Articles from the December 20, 2019 edition

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Celebrating Chanukah at the Jewish Academy of Orlando

Jewish Academy of Orlando's students loved celebrating Hanukkah with their friends. Here are a few peeks from the week's activities. Jewish Academy of Orlando serves central Florida students of all... Full story


President Trump signs executive order addressing anti-Semitism in US education

(JNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday, Dec. 11, addressing anti-Semitism amid the rise in hatred toward Jews in education in the United States, announced the White House in a call with reporters on Tuesday e... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    December 20, 2019

Will third time be the charm?

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel will hold an unprecedented third election in less than a year after lawmakers failed to form a government coalition by Wednesday night. The date of the next election is set for March 2. Elections are usually set for 90 days a... Full story


Johnson defeats Corbyn in UK

LONDON (JTA)—Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has defeated Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party by a large margin in Britain’s general elections on Thursday, exit polls indicate. The Conserv... Full story


Jewish Pavilion volunteers enjoy a 'friendraising' experience

Randi Cunningham and Myrna Ossin were honored by the Jewish Pavilion at the annual JP Connections Volunteer Appreciation event. Both women are shining examples of "enriching the lives of residents in... Full story


Momentum Men's trip to Israel-Part II

I recently returned from the annual Momentum Men's Trip to Israel. It was my third trip-the first with a friend more than two decades ago and the second for a bar mitzvah in 2018 with a bunch of 13... Full story


Jewish Pavilion Chanukah parties through the end of the year

The parties have begun! Thirty-five Chanukah parties celebrated in 35 different senior communities in the month of December planned by Jewish Pavilion program directors Julie Levitt, Susan Bernstein and Hope McCormick. Menorahs, dreidels, Chanukah... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    December 20, 2019

Jersey City mayor says gunmen targeted kosher supermarket in shootout that left 6 dead

(JTA)-The gunmen who entered a Jersey City kosher supermarket and engaged in a deadly shootout with police deliberately chose the store, the city's mayor said. "Based on our initial investigation... Full story


Nikki Haley targets Venezuela, even Canada, while criticizing the UN for corruption, hypocrisy

(JNS)-In a scathing speech last week about corruption in the United Nations, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Canada of making a "deal with the devil" and called again... Full story


Netanyahu to resign from ministerial posts by Jan. 1

(JNS)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday that he will resign from all of his ministerial posts by January. He currently holds the health, welfare, agriculture and Diaspora affairs portfolios. Three weeks ago, Israeli A... Full story


Trump's anti-Semtism order is a Rorschach test for Jews

(JNS)—Demographers have spent a great deal of time in recent decades trying to learn more about the changing demographics of American Jewry. But whatever else he has accomplished, President Donald Trump has, albeit unwittingly, gone above and b... Full story


Trump deserves our thanks as Americans, Israelis and Jews

By Miriam Adelson (JNS)—The following is the prepared text of Dr. Miriam Adelson’s introduction of President Donald J. Trump at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Hollywood, Florida on Dec. 7, 2019: Shalom, dear friends. And thank you... Full story


Will impeachment ramifications point fingers at American Jews?

Regardless of how Jewish Americans feel about U.S. President Donald Trump—whether they view him as a menace to democracy (I do), or whether they feel deep gratitude to him as a defender of the Jewish state (I do)—one thing is certain: Tiny tho... Full story


A nonkosher latke is actually the perfect symbol of American Chanukah

NEW YORK (JTA)—Eight unassuming gourmet latkes have become the latest controversy on Jewish Twitter. A recent holiday issue of Food & Wine magazine featured a piece titled “8 Ways to Make the Best Potato Latkes of Your Life.” The problem? Two of th... Full story


What do we tell our children about the Jersey City shooting?

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—Another Jewish community has sustained a bloody attack that left Jews everywhere reeling. On Tuesday, a small enclave of Hasidic Jews in Jersey City, New Jersey had their worlds shaken and disrupted during a frightening siege. S... Full story


IAC-Another milestone in the fight against BDS achieved

The President of the United States issued today an executive order invoking Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to combat anti-Semitic crime and discrimination on college campuses. The executive order calls for the enforcement of “Title VI a... 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


Speaking to Israeli-American group, Trump slams Jews who 'don't love Israel enough'

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-President Donald Trump slammed American Jews who he said did not sufficiently "love Israel." "So many of you voted for the people in the last administration. Some day you will ha... Full story


Bake your latkes this Chanukah-You won't regret it

(The Nosher via JTA)-Everyone loves potato latkes, but no one likes the mess of frying them or the guilt associated with eating them. These latkes are baked in the oven and easily won over my kids.... Full story


This Holocaust-themed figure skating costume is just the sport's latest to cause scandal

CALDWELL, N.J. (JTA)-Figure skating costumes have a long and sometimes ridiculous history. Until about the 1930s, women were expected to compete in ponderous and weighty skirts, making it hard to... Full story


Scene Around

First of all, I want to say, "Happy Chanukah to everyone!" "Whoever saves a single life"... To continue this saying from the TALMUD, "is as if one saves the entire world." This brings up the story of... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 20, 2019

Georgia's 2 US Senate seats will be open in 2020-Jon Ossoff and Joe Lieberman's son are vying for them

ATLANTA (JTA)-Voters in Georgia will face elections next year for each of the state's two U.S. Senate seats. Jewish Democrats are vying to be in the mix in both races. Incumbent David Perdue, a... Full story


Obituary - ETHEL F. GIBBS

Ethel F. Gibbs, of Orlando, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. She was born in Philadelphia, Penn., on May 27, 1920, to the late Alex and Ida Weisberg Forman and was an Orlando area resident since 1946. She was the widow of the late... Full story



(Submitted by the family) Mindy Anne Mosrie, 56, passed away in Altamonte Springs, Florida, on Dec. 6, 2019, after a brave battle with Metastatic Breast Cancer. She was born on May 23, 1963, in Brooklyn, N.Y, to Linda and Don Center. Mindy was a... Full story



Robert Peter Wolf, age 70, a nearly life-long resident of Lakeland, passed away at his home in Morganton, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his dear parents Rhoda and Leonard Wolf, and is survived by his three loving siblings—Susan (Bruce) S... Full story


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