Articles from the July 19, 2013 edition

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 By Mike Etzkin    Features    July 19, 2013

Heritage Human Service Award goes to Nina Oppenheim

There are some people who just can’t say no to a challenge. Nina Oppenheim, the Heritage Human Service Award winner for 2013, is one of them. The Heritage Human Service Award, says Jeff Gaeser, e... Full story


Fingerhut named Hillel president

WASHINGTON—Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life announced that Eric Fingerhut will serve as its president and CEO. The appointment was approved unanimously on Sunday by the Hillel Board of D... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 19, 2013

Dermer brings as envoy loyalty to Netanyahu, history of abrasiveness

WASHINGTON (JTA)—“I was with him when” Ron Dermer laced his address to the 2009 American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. Dermer used the phrase five times in the first five minutes of th... Full story


9/11 memorial designer comes of age as urban architect

By Abigail Klein ISRAEL21c The New York Times recently went shopping with the Israeli-American architect Michael Arad, revealing how this designer of the National September 11 Memorial scours... Full story

 By Ben Sales    Features    July 19, 2013

Holy work or troublemaking? Laying groundwork for Third Temple

JERUSALEM (JTA)—No praying. No kneeling. No bowing. No prostrating. No dancing. No singing. No ripping clothes. These are the rules that Jews must abide by when visiting the Temple Mount, the site w... Full story

 By Alex Traiman    News    July 19, 2013

John Kerry drawing concern for focus on peace process, rather than Middle East upheaval

With his attention focused on a situation that is stable, relative to its immediate surroundings, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has left many in Israel wondering if the U.S. has its foreign... Full story

 By Debra Rubin    Features    July 19, 2013

Boy finds way to bar mitzvah with help of Simms Taback graphic books

(JTA)—As his mother read to him, Levi Davishoff puckered and moved his lips in the universal sign indicating that something is sour. He then pointed to the lemon pictured in the library book. His moth... Full story


Family affair

At the Jewish Pavilion, volunteering is a family affair. Volunteering offers spouses an opportunity to interact with loved ones, young families an opportunity to learn compassion and teens the... Full story


Volusia-Flagler Federation giving away backpacks to the needy

Abrams & Kaplan Foundation has offered a match up to $25,000 for the school supply project of the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties (FEDVF). For the past 17 years, the Federation has given quality backpacks filled with supplies to more... Full story

 By Robert Gluck    Features    July 19, 2013

From Star Trek to Jewish-themed photography

Leonard Nimoy says there is a “strong strain of Judaism” in everything he does—including his famous on-screen hand gestures. Best known for his character Mr. Spock in the “Star Trek” television show a... Full story

 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    July 19, 2013

Attack, attack, attack

By Ed Ziegler By searching the Internet it is easy to confirm that a very large number of Muslims continue to generate murderous terrorist attacks. The vast majority of these attacks are perpetrated on infidels (non-Muslims) who are peaceful and... Full story


American Jewry's 'leadership cliff'

Is the American Jewish community about to go over “the leadership cliff?” That phrase, which appears in a sober new study by the Jewish People Policy Institute, an independent think tank, reflects a growing sense that at a time when as many as 90... Full story


Jewish leaders must be vocal in backing Kerry's mission

(JTA)—Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent four days of meetings in Jerusalem and Amman yielded no breakthrough and no Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. One hurdle he must overcome: 42 of the 120 members of the Israeli Knesset vehemently opp... Full story


Rebuffing critics, Claims Conference reelects chairman and looks ahead

NEW YORK (JTA)—After two months of Jewish communal squabbling following the disclosure of a flubbed opportunity to detect a massive fraud scheme at the Claims Conference years before it was stopped, the Claims Conference appears to be moving on. A... Full story


Dear Editor

Words can do much harm. Words such as two-state solution, land for peace, occupy, occupation, divestment, sanctions, boycott, have done much harm to Israel. Everyone gets on the bandwagon, including Jews, to put those words into action. On the other... Full story

 By David Suissa    Opinions    July 19, 2013

In Egypt, pita over Allah

It’s tempting to see the chaos in Egypt right now, with President Morsi ousted and his Muslim Brotherhood party discredited, as just another failure of government. But there’s another aspect to this failure—and that is religion. It’s conceivable that... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, July 19 - Friday, July 26

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


Regulating kosher food

Recent outbreaks of salmonella and other instances of food contamination and poisoning have left people questioning the safety of our food supply. Critics of the food industry are also concerned about misleading labels, particularly the use of such... Full story

 By Linda Gradstein    News    July 19, 2013

Israel launches information war against Hezbollah

If you click on the Israeli army’s new Hezbollah website, you will see a red and black logo that reads, “Hezbollah, Army of Terror.” The site is a combination of graphics, text and videos, all focusing on the Lebanese-based, Iran-proxy terro... Full story



ied on Monday, July 8. He was 55 years old. Mr. Misek was born in Cincinnati on Sept 30, 1957, to Bernard and Myra Flaum Misek. He was an Eagle Scout and received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY-Albany. On Aug. 19, 1994, in Charleston, S.C., he m... Full story



Dorothy Yesser of Deltona died Thursday, July 11. She was 89 years old. Born in New Haven, Conn., on Sept. 26, 1923, to the late Jack and Shirley Greenberg Small, she was the widow of the late Hyman Yesser to whom she was married for more than 57... Full story


Rick Moranis, going from 'Ghostbusters' to mom's brisket, draws on Jewish roots in new album

When fans picture Rick Moranis, the first things that probably come to mind are comedy and scenes from science fiction movies such as “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” “Ghostbusters,” “Little Shop of H... Full story


Engagement - Chelle Bernstein and Aaron Swiren

Margery and Bruce Swiren of Orlando are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Aaron, to Chelle Bernstein, daughter of Mark and Nadine Bernstein of St. Augustine. The groom-elect received... Full story

 By Michael Stors    News    July 19, 2013

American physicians teach battlefield medicine to Syrian doctors

GAZIANTEP, Turkey—Dr. Waja Muharram studied the tibia bone closely. The Syrian internist’s eyes darted back and forth as an American cardiovascular surgeon inserted and removed needles at a rapid pace, explaining how to provide trauma patients wit... Full story


Scene Around

In Memoriam… This tribute comes directly from the World Jewish Congress Digest: “The World lost a lovely lady… and a wonderful leader of the Jewish Community Council of Cairo, Egypt.” (With Egypt i... Full story


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