Articles from the July 1, 2016 edition

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 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 1, 2016

The Brexit: Six things you need to know

Great Britain and the rest of Europe woke up to a new reality Friday as a slim majority of British voters said their country should leave the European Union. Markets trembled, British currency... Full story


JFGO convenes security briefing for agency, synagogue leaders

In the wake of last month’s deadly terror attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) convened a community security briefing on the Maitland Jewish Community Campus. JFGO organized the June 16 briefing... Full story


Cardoza-Moore to speak in Altamonte

"We are in a war for the future of our country and the State of Israel!" says Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN). She will be speaking in Central Florida at... Full story


Rubio decides to run for reelection

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Sen. Marco Rubio cited his intention to kill the Iran nuclear deal in his decision to run for reelection to the Senate. The Florida Republican, first elected in 2010, opted out of... Full story


ADL Audit: Anti-Semitism in Florida

According to the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents released today, there were 91 verified incidents of anti-Semitism in Florida in 2015, marking a significant... Full story

 By Paul Miller    News    July 1, 2016

Rhode Island passes anti-BDS measure with eye on energizing state's economy

In a 65-4 vote, the Rhode Island House of Representatives passed legislation prohibiting the state from contracting with companies that participate in boycotts of allies and trade partners of the United States—most notably, Israel.  HB... Full story


Obama, bring home missing American

(JTA)-The parents of Steven Sotloff, the Jewish freelance journalist beheaded by the Islamic State nearly two years ago, have joined the families of three other killed U.S. hostages in urging... Full story


Holocaust Center sponsors "Faith, Peace and Justice" series in July

The Holocaust Center in Maitland will be hosting a four-part adult education series on different faith traditions represented in the Central Florida community. Scheduled for Wednesday afternoons in... Full story


Federation offers new round of teen education grants

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) is pleased to announce the third year of the Jewish Teen Education Grant Program, and is now accepting grant requests for 2016-17 academic year. The grants are intended for ongoing academic Jewish teen... Full story


Family fun under the sun

More than a dozen families gathered under sunny skies on May 22 for "Spring in Israel," a Shalom Families/PJ Library event sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. Parents and children... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 1, 2016

Orlando atrocity highlights America's divisions

In the days since the massacre of 49 people and the wounding of hundreds more by an Islamist gunman at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, America’s political leadership has sounded more discordant than ever. Never mind the absence of a bipartisan... Full story


Community-to-Community Relationships

Since our last column, our Central Florida community has been changed indelibly. While the horrific attack at the Pulse nightclub brought immense grief and anger to our City Beautiful, the resulting collaborations to promote inclusion and unity have... Full story


World organizations, RIP

The headline of this note, letting aspirations for an organized work rest in peace, may reflect more cynicism than reality. Colonialism began its demise with World War I, when the European powers that could carve up the world and color the maps as... Full story

 By Jill Jacobs    Opinions    July 1, 2016

Opposing BDS: Anti-BDS law can't be 'pro-Israel' if it tramples on free speech

NEW YORK (JTA)—If you’re a supporter of Israel and of the Jewish community, you should be very worried about a new executive order issued by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 5. While billed as an initiative to prevent New York state from... Full story


Supporting BDS: Anti-BDS laws don't perpetuate discrimination; they prevent it

This is the second of two contrasting views on laws that prevent state agencies from doing business with companies that support a boycott of Israeli products. CHICAGO (JTA)—On June 16, the New Jersey Assembly is expected to have a final vote on... Full story


Palestinian mom goes off script

Suhair Halabi is very proud of her son, Muhannad. Mrs. Halabi is so proud, in fact, that she recently displayed her pride by visiting the site where Muhannad became famous. We know about her visit because she posted, on Facebook, a photo of herself... 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


Two decades before Cleveland's first NBA title, LeBron James walked onto a JCC court

The seed for the city of Cleveland's first professional championship in a major sport in 52 years may have been planted at the Shaw Jewish Community Center on White Pond Drive in Akron, Ohio, nearly... Full story


At Israeli confab, searching for 'silver-bullet solutions' to Europe's migrant crisis

The influx of migrants and refugees into Europe has presented that continent's leaders and policymakers with some of their greatest current challenges. Those challenges "defy silver-bullet solutions,"... Full story


Russian-Jewish 'Star Trek' actor crushed to death by car in freak accident

( Russian-Jewish actor Anton Yelchin, known for playing the Russian starship navigator Chekov in the rebooted series of "Star Trek" movies, died Sunday after being accidentally crushed by... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    July 1, 2016

Scene Around

About Israeli boycotts... I read this in a recent issue of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and will share it with you: "The World Jewish Congress welcomed a decision by the British government... Full story

 By B.J. Epstein    Features    July 1, 2016

Anti-Semitism or pro-Semitism?

(Kveller via JTA)—It’s a truth universally acknowledged that if you have a child, random strangers will talk to you. They will comment on your child’s looks or behavior or on your parenting skills, or they’ll tell you about their own... Full story


Falafel wars in Paris: Who's got the better balls?

PARIS (JTA)-On a crowded sidewalk in the French capital, Yomi Peretz exchanges jokes and backslaps with customers who are waiting in a 20-yard queue in the rain to enter his falafel shop. This chummy... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 1, 2016

How Israel stays a 'well-regulated militia' with so many guns

(JTA)-Dirty, hot and exhausted Israeli soldiers waiting for their bus home from the army base tend, understandably, to be in a hurry to get on board. But when I was living in Israel during the first... Full story



Ramola “Bo” Bander, age 88, of Fern Park, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at The Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers. “Bo”, a native of Providence, Rhode Island, was born on Nov. 11, 1927, to the late Harry and Alma Gederman Diamond. She... Full story


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