Articles from the October 21, 2016 edition

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 By Sean Savage    News    October 21, 2016

UNESCO resolution denies Jewish, Christian ties to Temple Mount

The United Nations cultural body, UNESCO, passed a resolution Thursday, Oct. 13, that condemns Israeli actions at Jerusalem's holy sites and ignores any Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and the Western... Full story

 By Barak Ravid    News    October 21, 2016

UNESCO director criticizes resolution: Temple Mount sacred to Jews, Muslims

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova on Friday came out against the agency's executive board for adopting a resolution that disregards the connection between Judaism and Temple Mount and casts doubt... Full story


The true Israel

The Zionistas are pleased to present “Israel, Truths Everyone Should Know” with Cathy Swerdlow on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at Temple Israel, 50 Moss Road, Winter Springs. This presentation will counter anti-Israel narrative of lies with ver... Full story


Israel cuts ties with UNESCO

JERUSALEM (AP)—Israel suspended cooperation with UNESCO on Friday, Oct. 14, a day after the U.N. cultural agency adopted a draft resolution that Israel says denies the deep historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem. UNESCO’s draft res... Full story

 By Sam Sokol    News    October 21, 2016

Two killed in Jerusalem terrorist shooting

JERUSALEM-A police officer and a civilian were killed and six were wounded during a drive-by shooting in Jerusalem this weekend, raising concerns about the possible resumption of the wave of lone... Full story

 By Alex Traiman    News    October 21, 2016

Building 98 new homes near Shiloh renews US-Israel settlements debate

JERUSALEM—A newly approved plan to build 98 homes in the Shiloh Valley in northern Samaria has renewed longstanding tensions between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the issue of “West Bank” settlement const... Full story


UN to discuss Israeli settlements as 'obstacles to peace'

(—The United Nations Security Council is expected to convene next week in an informal session, spearheaded by the Palestinians, to discuss Israeli settlements as an “obstacle to peace” in an eventual push for a formal Security Council resol... Full story


Hadassah presents 'Lunch with Iris Pastor'

Imagine a speaker with a fresh take on life. Imagine a speaker who makes you laugh at your foibles and inspires you to confront your challenges with exuberance and a plan. That's Iris Ruth Pastor, a... Full story


Council on Aging accepting '8 Over 80' nominations

Do you know of an active and passionate senior over 80 who volunteers countless hours and lends his or her leadership skills to help organizations in our community? Then please consider nominating... Full story


Grief Support Group meetings

Through the Life Transitions program, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando once again offers its evening Grief Support Series in cooperation with Congregation Beth Am and Hospice of the Comforter. All are welcome to attend the meetings on... Full story


My Jewish Roots workshop rescheduled for Oct. 26

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is sponsoring “My Jewish Roots,” a series of workshops that provide the tools to help attendees discover/build their family tree. The second in the series of workshops will be “Connect to th... Full story


Holidays in the hot seat

For years during the High Holidays my family sat with my mother (of blessed memory) near the front of our synagogue. If you knew her you knew her generosity, and she cut no corners with either her... Full story


Dangers of demanding quick creation of a Palestinian state

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas suffered chest pains last week and was rushed to a hospital in Ramallah. The episode was an important reminder of the dangers and risks Israel will face if it heeds demands for the quick creation of a Palestinian stat... Full story


The 'Fighting Jew'

I have begun re-reading Menachem Begin’s book “The Revolt—The Story of the Irgun.” It still makes fascinating reading some 60 to 70 years after its original publication. The book opens with Begin having a spirited discussion with his Soviet interroga... Full story


Casting my vote for Israel and the survival of world Jewry

On Election Day back in 1940, in front of PS 97 in Brooklyn, I carried a poster for FDR. I was 7 years old and a fervent Jewish-Umbilical-Cord-Democrat. How could I not be? My parents, uncles, cousins and friends knew nothing else but Roosevelt,... Full story


On issues for Jews and Israel, Trump is perfect

It can’t be true—the American Jewish community has “forgotten,” or more accurately no longer chooses to remember, the existential threat to Israel, America, and Western civilization posed by Iran and the Iran Deal. Only last year virtually every m... Full story


Who is good for Israel? Trump-Pence

Dear Editor: The claim that the Democrats and Cinton-Kaine are good for Israel and the Jewish people is a happy delusion. The reasons their policies will weaken Israel is the same reason they will weaken America. Iran has been strengthened, Russia... Full story


Jews for Progress distort Trump

Dear Editor: This letter is in follow-up of and in objection to a large full-page ad that recently appeared in the Heritage Newspaper supporting the Hillary Clinton campaign. In this ad, she highlighted some of her goals and distorted those of Donald... Full story


Donald Trump anti-Semitic? Au contraire!

Dear Editor: I was quite taken aback by the full-page ad in last week’s Heritage taken out by the organization Jews For Progress. This was a good example of the old adage that “If you can’t convince them with facts, baffle them with Bulls—t.” The quo... Full story


Trump is not an anti-Semite

Dear Editor: I am responding to the advertisement in Heritage associating presidential candidate Donald Trump with anti-Semitism. This is done purely in the hope that the casual reader will accept those remarks as truth. The goal of the opposition... 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


Dutch survivor's diary called an Anne Frank story with a 'happy' ending

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-A Holocaust survivor dubbed "Rotterdam's Anne Frank" in her native Netherlands published her wartime diary, which she wrote while hiding in the bombed-out city. "At Night I Dream of Pe... Full story

 By Eli E. Hertz    News    October 21, 2016

There has never been a sovereign Arab state in Palestine

The artificiality of a Palestinian identity is reflected in the attitudes and actions of neighboring Arab nations who never established a Palestinian state themselves. Arabs in neighboring states, who control 99.9 percent of the Middle East land,... Full story


Great entertainment, no 'buts' about it at 'Sunday in the Park'

The British are coming! The British are coming! Don't miss the Beatles' tribute band, The British Invasion, when they make the next stop of their tour at Crane's Roost Park in Altamonte Springs on Sun... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 21, 2016

In battle for the Senate, the Iran nuclear deal is looming large

WASHINGTON (JTA)—While the Iran nuclear deal gets fleeting attention in the presidential race, it is shaping up as a key issue in at least nine states integral to Democrats’ hopes of regaining control of the U.S. Senate. Rival pro-Israel fac... Full story


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