Articles from the December 2, 2016 edition

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Thanksgiving comes to life at Jewish Academy

This month, Jewish Academy of Orlando kindergarten students were living, breathing and even dreaming about Thanksgiving. The students were taken back in time to the days of the pilgrims. They learned... Full story


World's first blood test to aid diagnosis of Parkinson's

ISRAEL21c-Doctors diagnose as many as 60,000 new cases of Parkinson's disease (PD) every year in the United States. Yet diagnosing PD with certainty can take years-long after early signs and symptoms... Full story


Israel is on fire

The Jewish National Fund asks everyone to turn attention to homes and forests that are in immediate danger across Israel. A series of wildfires are raging across Northern and Central Israel. Many... Full story


AHAHS accepting applications

How many exceptional young Jewish students do you know? Probably quite a few! Here is your chance to acknowledge the outstanding efforts and character of the amazing young people in your life. The American Hebrew Academy Honor Society is now... Full story


Fires in Israel destroy homes, force evacuations

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Fires throughout Israel, fanned by dry conditions and high winds, have led to the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes. Several homes have been destroyed by the... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 2, 2016

Keith Ellison's ascent signals the Democrats' willingness to redefine 'pro-Israel'

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The most shocking thing about talk of Keith Ellison's Israel record as he rises within the Democratic Party is how few think it's shocking. Rep. Ellison, D-Minn., is a leading... Full story


A chance to become an ISRAEL21c ambassador

The ISRAEL21c Digital Ambassadors is a program for English-speaking, vibrant college, graduate and post-college students, aged 18-25, from North America, who wish to learn about the intricacies and strategies of social media while “doing something f... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    December 2, 2016

A 'superhero' who connects with seniors to be honored at Jewish Pavilion's JP Connections

Despite her first name, Longwood resident Lois Silverberg, isn't married to Superman. However, at 80 years young, the active volunteer and community philanthropist is something of a superhero... Full story


Continuing with the My Jewish Roots workshop roadshow

Start on a family discovery journey with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando as it continues “My Jewish Roots” a JGSGO Workshop Roadshow. Each participant’s family discovery journey will include directed hands-on labs that will lead... Full story


Jewish Pavilion Chanukah parties

The following is the schedule of Chanukah parties at assisted-living facilities. The Jewish Pavilion invites all who would like to attend any of the parties at these facilities. Each party is about one hour long. For questions or more information,... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    December 2, 2016

The illiberal world of Stephen Bannon

In considering the furor around President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Stephen Bannon, the CEO of the hard-right news website Breitbart, as his chief strategist, let’s start with the perspective of those who have defended him. On one imp... Full story


Israel acts to save environment but 'green' activists are silent

Important government action was taken to protect the environment in the Middle East this week. But don’t expect the government in question to get any credit—because it was the Israeli government that took the action, and the Palestinian Arabs who... Full story


What's real in politics

Will the real Donald Trump stand up. Opps. He doesn’t seem to be ready. We don’t know. It may take some time. We may never know. We’re not yet sure who is the real Barack Obama or Benyamin Netanyahu. Going back in history, we can ask the same about R... Full story


Anti-Semitism at Amazon is the real scandal

A constant drumbeat of sharp headlines has heralded former Breitbart executive Steve Bannon, president-elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist, as an open anti-Semite. The attack is rooted in nothing more credible than an unverified accusation by a c... Full story


Erasing Golda Meir

Standing up to anti-Israel sentiment on campus and around the globe makes a real difference. The head of Kent State’s Students for Justice in Palestine was urging the erasure of Golda Meir’s quote that adorns a wall on campus, along with other ins... 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


'Lobby moments' in the search for my ancestors

My Jewish Roots Workshops, sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Orlando (JGSGO) continue in December with the 4th workshop: Conduct U.S.-Based Research. Among topics covered: how specifical... Full story


Meet the cast of 'Out of the Apple Orchard'

The first person cast for the Orlando premiere of "Out of the Apple Orchard"-which opens Dec. 19 at the Orlando Repertory Theatre-was Jeremy Kleckner in the lead role of Adam Bieman, the 12-year-old... Full story


Bar Mitzvah - Benjamin Joseph Perreault

Benjamin Joseph Perreault, son of Dale and Phil Perreault of Maitland, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Dec. 10, 2016, at Congregation of Reform Judaism. Ben is in the seventh grade at... Full story


Put your own face into a keypad full of emojis

ISRAEL21c-Emoticons such as smiley faces are really helpful in expressing your tone in an email, post or text message. Emojis such as a thumbs-up are great for expressing ideas without even typing a... Full story


Scene Around

Berlin hotel anti-Israel?... I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along to you in its entirety: "A well-known luxury hotel in Berlin denied claims that it had... Full story


One Ruth Gruber says goodbye to another

(JTA)-When you share a name with someone you respect and admire, you always try to live up to the connection, because sometimes outsiders aren't aware of the difference. That's how it was for decades... Full story


Strong mom runs the TCS Marathon in honor of her son

The TCS New York City Marathon is nothing short of extraordinary. The marathon (branded TCS New York City Marathon and formerly branded ING New York City Marathon for sponsorship reasons) is an... Full story


A meeting of the minds with Rep. Webster

Members of the Orlando Jewish community met with Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) at The Roth Family JCC on Monday evening, Nov. 21, to discuss the election, U.S. policy in the Middle East and U.S.-Israel... Full story



Walter M. Danziger passed away on Nov. 6, 2016, at the Emory L. Bennett State Veteran’s Nursing Home in Daytona Beach, Fla., at the age of 92. He was born on March 23, 1924, in Berlin-Koepenick, Germany, to Georg and Charlotte Danziger. Walter’s bar... Full story


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