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 By Amos Yadlin    News    August 31, 2018

Why a former Israeli military intelligence chief stands with the Druze

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Israel's new "nation-state" law, which is widely viewed here as clumsy, unnecessary and unwise, must be amended. That's why I was proud to join tens of thousands of Israelis on Saturday...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 31, 2018

Randi Weingarten wants the teachers' union to love Israel

By Ben Sales (JTA)-The statement, issued the day Israel passed a controversial bill defining itself as a Jewish nation-state, could have come from any number of liberal American Jewish groups. "We...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Israeli equestrian rider withdraws from world championships due to conflict with Yom Kippur JERUSALEM (JTA)—An Israeli equestrian rider has withdrawn from next month’s world championships because the competition will take place on Yom Kippur....

 
 By Charles Dunst    News    August 31, 2018

Progressives have a new definition of racism: prejudice plus power-what does that mean for Jews?

NEW YORK (JTA)—Are Jews too powerful to be considered “victims” of racism? Some progressives think so and have been downplaying accusations of anti-Semitism in light of a debate over prejudice and power. This week, The New York Times took heat...

 

Israelis share firsthand accounts of life on the Gaza border

On Sunday, Aug. 26, Jewish National Fund and The Roth Family JCC will host a town hall meeting about the Gaza border crisis. JNF is bringing three residents of Gaza border communities to Florida, to...

 

Congregation Sinai moves to a new location

Since 2003, Congregation Sinai has been serving the Jewish Community of Central Florida. After providing very successful community service over the past 15 years, they have now moved to 1200 West...

 
 By Lisa Levine    News    August 24, 2018

Appreciating volunteers

As it gears up to celebrate its milestone 18th anniversary at its Gems and Jeans Gala on Oct. 28, The Jewish Pavilion and its Friends of the Pavilion Board are looking back with nostalgia and...

 

Hebrew-speaking therapist joins JFS Orlando team

JFS Orlando is pleased to announce the addition of Dorrit Ram to their JFS family. Dorrit Ram, LCSW earned a masters in social work from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is a licensed clinical social worker experienced in...

 

Orlando Hadassah opens the 2018-2020 season Sept. 4

The summer is coming to an end and Orlando Hadassah is gearing up for another season of exciting programs and fundraising events. We open the season on Sept. 4 at Congregation Ohev Shalom at 11:30...

 

New exhibit coming soon to the Holocaust Center

The next exhibit that is part of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center Fall 2018-2019 Cultural Season is titled Heroes of Warsaw, which will be on display from Sept. 1-Dec. 28, 2018. Us...

 

Iran Action Group created

(JNS)—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday the founding of the Iran Action Group, which will “be responsible for directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department’s Iran-related activity.” “For...

 

Jerusalem hostel blacklists Jon Stewart and others

A hostel in Jerusalem’s Old City has published a list of “haters of Israel” who have been banned “because of crimes committed against the Jewish people,” drawing derision and ridicule from those blacklisted. The Jerusalem Heritage House des...

 

Trump approves largest-ever aid package to Israel

and United with Israel US President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act on Monday, which includes $550 million in assistance to Israel and temporarily halts the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey. This comes amid tensions...

 

If Israel has such bad PR, why does it remain so popular?

The first mention in JTA of the Hebrew word “hasbarah” was in 1988, at the height of the first intifada. The article focused on Israelis and American Jews and their deep concern that the media were distorting the unrest and showing the Israeli...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 24, 2018

Lauder helped make Netanyahu prime minister-now he's opposing him

(JTA)-It's gotta hurt when the guy who used to fund your political career writes two op-eds criticizing you in The New York Times. Benjamin Netanyahu would know-that's what's happening to him right...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    August 24, 2018

Why Israelis aren't as worked up about the Western Wall as Diaspora Jews

(JNS)-The future of prayer at the Western Wall has become one of the most contentious issues among Diaspora Jewry in the past year, mainly as a result of the Israeli government's June 2017, suspension...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Trump says Israel will have a prime minister named Mohammed if there is a one-state solution JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israelis eventually will have a prime minister named Mohammed if there is a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Presi...

 

Congratulations to the 2018 Bornstein Leadership graduates

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Annual Meeting served as a graduation ceremony for the 10 newest members of the Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Program, which is designed to...

 

Federation celebrates 70 years, looks ahead to next 70, at Annual Meeting

"Leadership" was the word of the day when friends and supporters of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando gathered Aug. 5 for the nonprofit's 2018 Annual Meeting. New leadership for the Federation...

 
 By Mark I. Pinsky    News    August 17, 2018

Task Force makes CRJ accessible to all

The Torah teaches, "You shall not curse a deaf person. You shall not place a stumbling block before a blind person." (Leviticus 19-15) Imagine coming to services, but not being able to participate...

 

150 rockets from Gaza hit Israel

As of early Thursday morning, Hamas has fired about 150 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, the IDF stated. The IDF retaliated by targeting a number of sites used by the Hamas and other terror...

 

Kinneret Council on Aging adds to its board of directors

Kinneret I (KI), Kinneret II (KII) and Kinneret Council on Aging (KCOA) recently held its annual meeting and also inducted a new board member. The annual board meeting was held on May 9, 2018 at...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    August 17, 2018

Hamas is taking the region to the brink of war

(JNS)-The security escalation in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip over the last 24 hours shows that Hamas is prepared to take the region to the brink of war, and that it believes it can force new...

 

Swedish Christian Zionists to sail to Israel on solidarity mission

(JTA)—Following Swedish pro-Palestinian activists’ failed attempt to reach Gaza by sea, a Christian supporter of Israel from Sweden announced he would take dozens of pro-Zionists to Israel on his yacht. Stefan Abrahamsson announced Thursday on...

 

Palestinian disinterest in negotiations with Israel

(JNS)—A new poll of Palestinians shows that more than 60 percent agree that the Palestinian Authority should not engage in negotiations with Israel mediated by the United States, according to results published on Monday. Overseen by the Jerusalem...

 

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