Articles from the December 29, 2023 edition

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The Wilfrid Israel Memorial… 'Gaza'

The Wilfrid Israel Memorial was never intended to be an interpretive memorial for the Gaza War. Yet, for some, it has become just that, the first De-Facto Gaza Memorial in Israel. The Gaza War ...

 

9 stories that defined our Jewish year before Oct. 7

By Ben Sales (JTA) — On Oct. 6, JTA led its morning newsletter with an article that had long been in the works — and that we expected to drive conversation in the days ahead: It was a profile of a Jewish dad in Florida who had pushed to ban...

 

A mother's forgiveness

(JNS) - Iris Haim on Wednesday told the Israeli soldiers who accidentally killed her son in the Gaza Strip on Oct. 15 that she doesn't blame them for the tragedy. "I wanted to tell you that I love...

 

Birthright back in business

(JTA) — Birthright Israel on Tuesday announced that it would resume its free, 10-day educational trips to Israel in January after suspending them amid the ongoing war with Hamas. Around 350 participants, students and young adults primarily from...

 

January events at the Rosen JCC

School Out Days When schools close for the holidays it can be a magical time. But the school schedule doesn’t work for some working families. The Rosen JCC offers School Out Days. When OCPS schools close, School Out Days give families a place...

 

Jewish Pavilion celebrates Chanukah around Orlando

Senior Program Director Susan Bernstein and Jewish Pavilion volunteers were busy celebrating Chanukah with senior residents of 10 assisted living facilities.... Full story

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 29, 2023

House calls on MIT, Harvard presidents to resign over campus antisemitism, with 125 Democrats voting against

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives called on the presidents of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to resign after they declined to say clearly in a congressional hearing that their schools would take...

 

Blinken: Not in world's interest for war to end with Hamas in power

(JNS) — Hamas should be removed from power when the conflict in Gaza ends, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a year-in-review press briefing at the State Department on Wednesday. “Everyone would like to see this conflict end as...

 

Israeli forces recover bodies of three hostages from Gaza

(JNS) — Israel Defense Forces soldiers have recovered the body of hostage Elia Toledano, the IDF announced on Friday morning. The body of the 28-year-old Toledano was identified by medical and rabbinical officials as well as the Israel Police. The...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    December 29, 2023

Lincoln Memorial vandalized with 'Free Gaza' graffiti

(JTA) — The Lincoln Memorial closed temporarily on Wednesday after its steps were vandalized with graffiti reading “Free Gaza” in multiple places. U.S. Park Police are investigating the graffiti, which was discovered Wednesday morning at the...

 

The shame of the Red Cross

There are reports circulating Israel of high-level talks involving negotiations to release more of the hostages brutally kidnapped by Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7 and held captive in Gaza since. Reports of the hostages’ conditions from the 100+ who...

 

The war in Gaza was started and is prolonged by Hamas

By 5 p.m. EST., on Tuesday, Dec. 19, the U.N. Security Council was supposed to vote on a resolution to stop the war in Gaza to deal with the humanitarian crisis in the enclave. By 3:45 p.m., word came out the vote was delayed for a day and is...

 

Apology to the dead

(JNS) — An Israeli mental-health professional shared with a small group of visiting Americans how the remains of those who were savagely murdered on Oct. 7 were lovingly handled. Breathing slowly, she described how ZAKA, the volunteer...

 

VIEWPOINT: The importance of human relationships in a time of grief

I suddenly woke up this morning at 3:16 a.m., and knew I had to write this article. I recently went on a trip to Israel. The country is in the middle of a war and the people are grieving. I went with a Christian organization, CityServe, and also...

 

Stop talking about Israel's 'right to exist'

(JNS) — Recently, I attended a dinner given by a major pro-Israel organization. It was the first since COVID and the turnout was great. There were old and new friends, Jews and non-Jews, Democrats and Republicans. It was wonderful and uplifting in...

 

U.N. should force Hamas to surrender

Dear Editor: The United Nations was formed with the idea, after defeat of the Nazi savages, that the peoples of the world would get together to stop or preferably prevent organized acts for mass murder anywhere in the world. This has not happened....

 

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.,...

 

Part lullaby, part prayer - Lulu

(JNS) — On Dec. 16, our rabbi announced that Avi Lulu of Kibbutz Kfar Aza, who spent Chanukah with us in Palm Beach, Florida and returned to Israel on Dec. 11, had telephoned him the previous day to tell him that his son Alon Shamriz had been one...

 

The double standard of free speech may cost one doctor his career

There is a petition circulating, initiated by Defenders of Free Speech, to stand with Dr. Darren Klugman, who is a doctor and professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. On Oct. 7, Dr. Klugman spoke out about the atrocities committed...

 

We are all Sderot

(JNS) — The city of Sderot is located less than a mile from the Gaza Strip. Some 90 percent of the town’s 30,000 residents fled on Oct. 7 after Hamas invaded southern Israel. My wife’s cousin Ilan is currently stationed with his IDF infantry...

 

Rabbi David Wolpe: 'I am hopeful that Harvard is not a lost cause'

(JNS) - David Wolpe, rabbi emeritus of Sinai Temple, a conservative synagogue in Los Angeles, joined Harvard University's Antisemitism Advisory Group in the hopes that he could persuade the school...

 
 By Joshua Marks    News    December 29, 2023

IDF hits over 300 targets in Gaza; hundreds of terrorists surrender

(JNS) — Israeli ground, air and naval forces struck more than 300 targets in the Gaza Strip over the past day, causing heavy Hamas casualties and destroying terror infrastructure, the Israel Defense Forces reported on Wednesday morning. Paratrooper...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Extra time in the hospital to get stronger

Sometimes, your loved one is going to be discharged from the hospital, and you feel that person is not ready to come home. You can refuse discharge. Every state has a quality innovation network quality Improvement Organization. These government...

 

Red Cross facilitating Palestinian terror payouts

(JNS) — Since Oct. 7, the International Red Cross has been helping imprisoned Palestinian terrorists receive controversial stipends from the Palestinian Authority, according to Israeli NGO Palestinian Media Watch.  According to...

 

Assad: 'No evidence six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust'

(MEMRI via JNS) — The Jews “who came to Palestine” are pagan Khazar converts, not the Children of Israel, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a Dec. 18 speech posted online by the official Syrian Arab News Agency and translated by the Mid...

 

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