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Articles from the May 10, 2013 edition

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 By Ben Sales    News    May 10, 2013

Syria attacks suggest Israel can act with impunity

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Twice in three days, Israeli warplanes entered Syrian airspace and fired on suspected weapons caches bound for Hezbollah—and nothing has happened in response. Some experts are...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    May 10, 2013

The U.S. Holocaust museum at 20: Confronting tough issues

When President Bill Clinton stepped to the podium at the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., 20 years ago, most of the audience no doubt expected him to offer the usual generalities about the importance of not...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    May 10, 2013

Sherman named Teacher of the Year

Seminole County Teacher of the Year Adam Sherman could easily be awarded “Seminole County Mensch of the Year,” as well. Though only 29, Sherman is a seasoned educator who loves his job teaching En...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 10, 2013

Kotel plan loses both sides support

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Following a court ruling in their favor, leaders of an organization pushing for women’s prayer rights at the Western Wall have withdrawn their endorsement of Natan Sharansky’s compromise proposal to expand the egalitarian...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 10, 2013

Can a moderate chief rabbi transform the Israeli Rabbinate? Not really

TEL AVIV (JTA)—To get married in Israel, Dima Motel had to bring his family photo album and two of his ancestors’ birth certificates to a rabbinical court. Then an investigator quizzed his mother...

 
 By Maxine Dovere    News    May 10, 2013

Inside the Claims Conference fraud trial

NEW YORK—More than three years after the discovery of fraudulent activity at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (“Claims Conference”) that continued for about a decade-and-a-half and allegedly deprived Holocaust survivors...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 10, 2013

American labor unions raising millions for Rabin Center

TEL AVIV (JTA)—The museum dedicated to the memory of Yitzhak Rabin raises nearly half its money from labor leaders. It’s just not the labor you think. Members of U.S. labor unions raised $1.4...

 

Aaron Gorovitz appointed to Meritas board and receives honor

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. announced that Aaron J. Gorovitz, a long-time real estate partner with the firm, has been appointed to the board of directors of Meritas, a global...

 
 By Jodi Krinker    News    May 10, 2013

Past JCC employees invite you to the J Ball

Celebrating 40 years is a very special simcha.  The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is turning 40 this year. Over the last 40 years, the JCC has had many fundraisers, but none is as specia...

 

Getting pinned

Jewish National Fund Orlando board member and JNF Doctors for Israel Chair Dr. Shari Yudenfreund-Sujka, left, accepts her coveted Sapphire Society pin from JNF Women’s Campaign for Israel assistant...

 

Combat reservist to speak at Ohev on Shavuot

Sergeant Benjamin Anthony is a combat reservist in the Israel Defense Forces. Born in England, he experienced a brutal anti-Semitic attack that changed the course of his life. He and his brothers...

 

Rethinking the Ruth-Naomi relationship

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Until recently, I thought of Ruth, the heroine of Shavuot, as a positive role model, a woman who made good choices, was strong and fulfilled. But lately I’ve been rethinking this and focusing on the strange dynamics of what appea...

 
 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    May 10, 2013

Do you see a pattern?

By Ed Ziegler The United States is known for welcoming immigrants seeking freedom and a better life. The vast majority of immigrants embrace our language, customs and laws. However it appears that many Muslims have developed a pattern to change our...

 
 By arc Schneier    Opinions    May 10, 2013

Netanyahu must take a page from Sadat

NEW YORK (JTA)—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is correct to describe a new proposal by the Arab League to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks as “a very big step forward.” Yet there will be no serious movement toward peace until Israeli...

 
 By Eric R Mandel    Opinions    May 10, 2013

How much tolerance for intolerance?

Tolerance is justifiably one of liberal Democracy’s most cherished values. But what do we do when tolerance, with its openness to multiple views, permits and even supports intolerance? This is particularly an issue today when open prejudice...

 

How shmita can help us kick the consumerist habit

FALLS VILLAGE, Conn. (JTA)—Judaism is designed to be a person’s operating system, the platform on which other areas of one’s life functions. But for many Jews, religious practice sits on a shelf alongside theater subscriptions, gym memberships...

 
 By Ron Wolfson    Opinions    May 10, 2013

Time to replace programmatic model of Jewish affiliation

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—It’s that time of year, when Jewish institutions pull out their 2013-14 calendars and fill them with events. Many of the programs are very good, with clever names and slick marketing: Jews and Brews, for young Federation...

 

When will CAIR condemn 'terrible crimes'?

Dear editor: The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Tampa, Mr. Shibly, was extremely troubled by a letter from Sandra Solomon, advising us to Stand Strong Against Islam [Heritage Florida Jewish News, April 12,...

 

What's Happening - Friday, May 10 - Saturday, May 18

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of...

 

Soldinger inducted into UM Hall of Fame

My son, Donald Soldinger, head football coach for Miami Southridge High school and then an assistant coach at the University of Miami from 1984-1988 and 1995-2005, was inducted April 11 into the unive...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    May 10, 2013

Pavilion Golf Society outing to help fund Senior Help Desk

Dual residency in London and Heathrow led to the formation of the Pavilion Golf Society here in Orlando. Lloyd Green, an active member of the Jewish community in London, shares a passion for the elderly with Ken Davis, another new member of the...

 

Happy birthday, Israel

The Maimonides Medical and Cardozo Legal societies gathered April 25 at Tim’s Wine Market on Orange Avenue in Orlando to raise a glass for Israel’s 65th birthday. Guests enjoyed Israeli wines,...

 

Obituary - STANLEY MORTAN BALCH

Stanley M. Balch of Clermont died on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. He was 72 years old. A Brooklyn native, Mr. Balch was born on June 30, 1940 to Miriam Goodman Balch and the late Julius Balch. He attended high school in Brooklyn and was a graduate of Cit...

 

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU presents Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age

MIAMI BEACH—On Saturday morning, March 18, 1922—two years after American women received the right to vote—Judith Kaplan, daughter of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, became the first American girl to...

 

Seeking Kin: Bringing Faitlovitch to the screen and relatives back in touch

BALTIMORE (JTA)—A “Seeking Kin” column in April 2012 excited Gal Adam Spinrad—and now the Cincinnati woman has cause to be happy anew. Adam Spinrad has long been fascinated by the legend of...

 

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