Articles from the June 6, 2014 edition

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Congratulations to the Jerome J. Bornstein Class of 2014 graduates

On Tuesday, May 27 the 13 members of the Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Program participated in a graduation ceremony at the home of Judy Kahan. The members of the class brought family members to... Full story

 By Algemeiner staff    News    June 6, 2014

Netanyahu defends security barrier

ALGEMEINER-A day after Pope Francis was pictured praying at Israel's security barrier on Sunday, beneath a slogan that compared Palestinians with Jews under the Nazi regime, Israel's Prime Minister... Full story


COS OKs same-sex unions

At its May meeting, Senior Rabbi Aaron D. Rubinger advised the full Board of Trustees of Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland, of his decision—in consultation with the other clergy and lay leadership—to authorize same-sex Jewish unions at the... Full story

 By Shiryn Ghermezian    News    June 6, 2014

Torah on the moon project is a go

An Israeli team hopes to send a Torah scroll to the moon’s surface in an effort to preserve a part of Jewish culture in case of an apocalypse, Britain’s Daily Mail reported on Friday. The scroll would travel outside Earth’s atmosphere with... Full story

 By Beth Kissileff    News    June 6, 2014

Philip Roth, onetime 'enfant terrible,' gets seminary honor

(JTA)—“What is being done to silence this man?” an American rabbi asked in a 1963 letter to the Anti-Defamation League. He was talking about the novelist Philip Roth, whose early novels and short stories cast his fellow American Jews in what... Full story

 By Alex Traiman    News    June 6, 2014

Making sense of Pope Francis's whirlwind Mideast trip

After two intense days of religious ceremonies in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials, unscheduled photo opportunities, and debilitating traffic arrangements, Israelis and interfaith relations experts are trying... Full story

 By Dave Bender    News    June 6, 2014

Brussels shooting victims leave behind two teen daughters

TEL AVIV—Miriam and Emmanuel Riva were “the cream of the crop,” grieving family and friends said of the 50-year-old couple, slain in May 24’s shooting attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium. Two employees of the center were also... Full story


JCC preschoolers perform mitzvah for local hospital

The children of the Gan Rishonim Four's class at the Roth Jewish Community Center's Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center in Maitland recently performed a big mitzvah, by collecting money... Full story


'Ida' showing at the Enzian Theater in Maitland

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski ("Last Resort," "My Summer of Love") comes "Ida," a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her... Full story


New Torah completed and dedicated in Ocala

The Jewish Community of Marion County was fortunate to complete a new Torah on Sunday, June 1. To celebrate this auspicious occasion, the community joined together to welcome a brand new Sefer Torah with a completion and dedication ceremony.... Full story


Congregation Beth Sholom evening service, June 13

Congregation Beth Sholom of Leesburg invites the public to join Rabbi Karen Allen for its Friday evening service on Friday, June 13 at 7 p.m. Following the service, please join the congregation for coffee and refreshments at the Oneg... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 6, 2014

Iraqi Jewish Archive belongs in America

When I last wrote about the archive of Jewish treasures from Iraq rescued by U.S. forces in Baghdad in 2003, I noted that the prevalent opinion among Iraqi Jews—a community from which I hail on my father’s side—was that the books, photographs,... Full story

 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    June 6, 2014

Lesser known attacks of terror

When I offer to share information I have gathered over the past seven years with some people about what the Islamic fanatics are doing here in America. I frequently hear “I do not see Islamic trouble around here” and “it’s no big deal” and... Full story



The attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, resulting in four deaths including those of a visiting Israeli couple, has elevated once again the issue of anti-Semitism. It comes against the background of recent studies of the subject, including one... Full story


When goose-stepping and Israel-bashing go together

The thin line dividing criticism of Israel from anti-Semitism just got a little thinner. BBC journalist Chris Rogers this week was revealed to have amused himself by giving the Nazi salute and strutting about in a Hitler-style goose-step while... Full story

 By Morton Klein    Opinions    June 6, 2014

Poof! Magical settlements stopped the 'peace process'

When Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah/Palestinian Authority (PA) signed a reconciliation agreement with Hamas, a recognized terrorist group that calls in its Charter for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews, the State Department’s spokeswoman,... Full story


Crossing the line

During the wedding scene in Fiddler on the Roof, Perchik, the student revolutionary, breaks with tradition by crossing from the men’s side to the women’s side to dance with Tevye’s daughter Hodel. On stage it plays like a breakthrough; even... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, June 6 - Friday, June 13

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.... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    June 6, 2014

Israeli Lunar XPrize team shoots for the moon

TEL AVIV (JTA)—One small step by Israelis could become a giant leap for the State of Israel. At a Tel Aviv University laboratory, a team of 20 Israelis is building a spacecraft they believe will make Israel only the fourth country—after the... Full story


Seeking Kin: A Lower East Side synagogue stirs a Washingtonian's interest

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)-On a recent visit to Manhattan, Michael Herman brought his wife and two daughters to a stone building at... Full story


Hillary's choice: Clinton seeks to differentiate herself from Obama on Mideast

By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) – A month before her foreign policy autobiography, "Hard Choices," hits the bookstores, Hillary Rodham Clinton made an easy choice: She pitched her diplomatic... Full story

 By Dave Bender    News    June 6, 2014

Dylan got the Stones to play Israel

After 52 years, the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” tuned up for a fervently anticipated June 4 gig in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park. And the impetus for the Rolling Stones’ historic arrival during their 14 On Fire European tour came... Full story


Carrying on a tradition

For more than 15 years, Boy Scout Troop 641 has had a tradition of honoring our Veterans. This Memorial Day, Scouts lined up for the annual salute to our War Veterans at Woodlawn Cemetery in Gotha.... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 6, 2014

Scene Around

Flying safely home (I hope)... As you read this column (written the day before I am flying to Chicago), I will have already returned to Central Florida, expecting the high heat, although I was told that Chicagoans are feeling 80 plus degree weather... Full story


Nominate a mensch for the Heritage Human Services Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2014 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... Full story


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