Articles from the August 11, 2017 edition

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Sara Stern is the epitome of human service

Her demeanor is reserved. She speaks softly with dignity and grace. Yet beneath that quiet exterior lays a strength to spearhead many projects that enhanced the Orlando Jewish community. Sara Stern... Full story


Roth Family JCC appoints Kacie Zemel to Youth & Camp director

When Kacie Zemel relocated from Orlando to North Miami Beach to accept a position as a third-grade teacher at a Jewish day school, she still thought of herself as an active participant in The Roth... Full story


JFGO awards $52K in collaborative grants

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) recently awarded more than $50,000 in community collaborative grants to local Jewish organizations and synagogues. The grants are designed to encourage and promote collaboration in the Jewish community... Full story


New Inter-Generational program director gets the ball rolling

The Jewish Pavilion's new Inter-Generational program director, Walter Goldstein, has kicked off the One-on-One Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project with June and Jacob at Brookdale Island Lake. This is the... Full story


Eagle Scout project rebuilds Temple Israel fire pit

The Scouts of Troop 641 showed their support of Eagle Scout candidate Steven Kluger last Sunday at Temple Israel. Steven's Eagle project was to rebuild the synagogue's outside fire pit and add... Full story


Back to School open house at Beth Am

Congregation Beth Am invites the community to its Open House and Back to School Bagel Bash on Sunday, Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon, where families will have the opportunity to check out CBA’s religious school and meet its new education director, C... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    August 11, 2017

Jared Kushner on Israeli-Palestinian peace: 'There may be no solution'

NEW YORK (JTA)-If Jared Kushner is the only person who can deliver Middle East peace-as his father-in-law Donald Trump said-he comes off as a reluctant savior. In a speech delivered Monday to a group... Full story

 By Rafael Medoff    News    August 11, 2017

Court ruling deals blow to Palestinian efforts to restrict Jews in Jerusalem

Palestinians are vowing to continue their efforts to prevent Jews from living in large parts of Jerusalem’s Old City, despite a July 31 Israeli court ruling permitting a Jewish purchase of several properties there. The ruling by Judge Gila K... Full story


More than 1,000 Jews ascend the Temple Mount on Tisha b'Av

More than 1,000 Jews braved a searing heat wave Tuesday morning to visit the Temple Mount on Tisha b'Av, the saddest date on the Hebrew calendar, while thousands more sat on the floor-a traditional... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 11, 2017

Trump's foreign policy: the light and the darkness

As much as President Donald Trump enjoys taking a metaphorical sledgehammer to even the merest of slights against him, there is no reason to repeat the commander-in-chief’s behavior in judging his administration. That there is so much darkness a... Full story


Raising the Palestinian flag disrupts a safe space for Zionism

As a child, I spent my summers at Camp Solomon Schechter, a Conservative Jewish camp in Tumwater, Wash., set on the shores of Lake Joshua Stampfer. My experiences at Camp Schechter were central to the development of my Jewish identity and eventual... Full story



It’s not yet clear that the commotions surrounding the Temple Mount and the incident in Amman are behind us. An optimist’s view is that two weeks of demonstrations, nastiness from the pinnacle of the Jordanian government as well as the Palestine Nat... Full story


Jared Kushner is right: there's no solution

When presidential adviser Jared Kushner said in a recent private discussion that “there may be no solution” to the conflict between the Palestinian Arabs and Israel, he was just stating the obvious. For nearly a century, self-appointed wise men hav... Full story


Sarah Halimi, Sisyphus and the denial of anti-Semitic violence

PARIS—It took too long for the French people to recognize the Jewish victim of a brutal April 4 murder by name. After weeks of indifference by media outlets and politicians, French President Emmanuel Macron demanded publicly that the judiciary s... Full story


No good options for Netanyahu

The last two weeks was not a good time to be prime minister of Israel. A series of unfortunate events led Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make decisions that wound up being blasted from both the left and the right. Those decisions were, at... 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

 By Ben Sales    Features    August 11, 2017

Why more Israelis are moving to the U.S.

NEW YORK (JTA)-Six years ago, the Israeli government released a series of controversial ads to show its expatriates that they would never feel at home in the United States. But last year, Israeli Cabi... Full story


Connecting your past to the present through genealogy

A beginner in the Jewish genealogy search, Jane Edelstein recently attended the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conference held in Orlando. This is the first article in a... Full story


How 'The Red Tent' invented a new kind of fiction

(JTA)-Twenty years ago this summer, Anita Diamant-a freelance writer and author of several nonfiction books about Jewish practice, including "The New Jewish Wedding"-was awaiting the publication of... Full story


Cornerstone Hospice offers volunteer training

Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care invites Orlando and Kissimmee-area residents to volunteer to help patients throughout Orange and Osceola counties. Cornerstone Hospice volunteers may help by visiting with a patient at an assisted living... Full story


Scene Around

Do you remember?... The following (in part) was sent to my editor from LAURENCE MORRELL and was passed on to me. (The original author is unknown). Growing up Jewish... If you are Jewish, and grew up... Full story

 By Eli E. Hertz    News    August 11, 2017

Jordan's shameful record: Establishing apartheid

Jordan’s foreign minister blames the “occupation” for the Temple Mount terror, and threatens even more dangerous crises. As recently as the mid-20th century, when Arabs last controlled parts of Jerusalem, they exhibited no respect for the Holy City.... Full story



Marylin Berman died July 7, 2017, comfortably in her home in Maitland from complications of vascular dementia. She was born April 10, 1940, to Leo and Pauline Chaitow in Bronx, New York. Marylin moved to Clearwater/Tampa area in 1941 with her... Full story



Written by his daughter, Marion Cohen Schwartz Frederick (Freddy) Cohen passed away on May 18, 2017, at 90 years of age, in Altamonte Springs, Florida. He was born on Jan. 11, 1927, in the Bronx, New York, to David and Sophie (Brand) Cohen. In 1948,... Full story



Ann E. Finkelstein, age 88, of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at her residence. She was born on Dec. 27, 1928, in Paterson, New Jersey, to the late Benjamin and Helen Geneslaw Ginsberg. A high school graduated, she worked... Full story


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