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Articles from the January 24, 2014 edition

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FSU Hillel grand opening

The weekend of Jan. 11-12, a brand new 9,000 square foot Hillel was opened at Florida State University. FSU serves nearly 3,000 Jewish undergrads and this marks the second brand new Hillel facility... Full story


'Sunday Night Live!' improv at COS

Congregation Ohev Shalom invites the community to attend its gala, ‘Sunday Night Live!,’ a new improv designed by professionals that will entertain everyone. The gala, to be held Feb. 9, beginning at 5 p.m., will be an evening of gourmet hors d... Full story


JCC's Rosen campus celebrates five years

When the Jewish Community Center's Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando campus celebrated its grand opening in fall 2009, leaders of the project envisioned a day when its sparkling new halls would... Full story


Choices revue premieres Feb. 1

The Jewish community's singers, dancers and performers are getting ready for Choices on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Rosen Plaza. The Women's Division event will showcase a Broadway-style revue showcasing... Full story


MyJewishLearning, JTA to merge

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) and MyJewishLearning (MJL) announced their intention to merge the two organizations. The combination will bring together two strong, growing and respected nonprofit media organizations dedicated... Full story

 By Maayan Jaffe    News    January 24, 2014

Americans with Israeli bank accounts could face troubling tax season

Americans with Israeli bank accounts may be in for a financial nightmare in just several months if they haven't filed their taxes properly. According to Charles M. Ruchelman, a member of the Washingto... Full story


Federations applaud Senate support for Holocaust survivors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Special Committee on Aging today heard Holocaust survivors, their family members and Jewish community professionals call for social services to help low-income survivors live in comfort and dignity in their homes and... Full story


The forgotten Jewish refugees from Arab countries

Many Jews and non-Jews are unaware that nearly one million Jews were driven out of their homes in Muslim countries. For more than 2,500 years, these Jews resided in substantial numbers in the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region-fully 1,000... Full story


Get a dose of 'Kabbalah for Real'

Kabbalah comes from the Hebrew root meaning “to receive.” While popularly associated with Jewish mysticism, in its general sense kabbalah refers to something passed down from generation to generation. The idea of someone creating their own... Full story


New course 'OMG' for Jewish teens

LAKE MARY-OMG! A Battle Between Faith and Logic will launch in select cities across the world this winter for Jewish teenagers, and is being offered at Chabad in Lake Mary. This course is specially... Full story


Women's Division Choices raffle open to everyone

One of the highlights of the Jewish Federation's Choices event is their spectacular raffle. This year the raffle will feature a $1,000 shopping and beauty spree from Neiman Marcus, fine designer... Full story


Palestine denial

The intensifying Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have caused opponents of a Palestinian state to revive former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir’s 1969 canard that “there is no such thing as a Palestinian people.” However, “Palestine... Full story


Unattainable hopes

There ain’t much that is new under the sun. Israelis, Diaspora Jews and others who are concerned with us should have ceased hoping years ago for the kind of peace that prevails between the US and Canada, or among the countries of Western Europe.... Full story


Israel's Temple Mount policy is wise

In the 1920s, the Jerusalem Waqf, the local Muslim religious authority, published and distributed a pamphlet for visitors to the Haram al-Sharif, the Temple Mount. It explained that the location is named Al-Aqsa, in accordance with the Quran... Full story


A call for 'audacious hospitality

There was a time when American Jewish families sat shiva when a child married out of the faith. Even two or three decades ago the prevailing attitude was one of disappointment, embarrassment and regret, coupled with a parental commitment to make the... Full story


A look inside Hillel's boundaries

Several incidents, seemingly centered on Israel, sparked nationwide reactions from academic institutions and Hillels in recent days. I would argue, though, that they have much less to do with Israel than we might think. First, dozens of university... Full story


Sharon's unfinished business

NEW YORK (JTA)—When I first heard about Ariel Sharon’s stroke—the first one, a minor brain attack about four weeks before he suffered the massive hemorrhage that would leave him comatose for the final eight years of his life—I was having... Full story


Two personal experiences with Ariel Sharon z'l

Dear Editor: A person’s perception of any other individual is always influenced by what is “public” and what is “personal.” There is the public Arik Sharon—which has been and will be written about, especially now with his death. Then... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, January 24 - Friday, January 31

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


Artist in Residence weekend in Brevard

Temple Israel of Brevard County presents Cantor Lisa Levine, Artist in Residence, on Friday Feb. 14 -15. On Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., Cantor Levine will lead a Soulful Shabbat Ruach, an original Shabbat evening service written by Cantor Lisa... Full story


Community-wide Shabbat service in Ormond Beach

Community-wide Shabbat service in Ormond Beach The Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, Inc. in cooperation with area temples, invites the public to the 31st annual community-wide Sabbath service on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at... Full story


Monument to Gay Holocaust victims

A monument to gays persecuted by the Nazis was dedicated in Tel Aviv. The monument, the first of its kind in Israel, was constructed in Meir Park, near the Tel Aviv Gay and Lesbian Association Center... Full story



Diane W. Abramson of Maitland, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at her residence. She was 79 years old. Born in Albany, N.Y., on Jan. 2, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Lou and Helen Dasheff Weiss. She was married to her late husband,... Full story



Richard A. Blum, Ph.D., of Orlando, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2014, at his residence. He was 70 years old. A native of New York City, he was born on July 28, 1943, to Albert and Eve Griboff Blum. Dr. Blum was awarded a place in the prestigious... Full story



Josephine Easley of Apopka, passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at her residence. She was 66 years old. A native of Paeroa, New Zealand, she was born on Oct. 1, 1947, to the late Alfred and Mignon Nicholls Bailey. Jo, as she was known, traveled... Full story


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