Articles from the November 10, 2017 edition

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Meet the 2018 J-Serve Teen Task Force committee

The 2018 J-Serve Teen Task Force has started planning this year's J-Serve community service projects for 6th-12th graders, beginning Sunday, April 15. The 2018 J-Serve Teen Task Force are (back row... Full story


A soldier, a Jewish boy, and a photographer

A body of an American solider lying peacefully in the snow in a battlefield in Belgium. A Jewish boy in Brooklyn orphaned twice by World War II. And the world-renown photographer who connected the... Full story


Balfour Declaration Centenary

One hundred years ago, on Nov. 2, 1917, the British Government issued the Balfour Declaration. This month, British Prime Minister Theresa May stated, "we are proud of the role that we played in the cr... Full story

 By Adam Abrams    News    November 10, 2017

UN's $1.3b plan against Israel

The United Nations has earmarked some $1.3 billion to fund Palestinian legal campaigns against Israel and to support the creation of an independent Palestinian state, in what experts are calling an unprecedented act singling out the Jewish state at... Full story


Jewish Chamber of Commerce partakes in historic meeting with Muslim Chamber

An historic gathering took place on Tuesday, Oct. 17, as the Jewish Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the Muslim-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida to present a panel discussion on the... Full story


Stand up against Hate this Monday evening

Lake Brantley's Club L'Chaim, with Chabad Altamonte Springs present the second event of an ongoing series about Standing up against hate on Monday, Nov. 13 at Lake Brantley High School, 991 Sand Lake... Full story


JFS Orlando Thanksgiving

Throughout the year, JFS volunteers deliver kosher meals to older and/or disabled and home-bound adults. As the program continues to expand, JFS Orlando calls upon its volunteer base to assist with the growing need. Meals will be picked up from JFS... Full story


A dog, a sukkah, a shofar and a hug

Jewish Pavilion volunteers made sure that senior residents of assisted-living facilities were not forgotten during Sukkot. Shown here (top) is Emily Glickstein with residents during a pet visit at... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 10, 2017

State anti-BDS laws are hitting unintended targets and nobody's happy

WASHINGTON (JTA)-On May 2, Israel's Independence Day, Texas state Rep. Phil King stood smiling as Gov. Greg Abbott signed King's bill banning the state from doing business with boycotters of Israel.... Full story


Unhindered by Trump, Iran's nuclear weapons quest will persist, experts say

Iran is unlikely to halt its drive toward nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's recent refusal to recertify the Islamic Republic's compliance with the... Full story


Gabe Kapler is named Phillies manager

(JTA)—Gabe Kapler, a major league outfielder for 12 seasons and a coach for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, was named manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Kapler, who played for seven teams, has been the head of player development for... Full story


Had there been no Balfour Declaration, the PA would have had to invent it

Every year, the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration passes by quietly in Israel with hardly any notice. Only this year it is being noted and celebrated because it is the 100th anniversary. However this is not true of the Palestinian Authority.... Full story


How Balfour explains why the peace process failed

It was a minor news story when it broke in the summer of 2016. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced he was suing Great Britain over the Balfour Declaration, issued on Nov. 2, 1917. But as we prepare to observe the centennial... Full story


Year zero: the Palestinians and the Balfour Declaration

For the Palestinians, the year zero is not 1948, when the state of Israel came into being, but 1917, when Great Britain issued, in the November of that year, the Balfour Declaration—expressing support for the establishment of a “Jewish national h... Full story


Clinton cash

In his keynote survey of the descent of American democracy in the Trump era, at the recent Zionism 3.0 conference in Palo Alto, Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg dwelled for some time on the proliferation of “fake news,” which he attributed, in... Full story


No good reason for anti-US, anti-Israel UN voting patterns

The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) late in 2018 is one shot across the U.N.’s bow. Notoriously hospitable to dictatorships, hostile to Israel and... Full story


With Saddam statue, Abbas thumbs his nose at the US

While Americans have been tearing down statues that honor people who don’t deserve to be honored, Palestinian Arabs are doing exactly the opposite. A statue honoring Saddam Hussein, the notorious dictator, terror sponsor and mass murderer, was... 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 Andrew Tobin    News    November 10, 2017

In a big anniversary year for Israel, Christian Zionists are seeing signs of the Messiah

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Fifty years since the Six-Day War, 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, 150 years since Mark Twain first visited Palestine. This has been a year of big Israel-related... Full story


Comedian Gilbert Gottfried isn't a cranky loudmouth, as documentary about him shows

(JTA)-"It was very peculiar," said Gilbert Gottfried, 62, about becoming the subject of the aptly named bio-documentary, "Gilbert." "The filmmaker, Neil Berkeley, came to me and said he'd always... Full story


Jewish family learns they are related to Scarlett Johansson by watching PBS show

By Curt Schleier (JTA)-Turns out you don't actually have to be a guest on Henry Louis Gates' PBS show "Finding Your Roots" to, well, find your roots. Gili Rozenfeld, 29, a video editor who lives in... Full story


Scene Around

I'm starting this column with some shout-outs... As many of you already know, I was in Florida Hospital-South, for 10 days due to my needing surgery for a heart valve. I am okay now (I hope) and I... Full story


Russian Cabbage Soup Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Shchi, or Russian cabbage soup, is among the more well-known soups in Russia. It is usually made with white or green cabbage, but some versions are made with other green leafy... Full story


Obituary: Carolyn Myrna Sprung : 1936-2017

By her daughter, Bonnie Sprung To many, Carolyn M. Sprung was a sweet, quiet woman who always had a smile on her face. Carolyn was active in her own right. She was a wonderful wife to her late... Full story



Ruth K. Birman, age 87, of Maitland, passed away on Oct. 28, 2017, at Hospice of the Comforter - Altamonte Springs. She was born on Sept. 4, 1930, in Buffalo, New York, a daughter of the late Maurice and Anne Horwich Kohn. Ruth was married to her hig... Full story


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