Articles from the January 31, 2014 edition

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Camp J to kickoff 2014 season

On Sunday, Feb. 2, the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando will kick off its Camp J summer camps from 1– 4 p.m. at its Maitland location. The Camp J Kickoff will feature an opportunity to... Full story


Canada will stand by Israel 'through fire and water'

( Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made history last Monday by becoming the first Canadian leader to address the Israeli Knesset, saying Canada will stand by Israel ''through fire and... Full story


COS, Roth JCC present 92Y Live

Stimulating conversation, enlightenment about current events, some adult learning, and a nice evening out with friends are what Congregation Ohev Shalom and the Roth JCC bring to the community in the... Full story


Kinneret presents 8 over 80 dinner

Tickets are now available and plans are well underway for “An Evening at the Oscars,” the Kinneret Council on Aging’s 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner that will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23. This year’s honorees are Ruth Billie Goldhar, Bill Kahn, Don Kap... Full story


Behind Japanese fascination with Anne Frank, a 'kinship of victims'

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-She speaks only Japanese and is not entirely sure what country she's in, but 18-year-old Haruna Matsui is happy to stand in the rain for an hour with two friends to see the home of a p... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 31, 2014

Will AIPAC-Obama sanctions clash dent pro-Israel lobby's clout?

WASHINGTON (JTA)- In previous AIPAC vs. White House dustups, the pro-Israel lobbying group's strategy was to speak softly and let Congress carry the big stick. But in the American Israel Public... Full story


Continuation of adult 'Jews in Politics' courses offered at Beit Hamidrash

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Jewish Community Relations Committee is pleased to announce a free community adult education initiative focusing on "Jews in American Politics: Advanced... Full story


JNF Women for Israel host a cooking event

Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host A Taste of Israel Cooking Demonstration and Brunch as the second event in their 2014 Women for Israel Campaign year on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. at a private home in Orlando. The event will feature guest speaker... Full story


JCC professional networking luncheon

People throughout Central Florida will have a chance to meet business professionals and executives at the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at a professional... Full story


Be Well on Purpose

The supporters and volunteers of the Jewish Pavilion will present a free workshop about socialization at Chambrel at Island Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Kevin O’Neil, chief medical officer for Brookdale S... Full story


A mother's words

I’ve written many times about my mother. My mother who lived alone. My mother who taught me to love literature, my community, and myself. My mother who taught me to give back far more than I r... Full story


A war with no end

I guess we could blame it on Mohammed’s lawyer. Apparently he never got Mohammed to write a will. As a result there was no clear heir to the throne of Islam. None of his sons made it to adulthood. So, some of his followers chose a relative, Ali, t... Full story


Lansky and Pollard-good Americans, good Zionists?

Meyer Lansky and Jonathan Pollard are both significant for what they say about US-Israel relations. Lansky was a gangster, a good American, and a good Zionist. He worked his underworld connections in behalf of U.S. efforts in World War II, the... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 31, 2014

Three nasty memes about Jews and Israel

Here are three disturbing memes about Jews and Israel that I’ve noticed in three separate-but-related news stories recently. Meme No.1: “You’re ungrateful.” Here’s State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf responding to reported remarks by the Israeli... Full story


Illegitimacy clouds John Kerry's Mideast effort

Illegitimacy hangs like smog over Secretary of State John Kerry’s obsessive-compulsive Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy. Even assuming he succeeds in brokering a one-legged peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority administering the West B... Full story


Ohio U. Hillel director: The (Hillel) kids are alright

The Jewish world seems worried about Hillel. “Are you okay?” people keep asking me. Our phones at Ohio University Hillel are ringing with those calling to hear the “real” story, or to leave long-winded diatribes on our voicemail. Reporters ask if... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, January 31 - Friday, February 7

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


From chauffer to entertainer

What started out as being a "chauffer" for his son turned Stewart Bloom into an entertainer. Several years ago, Bloom would drive his son Andrew, who at the time was preparing for his bar mitzvah, to... Full story


Two new trees for Tu B'Shevat

Two new fruit trees were planted in the Spring Hills Lake Mary Assisted Living courtyard on Thursday Jan. 16, in conjunction with the Jewish annual celebration of Tu B'Shevat, observed as the "Jewish... Full story


Jewish Pavilion hosts Tu B'Shevat at Arden Court

Once again, the Jewish Pavilion hosted a Tu B'Shevat seder at Arden Court, a live-in facility in Winter Springs for persons with dementia and/or Alzheimer's. The residents were gathered in... Full story


6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Justin Timberlake playing Israel HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)- While Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters' efforts to stop artists from performing in Israel have been getting plenty of attention lately, the... Full story

 By Alan H. Gill    News    January 31, 2014

Don't forget Jewish poverty in Europe

When the economic crisis hit Bulgaria in 2011, Yana-a Jewish mother of three-was one of the first casualties. She lost her job as an optician and suddenly her family had to survive on her husband's me... Full story


Engagement Announcement - Jonathan Mayer and Brenda Cohen

Carol and Marvin Mayer of Longwood, Fla., joyously announce the engagement of their son, Jonathan Everett Mayer, to Brenda Cynthia Cohen, daughter of Joan and Gary Cohen of Valencia, Calif. Jonathan... Full story


Bar Mitzvah - Nadav Zachary Weil

Nadav Zachary Weil, son of Sharon and Aaron Weil of Maitland, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Central Florida Hillel in Oveido. Nadav is in the seventh... Full story


Scene Around

I may be mistaken, but... I don’t think I’m mistaken when I say that many, if not most, medical breakthroughs in the last few hundred years were made by Jewish doctors and scientists. Here is another that I recently heard about. This comes from the A... Full story


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