Articles from the December 30, 2016 edition

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Congratulations to 2017's '8 over 80' honorees

Plans are well underway for The Kinneret Council on Aging's (KCOA) seventh annual 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner that will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017. The 8 over 80 event recognizes individuals over... Full story


Aleppo needs action, not words

(JTA)-Aleppo, one of the world's oldest cities and Syria's largest metropolis, is synonymous with one of humanity's cruelest conflicts-now surpassing the siege of Sarajevo as the deadliest and... Full story


Trump calls for veto

(JTA)—President-elect Donald Trump said a resolution introduced at the United Nations Security Council against Israeli settlements should be vetoed. “As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will onl... Full story


Ellison 'regrets' ties with Farrakhan

Keith Ellison in letter to Conservative rabbis 'regrets' past ties with Farrakhan WASHINGTON (JTA)-In a lengthy letter to the Conservative movement's rabbinical arm, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison said he re... Full story


Prime Minister Netanyahu's Chanukah speech

Citizens of Israel, I would like to reassure you. The resolution that was adopted yesterday at the United Nations is distorted and shameful but we will overcome... it. The resolution determines that the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem is... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 30, 2016

Israel envoy pick shakes up American Jewish status quo

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Nearly six years ago, when President Barack Obama was set to elevate one of his top emissaries to the Jewish community to the Israel ambassadorship, Dan Shapiro asked for-and got-the endorsement of one of Obama's fiercest pro-Israel... Full story


Ruth Darvin meets memory care patients on their terms

The Jewish Pavilion will honor two exemplary volunteers, Geanne Share and Ruth Darvin, at its Gems and Jeans Gala-an evening of gourmet dining, live music, silent auction and inspiring motivational sp... Full story


Kabbalah of sexuality and intimacy

On Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., Chabad of Orlando will be hosting a special evening at the Embassy Suites located at 225 Shorecrest Drive in Altamonte Springs titled "Kabbalah of Sexuality... Full story


Providing food for the holidays to more than 200 students

The Mitzvah Brigade at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood is a volunteer group dedicated to serving the needs of the community, both Jewish and non-Jewish. In 2014, the Mitzvah Brigade adopted Prairie... Full story


The role of Hadassah hospitals

The Tri County Chapter of Hadassah is proud to present a special fund raising event and luncheon with Barbara Goldstein "BG," deputy executive director of Hadassah Offices in Israel, at Temple... Full story


Priests walked into an Israeli yeshiva, and no, you haven't heard this one before

I recently saw worlds being created. My students, 50 Catholic participants in the four-year degree program of the Salesian Pontifical University housed at the Ratisbonne monastery in Jerusalem, together with four priests and I, traveled north to... Full story


What's worrying us

It’s not all Arab terror, clashing demands of ultra-Orthodox and Reform Jews, concerns about what Obama might do in the coming month, Trump in the Oval Office, or barbaric Russians, Syrians, and other Muslims just over the northern border. T... Full story


Oy! What a year!

While as Jews we celebrate our own New Year with a religious flourish for 10 days, usually in the fall, tell me you won’t do at least a little family and friends this weekend. What a year, right? It looks mightily like we will, in this country of o... Full story


Wielding the Holocaust stick

In late November, radical protesters in London attacked a Jewish communal building. As they wrestled with police at the gates, they screamed abuse about “baby killers!” and cried out, “It’s a Holocaust!” According to local media outlets, among the... Full story


Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem: The good, the bad and the unpredictable

President-elect Donald Trump said during his campaign he wants to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. His nominee for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has said he hopes he will work from an embassy in the city. Trump’s transition team has 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 a.m... Full story

 By Toby Axelrod    News    December 30, 2016

Berlin attack highlights divide over refugees in fractious German Jewish community

BERLIN (JTA)-Even before the deadly attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, Jews in Germany were divided in their approach to the arrival of hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Muslim countries... Full story


Orlando Jewish Day School gears learning to the needs of each student

The old educational system has changed. Students are no longer expected to sit in neat little rows and stare at a teacher or a whiteboard an entire school day. Teachers everywhere have abandoned... Full story


Jewish Family Services Orlando has a new look

JFS Orlando, also known as the George Wolly Center, has had some major renovations, thanks to the generous grants the agency has received over the past several months, and E2 Homes, the general... Full story


Bar Mitzvah - Daniel Bernard Kaprow

Daniel Bernard Kaprow, son of Marissa Kaprow, and Philip and Sara Kaprow of Winter Springs, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Congregation Beth Am in... Full story


Scene Around

Remembering Babi Yar... I read this in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest. What a sad, inhuman reminder of another Nazi atrocity we must never forget! I pass it along to you in part.: "On the... Full story


Heartfelt thanks for JP volunteers 

Honorees Lois Silverberg (with husband, Mark) and Jane Edelstein with their awards for exemplary service to Orlando's elder community at the Jewish Pavilion's annual JP Connections Luncheon held... Full story


Relieving caregiver stress

If there were Jewish saints, my sister would probably be one. Not because she is the devoted mother of three girls, or a busy interior designer, managing a business and a family along with community... Full story


Young and old share life experiences at Kinneret

"A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture." - Abraham... Full story


A grand celebration at the Jewish Academy

Grandparents were VIP's at this year's Generation Celebration at Jewish Academy of Orlando On Wednesday, Dec. 21, the last day before the students went on their Winter Break, almost 100 grandparents... Full story


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