Articles from the November 22, 2019 edition

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Israel waits to see if Gaza Strip stabilizes

(JNS)-A ceasefire that appeared fragile, and which was punctured twice by rocket fire from Gaza, went into effect on Thursday, Nov. 14, after 50 hours of combat between the Iranian-backed Palestinian... Full story


Jewish Academy of Orlando announces honorees of its Wonderland Gala

Celebrating its 42nd year, Jewish Academy of Orlando will be honoring Ellen and Simon Snyder and Jodi and David Krinker at the school's annual gala, on Saturday, Jan.25, 2020, at the Citrus Club. The... Full story


UN condemnation: Israel 8; world 0

GENEVA, Nov. 15, 2019—A United Nations General Assembly committee today adopted eight resolutions that single out or condemn Israel, and zero on the entire rest of the world. The texts condemn Israel for “repressive measures” against Syrian citiz... Full story

 By JTA Staff    News    November 22, 2019

The toll of rocket attacks from Gaza

(JTA)—Fifty-eight Israelis were injured during the wave of rocket attacks fired by terror groups from Gaza this week. Thirty-four Palestinians, most of them reported to be members of Islamic Jihad and other Gaza terror groups, were killed in r... Full story


Maximize your charitable impact with a Jewish National Fund Donor Advised Fund

The stock market has been great the last several years, reaching near historical levels. If you’re an investor in common stocks, it may be a good time to think about your options as the end of the calendar year approaches. If you are looking to l... Full story


Chabad at UCF champions Mental Health Awareness Week

Recognizing the range of stresses involved in campus life today, Chabad at UCF has made significant strides in building awareness and support for those managing mental health issues. To expand the conversation and help students access valuable... Full story


Comments online

Heritage Newspaper’s print audience doesn’t get to read responses to articles that are posted in the online edition of the paper (unless they also read the online edition). Here are this week’s responses: Articles about Bernie Sanders, 11/8 editi... Full story


Honoring Veterans and their families

Each year the Jewish Pavilion honors our veterans and their families with a salute to their service through song and history. Paul and Terri Fine Stenzler, longtime Jewish Pavilion volunteers, respectfully prepared a meaningful program dedicated to... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    November 22, 2019

Anti-Semitism is spiking in Brooklyn, and officials don't know why

NEW YORK (JTA)-Days after a series of attacks against Jews across Brooklyn, the Anti-Defamation League announced that it would double funding for a school program combating hate. But city officials... Full story


High-profile Israel boycott conference at UMass Amherst sparks concern-and a peace march

AMHERST, Mass. (JTA)-For the second time in six months, several high-profile proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel are sharing a stage at the University of... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    November 22, 2019

Trump will appear at Israeli-American Council

(JTA)—President Donald Trump will be the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Israeli-American Council. Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a Trump supporter and mega donor to Republican candidates, is one of the council’s major supporters. The... Full story


A hate group gets a college hall pass

(JNS)—The atmosphere on North American college campuses today is one in which anything that can be labeled, fairly or unfairly, hate speech or which might make virtually any group feel “triggered” or otherwise upset can be banned or otherwise silence... Full story


Connecting two very different places on Earth

Technology has brought the world ever closer together, but increasingly, political instability, terrorism and war reminds us how very far apart different places remain. In 1963 when I made my first flight to Israel, our Air France flight had to stop... Full story


0ver 150 reasons to say no to a Palestinian State

More than 150 rockets were fired at Israeli civilian targets by the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists from Gaza within hours after the Nov. 12 targeted air strike assassination of Baha Abu al-Ata, a top commander of Islamic Jihad... Full story


My son's Orthodox Jewish school is 85 percent Muslim

BIRMINGHAM, England (JTA)—My heart jumped when I saw the phone number of my oldest son’s school on the screen. “Hello?” “Is this Dr. Skinazi?” “Yes.” “Don’t worry, Lucas is fine. Only—I just wanted to let you know that there was a little anti-Sem... Full story


As the children of survivors, the Rohingya genocide reminds us of the Holocaust

(JTA)—She was 16 years old and alone in a refugee camp in a foreign country when we met her. Sobbing, she told us how she hoped that her brother might be somewhere in this camp, “camp number 18.” She had heard that he might be alive—if so, he woul... Full story


Your sympathy isn't enough to stop anti-Semitism

Everything was going well until I checked my phone. I had just finished teaching Sunday school at a synagogue in Evanston, Illinois, and was on the bus that would take me back to my apartment on the far north side of Chicago. It was a beautiful day.... Full story


The time is now to act

Dear Editor: Yesterday, the FBI released their 2018 statistics on hate crimes. For the Jewish-American community, the results were nothing short of appalling. The statistics reveal that 2018 set an all-time record for violent anti-Semitic hate... 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


Venue location change

The venue for New York Times bestselling author Brian Kilmeade’s discussion and book signing of his newest book, “Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers,” will be at Writer’s Block Bookstore, 316 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, on Saturday, Nov. 23rd at 7 p.... Full story


Stories from the Orlando Help Desk

Beth's mother (names have been changed). Beth's mother fell again. This was the third time this month she had to drive the 2-1/2 hours from Longwood to St. Pete to make sure her mother was OK. Her... Full story


Two days under fire

Under normal circumstances, most kids look for excuses to stay home from school, at least once in a while. This week in Israel, 300,000 kids stayed home from school a few days in a row. Under the... Full story


Jordan reclaims farmland

(JTA)—Jordan reclaimed two pieces of land leased by Israel as part of a 1994 peace agreement. King Abdullah II announced Sunday that Jordan would “impose our full sovereignty on every inch” of the properties known in Jordan as Ghumar and Al-Ba... Full story


Hillel offers college scholarships

WASHINGTON—To help ease the financial burden on Jewish college students and their families, Hillel International, the largest global Jewish campus organization, this week launched two scholarships available to students attending college anywhere i... Full story


The Actors' Temple: Inside the synagogue where Broadway's biggest stars used to pray

NEW YORK (JTA)-On a recent Friday night, about 20 people gathered for Shabbat services at the Actors' Temple, a synagogue just a few blocks from Times Square. Rabbi Jill Hausman greeted each one by... Full story


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