Articles from the November 20, 2015 edition

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Jewish Academy of Orlando Book Fair just in time for Chanukah

Looking for a Chanukah gift for your child? Birthday gift? Look no further. The Jewish Academy of Orlando Book Fair has the latest books that every child will be looking for this Chanukah. The Fair... Full story


Federations' G.A. focuses on healing after Iran rancor

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Think unity. On the heels of this year's rancorous and polarizing debate over the Iran nuclear deal, organizers of this week's General Assembly of Jewish federations wanted their... Full story


More local anti-Semitism

It has happened again-anti-Semitic vandalism in Central Florida. The first occurrence was in Oviedo where an Israeli flag displayed in the front yard was desecrated with red paint. This time someone... Full story


Thanksgiving in Israel isn't easy

(Kveller via JTA)—When I moved to Israel 11 years ago, I knew many things about my life would change. I knew I’d have to learn a new language, a new culture and give up lots of things about my old way of life. But a girl’s got to be honest... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 20, 2015

Disagreements behind them, Obama and Netanyahu get down to business

WASHINGTON (JTA)-It took agreeing to set aside differences on Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get down to... Full story


Netanyahu to Jewish Federations: U.S., Israel 'should work together now' on Iran

Despite their disagreement over the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. and Israel "can and should work together now" to ensure that Iran complies with the agreement and to curb Iranian aggression throughout... Full story


Obama will not let Jonathan Pollard leave U.S. for Israel

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to President Barack Obama will not intervene to allow Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard to travel to Israel after his scheduled parole from federal prison next week, The Washington Post reported Monday, citing Obama... Full story


The power of Mahjong in giving

No cracks, bams or dots about it. And no jokers here! Running into a wall... or wall game... was never so much fun! For nearly two years, a group of Orlando women have been playing mahjong and saving... Full story


Mahjong 'scandal' in Altamonte Springs

Right in the heart of the quiet little city of Altamonte Springs, four women (ages ranging from 87 to 95)—Lee Delnick, Bernice Diamond, Helen Greenspan and Zelda King—were enjoying their weekly game of mahjong in the Escondido Condominium... Full story


Scouting for Second Harvest Food Bank

Scouts from all over Central Florida set out on Nov. 7 to help replenish the Second Harvest Food Bank shelves. Scouts and Leaders from Troop 641 placed "Scouting for food" bags at homes in the... Full story


Anti-Zionism is racism

Last week marked the 40th anniversary of one of the worst instances of anti-Semitism since the end of the Second World War. On Nov. 10, 1975, the United Nations—a body created out of the ashes of the Holocaust—passed General Assembly Resolution... Full story


The real reason for the Night of Broken Glass

Nov. 9, 2015, was the 77th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, or “The Night of Broken Glass,” the term applied to the night of Nov. 9- 10, 1938, when, across Nazi Germany and German-annexed Austria, 91 Jews were murdered, tens of thousands of Jews... Full story


A Jewish ailment

This letter is prompted by a note I received from an Internet friend who chided me for minimizing the threats of Barack Obama, John Kerry, and BDS. He thinks like Caroline Glick, whose columns express the view that if things aren’t optimal, they... Full story


Temple Mount: a house of prayer for all people

Disagreement on the status of the Temple Mount is at the core of the recent wave of violence and terror in the region. This is a religious war, we are told, not merely a political one, and wars in the name of God are far more dangerous than those... Full story


On the streets of Paris yarmulkes are seen, and a sense of fear

NEW YORK (JTA)—I have visited Europe many times, but last week I looked at it through a new lens in my first trip as CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. I undertook the trip after an invitation to address the annual meeting of the CRIF, the... Full story


What will the community do to stop anti-Semitism right here?

Dear Editor: Right now, I am sitting on an airplane scrolling through my Facebook feed. I am sitting here wondering how is it possible that our country is so advanced that we are able to provide in-flight WiFi (thanks, JetBlue), but we can be so prim... 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



Max Fruchter, age 95, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn. He was born in Germany on Oct. 15, 1920, to the late Yakov and Miriam Greentuch Fruchtengarten. A confirmed bachelor, Mr. Fruchter spent his career... Full story



Morton Nagan, age 94, of Winter Park, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, at Westchester Health Care Center. A native of Rochester, New York, he was born on June 30, 1921, to the late Louis and Celia Gershon Nagan. He served in the U.S. Army in Da... Full story



Jordan Nowak, age 32, of Winter Springs, passed away on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at South Seminole Hospital in Longwood. Jordan was born on July 13, 1983, in Secaucus, New Jersey, to Deborah Buder Nowak and the late Stuart Nowak. He relocated to the... Full story



Bella K. Tresser, age 80, of Orlando, passed away on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at Hospice of The Comforter in Altamonte Springs. Born in the prelude to WWII in Poland to the late Sigmund and Elsa Wortsman Kerner, she and her parents escaped Europe by the... Full story



Cleide Waissmann-Fischer of Orlando, passed away Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. She was 60 years old. Cleide, who worked in the Central Reservations Department for Rosen Hotels & Resorts, was originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Desiring a safer environment... Full story


Jewish Pavilion's 'A Taste in the Park' brings the generations to the table

By Pamela Ruben "Today's A Taste in the Park and multi-generational festival more than lived up to its name, and exceeded all our expectations by bringing every generation to the table on behalf of... Full story


Scene Around

Memories of World War II... (I hate to admit it but I have such memories also, even though I'm NOT that old!!!!) In a recent issue of Reminisce Magazine, a lady named MARLENE B. BROWN wrote this... Full story


Alleged Paris attacker reportedly entered Europe with Syrian refugees

(JTA)—One of the suspected terrorists in the Paris attacks entered Europe with a flood of Syrian refugees, according to reports. On Sunday, the death toll in the attacks on the French capital rose to 132 as some of the wounded succumbed to their... Full story


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