Articles from the March 15, 2013 edition

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 By Ben Sales    News    March 15, 2013

Netanyahu, with team of rivals, puts together a government

TEL AVIV (JTA)—He’s had to bite a few bullets to get there, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lead Israel’s next government. Barring a last-minute surprise, Israel’s new governi... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 15, 2013

Obama to Jews: Peace is essential but prospects are bleak

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Obama believes prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace are “bleak,” but he still will urge both sides to avoid unilateral actions that might further damage a process he ho... Full story


What hapened to Wallenberg?

One of the unsolved mysteries of the Holocaust is “what happened to Raoul Wallenberg?” The Swedish diplomat, credited with saving up to 100,000 Jewish lives, was detained by Soviet authorities in 1945... Full story


Obama's trip: No grand initiatives

TEL AVIV (JTA)—When President Obama visits Israel next week, Gavriel Yaakov wants him to jump-start the peace process. “I’m excited,” said Yaakov, 67, sitting in a Tel Aviv mall. “I want negotiations to get to an agreement on a long-term peace wit... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    March 15, 2013

As world's largest exporter of drones, Israel looks to transform battlefield

AIRPORT CITY, Israel (JTA)—An Israeli soldier sits in an office chair in an air-conditioned metal chamber staring at two screens side by side. One shows a map with a moving dot. The other displays a... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    March 15, 2013

Brains behind Israel's Iron Dome 'not putting all the eggs in one system'

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted nearly 400 Gaza rockets last November alone, with an 85 percent success rate, amid the Israel Defense Forces’ Operation Pilla... Full story

 By Maxine Dovere    News    March 15, 2013

Meet Menendez: The new Senate foreign relations chair's public and private takes on Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C.—For U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), closing remarks at the recent American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference publicly marked the start of a new phase in his r... Full story


Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school holds "Try Us You'll Like Us" Open Houses

Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school welcomes prospective students and parents to “try us” because we think you will “like us.” On Sunday, April 7 children may come and spend the day in the classro... Full story

 By Doreen Monk    News    March 15, 2013

Holocaust survivor speaks at Chabad UCF

Tuesday, Feb. 9 was more than just the regular weekly chillin’ and grillin’ barabecue for UCF students at Chabad. Students were fortunate to hear the moving and inspirational story of Leibel Zis... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    March 15, 2013

Nesenoff, the whistle-blowing rabbi, visits Orlando

On May 27, 2010 Rabbi David Nesenoff of recorded the anti-Semitic “slur heard around the world” while visiting the White House for American Jewish Heritage Month. The rabbi and his son... Full story


Judaism must embrace its 'doubters'

NEW YORK (JTA)—As of 2012, one in 20 Americans is identifying themselves as an atheist, agnostic or unbeliever. According to the research done by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released last year, nearly 33 million Americans list themselve... Full story


Reflections on a Jewish merchant

I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about my great-grandfather, Moses Strouse. Not because I am interested that deeply in family trees or have ever visited, but because I am drawn to sociology and am deeply disturbed about the... Full story


The semantics of peace

Nervous Jews are worrying if Barack Obama is intent on forcing Israel into a peace process. Leaving aside the issue that being nervous is a chronic condition of being Jewish, an appropriate response to Obama and all the others who think that Israel i... Full story

 By Ari Afilalo    Opinions    March 15, 2013

Begin was right to fire Sharon over '83 massacre

(JTA)—Israel’s State Archives recently released the previously classified minutes of a 1983 Cabinet meeting during which the government debated the Kahan Commission’s recommendation to fire Defense Minister Ariel Sharon on account of the Sabra and Sh... Full story

 By Abby Knopp    Opinions    March 15, 2013

Engage Russian-speaking Jews on their own terms

NEW YORK (JTA)—In 1993, one of the great scholars of Russian Jewry, Zvi Gitelman, noted that “since the 1880s, no group of Jews has migrated as often, in as great numbers, and with such important consequences as the Jews of Russia and the FSU. The... Full story


Catching the wave at Tulane Hillel

NEW ORLEANS (JTA)—“Hillel’s not really my thing. That’s not me.” This is not what you want to hear as a first-year Hillel director acclimating to a new campus. Yet when I arrived at Tulane University four years ago, that’s the refrain I heard as I... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, March 15 - Friday, March 22

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 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Gre... Full story


"Time Squared" to perform at Jewish Pavilion Gala

Musical Duo “Time Squared” will be performing at the Jewish Pavilion Gala on April 21 at the Marriott, Lake Mary. Gayle Cohen (vocals) and Robert Cohen (instrumentals, vocals), related only by the... Full story


Secrets in Berlin

Why would someone risk their life to save a stranger? There’s no easy answer to that question. However, it’s one authors love exploring, especially when writing about Germany during the Nazi era. In his wonderful “City of Women” (Amy Eihorn Books/G... Full story



Beatrice Rabinovitz of Miami died recently. She was born in Chicago to the late Sarah and Morris Leibowitz. She moved to Miami to be with her daughters, who survive her, Marlene (Richard) Levy of Miami and Donna (late David) Levine also of Miami.... Full story



Martin Valeri, of Orlando, passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2013. He was 74 years old. A Philadelphia native, he was born on July 29, 1938, to the late Orlando and Pearl Quell Valeri. He joined the U.S. Navy immediately following high school and... Full story



Ida VanBaalen, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013. She was 94 years old. Mrs. VanBaalen was born in Detroit on Feb. 13, 1919, to the late Nathan and Ethel Eagle Fitlow. A high school graduate, Mrs. VanBaalen worked as a secretary in accounting and... Full story


Passover seders in Central Florida

Celebration Jewish Center CJC’s second night Passover seder dinner service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Celebration’s Heritage Hall under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Dr. Richard Cowin. Cowin has selected a Haggadah tha... Full story

 By Gil Shefler    News    March 15, 2013

Israeli economist peddling new plan to equalize Arab university presence

NEW YORK (JTA)—Unlike most economists, Manuel Trajtenberg does not spend his days cloistered in university classrooms and think tanks far from the public eye. The Tel Aviv University professor g... Full story


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