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Articles from the July 11, 2014 edition

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Our community mourns with the Jewish world

Wednesday July 2nd, the Jewish community came together to mourn the loss of the three Israeli teens who had been kidnapped on June 12th. Eighteen days after their disappearance, the bodies of Eyal... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    July 11, 2014

At teens' funeral, personal grief and national solidarity merge

MODIIN, Israel (JTA)-They were their mothers' sons. They were all of our sons. They were dear boys. They were martyrs for Israel. They were funny, clever, creative. They are the messengers of the... Full story


IDF responds to escalated attacks

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza after at least 80 rockets and mortar shells were fired at Israel on Monday night. Above Netivot and Ashdod, the Iron Dome... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    July 11, 2014

As ISIS threatens Jordan, Israel could be dragged into conflict

Emerging from the chaos of the Syrian civil war, the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has gained the world’s attention for its brutal medieval-style Islamic justice and its swift victories in Iraq, threatening to... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    News    July 11, 2014

Twenty years after rebbe's death, has Chabad changed?

NEW YORK (JTA) - What does a fervent religious movement do after the death of its singular leader? That was the existential question the Chabad-Lubavitch movement faced 20 years ago this week when... Full story


Israeli extremists confess to killing Palestinian teen

By Linda Gradstein The Media Line JERUSALEM—Three of the six young Israelis who were arrested for the murder of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir have confessed to the killing and have cooperated in a reenactment for police in the... Full story


Holocaust Center hosts Teachers Institute

This year marked the 19th anniversary of the Holocaust Center's annual Teachers Institute. Teachers at every grade level, and in every discipline, were invited to participate in this five-day... Full story


Rabbi's Torah Roundtable and Saturday morning service

Rabbi Karen Allen of Congregation Beth Sholom will lead a Torah Roundtable on July 24 at 11 a.m. at the Sumter County Administration Building (with the golden dome) at 7375 Powell Rd. (near Pinellas Plaza and 466A), Wildwood. The roundtable provides... Full story


Get out those running shoes

The 31st annual Beat-the-Heat 5K JCC Road Race is happening Thursday, Aug. 7. It will start and finish at Maitland's Roth JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave. This legendary (non-chipped) event benefits the... Full story


The Presbyterians' Judaism problem

By Gary Bretton-Granatoor NEW YORK (JTA) — The Jewish world has been shaken by the decision of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to divest from three companies that it claims “further the Israeli occupation of Palestine.” The denomination has... Full story


'Peaceful' Palestinian leaders tolerate terror build up

One of the most important, but least-reported stories connected to the recent kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinian terrorists is the discovery of numerous terrorist tunnels and weapons depots in areas ruled by the “peaceful... Full story


Escalation full speed ahead

Things have escalated in the south to the point where the IDF is now pursuing an “operation.” The Hebrew word touches more buttons than the official English translation, “Protective edge.” Alternative translations that might touch different... Full story


In their memory... when words fail us

Yit’gadal v’yit’kadash sh’mei raba... May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified How do parents standing at the gravesite of teenage children say this in the spirit in which it is meant?  Having been there myself the only option is to... Full story


Were our prayers in vain?

After receiving the bitter news about the murder of the three kidnapped boys, a cloud of mourning has descended upon the entire Jewish nation. The only bit of consolation is that probably they did not suffer much, and that now they are attached to th... Full story


Are we being a light to the nations?

Dear Editor: In the last few hours, it has come to light that Jewish criminals were behind the brutal murder of Mohammed Abu Khedair. While they have admitted their crime and are cooperating with the investigation, it is now clear that this was a cle... Full story


This is a civilizational conflict

Dear Editor: I was instrumental in establishing the “Israeli National Skin Bank,” which is the largest in the world. The National Skin Bank stores skin for everyday needs as well as for war time or mass casualty situations. This skin bank is... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, July 11 - Friday, July 18

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. Congregatio... Full story


Gunfire heard in extended version of abducted teens' police call

JNS.org– The full recording of the emergency call made by one of the kidnapped Israeli teens was released on July 2. On the recording, the murderers can be heard singing in celebration in Arabic, saying “Three!” after gunshots that presumably... Full story

 By Dave Bender    News    July 11, 2014

Israeli Forensic Expert: Murdered teens put up 'serious' fight against captors

“One of the abducted youths put up a serious fight against his captors,” a source connected to the forensic examinations of the bodies of the three teens, told Israel’s Walla News on June 30. The families of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16,... Full story



Harvey Arnowitz passed away on June 19, 2014. He was 91 years old. Brooklyn born to first-generation Americans, Sam and Freda, Mr. Arnowitz grew up with his brothers Paul and Zuckie in an idyllic neighborhood. He was a devout Dodgers fan along with... Full story


Seeking Kin: Without a trace - The saga of an incommunicado mom

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA) - The regular phone calls stopped, the letters went unanswered. For Lily Kraut, living in Judea and... Full story


Old Testament is the new fad at Faith and Freedom Coalition confab

Washington Jewish Week Religious freedom, family values, fiscal policy, and Israel were the primary drivers of discussion as faith activists and Republican politicians recently gathered in Washington, DC for the Road to Majority 2014 conference, put... Full story


Scene Around

I'm very bitter... And well I should be! Surely among the six million Jews slaughtered in the Holocaust by Hitler's Nazis (while much of the world looked away and did nothing) were many very gifted pe... Full story


Czech Jews slam festival for honoring Mel Gibson

(JTA)—Leaders of the Czech Jewish community criticized a local film festival’s decision to honor actor and director Mel Gibson. Gibson was due to receive a lifetime achievement award last Friday at the Karlovy Vary film festival. But the Czech... Full story

 By Hillel Kuttler    News    July 11, 2014

Here's a Moneyball maven striking it rich for athletics

BALTIMORE (JTA) – As director of professional scouting and baseball development for the Oakland Athletics, Dan Feinstein scouts amateur players, evaluates the organization's talent, is involved in... Full story


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