Articles from the November 2, 2018 edition

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 By Marcy Oster    News    November 2, 2018

'Our hearts are broken': The Jewish world reacts to the synagogue attack

(JTA)-The shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue that has left 11 people dead has been described as "horrific," "heinous" and "devastating" by Jewish leaders, politicians and Israeli leaders. "Our hearts... Full story


Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast to bless Israel coming to Orlando

Jews and Christians are instructed to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122). For those who love and support Israel, and are looking for a way to show that support, there will be a Jerusalem... Full story


Step back in time at JAO's gala

Jewish Academy of Orlando will host its annual gala with a Roaring Twenties theme at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at The Ballroom at Church Street. The event will honor Nina and Dr. Ron Oppenheim.... Full story


First Responders are vital to Israel

A night of laughter and joy was turned into a night of terror and death at the home of Michal Solomon in Neve Tzuf during the summer of 2017. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. at The Roth Family JCC,... Full story


Five fab films and two shorts coming to the Jewish Film Festival

The 20th annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival brings five special movies and two shorts to the Enzian Theater Nov. 10-12. The opening features, "Wig Shop" and "Heading Home: The Tale of Team... Full story


Raise your voice for Israel

The Jewish National Fund is hosting a special event on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. with guest speaker Chloe Valdary, director of Partnerships and Shillman Fellow at Jerusalem University. Valdary is a... Full story


Introducing The Tribe at the JCC

The Tribe is a project of The Roth Familly JCC for Jewish 20- and 30-somethings. Chelsea Quereau, the JCC’s Young Adult coordinator, plans on bringing a wide variety of programs for young adults to the community. The Tribe, which started with the T... Full story


A taste of Jerusalem right here in Melbourne

The Jewish Federation of Brevard presents 2018 Taste of Jerusalem on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wickham Park Community Center in Melbourne. There will be live entertainment, traditional Jewish food, dancing, Chanukah gift displays to... Full story


Faces of the victims

Robert Gregory Bowers, opened fire with an AR-15 rifle and other weapons during worship services inside Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday, killing eight men and three women before a tactical police... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    November 2, 2018

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting shakes the city's iconic Jewish neighborhood

(JTA)-When a gunman entered The Tree of Life Congregation and killed 11 worshippers on Saturday, he also struck at the heart of Pittsburgh's Jewish community-the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill.... Full story


Another Jewish voice to hopefully sit in the Florida Cabinet

Nikki Fried is running for commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on the Democratic ticket. Her opponent is Republican Matt Caldwell. "Fried brings a wealth of ideas to... Full story


Walking with ghosts

Our youngest, now midway through his first semester of college, has made a rapid and positive transition to his new life. Friends, classes, study time and party time all seem to have fallen into... Full story


Israel and the mid-term elections

This coming Tuesday Americans will go to the polls, to elect a new House of Representative and one-third of the U.S. Senate. This election has been called by the political pundits and media talking heads the most important election in American histor... Full story


Jordan's ending of land lease with Israel is a telling sign

(JNS)—Jordan’s King Abdullah II, in what has been described as a “sharp tone,” announced this week that he would annul an appendix to the 1994 Israeli/Jordanian peace treaty under which certain parcels of lands in the border regions—the Naharayim... Full story


Anti-Zionism on campus, and why double standards do more harm than good

Over the years, it has become apparent in the college community that Zionism is not only disapproved of, but discriminated against, with such outstanding remarks against Israel’s very existence. The already confirmed annual Students for Justice in Pa... Full story


The GA leadership is talking to the wrong people

(JNS)—It seems pretty clear to me that I care about my Reform and Conservative brethren in the United States more than much of their own rabbinic and lay leadership. They could have asked people like me—someone who represents the majority of Isr... Full story


Israel should be uprooting Gaza's Jew-hatred

(Mida via JNS)—The recent Gaza hostilities against Israel constitute a continuation of an intractable conflict with seemingly no end in sight. Ultimately, it is rooted in the Jewish people’s unique relationship with power and its unwillingness to... 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

 By Jayme Epstein    News    November 2, 2018

J-Serve's spring program set for April 7

Each year, Jewish teens across our community come together to join in a worldwide day of Jewish youth community service, called J-Serve. This unique, teen-led program provides participants a unique opportunity to band together through service as a... Full story


Before making this a 'political incident'-Four other recent shootings that have targeted the Jewish community

By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)—As news spread of the shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Jews—and Americans of all backgrounds—across the country were reeling from the shock. With 11 confirmed casualties, it is the deadliest attack on the Jewish commu... Full story


Bar Mitzvah - Jared Dylan Shear

Jared Dylan Shear, son of Jana and Evan Shear of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Jard is in the seventh... Full story


Fighting cancer with help from Jewish Pavilion 'family'

Jewish Pavilion program directors touch many lives, and many in the community reacted with shock and concern upon learning recently that Walter Goldstein, the program director for south Orlando, was... Full story


Scene Around

A great loss... I'm referring to the passing of Ruth Mogul, a member of our Jewish community who I've known for more than half a century. She was one of the most beautiful people I've ever had the... Full story


How the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting unfolded

By Ben Sales (JTA)—On Saturday, a gunman entered the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people, wounding six others. It was the worst recorded anti-Semitic act in American history. Here’s how the tragedy happened. (This acc... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 2, 2018

A guide to the Jewish Democratic House candidates in the 2018 midterm elections

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Among the 36 Jewish Democrats running for the U.S. House of Representatives in November, 18 are incumbents and an equal number are challengers. Three Jewish Democrats are leaving the... Full story


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