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Articles from the May 23, 2014 edition

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Temple Israel members bring Torah scroll home to German synagogue

At the end of this month, a delegation of members from Temple Israel will accompany Temple Israel's "Goold Torah" to Berkach, Germany, for the 160th anniversary of the opening of the building that... Full story


Reaching the next generation

For the past 60 years or so, the question of how to create and sustain a vibrant Jewish community in America has remained relatively the same, but the players continue to change. And the question on e... Full story

 By Chris DeSouza    Features    May 23, 2014

Orlando adventurer rowing the Pacific

Sonya Baumstein is only 29 years old, but in her short life this second-generation Orlandoan-daughter of Darryl and Debbie Baumstein and granddaughter of Jack and Roz Baumstein-has sailed more seas,... Full story

 By Chris DeSouza    News    May 23, 2014

Goldfarb on the ballot for judgeship

Brooke Deratany Goldfarb knows she can make a difference as a circuit judge in the justice systems of Brevard and Seminole counties. In the world of law, Goldfarb has been around the block.... Full story


Israeli forces answer the call to find abducted Nigerian girls

(Israel Today)-Israeli security forces have arrived in Nigeria to aid in the search for up to 200 young Christian girls recently abducted by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram. On Monday, May 12,... Full story


Deputy Knesset chairman outlines straight-forward five-step plan for Israel

By Deputy Knesset Chairman MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) outlined his national plan while in Toronto for Israeli Independence Day, speaking at an event sponsored by the Jewish Defense League and Toronto Zionist Council. Feiglin called for reconnecting... Full story


Two-thirds of Americans side with Israel on peace talks collapse

(JNS.org) A new national poll reveals that two-thirds of Americans side with the Israeli perspective over the Palestinian perspective in assessing blame for the recent collapse of the U.S.-brokered peace talks. In a poll of 1,595 likely voters that... Full story

 By Richard A. Ries    News    May 23, 2014

Hollywood legend regales Jewish Orlando

He's quite a character. And we know a lot of his characters: Shrek, The Smurfs, The Rugrats, and Boy Genius, to name a few. But Wednesday, May 7, at the Longwood Community Center, Jewish Orlando,... Full story


JNF Women for Israel paint the night away at the Scarlet Easel

Over 20 Jewish National Fund (JNF) Women for Israel (WFI) supporters gathered for a fun-filled evening of instructed painting at The Scarlet Easel on Thursday, May 8. WFI Chair Debbie Meitin spoke... Full story


Temple L'Chayim brings Torah to its new home

Temple L’Chayim is making its permanent home in Clermont and will have a Torah Walk tonight, May 23, at 6:45 p.m. The procession will start on Route 27 about 2 blocks south of Walgreens and end at our new location 4420 Route 27 South.  A Torah... Full story


Our rituals are illogical, but we perform them faithfully, anyway

On Shabbat mornings, when I go outside to pick up the newspaper from the front stoop of my house, I am aware of a deep sense of responsibility. I know that where and how I open the paper to check the scores during the baseball season determines wheth... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    May 23, 2014

Misplaced optimism over Iran

When Hassan Rouhani was elected as Iran’s president in June 2013, you could hear the sighs of relief in Washington, in Brussels, at U.N. Headquarters, and across key European capitals. Finally, we were told, the terrorism-supporting, human... Full story


John Kerry, J Street and the Jewish establishment

John Kerry regrets his use of the word apartheid in connection with Israel, but his half-hearted apology, which included a reiteration of his accusation against Israel’s leadership as well as that of the Palestinians for not having the courage to... Full story

 By Ben Shapiro    Opinions    May 23, 2014

Denounce Sharia everywhere

This week, the Hollywood left finally discovered something it had apparently been missing for the last few decades: Countries that impose Islamic law, known as Sharia, brutally violate human rights. This shocking realization came after the Sultan of... Full story


A priest's encounter with Jew-hatred

I was in one of those big boxes in another city, waiting for a prescription. After wandering around for a few minutes, I sat down across the aisle from the pharmacy on one of the benches kindly provided by the store. I was wearing my cassock and... Full story


Hats off to the annual Post Office food drive

Dear Editor:  On behalf of the many food banks in this area, I want to commend the Postal workers who volunteered for the Annual Post Office food drive.  The food was of excellent quality and in date. During the holidays, donations are plentiful... Full story


There are Muslims working to 'reform' Islam

Dear Editor: I am responding to Richard Ries’ May 9 Viewpoint, “Beware the ides and tides of Jewish racism.” In Mr. Ries’ conclusion he states, “It is well past time for Islam to usher in Reform movements of their own with equality for... Full story


Give Temple Israel a second chance!

Dear Editor: I was so disappointed to read the letter to the editor in the May 9th edition that was so pointedly critical of Temple Israel. I felt compelled to share my experience, which has been completely opposite to hers. While I am happy to know... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, May 23 - Friday, May 30

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


Celebrate Shavuot at Congregation Beth Sholom

Congregation Beth Sholom invites the public to join us as Rabbi Allen leads a special Shavuot Shabbat service on Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people. It is customary to stay up studying... Full story



Florence “Flo” Berk of Longwood, passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Village on the Green in Longwood. She was 100 years old. Mrs. Berk was born on March 20, 1914, in Philadelphia to the late Max and Jennie Rubin Jacobs. At a time when... Full story



Carol Ann Peisner of Orlando, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014, at her residence. She was 56 years old. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., she was born on Nov. 15, 1957. Mrs. Peisner moved to the Orlando area in 1990, and was a homemaker. She is... Full story



Beatrice Rozen, of Maitland, Florida, passed away on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11, 2014. She was 85 years old. She was born December 26, 1928 in Montreal, Canada, the daughter of Herman and Polly... Full story



Richard C. Schulman of Sunny Isles Beach Fla., passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Miami. He was 80 years old. Mr. Schulman was born on March 21, 1934, to the late Harry and Lillian Pallot Schulman and grew up in Miami. As a... Full story



Jules Slansky of Orlando, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Miami Jewish Health System Senior Home. He was 92 years old. Mr. Slansky was born in New York City on April 28, 1922, to the late Nathan and Helen Slansky. One of three... Full story


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