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Articles from the June 5, 2015 edition

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Memorial Day observance by Troop 641

For the last 20 years, Scouts from Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 641 have participated in the Annual Memorial Day Service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Gotha. This year the Scouts marched behind the... Full story


Rosen JCC breaks ground on expansion

The Rosen JCC will begin an expansion that will transform their current facility and programs with a groundbreaking ceremony on June 24 at 6:30 p.m. The expansion is two-fold: a 17,348 sq. ft.... Full story


Day of sorrow becomes Unity Day

This piece was written by Iris and Ori Ifrach, Rachelli and Avi Fraenkel, and Bat-Galim and Ofer Shaer, the parents of Eyal Ifrach, Gil-ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel. (JTA)-One year ago, our families... Full story

 By Gabe Friedman    Features    June 5, 2015

Holocaust film upends the genre

(JTA)-Given the long and storied history of the Holocaust film genre, it's unusual for a new movie on the subject to be lauded as innovative. But the new film "Son of Saul," the first by Hungarian... Full story

 By Maayan Jaffe    Features    June 5, 2015

After decades of IOC silence, slain Israeli Olympians headed for recognition

"We have given the best years of our lives to remember-to remember the tragedy of what happened... Now we are starting to see some light from all of our efforts." Such is the sentiment of Ilana... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    News    June 5, 2015

Houston floods inundate Jewish homes and two synagogues

(JTA)-Two synagogues and the homes of countless Jewish residents were damaged in the floods that swept through Houston on Monday and into Tuesday, inundating homes and businesses, sweeping away cars a... Full story

 By Michele Sobel    News    June 5, 2015

Congregation Sinai of Minneola's Mitzvah Day

Congregation Sinai, in Minneola, had its first Mitzvah Day on Sunday, May 3. What a success it was! Mitzvah Day is a common event at many temples throughout the country. It is a day when congregants,... Full story


JTEN provides Central Florida teens with global perspective

For the 2014-2015 school year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando introduced a new model of Jewish teen education in Central Florida: the Jewish Teen Education Network (JTEN). With the launch of this innovative program, the Federation successfu... Full story


Friday evening Sabbath service

Rabbi Karen Allen will lead Congregation Beth Sholom in Friday evening services at 7 p.m. on June 12. An Oneg Shabbat with light refreshments will follow. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th Street in Leesburg, with the entrance on Center... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 5, 2015

The legacy of Robert Wistrich, world's leading scholar of anti-Semitism

The cemetery in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul neighborhood was bathed in the fading sunlight of a late May afternoon. Silently and steadily, the column of mourners wound their way toward an open grave, surrounded by glinting white headstones, inhaling... Full story


Comprehensive approach to fighting BDS is needed

NEW YORK (JTA)—Let’s be clear from the outset: the BDS movement, the effort to support boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, is sinister and malicious and is having a negative effect on Jewish students on some campuses and on the... Full story


Someone else's politics

It’s not easy. Perhaps it’s not wise, to comment on someone else’s politics. American officials, and lots of American Jews, especially those to the right and left extremes, often sound like loonies when expressing themselves about Israeli... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    Opinions    June 5, 2015

The Houston flood, Jewish values, and human values

As Jewish media far and wide started picking up on the story of this week’s devastating flood in Houston, which hit Jewish-heavy neighborhoods particularly hard, JNS.org has been (in my own estimation) conspicuously late to join the reporting.... Full story


'I love Israel, but does Israel love me?'

The four hours of discussion on U.S.-Israel-diaspora Jewry relations was winding down as the dinner hour approached at the annual JPPI (Jewish People Policy Institute) Brainstorming Conference last Monday afternoon in Glen Cove, Long Island.... Full story


When Hershey met Mary

I always had a soft spot for the comedian Anne Meara, in large part because she looked a lot like my mother, of blessed memory. Similar cheek bones, the wide smile, a deep dimple in her left cheek. My mother was usually there, too, on her side of... 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... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    June 5, 2015

How to make your own burgers and fancy toppings at home

(The Nosher via JTA)-The hamburger, and definitely the cheeseburger, is arguably the most iconic American food. You would be hard pressed to find a person who doesn't love a good burger. But can the... 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 Marlene Dodinval    News    June 5, 2015

Mud and straw homes could be answer for earthquake regions

(ISRAEL21c)-Nepalese villagers now faced with massive rebuilding projects following the April 25 earthquake could benefit from the lessons learned by eco-minded builders in Israel's Arava desert. In... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Features    June 5, 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... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 5, 2015

Scene Around

Holocaust memory... This is a new life-affirming perspective on Holocaust memory that I read recently in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest. I pass it along to you omitting the many contributors... Full story

 By Shannon Sarna    Features    June 5, 2015

Roast Chicken with spicy honey BBQ sauce

(The Nosher via JTA)-Summer is almost here; I can feel it. Every time we get a warmer day, the women of New York City are giddy with sandal wearing and summertime accessories. The flowers are blooming... Full story


Hackers meet their match

By Brian Blum (ISRAEL21c)-Did your cursor just vanish? That's not a glitch but a feature for Israeli fraud-busting startup BioCatch. Have you ever noticed that when you are visiting your bank's... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 5, 2015

Turkish Jews staying put but eyeing exit amid president's hostile rhetoric

ISTANBUL (JTA)-In the backyard of the Etz Ahayim synagogue in Turkey's largest city, congregant Yusuf Arslan hollers pleasantries as he mingles with other members of the small congregation.... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    June 5, 2015

With new coalition, Israel has prominent place on Hispanic Evangelical agenda

Latin gospel singer Ingrid Rosario, accompanied by a four-piece band, belts out impassioned ballads before a captive audience, hands clasped or in the air, eyes transfixed on the stage or closed in a... Full story


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