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Weiss-a wise choice for judge

Weiss-a wise choice for judge

If Kevin Weiss could only pick one word to blaze across his wall, that word would be justice. "I'm an idealistic type of person," Weiss told The Heritage. "I like to help people and if I see an...

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Boxer reintroduces enhanced Israel ally bill with broad support WASHINGTON (JTA)—Citing the Gaza war as a catalyst, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) re-introduced with broad bipartisan support a bill that would enhance U.S.-Israel strategic ties....

UC president urged to intervene in student BDS battles

NEW YORK—Emotionally charged student government debates over resolutions urging divestment in companies doing business with Israel have become a perennial distraction across the University of California system, and the head of a prominent...

Beth Am presents Disaster Preparedness workshop

Congregation Beth Am in Longwood, Florida, in conjunction with the Orlando Church of Christ, the Seminole County Department for Emergency Management, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the Seminole County Department of Public Safety will...

Tunnel vision: Why Hamas' tunnels are the new front in the war with Israel

(JTA)-Until this latest war, if you asked most Israelis about the threat from Gaza, they would probably start talking about Hamas rockets. But that has changed over the last few days of fighting, for ...

The higher their numbers the more they demand

Anyone who follows the actions in the Middle East or Islamic communities readily becomes aware that Muslims continuously make demands on their non-Islamic neighbors.  One would assume they come to westernized countries like the U.S. for a better...

The goal must be demilitarization

A simple cease-fire in Gaza would give Hamas time to re-arm and renew its terrorist activities. The demilitarization of Gaza would put an end to Hamas’s terrorist activities. Which goal makes more sense? President Barack Obama and Secretary of...

Standing side-by-side with Israel

This week, I had the honor and privilege to lead 57 international Jewish community leaders from 22 countries on a solidarity mission to Israel, where we were joined by 21 Israeli leaders and World Jewish Congress staff. The fact...

Seven showed up, where was the rest of the Jewish community?

Dear Editor: To say I am totally disappointed in the leadership of the Jewish community of greater Orlando would be putting it mildly. With the current situation that has been taking place in Israel for the last two weeks, not one word, not one act...

Against anti-Semitism, self-defense is no offense

The debate about whether Jews have a future in Europe has once again surfaced, as Israel’s Operation Protective Edge gained momentum in response to Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza. The two issues are connected for a simple reason: on July 13, a...

Israel needs an 'Irony Dome'

It boggles the mind to think that a determined, Jew-hating terror army would fire more than 1,000 rockets at Israel over seven days and inflict so few casualties. I wonder what must be going through the minds of those Hamas terrorists right now:...

Accusations against Israel latest disservice to coiner 'genocide'

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims Israel is carrying out “systematic genocide” in Gaza. South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), asserts that Israel’s actions in Gaza “remind [us] of the...

Sneakers on Tisha B'Av: when spirit and letter collide

The wider world of traditional Judaism is moving in fits and starts toward a renegotiation of the terms of halakhic observance. At question is the importance of social change in the understanding and ...

From grizzly bears to Gaza rockets: Alaskan olim head for Israel

By Uriel Heilman (JTA)-Rebecca Scoggin lived in a lot of places growing up: Juneau, Nome, Fairbanks, Homer, Anchorage. But except for the two years she lived in Seattle after high school, she never...

Scene Around

From passionate lovers... Okay, I'll finish the sentence! We went from passionate lovers to angry roommates! Of course I refer to my spouse and myself as we get ready to celebrate our 54th wedding...

Obituary - SHERYL MARISSA POPE

Sheryl M. Pope of Orlando passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at her residence. She was 24 years old. A native of Orlando, she was born on Feb. 8, 1990, to Barry and Ami Koenig Pope. Ms. Pope attended Orlando area schools and worked as a...