Articles from the December 13, 2019 edition

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The Siegels deck their lawn with Chanukah decorations!

Driving into a small gated community in Casselberry, scenes of lit-up snowmen, reindeers, Santas, and Christmas creches adorn many front yards-typical scenery for this time of year. Then, suddenly,... Full story


Benefit event for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

Renowned mentalist and magician Alan Chamo, AKA “The Mind Hacker,” will headline a benefit event for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Roth Family Jewish Community Center in Maitland. The event will salute the men and wo... Full story


JFS Orlando wishes everyone a happy Chanukah!

Best wishes to you from all of us at JFS Orlando during these eight days of joy and peace. May the Chanukah lights remind you to always increase in matters of goodness, to never be afraid to stand up for what’s right, and that a little light goes a... Full story


6.4 million students denied free speech by top American colleges

PHILADELPHIA—Millions of students nationwide check their free speech rights at the door when they arrive on campus, according to a new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Spotlight on Speech Codes 2020: The State of Free S... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 13, 2019

Democrats pass two-state resolution in Congress

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Democrats in Congress passed a resolution on Friday saying that only a two-state outcome would bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians. The nonbinding resolution approved largely on party lines has been subject to considerable b... Full story


Motion ordering Jewish student to cancel Israel trip or resign

By David Lazarus MONTREAL (JTA)—A Jewish student leader at McGill University in Montreal was fighting efforts to oust her from the student union for accepting a trip to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Jordyn Wright, a member of the Student S... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    December 13, 2019

13 countries vote against a UN resolution against Israel

(JTA)—The United Nations General Assembly passed five resolutions against Israel, but for the first time, 13 countries switched their positions and voted against a pro-Palestine measure. The five resolutions passed Tuesday are among 20 against Israel... Full story


Transcendence in Hebron

(JNS)—Despite the intense focus on Israel’s ongoing political stalemate, the Israeli media has found plenty of room in recent days to run lengthy features on food, music, sports, shopping and gossip. Stories have included the victories of Tot... Full story


Here we go again!

The annual intersection of Chanukah and Christmas is once again approaching and with it the combined joy of the season. The close proximity of the two holidays this time of the year becomes complicated because of the different meaning and... Full story


While Iran shoots protesters, Europe schemes to enrich the murderers

(JNS)—The news out of Iran should shock the conscience of the world. As The New York Times reported in a front-page article published on Monday, when Iranians tried to protest their government’s arbitrary decision to drastically raise gasoline pri... Full story


Chanukah: It's Greek to me

What is the essential philosophical difference between the Greeks and the Jews? Over two thousand years ago a battle ensued between the Jewish nation and the Greek empire that culminated in the retaking and dedication of the Temple and the continuati... Full story


I'm dreaming of a Chanukah song as good as 'White Christmas'

(JTA)—A Facebook friend is looking for nominations for the Great Chanukah Song. I’m not impressed by the candidates. The classics—“Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages),” “Oh Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah,” “Sevivon” and “I Have a Little Dreidel” -- have a nostalgic appe... Full story


Leave the Holocaust out of your self-promotion, political agenda and profit-seeking

NEW YORK (JTA)—Here we go again: Just this week, two more cases of the abuse of Holocaust imagery have surfaced and created an international stir. In November, Russian figure skater Anton Shulepov wore an Auschwitz-themed costume during his free s... 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


Jewish Pavilion Chanukah parties

The Jewish Pavilion will be hosting Chanukah parties at various assisted living facilities throughout the holiday. For more information, please call 407-678-9363. Here is the schedule. Friday Dec. 13 noon Grand Villa 2 p.m. Strive Sunday Dec. 15 1:15... Full story


Honor and remembrance on the way to Israel-Part I

This is Part I of the men's trip to Israel, sponsored by Momentum and JOIN Orlando. Rick Geller and Jason Toll went to Poland ahead of the group and met up with them all in Israel. Poland is on the... Full story


All I want for Chanukah is a new IPhone

According to Adobe Analytics, Cyber Monday 2018 generated over $7.9 billion in sales, with one of the top sellers spent on smart phones. I will be one of those in the market. My iPhone 7, approaching its third year, is losing battery power. And, to b... Full story

 By Gary Schiff    News    December 13, 2019

This Chanukah, Israel's menorah will be powered by natural gas

(JNS)—Right on schedule, by Chanukah, natural gas from Israel’s Leviathan offshore field will begin to flow to shore. The turn-around in Israel’s energy situation over the past two decades is simply stunning. Just 15 years ago, Israel met 100 percent... Full story


The Jewish Pavilion is long-time partners with area senior living residences

On a recent visit to Allegro Senior Living in Winter Park, Susan Bernstein, program director at the Jewish Pavilion, had an opportunity to sit down with Allegro's executive director, Debbie Michelet.... Full story


Learn about Spain's Law of Return

First Coast’s Josh Fisher, a citizen under Spain’s new Law of Return for decendents of Jews exiled in 1492, will speak at the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society’s Dec. 18 meeting. Fisher—who obtained Spanish citizenship through his Sephard... Full story


Get ready to Crack! And Bam! At the annual Mahjong Tournament

The 16th annual Roth Family JCC Maj Madness Tournament will be held Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Registration has just opened. Participants who are able are encouraged to bring a Mahjong set and/or table cover. Register in person at the Registrar’s desk o... Full story


Scene Around

A quote from Primo Levi, a survivor of Auschwitz... "It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere." (Sends chills up... Full story


Lesser-known facts about the Festival of Lights

Chanukah is one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays in the United States. But that doesn't mean there is nothing new to learn about this eight-day festival. From the mysterious origins of... Full story


The surprising origin of the dreidel

The dreidel or sevivon is perhaps the most famous custom associated with Hanukkah . Indeed, various rabbis have tried to find an integral connection between the dreidel and the Chanukah story; the... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    December 13, 2019

Arizona State student government passes resolution to support Jewish students

(JTA)—The undergraduate student government of Arizona State University passed a resolution in support of the Tempe school’s Jewish students. The resolution, which passed Tuesday by acclimation, comes amid public discussion among campus student org... Full story


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