Articles from the August 2, 2013 edition

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 By Ben Sales    News    August 2, 2013

At Western Wall, showdown between two women's groups

ERUSALEM (JTA)—Early in the morning o, at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Av, the Western Wall plaza was a cacophonous mess. Women of the Wall, the activist group that holds women’s prayer ser... Full story


Heritage receives two Florida Press Association Awards

The Heritage Florida Jewish News recently received two awards from The Florida Press Association/Florida Society of News Editors’ Better Weekly Newspaper Contest. Competing against 64 weekly n... Full story


Peace prize for Jewish and Muslim leaders

When Jerusalem resident Eli Beer implemented a neighborhood-based volunteer emergency response system to Israel in 2006, he wasn’t dreaming of prizes, only of saving lives. But in recognition of the fact that United Hatzalah of Israel has brought t... Full story

 By Linda Gradstein    News    August 2, 2013

Israeli Cabinet votes to release prisoners

Mika Bromberg stood outside the Israeli Prime Minister’s office holding a black-and-white poster of Avraham Bromberg, her brother-in-law and an Israeli soldier who was killed while hitchhiking in 1981. The attackers shot him, stole his gun, and pushe... Full story

 By Josh Lipowsky    News    August 2, 2013

Foreign Ministry labor dispute complicating plans for new immigrants to Israel

NEW YORK (JTA)—Eventually, all Jews will end up in Israel, Cliff Katz says. But for now, a labor dispute in the Jewish state is holding things up. Katz, 47, decided to immigrate from Texas about a y... Full story


Women of the Wall request use of sacred site's Torah scroll

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Women of the Wall asked the rabbi of the Western Wall to allow the group to use one of the site’s Torah scrolls. In a letter sent Sunday, Women of the Wall made the request to Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz for their Rosh Chodesh prayer ser... Full story


Dermer approved officially as Israel's U.S. envoy

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel’s Cabinet unanimously approved the appointment of Ron Dermer as Israeli ambassador to the United States. The appointment of Dermer, a former senior adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was approved Sunday during the... Full story


Talia loses her battle with cancer

Talia Joy Castellano, known to the online world as Taliajoy18, passed away on July 16, 2013 from metastatic Neuroblastoma, one month before her 14th birthday in Orlando, Fla. Born Aug. 18, 1999, she... Full story


Temple Israel summer camp refreshes students' skills

The Meitin Religious School will hold a summer “camp” experience for students. Temple Israel has developed this unique program to help refresh the skills students learned before the summer break. The... Full story


Jewish Federations' Mission to Israel and General Assembly

From Nov. 4-13, 2013, join the Jewish Federation for a very special mission to Israel that has it all: Hikes through northern nature preserves and visits to spice markets and wineries, ancient historical sites and hi-tech start-ups. Encounters with... Full story


Hadassah Opens Season with Renowned Violinist

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah is proud to present renowned violinist Matitiahu Braun at its opening meeting Aug. 27 at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Ohev Shalom. Matitiahu Braun is a native of Israel... Full story


SOJC Unveils its Holocaust Memorial on Sunday, Aug. 25

Under the leadership and design supervision of Eagle Scout candidate Max Waldor, the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation is about to finish the construction of its Holocaust Memorial, a tribute to... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 2, 2013

Kerry must end the 'Israel-is-to-blame' game

Which aspect of Secretary of State John Kerry’s repetition of the Arab position last week, that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict lies at the root of Middle Eastern instability, is more remarkable? The fact that Kerry could actually say such a t... Full story


Point: Kosher slaughter ban shows Poland has a Jewish problem

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, has a Jewish problem. In a painful affront to the Jewish community, it recently defeated a government initiative to reinstate the legality of kosher slaughter of animals. This p... Full story

 By Tad Taube    Opinions    August 2, 2013

Counterpoint: Polish democracy may make missteps, but goal of good Jewish relations remains clear

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)—For the past decade, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture and I myself, as Poland’s honorary consul in the Bay Area, have been involved directly in furthering the renaissance of Jewish life in Poland. The ren... Full story

 By Olga Yorish    Opinions    August 2, 2013

What does it take to create a Jewish community?

As I was coming to the office the other day in the pouring rain, I saw a young mother with three small children: a baby in a stroller, a toddler in her arms, and a 3-year-old holding on to her hand, all huddling under the awning of the J building. I... Full story


EU ban on Hezbollah branch a start, but impact is likely limited

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (JTA)—The effectiveness of the European Union’s decision to blacklist only Hezbollah’s military wing might be debatable, but one thing about the move seems certain: It did not come easy. The decision July 22 by Europ... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    Opinions    August 2, 2013

Shanda factor: What makes Jewish sex scandals different?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The guy with the socks up. The guy with the pants down. The guy with the headlocks. The guy who tweets and deletes. What is it with these male politicos? And why are they all Jewish? The cloistered community that is Washington’s Jew... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, August 2 - Friday, August 9

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


Seven Weeks in Israel

We are frequent visitors to Israel and have been going there for the past 35 years. We recently returned with our heads filled with visions and sights that resonate with pride and excitement at the unbelievable growth and prosperity that we... Full story


Law requiring referendum on land withdrawal passes Israeli Cabinet

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Israeli Cabinet approved a measure that would require a public referendum or vote on any peace agreement that involves withdrawing from land Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War. The Cabinet approved the legislation, which w... Full story



Joseph Baisuck of Casselberry, died on Friday, July 19. He was 94 years old. Mr. Baisuck was born Feb. 13, 1919 in Beverly, Mass., to Abraham and Ann Cutler Baisuck. Following high school, he attended the Boston Conservatory of Music to study piano.... Full story



Steven D. Bercov died on Sunday, July 21. He was 66 years old. Mr. Bercov was born in Chicago, Ill. on May 17, 1947, to Jacob and Frances Sharon Bercov. He moved to Miami with his family in 1960. Following high school he attended the University of... Full story



Martin I. Finkelstein of Casselberry died on on Saturday, July 20. He was 89 years old. He was born in Philadelphia on June 26, 1924, to the late Reuben and Ida Kaplan Finkelstein. Following high school he entered the Army and served in Europe... Full story



Ruth L. Rabinovitz of Orlando, died on Wednesday, July 23. She was 74. Mrs. Rabinovitz was born in Boston, Mass., on March 8, 1939. She was married to the late Paul Rabinovitz who passed away in October 1998. The couple moved to the Orlando area... Full story


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