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Articles from the July 17, 2015 edition

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Heritage awards Berny Raff with Human Service Award

He isn't a professional entertainment agent or a motivational speaker; and he isn't an activities director or fundraiser, but he is very good at all these jobs. He is Berny Raff, and he is this... Full story

 By Robin Monti    News    July 17, 2015

Congregation Bet Chaim ready for a bright future through 'perfect union'

Casselberry's reform Congregation Bet Chaim (CBC), the first in Seminole County to build its own facility, has forged a one-of-a kind relationship with the Longwood (now Casselberry) Spanish Seventh... Full story


JCC to remember Charles Schwartz

The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando announces that it will be renaming its array of basketball leagues as the Charles I. Schwartz Memorial JCC Basketball League and completing... Full story


WJC president urges Krakow museum to pull video exhibition

WJC president urges Krakow museum to pull offensive video exhibition World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder today criticized the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (MOCAK), Poland for reinstating an art installation that features a... Full story


Minister: 'Reform Jews cannot be considered Jews'

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel's religious services minister said in a radio interview that Reform Jews cannot be considered Jews. "A Reform Jew, from the moment he stops following Jewish law, I cannot allow... Full story


A statement from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando

On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, we denounce the divisive comments made last week by Israeli Minister of Religious Services David Azoulay. We are deeply offended by his hateful words and we applaud Prime Minister Benjamin... Full story


Central Conference condemns minister's offensive comments

NEW YORK—July 09, 2015—Rabbi Steve A. Fox, Chief Executive of The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the official rabbinic leadership organization of the Reform Judaism Movement, released the following statement in response to the... Full story


The Rabbinical Council of America's response to Azoulay

In a press release dated July 8, the Rabbinical Council of America stated that Reform Jews are Jews. Rabbi Leonard Matanky, president of the RCA, said, “The RCA, representing traditional standards of religious practice and definition of... Full story


JFGO surpasses $1M in annual fundraising

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) is celebrating its most successful fundraising campaign in years, closing out the 2015 Annual Campaign with a final tally of more than $1,003,500 in gifts and sponsorships. It’s a milestone that JFGO... Full story


Experience healing with yoga at JFS Orlando

Demystify the ancient Indian practice and separate out myths from facts about yoga. On Sunday, Aug. 2, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. JFS Orlando, together with Sharsheret, will present Healing with Yoga. This class will cover the basic history and practice... Full story


UCF Global Perspectives discussion on tackling terrorism

On Monday, July 20, UCF’s Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence and Global Perspectives presents a Speaker Series event, “Perspectives on Terrorism from the Academy and the Field.” There, a panel of experts from academia and... Full story


Rabbi's Torah roundtable and Friday night service

Rabbi Karen Allen of Congregation Beth Sholom in Leesburg will lead a Torah roundtable on Thursday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at the Sumter County Administration Building (with the golden dome) at 7375 Powell Road (near Pinellas Plaza and 466A), Wildwood.... Full story

 By David Suissa    Opinions    July 17, 2015

Hillary Clinton has the answer to BDS

I’ve been thinking for years about the best way to respond to the threat of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. I’ve read pretty much everything on the topic and brainstormed every possible idea, but I’ve never... Full story


A terrible deal

The Iran deal is the worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history. The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fan... Full story


Pity the Palestinians

We should pity them, as well as oppose their wildest demands. Those claiming to speak for them (the terms “leader” or “leadership” are too grandiose for their history) have brought them to blind alleys. Demanding too much (it would not be an... Full story

 By Avi Weiss    Opinions    July 17, 2015

Saying kaddish in Charleston for slain church members

CHARLESTON, S.C. (JTA)—My father died a few weeks ago. The hardest part of the shiva was when it ended. Friends and family were, by and large, no longer visiting. I was alone in pain and agony. I thought of this reality during my visit to the... Full story


Nader targets 'the Jews' and linguistically hijacks anti-Semitism

Ralph Nader, the famous crusader against fraud and corruption, believes he has uncovered a horrific new injustice—and the perpetrators are “the Jews.” “You never avoid using the word anti-Semitism when Arabs and Arab-Americans are... Full story


Discovering selflessness during a 'selfish gap year' in Israel

I had looked forward to my year in seminary with great anticipation because I knew that living and learning in Israel would open up a whole new world to me. In fact, everyone I encountered informed me that my “gap year” would consist of one... 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


Be a part in finding a cure for Parkinson's disease

Each year approximately 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. This degenerative brain disorder is second only to Alzheimer's in prevalence. The actor Michael J. Fox... Full story



Max Wolf Landsman peacefully passed away on July 12, 2015 at Weinberg Village in Tampa, Florida. He was 96 years old and was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 31, 1918. Mr. Landsman was a proud World War II Veteran. He moved his family to Monsey, N.Y.,... Full story


Scene Around

Acknowledging wonderful people... This comes from the World Jewish Congress digest this month. I pass it along to you in its entirety: "Lord GEORGE WEIDENFELD, the 95 year old statesman, scholar and... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Mikvah-peeping rabbi appeals prison sentence (JTA)—Rabbi Barry Freundel is appealing the length of his prison sentence for filming women nude at a ritual bath. Freundel, who was sentenced in May to 6 1/2 years for videotaping dozens of women at a... Full story


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