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Articles from the December 25, 2015 edition

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 Features    December 25, 2015

Who is this masked Chanukah menorah selfie-taker?

Judy Procell, aka Ms. Chanukah, takes a selfie with the residents at The Westminster....

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    December 25, 2015

Need a ride? JFS Orlando's RIDE program can help

There is a great resource through Jewish Family Services Orlando (JFS Orlando) for older adults and/or people with disabilities who may need transportation to and from various medical appointments...

 
 Features    December 25, 2015

ZOA honors Derek Silver

Every year at their annual gala, the Louis D. Brandeis Award Dinner, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) recognizes one student in the country for his or her pro-Israel advocacy on campus. This...

 
 News    December 25, 2015

Jewish leaders reject IAEA vote

The following is a statement from Stephen Greenberg, chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations: We are deeply dismayed at the vote by the International Atomic...

 
 News    December 25, 2015

Ruderman Family Foundation, Hillel launch partnership to promote inclusion for students with disabilities

WASHINGTON-Hillel International today announced a major new partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation to promote inclusion for students with disabilities at 550 college campuses across the count...

 
 By Caleb R. Newton    News    December 25, 2015

The Jewish say in the issues behind the Republicans' plans to fight global terrorism

Part 3 of a 3-part series The Republican Party’s candidates for the 2016 presidential race have, since the Paris terror attacks on Nov. 13, 2015, and the San Bernardino terror attack on Dec. 2, 2015, placed an increasing emphasis on their proposed...

 
 News    December 25, 2015

Joking aside, Sandler speaks out against anti-Semitism

Famed Jewish actor and comedian Adam Sandler railed against Pink Floyd co-founder and anti-Israel activist Roger Waters during an appearance on the Howard Stern Show on Tuesday. "I'm very...

 
 News    December 25, 2015

Hear intriguing, scandalous tales at the next JGSGO meeting

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) for "Skeletons in Our Closets: Researching a Family Scandal," at the Roth Jewish Community Center, Senior Lounge, on Tuesday, Jan. 19,...

 
 News    December 25, 2015

Community-wide middle school dance

On Jan. 17, middle school students from across the community are invited to attend the third annual middle school dance at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's Harriett and...

 
 News    December 25, 2015

Gear up for MindUP™ at parent information night

MindUP™, a new program and curriculum being taught at the Jewish Academy of Orlando, teaches social and emotional learning skills that link cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and mindful...

 
 By Caroline Glick    Opinions    December 25, 2015

Lessons from the Pollard saga

Even before the dust settled on the happy headlines proclaiming that after 30 years in federal prison, Jonathan Pollard was being released, we discovered that his release wasn’t the end of his sad saga. Pollard’s parole conditions are draconian....

 
 By Eric D. Fingerhut    Opinions    December 25, 2015

At Hillel, fostering a culture of disabilities inclusion

ORLANDO (JTA)—Standing before the burning bush, Moses asks of God, “Mi anochi?” Who am I to be the one who goes to Pharaoh? Though there are many reasons why Moses may have asked the question, a tip-off to what is really on Moses’ mind comes...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    December 25, 2015

On Middle East-Obama, Trump closer than you think

The massacre in San Bernardino by an Islamist husband-and-wife terror team forces us to recognize, once again, that the United States has to choose between isolationism and internationalism in its foreign policy. Put another way, it’s a choice...

 
 By Chris De Souza    Opinions    December 25, 2015

From the editor's desk: Caught on video

By Christine DeSouza It is unbelievable how people rewrite history. On the Israel Video Network (www.israelvideonetwork.com) a Costco smoothie demonstrator was videoed as she proceeded to slam Jews. Standing in front of a food demonstration in a...

 
 By Susie Gelman    Opinions    December 25, 2015

Israel must act now to preserve the two-state solution

WASHINGTON (JTA)—If Israel does not take steps now to preserve the option of two states and secure its own destiny as a Jewish and democratic state, it will wake up one day soon to find out it’s too late. That was the overarching message...

 
 By Sarah Moessinger    Features    December 25, 2015

This is what it's like being a Jew in the South during Christmas

(Kveller via JTA)-I grew up in northern New Jersey where my high school class was at least 20 percent Jewish. The local deli was run by one of my grandmother's former fourth-grade students from when...

 
 Life Cycles    December 25, 2015

Obituary - BERNARD "BERNIE" BEHRMAN

BERNARD “BERNIE” BEHRMAN Bernie Behrman, age 90, of Longwood, passed away at his residence on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. He was born in Chicago, Ill., on July 5, 1925, to the late Abraham and Rose Gran Behrman. Mr. Behrman answered his country’s...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    Features    December 25, 2015

Judy Procell shows best 'selfie' to Jewish Pavilion seniors

This Chanukah season Judy Appleton Procell has been literally putting her "selfie" out there on behalf of the elder-care community she serves as a program director for the Jewish Pavilion. "This year...

 
 News    December 25, 2015

Over 6,000 pounds of food collected for JFS

JFS Orlando announced today that over 6,000 pounds of food were collected and over $7,000 was raised through its Publix Super Markets Charities Fall Food Drive. During the weeks of Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, non-perishable food items were donated to...

 
 Life Cycles    December 25, 2015

Bat Mitzvah - Hannah Lauren Bloom

Hannah Lauren Bloom, daughter of Alan and Diane Bloom of Sanford, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Congregation Ohev Shalom of Maitland. Hannah is in the seventh grade at Sanford Middle School where she was...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    December 25, 2015

Scene Around

A disturbing letter... I received a letter from RONALD S. LAUDER, president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and I pass it along in part to you: "As we close the door on 2015, I am dismayed by the...