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Federation Annual Meeting highlights

Several people were honored at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's annual meeting, held Wednesday, Aug. 19 at The Roth Family JCC. "This Jewish community is truly fortunate to have many...

 

Beth Am hosts community-wide S'lichot with Scholar-In-Residence

Few sounds are more mystical and breathtaking than the sound of the shofar heard daily during the month of Elul. And no shofar blast is perhaps more awe-inspiring than the blast heard at the conclusio...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    August 28, 2015

Christian Zionist speaks at U.N.

The Christian Zionist organization Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN) convened a special session at the United Nations in New York City on Aug. 11 to help Christians learn more about the...

 

The current state of anti-Semitism

The Holocaust Center and the Congregation of Reform Judaism will co-host an evening with Emory University professor and author Dr. Deborah Lipstadt on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at CRJ. The focus...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 28, 2015

Jewish groups are all over the map on the Iran deal

(JTA)—Across the United States, Jewish community groups have appeared unsure about exactly how to respond to the Iran nuclear deal. Consider Massachusetts. Three groups in the state last month attempted to coordinate a single statement on the Iran...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 28, 2015

A tally of how Jewish lawmakers are voting on the Iran deal

(JTA)—There are 28 Jewish members of Congress: 26 Democrats, one independent who caucuses with the Democrats and one Republican. Nine of them are senators and 19 are representatives. Nine back the Iran deal, seven oppose it and 12 are undecided....

 

Orlando Chapter of Hadassah opens its 2015 - 2016 season

The summer is coming to an end and The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah is gearing up for a sensational new season of exciting programs. Orlando Hadassah kicks-off its 2015-2016 year on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 with a musical performance by the Michael...

 

A bump in the road turned into a Ride to Conquer Cancer

It all started with a little bump on his neck. Now Jason Mendelsohn is on a mission to conquer cancer and spread the word about human papilloma virus (HPV) related cancer. In April 2014, Mendelsohn...

 

Lone soldier Noa Weil interviewed in IDF magazine

Noa Weil, daughter of Aaron and Sharon Weil, went to Israel a year ago to join the Israel Defense Forces. Recently, she was highlighted in the IDF magazine "B'Machaneh." The following article was writ...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 28, 2015

Will Iran follow the Soviet example?

The nuclear deal with Iran has, inevitably, been accompanied by a large amount of crystal ball gazing among its defenders and opponents as to how the legitimization of Tehran’s nuclear capacity will impact its behavior. Will the Iranian regime...

 

The father of us all

Bruce Feiler has written a really fascinating book titled “Abraham—a Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths.” It tracks the story of this founder of the three dominant faiths in the world today. Abraham, the man, if he did exist (calm down...

 

American justice

The US State Department and Justice Department are wrestling with an issue concerned with a verdict handed down by a Federal Court in New York. It involves a civil suit, brought by American families who suffered injuries and death due to Palestinian...

 

Only fools play tag with the Iranian-Islamic dragon

I was born in Iran, but I fled when I was just 17, leaving my home for the uncertainty of a life without family or friends, and enduring a dangerous desert crossing that forever changed my life. Although I love Iranians, I love the freedom and...

 

Iran 'No' vote need not lead to war

With the Obama administration determined to see the Iran nuclear agreement passed in Congress, and increasingly belligerent toward its critics, many opponents of the deal worry that by continuing to wage what appears to be a losing fight in...

 

Iran deal: From rip-off to swindle?

I didn’t think the Iran deal could get any worse. I didn’t think I would find any more loopholes that would make it even easier for the Iranians to cheat and get away with it. Then, this morning, I read this extraordinary news item from the...

 

What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30...

 

Everyone say 'cheese'!

Recently, professional photographer Rinat Halon of Rinat Halon Photography and Communications devoted an afternoon to taking pictures of residents at Brookdale Island Lake assisted living facility....

 

After Freundel scandal, Washington Jewish women reclaim mikvah with mural

WASHINGTON (Washington Jewish Week via JTA) - When prominent Washington rabbi Barry Freundel was arrested last year for secretly videotaping dozens of women using the mikvah adjacent to his...

 

Obituary - IRVING YOUSHA

Irving Yousha, born Sept. 7, 1933 in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Winter Park, Fla. He was 81 years old. He was a loving, generous, and devoted husband, father, grandfather,...

 

Painting with friends

The Jewish Pavilion's Young Women's Friends Group is off to a great start with events planned every other month throughout the year. On Aug. 13, the young women enjoyed painting on canvas at the JCC....

 

Bar Mitzvah - Jordan Kane

Jordan Kane, son of Joshua and Jessica Kane of Sanford, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Jordan attends Markham Woods...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 28, 2015

Wearing my kippah in Italy-and feeling fine

(JTA)-During my four months studying in Italy in the fall of 2007, you could say I had more than my fair share of strange Jewish experiences. Running late for a train one morning in Florence, I...

 

There's no, no cookin' like slow, slow cookin'

From the Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes book by Laura Frankel Rubbed Brisket Makes 10 servings Brisket is so traditional—how can you improve upon it? My friend Julia makes brisket rubbed with spices, wrapped in foil, and slowly cooked in the oven. She...

 

Scene Around

Dangerous internet?... I received this warning from the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest. (With all the mishagas that's happening in my world lately, this I DIDN'T need!) The heading reads "Online...

 

BBYO leaders recommit to gender inclusivity

On Friday, Aug. 14, the nearly 100 executive leaders of the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG), the high school leadership fraternity and sorority of BBYO, gathered for their annual International August Executives...

 

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