Articles from the January 1, 2016 edition

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Building a stronger Jewish community

On Nov. 8, 2015 four conservative congregation's Men's Clubs held an event to honor individuals from each of their participating synagogues for their outstanding leadership with their synagogue and... Full story


Who is going to make Ben's famous challah?

After 15 years, Ben's Bake Shop closed at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2015. No more challah-at least for now. On Wednesday, Dec. 23, Michael Fischer went to the bakery at 7 a.m. to be sure to get some of Ben's... Full story


Important AIPAC briefing at Beth Am

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in partnership with Congregation Beth Am invites the Central Florida Jewish community to a special briefing on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 at 10 a.m. in... Full story


Inspiring Jews we lost in 2015

(JTA)-As 2015 winds to a close, we'd like to take a moment to honor the memories of those who we lost over the past 12 months. From remembering lives cut short by senseless, dark tragedies to... Full story

 By Melissa Apter    News    January 1, 2016

Influential academics counter anti-Israel movement on college campuses

WASHINGTON (Washington Jewish Week)-Alarmed by what they called "Orwellian efforts" to link Israel with a multitude of free-speech issues now roiling American college campuses, a group of influential... Full story


Synagogues on lockdown

For the first time since World War II, two of Europe's great synagogues were forced to shutter their doors to Jews on the Sabbath. The weekend following the horrific attacks in Paris, the streets of... Full story


Repair the World-racial justice on MLK Weekend

NEW YORK-Repair the World, the only organization devoted exclusively to engaging young Jewish adults as volunteers, has launched a special national campaign, Act for Racial Justice on MLK Weekend.... Full story


Russia set to build two nuclear power plants in Iran

Russia has announced that it will build two nuclear power plants in Iran starting this week, Iranian Mehr news agency quoted a senior Iranian atomic energy official as saying on Tuesday. Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    January 1, 2016

Pearls of the Pavilion 'Share' Luncheon with Orlando Ballet

The Jewish Pavilion's *Pearls of the Pavilion luncheon will take on a whole new spin when it is held at the Orlando Ballet on Tuesday, Jan.12. The event is generously sponsored by Geanne Share of... Full story


Orlando Chapter of Hadassah presents 'Saving Heartbeats'

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah will present “Saving Heartbeats” at its luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at Congregation Ohev Shalom at 11:30 a.m. The program “Saving Heartbeats” is a CPR class aimed at teaching the basic life saving... Full story


Maj Madness at the J

Crack! Bam! Jokers! These will be the sounds you’ll be hearing at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando’s 12th Annual “MAJ MADNESS” Mah Jongg Tournament to be held Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The festivities will begin at 9:15 a.... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 1, 2016

The war is getting closer

The most recent Republican presidential debate was a breath of fresh air on the terrorism challenge that is front and center in American politics right now. To begin with, it was heartening to see Jeb Bush, whose quest to secure the nomination is... Full story


Strangers in a welcoming land

December 22, 2015 I didn’t cry when I first saw the Western Wall, but I bawled like a baby when I first visited Ellis Island. I thought about this over the weekend as I watched Brooklyn, director John Crowley’s emotionally devastating adaptation of C... Full story


World leadership

Imagine Donald Trump as the leader of the free world. It may be something we have to get used to. Coming after eight years of Barack Obama, who came after George W. Bush, who came after Bill Clinton, one can wonder what made America great. A... Full story

 By Mik Moore    Opinions    January 1, 2016

Why 'good for the Jews' is bad for the Jews

(JTA)—Ever wonder if Bernie Sanders is good for the Jews? How about Andy Warhol? The pope? 9/11? The Diaspora? Alexander the Great? Drake? The year 5775? These questions and many more have all been asked and answered. Apparently a lot of people still... Full story


What will it take for Iran nuclear deal supporters to admit their mistake?

NEW YORK (JTA)—In the wake of the terrorist sprees in Paris and San Bernardino, world attention has fixated on the danger posed by the Islamic State to the West. While certainly merited, the acronym ISIS is not the only four-letter word to worry a... Full story


The oppression of parking tickets

The Arab journalist whom the New York Times has hired to report on Israel has come up with the most “terrifying” example yet of Israeli oppression: the issuing of parking tickets to Palestinians. The reporter, Diaa Hadid, who describes herself as... Full story


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 a.m... Full story


A good read for the new year: Turning negative thinking into positive outcomes

"Everything's Possible," by Tom Rosenberg Epoche Press Subtitled "A memoir of assimilating, chasing the American Dream, and reclaiming Jewish identity, author Tom Rosenberg stated, "Judaism is a... Full story


Seaman to lead operations at Steinreich Communications

Steinreich Communications, an international public relations firm based in New Jersey, recently appointed Daniel Seaman as its managing director of its Israel office. Seaman brings more than 30 years of communications experience to the firm. He will... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    January 1, 2016

Hamas-Islamic State cooperation adds new layer to Middle East threats

In a region full of challenges and short on solutions, reported cooperation between Hamas and the Islamic State branch in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula-considered by many experts to be the terror group's... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    January 1, 2016

Jewish suspects in Duma attack allege torture at the hands of Shin Bet

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The chain of events is familiar: Israel's security forces detain a terrorism suspect, deny him access to his lawyer and interrogate him. The detainee alleges that he was tortured... Full story


Scene Around

Even I forgot... Before I became a professional singer and a writer of columns, I was a published poet. I completely forgot about that part of my life until just recently when one of my sons helped... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    News    January 1, 2016

Barry Freundel's former DC synagogue trying to move past mikvah trauma

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Though it’s been more than a year since Rabbi Barry Freundel was hauled away in handcuffs for installing secret cameras at his synagogue’s mikvah, his crime still casts a shadow over his longtime Orthodox congregation, Kesher Israe... Full story


Portugal's attempts at Jewish reparations and the modern Dreyfus

Over the past 100 years, Portugal has made sudden, somewhat fitful, unplanned, and as it turned out, cynical proposals accompanied by dramatic announcements of its intention to carry out “historic justice” and make reparations to the descendants of... Full story


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