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Eagle Scout honors Jewish War Veterans

Temple Israel Sisterhood Membership Tea and Book Club

The 2016-17 year for Temple Israel Sisterhood will commence with a membership tea held on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. in a private home. It will be an afternoon of socializing with old and...

Turkey, Israel reportedly to sign reconciliation deal

(JNS.org)—Turkey and Israel are reportedly expected to sign a reconciliation deal before September, the Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Israel is cooperating with Arab nations, Foreign Ministry Director says Israeli diplomacy with...

Two separate congregations create klal Israel under one roof

It started with a bar mitzvah. A Temple Shir Shalom (TSS) family using Temple Israel's facilities for their son's bar mitzvah commented to fellow members of their congregation how spacious the...

Pelli steps down Hanson steps up

Dr. Moshe Pelli, whose name is almost synonymous with the Interdisciplinary Judaic Studies Program at the University of Central Florida, has stepped down as director of the program. However, he is...

HaZamir Orlando to hold auditions

The newest chapter of HaZamir: the International Jewish High School Choir, HaZamir Orlando, conducted by Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer, will hold an Open House and auditions, no preparation necessary, for teens interested in joining for the 2016-2017...

The stakes couldn't be higher: It's time to let education innovation and opportunity thrive

Imagine a bi-partisan commission focused on one of America’s most pressing national issues. Imagine a consensus opinion on what needs to be done to save generations of American youth-at-risk. Now imagine ignoring those recommendations....

Why progressive Jews mustn't give up on Zionism

By Gideon Aronoff, Ken Bob, Josh Weinberg and John Rosove NEW YORK (JTA)—As progressive American Zionists, we take seriously the critique of Israel and Zionism by professors Hasia Diner and Marjorie N. Feld, contained in their Aug. 1...

Unsportsmanlike conduct

I hosted a Christian journalist recently. She wanted to visit a “settlement” to see for herself what life is like, to understand better the Jewish connection to biblical Judea and Samaria, and actual life on the ground. What she learned,...

The public shame of three Muslim leaders

In late March 2016, Rabbi Barry Silver reached out to his Muslim friends Wilfredo Ruiz (CAIR), Professor Bassem Al-Halabi (ICBR Mosque), Deputy Sheriff Nezar Hamze (CAIR), and former Israeli Army Officer David Shimon to have a panel discussion on...

The Olympics

Politics isn’t everything. There’s also sport. Anyone who’s visited Rome’s Coliseum, or the remains of Greek amphitheaters around the Mediterranean, knows that its capacity to divert has been with us for a long time. We’ve moved beyond...

Lessons learned through an Israeli health-care debacle

When I made aliyah over a year ago, I was warned that it would be hard. With no family here, many people gave me their contact information and an open invitation for any assistance when needed. But for me, for the first year, it really wasn’t all...

Eagle Scout honors Jewish War Veterans

Eagle Scout Daniel Brown of Boy Scout Troop 641 in Maitland chose the Temple Israel Cemetery as the beneficiary of his recently completed Eagle Scout Service Project. Daniel was inspired on the...

Rosen Hotels opens new event space

The Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista Hotel, part of the Rosen Hotels & Resorts family, has unveiled 2,400 square feet of new indoor event space specifically designed for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs,...

Raising Christian money for Jewish causes, a star rabbi earns praise and scorn

PARIS (JTA)-The summer drizzle that soaked the French capital did little to dampen Yechiel Eckstein's enthusiasm as he arrived recently with his wife Joelle at the city's Great Synagogue for a...

'Beverly Hills, 90210' is inspiration at Jewish charity benefit

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. (JTA)-Back in the 1990s, the Fox series "Beverly Hills, 90210″ tackled eating disorders, gun safety, addiction and AIDS in a tone so earnest that it seems quaint in the era...

A 12-year-old hurler always walks on Shabbat, so his teammates pitch in

By Hillel Kuttler NEW YORK (JTA)-Jacob Steinmetz delivers the game's final pitch on a heavenly Tuesday night, producing a neatly turned double play to wrap up a 10-0 victory for the Brooklyn...

Three baseball books from some veteran Jewish observers of the game

(JTA)-For many, summer is all about the three B's: baseball, beaches and books. With the weather and pennant races sizzling, two journalists and the mayor of baseball's mythical home village of...

A rabbi's take on 'Harry Potter'

(Kveller via JTA)—This summer, as I put my 8-year-old on the bus to sleepaway camp, he turned to his friend and said, “Let’s get on the bus quickly before our parents can say goodbye and be so embarrassing.” As they ran toward the bus, I...

Watermelon steak topped with chickpea and feta salad recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-A warm night, a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean and a big bowl of watermelon with feta cheese: If we had to take a guess, that would be our mom's definition of the perfect...

Scene Around

This is troubling to me. "A final solution?"... I received the following in the mail from the World Jewish "ACongress (WJC) digest. I pass it along to you: "World Jewish Congress President Ambassador ...

Engagement: Jessica 'Jess' Lander and Nick Reinell

Hank and Suzanne Lander of Casselberry, Fla., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica "Jess" Lander, to Nick Reinell, son of Fred and Vicki Reinell of Napa, California. The...

Obituary - STUART PAUL BERNSTEIN

Dr. Stuart Paul Bernstein of Belle Isle, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was 83. “All my dreams came true,” Stuart said again and again, referencing his 58 year marriage to his wife, Ruth, their family...

Obituary - MARJORIE L. BLAU

Marjorie “Margie” Blau, age 90, passed away on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. Margie was born in Detroit, Michigan, on May 9, 1926, to the late Myren and Bess Popkin Landsberg. In 1948, Margie and her...

Obituary - YAFFA MAGIER

Yaffa Magier, age 96, passed away at Horizon Bay—Altamonte Springs, on Wednesday, July 31, 2016. A native of Izza, Czechoslovakia, she was a Holocaust survivor, working as a laundress in Auschwitz. Her parents, Chaim and Blima Steinberg...

Obituary - JAMES C. STANEK JR.

James Cornel “Jay” Stanek, Jr., age 63, of Clermont, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at Florida Hospital—Orlando. Jay, a native Orlandoan, was born on June 16, 1963, to Beulah Faye McDonald and the late James C. Stanek, Sr. He was the...

Obituary - MARTIN DAVID SCHWAM

Martin David Schwam, age 76, of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, at Cornerstone Hospice at Orlando Health. He was born on May 21, 1940, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Abraham and Bessie Goldstein Schwam. On Dec. 21, 1963, in New...

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