Articles from the July 26, 2013 edition

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 By Hillel Kuttler    News    July 26, 2013

Maccabiah bar mitzvah ceremony proves games are about more than sports

NEVE ILAN, Israel (JTA)—Luke Rosener removed his orange T-shirt, changed into a white dress shirt and alighted from a chartered bus. The garb was a far cry from the uniform Rosener will wear while p... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 26, 2013

Oren synthesized training as historian, role as diplomat

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Michael Oren was deep inside the State Department, relaxed and taking on all comers: He had the facts on his side. It was 2004 and the department was reviewing newly declassified N... Full story

 By Claudia Green    News    July 26, 2013

Yorish dream; united community

Three months into her position as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, Olga Yorish is even more determined to make a positive impact on our lives. Born in St Petersburg,... Full story

 By Linda Gradstein    News    July 26, 2013

Israel allows Egypt to beef up forces

Gunmen in Sinai have stepped up attacks on Egypt’s police there, killing three policemen in separate attacks July 18. Earlier last week three cement workers were killed in a similar incident. Now Egyptian police are massing for an offensive in S... Full story

 By Viva Sarah Press    News    July 26, 2013

Israeli doctors save Ethiopian boy mauled by hyen

When Israeli doctors performed a CT scan on Abdulrazak, an 8-year-old Muslim boy from Ethiopia who was almost mauled to death by a wild hyena, they were surprised to find the rabid animal—that c... Full story


After career in Congress, Deutsch finds new life in Israel

RAANANA, Israel (JTA)—When U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch lost his campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2004, forcing him out of Congress for the first time in 12 years, he didn’t quite know what to do with himse... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 26, 2013

More than a quarter of U.S. House urges engagement on Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the incoming Iranian president’s plea for engagement with the United States and called for ratcheting up military pre... Full story


Congregation Ohev Shalom celebrates 95 years young

The big celebration is coming up in five years. In 2018, Congregation Ohev Shalom will mark 100 years of service to the Jewish community of Central Florida. But 95 isn’t too shabby, either. Essentially founded in a farmhouse by some of the first J... Full story


Lots of laughs

While the Jewish Pavilion is known for bringing Judaism to the doorsteps of our elders in long-term care, there is something even more important that we do says Nancy Ludin, executive director.... Full story


Holocaust Center marks 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht

Each year the Holocaust Memorial Research and Education Center of Florida sponsors a community program in remembrance of Kristallnacht, also known as the November Pogrom, a series of attacks against... Full story


Bingo returns to Congregation Ohev Shalom

Bingo is back at Congregation Ohev Shalom from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. Everyone age 18 and older is invited to participate in this purely fun event, which benefits the youth of Ohev Shalom. Bingo caller extraordinaire Rabbi David Kay will again... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 26, 2013

Is the Islamist era over?

With the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, one is almost forced to question whether the global Islamist movement has been dealt a mortal blow. The notion that the era of Islamism has come to an end is not as o... Full story

 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    July 26, 2013

What makes a country?

There are some basic things that constitute nationhood. A nation must have a native language; but it’s all right if the same language is spoken elsewhere. The language must be constantly updated to cover the events, history and culture of that c... Full story

 By Ben Sales    Opinions    July 26, 2013

Kerry lures both sides back to peace negotiations

TEL AVIV (JTA)—We don’t know. That’s the operative phrase of the new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks announced last Friday and ostensibly set to begin in the coming days in Washington. We don’t know their parameters, or if Israel will fr... Full story

 By Sara Hoffen    Opinions    July 26, 2013

Discovering my Jewish identity through Israel

Israel used to be just another picture in a textbook. It was another set of dates, another long list of names, another world. It was a photograph that was immensely important yet one could never understand why. Until I spent three weeks diving into...


There is no alternative to the two-state solution

The two-state premise for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict goes back to the very foundation of the State of Israel. The United Nations Partition Plan of 1947 divided British-ruled Mandatory Palestine into two separate entities, one Jewish,... Full story


Palestinian state won't bring peace

We all want the Arab war against Israel to be finally resolved. But is establishing a Palestinian state the answer? Not when the Palestinians’ goal is Israel’s destruction, as opposed to a Palestinian state living in peace with Israel. Every opp... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, July 26 - Friday, August 2

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


Congregation Beth Sholom sets special Kabbalat Shabbat

Congregation Beth Sholom of Leesburg invites the community to a festive Shabbat service at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. This uplifting service of music and song, led by Rabbi and Cantor Karen Allen, who will be playing her keyboard, features world-class... Full story


Dr. Oz and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to visit Israel

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, together with This World: The Jewish Values Network, will host Dr. Mehmet Oz, with wife, Lisa, on their first visit to Israel from July 28 through Aug. 4, where Oz is slated to... Full story


Some summertime reading

The summer heat can become so enervating that it’s too hot to move; fortunately, though, it’s never too hot to read. In fact, reading is a great way to escape the heat. “Jo Joe” When 13-year-old Judith Ormond moves to a small town in Pennsyl... Full story



Rita B. Shore of Champions Gate died on Saturday, July 13, at her residence. She was 88 years old. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., she was born on March 15, 1925, to the late George and Rose Metzger Bernstein. A graduate of Erasmus High School she was... Full story


6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Madonna’s bar mitzvah boy NEW YORK (—Madonna reunited with her ex-husband and director Guy Ritchie to celebrate their son Rocco’s bar mitzvah on Saturday. The coming-of-age celebration took place at The Kabbalah Centre in New York and i... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Thomas, pioneering journalist who retired following anti-Israel gibes, dies (JTA)—Helen Thomas, who paved the way for female journalists in Washington and beyond and retired after saying Jews s... Full story


Scene Around

It’s almost time… I recently found an old…very old column of mine dated Feb. 8, 2002. (You read right, 2002!) In it, I made some comments about my marriage to Irv, and since our 53rd wedding anniv... Full story


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