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Articles from the July 29, 2016 edition

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Russian synagogue with dark past invites Pokemon hunters to toast its revival

(JTA)-As the Pokemon Go phenomenon grows, some institutions connected to European Jewry's darkest hour have taken precautions against it. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum in Poland... Full story


Facial recognition-first line of defense?

At around 1 p.m. on a cloudy day in April 2014, Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., 74, pulled into the rear parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and opened fire. Shouting anti-Semi... Full story


New beginnings for Jewish Academy

There is a new excitement at the Jewish Academy of Orlando. The Head of School, Alan Rusonik, shares, "It's a new year. A new beginning. A new excitement!" "The staff is gearing up for the new year,"... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    July 29, 2016

Pence's support for Israel rooted in faith

After a selection process that more closely resembled a reality television show than the usual political appointments, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that his choice... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    July 29, 2016

Donald Trump Jr.'s call for school choice splits Jewish groups

CLEVELAND (JTA)-An issue of historical concern to American Jews drew waves of applause when Donald Trump Jr. preached about it Tuesday night from the stage of the Republican National Convention. It... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 29, 2016

Cruz may be down, but he is not out as a favorite of the pro-Israel right

CLEVELAND (JTA)-Wednesday night's gripping tale of a dramatic, sudden repudiation of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by Sheldon Adelson, the major pro-Israel philanthropist and Republican donor, seems a little... Full story


At $153.4M, NY federation campaign grows for 4th consecutive year

NEW YORK (JTA)—At a time when many Jewish federations are reporting flat or declining fundraising, North America’s largest Jewish philanthropy said its annual campaign revenue has increased for the fourth consecutive year. UJA-Federation of... Full story


JAO works with Federation to implement strategic changes

The Jewish Academy of Orlando (JAO) is proceeding with plans, first announced in February, to consolidate its operations in the main building on the Maitland Jewish Community Campus, enabling the 38-year-old Jewish day school to sharpen its focus on... Full story


COS mourns the loss of Vered Tzur

Congregation Ohev Shalom’s clergy assistant, Vered Tzur, was hit from behind by a car on July 18, as she was riding her bicycle in Maitland. She died instantly. Tzur was born in Israel on May 14, 1966. She was buried in Israel where her family... Full story


Positions available in RAISE program

The RAISE program for young adults with special needs is now accepting online applications. There will be a limited number of positions available, as well as opportunities to volunteer as a Job Coach. RAISE is a 6- to 12-month work and social skills... Full story


COS welcomes the community to BINGO

The entire community is invited to a fun evening of BINGO on Thursday, Aug. 4 at Congregation Ohev Shalom. The event is open to anyone 18 and older and will take place at Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Pkwy SMaitland from 7-9 p.m. Rabbi... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 29, 2016

Higher stakes in Lebanon

A decade after fighting the Second Lebanon War against the Islamist terror militia Hezbollah, Israel is once again facing a build-up on its northern border, with the prospect of fresh hostilities looming The 2006 conflict, waged over a month during... Full story

 By Eliana Rudee    Opinions    July 29, 2016

When everything has changed, but nothing really has

(JNS.org) Exactly six years ago, when I was just 18 years old, I wrote as my Facebook status, “Doesn’t want to go home tomorrow :( I live in America but my heart is in Israel.” It was only my second time in Israel and I just knew. I knew that... Full story

 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    July 29, 2016

Time was

When he was younger, our son Adam (now in his 50s) asked me “Dad, what will happen when the last old Jewish guy dies?” What he meant, metaphorically, was what do he and his generation do when they no longer have access to the stories, the culture... Full story

 By Yair Sheleg    Opinions    July 29, 2016

Point: Israel's battle for peace between religion and state

The relationship between religion and state in Israel is stormy. Lately, it seems the ultra-Orthodox have launched a new offensive on several fronts. First, representatives of the ultra-Orthodox community went back on their Western Wall compromise... Full story


Counter-Point: Pursuing peace and straightening the record

The recent op-ed by Yair Sheleg, “Israel’s battle for peace between religion and state,” is troublesome in several ways. While he portrays himself as a dispassionate analyst, it is clear that Sheleg’s essay intends, on the contrary, to... Full story


Nothing radical about GOP's shift on Palestinian statehood

The omission of Palestinian statehood from this year’s Republican Party platform is neither a radical change nor a departure from immutable U.S. policy, as some critics are claiming. In fact, both parties’ platforms have repeatedly changed... 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.... Full story


Why infertility is a Jewish issue-and what we can do about it

MIAMI (JTA)-Growing up, I always dreamed of being a mom. Even as a kid I would brainstorm baby names, tell my dolls bedtime stories and swear that I would be a cool mom and let them eat cookies for br... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 29, 2016

Can a hobbled EU live up to its promise to combat anti-Semitism and racism?

(JTA)-When the late Austro-Hungarian aristocrat Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi attended church on Good Friday, his father would famously cause a scene, storming out when the liturgy came to the... Full story


History of Jewish food at Brookdale Ocoee

On July 19, Jewish Pavilion Program Director Gloria Green of Winter Garden presented her last presentation before she retires at Brookdale Ocoee. Christine Girard, the Activities director at... Full story


Scene Around

Oh no! Who broke in?... (Remember, I write way in advance.) In the early morning yesterday, maybe 2 a.m. or so, I heard a loud boom which sounded like someone kicked in my front door. Not only did I... Full story


When you love/hate your crazy Jewish hair

(Kveller via JTA)—It took 42 years, 4 months and 18 days, but I think I may actually now like my hair. No, not the hair I was born with, but rather a finely tuned version that has taken years to attain. Too long. Too short. Too straight. Too dark.... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    July 29, 2016

At GOP convention, Jewish delegates cite Israel and style in backing Trump

CLEVELAND (JTA)- On the day Donald Trump wrapped up the Republican primaries, Marc Zell was ready to resign his position as vice president of Republicans Overseas, the party's expatriate group. Zell,... Full story


Why I converted to Judaism while seven months pregnant

(Kveller via JTA)—I was pregnant with my first daughter when I stood above the steps leading into the mikveh. After years of study, private and at a synagogue, and months of preparation, I was converting to Judaism. Naked and heavily pregnant, with... Full story


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