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Articles from the May 9, 2014 edition

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 News    May 9, 2014

Orlando J-Serve: The Ripple Effect

On Sunday, April 6, nearly 90 Jewish teenagers arrived to the Roth Jewish Community Center in Maitland to participate in a day of community service called J-Serve, an International Day of Jewish... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 9, 2014

After peace talks collapse, experts counsel a wait-and-see approach

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The best move for the Obama administration on the Middle East peace front may be to take a few steps back. That's what some observers are advising in the wake of the collapse of... Full story


J Street rejected by umbrella group

In what many observers will see as the de facto expression of mainstream U.S. Jewry's outlook on J Street, members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations voted 22-17... Full story

 News    May 9, 2014

Leno to host Genesis ceremony

LOS ANGELES - Jay Leno, the legendary former Tonight Show host, will be the official emcee at a star-studded event where former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be honored as... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    May 9, 2014

With peace talks stalled, Israelis and Palestinians resort to old moves

JERUSALEM (JTA) - Nine months of negotiations were supposed to propel Israelis and Palestinians into a future of peace. Instead, the collapse of talks is threatening to make the future look much like... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 9, 2014

Obama pointing finger at 'both sides' for peace impasse

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A pox on both your houses, but when you want a cure, we’re still here. That’s the message the Obama administration is sending Israel and the Palestinians amid the deepening crisis in peace efforts. “What we haven’t seen i... Full story

 By Joshua Levitt    News    May 9, 2014

Rabbi stands up for himself after verbal assault

(ALGEMEINER) A rabbi extracted an apology from anti-Semites on bikes who verbally assaulted him as he was walking to shul in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Rabbi Michy Rav-Noy wrote on Facebook that the lesson was, “Jews! Stand up for yourselves!” The... Full story

 By Yvonne David    Features    May 9, 2014

Mourners will find comfort in a grief support group

recently joined a grief support group offered by the Jewish Pavilion in conjunction with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care and held at Chambrel at Island Lake, a Brookdale Senior Living community. While... Full story

 News    May 9, 2014

A discussion about worldwide Christian persecution

On Friday, May 16, from 7p.m. to 9 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1515 South Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32807, an expert international panel will discuss Christian persecution around the world.  The co-organizers of the event are Bruce... Full story

 News    May 9, 2014

Friday evening Shabbat service

Congregation Beth Sholom of Leesburg invites the public to join Rabbi Karen Allen for Friday evening service on May 9 at 7 p.m. This service will include special readings for Yom HaAtzma’ut, Israeli Independence Day. Following the service, there... Full story


The Sterling effect

When the taped conversation between Donald Sterling, billionaire owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and his friend/girlfriend/mistress V. Stiviano was leaked recently, a righteous uproar rose from... Full story


Students to administrators: time to stop hiding

As soon as an African American student at San Jose State University who was racially harassed and bullied by his dormitory roommates came forward, university, county, and state officials began an investigation. Within days, prosecutors labeled it a... Full story

 By Ira Sharkansky    Opinions    May 9, 2014

Palestinian unity? And whose responsible for the collapse of peace talks?

Palestinians of Hamas Gaza and Fatah West Bank have announced the end of their dispute. They claim it gives them added strength to deal with Israel. Bibi is claiming that it provides the exit from the peace process. At least temporarily, the U.S. is... Full story

 By Richard Ries    Opinions    May 9, 2014

Beware the ides and tides of Jewish racism

Ed Ziegler’s April 18th column, “Islamic enclaves in America,” is, in my opinion, an attempt to create monsters out of us. The Judeophilic philosopher Frederic Nietzsche, who broke ties with Richard Wagner in large part over the opera... Full story

 By Glenn Mollette    Opinions    May 9, 2014

America cannot win with racist attitudes

For the rest of his life Donald Sterling will be remembered for racist remarks even though they were made in private. Paula Deen and Cliven Bundy will also be remembered for their racist remarks, as will Don Imus. Imus made on air comments in 2007... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    Opinions    May 9, 2014

In Presidents Conference loss, did J Street win its fight for mainstream acceptance?

WASHINGTON (JTA) — J Street wasn’t welcomed under the umbrella, but it hasn’t been left out alone in the rain. J Street’s failed effort to join the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations showed that many in the... Full story


A snowbird's choice of synagogues here

Dear Editor: I read with interest the column by Richard Ries about visiting various temples (April 4 issue) and wish to comment from a snowbird’s viewpoint. My husband and I are in Florida for only 2-3 months and our regular temple is up north. We... Full story


Learning Hebrew is fun!

Dear Editor: (Todah rabah—thank you) for running the piece about Hebrew language literacy (“American Jewry must reclaim Hebrew” – April 25, 2014). The author could also have written that learning Hebrew is fun! The article’s author asks,... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, May 9 - Friday, May 16

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. Congregatio... Full story

 By Jan Richter    Features    May 9, 2014

'Butterfly' journeys back to its source

PRAGUE—When the applause faded, the 32 young actors remained on stage in silence. Some of them hugged. They looked at each other, their faces filled with amazement and disbelief—the circle was complete. The Philadelphia-based troupe had brought... Full story

 By Sarah Michel    News    May 9, 2014

Waldflowers BBG Israel Night

On April 24, Waldflowers B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG) met at the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando for a night of Israeli food, friendship, and fun. Members kicked off the program by... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    May 9, 2014

Savannah Court welcomes Jewish community with mezuzah hanging

Monday afternoons are a time of celebration, song, and snack at Savannah Court and Cove in Maitland. Residents of all faiths and backgrounds stroll, wheel, or ambulate into the main hall at 3 p.m. on... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 9, 2014

Scene Around

Movies bring back torturous memories... While trolling for a station on TV, I stumbled upon an old movie, "Cast A Giant Shadow," that I had seen before, based on the true story of Colonel Mickey... Full story

 News    May 9, 2014

Brussels mayor bans 'summit meeting for anti-Semites'

(JTA) — A mayor from Brussels banned an event that Jewish groups have called a “summit meeting for anti-Semites.” Eric Tomas, the mayor of Anderlecht— one of 19 municipalities that make up the Brussels autonomous region of the federal... Full story

 By Talia Lavin    News    May 9, 2014

Campus divestment votes surge, but pro-Palestinian activists don't get many wins

NEW YORK (JTA)-On Twitter, pro-Palestinian activists dubbed it "DivestApalooza." Student governments at three Southern California public universities all voted on divestment resolutions targeting... Full story


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