Articles from the January 2, 2015 edition

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Meet the 2015 KCOA '8 over 80' honorees

Plans are well underway for The Kinneret Council on Aging's (KCOA) fourth annual 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner that will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015. The 8 over 80 event recognizes individuals over... Full story


CRJ joins 92Y Live partnership with COS and Roth JCC

Back for it's fifth season, the 92Y Live series promises to be bigger and better than ever with the added partnership of Congregation of Reform Judaism. CRJ approached the Roth JCC and Congregation... Full story


Israeli Palestinian poll, Dec. 2014

JERUSALEM— These are the results of the most recent poll conducted jointly by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in R... Full story

 By Barbara Slavin    News    January 2, 2015

More Syrian refugees coming to America

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard says the United States will dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees allowed to resettle permanently... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    January 2, 2015

Seeing need, Yechiel Eckstein's Christian and Jewish fellowship gets into aliyah game

(JTA)-Citing failures by the organization traditionally responsible for bringing Jews to Israel, the founder of a Jerusalem-based interfaith charity said his organization would begin bringing more... Full story


Harvard president probes HUDS move to stop purchases from Israel's SodaStream

( After anti-Israel pressure, Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) suspended its purchase of soda and water machines produced by Israel-based SodaStream, the beverage carbonation company with a plant in Judea and Samaria. The president o... Full story


Hamas rebuilding terror tunnels

( Hamas has reportedly renewed work on its terror tunnels, using building materials transferred from Israel for the reconstruction of civilian structures in Gaza following this summer’s war. According to Yedioth Ahronoth, Palestinian s... Full story


UCF Judaic Studies offers 10 courses (3 on-line) this spring

The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Central Florida will offer 10 courses in the upcoming spring semester, which begins Jan. 12, 2015. The courses to be offered are: Elementary Modern Hebrew I & II, Conversational Israeli Hebrew,... Full story


Jewish teens in Orlando debate Hollywood values

Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) Teens will present its new course, Hollywood Idol, beginning on Jan. 7, 2015. The course will offer Jewish teenagers the tools to make decisions, develop strong ethical opinions, and empower their inner voice to stand... Full story


Zionistas' plan new year's agenda at holiday get-together

On Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, the annual holiday get-together was held by the Zionistas at the Garden Gate Spa in New Smyrna Beach, hosted by Karen Sandvick, former owner of the Garden Gate Tearoom in... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 2, 2015

Time to rethink Holocaust Remembrance Day?

Do we need Holocaust Remembrance Day? Since some of you may be incredulous that I even asked that question, let me first explain why I am doing so. Over the last week, a scandal has erupted in Ireland regarding whether or not Israel can be mentioned... Full story


As they lay dying

At some point in the life of the average adult, the conversation shifts from “How are the kids?” to “What’s happening with your parents?” If you’re lucky, you can talk about two silver-haired retirees, enjoying their relative good health, the... Full story



It sounds worse than it really is. This is an optimist’s view of Israel’s condition with itself and in the world. Most of the resolutions seeming to recognize a Palestinian state are advisory. Resolutions expressing the sense of the house, but not re... Full story


Little left of Cuban Jewry's rich past

By The new U.S. policy of rapprochement with Cuba, which was accompanied by the celebrated release of imprisoned Jewish aid worker Alan Gross, probably will give American Jews greater access to a Jewish community with which few are familiar. But... Full story


Is Cuba rapprochement a bellwether for Obama's forthcoming Mideast policy?

Jewish-American aid worker Alan Gross arrived home to celebrate Chanukah after five years in a Cuban prison, prompting the Jewish world to both celebrate and breathe a collective sigh of relief. But analysts say Gross’s humanitarian release and t... Full story


Palestinians reveal mass violence not spontaneous

For years, Palestinian leaders and their media allies have claimed that the “Second Intifada”—the mass violence of 2000-2001—was a “spontaneous” uprising against Israeli “oppression.” But occasionally they tell the truth: it wasn’t spontaneous at al... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, January 2 - Friday, January 9

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, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Con... Full story


Generation celebration at Jewish Academy of Orlando

On Friday, Dec. 19, the third day of Chanukah and the last day before the students went on their winter break, over 100 grandparents and special friends joined the students of the Jewish Academy of... Full story



David K. Dalke of Viera, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Wuestoff Medical Center in Rockledge. He was 84 years old. Mr. Dalke was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, on July 8, 1930, to the late Paul David Dalke and Susan Almandinger Dalke.... Full story


Obituary - YETTA B. KAGAN

Yetta Kagan of Heathrow, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at the Grand Villas of Altamonte. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Kagan was born in the Bronx, New York, on Jan. 9, 1922, to the late Louis and Rebecca Belkin. She was a homemaker and was... Full story


For Jewish Pavilion volunteers, senior smiles are worth a thousand words

The Jewish Pavilion gave Chanukah parties at over 50 senior facilities in Central Florida this Chanukah season. This is a tremendous undertaking but the value is incredible as it reaches so many in... Full story


All decked out for Chanukah

Joan Pohl is posed with Betty and Al Shames of Brookdale Island Lake. Betty entered the room wearing her “festive Chanukah sweater” and Joan insisted on snapping a photo to share with others. Betty can be found at all of the Jewish Pavilion pro... Full story


A bissel Chanukah music makes life delightful

Ann and Lester Tabak have been married for 69 years and currently live at Brookdale Island Lake (formerly Chambrel). Lester is deeply devoted to Ann and wears a smile from ear to ear always in her... Full story


Scene Around

There are good people in this world... The Jewish Foundation For the Righteous knows this for sure. I recently received the following letter from them: The Jewish Foundation For the Righteous (JFR) wa... Full story


Retreating away to become closer

The youth and teaching staff of Congregation Ohev Shalom held their annual Shabbat retreat Dec. 19 and 20 at the Canterbury Retreat Center in Oviedo, Fla. Shown here are (standing, l-r), Rebecca... Full story


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