Articles from the June 20, 2014 edition

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Local Eagle Scout wins top national awards

Last Friday, Eagle Scout Max A. Waldor of Orlando Troop 996 was honored at the Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council's annual Recognition Banquet for Eagle Scouts, held at the Buena Vista... Full story


JCC's Rosen Campus is now accredited for Early Care and Education programs

The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs has announced that Jewish Community Center's Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus has been awarded Accreditation. As an... Full story


Cantor loses to Tea Party challenger

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Rep. Eric Cantor, the majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and the highest-ranking Jew in congressional history, lost his Republican primary in Virginia to a Tea... Full story


Jewish Federations stand with Israel

Israeli students Gilad Sha'ar,16, Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Naftali Frankel, 16 were kidnapped late Thursday night (June 12) from a hitchhiking point in Gush Etzion. The Jewish Federations of North... Full story


Palestinian professor who took students to Auschwitz resigns over fallout

[AL-QUDS UNIVERSITY]-The Palestinian professor who touched off a maelstrom of controversy by taking a group of students to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps in Poland is now at odds with his fo... Full story

 By Paul Miller    News    June 20, 2014

Rolling Stones defy BDS, make history in Israel

(PaulieGroup) With the first chord of one of the most famous guitar riffs reverberating through the amplifiers June 4, 50,000 music fans were greeted with the 1981 classic Start Me Up, as the Rolling... Full story


Hillary Clinton rewrites her position on Israeli construction

( In a section of Hillary Clinton's new memoir that was published by U.S. media over the weekend, the former secretary of state writes that the Obama administration made a tactical mistake by... Full story


Bring back our boys

A Facebook page created Friday following the kidnapping had garnered close to 80,000 “likes” by Monday. The “Bring Back Our Boys” Facebook page, which aims to raise international awareness of the kidnapping, acquired more than 7,000 “likes... Full story


Seniors became Machaneh Ohev campers for a day

Residents of Chambrel Island Lake and Southland Suites were welcomed as guests to a tea party at Machaneh Ohev. Camp Director Amy Geboff coordinated this program along with Jewish Pavilion Program... Full story

 By Yvonne David    News    June 20, 2014

Mourners find strength in a grief support group-Part 2

Yvonne David suffered the loss of her father last September, and because she was swept up in her grief, she joined a grief support group sponsored by VITAS and the Jewish Pavilioin. This is her... Full story


Kaplan is TI Sisterhood's woman of the year

Sunday, June 8, Fabienne Kaplan was chosen Woman of the Year at the closing luncheon of Temple Israel Sisterhood for the year 2013-14. The luncheon was held in the Roth Social Hall at the synagogue, and new officers for 2014-15 also were announced.... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 20, 2014

Fatah-Hamas government reflects American weakness

I’ve long argued that any proper understanding of the Palestinian conflict with Israel’s legitimacy is compromised by not taking wider regional factors into account. The school of thought that describes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as “the Middl... Full story

 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    June 20, 2014

A terrorist's secret weapon

Fundraising sounds harmless and caring. The vast majority of fundraising is just that. Many years ago I attended a fundraiser for Afghanistan against Russia, held at Faneuil Hall, the birthplace of the Boston Tea party of December 16, 1773. Feeling... Full story


Looking for a Messiah

“Messiah” may be a stretch. The word implies something from another world, associated with the Almighty, and meant to create some kind of paradise for those who are favored. Writing from Jerusalem on the subject is especially dicey, given that we are... Full story

 By David Suissa    Opinions    June 20, 2014

Paralyzing narratives: Why peace keeps failing

We’re so used to seeing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process fail that we often overlook this simple question: How is it possible that so many can try so hard for so long and still fail to make any progress? How can it be that the United States, t... Full story


An open letter to the Brandeis faculty

When I graduated from Brandeis in 1972, where I majored in philosophy, I immediately knew that I owed Brandeis a great debt. And so, over the past 2 decades I have been, at times, an adjunct lecturer at the Brandeis International Business School, ser... Full story


Anti-Semitic or not?

The recent survey by the Anti-Defamation League has been making headlines in the Jewish and non-Jewish media. Some articles see the research as flawed, and one rabbi, Jay Michaelson, claims that according to the survey, he, too, could be considered... Full story


Netanyahu adviser: Israel must be ready to act alone against Iran

( Israel must be prepared to act alone in the face of the Iranian nuclear threat, Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, an adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the former head of the... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, June 20 - Friday, June 27

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

 By Ben Sales    News    June 20, 2014

At prayer vigils, Israelis gather in moment of unity over kidnapping

GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel (JTA)—On the rolling green fields of a suburban Tel Aviv park, hundreds gathered to pray for the imminent rescue of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. Rabbis delivered speeches, singer Yonatan Razel performed two pieces based o... Full story



Robert Allen Kanter left his life on this earth on June 4, 2014. His loving family and special friends gathered for his peaceful transition at his home in Orlando. Mr. Kanter was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and moved to Orlando in 1983. He leaves... Full story


Obituary - LOIS LUBELL

Lois Lubell of Orange City, passed away on June 11, 2014, at Savannah Court in Orange City. She was 92 years old. She was the third of four children, and was born in Irvington, New Jersey, on March 31, 1922, to the late Joseph and Rose Olenikow... Full story



Matthew Rawiszer of Orlando, passed away on June 10, 2014, in Winter Park. He was 31 years old. Mr. Rawiszer was born in New Rochelle, New York, on July 15, 1982, to Randy Rawiszer and Rebecca Hill Bruder. He moved to Orlando from New York in 1998,... Full story

 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    June 20, 2014

Israel a strong focus of Sen. Ted Cruz's foreign policy push

Washington Jewish Week A prominent Republican senator considered by many to be a contender in the 2016 presidential election has embarked on a foreign policy push of late, with a strong focus on Israe... Full story


The Wisdom of the Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones played in Israel. And that’s awesome. The Stones are the world’s greatest band. They are also the world’s oldest. I am surprised that a band that’s been around as long as the Stones—and that’s toured for as long as the Stones—neve... Full story


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