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JAO second graders support those in need

Jewish Academy of Orlando second-graders raised $961 in a Fun Run to benefit a Habitat for Humanity house. The students later visited the house and presented the check to the organization. The annual...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 22, 2019 

National Jewish group says community relations are in crisis

WASHINGTON (JTA)-An increase in anti-Semitism, an intensification of anti-Israel activity and decades of neglect have created a crisis in the Jewish community relations field, according to the umbrell...

 
 By Lisa Levine    News    February 22, 2019 

A tribute to Rabbi Rubinger

Congregation Ohev Shalom and members of the Orlando community will gather together at the Shabbat service on Saturday, March 9, and at the evening Gala on Sunday, March 10, to honor and celebrate...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 22, 2019 

Trump calls on Omar to resign

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump called on Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to resign from Congress for what he said was her anti-Semitism. “It’s terrible what she said and I think she should either resign from Congress, or she should...

 

DNA success stories from an expert

Noted Jewish genealogist Lara Diamond will share her compelling experiences and extensive knowledge of DNA and genealogy on Sunday, March 17, noon, at the next Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando meeting. The event will be held at the...

 

Discover the J at The J Ball

Once again, one of the most exciting parties of the year is coming March 27-The Roth Family JCC's biggest party of the year-the J Ball. Themed "Discover the J," attendees will enjoy a "prehistoric...

 

What challenges does Islam face in Western culture?

ACT for America Central Florida Chapter is hosting a panel discussion on “Political Islam and Western Culture” on Wednesday evening, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Fellowship Church, 5340 Red Bug Lake Road in Winter Springs....

 
 By Malkah Fleisher    News    February 22, 2019 

Son of Japanese Holocaust hero discovers father's memorial destroyed by Beit Shemesh apartments

(JNS)-The Jewish National Fund was left scrambling to apologize to the son of a former Japanese diplomat who saved the lives of approximately 6,000 Jews during the Holocaust, after a memorial grove...

 
 By Jackson Richman    News    February 22, 2019 

US Mideast peace plan to recognize Palestinian statehood, Israeli towns in West Bank

(JNS)—The United States is expected to recognize a Palestinian state with its capital in eastern Jerusalem as part of its highly anticipated peace plan to solve the 70-year-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an informed source hearing from top...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 22, 2019 

Why these Democratic presidential hopefuls voted no on an anti-BDS bill

WASHINGTON (JTA)—AIPAC sounded relieved by the substantive Democratic backing in the Senate this week for a controversial pro-Israel bill initiated by Republicans. The Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S.1), which the...

 

NAACCHHS is now JTEEN with 3 webinars and a conference in June

Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Network for professionals has officially launched! JTEEN's mission is to serve as a national organization of Jewish teen education and engagement professionals...

 

Jewish Pavilion Is Gearing Up for Purim Fun

The holiday of Purim is a favorite of young and old, a festive celebration that's known for over-the-top fun. For Jewish Pavilion staff, volunteers and seniors, Purim celebrations are one of the most...

 

Growing chorus of leaders calls for punitive action against Omar for continued anti-Semitic tropes

(JNS)—In response to U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s latest anti-Semitic tweets, some groups have already called for official action against her by the U.S. House of Representatives, similar to that against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) over his remarks on...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Mississippi House passes bill banning boycott of Israel By Marcy Oster (JTA)—The Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. Following the 88-10 vote last w...

 

AIPAC Policy Conference 'Connected for Good,' March 24-26

The AIPAC Policy Conference is the largest gathering of America’s pro-Israel community, and will be held this year March 24-26 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 15, 2019

Senate passes anti-BDS measure

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The U.S. Senate approved in a 77-23 vote a bill that codifies $38 billion in defense assistance to Israel and which provides legal cover to states that target the boycott Israel movement. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R...

 

Visit Israel with Temple Israel

Join your friends from Temple Israel on their first congregational trip to the land of our ancestors in 10 years. The trip, which takes place from June 16-26, 2019, is open to the whole Central...

 

MAGAL Purim carnival getting bigger and better

The Meitin Alliance for Growth and Learning, a Collaborative Religious School by Temple Israel and Temple Shir Shalom, presents its annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 10 from 10:30 a.m. to...

 

Iraq war veteran, grandson of Holocaust survivors Elan Carr tapped as anti-Semitism envoy

(JNS)-After a 21-month-long vacancy awaiting the appointment of the U.S. State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, the Trump administration has picked Iraq War veteran and...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    February 15, 2019

How anti-Israel bias in a Boston suburb's public schools is a case study of emerging nationwide trend

(JNS)—Over the past decade, the Boston suburb of Newton has been beset by controversy over how the conflict in the Middle East is being taught in its public schools. The concern over anti-Israel bias in the school system began in 2011, when a...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    February 15, 2019

How should Jewish leaders confront challenge of BDS groups within their communities?

(JNS)-The decision last week by the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council to pass a resolution declaring that any member organization supporting the BDS movement could be expelled from the...

 

J Street U, SJP launch new campaign targeting pro-Israel community

(JNS)—The University of Vermont chapters of J Street U and Students for Justice in Palestine launched a simultaneous attack on the pro-Israel community at the school last week. On Friday, the two groups released corresponding letters blasting the...

 

Jewish, Christian and Muslim students plant trees for peace

Jewish Academy of Orlando fifth grade students partnered with Muslim peers from Leadership Preparatory School and Christian peers from Geneva School in, “Trees for Peace,” a multifaith tree planti...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 15, 2019

Orthodox rabbis compare abortion to murder-and Orthodox women are angry about it

NEW YORK (JTA)—When New York State liberalized its abortion law last week, the Catholic Church and Southern Baptist Convention unsurprisingly released statements slamming the action. And they were joined by two large Orthodox Jewish religious...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 15, 2019

5 Jewish takeaways from State of the Union address

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump linked his actions on Iran to the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, pivoting during his State of the Union address from his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal to a declaration that anti-Semitism must...

 

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