Articles from the November 25, 2016 edition

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Teens plunge into politics at JTEN's 'Decision 2016'

More than 40 Central Florida teens, 16 educators and youth directors, and five Jewish community leaders gathered at Congregation of Reform Judaism on election eve for "Decision 2016: Your Voice, Your... Full story


The Roth Family JCC promotes Robby Etzkin to executive director

The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is pleased to announce that Robby Etzkin has been promoted to executive director and agreed to a new contract to fulfill that role. Etzkin's... Full story


Bringing the story from page to stage

First it was a book, written by local award-winning author Yvonne David in 2005. It won an honorable mention in the Independent Publisher Book Awards a year after publication, and was then adapted for the stage in the form of a concert reading by... Full story


Ensuring security on campus

The Maitland Jewish Community Campus-home to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, The Roth Family Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Academy of Orlando and the Holocaust Memorial Resource and... Full story


Meet the Jews in Donald Trump's inner circle

(JTA)—President-elect Donald Trump has a complicated history with Jews. On the one hand, his daughter Ivanka converted to Orthodox Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner, and he’s spoken fondly about having Jewish grandchildren. On the other, som... Full story


House bill extends criminal penalties to compliance with BDS, settlement boycotts

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Criminal penalties for boycotting Israel would be extended to companies complying with the BDS movement, including the boycott of West Bank settlements, under a bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.... Full story


Ruth Gruber dies at 105

(JTA)-Ruth Gruber, an American journalist who escorted 1,000 Jewish Holocaust refugees from Europe to the United States, has died. She was 105. Gruber died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in her Manhattan... Full story


Trump donated toward settlement evacuees

President-elect Donald Trump assisted the Israeli government to establish infrastructure for new communities for Israelis being evacuated from the settlements in the Sinai in the1980s and from Gaza in 2005, Yedioth Ahronoth has learned. Sinai was eva... Full story


Sunday in the Park chairwoman to be honored at JP Connections

The Jewish Pavilion exists because of its vast amount of volunteers. For this reason, every year the Pavilion recognizes all its volunteers and honors two specifically at the annual JP Connections. Th... Full story


'The Princess Bride' Torah

When author William Goldman was headed off on a business trip, he promised his two young daughters he would write a story for them. "What should it be about?" he asked them. "A princess!" said one.... Full story


Orlando Hadassah celebrates Chanukah

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah presents its annual Chanukah program on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Ohev Shalom. A special Chanukah lunch will be catered-with latkes of course-serve... Full story


JFS's newly renovated space

Jewish Family Services Orlando invites the community to visit its newly renovated building at an open house on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Light bites and refreshments will be serviced as the JFS team shares about the new programs... Full story


Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour

The Men’s Club of Congregation Ohev Shalom is doing it again! Two years ago, a large group of their members and friends enjoyed a great evening when they took a “cruise” on the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour and followed that with a delicious... Full story


Now I know

For the first time in my life, on the morning after Donald Trump was elected to be the next president of the United States, I had a glimmering—the faintest of ideas—of what it must have felt like... Full story


Move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem!

(It is so simple—and it will put President Trump in history books!) The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 is a public law of the United States passed by the 104th Congress on October 23, 1995. It was passed for the purposes of initiating and funding th... Full story


Bannon: Friend of the Jewish people, defender of Israel

I have worked with Stephen K. Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump’s new chief strategist and senior counselor, for nearly six years at Breitbart News. I can say, without hesitation, that Steve is a friend of the Jewish people and a defender of... Full story


The common denominator of Jewish sexual scandals

At least five of the most notorious and sensational national sexual stories of the modern era belong to Jews: The Monica Lewinsky story of the 1990s; the quickly forgotten and tragic Chandra Levy affair in 2001; the duplicitous life of Governor... Full story


ADL should praise Trump's pro-Israel positions, not wrongly criticize him

The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) recent statements essentially criticizing the election victory by Donald Trump and Mike Pence are inappropriate and harmful. The front page of the ADL’s website features a blurb and link to an ADL blog post... Full story


I am Jewish and I support Mr. Bannon

Dear Editor: I am not surprised that David Cicilline is circulating a petition around. As Jew, who went to religious school for 12 years, I support Mr. Bannon. Mr. Bannon worked for Jewish businessman Andrew Breitbart. Recently he has taken a key...


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


Local Jewish author publishes first book

Marilyn Cohen Shapiro of Poinciana has announced the publication of "There Goes My Heart," a collection of personal memoirs. The collection of over 40 personal essays captures special moments in a... Full story


'Worst fears, best hopes' for the Trump presidency

(JTA)—The upset victory by Donald Trump in the 2016 elections stunned a Jewish activist and leadership class that is at times as divided as the electorate at large. JTA asked some of those leaders to describe their concerns and expectations in a... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    November 25, 2016

Jews and Muslims ramp up alliances in wake of Trump's election

(JTA)-For years, whenever Jews and Muslims engaged in dialogue and activism, it usually concerned one issue: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With Donald Trump's ascent to the presidency, that... Full story


2016 JP Connections coming up

Shopping, eating and conversation are the perfect combination for the Jewish Pavilion's annual membership event, which will take place on Dec. 8th at 11 a.m. at the Hilton in Altamonte Springs. Over... Full story


Scene Around

Not surprising... My spouse was an aerospace engineer who worked on Gemini 4 thru Apollo 16. I was even invited to NASA for Apollo 12 and sat near former President Nixon and his Secret Service... Full story


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