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Israeli, Californian firefighters become band of brothers

(Israel21c via JNS) — Ten Israeli firefighters flew to California on Aug. 30. Over the course of 15 days of exhausting, dangerous work, they became a battalion of brothers with their California...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 30, 2020

Sudan will normalize ties with Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Sudan will become the third Arab country in the past two months to normalize ties with Israel, continuing the trend of Arab states' willingness to advance ties with the Jewish...

 

JFGO population study

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is sponsoring a population study of the Jewish community of Central Florida. Studies like this are conducted by Jewish communities all over the United States...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 30, 2020

Hadassah, others block takeover

(JTA) — A coalition of Jewish groups including the likes of Hadassah and B’nai B’rith International has temporarily blocked a plan by Orthodox and right-wing parties to take over top positions throughout the World Zionist Congress, the Jewish...

 

A new course for women on Joy

Monthly events for the new Jewish year 5781 are being offered for women with zoom and in-person options. "Jewish women don't usually need an excuse to get together," says Chanshy Majesky co-director...

 

Free Jewish trivia game now for adults

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Chabad of North Orlando has continued to innovate new ways to engage, educate and connect with the community. There was the Drive-In Lag B'Omer concert, Zoom classes...

 

Senior Help Desk always available

"I live in California and my mother lives in Orlando. I need to help her find independent or assisted living. What senior community do you recommend where my mother can be with other Jewish people?"...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 30, 2020

In an Arab first, Bahraini institution joins with State Dept. to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism

WASHINGTON (JTA) - A Bahraini institute has signed an agreement with the U.S. State Department to combat anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and delegitimization of Israel. The memorandum of understanding,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 30, 2020

4 Jews are running for Senate in 2020 - including 2 who could help turn it blue

(JTA) — Four Jewish candidates are among those vying for 35 open Senate seats this year — and two of them are seen as contenders to convert Republican-held seats to Democratic. All of the Jewish Senate candidates are Democrats or supported by...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 30, 2020

Poll: American Jews set to vote overwhelmingly for Joe Biden

(JTA) — Jewish voters are set to vote 75 percent to 22 percent for Joe Biden, according to a poll by the American Jewish Committee. The poll released Monday shows the Democratic nominee expanding his support among Jewish voters from a 67-30 split i...

 

My two homes - Israel and the US - feel like they're in collapse. What do I do next?

(JTA) — Last month, I filled out a request for an absentee ballot for the U.S. presidential election. At the top of the form it had two relevant options — I am a U.S. citizen living outside the country, and I intend to return; and I am a U.S....

 

Haimish

Haimish is a Yiddish word meaning …? To Google it means “Homey” — that is a far cry from Yiddish. To me it means my grandmother’s wooden bowl and “chopper.” When I was in high school my grandmother lived with my Aunt Rosie just a short...

 

The failure of America's two-party system

By Mel Pearlman As America limps toward completion of the 2020 election campaign this coming Tuesday, it has become increasing clear that a majority of Americans are frustrated, angered and fatigued by the American political process. A major factor...

 

American Jewry's fateful hour

Almost all the polls say that President Donald Trump is heading toward defeat at the hands of his Democrat challenger, former vice president Joe Biden, next month. But Robert Cahaly who heads the Trafalgar Group polling firm disagrees. Cahaly was the...

 

Why Jewish voters should support Biden

Serious discussion of which candidate most deserves the support of Jewish voters should, I think, begin with the values of our tradition and what those values require of us. Judaism obliges us, as part of our covenant with God, to help repair an impe...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, all minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) 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. Congr...

 

Jewish groups urge members to rally against Islamic terror

(JTA) — French Jewish groups have called on their supporters to join a rally Sunday in memory of the schoolteacher murdered Friday after facing criticism for showing caricatures of the Islamic prophet Muhammad to his students. The rally in memory...

 
 By Gayle Meyers    News    October 30, 2020

I was afraid to reveal I was Jewish in Bahrain - When I arrived, I realized my privilege

(JTA) - On my trips to Bahrain, almost nobody knew I was Jewish. I was a strange enough creature as it was: young, female and civilian, traveling with a mostly male, mostly military delegation; low...

 

Comedian Joel Chasnof to Zoom with Orlando Jewish community

Laughing has been an important part of Judaism since biblical times.  Abraham and Sarah, were not able to have children. When G‑d's messenger gave the elderly couple the happy news, they both...

 

Arab states cut financial aid to Palestinians over US pressure

(Israel Hayom via JNS) Arab states have stopped giving money to the Palestinian Authority due to U.S. pressure, Deputy Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri said on Friday. Arouri’s comments were aired by Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV as a rocket, fired from...

 

Scene Around

Some upsetting news from Canada ... I read this in the current issue of the World Jewish Congress digest and pass it along to you: "The WJC-affiliated Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs released...

 

Intergenerational program for The Jewish Pavilion 

Cantor Nina Fine is connecting elementary school students with our seniors through an "adopt a grandparent" program for The Jewish Pavilion. Children can specify either a "grandfather" or...

 

Jews in the Land of Disney: The 'Zen'-sational Joanne Fink

Joanne Fink grew up on the Main Line in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of first-generation Polish/Austrian and Russian immigrants. Fink found her passion for art in high school. Her parents were the...

 

State Department to label 3 human rights groups anti-Semitic

By Ron Kampeas, Ben Sales WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an unusual move, the State Department is planning to formally identify three large international human rights organizations as anti-Semitic, citing disputed aspects of the groups’ agendas. Elan...

 

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