Articles from the February 6, 2015 edition

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The USY University 'class of 2019'

Congregation Ohev Shalom eighth-grade Shabbaton features "USY University," Jan. 23-25, where the theme was making the transition from middle school to high school with a Jewish lens. Discussions... Full story


2015 J Ball to honor Kleiman and Lefkowitz families

The Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is honoring Ed and Susie Kleiman and Howard and Pearl Lefkowitz and their families in recognition of their decades of commitment and support of the... Full story


Lake honored by Orlando Sentinel

Recently, the Orlando Sentinel chose Harriett Lake as the recipient of the 2014 Central Floridian of the Year for her generous financial support of many organizations within Central Florida. Since... Full story


Coleman Israel travel scholarships

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando announced that applications for the 2015 Coleman Israel Travel Scholarship are now available. The Ronald Coleman Israel Scholarship Fund was made possible by... Full story

 By Yoni Hersch    News    February 6, 2015

Boehner: Only Netanyahu can talk about radical terrorism threat

Despite the criticism he has received, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner does not regret the decision he made to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    News    February 6, 2015

World Zionist Congress elections: a voter's guide

(JTA)-World Zionist Congress elections began earlier this month and run through April 30. Here's a primer on what the congress is, how (logistically) to vote, who's on the ballot, and why you just... Full story


Ways to help Kinneret and honor the 8 over 80 honorees

Tickets are now available and plans are well underway for The Kinneret Council on Aging's 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner that will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015. This year's honorees are: Avie Abramowit... Full story


Learn the joys of Shabbat

Congregation Ohev Shalom invites the Orlando Jewish Community to learn about and share the joys of Shabbat with the entire family. COS is sponsoring a Learner’s Shabbat Service and Ritual Fair on Feb. 21. The event is co-sponsored by the COS R... Full story


Congregation Sinai prepares Torah restoration

On Dec. 28, 2014, the members of Congregation Sinai and their spiritual leaders, Joe and Lynn Goldovitz, met to clean their large Torah scroll to prepare it for repair and restorations, which will... Full story


Celebrate Tu B'Shevat at Congregation Beth Sholom

Congregation Beth Sholom invites the public to a Shabbat and Tu B’Shevat observance, let by Rabbi Karen Allen, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb.13th. Tu B’Shevat marks the New Year of the Trees. The Friday evening observance will begin with a short Tu... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    February 6, 2015

Getting anti-Semitism wrong at the United Nations

You have to hand it to the United Nations, I guess. It’s hard to think of another body that would organize a special meeting on the subject of rising anti-Semitism with anti-Semites not just in attendance, but making speeches as well. The Jan. 22 m... Full story


Beinart's wrong on Palestinian incitement

It didn’t take even a week to be refuted. On Jan. 15, noted Israel critic Peter Beinart declared that Palestinians who hate Israel never claim that they were inspired by anti-Israel incitement. Just six days later, on Jan. 21, a Palestinian who s... Full story


The U.N. and the U.S.

The UN may do good somewhere, but the case would take some convincing. Its people are spread throughout the Third World. All told, they are probably not worse than the governments they are meant to help. We often see UN vehicles and personnel in our... Full story


The Zionist election you can participate in

For a look at the voter’s guide, please see page 2. (Forward)—Fed up with the American Jewish community and the big-mouth nobodies who think they own it? Good news: There’s an election going on. And you can vote. No, really. An actual, hones... Full story


Holocaust consciousness must not blind us to Palestinian suffering

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (JTA)—While nascent talk of the Holocaust was in the air when I was growing up in New York City, we did not learn about it in school, even in lessons about World War II or the waves of immigration to America’s shores. There wer... Full story


Betting on France

(JTA)—Three weeks ago, my wife and I were shopping in a Parisian kosher butcher store several miles west of the supermarket where four Jews were murdered on Jan. 9. The shop in our neighborhood was well patronized, with lines stretching out to the si... Full story


A call to support Egyptian president

Dear Editor: Upon a world marred by Islamic turmoil, terror, and violence, a gift of inestimable value has been bestowed. On Dec. 28, 2014, in a speech directed at Islamic religious scholars and clerics, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said,... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, February 6 - Friday, February 13

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

 By Leah Falk    Features    February 6, 2015

The man saving Karachi's lone Jewish cemetery

(Jewniverse via JTA)-It might seem that the only Jews left in Pakistan are underground-in Karachi's lone Jewish cemetery. But that's not quite so. Faisal (Fishel) Benkhald, the son of a Muslim father... Full story



Ruth F. Goldey of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Florida Hospital—Altamonte. She was 87 years old. Mrs. Goldey was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 23, 1927, to the late William and Ida Messey Friedman. She r... Full story



Michael A. Kaplan, age 73, of Winter Springs, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at his residence. He was 73 years old. Mr. Kaplan was born on Sept. 28, 1941, in New York City to the late George and Rose Bronston Kaplan. He was a high school... Full story


Obituary - THELMA T. MARKS

Thelma “Teri” Marks of Fern Park, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Florida Hospital—Altamonte. She was 91 years old. Mrs. Marks, a native of Brooklyn, New York, was born on Aug. 5, 1923, to the late Joseph and Fay Barban Mehlman. She worke... Full story



Riff Masteroff of Arlington, Va., passed away at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. He was 66 years old. Mr. Masteroff was born in New Jersey on Sept. 9, 1948 to Evelyn Weinstein Masteroff and the late Harry Masteroff. He... Full story


Seeking Kin: For Haifa woman, a needle-in-a-haystack search

The Seeking Kin column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)-Miriam Grab has almost nothing to go on in her search for relatives, not even names. While the retired... Full story


Bar Mitzvah - Lee Karlinsky

Lee Karlinsky, son of Paul and Erica Karlinsky of Heathrow, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Feb. 13, 2015, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Lee is in the seventh grade at Lake... Full story


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