Articles from the July 25, 2014 edition

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Light up Havdalah at Temple Israel

Prospective members are cordially invited to join the Temple Israel membership on Saturday evening, Aug. 2, at 9 p.m., for a creative Light Up Havdalah activity for children. As Shabbat is ushered... Full story

 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    July 25, 2014

U.S. senators pledge support for Israel in wake of ground operation

Washington Jewish Week Hours after tahe Israel Defense Forces began its ground operation in the Gaza Strip on July 17, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) spoke on the... Full story


JNF to honor Orlando Magic CEO

Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host its annual Tree of Life™ Award Dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The event will honor Orlando Magic Executive Alex Martins and local... Full story

 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    July 25, 2014

Israel Bonds not just a charity anymore

Washington Jewish Week Facing a constant barrage of rockets from Hamas terrorists in Gaza, Israel’s economy is proving just as dependable during the current crisis as the much-acclaimed Iron Dome missile defense system, helped in part by capital... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    July 25, 2014

Fighting in Israel forces teen tours to alter itineraries on the fly

TEL AVIV (JTA)-When the siren rang out in Jerusalem last week, the 41 teenage participants in a five-week summer Israel trip were already asleep, exhausted from a day that had begun with a flight... Full story

 By Maayan Jaffe    News    July 25, 2014

Families grapple with lasting effects of Israel-Gaza conflicts

"I feel so vulnerable when I am driving my car," said Ehud Zion Waldoks of Beersheba. "I am constantly preparing to stop abruptly, to leap out and grab my daughter and run for cover. I am calculating... Full story


B'nai B'rith outraged by attacks on Jews in Paris

WASHINGTON, D.C.—B’nai B’rith International condemns in the harshest possible terms the outrageous anti-Semitic attacks on Jews in Paris and elsewhere in France last weekend.   A mob of about 100 people descended on a Paris synagogue wearing t... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    July 25, 2014

Pavilion songbird, Esther Portes, brings harmony to Savannah Court

"Happy Hours at Savannah Court have never been more joyous since singer and volunteer, Esther Portes, began serenading our seniors," said Jewish Pavilion volunteer coordinator Gloria Newberger, who... Full story


Get a passport to Hebrew at Temple Israel

Passport to Hebrew is Temple Israel's summer children's program for Hebrew enrichment. The program is open to all school-age children (members and non-members) and will take place on July 30, July 31... Full story


Torah on Tap

This month, 47 members of Our Jewish Orlando (OJO) group welcomed special guest Dr. Yudit Greenberg, director of the Rollins College Jewish Studies Program to Torah on Tap at TAPS restaurant in... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 25, 2014

Abbas, Auschwitz, and Palestinian strategy

It was often remarked that the late Palestine Liberation Organization leader, Yasser Arafat, would sound moderate when speaking in English and utterly intransigent when speaking in Arabic. Much of the same could be said about his successor, Mahmoud... Full story


Can Israel solve Hamas problem?

The short answer to the question heading this note is “No.” There are too many Muslims in the world, having weight in international forums, with the U.S. and E.U. inclined to go along with them. The ascendance of radicalism among Muslims makes an... Full story

 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    July 25, 2014

A time for some perspective

Every two years it seems Hamas gets the courage and the means to begin an aerial assault on Israel. The usual responses always come. The Arab States and Iran call on Israel to stop the “aggression.” Gaza civilians get killed because Hamas puts... Full story


Premature Palestinian empathy syndrome

A Washington Post foreign affairs blogger, Ishaan Tharoor, listed the names, ages, and places of death of the 83 Palestinian Arabs killed in the first three days of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge (“These are the names of 21 children killed... Full story

 By David Suissa    Opinions    July 25, 2014

The honesty of war

There’s something about war that can make intelligent people look foolish. I’m thinking right now of all those smart people in Tel Aviv who analyzed the subtleties of peace at the Haaretz Peace Conference—only a few hours before Jew-hating... Full story


Not all societies are morally equivalent

All too often, unspeakable crimes are committed that harshly violate moral norms. How a society reacts to such atrocities tells a lot about its ultimate values. Every community has its bigots, racists, and criminals, but in most, the murder of... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, July 25 - Friday, August 1

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


Caring, sharing and connecting through the Jewish Pavilion

Even the best of medical care does not address loneliness, identity and belonging. Staff members and volunteers of the Jewish Pavilion (JP) bring Jewish culture to the doorstep or bedside of Jewish... Full story



Henry W. Davison of Maitland, passed away on June 13, 2014. He was 85 years old. Mr. Davison was born in New York City on Oct. 9, 1928 to the late Carl and Kitty Davison. He was married to the late Rhona Olson Davison and is survived by his sons... Full story



Maurice “Mo” Shams of Maitland, passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Florida Hospital – Orlando. He was 78 years old. Mo was born in Pensacola on May 17, 1936, to the late Sidney and Rachel Shams. A graduate of Pensacola High School, he... Full story


Orthodox school not amused by student's raunchy 'America's Got Talent' routine

NEW YORK (JTA)-Josh Orlian cracked up the judges on "America's Got Talent," but his Orthodox day school wasn't laughing. The 12-year-old kippah-wearing comic made his national television debut with a... Full story


Scene Around

Now that we know... This comes directly from ABRAHAM H. FOXMAN, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) with an aside by me: "Even after 100 years of remarkable progress against... Full story


Seeking Kin: A woman pleads 'Where are my birth parents?'

(JTA) – Fifteen years ago, Sarah Starr snooped. That would set her on a path leading to Israel, where she lives and hopes to remain. To do so, however, Starr wants to prove that she is Jewish,... Full story


Israel rocks at Temple Israel's Summer Sunday

Temple Israel is co-sponsoring a Summer Sunday on July 27 with the JCC at the JCC campus. Current Temple Israel families and prospective families are invited to stop by the Temple Israel table where... Full story


Federations mission touring Southern Israel for solidarity

Be’er Sheva, Southern Israel—More than two dozen American Jewish communal leaders are currently touring communities in Southern Israel in an emergency solidarity mission of the Jewish Federations across North America (JFNA). The mission is an... Full story


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