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Israeli novelists-young and old

When reading a novel, I focus more on plot and character analysis than the author’s writing style. Yet, when considering two recent works by Israeli writers, the differences in their prose was impossible to ignore. In her first novel, “The...

 
 By Maxine Dovere    News    May 24, 2013

Ex-wife of Ehud Barak works to get troubled Israeli youths off the street

ELEM vans go where the children are in Israel—venturing into dark and dangerous streets. The vans, and the volunteers on them, go to places where already-troubled children—some involved with...

 

IDF captain still yearns to defend Israel

CHICAGO—By the time Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Captain Ziv Shilon realized an explosive device had detonated near him while on patrol near the Gaza border, his left hand was torn off and his right...

 
 By Linda Gradstein    News    May 24, 2013

Knesset member wants to help

JERUSALEM—The Israeli parliament, or Knesset, is quiet on Sundays. The plenum does not meet, and the carpeted hallways are silent. But at the end of one corridor, in Room 2021, there’s a lot of...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    May 24, 2013

Making sense of the Conference

NEW YORK (JTA)—Who knew what, and when? Those are the questions critics are asking following the disclosure that the Claims Conference received an anonymous letter in 2001 identifying several...

 
 By Viva Sarah    Features    May 24, 2013

13 must-see museums in Israel

Israel has more museums per capita than anywhere else in the world. With 230-plus museums (and counting), visitors and locals have the luxury of choosing which topic—art, science, history, design,...

 

SOJC plans Holocaust Memorial at synagogue

The Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation is inviting everyone to submit their family’s stories of both loss and survival from the Nazi Holocaust of WWII. “We at SOJC want everyone to remember history’s lessons in order to avoid repetition and...

 

Nominate a mensch for the Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2013 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented in August at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. “For more than 25 years, individuals who have...

 

Wine and trivia event 'extremely successful'

More than 25 Jewish National Fund supporters gathered at the Women For Israel wine and trivia event hosted by Caryn and Mark Israel at their home in Winter Park. Israeli wine expert Laura Abramson...

 

Lerner family honored at JCC Golf Classic

Lee Chepenik, chairman of the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando Golf Classic, presents Robin and Rich Lerner the JCC Community Leadership Award for their outstanding work, dedication...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Opinions    May 24, 2013

Will controversies hurt liberals' support for Obama?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—What happens when the rabbi who delivered the invocation at your nomination inveighs against you? Three controversies in quick succession have earned President Obama opprobrium from some of his most steadfast liberal supporters,...

 

Lost in the stars

By Andrew Silow-Carroll New Jersey Jewish News First, let’s take a deep breath. Stephen Hawking’s decision to join the academic boycott of Israel may be infuriating, but it’s not the end of the world. On balance, I’ll prefer to remember it...

 

Policy disputes and kulturkampf

Newspaper estimates of the numbers taking part in recent demonstrations tell us something about the ranking of items on the agendas of various sectors. What is impressive is not the precision of such numbers, but great differences in their...

 
 By Matthew White    Opinions    May 24, 2013

Israel divestment vote at UC Berkeley the latest sign of hostile campus environment

April’s Israel divestment vote at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) is just the latest unfortunate expression of how hateful an environment the anti-Israel movement can create for Jewish students and supporters of Israel on...

 

Israel: Don't overreach

By Gary Rosenblatt David Passig, a professor at Bar-Ilan University, is the first to admit that he is neither a prophet nor a seer. Still, his job is to predict the future, based on the new academic discipline of Future Studies. His latest book,...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    May 24, 2013

FDR used IRS against Jewish activists

The news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unfairly targeted conservative groups has brought renewed spotlight on a 2010 lawsuit filed by the pro-Israel group Z Street, which alleges it was also singled out by the IRS when applying...

 

What's Happening - Friday, May 24 - Friday, May 31

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...

 

6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Barbara Walters retiring NEW YORK (JTA)—After 37 years at ABC, Barbara Walters is calling it quits, the network announced. “It’s time,” said Walters, 83. “I keep thinking of the line from ‘Cabaret’: ‘When I go, I’m going like...

 
 By Tal Blumstein    Features    May 24, 2013

For Israeli pianist soldier, the truth (finally) strikes the right key

NEW YORK (JTA)—“You have night blindness,” the Israeli army doctor announced unsympathetically at my pre-service medical examination. “You’re dismissed from your IDF mandatory army service by law,” he said and called the next...

 

Obituary - NAHOUM GIVONI

Nahoum Givoni of Windermere, Fla., died on Monday, May 13, 2013. He was 80 years old. A survivor of the Shoah, he was born in Romania on Feb. 9, 1933 to the late David Sacagiu and Chaya Birenbaum Sacagiu. At 13 years of age he escaped from Romania...

 

Obituary - MARILYN RUTH MILLER

Marilyn R. Miller, of Orlando, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2013. She was 85 years old. Mrs. Miller was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 31, 1927, to the late Samuel and Rose Hershkowitz Jacoby. She was a high school graduate and worked in the...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Chabad center taking in Oklahomans displaced by deadly tornado (JTA)—A Chabad center in Oklahoma City opened its building as a shelter for those displaced by a deadly tornado. The Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma also is collecting...

 

Bar Mitzvah - NOAH BARTFIELD

Noah Bartfield, son of Sharon and Michael Bartfield of Orlando, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood.   Noah excels academically...

 

Bat Mitzvah - VICTORIA LYNN GEISMAR

Victoria Lynn Geismar, daughter of Clifford and Shari Geismar of Oviedo, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Temple Shir Shalom in Oviedo. Vicki is an honor-roll...

 

Bar Mitzvah - SHILOH SHASSIAN

Shiloh Shassian, son of Richard and Michelle Shassian of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Congregation Beth Am In Longwood. Shiloh attends Sanford...

 

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