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Articles from the June 10, 2016 edition

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What Memorial Day is all about

Boy Scouts and adult leaders of Troop 641 participated in the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts from local Troops also marched in the pre-ceremonial... Full story

 By Dexter Van Zile    News    June 10, 2016

Christian organizations gambling with Jewish safety in secret

Earlier this month, Ben Rhodes, a national security official in the Obama administration, admitted in a New York Times profile that he used non-governmental groups to create an "echo chamber" to... Full story


New Jordan PM has ties to Israel

(JNS.org)—After ordering to dissolve the country’s parliament on Sunday, Jordan’s King Abdullah II appointed a politician known for his strong ties to Israel as the new Jordanian prime minister, Al Jazeera reported. Although Jordan’s... Full story


What's the scoop on settlements?

One report says the Obama administration will soon get "tougher" with Israel over an alleged surge of Jewish settlement construction. Another report says Israel is currently halting new settlement con... Full story

 By Deborah Danan    News    June 10, 2016

Michael Oren: Israel no longer a 'frontier country' for its newest immigrants

Member of Knesset Michael Oren (Kulanu), the self-described "resident old man," surveys the scene unfolding before his eyes with growing astonishment. Seven-hundred pounds of grilling meat, 20 bags... Full story


Bernie Sanders: Israel has a right to US protection

(JTA)—Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Israel has a right to be protected by the United States. Sanders, who has spoken out in favor of Palestinian interests as well as Israel’s right to exist in security, made the assertion... Full story


Israel has world's 6th-highest life expectancy, WHO reports

(JNS.org) Despite ongoing security threats and regional instability, Israelis can expect to live well into their 80s, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) newly released global report on life expectancy. Japan has the world’s... Full story


Orlando Torah Academy explores life science

First Grade at Orlando Torah Academy has been exploring life science in a hands-on way! For three weeks, the class observed the growth of the embryo inside chicken eggs then watched those eggs hatch... Full story


Celebrate the gift of Torah with Cong. Beth Sholom

On the holiday of Shavuot the gift of Torah is celebrated. The Torah, a history and a guide to every step through life, was given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, more than 3300 years ago. Every year, on the holiday of Shavuot, not only... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 10, 2016

A message to Donald Trump's Jewish supporters

“He’s not Hitler. He wants to help America.” Melania Trump’s comment about her husband, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, will go down as one of the more memorable quotes in an election cycle that has had its fair share of gaffes,... Full story

 By Eliana Rudee    Opinions    June 10, 2016

The truth about the S-word in Israel

“I’m sure you get this question a lot, but...” It always starts with those words. What follows is the predictable, frequently asked question on the minds of friends, family, and Jewish mothers when I get back to the U.S. “Is it safe?... Full story


It ain't done till it's done

There’s been another resignation associated with the appointment of Avigdor Liberman as Minister of Defense. This one comes from the Minister of Environment, who associated his resignation not only with the appointment of Liberman, but with the... Full story


Palestinian terrorists and their accomplices

Palestinian terrorist attacks that result in only a few casualties vanish quickly from the headlines. The victims are hospitalized, the politicians issue condemnations, the Palestinian Authority praises the attacker, and then the episode is quickly... Full story


Deleting inconvenient words, from Arafat to Iran

The U.S. State Department’s admission that it altered an embarrassing video exchange about its nuclear negotiations with Iran is disturbing—but it’s not the first time that the Obama administration, or some of its predecessors, have tampered... Full story


What sex in traditional Shavuot reading can teach today's teens

OMER, Israel (JTA)—As Jews, we tend to pride ourselves on our tradition’s values and how we pass them on to future generations; values such as education, tzedakah, loving the stranger, pursuing justice and tikkun olam, “repair of the world.... Full story


Acceptance and respect:

Dear Editor: This may come as a shock to many, but I have to agree with letter writer, Lexi Goldstein. The Muslim Student Association at UCF does deserve both acceptance and respect as an organization and as individuals. However, in order to earn... 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


Sweet Ricotta & Strawberry Bourekas Recipe for Shavuot

(The Nosher via JTA)-I'm a cheese and dairy fanatic. So for obvious reasons my favorite holiday is Shavuot. This is when spring has sprung and my family makes a whole spread of cheese and... Full story


Jerusalem's high-tech, academia get $220M boost

(JTA)—Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Israel’s reunification of Jerusalem, the Cabinet allocated an extra $220 million for a plan that encourages the city’s high-tech industry. “This is almost NIS 1 billion that we are investing in the... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    Features    June 10, 2016

Memorial programming extends Pavilion's Elder Outreach

On Friday, May 27 the second floor social hall at Spring Hills Assisted Living in Lake Mary was packed wall-to-wall with more than 40 kippot-clad residents, caretakers, and family members, for a memor... Full story


Scene Around

Back in Orlando... Wow. I didn't think it was hot in Chicago when it hit 81 degrees the other day. However, many local folks donned shorts. Most complained about the high heat. (I cooled off!) You... Full story

 By Jamie Lake    Features    June 10, 2016

6 insider tips to prepare your child for overnight camp

(Kveller via JTA)—My camp duffel bags are 30 years old. This is the first time since 1986 that they will not make the trek with me from Chicago to Wisconsin for a summer filled with outdoor adventure and friendship. As a lifelong camper and now ... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    News    June 10, 2016

Donald Trump's anti-Semitism controversies: A timeline

NEW YORK (JTA)-Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is facing growing accusations that his campaign is countenancing anti-Semitism-if not encouraging it outright. Trump's foreign... Full story



Betty E. Gabay, age 89, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Palm Gardens of Tampa Health and Rehabilitation Center. Betty was a former resident of Orlando, living at Kinneret until she relocated to the Tampa area in 2015. She was born on... Full story



Marcia S. Roen, age 90, of Orlando, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, at her home. A native of Paterson, New Jersey, she was born on October 21, 1925, to the late Harry and Florence Landau Siegel. She moved to Orlando with her parents and brother,... Full story


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