Articles from the December 28, 2018 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 28, 2018

Mattis leaves, argument on the Middle East explodes into the open

WASHINGTON (JTA)—James Mattis is quitting as defense secretary and his extraordinary resignation letter has brought into the open an argument among conservatives on whether to cut and run in the Middle East or whether to stay with no clear... Full story


Danon warns UN: 'If Hezbollah dares to attack Israel, it will bring ruin to Lebanon'

(JNS)-Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday about the threat Hezbollah poses to the Jewish state, calling the terrorist group a... Full story


Salzburg co-pres. of JNF Orlando

Jewish National Fund is pleased to announce Meril Salzburg as the new co-president of the Orlando Board. Salzburg's appointment comes at a critical time, as JNF's lay leadership and professional team... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    December 28, 2018

Israel to intensify fight in Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel will step up its fight against Iran in Syria after the United States withdraws its troops from her neighbor to the north. “We will continue to take very strong action against Iran’s attempts to entrench itself in Syria.... Full story


Students master skills to read from Torah

Second grade students at Orlando Torah Academy reached a milestone this week-they celebrated their Chumash party. Each child received their very own Sefer Bereshit, and the class has begun to learn... Full story


L'dor v'dor celebration at Jewish Academy of Orlando

Jewish Academy of Orlando welcomed grandparents, family and special friends to its annual Generation Celebration. The event showcased the school's academic, technology, fine and performing arts and... Full story


Back by popular demand-COS Men's Club bowling

Join your Congregation Ohev Shalom Men’s Club & Sisterhood friends for Bowl the Night Away 2, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m. at Aloma Bowl, 2530 Aloma Ave., Winter Park. The cost is $18 for two hours of bowling with shoes and... Full story


Jewish Pavilion receives $1,000 grant from CERA

Nancy Ludin, CEO of the Jewish Pavilion, wanted to give special thanks to CERA for their generous grant made to the Jewish Pavilion at their annual holiday party. The Community Education &... Full story


Israel to send time capsule in historic mission to the moon

(JNS)-Israel will send a time capsule along with an Israeli spacecraft on the Jewish state's first mission to the moon in 2019. The capsule will consist of the Bible, pictures of Israeli symbols... Full story

 By Sam Sokol    News    December 28, 2018

ACLU sues Texas over anti-boycott law meant to protect Israel

(JTA)—The American Civil Liberties Union announced that it is suing the state of Texas over a 2017 law prohibiting government contractors from engaging in boycotts of Israel, which is says is an unwarranted violation of Americans’ right to free... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    December 28, 2018

SodaStream CEO says company setting up plant in Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA)—SodaStream is setting up a manufacturing plant in Gaza. SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum made the announcement Thursday at a conference in Jerusalem sponsored by the Israeli business publication Globes. He appeared on stage at the... Full story


Hezbollah tunnels violate Security Council resolution

(JNS)—The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon has confirmed that the tunnels dug by the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah into Israel violate Security Council resolution 1701. “After further technical investigations conducted independently in a... Full story



The idea of Palestine may be somewhere in the dust, but Israel still has problems. There are several cases of recent attacks that were prominent, and the IDF is digging out tunnels coming from Lebanon into northern Israel. Security forces count in... Full story


Open letter to the #MeToo movement

In this year’s Time Magazine’s Person of the Year edition, editor Edward Felsenthal published a letter from 12 of the Silence Breakers (Time Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year). In the letter to Time Magazine the 12 authors tell of the hardship... Full story


Is there no place for me?

Religion does play a part in politics. When John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic elected president in 1960, the rumble was that the Catholic vote was united —there was an underlying fear that “The pope would now rule American politics.... Full story


Raising human spirits

I just came from one of the most inspiring luncheons I have ever attended. Even though this time of year is very busy with luncheons, office parties, and friend or family get-togethers, I am glad I took the time out of my day to be at this one. It... Full story

 By Shaun Ho    Opinions    December 28, 2018

Rethinking ways to counteract BDS on campus

(JNS)—In recent years, anti-Israel movements have spread to college campuses across North America, manifested by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Georgetown University is no exception. Although the BDS movement at Georgetown gained... Full story


Are you a Jew?

Dear Editor: At one time we Jews were about 15 million strong. The past century almost half of us were wiped out. We may be wiped out completely in the future. Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map. Palestinians, namely Hamas, wants to wipe out... Full story


Consider the threats still posed from Syria's borders

Dear Editor: This morning, it was announced that President Trump is considering a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. The reason given is that the terrorist organization ISIS no longer holds territory in Syria, thus the primary objective of 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... Full story


Finishing up Chanukah parties

Jewish Pavilion program director Judy Appleton organized Chanukah luncheons for residents at Allegro Winter Park (below) and The Westchester/Regents Park (left).... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    December 28, 2018

The fast train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv isn't fast and doesn't go to Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM (JTA)-As our train hurtled through the tunnel-my ears popping on the descent-and then burst out into sunlight bathing a landscape of fields and rocky hills, I finally let myself feel impress... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    December 28, 2018

Orlando Senior Help Desk offers free advice

Whether you are a senior or a caring family member, investigating and choosing among the wide range of options available to assist seniors with their special needs and concerns can feel overwhelming.... Full story


Group of incoming members of Congress spend five days touring in Israel

(JNS)-A bipartisan delegation of incoming members of Congress returned to the United States on Friday following a five-day visit to Israel. Reps.-elect Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), Elaine Luria (D-Va.),... Full story


Congregation Beth Sholom Leesburg January schedule

Celebrate Tu B’Shevat and Shabbat with the synagogue that feels like family. Rabbi Karen Allen will begin our observance on Friday evening, Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. with a Tu B’Shevat Seder. This is a short seder celebrating the New Year of the... Full story


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