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Articles from the August 8, 2014 edition

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Heritage Human Service Award goes to Loren London

The Heritage Florida Jewish News is pleased to announce the recipient of this year's Human Service Award is Loren London. Words to describe London include creator, hard worker, organizer, enthusiastic... Full story


JFGO honors those who make an impact

This August, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is recognizing outstanding leaders who have made an impact in Jewish Orlando this past year. The awards presentation will be made on Aug. 24 at... Full story


Roth JCC Maitland and Rosen JCC to become separate entities

ORLANDO-The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando announces that effective June 1, 2015, the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando in Maitland (established 1973) and the Jack & Lee... Full story

 By Maayan Jaffe    News    August 8, 2014

Pro-Israel Muslims seek alternative to radical Islam as a means for peace

Jews around the world were inspired last month when Arab-Israeli teenager Mohammad Zoabi cloaked himself in an Israeli flag and spoke into a bedroom video camera, "I am an Israeli and will remain an... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 8, 2014

Sole Israeli national on downed Malaysian airliner was son of Christian evangelist

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-A few hours before he departed Amsterdam for Australia on July 17, Ithamar Avnon was praying for peace with his parents at their home in the Netherlands. That evening, pro-Russian... Full story


For Sandi Solomon, Casselberry's future is her focus

If someone needs to get something done in Casselberry, call Sandi Solomon. Running for her third term as Casselberry city commissioner seat 3, Solomon has that rare ability to see what needs to be don... Full story


Rabbi Schwartz and Cantor Kriger to lead High Holidays services at Temple L'Chayim

Temple L'Chayim, a Reform congregation in Clermont, has engaged the services of Rabbi Howard Schwartz and Cantor Isaac Kriger to lead the congregation for this year's High Holiday services. The two cl... Full story


Chabad of South Orlando at the Gaza border

A few weeks ago, Rabbi Yosef Konikov and his wife, Chani, had a conversation, as many Jewish people have over the last month, about what we can do for Israel. Chabad of South Orlando contacted some... Full story


Don't forget U.S. campuses as global anti-Semitism surges

By Tammi Rossman-Benjamin JNS.org Amid the current unrest in Israel and Gaza, Jews around the world have been targeted for attack. Virulently anti-Israel demonstrations and activities in cities across Europe and around the world have resulted in... Full story


No more apologies

I am sick of apologizing for Israel when it is Israel that really deserves an apology. I am sick of apologizing for Israel’s right to defend itself. I am sick of the word “ceasefire” when all that really means is “time for Hamas to build... Full story



Lots of questions Why Hamas attacked in the first place? Why it continues to attack, especially from within the time frame of the cease fire that it requested? Why has the US sided with the most radical of the Muslim governments? Why has the Israeli... Full story


Being Jewish in France today

“Wie Gott in Frankreich leben”—“living like God in France”—was a popular Yiddish saying among Ashkenazi Jews for a long time. It suggested a certain fascination with France, implying that Jews living there are uniquely fortunate.... Full story


Tisha b'Av in a time of rockets, tunnels and death

Editor’s note: This article was received too late for the Aug. 1 issue and Tisha b’Av was Aug. 4, but Edmon Rodman’s message here is too important to pass over just because of deadlines. LOS ANGELES (JTA)—After weeks of missiles falling on... Full story


Is the Obama White House overly hostile to Israel?

As the war between Israel and Hamas intensified, and Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others to try to broker a cease fire, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, while being interviewed by Sean Hannity... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, August 8 - Friday, August 15

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.... Full story


Jump, jump, jump!

In July, young Jews gathered at Airheads Trampoline Arena for Sunday Funday.  Our Jewish Orlando hosted the event followed by dinner with a group of active 20- and 30-somethings. Sunday Funday... Full story


Year-round programming only at the JCC

Summer is winding down and soon the campers will all be heading back to school. The Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando had a phenomenal summer filled with field trips, swimming, singing,... Full story

 By Bailey Robb    News    August 8, 2014

Promoting safer schools: Quick tips for students, educators, and parents

Going back to school can be one of the most exciting times of the year. For most teens, it is a time to reconnect with friends, teachers, coaches, etc. For some students however, the thought of returning to school can lead to serious anxiety. In... Full story



Abraham Elkin of Boyton Beach passed away on Sunday July 13, 2014. He was 84 years old. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 25, 1930 to the late Alex and Anna Elkin. Mr. Elkin served proudly in the Korean War. After the war he became a... Full story

 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    August 8, 2014

What explains Pew poll's partisan gap in support for Israel?

Washington Jewish Week A new Pew Research Center poll showing Republicans as more sympathetic to Israel than Democrats has left Jewish Democratic leaders searching for an explanation of the partisan gap. Conducted from July 8-14, the week Israel... Full story


Walk in honor of those who walked before us

The entire community is invited to enjoy a free bagel breakfast and live entertainment at " A Walk in the Park," a family-friendly festival on Sunday, Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m., at Crane's Roost Park in... Full story


Do you know a mensch?

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is proud to celebrate two years of menschs! At this year’s Annual Meeting, the “Mensch of the Week Hall of Fame” will proudly be displayed for the second year in a row. The mensch of the week program... Full story


Scene Around

"Israel is Jewish"... Is that what's behind the anti-Israel world view? The following comes from DENNIS PRAGER. (I have NOT checked out all he said yet, but present it word for word as he said it.)... Full story


The business of hiring and getting hired at Jewish non-profits

It has been six years since the economy crashed in 2008, and while finding employment has been a challenge, the tide may be taking a turn for the better-particularly in the non-profit sector. But... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    August 8, 2014

In Ramle, a Holocaust survivor worries about her daughter and grandchildren living in Gaza

RAMLE, Israel (JTA)-In her living room in the Israeli town of Ramle, Sarah says she wants a peaceful life. At 79, she deserves one. A Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor, Sarah was sent to a Nazi... Full story


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