Articles from the May 22, 2015 edition

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Jewish families come together for Mother's Day Shabbat in the Park

Jewish families come together for Mother's Day Shabbat in the Park Our Jewish Orlando's Shalom Families celebrated Mother's Day with a special Shabbat in the Park on Friday, May 8, in Central Park on... Full story

 By David Wolpe    Features    May 22, 2015

Shavuot, when we became who we are

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-Rabbinic tradition teaches that when God spoke at Sinai, the world was silenced-birds did not sing, breezes did not rustle leaves in the trees. Out of that profound silence came... Full story


Annual campaign nears the mark

In its final month, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s annual campaign is only $41,000 from reaching $1 million. It is a milestone they have not achieved since 2007. “This is an amazing accomplishment that has been made possible by the... Full story


Baumstein ready to row Pacific

It's been one year, almost to the day, since the Heritage interviewed Sonya Baumstein, the young adventurer (she is now 30) set to be the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean from Japan... Full story

 By JTA Staff    News    May 22, 2015

Two Jews among confirmed dead in Amtrak crash

NEW YORK (JTA)-A 39-year-old executive with an education startup and a 20-year-old naval academy student were among the seven people confirmed dead from an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia.... Full story


PA cracks down on Hamas supporters on college campuses

( Palestinian Authority security forces have rounded up more than two-dozen Hamas supporters on West Bank college campuses for interrogation in recent weeks. A Hamas-aligned student group won an April 22 student council election at Birzeit... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    News    May 22, 2015

One in six Jews are new to Judaism, and other Pew findings

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Pew Research Center’s newly released 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Study offers a trove of data on American Jews based on interviews with 35,071 American adults, 847 of whom identified their faith as Jewish. Here are some of... Full story


Celebrate Shavuot with Congregation Beth Sholom

Congregation Beth Sholom invites the public to attend as Rabbi Karen Allen leads a special Shavuot Shabbat service on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. Shavuot, or the Feast of Weeks, celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people. Customarily,... Full story


Learn how to stay safe online at next JGSGO meeting

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) will host a presentation on how to improve the security of your computer, how to reduce the risk of malware infecting your computer, and simi... Full story


Socash takes on executive director role at Federation

The Tampa Orlando Pinellas (TOP) Jewish Foundation executive director, Emilie Socash has accepted the position of executive director of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties,... Full story


Cohen takes on JFGO position

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has appointed a new director of Outreach and Engagement. Jennifer Cohen has an extensive history of working with the Jewish community in Central Florida, with... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    May 22, 2015

As the Nakba comes to Washington, a wasted opportunity

For two weeks in June, Washington, DC will play host to a group of pro-Palestinian activists who have assembled an exhibit about the dispersion of the Palestinians during Israel’s War of Independence. The exhibit takes place under the auspices of... Full story


Kids who try to kill with rocks, and the media that ignore them

My eye was drawn this week to one of those little news items that appear in the Israeli media, but never make it into the American press. I call them the near-misses: the bomb that was discovered just before it went off, the bullet that struck just i... Full story

 By David Bedein    Opinions    May 22, 2015

Another voice from the Vatican concerning the Palestinians

Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who served as the Vatican ambassador and Papal Nuncio in Jerusalem from 1998 until 2006, died four years ago. In the wake of current developments between the Holy See and the Palestinian Authority, it would be instructive... Full story

 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    May 22, 2015

An American trapped in the 1948 siege of Jerusalem

“We are so used to bombs and the sound of firing guns that we don’t get upset anymore.” In choosing those words, Florence Bar Ilan probably hoped to convey that there was a certain stability to her daily life, but one can imagine her parents,... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    Opinions    May 22, 2015

For Netanyahu and Obama, mistrust is personal-and cynical

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Obama administration officials have long contended that the friction between the U.S. president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not personal and that American support for Israel remains as robust as ever—and... Full story


My message to the man who attacked me at the Kotel

By Alden Solovy JERUSALEM (JTA)—On a sunny morning last month, I was swept into the women’s section of the Western Wall in Jerusalem in a flurry of aggression directed at the Women of the Wall, the Israeli group fighting for women’s prayer at... Full story



Sandra Goldman, age 66, of Mt. Plymouth, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2015, at Aiden Springs Health Care Center in Winter Park. Mrs. Goldman was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on Aug. 31, 1948, to the late George and Jeanette Schultz Bradshaw.... Full story



Bruce J. Parness, age 73, of Clermont, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015, at Cornerstone Hospice of Lake and Sumter in Tavares. Mr. Parness was born on Jan. 31, 1942, in Providence, Rhode Island, to the late Frank and Claire Parness. He attended... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 22, 2015

Scene Around

Suspicious no? YES... I read this in the April issue of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and I pass it along to you: "William Schabas, who was appointed last August by the United Nations Human... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Sadie Rose Waldbaum

Sadie Rose Waldbaum, daughter of Laura and Jonathan Waldbaum of Heathrow, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Congregation Ohev Shalom. Sadie is in the seventh grade at Millennium Middle School where she is a... Full story


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