Articles from the May 31, 2013 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 31, 2013

Pressing Poland on restitution poses dilemma for U.S., Jewish groups

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Poland is a stalwart American ally in Europe, a bulwark against an increasingly belligerent Russia and, with the recent opening of a major new Warsaw museum, is enjoying a flush of a... Full story


JAO scholarship fund to honor Shefsky

Current parents of Jewish Academy of Orlando, as well as alumni families, members of the board of directors, teachers, colleagues and members of the community joined together May 19 at the Winter... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    May 31, 2013

Arab Spring's next casualty Jordan?

Bordering the attention-grabbing countries of Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Jordan is sometimes overlooked by the media and by policy experts because of its peace with Israel, its close... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    News    May 31, 2013

Berman addresses accountability

NEW YORK (JTA)—Now that it’s clear that the top leaders of the Claims Conference were involved in investigating an anonymous accusation of restitution fraud in 2001, the question is who bears the res... Full story


ADL's Foxman analyzes intersection of online hate and free speech in new book

Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), on June 4 is releasing his new book ‘Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet,’ co-written with attorney Chr... Full story

 By Linda Gradstein    News    May 31, 2013

Israel holds national practice for missile attack

As the siren began to wail, the children ran quietly down the steps of the Science and Technology Elementary School in Pisgat Zeev, a northern suburb of Jerusalem built on post-1967 land. They sat on the floor in the four classrooms in the basement,... Full story

 By Dan Pine    Features    May 31, 2013

Humanities professor, evolutionary biologist pursue Jews' genetic trail

By Dan Pine j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California As a professor of Jewish religion, Steve Weitzman studies the lives of biblical figures from Abraham to Zipporah. Now, thanks to his... Full story


A springtime visit with the Jewish Pavilion

Every spring brings new holidays and for the Jewish Pavilion it means visiting with wonderful, aging Jewish residents, now living in a nursing care facility. “One beautiful morning I had the p... Full story


Nominate a mensch for the Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2013 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented in August at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. “For more than 25 years, individuals who have m... Full story


Wine down with Cabernet and conversation

Estate planners, accountants and bankers will have the opportunity to network with other wealth management professionals at a private party in Longwood hosted by Jewish Pavilion Board member Barbara... Full story


Monthly music programs return in September

All good things must come to end. Thankfully the monthly musicals at Horizon Bay Boston Avenue will return in September. What a wonderful “season” it had been with some of the most wonderful ent... Full story


Great love

My Aunt Rita Levy died last week. Of all the siblings in her family, she was perhaps the least well known. Her sister Dorothy (Dottie) Morrell was considered the gatekeeper to the Orlando Jewish... Full story

 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    May 31, 2013

The legacy of Roman Blum

Roman Blum died a few weeks ago. He was 92, and he wasn’t well. He died a very rich man. According to estimates from his accountant and lawyer, somewhere in the area of 40 million dollars. A nice area. Roman Blum left no family. His wife died a f... Full story


List mania

“Of making many lists there is no end, and much blogging wearies the eyeballs.” Ecclesiastes doesn’t say that, exactly—but might have had the author lived to see the proliferation of lists ranking the most influential rabbis and other Jews. The lat... Full story


Time to be on the same team

If ever there was a time to come together as Jews, it is now. Either we learn from history and survive, or we ignore it, and suffer the consequences. With rising anti-Semitism around the world, which is often disguised, as anti Zionism, we must be... Full story


Pluralism in Hillel must extend to Israel

(JTA)—Throughout our four years in college, Hillel has been our home on campus. We have been involved extensively, with one of us serving as president on campus and on the Hillel international board. While we both found in Hillel a supportive c... Full story

 By Gideon Behar    Opinions    May 31, 2013

What if the Nazis had tweeted?

JERUSALEM (JTA)—What could Goebbels have done with 140 characters? The question, disturbing as it might sound, can no longer be approached only as theoretical. As the arch-propagandist of Nazism, Joseph Goebbels spread the demonic messages of his F... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, May 31 - Friday, June 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 Gre... Full story


6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Sean Penn speaks out for Brooklynite’s freedom Sean Penn’s social activism usually conjures images of the Academy Award-winning actor on a wind-rocked boat rescuing victims of some kind of natural disaster. But on May 20 he was in a con... Full story


Mom was wrong- power does make you happier

TEL AVIV—Television characters from mob boss Tony Soprano to Liz Lemon on “30 Rock” suggest that power is a gateway to loneliness, corruption and unhappiness. But new findings from two Tel Aviv University researchers are challenging this perce... Full story


Obituary - CARL LEPON

Carl J. Lepon, of Longwood, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2013. He was 88 years old. Mr. Lepon was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 7, 1925 to the late Joseph and Gussie Schultz Lepon. He attended local area schools and joined the Army Air Force... Full story


Obituary - ALAN LITKA

Alan Litka of Orlando died on Saturday, May 18, 2013. He was 88 years old. An Orlando resident since 1953, he was born in Cincinnati on April 19, 1925, to the late Max and Jennie Vagranasky Litka. Upon graduating high school, Mr. Litka enlisted in th... Full story



Dr. Charles H. Silver of Longwood, Fla., died on Friday, May 17, 2013. He was 68 years old. A New York native, he was born on July 26, 1944, to the late Max and Ruth Schweitzer Silver. Dr. Silver was a school psychologist working for many years with... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Haredi draft debate spurs Lapid threat to bring down government JERUSALEM (JTA)—Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid threatened to bring down the Israeli government if a bill requiring the enlistment of h... Full story



Lauren Michelle Herwitz, daughter of Lisa and Lawrence Herwitz of Casselberry, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, June 8 at Congregation Beth Am. Lauren just finished the... Full story


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