Articles from the January 3, 2014 edition

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Beth Schafer leads the Reform movement in 2013

NEW YORK-Union for Reform Judaism released a list of its Top Ten Moments for 2013. Making the list was Beth Schafer as a producer of the celebration of Women of Reform Judaism's Centennial Anniversary... Full story

 By Edith Schulman    News    January 3, 2014

Hadassah pays tribute to special members

After careful deliberations, the Orlando Chapter of Hadassah chose five members to be honored at its annual Awards Brunch on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Hotel in Altamonte... Full story


Philanthropist Bronfman dies at 84

NEW YORK (JTA)-Edgar Bronfman, the billionaire former beverage magnate and leading Jewish philanthropist, died Dec. 21 at the age of 84. As the longtime president of the World Jewish Congress,... Full story


Local man makes circus' history

Matt Loory was working at the First Watch restaurant on Rt. 436 in Altamonte Springs, training to become a manager, when Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Orlando, where he graduated with... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    January 3, 2014

Snowden revelations boost calls for Pollard's release

TEL AVIV (JTA)-The disclosure last week that American intelligence spied on former Israeli prime ministers has given new momentum to the effort to secure a pardon for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.... Full story


Jet-setting Edgar Bronfman flexed muscles for Jewish causes

(JTA)-In 1992, Edgar Bronfman was preparing to leave North America for Paris for his first meeting with then-French President Francois Mitterand at the Elysee Palace when at the last minute Bronfman... Full story

 By Gidon Ben-zvi    News    January 3, 2014

Surprise support from unlikely source

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was surprised by a forthright expression of support for the Jewish state from Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting last month in Moscow, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported on Friday. Netanyahu... Full story


JNF responds to boycott call with plan

NEW YORK– Jewish National Fund (JNF) is denouncing the decision by the American Studies Association to boycott Israel’s academic and research institutions by encouraging people to take action. Items include a letter writing campaign to the... Full story


CTeens of Central Florida join for winter vacation trip

Jewish teens from across Central Florida joined for the Chabad Teen Network trip during the winter break vacation. The CTeens had a wonderful time ice skating at the RDV and then drove to South... Full story


Jewish newspapers in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library

ORLANDO-Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) at the Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. (6:30pm for networking... Full story


One-of-its-kind EVENTful moment

It is the first of its kind. EVENTful Moments is a one-stop showcase that is everything, and more than anyone planning a bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, or a party in Orlando could ask for. This isn't a... Full story


Stop the dishonest academic boycott

(JTA)—It started as barely a blip on the radar. At its annual conference last April, the Association for Asian American Studies, or AAAS, unanimously approved a resolution calling for an academic boycott of Israeli universities to protest the... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 3, 2014

Answer to BDS is Jewish power

On a virtual stroll through the website of the “U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel”—a deeply unpleasant experience, I should add—I came across an article that drew an analogy I hadn’t encountered before.... Full story


Busy with many demonstrations

We are now more busy than usual. Perhaps various groups of activists had been sidelined by the storm, which is still evident in piles of tree trash that block sidewalks. Whatever the cause for the pause, there were Saturday night demonstrations in... Full story


BBYO-one of the best decisions I've ever made

In 1924 the first chapter of the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) was formed in Omaha, Neb. In 1925, B’nai B’rith International adopted AZA as its official youth program. Later on, in 1944, B’nai B’rith Girls was officially established the B’nai... Full story


A light at the end of the tunnel

A few months ago, as I was beginning my tenure at JFGO, a former senior volunteer leader of the United Jewish Communities whom I greatly admire for his wisdom and insight wrote in his blog: “Many of us have watched the JFGO for years, viewing it... Full story

 By Ami Eden    Opinions    January 3, 2014

In appreciation Edgar Bronfman: Prince of the Jews

NEW YORK (JTA)—In the coming days, many eulogies will attempt to capture the magnitude of the loss suffered this week by the Jewish community. Really, though, all you need are eight words: Edgar Bronfman was a prince of his people. There are other... Full story


Where's the recognition of 'good Samaritan' acts?

Dear Editor: I’m reading, Heritage, (Dec. 20, 2013 issue) for the first time; copies were made available at our shul. I’ve paused to comment on, “Israeli father saves daughter kidnapped by Palestinians.” The writers or their editors offer a g... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, January 3 - Friday, January 10

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.... Full story


Iran threatens to increase uranium enrichment to 60 percent

( Following the proposal of a new Iran sanctions bill in Congress, Mehdi Moussavinejad, a senior member of the Iranian parliament's energy committee, threatened that Iran would increase its... Full story


Israeli women set hair-razing record

Some 250 women in Jerusalem set a Guinness World Record for donating the most hair to make wigs for cancer patients in a single drive. The record was broken in November at a hair salon in Jerusalem's... Full story



Betty L. Beroth of Orlando, passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Orlando Regional Medical Center. She was 84 years of age. Born on May 19, 1929, in Atlantic City, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Leo and Charlotte Kornblau Burg. Mrs.... Full story



Marsha M. Cohen-Little passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Orlando Health. She was 67 years of age. Ms. Cohen-Little was born in New York City on Jan. 11, 1946 to the late Abraham Harold Cohen and Edith Schlanger Cohen. She was a high school... Full story


At 91, Harvey Pollack is still NBA's leading scorer

PHILADELPHIA (JTA)-Fittingly, Harvey Pollack was the one who scribbled the number 100 on the most famous photograph in basketball history: Wilt Chamberlain holding the piece of paper signifying his... Full story

 By Jana Banin    Features    January 3, 2014

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Braff film Sundance-bound  HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-It seems like just yesterday that folks were ripping high-earning "Scrubs" star Zach Braff for taking money from regular people via Kickstarter to fun... Full story


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