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 By Yaakov Lappin    News    October 18, 2019 

Leaving Syria: A blow to US deterrence, a boost to Middle East Islamists

(JNS)-The decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull back troops from northern Syria in the face of a likely Turkish offensive against Kurdish forces is a blow to American deterrent power in the...

 
 By Ariel Kahana    News    October 18, 2019 

Foreign Minister Israel Katz: 'The days of the Ottoman Empire are over'

(Israel Hayom via JNS)-Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz has ordered his office to draw up plans to stop the Turkish government's efforts to undermine Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem and protect...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 18, 2019 

Gunmen kill 2 on Yom Kippur

(JTA)—At least two gunmen opened fire on a synagogue during Yom Kippur services and a kebab shop in Halle, a town in eastern Germany. The shooters reportedly were from the far right. The masked gunmen reportedly were repelled by the synagogue’s...

 
 By Pam Ruben    News    October 18, 2019 

Pavilion honors Sharon Littman

Life is all about family for Maitland’s Sharon Littman, Jewish Pavilion Friends Board member since 2014 and this year’s ‘Gems and Jeans’ gala honoree, to be held on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. at the Westin, Lake Mary. This familial affection...

 

Visiting professor Golan teaches students about puppets and play

From bowling to Harry Potter studies, golf to wine tasting, UCF offers classes for all interests. Theatre students now get the chance to create stories using odd objects and puppets. Students...

 

Roth JCC presents an evening with cookbook author

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, The Roth Family JCC will host Adeena Sussman at its Visiting Authors Series. The event will take place from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the JCC. Sussman is the co-author of 11 cookbooks,...

 

Jewish Academy mascot 'Mac The Bee' visits the JCC

Jewish Academy of Orlando Mac the Bee returned to the Roth Family Jewish Community Center with much fanfare.   Students and faculty of Jewish Academy of Orlando and the Early Childhood Learning...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    October 18, 2019 

The German synagogue shooter was a far-right extremist-here's why that's rare in Europe

(JTA)-The identity of the German synagogue attacker may have sounded familiar to American Jews, who have endured multiple attacks by far-right extremists over the past year. But the suspect's...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    October 18, 2019 

Jewish and pro-Israel groups react to Trump's decision on Syria and the Kurds

(JNS)—Jewish and pro-Israel groups reacted unfavorably to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Sunday evening to withdraw U.S. forces from northeast Syria, ahead of an expected invasion by Turkey against Kurdish forces. The White House...

 

In Israel, 70 young pastors participate in 'Global Day of Prayer for Jerusalem'

(JNS)—Eagles’ Wings, a nonprofit New York-based evangelical movement, hosted a “Global Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem” on Sunday, bringing together 70 millennial pastors from the United States, Canada and Brazil to Israel, many for...

 

Major Swedish party calls for banning circumcision in the country

(JNS)—A major Swedish political party has voted to change its official stance in favor of banning circumcision. The Swedish Centre Party tally at its annual meeting was 314-166, overturning the 18-member party board’s unanimous rejection of the...

 
 By Yori Yalon    News    October 18, 2019 

Teens help excavate Bronze Age 'megalopolis' in northern Israel

(Israel Hayom via JNS)-A 5,000-year-old metropolis, the largest uncovered in Israel to date, has been excavated near Ein Iron, northeast of Hadera. The city, which dates back to the Early Bronze Age (...

 

Let Pollard move to Israel

B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman has issued the following statement: The heavenly gates are closed; the book of life is inscribed. Another judgment day has passed. And Jonathan Pollard, a convict who spent 30 years in...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 18, 2019 

How Pittsburgh changed the way Jews think about security

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Here's the sad paradox of the shooting nearly one year ago at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue: The killing of 11 worshippers, the worst attack on Jews in U.S. history, hit a...

 

US lawmakers to press White House on Israeli-Palestinian economic opportunities

(JNS)—Members of Congress spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last week to recount their experiences of an “untold story of hope and opportunity” they encountered in Israel in August as part of a congressional tour...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Hundreds of etrogs held up at airport in England over new import regulations By Marcy Oster (JTA)—Hundreds of etrogs, the citron fruit used for the holiday of Sukkot, were seized at an airport in England. The Animal and Plant Health Agency held up...

 

Schumer, Pelosi to address attendees of J Street

(JNS)—U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic members of Congress and elected officials plan to address the annual J Street National Conference later this month, also...

 
 By Ellie Rudee    News    October 18, 2019 

UNRWA must evolve or dissolve, says General Assembly

By Ellie Rudee (JNS)—“Direct pressure” by donors is the most likely way to induce the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to change, former UNRWA general counsel James Lindsay told JNS as the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly came...

 
 By Wendy Levine    News    October 18, 2019 

Connecting, sharing and caring

Even the best of medical care doesn’t change the challenges of loneliness, identity and belonging. The caring staff members and volunteers of the Jewish Pavilion bring Yiddishkeit to the door or bedside of Jewish people living in assisted living...

 

Right-wing parties decide to stick together as unity talks flail

(Israel Hayom via JNS)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Wednesday with leaders of parties from the right-wing bloc to discuss the future of negotiations to form a unity government...

 

IAC is on the move with many events and the IAC National Conference

IAC Orlando regional manager Idit Lotringer has a full calendar of events through next May for the Israeli-American Council in Orlando and she has a new program manager to assist her. Ziva Kurlansik...

 

Call to cancel SJP conference

(JNS)-Amid increasing concerns over Israel-related anti-Semitism found on college campuses, the anti-Israel group National Students for Justice in Palestine announced its upcoming national conference...

 
 By JTA Staff    News    October 11, 2019

JTA launches Hebrew website

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has launched a Hebrew-language website and syndication service aimed at the Israeli public. The service features original Hebrew articles and videos with Hebrew translations of items published in...

 

Carolyn Dorfman Dance to perform at Dr. Philips High School

Carolyn Dorfman Dance, a premiere modern dance company based in New Jersey and New York City, will make a special appearance in Orlando at the Dr. Phillips High School Auditorium, 6500 Turkey Lake Road, on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. One of the...

 

Jewish Academy of Orlando students observe Tashlich

On Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, students at Jewish Academy of Orlando observed Tashlich. While transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, first, and second graders attended a service on campus, grades 3-5...

 

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