Articles from the June 19, 2015 edition

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 By June Glazer    News    June 19, 2015

New memorial hall marks start of renovations at Ammunition Hill

The battle for control of Ammunition Hill was one of the most decisive of the Six-Day War. After fierce and bloody fighting against Jordanian forces in the early morning hours of June 6, 1967,... Full story


Pacific solo rower rescued after one week

Sonya Baumstein's three-years-in-the-making goal to row across the Pacific Ocean, began and ended within one week. She arrived in Choshi, Japan, in April, her boat arrived in May, and she had been... Full story


Teachers Institute now affordable

One of the best and most affordable teacher trainings in the state is the Teachers Institute on Holocaust Studies, presented annually by the Holocaust Center in Maitland. This professional learning... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 19, 2015

Limited ruling on passports

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in the Supreme Court decision that will keep "Israel" off the passports of Jerusalem-born Americans, begins by calling Jerusalem a... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 19, 2015

Obama's latest wooing of Jews not working, poll suggests

WASHINGTON (JTA)-It's early days for the White House's latest charm offensive among American Jews, but a new poll suggests that the wooing effort is having little effect. The poll, published... Full story


U.N.-sanctioned Saudi blood libel: another obstacle to peace

Although Israel has been providing free medical treatment to Syrian refugees as well as Palestinians from the disputed territories and even from Gaza, the U.N. World Health Organization singled out... Full story


Remembering Ravensbruck exhibit at Holocaust Center

Since its founding the Holocaust Center has provided a cultural season that includes world-class arts exhibits, important films, and community observances. With powerful images and poignant messages, these arts programs have been an effective... Full story


Torah & Tea study group

All ladies in the community are invited to "Torah & Tea," a world-wide network of women's study groups that combines warm camaraderie with a weekly Torah insight, dedicated in loving memory of... Full story


Religion: Understanding our tapestry of faiths

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center is again partnering with the Interfaith Council of Central Florida with a new adult education series “Understanding Our Tapestry of Faiths.” Meetings will be held on four Wednesdays: July 15,... Full story


Get 'all fired up' on June 30

The membership committee of Temple Israel cordially invites the community to participate in an evening of crafts, wine, snacks and fun at All Fired Up, 229 West Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park. The event starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30. Attendees... Full story



Some words are laced with extra meaning, built on levels of nuance and implied messages. Words like turning. If you’re “turning a corner” in your life you’ve gotten around some obstacle and... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 19, 2015

On the Middle East, France is a tale of two countries

The French, to the casual observer, are a real enigma when it comes to foreign policy. Sometimes it seems like they can be truly helpful, whereas other times they are truly awful. Take Iran. On the question of the mullahs’ nuclear ambitions, France... Full story


Verbal jousting

In the background of this note is the recent one about the misadventures of great powers, and producing unintended outcomes. It could have employed Barbara Tuchman’s title, “The March of Folly.” Here the focus is on the diplomatic maneuvers,... Full story

 By Yair Lapid    Opinions    June 19, 2015

Time for a regional solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

NEW YORK (JTA)—In the last 48 hours, rockets from Gaza were again fired at innocent civilians. This cannot be tolerated. The Israel Defense Forces must respond swiftly and without hesitation. We, as the opposition, will support strong government... Full story


When a piece of paper meant life or death

“It is a fantastic commentary on the inhumanity of our times,” journalist Dorothy Thompson wrote at the height of the 1930s European Jewish refugee crisis, “that for thousands and thousands of people a piece of paper with a stamp on it is the... Full story


For pro-Israel advocates, it's time to be offensive

Victories aren’t usually depressing, but recent headlines about Israel include those such as: “Israel Left Off U.N. List of Parties That Kill, Injure Kids,” “Palestinians Abandon Bid to Ban Israel From FIFA,” and a couple of headlines about... 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


Ron Moody, best known for playing Fagin, dies at 91

(JTA)—Ron Moody, a British Jewish actor best known for playing a character historically considered an anti-Semitic stereotype, has died at 91. Moody, who played the Jewish criminal Fagin in the stage and film versions of “Oliver,” an... Full story



Helene Arost, age 92, of Orlando, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015, at Florida Hospital Orlando. She was born in Philadelphia, Penn., on May 4, 1923, to the late Joseph and Elizabeth Paclin Stein. A high school graduate, she was married to the... Full story



Winnie Benjamin, age 84, of Orlando, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Hospice of the Comforter. The youngest of eight children, she was born in Baxley, Georgia, on May 3, 1931, to the late William B. and Florence Bailey Causey, and was the... Full story



Sylvia Hershbein of Winter Springs died Tuesday, June 9, 2015. She was 95 years old. Mrs. Hershbein was a retired civil servant. She was born in New York City and moved to Orlando in 1969. A Life Member of Hadassah, she served as both the president... Full story



Jerome Lewin, age 93, of Parkland, Fla., passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015, at Home Care Villa in Coral Springs, Fla. He was born in Brooklyn N.Y., on Oct. 28, 1921, to the late Harry and Ida Cutler Levy. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High... Full story


Fifteen Father's Day gifts for the Jewish foodie in your life

(The Nosher via JTA)-You got through Mother's Day, Memorial Day weekend and even Shavuot. But folks, it's not quite time to relax: Father's Day is almost here. Another weekend to reserve for family ce... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    June 19, 2015

At security confab, Israeli coalition members split on West Bank policy

HERZLIYA, Israel (JTA)-When Israel's coalition government formed last month, its constituent parties all but ruled out establishing a Palestinian state in the near future. But that doesn't mean they... Full story


Scene Around

Too close to home... I am really nervous about all the information I am sent relating to the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe. But now, after receiving this month's issue of the World Jewish Congress... Full story


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