Articles from the December 27, 2019 edition

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Chanukah menorah lights up Winter Park

"Rain or shine, the menorah burns bright! Happy Chanukah night number 1!" said Rabbi Mendy Bronstein when the Chanukah menorah was lit at Winter Park's Central Park as rain gently fell throughout the... Full story

 

'Jews of Florida-Centuries of Stories' brings the past to life

"What Macaulay was to the history of the English, Marcia Jo Zerivitz is to the history of Florida Jewry. She has salvaged the records of the past and turned the struggles and successes of the dead... Full story

 

Rosen receives Leadership award

The Orlando Economic Partnership has awarded its James B. Greene award, the highest honor bestowed by the Partnership to a local community leader, Harris Rosen, president and COO of Rosen Hotels & Res... Full story

 

2020 challenges and opportunities for Israel

JERUSALEM, Israel—Experts at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, an Israeli foreign affairs and defense think tank with close ties to the Israeli security establishment, believe that in 2020 Iran will escalate its enrichment of... Full story

 

Jewish Academy of Orlando partners with Christian and Muslim schools for Multi-faith program

Jewish Academy of Orlando fifth grade students partnered with Muslim peers from Leadership Preparatory School and Christian peers from Geneva School in a day of learning at JAO. The event is the... Full story

 

Shabbat all day long

On the second Friday of every month, Debbie Meitin races from one Shabbat service at a Jewish Pavilion assisted-living facility to another. On holidays, she comes prepared with extra stories and... Full story

 

Altamonte Springs welcomes the new Chabad Jewish Center

On Dec. 8, a crowd gathered in a shopping center on Westmonte Drive to celebrate the opening of Chabad of Altamonte Springs' new facility. Rabbi Sholom Dubov, who with his wife Devorah Leah... Full story

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 27, 2019

With adoption of major spending bills, Congress signals support for two-state solution

WASHINGTON (JTA)—If where you spend your money is the clearest sign of your priorities, Congress seems to be saying that it remains invested in Israeli-Palestinian peace and in robustly supporting Israel’s defense systems. The House of... Full story

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    December 27, 2019

Makers of Krispy Kreme giving tens of millions to Holocaust survivors and education

(JTA)—A major German industry family will donate tens of millions of dollars to support Holocaust survivors and former forced laborers in the Nazi era. In addition to one-time donations to the Claims Conference and individual laborers, the Reimann... Full story

 
 By Sam Sokol    News    December 27, 2019

Turkey allows Hamas to plan terror attacks against Israelis

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Turkish government has allowed Hamas members to use the country as a safe haven from which to plan attacks against Israelis. The Daily Telegraph cited transcripts of Israeli interrogations of suspected Palestinian terrorists in... Full story

 

Political left fights Trump's fight against anti-Semitism

(JNS)—The past week clarified a lot of things about the state of the American Jewish community—and its antagonists. The two assailants who walked into the kosher supermarket in Jersey City on Tuesday and opened fire intentionally targeted Jews.... Full story

 

The ugly untold story of a New Jersey neighborhood

The horrific attack at the Jewish market near Newark a few weeks ago was intended to be a massacre of Jewish children in a Jewish Day School next door to the kosher market. Because of some courageous police work the actual scene of the carnage was... Full story

 

We need to thank the unsung heroes keeping synagogues safe

WASHINGTON (JTA)—When I was about 19 years old, I took my first trip to Europe. I marveled at its beauty, its culture, its history and its architecture. On this trip and many others that followed, I shed many tears as I visited the numerous... Full story

 

Pompeo brings down the House

(JNS)—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned fire on Monday to a large group of House Democrats who lambasted him last month for declaring that Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria are not illegal. In a letter to Michigan Rep. Andy... Full story

 

Johnson's victory spells doom for Democrats

(JNS)—As America suffers through an impeachment circus, Great Britain on Dec. 13 acted decisively, voting overwhelmingly for Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party. The impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump had... Full story

 

A request and an encouragement to the Jewish community

Dear Editor: I encourage everyone to read the article “ Political left fights Trump’s fight against anti-Semitism.” Next I ask you to write a letter to President Donald Trump expressing your great appreciation in his signing an executive... 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... Full story

 

Reenacting the story of Chanukah for the Maitland Chamber of Commerce

The Story of Chanukah reenactment, as told by Nancy Ludin, CEO of the Jewish Pavilion, was a hit at a breakfast with the Maitland Chamber of Commerce. Ludin's unique storytelling style guided the... Full story

 

Golden Globes 2020: The Jewish nominees

(JTA)-The 2019 Golden Globe nominees were announced Monday morning, and the film "Marriage Story," written and directed by Noah Baumbach, leads the pack with several nominations. Here are the other... Full story

 

The Kinneret Chanukah party was one to remember

From 14-month-old Liam Osteen, grandson of Michal Osteen, to the oldest resident Jean Dolan, who claims to be 98-1/2 years old, everyone enjoyed the latkes, music by Walter Goldstein, singing and... Full story

 

When will 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' deal with Midge's privilege?

Critics have long called out “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” co-creator Amy Sherman-Palladino for the lack of diversity in her shows about pushy, fast-talking white ladies. This outcry probably... Full story

 

Heartwarming interaction between generations

Through the Jewish Pavilion planning, the kindergartners from The Jewish Academy of Orlando delighted the seniors at Savannah Court singing Chanukah songs. They presented the seniors with handmade... Full story

 

Scene Around

OH NO! HERE WE GO AGAIN! ... The following is part of a letter sent to Hillel from a parent: "I never thought I would have to write anything like this. When you send your child off to college, you... Full story

 
 By Ben Sales    News    December 27, 2019

Inside the biggest American Shabbat service of the year

CHICAGO (JTA)-Josh Nelson sat onstage in front of 5,000 people, accompanied by eight other musicians and perched next to a ginormous video screen bearing the words to one of Judaism's central... Full story

 

Peace of mind

Stories from the Orlando Senior Help Desk Celeste Thomas was having a wonderful conversation at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast when her phone rang. Her mother's caregiver was going out of town for... Full story

 

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