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Articles from the November 9, 2018 edition

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Stars of Hope brings comfort to Pittsburgh with help of trauma survivors

PITTSBURGH (JTA)-In the middle of the day on Tuesday, above a growing pile of wilting flower bouquets and sympathy cards, five wooden, five-pointed stars hung on a signpost in front of Tree of Life... Full story


Despite mixed reactions, Trump visits Pittsburgh days after synagogue shooting

(JNS)-Despite mixed reactions, U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon in the aftermath of a gunman killing 11 people and injuring six other... Full story


Mourner's Kaddish makes front page

(JTA)-The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the largest newspaper serving the Pennsylvania city's metropolitan area, printed a part of the Jewish mourner's prayer in Hebrew as its front-page headline. The firs... Full story

 By Lee Chottiner    News    November 9, 2018

Pittsburgh is where I lived

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (JTA)—On Saturday, the front line in the struggle to save and perpetuate Judaism ran through Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I know a little something about that front line. Born in Pittsburgh, raised in her suburbs, an adult living on... Full story


World's largest rabbinic gathering to honor victims of Pittsburgh massacre

Last week, the 10 rabbis of the seven metro Orlando Chabad centers joined 5,600 rabbis and communal leaders from all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries, hailing from as far away as Laos and... Full story

 By Sharon Weil    News    November 9, 2018

This is Squirrel Hill to me

Sharon Weil spoke with Ilana Ivan at the Chabad vigil last Monday evening. This is what she shared. I have many homes. I'm used to living far from my home, Israel, when a pigua (terror attack) occurs... Full story


Yiddish spoken here

The Yiddish language today is widely spoken by Orthodox Jews who want to preserve the sanctity of Hebrew, the holy language, thus reserving it for study of sacred texts, relegating Yiddish to be... Full story


Remembering the Pittsburgh victims at Lake Mary Prep

Nadav Weil, son of Aaron and Sharon Weil, organized a vigil at Lake Mary Preparatory School to commemorate the lives lost in Pittsburgh at Tree of Life*Or L'Simcha synagogue. "Nadav spoke beautifully... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    November 9, 2018

Israeli lawmakers see Pittsburgh shooting as a time to talk about pluralism

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The deadly shooting at a Conservative synagogue in Pittsburgh has underlined tensions in Israel over the haredi Orthodox rabbinic establishment's disenfranchisement of the Diaspora's... Full story


Major Orthodox Jewish group slams attacks on Trump after Pittsburgh massacre

On Wednesday, the National Council of Young Israel addressed criticism of President Donald Trump following a synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh that represents the worst attack on Jews in the U.S. in... Full story


Oman calls for recognition of Israel at regional forum

(The Tower via JNS)-Oman publicly called for regional recognition of Israel a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a historic visit to the Sultanate on Friday, The Jerusalem... Full story


When will Jews ever learn to abandon their compulsive affection for the Democrats?

The 78 percent figure frequently referred to by Democrat apologists as if it were The Holy Grail, is based on entry or exit polls whereas many Jews are reluctant to identify themselves as conservatives and risk peer pressure. In many synagogues, ther... Full story


The disease of anti-Semitism infects everyone

(JNS)—It was a gray and drizzly day in Pittsburgh, in what is usually a beautiful place, green and fresh, when a synagogue was hit at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, becoming yet another target of that inexhaustible strain that is homicidal... Full story


Israel and and those who float so-called 'social justice'

(Mida via JNS)—Social-justice warriors and progressives went berserk this week when Israel exercised its right, as any sovereign nation, to determine who enters its borders. It barred an anti-Israeli American student from entering the country and... Full story


An anti-Semitic wake-up call in Pittsburgh

By Jonathan Feldstein Anti-Semitism thrives and is unleashed, among other things, when hate is fostered and allowed to go unchecked. But anti-Semites rarely need an “excuse” to do so. Following the attack on the Pittsburgh synagogue last week,... Full story


Is Diaspora Jewry coming to an end?

(Mida via JNS)—We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of the Jewish Diaspora. While the anti-Semitic terrorist attack against a synagogue in Pittsburgh is a grave warning for American Jewry, the danger for Jews in Scandinavian countries,... Full story


Thank you, Rabbi

Dear Editor: I want to express condolences for the loss and suffering of our Jewish friends. I, among many, was touched by the rabbi’s consoling words to the nations, despite such heartache: “My cup runs over with love!” The essence of charity... 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

 By Lisa Levine    News    November 9, 2018

Jewish Pavilion celebrates life at chai anniversary

The community came out in enthusiastic support of the Jewish Pavilion at its 2018 Gems and Jeans Gala at the Hilton Orlando North on Sunday, Oct. 28. More than 215 people turned out in casually glam... Full story


Cult classic 'Dr. Phibes' may live forever

Horror fans who were in or near Santa Monica, California, on Oct. 26, had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Halloween Double Feature at the Aero Theater. "The Abominable Dr. Phibes," a cult... Full story


Mazel Tov to twins' 70th bar mitzvah anniversary

Twins Herbert and Martin Siegel celebrated their 83rd birthday on Oct. 24, followed by a 70th anniversary of their bar mitzvah at Congregation Beth Sholom in Leesburg. The twins were bar mitzvah'd in... Full story


Scene Around

Nightmares and memories... I'm referring to my childhood filled with anti-Semitic incidents. Until my family got off welfare and moved from the Red Hook Projects in Brooklyn, N.Y., I was spit at,... Full story


Mac the Bee mascot is back!

Students and faculty of Jewish Academy of Orlando and Roth Family Jewish Community Center's Early Childhood Learning Center danced, sang, and welcomed Shabbat with Mac the Bee at a campus-wide... Full story


In Europe, synagogues are protected like fortresses-it took decades to get there

BRUSSELS (JTA)-Will security at American Jewish institutions now mirror that of Europe, with its police protection, armed guards, panic rooms and sterile zones at synagogues? It's a possibility that... Full story



Sonia Posner Baime (nee Solochek) passed away in Deerfield, Illinois, on Oct. 25, 2018, at the age of 96. She was a resident of Altamonte Springs and Longwood, Florida, from 1989 to 2015. Loving wife of the late Lester D. Posner and the late Abraham... Full story


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