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Articles from the November 24, 2017 edition

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Central Florida Hillel students turn out in force for AIPAC

Students from Central Florida Hillel attend the AIPAC annual event with Senator Joe Leiberman, who graciously spent time with the students afterwards entertaining their questions and sharing stories.... Full story


Holocaust Center launches ad campaign to 'Make Hate History'

This week, the Holocaust Center, located in Maitland, launched the first media campaign in the organization's 30-year history to raise awareness of its mission to combat racism, bigotry and bullying.... Full story


Joe Wittenstein honored

Joseph Wittenstein, Z"L, (1914-2008) had a remarkable grasp of the Orlando-area history and an ability to recall details from most of the 20th century that proved invaluable in understanding the city'... Full story


What about the Temple Mount

Fellowship Church in Winter Springs presents Rabbi Eliezer Waldman on Tuesday evening, Nov. 28. He will be sharing the most current information regarding the Temple Mount and the world’s solidarity against Israel. Rabbi Eliezer Waldman is the... Full story


Palestinians threaten to cut ties

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Palestinian Authority has threatened to suspend communications with the United States if moves ahead with closing the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office in Washington, D.C. Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat... Full story


JP Connections honoree, Dolores Indek, puts smiles on people's faces

The theme for this year's JP Connections should be smiles, because the lyrics "Who can turn the world on with her smile?" (theme song for the "Mary Tyler Moore" TV show) can be applied to JP honoree... Full story


JSU event at Oviedo High School rescheduled for Dec. 11

Holocaust survivors Genia Kutner and Gerald Biegel will share their stores with high school students (and anyone else) at Oviedo High School on Dec. 11. This program was originally scheduled for... Full story


Hadassah hosts a luncheon with author Ellen Brazer

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah is pleased to announce that author Ellen Brazer will make an exclusive appearance for Orlando Hadassah on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Ohev Shalom to present her latest work, “The Wondering Jew: My... Full story


'The Profound Effect' art event presented by Hadassah

On Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah will host a private showing of Holocaust Art by Judith Dazzio at The Holocaust Center in Maitland beginning at 1 p.m. Dazzio will personally... Full story


Jewish National Fund announces new projects at its National Conference

At its 2017 National Conference in South Florida, the Jewish National Fund announced plans to expand its Alexander Muss High School in Israel and build a state-of-the-art park in Be’er Sheva. These new projects will further transform Be’er Sheva... Full story


Mexico to stop supporting Palestinians

Mexico has reportedly announced that it will change its voting strategy at the United Nations (UN) and other international bodies by stopping to vote in favor of the Palestinians. According to Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth daily, Mexican Foreign... Full story


Jersey town sued over laws deterring Orthodox Jews

(JNS.org)—A complaint filed by New Jersey’s Attorney General Christopher Porrino this week alleges that the New Jersey township of Mahwah has introduced laws that openly discriminate against Orthodox Jews, aimed at deterring them from moving into... Full story


Statement on passing the Taylor Force Act

Washington, D.C.—The RJC released the following statement from Executive Director Matt Brooks: Today, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs took a big step to enhance the security of Americans and Israelis. Sponsored by Representatives Doug... Full story


Hopes betrayed: the Russian Revolution and the Jews

Another week, another centennial. Following the Balfour Declaration’s milestone, it’s now time to look back on the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, where a communist insurrection in St. Petersburg, then known as Petrograd, gave birth to a st... Full story


Trump's Mideast peace plan takes shape-and it's not good

Senior Trump administration officials reportedly are crafting a plan for Middle East peace. Based on the details that are available so far, friends of Israel have good reason for concern. According to a front-page New York Times report on Nov. 12,... Full story


The unasked question about anti-Semitism in America

We were heartened to learn that a Philadelphia synagogue is offering an adult education course about anti-Semitism, a timeless scourge that every generation must combat. But why is the course seemingly prompted, as its website suggests, solely by... Full story


Federations rally around pluralism-but wish they didn't have to

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—Leaders of North America’s Jewish federation movement kicked off their annual conference here Sunday with a tribute to the 1987 march on Washington that brought out hundreds of thousands of people in support of Soviet Jews. The... Full story


The Nuclear Deal has spurred Iranian aggression

Defenders of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the Iran nuclear deal is known, have argued that Iran’s aggression was intentionally not addressed by the deal. For example this week, Federica Moghereni, the high representative of the EU... Full story


Who's shutting down the debate on Israel?

One of the complaints about the organized Jewish community is that it is silencing criticism of Israel. Left-wingers paint a dismal picture of a Jewish community in denial about Israel’s sins and determined to squelch debate about the peace... 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


Iran turned down Israeli aid offer after earthquake

Israel offered aid to the Islamic republic after it was was hit by a powerful earthquake but was turned down, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Addressing the Jewish Federations of North... Full story


Excited crowd attends Kehillah Exhibit opening

On Nov. 12, more than 400 people crowded into the second floor of the Orange Country Regional History Center for the long awaited opening of the exhibition Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in... Full story


India and Israel-two democracies in the Middle East find common ground

When India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel last July and waded in the ocean with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that historic meeting not only paved the way for a stronger... Full story


Students show support for installation of Bruce Gould at JNF

Central Florida Hillel brought the largest student delegation in the country with over 28 students to come and celebrate the installation of Orlando's own Bruce Gould as the new president-elect of... Full story


Federation: 'Empower the Jew in You'

Fifty Central Florida teens in grades 8 to 12 gathered Oct. 30 for “Empower the Jew in You,” a Community-wide Teen Education Evening organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO). Congregation of Reform Judaism hosted the event.... Full story


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