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Articles from the January 10, 2014 edition

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If only the world was like Gush Etzion

On a day where snow still covers the Judean hills, a Jewish doctor from Efrat drives into the neighboring Palestinian village called Wadi Nis. He is greeted by the local Palestinian villagers with...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    January 10, 2014

Pro-Israel groups denied presentation at Modern Language Association confab

The pro-Israel campus groups Hillel International and the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) have been denied the right to present a discussion on Israel at the Jan. 9-12 Modern Language Association...

 

Rabbi Kay keynote at MLK Celebration

Each year, the Interfaith Council of Central Florida and the Orlando Mayor's Commission on the Martin Luther King Holiday team up for an interfaith multicultural celebration of the life and legacy of...

 

RAISE is rolling into creation

Last month the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) announced a new program, RAISE, that will be offering part-time, paid, work experiences to adults with special needs at participating agencies. RAISE—Recognizing Abilities and Inclusion...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 10, 2014

Russian immigrants a rare case of successful aliyah

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Growing up in the Urals, Pavel Polev was a precocious ice skater and a member of the Soviet Union's national youth figure-skating team. But in 1992, at age 15, Polev's life was upended...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    January 10, 2014

Palestinian terrorism surge runs parallel to negotiations in familiar pattern

Upsurges in Palestinian terrorism have often accompanied progress-and eventual breakdowns-in Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations over the past 20 years. The latest round of talks, brokered by...

 

Birthright breaks record:1,600 participants arrive in one day

(JNS.org) The Taglit-Birthright Israel program broke its own record with 39 groups, totaling 1,600 Jewish young adults from across the globe, landing at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Monday....

 

Jewish Pavilion's Senior Help Desk at your service

"Good Morning, Jewish Pavilion, Wendy speaking how may I help you?" is a common melody each morning at the Jewish Pavilion office. This particular call was directed to the Orlando Senior Help Desk...

 

Temple Israel hosts Mitzvah Fair

Temple Israel is holding a Mitzvah Fair where everyone can learn about mitzvot of the home. The Fair will be held on Sunday morning, Feb. 2, right after the 9 a.m. minyan and the World Wide Wrap....

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 10, 2014

Hamas closes 2013 not with a bang, but a whimper

Israel ended 2013 in much the same way as previous years: facing a surge of terrorist activity from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. On Dec. 24, Salah Shukri Abu Latyef, a 22-year-old Israeli Defense Ministry worker who was repairing the border fence...

 

Every move a gamble in efforts for peace

At the outset of this new year, I’m reminded of the line from “All About Eve,” the classic 1950 film about ambition and betrayal on Broadway: “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” This year portends to be a momentous...

 

Palestinian history

Was Jesus a Palestinian? That is the latest historical claim of Mahoud Abbas. The status of Abbas is its own problem, due to his term as president of the Palestine. National Authority having run out in January 2009, and there being no subsequent...

 

Hillel responds to outrageous 'New York Slimes' hit piece

On Sunday, Dec. 29, The New York Times published an article regarding the “Open Hillel” vote, which took place three weeks ago at Swarthmore College. It is teased on the front page and appears on page 21 of the A-section; it is also available...

 

A 'Frank' look at American anti-Semitism

One hundred years ago, Southern Jew Leo Frank sat in jail, a year after his conviction of murdering a 13-year-old girl and a year before his lynching. To American Jews familiar with the case over the last century, Frank’s slaying has exemplified Am...

 

Who is Jewish? A comment on the national Jewish population survey

If one would ask a member of any ethnic group who he or she is, the answer would be “I am Italian,” “I am French,” and so on. That person would be surprised if the follow-up question was, “What makes you Italian or French?” When a Jewish...

 

What's Happening - Friday, January 10 - Friday, January 17

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....

 

More than 100 university presidents oppose ASA boycott

NEW YORK—“We are pleased that we have reached a major milestone with over 100 universities publicly claiming their opposition to the boycott of Israeli universities and academia adopted by the American Studies Association. We anticipate more...

 

Israeli population surpasses 8 million in 2013

(JNS.org) Israel’s population grew in 2013 by 1.8 percent, or 147,000 people, bringing the country’s total population to 8.1 million, according to data from the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Immigrant Absorption Ministry. Some 19,200 Jews...

 

Zemirot for all at Chambrel

The Jewish Pavilion thanks Bonnie Friedman and her talented piano students for performing and enhancing the Shabbat program at Chambrel, Friday, Dec. 27. Just when the holidays were past and the...

 

NBA star Tony Parker apologizes for using 'reverse Nazi salute'

(JNS.org) National Basketball Association (NBA) star Tony Parker apologized for using the anti-Semitic "quenelle" arm gesture. The gesture, which has been described as a "reverse Nazi salute," was...

 

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Stiller's Western Wall romancing NEW YORK (JTA)-Ben Stiller revealed to Parade magazine that he has some fond memories from visiting Israel as a teen. The actor and director, promoting his new movie,...

 

Israeli celebrity chef injects hummus, 'balagan' into Jewish heart of Paris

PARIS (JTA)-In the elegant silence of a narrow street near the River Seine, David Moyal takes a breath of fresh winter air and enters a noisy restaurant in the French capital. Inside Miznon, he is tra...

 

Respond to hunger by volunteering

On Jan. 15, as a part of the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Response to Hunger campaign, there will be a volunteer opportunity for the Jewish community to come together and volunteer their time at the food bank. An estimated 8,000 seniors go...

 

Jewish War Veteran meeting

The Flagler-Volusia County of the Jewish War Veterans will hold their first regular breakfast meeting of 2014 at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Aberdeen Club House, 55 Allwood Drive, Ormond Beach.  A traditional New York-style breakfast...

 

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