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Articles from the July 3, 2015 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 3, 2015

Jewish groups celebrate Supreme Court ruling extending gay marriage rights

WASHINGTON (JTA)-How often do you get the opportunity to pack "109 years," #LoveWins and the rainbow colors into 140 characters? That's how the American Jewish Committee celebrated the Supreme Court...

 

JNF's largest endowment in its history

NEW YORK-Jewish National Fund (JNF) announced that it has created the new $100 million JNF Boruchin Israel Education Advocacy Center to focus on Israel and Zionist educational programming, designed to...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    July 3, 2015

New Chabad Center in Ghana

For the past three years Rabbi Noach Majesky, brother of Rabbi Yanky Majesky, has been the cantor at Chabad of North Orlando during the High Holidays. This year and for many years hereafter, Rabbi...

 

Kinneret introduces new officers

The Board of Directors for the Kinneret Council on Aging (KCOA) and Kinneret I and II Apartments have announced their new Executive Board for 2015-2016. Newly installed executive officers are: Geanne...

 

Israel came prepared for this U.N. report on Gaza War

(JTA)-This time, Israel and its supporters came prepared. Anticipating what they believed would be an unfair U.N. report on last summer's Gaza War, the Israeli government and friendly groups in the Un...

 

At Foxman farewell, lots of hugs (from Abe) and murmurs (about Oren)

By Ron Kampeas NEW YORK (JTA)-At Abe Foxman's farewell, there were the hugs, there were the recollections of the hugs, and there was the sheer diversity of the huggers. Abe likes to hug, and he hugged everyone who came out to the June 17 gala...

 

Mondays at 1 (and 7) presents 'Fiddling With Tradition'

Congregation Ohev Shalom's daytime adult education program, "Mondays at 1," is back with a new three-part series called "Fiddling With Tradition-The Cultural Phenomenon of Fiddler on the Roof."...

 

Torah & Tea moves during camp and a new group is forming

For the last few weeks, a group of women in the Southwest community have been getting together every Tuesday morning for a weekly Torah study group over steaming mugs of tea and refreshments. For the duration of camp (June 22-July 17) the weekly...

 

Free tuition for Congregation Sinai Religious School

Gwen Levy, director of Education for Congregation Sinai Religious School, has announced today that all children of new and existing members will receive free religious school tuition for ages 5-11 for the year 2015-2016. Congregation Sinai offers a...

 

Friday evening Sabbath service at Congregation Beth Sholom

Rabbi Karen Allen will lead Congregation Beth Sholom in Friday evening services at 7 p.m. on July 10. An Oneg Shabbat with light refreshments will follow. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th Street in Leesburg, with the entrance on Center...

 

ADL vs. Oren: When is a conspiracy theory a conspiracy theory?

By Ben Cohen JNS.org Bear with me, please, while I attempt an answer at the following question: What is a conspiracy theory? Generally speaking, a conspiracy theory is a theory that directly challenges the conventional, widely accepted, or official...

 

What German and Palestinian kids have in common

By Stephen M. Flatow JNS.org A new study has found that many of the children who were educated in Nazi Germany retained, for the rest of their lives, the anti-Semitic attitudes they learned in school. What does that portend for Palestinian children,...

 

Barack Obama

By Ira Sharkansky It’s not easy—it may not be possible—to identify the real Barack Obama. We can say the same about other, perhaps all, politicians who reach the top of a steep climb. Yet the Obama puzzle is especially daunting, given his posit...

 

Let's learn for Charleston

There’s a lovely Jewish tradition of honoring the dead by engaging in Torah study. You can devote any number of mitzvot in the memory of the departed, but studying Torah is said to have particular mystical power. Tradition says it elevates the...

 
 By David Suissa    Opinions    July 3, 2015

Obama is hurt? So is Israel

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how President Barack Obama feels hurt and misunderstood by Israel and by many Jews in the pro-Israel community. The storyline is that those Jews simply don’t appreciate how “Jewish” the president...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    July 3, 2015

Answering Pope Francis's question about Auschwitz

“The great powers had photographs of the railway routes that the trains took to... Auschwitz,” Pope Francis remarked this week. “Tell me,” he asked, “why didn’t they bomb them?” The pontiff’s question is not merely a matter of...

 

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...

 

Good summer reads

Judaism's harmony with humanity's spirituality "Sketches of a Life" by Enrique (Eitan) Kuperman Available now, directly from the author at EKuperman@aol.com. Copies are also available in Spanish....

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    July 3, 2015

Hebrew in the huddle: American-style football gains ground in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The scent of hamburgers and beer wafted over the field. The fans were bathed in barbecue smoke. The bleachers were cut out of Jerusalem stone, the field was made of artificial turf....

 

Plant discovery offers new hope for diabetics

By Abigail Klein Leichman ISRAEL21c-Ingesting an indigenous Israeli aromatic shrub called Chiliadenus iphionoides (more commonly, "sharp varthemia" or "Goldilocks") could improve insulin secretion...

 

The Sobar-Hoping to be Jerusalem's first live music club for young adults

The city of Jerusalem, with its rich history and beauty is also, unfortunately a magnet for disaffected teens and young adults. They come from all over Israel as well as the rest of the world, looking for excitement, entertainment and of course,...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    July 3, 2015

Scene Around

You know your getting old when... My spouse and I had the pleasure of seeing the stage play "I Love Lucy" in the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts recently thanks...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 3, 2015

As France suggests U.N. peace plan, Israel unequivocally objects

TEL AVIV (JTA)-For months, France has considered taking a more active role in advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Israel wants no part of it. The French peace proposal reportedly would have...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 3, 2015

Using early Zionists' script, Jewish volunteers aim to empower West Bank Palestinians

UMM EL-KHEIR, West Bank (JTA)-They dig their fingers into the dirt, their knees bearing into the ground as they embed sprigs of thyme in identical rows. The sun beats down on the small plot, and the...

 

Britain: Jewish and Muslim women connect over Mitzvah Day

(JTA)-Good deeds can be contagious. Just ask Laura Marks, a British Jew who is widely credited with creating one of her community's most widely celebrated new traditions: an annual Mitzvah Day, now...

 

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