Articles from the August 7, 2015 edition

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It's time to go back to school

Shown here are Temple Israel's Meitin Religious School students standing inside the sukkah they built last year. Read about what many of the Central Florida religious schools and day schools have to... Full story


With polls of U.S. Jews on Iran at odds, who to believe?

By Uriel Heilman NEW YORK (JTA)-There have been three major polls of American Jews since the announcement of the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran-by the L.A. Jewish Journal, The Israel... Full story


JFGO has resources on Iran deal

As members of Congress review and debate the recent agreement governing Iran's nuclear development, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) is at the forefront locally, providing community... Full story


Jewish education out of the box

By Maayan Jaffe According to the model of Western philosophy, a successful Jewish student would be one who masters the Talmud, the laws of Shabbat and kashrut, and the tales of the Midrash, says Rabbi Dovid Abenson. “Every institution craves... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 7, 2015

Jewish lawmakers shut out noise as they consider Iran deal

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Turn off the ads, turn down the noise and read, listen and consult. That's what five key Jewish lawmakers say they are planning for the five to seven weeks they have to contemplate... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 7, 2015

U.S. envoy raps Huckabee on Holocaust-Iran deal analogy

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Call it a double miracle for the pastor who would be president: Mike Huckabee managed to unite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama while grabbing the... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 7, 2015

Fight to bring Pollard to Israel will outlast his release

WASHINGTON (JTA)-President Barack Obama will not alter the terms of Jonathan Pollard's parole once he is released, a signal that Israel's struggle to bring him to the country whose citizenship he has... Full story


450th anniversary of presence of descendants of Crypto-Jews

The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society will mark the 450th anniversary of the arrival of the descendants of Crypto-Jews to territories later to become the United States, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11... Full story


Kabbalat Shabbat with Karen Allen and Zoriy Zinger

The joy of the Sabbath will be celebrated on Friday evening, Aug.14, at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Sholom in Leesburg with a much-anticipated Kabbalat Shabbat service. Rabbi Karen Allan will lead the service. When Zoiry Zinger, former violin... Full story


ShaBBQ at Temple Israel

On Friday evening, Aug. 21, Temple Israel will be holding its Second Annual ShaBBQ from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This year, in addition to the delicious menu of hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, chips, ice tea,... Full story


It's time to evict J Street from the Jewish communal tent

The recent announcement of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran has sparked deep concern and even outrage in the Jewish community. In an almost unprecedented moment for American Jewry, the majority of prominent Jewish organizations have lined up in order... Full story


Delicate stuff

By Ira Sharkansky Israel is currently facing two especially delicate issues. We’re hearing about a New Middle East. This is not the one that Barack Obama and his supporters saw coming out of his Cairo speech and Arab Spring, but a post-Arab Spring a... Full story


Criticizing Israel's ally

Jews stood up to the U.S. government 40 years ago, and should again on Iran. These days, like many Israelis and American Jews, I find myself in a precarious and painful situation. Those of us who believe that the nuclear agreement just signed between... Full story


Why my kids are going back to Jewish day school

(Kveller via JTA)—For four years, my children attended Community Day School, Pittsburgh’s independent Jewish day school located in Squirrel Hill, the city’s historically Jewish neighborhood. The school’s mission is to “educate Menschen: young peo... Full story


Israeli audience gets a taste of Jewish Voice for Peace's brand of betrayal

Israel’s Channel 2 recently dedicated a full 15 minutes to the anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). Reporter Danny Kushmaro brought to an Israeli audience awareness of “the Jews that stand behind the boycott of Israel.” For me, a longt... Full story


U.S. evasion on Iran rhetoric reminiscent of Arafat's 'jihad' speech

The Obama administration’s weak response to Iran’s latest belligerent rhetoric is reminiscent of how the U.S. responded to one of Yasser Arafat’s most infamous speeches—and illustrates one of the main dangers of the Iran nuclear agreement. Just fo... 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.m... Full story


Good summer reads

Three girls who survived their survival Such Good Girls: The Journey of the Holocaust's Hidden Child Survivors By R. D. Rosen On sale Oct. 1, 2015 A five-year-old girl who slipped out of the Lvov,... Full story


Temple Israel and JCC co-host Summer Sunday

Temple Israel of Winter Springs co-hosted one of the "Summer Sundays" held at the Jewish Community Center in Maitland on July 12. It was a pool party with lunch, fun and sun!... Full story


At Berlin's European Maccabi Games, the past is ever-present

BERLIN (JTA)-Seventy-nine summers after Marty Glickman's Olympics uniform was rendered as useless as a jilted bride's wedding dress, his daughter Nancy wore the same uniform to light the cauldron... Full story


How to make perfect rugelach

By Shannon Sarna (The Nosher via JTA)-I have never made rugelach. Well, actually that's not entirely true. I made rugelach once recently, and they were a disaster. The dough wasn't moist enough, I... Full story


Scene Around

The times they are a changin' (or are they?)... I just read the following in the new World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest for this month: "Addressing the rise of anti-Semitism around the world and the... Full story


Nina Simone, misunderstood no more

(JTA)-Jeff Lieberman was en route to a South Carolina screening of his first feature, "Re-emerging: The Jews of Nigeria," when he realized how close he'd be to the tiny Blue Ridge Mountain town of... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    August 7, 2015

A year after Gaza war, border communities are growing

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Few communities were as battered during last summer's conflict between Israel and Hamas as Nahal Oz, a kibbutz of some 350 people located just a mile from the Gaza border. At one point... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    August 7, 2015

Jerusalem Pride Parade murder sparks calls for change to laws-and pushback

TEL AVIV (JTA)—The murder of a 16-year old girl at Jerusalem’s gay pride parade has sparked calls for LGBT-rights legislation—as well as pushback from those who oppose it. Shira Banki died Sunday after being stabbed while marching in the parad...


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