Articles from the July 4, 2014 edition

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 By Edmon J. Rodman    News    July 4, 2014

Kabbalat Kaboom: Celebrating the Fourth on a Friday

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-Part "God Bless America," part "Shabbat Shalom," the Fourth of July this year falls on a Friday. In this land of religious freedom, how do we plan to observe both? As the sun sets ov... Full story


Israeli searchers find the bodies of the three kidnapped teens

The bodies of the three Israeli teenagers-Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16-who'd been kidnapped from a hitchhiking post south of Bethlehem on June 12 were found in a field... Full story

 By Yvette Alt Miller    News    July 4, 2014

Presbyterian boycott of Israel

They’re divesting from three companies for the crime of selling products to Israel security forces and Jews in Judea and Samaria. “In no way is this a reflection of our lack of love” for the Jewish people. So assured Heath Rada, the Presb... Full story


Taglit-Birthright 400K participants

NEW YORK-Taglit-Birthright Israel has passed a significant milestone with the designation of the program's 400,000th participant: Ryan Hunter, 20, a student from Syosset, N.Y. (Long Island). By... Full story

 By Judy Lash Balint    News    July 4, 2014

Two women who work to shift public opinion on Israeli sovereignty

Almost every day, Nadia Matar, 48, steers her battered white SUV along the hilly roads between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion to visit the soldiers stationed at Shdema. The revival of the small former... Full story

 By Alina Dain Sharon    News    July 4, 2014

Campus eviction notices are fake, but their anti-Semitism is real

The latest anti-Israel trend to gain momentum on college campuses has been the distribution of mock eviction notices in dormitories by members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Whether or... Full story


Temple L'Chayim has a cantor/spiritual leader

Cantor Isaac Kriger has been officially engaged as permanent cantor and spiritual leader for Temple L'Chayim in Clermont. Born in Mexico of Lithuanian descent, Cantor Kriger has officiated as a... Full story


Scouts are Philmont bound

Boy Scout Troop 641, the only Jewish-sponsored Boy Scouting Unit in Central Florida, is sending four members to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico July 15. Usher Larry Brown will accompany his son... Full story


Zionistas say goodbye to Garden Gate Tea Room

The formulation of the Zionistas, an organization of Christians and Jews who love and support Israel, began over lunch at the Garden Gate Tea Room in Mt. Dora. Owner Karen Sandvick, originally from... Full story


Why we must support Israel

The recent kidnapping of three Israeli teenage boys by terrorists in Judea and Samaria is an appalling reminder of the cruelty guiding radical elements in the Middle East and of the need for vigilance and solidarity by all those who cherish the... Full story

 By Alan Kornman    Opinions    July 4, 2014

The Presbyterian Church's anti-Israeli identity

The Presbyterian Church (USA) symbolically voted in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) against the State of Israel. The Presbyterian Church’s ideological support of anti-Israel sanctions and divestments is so strong, f... Full story


Israel's balancing act

Israeli governments have long recognized the need to tread carefully in pursuit of national security. Greater powers have a limited tolerance for Israel daring to approach what they do in defense of their own interests. Part of the balance is the... Full story


The three boys and the world

We are indeed one family. And one that dwells alone. More than two weeks have passed. Naftali Frankel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, are still in captivity and all we can do is continue to pray—to pray that they are still alive and to p... Full story

 By David Benkof    Opinions    July 4, 2014

The ADL: speech patrol of the Jews

The newest nonsense from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is its declaration of victory in convincing the Metropolitan Opera to cancel plans for a worldwide simulcast of its production of the American opera The Death of Klinghoffer. Under the terms... Full story


State Department should restrain itself on response to Israeli kidnappings

The Algemeiner) The State Department’s demand that Israel “exercise restraint” in its search for the Hamas kidnappers makes a mockery of President Obama’s pledge two years ago that he “will always have Israel’s back.” State Department spokeswoman J... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, July 4 - Friday, July 11

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 Viva Sarah Press    News    July 4, 2014

Israeli doctors save Palestinians

(Israel21c)—As Israel carries on its search for kidnapped teenagers Gil-ad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali Frenkel, Israeli doctors of Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) continue to save the lives of Palestinian children at the Wolfson Medical Center in... Full story


Secret tunnels, explosives labs

( The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Combat Engineering Corps uncovered numerous secret underground compartments in Palestinian homes during the course of the ongoing search for three Israeli teens kidnapped in Judea and Samaria. Engineering... Full story


A clear-eyed analysis of 21st-century anti-Semitism

"Some of My Best Friends, A Journey Through Twenty-First Century Antisemitism," by Ben Cohen. Edition Critic (May 2014). 230 pages. columnist Ben Cohen's new book, "Some of My Best Friends, A... Full story

 By Robert Gluck    Features    July 4, 2014

David Letterman's sidekick on his 'dream job,' Jewish upbringing

A Jewish upbringing taught Paul Shaffer, David Letterman's musical director and sidekick for 32 years, the value of giving back. After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Shaffer served as musical director... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    July 4, 2014

Like Jews before them, Iraq's Christians may face extinction after jihadist invasion

For most Westerners, Iraq is a foreboding and dangerous place that is filled with extremists and daily violence. Yet as little as 75 years ago Iraq was a vibrant country that was home to many... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    July 4, 2014

Scene Around

Happy Fourth of July!... How lucky we are to live in this glorious country, the United States of America. As a second generation American (I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.; My mom was born in Montreal, Canada, but came here as a child; My dad was born... Full story


Ten new plays premiering in New York, launch artistic response to Pew Survey

NEW YORK—“Pew-ish,” an unusual new project to expand the conversation about Jewish identity, especially among unaffiliated Jews, launched with a special dramatic production of 10 new plays on June 26 at the Loft at Judson Memorial Church in New York.... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    July 4, 2014

Activists aiming to steer Israeli government funding to non-Orthodox

TEL AVIV (JTA)-At 3:30 Shavuot morning, more than 100 people are seated on folding chairs singing in Yiddish as men walk around with shots of vodka and cups of coffee. Up front, a man in a black... Full story


Hot tunes from Broadway for Conway Lakes residents

Entertainer Penny D'Agostino graced the residents of Conway Lakes, a Jewish Pavilion sponsor, with a show of old favorites and Broadway tunes. The residents, staff and Jewish Pavilion volunteers sang... Full story


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