Articles from the August 1, 2014 edition

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 By Alan Kornman    News    August 1, 2014

Community shows support at an Israel Solidarity Gathering

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) and the Greater Orlando Board of Rabbis sponsored an Israel Solidarity Gathering at the Maitland Jewish Community Center.... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    News    August 1, 2014

Tunnel vision: Why Hamas' tunnels are the new front in the war with Israel

(JTA)-Until this latest war, if you asked most Israelis about the threat from Gaza, they would probably start talking about Hamas rockets. But that has changed over the last few days of fighting, for... Full story

 By Kim Fischer    News    August 1, 2014

Rusonik takes the helm at JAO

Alan Rusonik believes in community, he believes a strong Jewish education is vital to develop future Jewish leadership, and he believes the Jewish Academy of Orlando is an excellent place to grow a... Full story


Weiss-a wise choice for judge

If Kevin Weiss could only pick one word to blaze across his wall, that word would be justice. "I'm an idealistic type of person," Weiss told The Heritage. "I like to help people and if I see an... Full story

 By Hillel Kuttler    News    August 1, 2014

For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

BALTIMORE (JTA)-Sean Carmeli, a sergeant in the Israeli army, was stationed in Israel's South awaiting possible orders to enter Gaza. He was exchanging Facebook messages with his friend Ian Benisti,... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    August 1, 2014

Kaddish for a Texan who gave his life in Gaza

TEL AVIV (JTA)-The soldiers walk past us, two single-file lines between the gravestones, their blank, sunken faces barely visible in the darkness. The coffin appears, hoisted on their arms and... Full story

 By Aaron D. Panken    News    August 1, 2014

Finding unity in a Jerusalem bomb shelter

NEW YORK (JTA)-When the siren sounded, the Rolling Stones' tortured 1969 track "Gimme Shelter" popped into my head, oddly enough. That haunting song offered a stunning reminder of the endless horrors... Full story


Upcoming Civil Rights programs sponsored by HMREC

The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. In recognition of that monumental legislation, institutions and individuals throughout Central Florida will be... Full story


Beth Am presents Disaster Preparedness workshop

Congregation Beth Am in Longwood, Florida, in conjunction with the Orlando Church of Christ, the Seminole County Department for Emergency Management, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the Seminole County Department of Public Safety will h... Full story


Renowned violinist returns for Kabbalat Shabbat service

Congregation Beth Sholom of Leesburg invites the community to a very special warm, joyous, and festive Shabbat service on Friday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. This uplifting service of music and song, led by Rabbi and Cantor Karen Allen, who will be playing her... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 1, 2014

Against anti-Semitism, self-defense is no offense

The debate about whether Jews have a future in Europe has once again surfaced, as Israel’s Operation Protective Edge gained momentum in response to Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza. The two issues are connected for a simple reason: on July 13, a l... Full story


Accusations against Israel latest disservice to coiner 'genocide'

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims Israel is carrying out “systematic genocide” in Gaza. South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), asserts that Israel’s actions in Gaza “remind [us] of the atrocities of Nazi G... Full story

 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    August 1, 2014

The higher their numbers the more they demand

Anyone who follows the actions in the Middle East or Islamic communities readily becomes aware that Muslims continuously make demands on their non-Islamic neighbors. One would assume they come to westernized countries like the U.S. for a better way o... Full story


Israel needs an 'Irony Dome'

It boggles the mind to think that a determined, Jew-hating terror army would fire more than 1,000 rockets at Israel over seven days and inflict so few casualties. I wonder what must be going through the minds of those Hamas terrorists right now:... Full story


The goal must be demilitarization

A simple cease-fire in Gaza would give Hamas time to re-arm and renew its terrorist activities. The demilitarization of Gaza would put an end to Hamas’s terrorist activities. Which goal makes more sense? President Barack Obama and Secretary of S... Full story


Standing side-by-side with Israel

This week, I had the honor and privilege to lead 57 international Jewish community leaders from 22 countries on a solidarity mission to Israel, where we were joined by 21 Israeli leaders and World Jewish Congress staff. The fact that WJC brought peop... Full story


Seven showed up, where was the rest of the Jewish community?

Dear Editor: To say I am totally disappointed in the leadership of the Jewish community of greater Orlando would be putting it mildly. With the current situation that has been taking place in Israel for the last two weeks, not one word, not one act o... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, August 1 - Friday, August 8

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. Congregation Ch... Full story


Meet three dedicated and adored Jewish Pavilion volunteers

Sandy Steuer has marked her first anniversary volunteering with the Jewish Pavilion. After helping out a few different senior communities she found her niche at Chambrel. Sandy helps at Shabbat each... Full story

 By Yvonne David    News    August 1, 2014

Mourners find peace in a grief support group-Part 3

Yvonne David suffered the loss of her father last September and joined a grief support group sponsored by the Jewish Pavilion and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. Held at Chambrel at Island Lake, a Brookdale Senior Living Community, this grief support... Full story



Sheryl M. Pope of Orlando passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at her residence. She was 24 years old. A native of Orlando, she was born on Feb. 8, 1990, to Barry and Ami Koenig Pope. Ms. Pope attended Orlando area schools and worked as a... Full story


Sneakers on Tisha B'Av: when spirit and letter collide

The wider world of traditional Judaism is moving in fits and starts toward a renegotiation of the terms of halakhic observance. At question is the importance of social change in the understanding and... Full story


Scene Around

From passionate lovers... Okay, I'll finish the sentence! We went from passionate lovers to angry roommates! Of course I refer to my spouse and myself as we get ready to celebrate our 54th wedding... Full story


From grizzly bears to Gaza rockets: Alaskan olim head for Israel

By Uriel Heilman (JTA)-Rebecca Scoggin lived in a lot of places growing up: Juneau, Nome, Fairbanks, Homer, Anchorage. But except for the two years she lived in Seattle after high school, she never li... Full story


Who wants to destroy who?

Roi Kais of reported "Hamas Interior Ministry tells Gaza locals to stay in their homes despite Israeli phone calls, leaflets, and the 'knock on the roof' procedure urging them to evacuate... Full story


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