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Sara Stern is the epitome of human service

Her demeanor is reserved. She speaks softly with dignity and grace. Yet beneath that quiet exterior lays a strength to spearhead many projects that enhanced the Orlando Jewish community. Sara Stern...

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Supreme Court orders Netanyahu to release some details of Sheldon Adelson calls JERUSALEM (JTA)—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must disclose the dates and lengths of the phone conversations he had with billionaire American Sheldon Adelson,...

Eagle Scout project rebuilds Temple Israel fire pit

The Scouts of Troop 641 showed their support of Eagle Scout candidate Steven Kluger last Sunday at Temple Israel. Steven's Eagle project was to rebuild the synagogue's outside fire pit and add...

Jared Kushner on Israeli-Palestinian peace: 'There may be no solution'

NEW YORK (JTA)-If Jared Kushner is the only person who can deliver Middle East peace-as his father-in-law Donald Trump said-he comes off as a reluctant savior. In a speech delivered Monday to a...

JFGO awards $52K in collaborative grants

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) recently awarded more than $50,000 in community collaborative grants to local Jewish organizations and synagogues. The grants are designed to encourage and promote collaboration in the Jewish...

Sarah Halimi, Sisyphus and the denial of anti-Semitic violence

PARIS—It took too long for the French people to recognize the Jewish victim of a brutal April 4 murder by name. After weeks of indifference by media outlets and politicians, French President Emmanuel Macron demanded publicly that the judiciary...

Jared Kushner is right: there's no solution

When presidential adviser Jared Kushner said in a recent private discussion that “there may be no solution” to the conflict between the Palestinian Arabs and Israel, he was just stating the obvious. For nearly a century, self-appointed wise...

No good options for Netanyahu

The last two weeks was not a good time to be prime minister of Israel. A series of unfortunate events led Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make decisions that wound up being blasted from both the left and the right. Those decisions were, at...

Trump's foreign policy: the light and the darkness

As much as President Donald Trump enjoys taking a metaphorical sledgehammer to even the merest of slights against him, there is no reason to repeat the commander-in-chief’s behavior in judging his administration. That there is so much darkness...

Raising the Palestinian flag disrupts a safe space for Zionism

As a child, I spent my summers at Camp Solomon Schechter, a Conservative Jewish camp in Tumwater, Wash., set on the shores of Lake Joshua Stampfer. My experiences at Camp Schechter were central to the development of my Jewish identity and eventual...

Minorities

It’s not yet clear that the commotions surrounding the Temple Mount and the incident in Amman are behind us. An optimist’s view is that two weeks of demonstrations, nastiness from the pinnacle of the Jordanian government as well as the...

Connecting your past to the present through genealogy

A beginner in the Jewish genealogy search, Jane Edelstein recently attended the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conference held in Orlando. This is the first article in a...

Tchaikovsky's Jewish problem

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – While researching his latest one-man show, "Our Great Tchaikovsky," Hershey Felder-a playwright, actor and composer who has brought the loves, torments and soaring music of some ...

How 'The Red Tent' invented a new kind of fiction

(JTA)-Twenty years ago this summer, Anita Diamant-a freelance writer and author of several nonfiction books about Jewish practice, including "The New Jewish Wedding"-was awaiting the publication of...

Scene Around

Do you remember?... The following (in part) was sent to my editor from LAURENCE MORRELL and was passed on to me. (The original author is unknown). Growing up Jewish... If you are Jewish, and grew up...

Why more Israelis are moving to the U.S.

NEW YORK (JTA)-Six years ago, the Israeli government released a series of controversial ads to show its expatriates that they would never feel at home in the United States. But last year, Israeli...

Obituary - FREDERICK COHEN

Written by his daughter, Marion Cohen Schwartz Frederick (Freddy) Cohen passed away on May 18, 2017, at 90 years of age, in Altamonte Springs, Florida. He was born on Jan. 11, 1927, in the Bronx, New York, to David and Sophie (Brand) Cohen. In...

Obituary - NORMAN STANLEY SHERWOOD

Norman S. Sherwood, age 84, of Poinciana, passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Cornerstone Hospice at Orlando Regional Medical Center. A native of New York City, Norman was born on July 21, 1932, to the late Ernest and Lillian Block Sherwood....

Obituary - MARYLIN BERMAN

Marylin Berman died July 7, 2017, comfortably in her home in Maitland from complications of vascular dementia. She was born April 10, 1940, to Leo and Pauline Chaitow in Bronx, New York. Marylin moved to Clearwater/Tampa area in 1941 with her...

Obituary - MILDRED SPRING GOLDBERG

Mildred Spring Goldberg—Malka Sheindel bat Yosef v’Rifka—age 96, of Winter Park, passed away at Faith House in Winter Springs on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Born in New York on May 24, 1921, she was one of two daughters born to the late Joseph...

Obituary - SELMA MARCIA MICOHEN

Selma M. Micohen, age 91, of Winter Park, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at her residence. Mrs. Micohen was born on March 11, 1926, in Portland, Maine, one of three children born to the late Abram and Ida Goberman Berenson. A high school...

Obituary - ANN ESTHER FINKELSTEIN

Ann E. Finkelstein, age 88, of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at her residence. She was born on Dec. 27, 1928, in Paterson, New Jersey, to the late Benjamin and Helen Geneslaw Ginsberg. A high school graduated, she worked...

Obituary - ELIZABETH GOODRICH MICHAELS

Elizabeth G. Michaels—Elisheva bat Feivel v’Shayna - age 88, of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017, at Florida Hospital—Altamonte. A native of Sandersville, Georgia, she was born on Dec. 3, 1928, to the late Phillip and...

Obituary - MOUSSA HALIMA

Moussa Halima, age 76, of Oviedo, passed away at Florida Hospital—Orlando, on Saturday, July 15, 2017. A native of Lebanon and a high school graduate, he worked in retail sales. He was a son of the late Rouben and Esther Zeitoune Halima. Funeral...

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