Articles from the December 23, 2016 edition

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Chanukah menorahs at Home Depot

Chabad of South Orlando's Hebrew School is all about hands on learning. That is why on Sunday, Dec. 11, director Chani Konikov brought her students to the Millenia Home Depot. What does Home Depot... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    December 23, 2016

As BDS resolutions stall, pro-Palestinian students shift tactics

NEW YORK (JTA)-When Northwestern University's student Senate passed a resolution in February 2015 asking the university to divest from six corporations they said contributed to the violation of... Full story


Orlando Jewish life exhibit

For a year and a half, 53 community volunteers have been working with me on an exciting project. We are putting together an exhibit of the history of the Orlando Jewish community and the many contributions we have made to life in Central Florida. Wit... Full story


Woman director of Rabbinic Placement

The Central Conference of American Rabbis has announced that Rabbi Cindy Enger will become the Reform Movement's director of Rabbinic Placement, effective July 1, 2017. Rabbi Enger will be the first... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 23, 2016

A tale of two Chanukah parties: Obama's last and Trump (International's) first

WASHINGTON (JTA) ­ Weird paradoxes have been packed into Chanukah observance forever. It's the holiday about killing infidels that is now celebrated as a victory of religious pluralism. It's the... Full story


Museum of Jewish Heritage launches International Fellowship Program

NEW YORK—The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, which serves as New York’s Holocaust Museum, has announced an international fellowship program for scholars, museum curators, artists and Holocaust educators supported by a... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    December 23, 2016

Report analyzes five decades of 'increasingly brazen' attacks on U.S. Jews

Nearly 70 percent of the major attacks against American Jews and their institutions during the last five decades have been carried out by white supremacists and Islamic terrorists, according to an... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    December 23, 2016

JP Gala honors community gem, Geanne Share

Please join the Jewish Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m. at Sheraton Orlando North (Maitland) for their Gems and Jeans Gala, as they honor Board members and community 'gems,' Geanne Share and... Full story


Orlando Hadassah presents a Thai cooking demo and luncheon

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah in conjunction with Chef and Restauranteur Sue Manatad presents a cooking demonstration of healthy Thai recipes on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at Congregation of Reform... Full story


Jr. Magic Winter league coming to the Rosen JCC

The Rosen JCC has partnered with the National Basketball Academy, who will be operating the J’s youth basketball leagues. The winter season—which begins Jan. 17, 2017—includes six regular season games, and at least one playoff gave. Each parti... Full story


Celebrate Chanukah on the Park

Chabad of Greater Orlando is hosting the Grand Menorah lighting and unity festival at Central Park on Park Ave., Winter Park. The event takes place on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 4 p.m. There will be Cirque performers, comedy and magic, a fire show, living... Full story


You can't make peace with bad leaders

On one of my first assignments abroad as a rookie journalist back in the early 1990s, I found myself in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, just as the violent disintegration of Yugoslavia was getting underway in earnest. One afternoon, sitting with a... Full story


Trifecta funding partnership to send teens to Israel

As the BDS movement grows on college campuses, and as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activities increase in high schools and in our communities, the American Jewish community is losing ground, losing time, and losing connection to Israel of our Jewish... Full story


The Wild East

The concept is vague and messy in a number of ways. Where does the Wild East begin? On the eastern border of what was Israel prior to the 1967 war? With or without the expansion of Jerusalem legislated by Israel but not recognized by other... Full story


Ellison should be DNC chair because of his views on Israel

Haim Saban is wrong when he says Minnesota’s U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison is unqualified to head the Democratic National Committee. Ellison’s anti-Israel and anti-Semitic lineages do not disqualify him from the position. They more than qualify him. It... Full story


Palestinian statehood: an idea whose time has passed

John Kerry and J Street are worried. They see their cherished dream of a Palestinian state slipping away. Kerry’s criticism of Israel at the Saban Forum Dec. 4 attracted a lot of attention. But the transcript of the U.S. secretary of state’s rem... Full story


Jewish students must realize that SJP is about hate-only hate

When students at Toronto’s Ryerson University Hillel proposed to their Student Union that the university participate in the broader Canadian Holocaust Awareness Week, they did not anticipate the jeers, snickers, and eventual walkout to prevent a q... 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


Genealogy success story: Family memory lost in Sudetenland

I started my genealogy research 18 years ago with the information I had available-not much. My maternal grandparent's marriage record included the names and birthplaces of their parents. The name for... Full story


Ethical dilemmas and so much more

You are selling your car. A prospective buyer offers your advertised price of $4,500. You say yes. It's a verbal acceptance. A few minutes later (before anything is put in writing), another prospect... Full story


CTeens and seniors find common ground

Teenagers and seniors of today are probably farther apart than any other time throughout history. Ask a teenager what game he prefers to play, and he will most likely give you an answer of something... Full story


Potato latkes-so last year! Try plantain latkes with avocado crema

(The Nosher via JTA)—Every year I create a new latke recipe for the Chanukah season. Potatoes are so last year, but inspiring roots and vegetables is the trend now. Plantain chips are among my favorite treats; put a bag in front of me, and it’s ove... Full story


Scene Around

Chanukah is almost here!... "Twas the night before Chanukah, boichiks and maidels, Not a sound could be heard, not even the dreidels, The menorah was set by the chimney alight, In the kitchen, the... Full story


Jewish Academy of Orlando kindergartners pay visit to Savannah Court

This week, the Jewish Academy of Orlando kindergarten students visited Savannah Court in Maitland. Every year, the students perform songs for Chanukah at the senior living community. "It is amazing... Full story


Israel's Junior Mr. Universe credits Orthodox upbringing for success

ZICHRON YAAKOV, Israel (JTA)-Kobi Ifrach stood on a stage in England wearing nothing but gold body paint, a Speedo and an Israeli flag. He had just become the first Israeli to win the Junior Mr. Unive... Full story


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