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July 28, 2016 / 22 Tammuz, 5776

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ZOA Florida At Capitol Mission Day

Monday, June 6th, 2016

ZOA Florida attended the recent Capitol Hill Mission Day in Washington. The organization brought one of its largest groups to the event.

The attendees heard from dozens of lawmakers and met with key senators and representatives or their aides.

ZOA Florida urged lawmakers to co-sign the Iran Ballistic Missile Sanctions Act of 2016 (S. 2725 and H.R. 4815) and increased sanctions legislation with S.2726 and H.R. 4992. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is a co-signer of both. They also advocated for withholding funding to the Palestinian Authority so long as incitement and terrorism continue and urged them to block any U N Security Council resolutions that would be dangerous for Israel, especially any actions that grants Palestinian Arabs a state unilaterally.

For more information and updates contact florida@zoa.org.

ZOA Florida constituents meeting with Florida congressman Ron DeSantis (fourth from left).

ZOA Florida constituents meeting with Florida congressman Ron DeSantis (fourth from left).

Shelley Benveniste

South Florida Observes 14th Yahrzeit Of Rabbi Dovid Bryn

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Shabbos, May 14, marked the 14th yahrzeit of South Florida legend Rabbi Dovid Bryn, zt”l, founder of Chabad Chayil and the California Club Shul. Mostly known for his unending acts of kindness and genuine love for every human being, he is truly missed by all who knew him.

Some rabbis are known for their gigantic shuls and temples, but Rabbi Bryn had a much bigger “shul” – one not bound by walls. His shul was in the flea markets, soccer fields of the JCC, and in people’s homes where he spread his love. The rabbi often spent his Sundays in teenagers’ living rooms with a pair of tefillin, inspiring and changing lives.

Rabbi Bryn’s life was tragically cut short at age 40 by Marfan syndrome, a condition that affects the body’s connective tissue. For over a quarter of a century, Rabbi Bryn, the son of Holocaust survivors, courageously battled the fatal disease, yet he managed to minister to, counsel, and save thousands of Jews and non-Jews alike. The rabbi’s overflowing concern for others left no room for him to worry over his own well-being. He lived the equivalent of 120 years of good in a third of the time.

One friend commented on RabbiDovidBryn.org – which was created to remember the his middos and deeds – “If he could breathe, then he would talk to others about G-d’s good, the beauty of a mitzvah, or life’s bright spots. If he could walk, then he would go to share life with others and show a positive perspective as it should be seen. He showed strength not demonstrated by men who appear stronger. He showed love that is only written about…. When I will need an example of the unrelenting power of love, I will think of him.”

In honor of his yahrzeit, the entire community was invited to a special tribute farbrengen at Chabad Chayil and the Dovid Bryn Library to say a l’chaim, reminisce about the good times shared together, and, most important, to talk about how his chesed could be emulated.

To view or share photos or experiences of this remarkable man, visit RabbiDovidBryn.org. To learn about the Special Tribute Torah being written in his honor and purchase a letter, word, or parshah, call 305-770-1919 or visit the website.

Rabbi Moishe Kievman

Rolling Thunder Loves Israel

Monday, May 16th, 2016

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FBI Sting Gets Man Who Planned to Bomb Florida Synagogue

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The FBI arrested a man who was planning to throw an explosive device into an Aventura, south Florida synagogue, WSVN reported. The arrest followed an FBI sting intended to foil a terror attack at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, last Friday evening. According to WSVN, FBI agents posing as terrorists stopped the suspect, who may have converted to Islam.

According to sources, the suspect wanted to throw “some type of explosive device” over the wall of the center on Friday night, which was the last day of Passover and the center was crowded.

“I think about, before we had a baby, that we used to go there for services, and God forbid, it could have been us,” local resident Stephanie Levine told WSVN. “Thank God they stopped him, but had they not, it would have been such a horrible thing to happen to this neighborhood.”

But the same sources said the center was not in danger at any time, because the suspect was taken into custody before he was able to cause any damage.

“Of course it surprised me,” local resident Richard Levinson told WSVN. “Everybody says, ‘I live in a small town. It doesn’t happen here,’ but the sad part is, it happens everywhere.”

And local resident Kim Tepper said she was not surprised, because “it’s a very scary world, and you know what? I don’t think that anybody is safe anywhere. We’d always thought, living in this area, that we could be targeted, so now you’re kind of confirming that for me. Not happy.”

The suspect will appear in federal court this week.

David Israel

Mezuzahs Broken and Stolen at Chabad of East Boca Raton

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Someone broke and stole two mezuzahs from the Chabad Center of East Boca Raton in Florida. But it’s not yet clear whether the perpetrator was thief or an anti-Semitic vandal.

“It’s very shocking and disturbing,” Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Ruvi New told WPTV said. “Jarring.”

The vandals stole and broke two mezuzahs from the center last weekend. This past Friday the rabbi replaced a mezuzah at the main entrance to the Chabad House, the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism (CFCA) reported.

The rabbi described the purpose of the mezuzah as “an ancient security system.” He said Jewish tradition notes that mezuzahs are to be placed on doorways to provide protection to those entering and leaving.

The two outside the rabbi’s Chabad center together were worth approximately $500.

A spokesperson for Boca Raton police has said the case has not been classified as a hate crime thus far. An investigation has been launched.

Hana Levi Julian

Spirit Airlines Flight Cancelled Due to Smoke

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

An Airbus 321 en route to Ft. Lauderdale, FL from New York’s La Guardia Airport on Saturday never made it off the runway.

Spirit Airlines Flight 197 was at the gate and preparing for departure when its 228 passengers and crew of seven started seeing smoke coming from the left side of the plane. The crew safely evacuated all passengers from the plane, officials said.

Firefighters who responded to the scene allegedly did not find any smoke, according to a police spokesperson from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

According to a statement released by Spirit Airlines, “The APU, a generator which provides electricity to the plane when it’s on the ground, automatically detected the issue and immediately turned itself off. All passengers safely exited the plane… “

The airline was working to rebook its passengers.

Hana Levi Julian

Suspected Murderer of Rabbi Joseph Raksin, z’l, Arrested in Miami, FL

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

On Chanukah as we celebrate the miracle of both revealed and hidden light, the family of Rabbi Joseph Raksin has merited the miracle of closure: an arrest in the murder of their loved one.

The Miami Jewish community saw that which was hidden become revealed when police arrested a suspect in the murder of Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yosef Raksin of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

The rabbi was attacked while visiting his granddaughter in the South Florida Jewish community. Hundreds attended his funeral in New York, and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office vowed never to give up on his case.

Miami Jewish community members also had posted a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects who attacked the rabbi.

Now, as his family celebrates the miracles of the Festival of Light, their own closure is becoming a reality with the arrest of 15-year-old Deandre Edwin Charles after a 16-month-long investigation.

The teen allegedly encountered the rabbi as he walked to synagogue on the Sabbath morning of August 9 after a robbery spree, while Charles was age 14.

The rabbi carried no money, in accordance with Jewish customs on the Sabbath; Charles left the scene empty-handed after allegedly shooting Raksin to death.

The teen was cuffed on Wednesday and was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of first-degree murder, which means he will be tried as an adult, 7News reported.

Hana Levi Julian

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