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Articles from the July 18, 2014 edition

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 By Ben Sales    News    July 18, 2014

Will Israel's third Gaza conflict in six years end any differently?

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Get used to conflict. That's the message Israeli officials and security experts are relaying as the Israel Defense Forces conducts its third operation in six years against Hamas in the... Full story

 By Hillel Kuttler    News    July 18, 2014

Jewish summer camps grappling with murders of Israeli teens

(JTA)-On the morning of June 30, the children began arriving at Camp Solomon Schechter in Olympia, Wash., ready for a fun-filled summer. But shortly before the first little feet descended the bus... Full story


Federation launches emergency fund

As Israel is entering the second week of constant barrage by rockets and missiles, the emotional and physical toll on the Israelis, especially the children and the elderly, is rising. Approximately 37,000 children live within 25 miles of Gaza.... Full story


'The Best of Enemies'

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF announces a collaboration with the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the passage and signing of the Civil Rights Act, the two organiz... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 18, 2014

After unity and then calls for revenge, Israelis look inward for answers

WASHINGTON (JTA)-For many Israelis, eyes are turning south watching yet another conflict unfold with Hamas. Yet thoughts are also turned inward, contemplating the sense of national solidarity... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 18, 2014

U.S. intervenes in Europe's circumcision wars

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The Obama administration's anti-Semitism monitor has added an issue to his office's portfolio: defending circumcision in Europe. Circumcision has become a top focus for Ira Forman,... Full story


Magen David Adom issues list of emergency needs

NEW YORK—Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national emergency medical response organization, has issued a list of emergency needs Americans can sponsor as it continues saving lives amid increasing rocket attacks from Gaza. MDA, which does not rece... Full story


Shalom Families beat the heat at summer kickoff

Jewish moms, dads and their youngsters gathered at the end of June for the Shalom Families summer kickoff. Kids were able to beat the heat at Downey Park's Splash Pad. Fifteen families came out to... Full story


JFGO introduces the Jewish Teen Education Network (JTEN)

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando announces the establishment of Jewish Teen Education Network (JTEN), an innovative response to the changing needs of today’s teens. JFGO hopes this initiative will act as a clearing house for all Jewish teen... Full story


Tzofim entertained youngsters of all ages at the JCC

On Monday June 23, 2014, an Israel Scouts Summer Friendship Caravan came to Orlando as guests of the Boy Scout Troupe 6 at Camp Ithiel. The visit was organized by Scoutmaster Brian Collins, who was... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 18, 2014

Beware the bearers of friendship with Iran

If you want the measure of how American policy has clumsily tailed the shifting system of alliances in the Middle East, look no further than the op-ed titled “Iraq Must Not Come Apart,” published in the New York Times by Leslie Gelb of the... Full story


Confusion in the Middle East

There are far more questions than answers. There may be a new country being formed. It won’t be a welcome addition, as judged by the various governments sending units of their armed forces to attempt an abortion. Those associated with the... Full story


Beyond us and them

On Monday night I clicked over from a nail-biting, extra-innings Mets game to CNN’s coverage of the crisis in Israel. In short: Mets win, Israel loses.  While SNY.tv kept showing a did-he, didn’t-he replay of a disputed play at second, CNN... Full story


The jaundice against the Jews

Readers might recall that the Jewishly owned New York clothing chain Syms (which once merged with Filene’s Basement but ultimately folded in 2011) had a clever marketing campaign for “the educated consumer.” In Sy Syms’ famous radio and... Full story


On Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices' offers the same choices

Washington Jewish Week “Hard Choices,” the title of a recently released foreign policy memoir by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, comes across as surprisingly ironic. While dedicating a chapter of her 656-page autobiography... Full story


Not all mothers are the same

Among the many heartbreaking images associated with the kidnap-murder of three Israeli teenagers was a televised interview on June 29 with the mother of one of the Hamas terrorists named as a prime suspect in the killings. “If they [the Israelis]... Full story


Impact of WWI on the Middle East

Dear Editor: July 28, 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of the official start of WWI. A local newspaper reader asked me to write about WWI and the impact on the Middle East. The problem in doing this is complying with the typical 200-word limit of... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, July 18 - Friday, July 25

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.... Full story


Congressmen introduce bill for reward to capture kidnappers

NEW YORK—Responding to a proposal made by the Religious Zionists of America, leading members of Congress have introduced a bipartisan bill requiring the U.S. government to offer a $5-million reward for information leading to the capture of the... Full story


CRJ's Steinmetz Family School of Chai has two job openings

Music teacher: The Steinmetz Family School of Chai at Congregation of Reform Judaism, Orlando is seeking a music specialist for the 2014-15 school year. The hours are Sundays from 9:15 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Candidates should have a minimum of a basic... Full story



Victor Hochman MD, age 74, of Sanford, passed away at his residence on Monday, July 7, 2014. He was 74 years old. Dr. Hochman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Oct. 12, 1939, to the late Manuel and Maria Ferztemburg Hochman. Dr. Hochman had a... Full story


Obituary - HAROLD KARP

Harold Karp of Winter Springs, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 at Florida Hospital—Orlando. He was 90 years old. One of four sons, he was born in Brooklyn on Aug. 14, 1923, to the late Arthur and Rebecca Cohen Karp. Following high school he... Full story



Matthew A. Kusiak of Jamestown N.C., passed away in Orlando on June 29, 2014. He was 23 years old. Mr. Kusiak was born on April 1, 1991, to Phil and Jeanne Friedman Kusiak and was a student at the time of his death. Funeral services and interment... Full story



Marilyn H. Oppenheim, age 85, of Winter Park, passed away on Friday, June 27, 2014, at Manor Care Nursing and Rehab Center in Winter Park. She was 85 years old. Mrs. Oppenheim was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 1, 1929, to the late Samuel and... Full story



Joshua Lawrence Peisner of Casselberry, passed away at Florida Hospital—Altamonte on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. He was 21 years old. Born in Ocala on April 7, 1993, he was the son of Joel Peisner and Pamela Reidy Peisner. An avid camper, he was an... Full story


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