israeli-American to start an MLB playoff game - while his parents' country was at war, no less - fellow Jewish player Alex Bregman drew a Star of...

 

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