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Articles from the October 28, 2016 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 28, 2016

The final debate: Soros and Iran lost amid concession outrage

(JTA)-Hillary Clinton has been reticent about making Iran a major issue throughout the campaign: It's a hard straddle for her between her skepticism of the nuclear deal reached last year and honoring... Full story


Local author's nonfiction book now an educational resource

Orlando author Joanie Holzer Schirm, a featured speaker at local forums such as the Downtown Orlando Public Library, the Tenth Annual Dr. Phillips Rotary Club sponsored Author Series at the Southwest... Full story


Milton Kleinberg's amazing story

"The war brought about scarcities of just about everything...except misery. 'Alle raise,' (everybody out), the German soldiers screamed as they pounded on our door with the butts of their rifles." Thu... Full story


JCRC hosts interfaith talk

On the evening of Nov. 14, the Jewish Community Relations Council will host a community discussion, "Nostra Aetate: Turning Points for Interfaith Dialogue," in the Hillel Ballroom of the University... Full story

 By Sam Sokol    News    October 28, 2016

Israel failed to mobilize Christians ahead of UNESCO vote

JERUSALEM—Israel could have done a better job of enlisting Christian allies in its efforts to prevent the United Nations from passing a resolution erasing the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and Western Wall, one South African legislator... Full story


With UNESCO vote, Palestinians' bid for attention backfires

(JTA)—If the latest draft resolution at UNESCO on “Occupied Palestine” succeeded in the Palestinians’ aims to reclaim the world’s attention, then it was a Pyrrhic victory at best and a setback at worst. Part of an effort on Jerusalem... Full story


Clinton tops 2015-16 Islamist money list

(World Israel News)—A list of the top 10 beneficiaries of 2015-2016 campaign contributions from individuals who subscribe to “Islamic supremacy,” compiled by the Middle East Forum’s “Islamist Money in Politics” (IMP) project, has U.S.... Full story


No buts about it, local author publishes best-seller

Many of you may know Rene Brent as a dedicated member of the Orlando Jewish Community, who for the past 23 years has volunteered with The Jewish Federation, chaired the women's campaign for three... Full story


Calling local arts enthusiasts

The new Congregation of Reform Judaism Cultural Arts Collective hosts its first open house and invites all local arts enthusiasts-performers, fine artists, musicians, writers... and those who love... Full story


Election Eve JTEN event will help teens flex political muscle

They might be too young to vote on Nov. 8, but Greater Orlando students in grades 8 to 12 will have an opportunity to share their views, get involved and learn more about politics as part of a Jewish Teen Education Network (JTEN) initiative on... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 28, 2016

Securing a future for religious minorities in the Middle East

You have to wonder if the barbarians fighting under the flag of the Islamic State still believe that 72 virgins will be waiting for them in paradise once they become “martyrs.” I say this not because the leaders and foot soldiers of ISIS have... Full story


The United Nations cannot erase Jewish history

Last week, the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to declare that this millenniums-old site was not Jewish at all, but exclusively Islamic. This outrageous vote is an affront not just to the Jewish people, but to... Full story


A stiff-necked people, i.e., us

Israeli politicians and Jewish activists here and there are calling for unity, typically behind whatever point of view they are supporting. In extremis, we hear that it is essential for the survival of Israel or the Jewish people. Yet it never takes... Full story


From Yemen to Turtle Bay

Off the coast of Yemen and at the UN Security Council we are seeing the strategic endgame of Barack Obama’s administration. And it isn’t pretty. Since Oct. 9, Iran’s Houthi proxies in Yemen have attacked U.S. naval craft three times in the Bab... Full story


U.S. must support safe haven for persecuted Christians in the Middle East

Great suffering is occurring in Iraq and Syria. The region is ravaged by terror. Millions have been forced from their homes. Christians and other ethno-religious minorities have suffered genocide at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS). The... 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... Full story


Finding family through DNA

“My Jewish Roots” workshops sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) continue in November with their third workshop—“Find DNA Ancestors and Cousins.” DNA research has become increasingly popular as a... Full story


'My Jewish Roots' workshop tour continues

Start on a family discovery journey with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) as it continues "My Jewish Roots" a JGSGO Workshop Roadshow. There are eight remaining free... Full story


Former Orlandoan opens IVF concierge in Israel

Recently, Israeli lawmaker Merav Ben-Ami disclosed that she is pregnant. Although this is not unusual news, Ben-Ami, a Knesset member for the centrist Kulanu party, is 40, single, and having a baby... Full story


TOP Jewish Foundation hosts briefing with Goldman Sachs

For the past four years, TOP Jewish Foundation (TOP) has engaged and partnered with Goldman Sachs as its investment adviser of their $40 million portfolio. On Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m., TOP invites both individuals and organizations to a special briefing... Full story


Kinneret Senior Health Care Expo still accepting participants

Kinneret residents are taking steps toward a happy and healthy New Year! On Thursday, Nov. 3rd, over 40 health-care vendors with be participating in Kinneret's 7th Annual Senior Health Care Expo from... Full story


Scene Around

Anti-Semitic rise in U.S... I read this in the latest issue of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and (although in part) feel you should be aware: "A recently released report lists a total of 941... Full story


Ewan McGregor's biggest challenge: Philip Roth

(JTA)-Which is braver: Riding a motorcycle across the length of Africa, or taking on an adaptation of a Philip Roth novel for your first directing gig? For a second, actor Ewan McGregor is stumped by... Full story


Jerusalem's 'Third Wall' breached 2,000 years ago

(JNS.org)-Archaeologists have discovered evidence the Romans had breached Jerusalem's so-called "Third Wall" at the end of the Second Temple period in 70 C.E., the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA)... Full story



Simone R. Fluke, age 83, of Winter Park, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at Florida Hospital—Orlando. She was born in New York City on June 19, 1933, to the late Irving and Ann Alpert Alpern and moved to Savannah. A graduate of the... Full story


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