Articles from the January 15, 2016 edition

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Holocaust Center Reflections: 'The Profound Effect' exhibition

As a child, Judith Dazzio didn't have a connection to the Holocaust. She is not Jewish, she did not live in Europe, and she did not live during the war years. There was little reason to expect that... Full story


COS honors Cantor Robuck for 25 years of musical joy

Cantor Allan Robuck is the honoree for Congregation Ohev Shalom's annual gala to be held Feb. 21, 2016 at the synagogue. Cantor Robuck's life and career have always centered around music. He started... Full story


Barbara Chasnov, an empowering Woman of Choice

Woman of Choice Barbara Chasnov has spent decades in service to the community. "Every now and then I have an idea..." That's a familiar refrain to friends and colleagues of Chasnov, a volunteer, an ed... Full story


Dr. Zissman retires from practice

After 41 years of taking care of Central Florida children as a pediatrician, Dr. Edward Zissman retired from his private practice, Altamonte Pediatric Associates, on Dec. 31, 2015. It is the end of a... Full story


Pugh and Steinmetz receive JNF awards

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host its first ever Orlando Gala and Backstage Tour at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, to honor Jim Pugh and Chuck... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    January 15, 2016

Sound of silence: Iranian-Saudi tension highlights U.S. pullback from the region

Amid heightened tensions between the two most powerful Muslim nations in the Middle East, experts say the loudest sound might be American silence. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a Shi'a Muslim dissident who... Full story


Iran and Saudi Arabia's conflict gives Israel an opportunity

The latest explosion of populist conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia has effectively produced a temporary Middle Eastern Arab alliance with Israel. The common threat of Iran has united the Saudi Ar... Full story


Florida is fifth state to introduce resolution condemning BDS

On Dec. 21, 2015, Florida became the fifth state in the nation to introduce a landmark resolution to confront the anti-Semitic BDS movement. Building on the nationwide momentum created by Tennessee, legislators in Florida have decided to confront... Full story


Israel travel scholarships available for teens in 2016-17

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) has announced that applications for the 2016 Ronald Colman Israel Scholarship Fund will be available online starting Monday, Jan. 18. The Ronald Colman Israel Scholarship Fund was made possible by a... Full story


JFS Orlando's healthy living workshops

For the next few months, JFS Orlando will host various health professionals in workshops suited to help people live healthier lives. The first workshop will be the Clean Eating Challenge, on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Do you need to... Full story


Persecuted Pakistani shares his story of survival and escape

Mr. Gill (an alias to protect his family still in Pakistan) was marked for death. His crime? Being an outspoken Christian in his native Pakistan. Miraculously, he escaped to America, learned English and now is not only surviving but thriving while... Full story


NGO law protects Israel from existential threats

JERUSALEM (JTA)—In 1914, Robert Frost published his poem “Mending Wall,” where he coined the maxim, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Those were the days of World War I, and it was perceived at that time that the best way to safeguard... Full story


Israeli settlers, meet Brazil's settlers

Brazil says it will not confirm the Israeli ambassador-designate to the South American nation, Dani Dayan, because it does not want to “show support for the settlement enterprise,” for which Dayan has been an activist. But anyone familiar with... Full story


Ugly Israelis

A video showing young and religious Israeli men—along with at least one enthusiastic old man—dancing at a wedding and celebrating the killing of an Arab family has gone viral. It’s not “dancing” of the ballroom kind familiar in the better... Full story


Being Jewish and pro-Israel in college: 2010 vs. 2015

This week, I was able to talk to many Jewish students from around the world (including a friend from my alma mater who is visiting Israel) about what it is like to be a Jewish student on their university campuses. I graduated from college just about... Full story


The anti-Israel trend you've never heard of

NEW YORK (JTA)—If you want to understand why the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, or BDS, has gained so much ground in the past two years, look no further than intersectionality, the study of related systems of oppression.... Full story


The battle against terror is our battle

A year ago today (Jan. 7, 2016), the world was stunned by the events unfolding in Paris. First, brothers Sherif and Said Kouachi—both masked, dressed in black, and armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles—forced their way into the editorial offices... 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... Full story


Anti-Semitism at UCF

In response to anti-Semitic vandalism at UCF, 34 Jewish and civil rights groups—including student groups and the Zionist Organization of America, CAMERA and Simon Wiesenthal Center—wrote to UCF President John Hitt stating that what had been done... Full story


Obituary - BERTHA KANE

Bertha Kane, age 95, of Orlando, passed away on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, at Florida Hospital—Altamonte. A native of New York, she was born on Dec. 14, 1920, to the late Morris and Ida Weiner. Mrs. Kane worked as a social worker in the Social... Full story



Zelda Mirsky Newman, 88, passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at Hospice of the Valley—Sherman Home, in Phoenix, Arizona. Born in Savannah on Oct. 2, 1927, she was the daughter of Fannie and Norman Mirsky. She married Solomon Max Newman on Nov.... Full story


Seeking Kin: Five memorable people from the 'Seeking Kin' family

The Seeking Kin column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA)-"Seeking Kin" offers relationship stories over time. They are stories about the meaningful bonds people share with... Full story


How the jewfish got its name

(Jewniverse via JTA)-Why does putting the word "Jew" in front of any object make it sound a little anti-Semitic? There are several theories for how the jewfish (Promicrops), an Atlantic saltwater gr... Full story


Scene Around

We are all following the news these days... I recently received the following letter (in part) from Rabbi MARVIN HIER, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center: "I know you have been following... Full story


Sticky Cinnamon Bun Rugelach

(The Nosher via JTA)-Sticky cinnamon bun, meet your new BFF, the rugelach. I think you two will get along very well. I know we're just getting over fried food and latkes galore, but December really... Full story


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