Articles from the January 9, 2015 edition

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New photos from International Space Station shed light on Israeli topography

( photos posted on the Facebook page of the International Space Station (ISS) paint a detailed picture of Israeli topography. The photos-taken by NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore, commander... Full story


New Clermont Temple L'Chayim grand re-opening service tonight

Temple L'Chayim, a Reform/Conservative congregation, conducting traditional services in Clermont, Florida, since it was first organized in early 2014, announces the grand opening of their new... Full story


Inspiring others through her songs

Ever since her first stage performance, when she was seven, in the JCC Players' production of "Oliver!," Andra London has loved the stage. From that humble beginning, London went on to perform for six... Full story


Palestinian state resolution fails

NEW YORK (JTA)—A Palestinian-backed U.N. resolution setting a one-year deadline for a peace deal with Israel failed to garner sufficient votes for passage in the U.N. Security Council. The resolution, which was voted on Dec. 30, was aimed at achievin... Full story


USY reverses interfaith dating ban

NEW YORK (JTA)-United Synagogue Youth voted to relax its rules barring its teenage board members from dating non-Jews. The amendment was adopted Monday in Atlanta at the annual international... Full story


HarperCollins pulls atlases that left Israel out of its Middle East Atlas

HarperCollins, one of the world's largest publishing houses that sells English-language atlases to schools in the Middle East, made a large, intentional mistake-it omitted labeling Israel. In fact,... Full story


Knesset approves $3M tourism center

( The Knesset Finance Committee on Dec. 21, 2014 voted to allocate $3.1 million to build a tourism center in the Jewish community of Barkan in Samaria. Committee members from the Likud, Habayit Hayehudi, and Yisrael Beiteinu parties voted in... Full story


Mitzvah day at Temple Israel

On Dec. 25, 2014, members of Temple Israel gathered for their second annual mitzvah day. In-house projects were started and finished as well as community projects, and it all ended with dinner... Full story


Congregation Sinai celebrates Chanukah with Shalom Club at Summit Greens

On Tuesday evening, Dec. 16, Jewish families from Congregation Sinai and Summit Greens lit candles to celebrate the first night of Chanukah. On hand were Lynn and Joe Goldovitz, spiritual leaders,... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 9, 2015

The return of Palestinian unilateralism

It sometimes seems as if the see-saw debate about the true intentions of Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority has been with us for an eternity. One day, we’ll be saying that Abbas is genuinely a moderate, that he really is committed to a t... Full story


The mosque that wasn't torched

Remember that “arson attack” last month by “Jewish extremists” against a West Bank mosque? Remember how that outrageous assault made headline news around the world? Remember how it showed that “both sides”—not just the Arabs—are guilty of violence, a... Full story


Brandeis University's latest moment of shame

The dramatic event often rips away the thin gossamer of protection that keeps a corrupt institution from exposure to the antiseptic of public outrage. Such an event is occurring for the second time in 2014 at Brandeis University. Daniel Mael, a... Full story


Stop this war on the living Earth

Several months ago, there was some alarm in my local community regarding numerous sightings of coyotes. The trouble was a few cases of missing and dead small animals—cats and dogs alike. In discussing this matter with friends and neighbors, it seems... Full story

 By Laura Fein    Opinions    January 9, 2015

Good riddance to 2014, a not-so-banner year for Jews and Israel

As 2014 draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on this year’s dramatic increase in anti-Semitic and anti-Israel attacks, and hope that the coming year will see more Jews actively join the fight to reverse these trends. In Israel itself, 2014 saw... Full story


From the Holocaust to Darfur, war criminals elude justice

The most notorious living perpetrator of genocide can sleep a little easier. The International Criminal Court (ICC), which five years ago indicted Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for organizing the genocide in Darfur, recently suspended... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, January 9 - Friday, January 16

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



Arnold Beroth of Orlando, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. He was 85 years old. A native of Brooklyn, he spent the greater part of his working career in real estate sales. He was married to the late Betty Beroth, his wife of... Full story



Paula Fitzer of Longwood passed away Dec. 26, 2014, at Florida Living Nursing Center in Apopka. She was 93 years old. Mrs. Fitzer was born on Nov. 16, 1921, in Manitowoc, Wis., to the late Julius and Dora Graff. After graduating from high school in... Full story



Beverly Lessing of Lake Mary, passed away at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford on Dec. 17, 2014. She was 84 years old. Mrs. Lessing was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Sept.15, 1930, to the late Jack Abram and Claire Jendlin Yaillen.... Full story



Helen Mausner of Winter Park, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at VITAS Inpatient Care Unit in Winter Park. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Mausner, a native of New York City, was born on April 5, 1922, to the late Isidore and Dora Blau Henner.... Full story

 By Pam Ruben    Features    January 9, 2015

A road map to finding the Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion is a mobile community center providing outreach to seniors in more than 50 assisted living and nursing homes all over greater Orlando. The Pavilion is not in one particular place,... Full story


Seeking Kin: Iran-centric family gets back in touch

The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)—The ringing telephone that awakened David Rashti early one morning brought with it a jolt the Los Angeles-area resident couldn’t have anticipated. The cal... Full story

 By Pam Ruben    News    January 9, 2015

Pavilion Pearl Luncheon pops with artist Stephen Gamson

The Jewish Pavilion will host the Pearls of the Pavilion Luncheon at the home of board member Elaine Gamson on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 at 11 a.m. for members who have made a $500 minimum donation to... Full story


Scene Around

The law of the land?... This article appeared in a recent Issue of the World Jewish Congress Digest (WJC) and I pass it along to you (with asides by me): "A new law was recently approved by the Greek... Full story


Palestinian worker crushed to death at West Bank checkpoint

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A Palestinian man was crushed to death as he tried to get through a West Bank checkpoint. Ahmad Samih Bdeir, 39, a construction worker from the village of Farun in the northern West Bank, died Dec. 31 at the Efraim checkpoint, the P... Full story


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