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1947 U.N. Partition Resolution Memorial dedicated

(Boynton Beach, Florida/Netanya, Israel, JNS Wire) - Though there are numerous streets in Israel named November 29, there has never been in Israel or the world a historical memorial for the most...

 

A community builder, Marc Katzen, dies

Marc Katzen, 82, of Winter Park, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. He was born Feb. 11, 1940, in Sykesville, Pennsylvania, to Margaret Gordon Katzen and Harry Katzen and was the middle of five...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 16, 2022

An epidemic of hate'

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Top Biden administration officials launched a roundtable on antisemitism on Wednesday by describing a “rising tide of antisemitism” and likening the atmosphere in the United States to that of Europe, where Jewish worship is...

 

BUSINESS UPDATE: New Jewish-led pharmacy and gift shop offers unrivaled service and unique holiday gifts

Inflation is at an historic high. There is plenty of uncertainty in the world at the moment, but one thing we can rely on is our community,” said Ian Tasman, owner of Pharmacy on the Park. “For...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

As this year comes to a close, it might be time to glance in the rear view mirror. How was your year? Did you have several accomplishments you're proud of, or maybe you made a few mistakes you wish...

 

Volunteers enjoy JP Connections luncheon

Over 100 people enjoyed the Jewish Pavilion’s annual JP Connections Chanukah-themed luncheon. There were over 30 vendors and dozens of amazing raffle prizes. The Jewish Pavilion was pleased to...

 

Birthright alumni go in search of the next Jewish comedy star

(JNS) — It has been proven that the Birthright program produces lifelong connections between young Jews and Israel. Studies also show that participants are more likely to build Jewish families. But could it produce the next Jewish comedy star?...

 
 By David Isaac    News    December 16, 2022

Lapid's call to disobey next government puts civil society at risk, legal analysts say

(JNS) — Even before taking power, Benjamin Netanyahu has found himself on the defensive over his prospective coalition’s “fringe elements.” During an NBC interview on Sunday, Netanyahu felt obliged to declare, “I’m going to safeguard...

 

Amazon will not pull antisemitic movie promoted by Kyrie Irving, says Jewish CEO

(JTA) — Bucking weeks of public pressure from Jewish groups, celebrities and the Brooklyn Nets, Amazon will not stop selling an antisemitic documentary on its service that was promoted by NBA star Kyrie Irving. The company’s CEO Andy Jassy, who i...

 

Liberal Jewish groups have a problem with the First Amendment

(JNS) — As far as most liberal Jewish groups are concerned, Lorie Smith is a bigot who deserves to have her business destroyed and to be driven from the public square. It’s a sentiment that may be shared by most Jews and perhaps a majority of...

 

Isaac's laughter

(Jewish Journal via JNS) — At the start of Dec. 3rd’s Torah reading, Jacob, like his grandfather Abraham before him, leaves the land of his birth for new horizons. Along the way, he is confronted by God, who says to him, “I am Hashem, God of...

 

We need more Davids to fight the Goliaths of antisemitism

In 2021, ADL reported 2717 antisemitic incidents throughout the United States, a 34 percent increase over 2020. The recent mass shooting in Highland Park, Buffalo, Colorado Springs, and Virginia, are deplorable testimonies to the level of hate in...

 

A campaign against Jew-hatred that actually worked

(Jewish Journal via JNS) — Since I started writing about antisemitism about a decade ago, I’ve had trouble answering one question: Why are Jews, who excel in fields from science to literature to music, so bad at confronting antisemitism? Part of...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. 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....

 

Adam Sandler talks about 'The Chanukah Song' and a new film with the Safdie brothers

(JNS) - Adam Sandler recounted a funny remark from a celebrity mentioned in his famous "The Chanukah Song" when he spoke to a crowd at the 92nd Street Y (now called 92NY) in Manhattan on Tuesday...

 

Why the Maccabees aren't in the Bible

The First and Second Books of Maccabees contain the most detailed accounts of the battles of Judah Maccabee and his brothers for the liberation of Judea from foreign domination. These books...

 

Six incredible things you may not have known about Mayim Bialik

After iconic roles in television shows like Blossom and The Big Bang Theory, actress Mayim Bialik is now the host of Jeopardy. Here are six incredible things you never knew about her. What do...

 

Found 2,200-year-old sling bullet possibly linked to Chanukah story

(JNS) - Israeli researchers recently discovered a lead projectile dating from the Hellenistic period in the ancient palace at Yavne, an archaeological site in central Israel. The 4.4 centimeter (1.7...

 

After donor cuts, Birthright CEO puts out a challenge to the Jewish community

(JNS) - Now that the shock has worn off, the question for Birthright is who will step up. Last week, Miriam Adelson, Birthright Israel's most generous donor, addressed a board meeting of the...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Improving cognitive health

Cognitive performance is not fixed. There are small changes people can make in their daily lives that should sustain higher cognitive functioning in old age. Keep the mind active through work, volunteering, hobbies or playing games. Learning new...

 

The IDF versus drug dealers: How an inter-agency effort is denting the flow of narcotics

(JNS) - The Israel Defense Force's Paran territorial defense brigade is in charge of defending 170 kilometers of the Israeli-Egyptian border and large sections of the Negev desert. As such, dealing...

 

Hebrew University unveils Elie Wiesel sculpture

(JNS) - A new sculpture commemorating the life of writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel was dedicated on Thursday at a moving ceremony on the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 16, 2022

Lee Zeldin, a bright spot for Republicans despite NY loss, won't seek GOP chair

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Lee Zeldin, the Republican Jewish congressman who mounted a stronger-than-expected but failed bid to be New York’s governor, says he has decided not to run to be the chairman of the Republican National Committee. But in a sign...

 

Obituary - AGNES ROSALIE FRIEDMAN

Mrs. Agnes Rosalie Friedman, 95, of Lake Mary died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, at AdventHealth Altamonte following a brief illness. Mrs. Friedman was born Feb. 22, 1927, in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Max and Esther (Melnick) Don and moved to the Lake...

 

Obituary - GLORIA NEWBERGER

Gloria Newberger, mother of Nancy Ludin and Craig Newberger, passed away on December 11, 2022. Gloria was born on May 27, 1928. She was a beloved community member and very active in many charities. He...

 

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