Articles from the December 21, 2018 edition

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 By Sam Sokol    News    December 21, 2018

A soldier's death brings grief to Israeli army's fervently religious battalion

JERUSALEM (JTA)-"Yosef! Yosef!" wailed Rabbi Eliyahu Meirav, calling out the name of his stepson lying covered in a shroud on the marble slab before him. "You were righteous. I didn't want to believe... Full story


Can the biblical narrative of creation be reconciled with modern day science? 

Were the heavens and the earth created 6,000 years ago, as the Biblical Genesis Creation account suggests? Or, did the universe expand into existence nearly 14 billion years ago from a spontaneous... Full story


Eric Geboff leaves JFS

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, supporters of Jewish Family Services Orlando received via email a letter from the executive director-only it wasn't from Executive Director Eric Geboff, it was from the... Full story


Celebrate women's empowerment

Choices, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's largest annual women's philanthropy event, celebrates its 25th year on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. The Presenting... Full story


A roaring great gala for Jewish Academy of Orlando

Jewish Academy of Orlando hosted its annual gala with much fanfare. Attendees, dressed in 1920's attire, enjoyed the Roaring Twenties themed event at The Ballroom at Church Street. The event honored... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    December 21, 2018

Bringing a taste of Shabbat in a box

For Jewish seniors in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, it can be a challenge to keep up the Shabbat traditions of lighting candles and saying the blessings over challah and wine. But... Full story


ZOA blasts UN for failure to condemn Hamas

The Zionist Organization of America has condemned the failure of the United Nations to condemn the terrorist actions of Hamas, the Palestinian Arab terrorist organization that has not only murdered over 1,000 Israeli civilians in scores of suicide... Full story


'National Geographic' corrects history of West Bank land

(CAMERA via JNS)—CAMERA’s Israel office prompted correction on Monday of a National Geographic article on the preservation of biblical archeological texts that contained an historical reference to disputed West Bank land. As first noted yesterday on... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    December 21, 2018

Toledo man arrested for planning deadly attack on area synagogue

(JTA)—A Toledo, Ohio-area man was arrested for planning an attack on a local synagogue. Damon Joseph, of Holland, Ohio, was charged in federal court in Toledo on Monday with attempting to provide material support to ISIS. He told an undercover FBI a... Full story


The Scourge of Boycotts Past, Present and Future

‘Twas the month before Christmas And without so much as a flinch AirBNB joined the Israel boycott And became the new corporate Grinch. In recent weeks, it seems as if there have been an unprecedented number of anti-Semitic decisions and d... Full story


Putin plays with the Holocaust

(JNS)—Back in January, the unlikely figure of Paddington Bear—the cuddly, bright-eyed cub much adored by young children through the years—ran afoul of the Russian government. As part of its policy of limiting the influence of foreign culture on Ru... Full story


Airbnb discriminates against Jews, as media skews facts

(CAMERA via JNS)—Airbnb, the worldwide online lodging service, has been in the headlines recently for succumbing to pressure by anti-Israel NGOs, most prominently Human Rights Watch, to delist (that is, boycott) Jewish-owned properties in disputed Ju... Full story


Another 'New York Times' columnist needs a history lesson

(JNS)—New York Times op-ed columnist Michelle Goldberg has stirred quite a hornet’s nest with her recent article declaring that anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitic. Others will wrestle with the anti-Zionism/anti-Semitism debate. I prefer to focus on... Full story



(JNS)—International Human Rights Day was marked on Dec. 10, with special attention made to honoring the 70-year anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Over the last 70 years, technological innovations have r... 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


My cause, my cleats

(JNS) Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce chose Christians United for Israel's Israel Collective as his cause for the National Football League's "My Cause, My Cleats" campaign, featuring... Full story


The opposite of the tip of the Iceberg

The phrase, “tip of the iceberg“ references the fact that there’s much more beneath the surface of the water where an iceberg exists that is greater a threat than what is visible above the water. Toda... Full story


This Santa Claus is an Orthodox Jew

(JTA)-Just like any other Santa Claus, Santa Rick will spend much of the next couple of weeks sitting children on his knee, asking whether they've been good and listening to their Christmas wishes.... Full story


Israel has a bobsled team

NEW YORK (JTA)-In the span of just a couple days, Chaim Raice went from never having been on a bobsled to being a contender to represent Israel in the 2022 Winter Olympics. And it all started with a... Full story


Scene Around

Ancestry, ancestry... My mother was born in Montreal, Canada. Her family-her mother, father, brother and sister-were all immigrants from Ukraine. Her mother (my maternal grandma) died in Montreal at... Full story


Facing anti-Semitism at her California school, this Jewish teen takes matters into her own hands

When Michaela Weinstein first encountered racist and anti-Semitic slurs at her California high school, she felt sick to her stomach. Students at Albany High School, in the San Francisco Bay Area,... Full story


The latest poll on anti-Semitism in Europe looks bad-trust me: it's true

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—The last time that a stranger directed an anti-Semitic insult at me, I was carrying supplies for my son’s birthday party. It was on a Sunday afternoon on Dam Square. Carrying Star of David party decorations in a see-through bag, I p... Full story


He produced the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and John Mayer-now he's adding a rabbi's music to his resume

(JTA)-Three years ago, Don Was walked into a Jewish service in Los Angeles without high expectations. Was, born Don Fagenson in Detroit, is a producer who has worked with musicians like John Mayer,... Full story



Carol Englander, age 84, of Greenlawn, New York (formerly of Orlando), passed away on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. A Bronx native, she was born on Sept. 12, 1934, to the late Phillip and Dora Grossman Nord. During her working career, Carol worked as a... Full story



Geraldine "Geri" Shirley Hiller Maslanik, 89, died on Nov. 29, 2018. She was born March 7, 1929, in the Bronx, New York City. Geri graduated from NYU, where she was inducted into the Hall of Fame.... Full story


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