Articles from the June 26, 2015 edition

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Congratulations to the COS Kitah Zayeen graduating class of 5775

Congregation Ohev Shalom graduation took place on May 13. The graduates used their own words to express how they contribute to creating a Kehillah Kedosha, Holy community, as well as sang songs... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    Features    June 26, 2015

Chabad communities welcome baby Breina Majesky

"Dear Breina, Welcome to a wonderful world and a warm and loving family - by family I include our wonderful community who truly are family," shared Rabbi Yanky Majesky of Chabad of North Orlando, at t... Full story


JFGO Campaign closing in on $1M

With just days to go in its 2015 Annual Campaign, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is tantalizingly close to hitting the $1 million mark-a mere $1,965 away-for the first time since 2007. As of... Full story

 By Lara Zielinsky    News    June 26, 2015

TSS welcomes new spiritual leader

Reform congregation, Temple Shir Shalom, “the Singing Temple,” has grown into a tight-knit community over 13 years. Like many b’nai mitzvah, they came to a crossroads in 2014 of deciding how they wanted to go forward. The spiritual leader sets the t... Full story


Breaking magic records in the name of peace

ISRAEL21c-On June 1, more than 1500 Jewish, Christian and Muslim schoolchildren from across Haifa helped set the world record for the largest magic lesson. The students, representing every school in t... Full story


Israeli dancer turns heads on dance competition

Those who tune into "So You Think You Can Dance" got a nice surprise last Monday as Israeli-born Asaf Goren, who calls himself "The Hebrew Breaker," brought down the house with his style of B–boy b... Full story


JFGO's Bornstein leadership alumni reunite

Nominations for upcoming Bornstein class now being accepted Aiming to develop effective, inspired leadership for the Central Florida Jewish Community, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO)... Full story


Temple Israel offers Passport to Hebrew summer experience

Each summer, for three days, Temple Israel, located at 50 S. Moss Road, Winter Springs, offers students of all ages and their families an opportunity to have fun and brush up on their Hebrew. This year they will be conducting an archeological excavat... Full story


Temple Israel to volunteer at Second Harvest

Placing principles into action is one of the key components of Temple Israel’s Religious School and congregational life. Temple Israel has been involved in a variety of volunteer projects over the years and once again will be helping out at Second H... Full story


Israel off the beaten path

The Zionistas are pleased to present as guest speaker Alan Kornman at the next Zionistas meeting to be held Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. Kornman is the regional coordinator of the United West-Uniting... Full story


Congregation Beth Sholom special Kiddush after service

Rabbi Allen will conduct Saturday morning Sabbath services at 10 a.m., June 27, with a special Kiddush luncheon following to celebrate the marriage of Beth Sholom President Linda Bork Kost and John Kost. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 26, 2015

Why the Iran nuclear deal is a hard sell

With the June 30 deadline for a deal with Iran over its nuclear ambitions looming ominously, the Obama administration is having a hard time persuading a skeptical public that these negotiations are going to tame the Tehran regime. On the two... Full story

 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    June 26, 2015

Time to fight back

My grandfather, Abraham Shiplacoff, was a proud Jew. He was a Socialist labor leader in Brooklyn who led the Ladies Garment Workers’ Union into the American Federation of Labor, believing that Jewish workers should have the same rights and p... Full story

 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    June 26, 2015

Assault on free speech

This is what it boils down to: Either relinquish some of our freedom of speech or offend fanatic Muslims who are willing to kill anyone who does not obey the Islamic faith. I am disgusted with the main street media and politically correct politicians... Full story

 By Alina Adams    Opinions    June 26, 2015

We need to talk about Rachel Dolezal

(Kveller via JTA)-It's the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter and currently burning up other social media as well: Rachel Dolezal, who resigned on Monday as president of the Spokane chapter of the... Full story


The New Middle East

Now it’s almost official, having become the subject of a detailed article in The Economist. Barack Obama has produced a New Middle East, but it ain’t the one he intended. Democracy has not blossomed as called for in his Cairo speech of 2009. The new... Full story


French rejection of Tel Aviv students echoes 1942 Benzion Netanyahu episode

The world-famous Louvre art museum stands accused of discriminating against Israeli students, after being exposed by some clever amateur investigative journalism that echoes a 1940s incident involving the father of Israel’s current prime minister. T... 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 a.m... Full story

 By Tom Tugend    Features    June 26, 2015

PBS special examines 'Seeds of Conflict' in Middle East

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-Conflict between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East now appears a permanent condition, but it didn't have to be that way, according to a one-hour PBS special premiering on June 30.... Full story


Obituary - JENNIE BERG

Jennie Berg, age 101 ½, of Casselberry, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. Mrs. Berg was born in Detroit, Michigan, on Nov. 14, 1913, one of four daughters, to the late Isaac and Rachel Siegal... Full story



William L. “Bill” Salkin, age 59, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Derham House Hospice in Cambridge, Mass. Mr. Salkin was born in Bridgeport, Conn., on Oct. 25, 1955, to the late Sidney and Florence Rapoport Salkin. He moved to Orl... Full story


Seeking kin: Did ex-colleagues rekindle their special friendship?

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA)-In the mid-1990s, Zvia Mordechai was newly divorced with two sons when Marlene Alvez, then in her early 20s,... Full story


Kinneret residents serve up some sweet; some spicy and a lot of ingenuity

Tuesday mornings have become a busy place for Kinneret residents. In addition to the usual activities going on, now residents can enjoy the new, Delaney Café-a breakfast and lunch event held in the Je... Full story


Scene Around

They have our back? Jolly good!... I read this in this month's World Jewish Congress (WJC) Digest. I found it very interesting... hopefully true... and I pass it along to you: The WJC praised British... Full story


The Jewish Pavilion helps people feel at home

This is Marilyn Levine and her daughter, Lisa Levin. Marilyn moved to Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary within the past year from South Florida to be near her two daughters who both live in the Orlando... Full story


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