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Articles from the July 31, 2015 edition

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Chabad North Orlando has a new shul, and it's only the beginning

"Our first event was Rosh Hashanah services at the Courtyard Marriott in Lake Mary and we did not have a Minyan," remembered Rabbi Yanky Majesky of Chabad North Orlando. "We moved to town and did not... Full story

 By Gabe Friedman    News    July 31, 2015

Thousands protest the Iran deal at Times Square rally

(JTA)-New York Sen. Chuck Schumer was not actually in New York on Wednesday, but the Democrat's influence on the fate of the Iran deal loomed large when several thousand people descended on Times... Full story

 By JTA Staff    Life Cycles    July 31, 2015

Theodore Bikel, 'Tevye,' dies at 91

(JTA)-Theodore Bikel, an actor and folk singer who was recognized in 1997 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, has died at 91. Bikel, who won fame... Full story


Pollard to be freed in November

(JNS.org) -Jonathan Pollard, who was imprisoned 30 years ago for giving Israel classified information on the U.S., will be a free man Nov. 21. The decision made by the parole board was unanimous.... Full story


ACTION ALERT: Let Congress hear from you

Here are ways to voice your opinions about the Iran nuclear deal provided by The Israel Project, StandWithUs and Zionistas AIPAC Action Alert. After 20 months of negotiations the United States and its negotiating partners announced a nuclear agreemen... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    July 31, 2015

The campaign for (and against) the Iran deal gets personal

By WASHINGTON (JTA)—Vice President Joe Biden had an intimate phone call this week with about a thousand Jewish leaders, beseeching, teaching and preaching the Iran nuclear deal. Biden’s imploring hour-long call on Monday typified how personal... Full story

 By Bill Abramson    News    July 31, 2015

Musical enhancements enable fervor-filled services at SOJC

Participating in services at the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation (SOJC) is an opportunity for congregants to issue their praise and appreciation to HaShem (G-D). Under the leadership of Rabbi... Full story


Temple Israel offers Passport to Hebrew

Each summer, for three days, Temple Israel, located at 50 S. Moss Road, Winter Springs, offers students of all ages and their families an opportunity to have fun and brush up on their Hebrew. This... Full story


Florida Jewish history presentation at Beth Sholom in Leesburg

Jewish history of central and north Florida is the topic of an Aug. 2 seminar at 3 p.m. at Congregation Beth Sholom, 315 North 13th Street (entrance on Center Street), in Leesburg. The public is invited to join the congregation for the presentation... Full story


TSS Beach service tomorrow

What could be better than celebrating Shabbat morning with fellow Jews in Florida? How about celebrating Shabbat under the gorgeous Florida sun, with music and the sound of the surf accompanying your prayers? On Aug.1, Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo... Full story


Prayer vigil for Israel

Gloria Max, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties in Ormond Beach, sent this notice: In light of the Iran nuclear proposal, Israel definitely needs our prayers and continued support. Everyone is invited for this...


Enhance the Shabbat with dance

We are instructed to rest and enjoy the day of Shabbat. Festive meals are prepared, while families have the opportunity to relax and spend time with each other both within their private homes and... Full story


Iran Ascending: A Time to Shudder

For those who have been confused by the incredible amount of verbiage that has surfaced on the Iran nuclear agreement since it was signed, the best analysis I have read appeared in this morning’s Ha’aretz written by Ari Shavit, titled “The... Full story

 By Danny Danon    Opinions    July 31, 2015

After Iran deal, supporters of Israel have practical steps

Despite years of our warnings, the United States and the P5+1 powers reached a nuclear agreement with Iran. As we had feared, the deal is indeed extremely dangerous. Billions of dollars will soon flow into Iran and quickly make their way to the... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 31, 2015

Hey @TheIranDeal, I have some questions-actually, lots

This week, a bunch of journalists, foreign policy wonks, and assorted pundits received an email from the White House that began with the legendary words, “Hey, I’m Ben Rhodes, a Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. For the past... Full story


Should Federations wade into the Iran nuke debate?

The history of Jewish democracy is scattered with congresses, parliaments, unions, councils, sejms, and kahals—all attempts to govern or speak for an unruly body of people who shared a common culture but lacked genuine political autonomy. Various... Full story


A united Jewish response needed at this time

Dear American Jewish leadership, I have read your statements on the Iran nuclear deal, and as a Jew, I am deeply disturbed by your response. A combination of reticence, apathy and naivety seem to be all at play, and as the beacons of our people, I... Full story


Should federations stand against Iran nuke deal? Yes!

Dear Editor: This letter is in response to Andres Silow-Carroll’s op ed, “Should Federations wade into the Iran nuke debate?” (in this issue of Heritage). In the days when the federations REALLY understood there responsibilities, and when... 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... Full story


Orlando Senior Help Desk is available to everyone

The following are a sampling of the many inquiries received on a daily basis from a family member or the older adult. Read below and you will find that most people have similar needs just like... Full story



It is with deep, and heavy sadness that we announce the death of Jeffrey Robert Cohen, who passed away on July 15, 2015, in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Cohen was born in New York in 1953 to Edwin and Marilyn (Danzig) Cohen and was joined by his siblings,... Full story


Obituary - STANLEY C. KATZ

Stanley Carl Katz, age 78, of Orlando, passed away on Friday, July 10, 2015, at Consulate Health Care in Kissimmee. Mr. Katz, a Bronx, New York, native, was born on Oct. 2, 1936, to the late Hyman and Anna Tischler Katz. He was a U.S. Army veteran... Full story



Arthur Markowitz, age 88, of Lake Wales, passed away on Friday, July 10, 2015, at Florida Hospital—Orlando. He was born in Bronx, New York, on Jan. 1, 1927, to the late Benjamin and Ida Priven Markowitz. Following high school he enlisted in the... Full story


Coffee Cake Challah

There is just something about store-bought coffee cake, especially Entenmann's, that is irresistible. I cannot control myself when it is around. Several times in the past few years my husband has... Full story

 By Shana Medel    News    July 31, 2015

Women of the Wall service leads to detainment and physical encounter

Jewish women representing and supporting the pluralistic prayer group Women of the Wall gathered at the Kotel on Rosh Chodesh Friday morning, July 17. However, cries of disapproval from the religious... Full story


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