Articles from the December 15, 2017 edition

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Jewish world celebrates US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Israel's leadership and Jews from around the world celebrated President Donald Trump's statement that the US officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and that plans to move the US... Full story


Winners and losers as the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

(JTA)-President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his announcement that he will move the embassy there from Tel Aviv will have a number of consequences for... Full story


Bet Chaim's new Oviedo location

Congregation Beth Chaim is back, but actually, it never really left. The small Reform congregation, which was located on 434 in Winter Springs, was struggling a few months ago. Funds were tight and it... Full story


Trump delays moving embassy

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Hours after ordering preparations for a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, President Donald Trump delayed moving the diplomatic mission to the city by another six months. Trump signed a proclamation at the White House Wednesday saying the... Full story

 By Andrew Tobin    News    December 15, 2017

At a Jerusalem market, shrugs greet an announcement from President Trump

JERUSALEM (JTA)—President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital may have sent shock waves across the Middle East. But here, in the epicenter of a city where fewer than a million people work, eat, pray and shop,... Full story


Multi-Faith Program at the Jewish Academy of Orlando

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, fifth-grade Jewish students from the Jewish Academy of Orlando got together with Muslim students from Leadership Preparatory School and Christian students from Geneva School for a... Full story


Hamas: Trump's recognition of Jerusalem has 'opened the gates of hell'

The Hamas terror organization said President Donald Trump's historic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital "opens the gates of hell" and has called for another violent uprising against the... Full story


Amid global outcry over US recognition of Jerusalem, Israel sees other countries coming around

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel said it expects other countries to follow America’s example and recognize Jerusalem as its capital, even as much of the world decried the U.S. decision to move toward relocating its embassy to the city. Speaking at a diplom... Full story


Israel conducts second strike within days in Syria

( The Israeli Air Force allegedly conducted an airstrike Monday night on a “military scientific research center” in the Jamraya area on the outskirts of Damascus, media affiliated with the Syrian regime reported. “Our air defenses... Full story


War on Israel's northern border possibly 'weeks' away

( A war along Israel's northern border could be just "weeks" away, according to Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer. Dermer made the comments in a wide-ranging interview published by... Full story


What Michael Flynn's plea could mean for Jared Kushner and Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI twice—both times about policy maneuvering with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, during... Full story


Eternal we stand

“This is nothing more and nothing less than recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do.” Announced President Trump in his monumental statement today, recognizing Jerusalem as “Israel’s capital established in ancient times.... Full story


The gutting of the Taylor Force Act

The Taylor Force Act started out as a powerful and long-overdue tool for pressuring the Palestinian Authority to stop paying terrorists. But the legislation has been diluted, weakened and compromised in so many ways that it is now a pale shadow of... Full story


Solidarity with terror and its enablers isn't social justice

By Charles Jacobs and Ilya Feoktistov On July 25, 2017, in what appeared to be an unprecedented event in American Jewish history, a group that came into existence as a front for a terrorist organization that murders Jews was invited to... Full story


The method to Trump's madness on Jerusalem may make sense

In the end, perhaps only a president so completely divorced from diplomatic reality and utterly indifferent to international opinion could do it. Despite the difficulties and the manifest dangers involved with keeping America’s promise—enshrined... Full story


Thank you, Mr. President!

Dear Editor: The Zionistas thank President Trump for boldly recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, thus beginning the process of moving our embassy there. Since 1995, when Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act for the purpose of... 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.... Full story


Connecting through the gift of generousity

Larry and I have many "pets" in our home. A butterfly rests outside our front door, and two larger ones fly on our lanai wall. A two-foot bear clutching his "Bear Feet Only" sign greets visitors on... Full story


Here are eight new children's books for Chanukah

BOSTON (JTA)-Move over, potato latkes. Make room for dosas. The savory fried Indian lentil and rice pancakes take center stage in "Queen of the Dosas," a gem of a new Chanukah book by the award-winnin... Full story


Scene Around

Israel does it again... When it comes to science and technology, Israel is leading the field! I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress digest and pass it along: "As highlighted in NoCamels,... Full story


How a kids' book on Palestine ensnared Manhattan store in a political crossfire

NEW YORK (JTA)-When Chris Doeblin agreed to buy 100 copies of a children's book to help an author friend, he didn't expect to become enmeshed in a controversy over international relations and free... Full story


Sufganiyot get all the hype-but this humble Moroccan doughnut is Israel's Chanukah staple

TEL AVIV (JTA)-The sufganiyah is the plump, shining star of Chanukah in Israel. During the holiday season, the famed jelly doughnut poses in the windows of cafés and bakeries across the country. It s... Full story


47 out of 54 countries benefit from ties with Israel

Israel’s Foreign Ministry recently carried out a comprehensive survey of the citizens of 54 countries about their country’s relations with Israel. The main finding is that in a vast majority of those countries, 47 of 54 of them, most of the... Full story



Julius A. Haberman, Yehudah Aharon ben Itzhak v’Kayla, age 92, of Summerfield, Fla., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at his residence. A native of Milton, Massachusetts, he was born on April 22, 1925, to the late Irving and Kate Schoolman... Full story



Maxine Hayt, age 80, of Lake Mary, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Florida Health-South Seminole Hospital in Longwood. A Brooklyn native, she was born on Jan. 3, 1937, to the late Julius and Alice Tamres Tarr. She received her Bachelor in... Full story


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