Articles from the June 7, 2013 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 7, 2013

Law cited in Fox News furor has AIPAC history

WASHINGTON (JTA)—With its talk of signal books, sketches and photographic negatives, the Espionage Act suggests a period long ago consigned to Cold War-era thrillers. In fact, the law is even o... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    June 7, 2013

With desalination, once unthinkable is possible in Israel

PALMACHIM, Israel (JTA)—As construction workers pass through sandy corridors between huge rectangular buildings at this desalination plant on Israel’s southern coastline, the sound of rushing wat... Full story


JNF names new campaign executive

Jewish National Fund announces that Laura Abramson will be the new campaign executive for Orlando. “My passion for Israel began in 1976 after my first trip to Israel for six weeks,” says Abr... Full story

 By Michel Stors    News    June 7, 2013

Services collapsing in Syria

The streets in the Aleppo neighborhood of Hannano are piled high with garbage. Flies buzz around putrid bags that extend farther than the eye can see. The refuse has not been collected for months nor are there any plans to do so. Garbage collection i... Full story


Legends before the Bible

Was Judaism the first religion of the early Israelites? Based on archeological evidence, scholars believe our ancestors worshiped more than one deity. According to Avigdor Shinan and Yair Zakovitch, the biblical text was written to promote a... Full story


Near Dutch 'Sharia triangle,' a small Jewish enclave endures

THE HAGUE, the Netherlands (JTA)—On a cold winter night in 2008, Wim Kortenoeven was startled by the crackling of a large fire raging near his home on the edge of this city’s last remaining Jew... Full story


JFS Orlando via Scan program

Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, the Orlando-based nonprofit, human service agency, announces its partnership with the Fern Park Winn-Dixie in hosting a scan program now through Tuesday, June 11. Fern Park Winn-Dixie customers will be encou... Full story


Last day for Heritage Human Service Award nominations

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations through today 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, i... Full story


JCC joins Sheva Learning Community

The leadership of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando’s Early Childhood Learning Centers returned in March from the JCCs of North America Professional Conference at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, where they studied together in the JCC A... Full story


Google Glass portends brave new Jewish world

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (JTA)—Over the past few weeks, strangers have begun stopping high school computer science teacher Chaim Cohen on the street. A few accuse him of recording them without their k... Full story


(Our) pride and (their) prejudice

My second-favorite joke about Jewish newspapers takes place in New York in the 1930s. Two Jews are sitting on a bench; Leo is reading the Yiddish paper, Morris is reading the Nazi tabloid Der Sturmer. Leo glares at his friend, asking, “How can you re... Full story


Jerusalem seeks new image

JERUSALEM—On the night we arrived in Israel two weeks ago, my wife and I went for a stroll to see the newly renovated train station complex in the center of town. As we walked through the gates and saw the large, enthusiastic crowds, we realized we w... Full story


Tolerating uncertainty while enjoying luxuries

Things have never been better for many of us. Europeans are quarreling rather than killing one another. Jews are capable of reaching the top of virtually all professions, with decent housing and no worry about gentlemen’s agreements or restrictive co... Full story

 By David Suissa    Opinions    June 7, 2013

Israel's better place

As we witness the latest attempts to restart the comatose peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, we heard about the recent shutting down of Better Place, a much-ballyhooed Israeli venture that aimed to revolutionize the world of electric... Full story


Tikkun Olam: Ethical mitzvot are mitzvot

With the beginning of summer comes a time of reflection. School’s out and summer break is starting, so now is a time when we look back at the past year. And this past year was difficult. It included major natural disasters (tornadoes in Oklahoma, H... Full story


The fallacy, delusion and myth of Tikkun Olam

It is so very difficult, indeed utterly unbearable, to sit silently by while Jews, and now the general religious and secular communities, completely misuse and distort the term Tikkun Olam—certainly not intentionally or out of any malice, but r... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, June 7 - Friday, June 14

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


Chant expert seeks 'healing of the spirit'

In three-part harmony, a group of more than 50 people—mostly women, mostly middle-aged and older—began chanting a verse from Leviticus: Aish tamid tukad al hamizbei’ach; lo tichbeh (“Fire always shall be kept burning on the altar; it shall not go... Full story

 By Alina Dain Sharon    News    June 7, 2013

Syrian refugees quietly treated by Israel while U.N. makes latest 'parody of itself'

The script reads like this: Israel treats wounded Syrian refugees in its own hospitals. Syria produces a report alleging an “acute shortage of primary and tertiary health care services” in the Golan H... Full story


6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

‘Kitchen (and PR) nightmares’ NEW YORK (JTA)—An unsavory appearance on Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” turned out to be a PR nightmare for Samy Bouzaglo, the owner of Amy’s Baking Co. in Scotts... Full story


Seeking kin: Finding one relative in Israel-looking for more

BALTIMORE (JTA)—Sabina Faynberg decided recently to visit the grave of her cousin Shalom Schwartzbard on a moshav near the Israeli city of Netanya. Going online to find directions, the Jerusalem w... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 7, 2013

Scene Around

Shades of Mel Gibson… Television’s Military Channel has been showing many WWII films, mostly in honor of Memorial Day and the week after. One of the series titled “Nazi Collaborators,” shows the gat... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

How do you spell knaidel? (JTA)—An Indian-American boy won a national spelling contest after correctly spelling a Yiddish-derived word. Arvind Mahankali, 13, of Bayside Hills, N.Y., won the 2013 Scrip... Full story


Picoult takes on the Holocaust in 'The Storyteller'

Early on in Jodi Picoult’s new novel “The Storyteller” (Atria), Josef Weber comments that Sage Singer doesn’t say much in their grief support group, but when she does speak up, she’s a poet. She answers firmly that she’s no poet, but a baker. His... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    June 7, 2013

To haredim, Knesset member Lipman now a turncoat

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Dov Lipman has staked his budding political career on his reputation as a moderate haredi Orthodox leader, someone uniquely positioned to broker compromise between Israel’s increasingly... Full story


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