Articles from the July 24, 2015 edition

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 By Gabe Friedman    News    July 24, 2015

For Americans making aliyah, lacrosse, army service and real estate dreams beckon

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Professional lacrosse player Chase Clark was told that there are three keys to survival in Israel: Realize that everyone else thinks their time is more important than yours, avoid the... Full story


BDS can be crushed from the grass roots on up the chain

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of the Christian Zionist NPO Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN), is a force to be reckoned with. She is straight-forward and stands upon biblical principles to b... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 24, 2015

Iran deal is likely to survive hurdles

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The nuclear deal with Iran, 20 months in the making, is now done-at least as far as negotiations go. The accord, announced early Tuesday, still faces hurdles, although they likely... Full story


JFGO statement on Iran deal

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando recognizes the strenuous diplomatic efforts by the United States and its fellow members of the P5+1 to address the challenge of a nuclear-armed Iran. We reiterate our support of a diplomatic process to find a... Full story

 By Jacob Kamaras    News    July 24, 2015

CUFI on the Hill: Christian Zionist group ramps up DC office amid Iran deal

While the ink dries on the newly signed nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, America's largest pro-Israel organization is seeking to help defeat the agreement in Congress through the work of... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 24, 2015

AIPAC to fight White House head to head in battle over Iran deal

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Cancel your summer vacations. That was the order AIPAC’s executive director, Howard Kohr, gave his employees in a staff meeting convened this week at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee after the United States announced the... Full story


Central Florida Hillel welcomes new engagement staff

According to a recent survey by Hillel International, Jewish college students from around the country, and around Florida in particular, are increasingly choosing UCF over any other university. With a... Full story


Eva Ritt donates Soviet Jewry collection to Yeshiva University

NEW YORK-Eva London Ritt of Winter Park, Fla., has gifted her personal collection of materials from the Soviet Jewry movement to the Yeshiva University Archives. Ritt dedicated the donation of two... Full story


Why did the Nazis steal art they didn't like?

The Kinneret Council on Aging's monthly program "Coffee and Conversation" featured guest speaker Mitch Bloomer, of the Holocaust Center, on Wednesday, July 15. The topic presented was "Rejected Art:... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 24, 2015

World powers' surrender on Iran deal reverberates most immediately in Syria

Last week—and please forgive me for the graphic nature of this metaphor—Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled down his pants and urinated over the graves of the 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys exterminated by Serb forces in the enclave of Sre... Full story


Where are the heroes?

There aren’t any in the realms of politics or public policy, except in the books written for children, or childish adults. The world is too complex. We know too much to be heroic. There may be heroes on the field of battle, some of who survive t... Full story


National identity

By what form is a nation born? What makes its nationhood and citizenry stand out from all the others? Having just celebrated a birthday on July 4th, I am acutely aware of the rebellious group of British Subjects who declared independence from... Full story

 By Alan Kornman    Opinions    July 24, 2015

Judaism teaches the free market system

By Alan Kornman The role of man in this world is to work, create, innovate, accumulate wealth, and elevate the material world while caring for those in need. Israel and Jews have a long-standing tradition of extending aid to alleviate hunger,... Full story


For black Orthodox Jews, constant racism is exhausting

By Chava Shervington NEW YORK (JTA)—When I was 24, an Orthodox matchmaker tried to set me up on a date with a man older than my parents. When I objected, she told me, “Stop being so picky. Not many guys are willing to consider a black girl.” As an... Full story


Giving terrorists one free shot

An Israeli soldier who shot back at an Arab who was trying to murder him is now under investigation, following protests by self-described human rights activists. Given the focus of the activists’ concern, perhaps it would be more accurate to call t... 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 a.m... Full story


Frank Cutler, 'last of Mohicans,' dies at age 90

Frank Cutler, alias’ include Frankie, Anshel, Anshel Frankel, Dad, Grandpa, Grandpa Anchie and “My Man” died on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. He was deeply loved by his family, friends and any person who knew or had any interaction with him. As his first c... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 24, 2015

AIPAC calls for rejection of Iran deal, J Street launching campaign backing pact

WASHINGTON (JTA)—AIPAC called on Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, saying it does not meet critical markers that the influential pro-Israel lobby outlined in recent weeks. But the liberal Jewish Middle East lobby J Street announced a m... Full story


Bar Mitzvah - Joshua Gray Lefkowitz

Joshua Gray Lefkowitz, son of Aaron Lefkowitz of Winter Park and Elizabeth Lefkowitz of Casselberry, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at Congregation Beth Am in... Full story


Good Summer Reads

A story of jealousy, betrayal and suspense "The Winter Guest" by Pam Jenoff Available on Life is a constant struggle for the impoverished eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their... Full story


U2 dedicates performance of 'One' to Shimon Peres

(JTA)-Former Israeli President Shimon Peres may be a big U2 fan, but it seems like Bono is an even bigger Shimon Peres fan. Peres was in Toronto for an economic conference and attended U2's... Full story


Scene Around

New research findings... This information comes directly from the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest with asides by me in parenthesis. I find it very interesting but not at all surprising: "A recent... Full story


Netanyahu: Don't deal with Iran while it calls for death to U.S., Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, continuing his attack on the Iran nuclear deal, said the agreement has not changed Iran’s policy of calling for armed struggle against Israel and the United States. “If someone thought that... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    July 24, 2015

Following Iran deal, Israel to lobby Congress-and reconsider a strike

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decried an agreement over Iran's nuclear program hundreds of times-most notably in a March speech to a joint session of Congress. Now that... Full story

 By Abby Sher    Features    July 24, 2015

Bawdy and blonde, the outrageous Sophie Tucker

(Jewniverse via JTA)-Long before Lady Gaga was pulling down her knickers on London stages, there was a bawdy blonde breaking boundaries named Sophie Tucker. Tucker was born Sonya Kalish in 1887. Her f... Full story


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