Articles from the March 29, 2013 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 29, 2013

Obama gains political capital-will he spend it?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—For a trip that U.S. officials had cautioned was not about getting “deliverables,” President Obama’s apparent success during his Middle East trip at getting Israel and Turkey... Full story


Guys gather at Man Cave in support of JFGO

Good food, booze, fancy cars, luxury jets and a little bit of magic were plentiful at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s Second Annual Men’s event, Man Cave.  The event, held on March... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    March 29, 2013

Did the charm offensive work?

JERUSALEM (JTA)—President Obama had three goals for his first presidential trip to Israel. He wanted to persuade Israelis that the United States is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring a... Full story

 By Alex Traiman    News    March 29, 2013

Gaza apology may have ramifications

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed Israeli policy last Friday, offering an apology to the Turkish people for the deaths of nine Turkish citizens aboard the armed Mavi Marmara flotilla headed toward Gaza in 2010. But that apology may h... Full story


Pollard's 10,000th day in prison approaches

New York—Thirty national Jewish organizations that are members of the Conference of Presidents joined in a pre-Passover appeal to President Obama led by Conference leaders Richard Stone, chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman,... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    March 29, 2013

With Islamic groups replacing traditional foes, Israel faces long-term instability on its borders

HERZLIYA, Israel (JTA)—Four weeks ago, militants in Gaza landed a rocket near the Israeli city of Ashkelon. Three weeks ago, Egypt raised its state of emergency in the Sinai Peninsula, warning of... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    News    March 29, 2013

Will Pope Francis I become the savior of the persecuted church?

Christianity is the world’s largest religion. And with more than 1 billion members, the Roman Catholic Church is its largest denomination. Anyone who watched the recent installation of Pope Francis I, attended by luminaries from 132 nations, would... Full story


Passover festival at CRJ offers food, drink and answers

Children and adults flocked to the Congregation of Reform Judaism for a morning of Passover treats, music, wine and educational activities at the first A to Z Passover Festival on March 17 in the... Full story


Women's Multi-Faith Seder celebrates freedom

More than 100 women and girls of different faith traditions gathered at the JCC’s Jack and Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus on March 14 to share in a celebration of the Jewish holiday of... Full story


Seder points out too many Americans still going hungry

Beit Hamidrash students, parents and community members gathered March 18 for a Hunger Seder led by Rabbi David Kay.  Hunger Seder observed the ancient traditions of Pesach in the context of a stark... Full story


In every generation, we must tell the Passover story

I have often tried to imagine how the Israelite slaves in Egypt responded to the Ten Plagues, the midnight flight and sudden Exodus into the unknown desert, the splitting of the Sea of Reeds with Pharaoh’s army in hot pursuit, and the abrupt... Full story

 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    March 29, 2013

Where shall a Jew live?

Jews are pretty good developers and builders. Look at Lennar Homes, Toll Brothers, KB Homes and others. The basics are easy. The builder-businessman selects a market that looks promising, buys the land, gets his permits. Up go the homes and the... Full story


We talk a good game

How much, if any, cooperation and collaboration can there be—or should there be—among Reform, Conservative and Orthodox communities, starting with their rabbis? At times we talk a good game of Jewish peoplehood, Clal Yisrael and Jewish unity;... Full story


Jews obliged to intervene on behalf of WIC program

WASHINGTON (JTA)—One act, more than any other, is indispensible from the Passover story: If God had not intervened, we would still be slaves. There would have been no Exodus, no Sinai, no bright future for the Jewish people. For the sake of a... Full story


J Street's positions are squarely in the mainstream

WASHINGTON—Opponents of J Street consistently argue that our positions are somehow radical, strange and way out of the Israeli or American-Jewish mainstream. The opposite is true: when it comes to Israeli-Palestinian peace, the two-state solution... Full story


My conversation with J Street's Jeremy Ben-Ami

On Monday evening, March 11, I had a public discussion with Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of J Street, at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles. The topics included how American Jews should approach pro-Israel advocacy, whether peace is currently atta... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, March 29 - Sunday, April 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 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of... Full story


Yom HaShoah Commemoration at SOJC

The Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation (SOJC) will honor the lives and memories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust at a Yom HaShoah commemoration open to the public on Sunday, April 7, at... Full story


Camp J celebrates 40 years of fun

Buckle up your seat belt and climb into our time machine as we celebrate 40 years of Camp J fun, traditions, memories and smiles. While so much has changed here in Maitland over the last four decades, it’s amazing to see how many great camp traditi... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    March 29, 2013

Meitin reflects on volunteering with seniors and the Jewish Pavilion

Debbie Meitin has been leading services, attending holiday programs and visiting seniors in their independent residences, assisted living facilities and nursing homes since the Jewish Pavilion opened... Full story


Yiddish class treated with music to sing along

When Bill Shamis and Mimi Shader performed at Chambrel on March 21, participants of all ages knew the words to “Tumbalalaika,” “Hava Nagila” and “Simintov and Mazel Tov.” Most also knew... Full story


Ice-cream and music; a magical formula for Jewish Pavilion success

Seniors respond positively to the use of music in their life. Lively, upbeat music can help the person feel less lonely or isolated, especially when they sing in a group environment. Singing with... Full story



Maxwell Goldstone, son of David and Juli Goldstone of Apopka, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood.  Max is an A student... Full story



Sydney Elizabeth Perreault, daughter of Dale and Phil Perreault of Maitland, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Congregation of Reform Judaism in... Full story


Feldman hams up the Jew factor on 'Mad Men'

NEW YORK (JTA)—Advertising, it’s fair to say, is in Ben Feldman’s blood. Yes, he technically plays a fictional advertiser, the Jewish copywriter in AMC’s award-winning drama “Mad Men.... Full story


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