Articles from the August 9, 2013 edition

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 By Pamela Ruben    News    August 9, 2013

Chabad of North Orlando welcomes its inaugural torah

Gov. Rick Scott declared Sunday, July 21, 2013 to be “ Torah Day.” The proclamation honored the North Orlando Chabad community and the inauguration of the congregation’s first torah dedicated by... Full story


Story of Kristallnacht told in Art Exhibit

Since its founding more than 30 years ago, the Holocaust Center in Maitland has been using fine art as a vehicle to remind visitors of the importance—and the humanity—of victims of genocide.... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 9, 2013

Peace talks kick off, right wing intensifies

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan has made it his mission over the years to warn members of Congress, particularly Republicans, of the perils of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Dayan has been a regular visitor to Washington, his... Full story


Schectman, NBA's first scorer, dies

Long before Magic and Michael, before Kobe and LeBron, there was Ossie, the first scoring leader in the National Basketball Association—at least for a few seconds. Ossie Schectman, a Knicks guard... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 9, 2013

In Massachusetts governor's race packed with Jewish candidates, much talk of repairing the world

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The election for Massachusetts governor is still 16 months away—too soon to know what the issues are or who the viable candidates will be. But apparently it’s never too soon... Full story


Americans in Yemen fear kidnappings

SANA’A, Yemen – Sam (not his real name), an American photographer and editor for an English-language local newspaper, lives in one of the tall historic buildings in the city. With increased kidnappings of Westerners in Yemen, he has grown more... Full story


Temple Shir Shalom begins school year with a 'meet the teacher oneg'

Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo will begin its 12th year of religious school with a “Meet the Teacher Oneg,” Friday evening, Aug. 16, immediately following Shabbat services at University Carillon United Methodist Church. Registration is underway... Full story

 By Edith Schulman    News    August 9, 2013

Local residents' grandson participated in Maccabia Games

Jordan Schilit, 22, of Tampa, and grandson of Edith and Charles Schulman of Winter Springs, was asked back to once again participate in the 2013 Maccabia Games. In 2009, he ran in the Maccabia Games... Full story


Everyone should have the chance to celebrate the High Holidays!

While Jews across the nation are celebrating Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 5th and 6th, the Jewish Pavilion’s High Holiday season extends for several weeks. Their four program directors each coordinate a... Full story


Seniors receive calendars

The Jewish residents in senior communities are so thrilled to receive an annual gift from Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel. Each year they can count on receiving gorgeous Jewish calendars at their Jewish... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 9, 2013

With Putin's Iran visit on the horizon, nuclear game proceeds apace

The victory of Hassan Rouhani in June’s Iranian presidential election has once again thrust the word “moderate” into the center of the agonized debate over western policy toward Tehran’s nuclear program—a debate whose latest iteration... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    Opinions    August 9, 2013

Roiling region, pessimism behind Kerry's urgency on peace talks

WASHINGTON (JTA)—After 20 years of stops, starts and a bloody intifada in between, John Kerry believes he can pull out a final status Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in nine months. What clock is the U.S. secretary of state trying to beat?... Full story

 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    August 9, 2013

Islam brainwashing students?

By Ed Ziegler We know that our children are our future. Therefore our future is what we teach our children. An effective way to brainwash children is by using textbooks that contain false and distorted information. In such misleading textbooks... Full story


European anti-Semitism: The unpleasant truth

Anti-Semitism in Europe, often in the guise now of anti-Israel rhetoric and actions, has become too big a problem to ignore or rationalize away. And it is taking place on two levels: as official policy, and within societies where, according to... Full story


Hiding places

In the museum attached to Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, there is an exhibit called “Free2Choose.” Videos pose various scenarios: Should YouTube ban Holocaust denial? Should public schools allow Muslim girls to wear head scarves? The visitors... Full story


The Prisoner Release: The Right Thing at the Wrong Time

Sunday’s vote by Israel’s Cabinet to approve the release of 104 Palestinian terrorists with blood on their hands may have been the right move in the context of the re-started peace talks, but definitely at the wrong time. As a business person I... Full story


Why publish anti-Israel news?

Dear editor: I was quite disappointed to read the article “Countering anti-Semitism in the month of Ramadan” written by Rashad Hussain. Although Mr. Hussain has impressive credentials as an individual, the organization to which he is the United S... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, August 9 - Friday, August 16

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... Full story

 By Ami Eden    News    August 9, 2013

How do you spell chutzpah? R-y-a-n B-r-a-u-n

JTA—It wasn’t so long ago that Ryan Braun was just a rookie phenom, racking up numbers that had Jewish sports junkies rushing to put the Milwaukee Brewers’ slugger in the pantheon with Greenberg... Full story



Alma Getzov Kerben of Longwood, died Friday, July 26, 2013, at Florida Hospital Orlando. She was 76 years old. Mrs. Kerben was born Jan. 21, 1937 in Camden, N.J., to the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Cohen) Getzov. She moved to the Orlando area in 1955... Full story


Lessons from my father: Three strategies for resilience and survival

Dr. Jill Gabrielle Klein is author of “We Got the Water: Tracing My Family’s Path through Auschwitz” My father had to cope with an unfathomable situation: at the young age of 16, he was a prisoner in Auschwitz. He was deported from Hungary in...


6 degrees (no bacon)/Jewish celebrity roundup

Princesses’ gig a teacher’s nightmare NEW YORK (—When Stefan Serie appeared as an extra on Bravo’s “Princesses: Long Island,” he did what the female stars on the show do... Full story

 By Ben Sales    Features    August 9, 2013

Jennifer Snukal brings energy and English to Israeli version of 'Real Housewives'

TEL AVIV (JTA)—The show was supposed to be a celebration of glamour and glitz, but in the second episode it dropped a bombshell: One of the protagonists’ husbands died of cardiac arrest. The five... Full story


Scene Around

Right around the corner... When you read this column, hopefully I will have returned safely from Las Vegas... but actually, I don’t fly out there for another day. I hope my airport experience is mor... Full story


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