Articles from the June 13, 2014 edition

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JNF Goodwill Ambassador Tal Brody visits Orlando

Jewish National Fund (JNF) recently hosted a number of events in Orlando with goodwill ambassador for Israel and basketball legend Tal Brody. He is shown here with students from the K-2 class at the... Full story

 By Linda Gradstein    News    June 13, 2014

Reuven Rivlin is new Israeli president

Israel's 120-seat parliament today chose long-time Likud member Reuven Rivlin as the country's next president who will succeed the popular Shimon Peres, who retires next month at the age of 90.... Full story


Four local chefs to meet the JFS Orlando chef challenge

Jewish Family Services Orlando is hosting a chef’s challenge dining event that will test well-known chefs in Central Florida to prepare a four-course dinner by using ingredients found solely from JFS Orlando’s Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry. Con... Full story


Prof. Pelli receives Judaica award

Moshe Pelli, professor and program director of the Judaic Studies Program, is the 2014 winner of the AJL Judaica Bibliography Award. The award, funded by Eric Chaim Kline of Los Angeles, was... Full story

 By Joshua Levitt    News    June 13, 2014

'Leave me alone' says Elie to Bibi

Elie Wiesel, humanitarian, Nobel Prize laureate and chairman of The Algemeiner’s Advisory Board, said he turned down an offer from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to succeed Shimon Peres as president of the State of Israel, Israeli daily Ye... Full story


Bone marrow registry seeks to enroll 70,000 new donors

A mother will do just about anything to protect her child. Nothing could illustrate that more than the story of Arlene Feinberg, a mother who led the charge to find a bone marrow donor for her son... Full story

 By Dave Bender    News    June 13, 2014

Israeli cops delay drug raid while brit mila performed

Now here’s an episode for Breaking Bad. In an “Only-in-Israel” moment, border police recently delayed hauling in a suspected drug dealer until he fulfilled the ancient Jewish ritual of seeing to his son’s brit mila (circumcision). When a team of offi... Full story

 By Sol Rieger    News    June 13, 2014

Wearing Tzitzit? You're out! Says Little League ump

Yossi, a 9-year-old boy from Fountain Hills, Arizona, is making the news for a simple act that he did, choosing to fulfill a 'miztvah' (religious commandment), instead of listening to his umpire.... Full story


JNF ambassador goes from bagels to beers to Shabbat in Orlando

Jewish National Fund (JNF) recently hosted a series of events throughout Orlando with Goodwill Ambassador for Israel and basketball legend Tal Brody. At Bagels and Basketball - A Lawyers for Israel... Full story

 By Nancy Ludin    News    June 13, 2014

Pavilion Golf Society raises over $16,000

While the weather outside was cloudy and showers were sporadic, close to 50 golfers happily gathered for the second annual Pavilion Golf Society Tournament on Sunday, June 1, at Alaqua Country Club.... Full story


Israeli Scouts coming to Ocala

Back by popular demand, a troupe of Israeli Tzofim, Scouts, will perform in Ocala on June 22 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 7171 SW Highway 200 in Ocala. The performance will feature songs in Hebrew, Yiddish and English sung by the... Full story


Presbyterians, BDS and Israel-here we go again

By Noam E. Marans NEW YORK (JTA)—In the charming movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray’s character repeatedly relives the same day until learning from the repetition transforms him from lout to worthy wooer of his colleague, played by Andie MacDowe... Full story


A new gauge of global anti-Semitism: What comes next?

By Abraham Foxman The Anti-Defamation League’s Global 100 Index of Anti-Semitism is the broadest public opinion survey of attitudes toward Jews ever conducted. It is one of the most important efforts we have undertaken in our history as an o... Full story


Nita Lowey's leadership moment on Israel and the peace process

By Edwin Black America grants the Palestinian Authority about $500 million annually. The fast-spinning money meter has already broken the $5 billion mark over the years. The annual financial infusion has been on autopilot as Israelis and... Full story


JFNA launches effort to promote civil marriage

The Jewish Federations of North America, or JFNA, may soon launch an effort that would include supporting groups in Israel working to limit or end Orthodox control of personal-status issues such as marriage, divorce, conversion and burial, The... Full story


D-Day and the bombing of Auschwitz

Seventy years ago last week, the Allies staged the D-Day invasion, landing some 24,000 troops on the beaches along France’s Normandy coast in one of the major turning points of World War II. What is not widely realized, however, is that the D-Day a... Full story


Yes to climate change through lower emissions

Dear Editor: Excellent column by Alan Kornman regarding encouraging Jews to become more active seeking climate change mitigation through lower emissions. Rabbi David Kay gave great examples, but when asked about the Heritage Foundation’s o... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, June 13 - Friday, June 20

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. Con... Full story


Remembering U.S. soldiers, past and present

The Jewish Pavilion is always certain to engage all members of the family in all parts of residents' lives as much as possible. Memorial Day at the Pavilion is not just an extended weekend to... Full story

 By David Bender    News    June 13, 2014

Day after unity deal, Hamas lauds terrorist shooting at Israeli checkpoint

The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) new partner, Hamas, praised an overnight shooting attack against soldiers at a checkpoint in northern Samaria, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported. The Gaza-based group lauded what it called “the shooting attack that... Full story



Shalam Asher of Mooroolbark, Australia, passed away on May 27, 2014, in Kissimmee. He was 65 years old. Mr. Asher was born in Israel on Dec. 27, 1948 to the late Jacob and Dina Reubin Asher. He was married to the former Leslie Zeidel and was an... Full story



Kevin M. Crotty of Maitland, passed away on June 1, 2014, at his residence. He was 44 years old. Born in San Francisco, Calif., on Oct. 2, 1969, to Marilyn Ettinger and Garrett Crotty, he was the youngest of three sons. The family relocated to the... Full story



Anne Rosenhaus of Orlando, passed away on June 1, 2014 at Rio Pinar Health Center in Orlando. She was 86 years old. Mrs. Rosenhaus was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 8, 1928, to the late Max and Clara Moskowitz Hershkowitz. Mrs. Rosenhaus was a... Full story



Edith Zwick of Lake Mary passed away on May 23, 2014, at her residence at Oakmonte Village. She was 91 years old. Mrs. Zwick was born in Philadelphia, Penn., on February 20, 1923, to the late Michael and Sophie Cohen Neulight. She was the... Full story


Seeking Kin: Old school-finding family through the phone book

BALTIMORE (JTA) – While visiting Israel in 2009 to watch his son Bruce coach the U.S. basketball team to the gold medal at the Maccabiah Games, Bernie Pearl perused local phone books. He spent an h... Full story


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