Articles from the May 15, 2015 edition

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Mica visits Hillel

Rep. John Mica (R-FL) was in Orlando meeting with members of the Orlando Jewish community and Central Florida Hillel student leaders to discuss the latest situation in the Middle East. Pictured from... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    May 15, 2015

Netanyahu forms new coalition in nick of time

TEL AVIV (JTA) – Seven weeks after he won reelection, Benjamin Netanyahu finally secured a fourth term as prime minister. With 90 minutes to go until a Wednesday night deadline to form a governing c... Full story


JFGO offering $100K in grants

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) has begun accepting applications for its $100,000 Community Collaborative Grants program. Community Collaborative Grants from JFGO are available for collaborative programs and services for the... Full story


JFGO hires new marketing director

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has welcomed Paul Lefton as the new director of marketing and communication. Lefton brings more than 25 years of experience in journalism, marketing and... Full story

 By Toby Axelrod    News    May 15, 2015

It's complicated: Germany and Israel mark golden anniversary as friends

BERLIN (JTA)-This month marks 50 years since Israel and West Germany established diplomatic ties. It has been an understandably complex relationship, launched two decades after the Holocaust ended... Full story

 By Julie Wiener    News    May 15, 2015

Who is Ayelet Shaked, Israel's new justice minister?

(JTA)-Ayelet Shaked (pronounced ShahKED), Israel's newly appointed justice minister and a member of the right-wing Jewish Home party, has quickly risen to prominence having served just two years in... Full story


Obama 'looks forward' to working with Netanyahu

( The White House issued a congratulatory statement on Thursday in response to the last-minute agreement in Israel between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and the Jewish Home... Full story


Temple L'Chayim hosts special memorial service

To help kick off the Memorial Day Weekend, on May 22 Temple L'Chayim of Clermont will be hosting a special Community Memorial Service to honor and memorialize the soldiers, families and victims of... Full story


Jews in American history: The Eastern European wave

On Sunday, May 17, Temple Israel's adult education committee will present an interesting and informative lecture by Murray Toborowsky on Jews in American History: The European Wave. It will be held... Full story

 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 15, 2015

Jewish Academy eighth grade on temporary hold for 2015-16

There will not be an eighth-grade class next year at the Jewish Academy of Orlando. However, it is not a permanent situation, and the eighth-grade class will be back the following year. What happened to cause the school to make this decision?... Full story


Learn off-the-wall business tips at next Network meeting

Learn seven off-the-wall business tips at next Jewish Business Network meeting Launched just two months ago by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, the Jewish Business Network already is making... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    May 15, 2015

What's at stake when anti-Zionism aims for academic respectability?

A potentially ugly row is brewing in the United Kingdom over an academic conference, due to be held at the University of Southampton in April, which carries the title, “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and E... Full story


When the president's hero is a terrorist: a tale of two societies

The president of a normal, civilized country naturally is anxious to distance himself from any suspicion of ever having had a connection to a terrorist. That’s how President Barack Obama reacted when the Bill Ayers controversy erupted. But the r... Full story


Judaism and Jews

How important is Judaism for the Jews? We’ve long confused social science by being both an ethnic group (or tribe) and a religion. Among us are members of the tribe who deny religion, and converts to the religion who may have to wait a generation o... Full story


When Israel turns its back on pluralism

(New Jersey Jewish News via JTA)—This past week was exhausting, but not in the way I’ve become accustomed to as the father of three children in a demanding profession. It began with the uplifting gala of the Masorti Foundation and a conference cel... Full story

 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    May 15, 2015

Baltimore 'riot mom' needed in Jerusalem

One of the most enduring images from the Baltimore riots was that of the irate mother of a rioter vigorously admonishing and slapping her law-breaking teenage son. Millions of frustrated Americans, watching the televised images of mobs of young... Full story


Federation stays abreast of school calendars, activity in the community

Dear Editor: Having spent last Tuesday evening at the Seminole County School Board meeting, I read with interest your article “Seminole County School Board Drops Yom Kipper as a Nonattendance Day.” The school board heard from two members of the Jew... Full story


What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    May 15, 2015

Friendship, fashion, food and fun at Pavilion's fashion show

More than 120 women gathered at the 7th annual Jewish Pavilion fashion show at Bloomingdales in Orlando on May 6, for a morning of friendship, fashion, food and fun, honoring Friends board member... Full story



Mike Wengrov, age 87, of Sanford, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Longwood Health Care Center in Longwood. Mr. Wengrov was born in Poland on Dec. 20, 1927. He and his mother, Leah, with the help of righteous Polish people, escaped the Nazis, a... Full story


How Jews are trying to make things better after Baltimore

WASHINGTON (JTA)-From roundtable discussions to protests and prayers to candid talk with law enforcement officials, American Jewish communities are joining in the debate about community policing in... Full story


JFS Orlando expands RIDE program for seniors

JFS Orlando Executive Director Eric Geboff is pleased to announce the expansion of JFS’ RIDE program, Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly, to the Jewish community. The new advancement of the program is funded by a grant from Melvin and Z... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 15, 2015

Scene Around

Once again, the light stuff first... It hurts to think my grandchildren don't even know how famous Frank Sinatra was... sure he has restaurants named after him in Las Vegas, here in Orlando, and proba... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    May 15, 2015

Pavilion Golf Society Tournament way above par

The Pavilion Golf Society shot a hole in one for the elder community for the third year in a row with a successful golf outing, honoring founders Sheryl and Julian Meitin. More than 90 golfers were... Full story


Search team finds body of last Israeli unaccounted for in Nepal

( A search team discovered the body of 22-year-old Israeli trekker Or Asraf, who was the last Israeli citizen unaccounted for in Nepal following the devastating earthquake there. The... Full story


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