Articles from the July 5, 2013 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 5, 2013

Jewish groups ride roller-coaster week of Supreme Court rulings

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A slight bump up on affirmative action, a plunge on voting rights, and on gay marriage, the mountaintop: federal legitimacy. It’s been a week of roller-coaster highs and lows at the... Full story

 By Viva Sarah Press    News    July 5, 2013

Israeli doctors saving Syrian lives

In critical condition with severe shrapnel injuries to their torso and limbs, bullet wounds from head to toe and open fractures—this is how Syrian patients arrive at Israeli hospitals in the north o... Full story

 By Richard H. Gleick    News    July 5, 2013

Werthman named new spiritual leader

Larry Marini, president of Congregation Bet Chaim (CBC), has announced the appointment of longtime Central Florida resident Rabbi Thomas (Thom) Werthman as spiritual leader of the Reform synagogue in... Full story

 By Ariel Nishli    News    July 5, 2013

Which Waze next for the brand of 'start-up nation' Israel?

Google’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Waze, the Israeli-developed traffic crowdsourcing app that has won the hearts of 50 million users in 193 countries, is perhaps now recognized more for keeping t... Full story

 By Ronen Shnidman    News    July 5, 2013

The future of high-tech warfare and Israel's role within it

As technology grows by leaps and bounds, leading thinkers gathered last week at the 2013 Israeli Presidential Conference to discuss the future of warfare. Israel’s cyber weapons will eventually replace the pre-emptive strike role the Israel Air F... Full story


Prime Minister's quick exit exposes flawed framework

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah remarked when he was sworn-in to succeed Salam Fayyad at the helm of the Palestinian government last month that his government’s life will by necessity be short-lived. It was intended to last until August, at which t... Full story


History is being written by Chabad North

Chabad of North Orlando in Lake Mary is about to meet an important milestone. An authentic scribe has been commissioned to begin writing a new Torah scroll. The Torah is the most precious article in Jewish life. It is perfectly intact just as it was... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    Features    July 5, 2013

Villages resident helps trace family's path through Auschwitz

Between May 14 and July 9, 1944, more than 430,000 Hungarian Jews were deported to Auschwitz. In a recent visit to the Orlando area former Miami resident Dr. Jill Klein, author of a... Full story


Shabbat luncheon at Savannah Court

Jewish residents at Savannah Court look forward to their monthly Shabbat luncheons with their Jewish Pavilion friends. The meals enable them to feel connected to their Jewish roots while they enjoy a... Full story


Bringing Jewish community to your doorstep

When ill health prevents someone from Chambrel from going to shul, the Jewish Pavilion steps in. The Pavilion provides weekly Shabbat services at Chambrel, an independent and assisted living facility... Full story


Jewish values dictate protecting gay marriage

NEW YORK (JTA)—In the early 1970s, while I was CEO of the Seagram Co., public dialogue about gay rights was largely nonexistent in corporate America. Social discourse had not yet even evolved into the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ethos that dominated... Full story

 By Ben Sales    Opinions    July 5, 2013

Is Turkey fit for EU membership?

It’s a familiar pattern. The citizens of a Middle Eastern state explode with frustration against their corrupt, repressive government. They gather for noisy, impassioned demonstrations in their capital city. The authorities react violently. Images o... Full story


Love it or leave it

The IRS’s targeting of organizations connected to the Tea Party reminded me of the 1960s and ’70s, only in reverse. This time, the IRS was investigating right-wing groups. During the Nixon presidency, left-wing groups—particularly those who oppos... Full story

 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    July 5, 2013

Evian: Symbol of Holocaust failure, but hope for African refugees? 

The name “Evian” will forever be remembered as the site of an international conference, 75 years ago last week, that was supposed to save the Jews of Germany—but instead sealed their doom. Evian, however, should also be remembered for its link to th... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela and Zionism

Over the last few weeks, there has been much reflection on the legacy of the former South African president, Nelson Mandela, as his health has deteriorated. And in the coming weeks, we can anticipate a febrile exchange over his true views on Israel... Full story

 By Rick Jacobs    Opinions    July 5, 2013

Israel must grant equality to women

NEW YORK (JTA)—Is Judaism the problem or the solution to women’s equality? Try telling agunot, women who are chained to their husbands unable to obtain a get, a religious divorce, that they are equal to men. Overarching Jewish values like b’t... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, July 5 - Friday, July 12

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 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Gre... Full story

 By Linda Gradstein    News    July 5, 2013

No Happy Meal for you

When it comes to Israel and the Palestinians, everything, even a hamburger, is political. Israelis who live in areas that Israel acquired in 1967 are up in arms over McDonald’s decision not to open a branch in the mall that will be built in Ariel o... Full story


Seeking Kin: Unlocking the mystery of a childhood friend

BALTIMORE (JTA)—In their Tel Aviv boarding school a half-century ago, Moshe Zarchi and Zvi Halevy spent time together doing homework, playing hide-and-seek and enjoying Chamisha Avanim, a j... Full story


6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Silverman’s dad rips JAPs NEW YORK—Thanks to the cultural gem that is “Princesses: Long Island,” lately the term JAP—Jewish American Princess—has been bandied around with a vigor that hasn’t been... Full story


Bar Mitzvah - Haydn Emmerson Cohen

Haydn Emmerson Cohen, son of Dawn and Joseph Cohen of Orlando, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Congregation Beth Emeth in Orlando. Haydn is in the eighth... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    July 5, 2013

Scene Around

Why a resurgence?... Almost 70 years after Hitler’s hateful atrocities before and during WWII, why is anti-Semitism still going on? The national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), A... Full story


From Jerusalem to Berlin to Sante Fe

In the past, the major literary distinction was between prose (defined as ordinary speech or language) and poetry. The recent boom in graphic works offers yet another literary possibility. Although... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Kerry leaves Israel without deal for peace talks, sees progress JERUSALEM (JTA)—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel without bringing Israeli and Palestinian officials back to the peace n... Full story


Arab citizens of Israel feel left out of National Anthem

The scene in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, was not typical. Dozens of Arab women, most of them from villages in northern Israel wearing traditional dress, packed into the Galil Hall for a discussion about Israel’s national anthem, “Ha... Full story


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