Articles from the December 22, 2023 edition

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There is an eruv in Central Florida

Central Florida continues to see an influx of observant families. In response to a growing need for Jewish families seeking affordable housing, attractive schooling options, warmer winters and lower...

 

An open letter to the survivors of Oct. 7

(JNS) - To the women, children and men who survived the Hamas terrorist attack on Oct. 7 in Israel: You are not alone. We see you. We hear you. We are crying with you. And I am sorry. I am so very...

 

These are the heroes of Oct. 7

(JNS) — Eran the potato farmer. Rachel the food hostess. Michaela the midwife. All three are residents of the northwestern Negev who were caught in Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre; all three are heroes who we...

 

JFNA fundraising passes $700m

(JNS) — The Jewish Federation of North America announced recently that its post-Oct. 7 fundraising has surpassed $700 million. The $242 million that it has allocated—of the $711.5 million raised—is going to about 300 partnering organizations, includi... Full story

 

The Fallen

Our first Susya soldier fell. It was the first night of Chanukah. We were eating dinner and my daughter, 16, saw a message in her medical whatsapp group. The head Medic was wishing a friend of mine so...

 

JP Connections luncheon delivers a festive affair

On Dec. 4, the Hilton in Altamonte Springs played host to the JP Connections luncheon, leaving attendees with a memorable experience. The highlight of the luncheon was the recognition of Judy...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    December 22, 2023

Rabbi David Wolpe resigns from Harvard antisemitism committee

(JTA) — Rabbi David Wolpe is stepping down from the antisemitism advisory committee at Harvard University, citing “events on campus and the painfully inadequate testimony” of the university’s president, Claudine Gay, during a congressional hearing...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    December 22, 2023

Harvard president will remain in office despite criticism of her response to antisemitism

(JTA) – Harvard University’s board of directors will keep Claudine Gay as the school’s president despite pressure to force her out after she declined to say outright that calls for the genocide of Jews violated campus rules. The Harvard Corpo...

 

Israeli ministers recommend not letting in Palestinian workers

(JNS) — Israel’s Socioeconomic Cabinet on Sunday evening voted to recommend not reintroducing tens and thousands of Palestinian workers from Judea and Samaria into the country’s pre-1967 lines. The measure was reportedly opposed by almost all 15 me...

 

Hamas officials quit Qatar, shut down cellphones

(JNS) — Several Hamas leaders recently left Qatar together with their entourages, cutting off communications including cellphones. The leaders left for Algeria, Lebanon, Iran and other countries, according to sources cited by Kan News’s Arabic cha...

 

Why the images of Hamas prisoners sparked outrage

(JNS) — I was poised to go on a live broadcast of WION, an English-language Indian television network, last week to discuss the war against Hamas. But before my turn to speak came, I was startled by the program host’s introduction to the seg... Full story

 

J Street lobbies against Israeli war on Hamas

(JNS) — The Oct. 7 Hamas massacres hit hard at communities where many of the residents were left of center. As a result, even some of the usual anti-Israel types temporarily came around to the idea of fighting Hamas. That included the anti-Israel lob...

 

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK: Don't let anyone distort the truth

Portions of this article are very graphic. I was talking with my daughter on the phone Friday evening. “What did you do this week?” she asked. I mentioned that I attended a private briefing and screening by the Consulate General of Israel in Mia...

 

100 years later, Ze'ev Jabotinsky's hawkish Zionism sounds like a formula for peace

(JTA) — One hundred years ago, in November 1923, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, one of the greatest leaders of the Zionist movement and definitely the one with the greatest foresight, wrote in Berlin a seminal article in the Razsviet (Dawn, in Russian) new...

 

What's Happening

MORNING 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. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael — Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407...

 

Israel offers up to $400,000 for Hamas leaders' whereabouts

(JNS) — The Israel Defense Forces is urging Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to help topple Hamas rule, with flyers dropped in the coastal enclave promising up to $400,000 for information on the whereabouts of Yahya Sinwar and other terror leaders. ...

 
 By Shahar Vahab    News    December 22, 2023

What does the future hold for Nir Oz?

(JNS) - I've been in Europe for a month and a half now, and as beautiful as autumn is, it's also cold and wet. I only returned to Israel for a few days, to visit everyone and collect items from home....

 

Two months on, still no word on elderly US woman wounded on Oct. 7

(JNS) - A pair of eyeglasses. In 66 days, that is the only trace found of the 70-year-old American-Canadian teacher who was shot by Hamas terrorists when out for a walk with her husband on the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 22, 2023

House passes resolution equating antisemitism with anti-Zionism, despite many abstentions

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives approved a nonbinding resolution saying that anti-Zionism is antisemitism, with support from all but one Republican and a substantial minority of Democrats. The resolution was introduced by the t...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Male caregiver tips

Men account for almost 40 percent of the caregiver population. In order for male caregivers to properly care for their loved ones, they must remember to care for themselves. Here are seven emotional and physical tips for male caregivers: • P...

 

Is it OK to eat? Child hostages ask doctors who treated them

(JNS) - Is it OK to eat? Can we look out the window? Is it alright to leave the room? These were among the questions that scores of traumatized Israeli children held hostage for over 50 days by Hamas...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 22, 2023

Families of American hostages meet with Biden in person for the first time

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Wearing black T-shirts bearing the photos of their captive loved ones, families of American hostages held by Hamas met face-to-face with President Joe Biden for the first time,...

 

Turkish lawmaker dies two days after collapsing during rant

(JNS) — A member of the Turkish parliament, Hasan Bitmez, died on Thursday, two days after collapsing while delivering an anti-Israel rant on the plenum floor. Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin K...

 

BBYO 'global Shabbat' draws more than 16,000 teens

(JNS) - More than 130 gatherings on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 through BBYO's "Global Shabbat" initiative drew more than 16,000 teens from 30 countries. "This historic teen-led movement-wide initiative has bee...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    December 22, 2023

Citizenship applicants must sign statement in support of Israel

BERLIN (JTA) — Recognizing Israel’s right to exist is now mandatory for those who want to become German citizens in the former East German state of Saxony-Anhalt. Applicants living in the state will have to confirm in writing “that they recog...

 

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