Articles from the October 27, 2017 edition

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Gov. Scott proposes $1 million for Jewish day schools

Last Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott paid a visit to The Roth Family JCC to announce his proposal of $1million to provide extra security to Jewish day schools throughout Florida. The monies would be... Full story


Coming in November, the Jewish Film Festival presents six smash hits

The Roth Family JCC's Jewish Film committee finished the grueling (tongue-in-cheek) task of choosing five films (and one short) out of 104 to present at the Central Florida Jewish Film Festival. Partn... Full story


Kristallnacht Torah coming to Orlando

Seventy-eight years ago, a Torah scroll was sentenced to death along with the Jewish people. Now it will be in Orlando, as part of a whirlwind tour that will include hundreds of Jewish communities... Full story


JTEN grants for education

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando recently awarded $6,500 in Jewish Teen Education Grants for the 2017-18 academic year. JFGO’s Jewish Teen Education Network, now in its fourth year, awards the grants to support ongoing academic Jewish teen e... Full story


I didn't know they're Jewish... AND from Orlando

Of all the interesting facts and statistics you will learn at Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando exhibition, perhaps the most fascinating will be the people you will meet-their... Full story


StandWithUs' Israeli Soldiers Tour once again visits Orlando

On Nov. 1 and 2. Joey and Eden (last names withheld for security purposes) will speak at University High School - ROTC and at University of Central Florida - Hillel. In its ninth year, IST features tw... Full story


Confused about DNA for genealogy? JGSGO can help

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando welcomes JGSGO member and webmaster Dr. Barry Sieger as he presents "Making Sense of DNA For the Genealogist," at the Roth Jewish Jewish Community... Full story

 By Andrew Tobin    News    October 27, 2017

What Palestinian reconciliation means for Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken a wait-and-see approach to last week's Palestinian reconciliation deal. Netanyahu spoke out publicly and loudly against the move tow... Full story

 By Andrew Tobin    News    October 27, 2017

Israeli women have been saying 'Me Too' for years

TEL AVIV (JTA)-International fashion model Maayan Keret said she was raped at the age of 12. Since then, Keret said, she has been harassed or assaulted so many times she "stopped counting." Yael... Full story

 By Terri Nir    News    October 27, 2017

Hamas to Trump: No talks on recognizing Israel

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, in a roundtable discussion with youth in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, slammed the Trump administration's demand that it renounce terror and recognize the Jewish state.... Full story


The Jews then and the Muslims today in Denmark

Eliza Grey, writing in TIME magazine in October 2015 and commenting on the democratic primary debate between Senators Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had this to say. “There is no question about who came out strongest in the debate, Denmark!” Bot... Full story


Belgium and Norway act against Palestinian incitement

European countries are not exactly known for their love of Israel. Yet recent actions taken by the governments of Norway and Belgium suggest that, in at least one important respect, those two nations have gone much further than the U.S. in... Full story


So, what else is new?

The Jewish Community is divided. Oh my, what a shock. There was a time that we were one Tribe. As the Community grew, the kids moved on, just like today. And so, as each family grew we became 12 tribes –The tribes split—and not harmoniously. Sup... Full story


How anti-Zionists fueled a far-right victory

NEW YORK (JTA)—Last month, New York’s Center for Jewish History was the target of a right-wing campaign seeking to oust its new president, David Myers, over his dovish views on Israel. The campaign drew an appropriately outraged response from lea... Full story


The Conservative movement can, and should, welcome the intermarried

(JTA)—Contemporary Jewish life is graced by extraordinary blessing: We are the heirs of a Torah of compassion and justice that has grown ever more supple and vibrant because of the dynamic nature of halachah (Jewish law) and the opportunity to o... Full story


Harvey Weinstein shows us how perpetrators pose as victims

(JTA)—In an interview with The Daily Beast, George Clooney described Harvey Weinstein as a very powerful man with a tendency to hit on young beautiful women over whom he had power. Despite the “rumors” he had heard about Weinstein’s openly predatory... 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


Free mourning and bereavement classes

Death affects everyone differently. For many, their world changes drastically. They may feel their pain physically, emotionally and spiritually. Their feelings may be those of intense grief and sorrow, numbness, fear and shock. Often feelings of... Full story


Matzah Ball Pho recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Growing up in Seattle, it's easy to fall in love with pho. Nearly as ubiquitous as coffee shops or teriyaki spots (yes, teriyaki), pho restaurants seem to be just around every... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    October 27, 2017

Jewish Pavilion's Music Fest-A concert of note for the ages

On a recent sunny Sunday October afternoon, Jewish Pavilion Board of Directors Chair Paul Stenzler shared with an audience of over 400 community members of all ages that "All of you will require the... Full story


Scene Around

Remembering Jewish and American history... We all remember the World Trade Center and the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City. (How could we ever forget?) DANIEL LEWIN, an American-Israeli... Full story


A female Israeli combat soldier proudly models for weapons companies

TEL AVIV (JTA)-When it comes to women posing with firearms, the United States is fully loaded. Lithe models can be found showing off weapons at gun shows, in rifle magazines and on dedicated social... Full story


Richard Spencer: Five things to know

Richard Spencer is an alt right leader The 39-year-old Spencer has become the most recognizable public face of the alt right, a loose network of people who promote white identity and reject mainstream conservatism in favor of politics that embrace... Full story



Ruth Katz Aronson, age 98, of Dunwoody, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at Berman Commons Assisted Living Facility in Dunwoody. She was the oldest active member of Congregation B’nai Torah in Sandy Springs, Georgia, from 2007- 2... Full story



David Fitzer, David ben Mikhael, age 95, of Longwood, passed away at his residence, on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. Born in Bronx, New York, on Aug. 4, 1922, he was the son of the late Max and Toby Berkowitz Fitzer. David earned his master’s degree i... Full story


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