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Benefit event for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

Renowned mentalist and magician Alan Chamo, AKA “The Mind Hacker,” will headline a benefit event for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Roth Family Jewish Community Center in Maitland. The event will salute the men an...

 

6.4 million students denied free speech by top American colleges

PHILADELPHIA—Millions of students nationwide check their free speech rights at the door when they arrive on campus, according to a new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Spotlight on Speech Codes 2020: The State of Free...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 13, 2019 

Democrats pass two-state resolution in Congress

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Democrats in Congress passed a resolution on Friday saying that only a two-state outcome would bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians. The nonbinding resolution approved largely on party lines has been subject to considerable...

 
 By David Lazarus    News    December 13, 2019 

Motion ordering Jewish student to cancel Israel trip or resign

By David Lazarus MONTREAL (JTA)—A Jewish student leader at McGill University in Montreal was fighting efforts to oust her from the student union for accepting a trip to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Jordyn Wright, a member of the Student...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 13, 2019 

13 countries vote against a UN resolution against Israel

(JTA)—The United Nations General Assembly passed five resolutions against Israel, but for the first time, 13 countries switched their positions and voted against a pro-Palestine measure. The five resolutions passed Tuesday are among 20 against Isra...

 

Jewish Pavilion Chanukah parties

The Jewish Pavilion will be hosting Chanukah parties at various assisted living facilities throughout the holiday. For more information, please call 407-678-9363. Here is the schedule. Friday Dec. 13 noon Grand Villa 2 p.m. Strive Sunday Dec. 15 1:15...

 
 By Gary Schiff    News    December 13, 2019 

This Chanukah, Israel's menorah will be powered by natural gas

(JNS)—Right on schedule, by Chanukah, natural gas from Israel’s Leviathan offshore field will begin to flow to shore. The turn-around in Israel’s energy situation over the past two decades is simply stunning. Just 15 years ago, Israel met 100 p...

 

The Jewish Pavilion is long-time partners with area senior living residences

On a recent visit to Allegro Senior Living in Winter Park, Susan Bernstein, program director at the Jewish Pavilion, had an opportunity to sit down with Allegro's executive director, Debbie Michelet....

 

Learn about Spain's Law of Return

First Coast’s Josh Fisher, a citizen under Spain’s new Law of Return for decendents of Jews exiled in 1492, will speak at the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society’s Dec. 18 meeting. Fisher—who obtained Spanish citizenship through his...

 

Get ready to Crack! And Bam! At the annual Mahjong Tournament

The 16th annual Roth Family JCC Maj Madness Tournament will be held Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Registration has just opened. Participants who are able are encouraged to bring a Mahjong set and/or table cover. Register in person at the Registrar’s desk...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 13, 2019 

Arizona State student government passes resolution to support Jewish students

(JTA)—The undergraduate student government of Arizona State University passed a resolution in support of the Tempe school’s Jewish students. The resolution, which passed Tuesday by acclimation, comes amid public discussion among campus student...

 

Congregation Sinai welcomes everyone to celebrate Chanukah

A Special Chanukah Gathering will be held Sunday, the first night of Chanukah, on Dec. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Chanukah Candle Lighting service with a Latke Party that evening. Congregation Sinai President Jack Gartner announced, “This event...

 

Activists in New York call for an 'intifada in every classroom'

(MEMRI)—At a pro-Gaza rally in Times Square in New York on Nov. 15, speakers called for “an intifada in every classroom” and denied Israel’s right to exist. Nerdeen Kiswani, of an organization called Within Our Lifetime, led a chant that...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 13, 2019 

Linda Sarsour backs Bernie Sanders, but not his support for Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Last month, Bernie Sanders wrote about his support for Israel, calling the nation an “enormous achievement” and “a democratic homeland for the Jewish people.” A few weeks later Linda Sarsour, a prominent Arab-American...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    December 13, 2019 

Could a future US administration undo Trump's new policy on Israeli settlements?

(JNS)—The announcement last month by U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo that Israeli settlements are not illegal was either warmly welcomed or hotly rejected, depending on how you interpret international law. Indeed, recently 107 Democratic lawmakers sent...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    December 13, 2019 

Belgian parade that mocked Jews gives up its UNESCO endorsement

(JTA)—The U.N.’s leading cultural body was scheduled to vote this month on whether to remove a Belgian carnival that had hosted a float seen as mocking Jews from its list of important human cultural expressions. But the carnival’s organizers...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 13, 2019 

Why Israel isn't a top consideration

WASHINGTON (JTA)—It’s the perennial anomaly of Jewish voter surveys: Vast majorities feel an attachment to Israel, but relatively few are thinking about the Jewish state when they cast their vote. On the day of last year’s midterm...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Washington’s Sixth & I synagogue vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)—The Sixth & I synagogue in downtown Washington, D.C., was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti. Michelle Eider, the synagogue’s communications...

 

Arabs and Muslims standing against anti-Semitism

With anti-Semitism skyrocketing, many Jews are finding themselves under attack. At times it can feel that few non-Jews want to stand up in defense of Jewish communities in their midst. Yet three recent events in Europe have given Jews some hope, as...

 
 By Ami Eden    News    December 6, 2019

Bloomberg or Bernie: Which Jewish candidate do American Jews want?

NEW YORK (JTA)-First Bernie Sanders. Now Michael Bloomberg. This cycle's Democratic primary is shaping up to be the all-time greatest troll of white nationalist Twitter-a battle royale featuring both...

 

Competition provides $1 million in grants to combat BDS and Israel delegitimization

By Michele Chabin TEL AVIV-The Genesis Prize Foundation and 2019 Genesis Prize laureate Robert Kraft have launched a competition that will award grants to Israeli organizations on the front lines of...

 

KCOA's 8 over 80 honorees for 2020

The Kinneret Council on Aging, a nonprofit agency that provides ongoing programs and services to residents of Kinneret Apartments, has announced the honorees for their 2020, 8 over 80 Gala to be held on Sunday, March 1, 2020. “This is our...

 

Congregation Beth Sholom in Leesburg December events

Friday, Dec. 13th: Come and join the family-friendly members of Congregation Beth Sholom for a spiritual service beginning the Shabbat. The 7 p.m. service is held at Congregation Beth Sholom in Leesburg located at 315 North 13th Street. Be inspired...

 

Hanukkah Happy Hour

The entire community is invited to enjoy a wonderful Hanukkah Happy Hour at Kinneret Apartments, 515 South Delaney Ave. Orlando, on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The event is free of charge through...

 

Jewish Pavilion Chanukah parties

The Jewish Pavilion will be hosting Chanukah parties at various assisted living facilities throughout the holiday. For more information, please call 407-678-9363. Here is the schedule. Tuesday Dec. 10 3 p.m. Springhills 3 p.m. Westminster Wed. Dec. 1...

 

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