Articles from the August 14, 2015 edition

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JFGO hosts AIPAC briefing on Iran nuclear deal

Abigail Cable, one of AIPAC's 11 lobbyists on Capitol Hill, spoke about the Iran nuclear deal, which she characterized as "the fight of a generation," with a group of about 20 local Jewish leaders on... Full story


If you observe kashrut or not, visit The Pantry Café at Northview

Before this review could be written, news about The Pantry Café at Northview had already traveled to New York. The prestigious Jewish newspaper, The Forward, ran a short blurb by contributing writer... Full story


Schumer opposes nuclear deal

According to a CNN news release, Sen. Chuck Schumer, an influential Jewish Democrat who's poised to assume leadership of his party in the Senate, will oppose President Barack Obama's nuclear deal... Full story


Netanyahu urges: Oppose Iran deal

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Iran nuclear deal will pave the path to Iranian nuclear weapons whether or not Iran keeps its end of the agreement, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Iran could get to the bomb by keeping the deal, or Ira... Full story


U.S. Senator Bill Nelson supports of the Iran Deal

On Aug. 4, Sen. Bill Nelson (Dem., Fla.) announced his decision on the Iranian nuclear agreement. The following are excerpt from his speech. "Unless there is an unexpected change in conditions and... Full story


Three top House Democrats oppose Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Three top Jewish Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives came out in opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. Reps. Nita Lowey and Steve Israel, both of New York, and Ted Deutch... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 14, 2015

White House briefing of AIPAC activists ends in communication breakdown

(JTA)-Got questions about the Iran nuclear deal? Too bad, if you were an AIPAC activist at a briefing this week with top Obama administration officials. At the briefing Wednesday, Howard Kohr, the Ame... Full story


JFGO Annual Meeting promises to be out of this world

The 2015 Annual Meeting for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) “will boldly go where no Annual Meeting has gone before.” The Aug. 19 event will have a “Star Trek” theme, with Jeannie Leavitt and Yeosh Bendayan commanding the starship for... Full story


Orlando magician to appear on 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'

Orlando magician, Kostya Kimlat, will appear on the Monday, Aug. 17 episode of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" on the CW at 8 p.m. "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic... Full story


Positions available in the RAISE program

The RAISE program for young adults with special needs is now accepting online applications. There will be a limited number of positions available. RAISE is also looking for volunteers willing to become Job Coaches. RAISE is a 6- to 12-month work and... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 14, 2015

The Iran deal's defining pattern: the more you know, the less you trust

When it comes to the deal agreed to a fortnight ago in Vienna over Iran’s nuclear program, there’s a pattern evolving that should be worrying the Obama administration: the more you know about it, the less you like it. A new opinion poll con... Full story

 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    August 14, 2015

Lies fan hatred of Jews

On the surface lies and jokes may appear harmless. Many of the lies about Jews are so absurd it’s hard to imagine that anyone would believe them. But they do. Anti-Semitism and hatred for Jews are fanned by lies and jokes dating back centuries. In t... Full story


On the borders of the Third World

Commentators have long noted that Israel is a western outpost in the Muslim Middle East, and suffers accordingly. This note accepts such a designation, but begins with a slightly different perspective, and seeks to learn what is relevant for the... Full story


Really, Mr. President? 'Rockets falling on Tel Aviv'?

“Rockets will fall on Tel Aviv,” President Obama warned on Aug. 4, claiming that if his Iran deal is rejected, military conflict will inevitably ensue. Mr. Obama seems to be betting that the rest of us have forgotten that Iranian rockets already fel... Full story


Israel must confront the fundamentalists within

JERUSALEM (JTA)—This past month, as our attention was focused on watching the developing Iran deal, the situation in Israel has taken a deeply troubling turn. First, a woman wearing a kippah was detained by the police for attempting to worship at the... Full story


JFGO statement namby-pamby, while Iran plays us for fools

Dear Editor: I was not surprised to read the position statement by the JFGO published in the Heritage last week. In my opinion, it basically is said nothing. While it mentioned some concerns about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),... 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


The surprising Jewish history of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

By Jacob Kaplan (Jewniverse via JTA)—Jews from Denmark first arrived on the white beaches of what is now St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands—a tiny speck off the coast of Puerto Rico—in the mid-17th century. These were descendants of a Jewish popul... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 14, 2015

What can Iran hide in 24 days? Answering the questions posed by the nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Congress has until mid- to late September to consider whether to reject the nuclear restrictions for the sanctions rollback deal reached by Iran and six major powers on July 14. Some... Full story


Hebrew National serving up bacon in summer ad campaign

NEW YORK (JTA)-It may be America's most iconic kosher brand, famous for its hot dogs that in the words of its unforgettable ad slogan, "answer to a higher authority." So consumers might be confused... Full story

 By Lisa Keys    Features    August 14, 2015

Get your kosher dogs at Dodger Stadium!

(JTA)-The Los Angeles Dodgers may never achieve the lore of their brethren in Brooklyn, but now at least they've brought a bit of Brooklyn to the West Coast-in the form of hot dogs. Earlier this... Full story


Scene Around

Simply outrageous... I received this update from the Simon Wiesenthal Center recently... and it literally made me feel sick. Read on: "You may not have heard about the outrageous sermon delivered at A... Full story


Albuquerque man pleads guilty to threatening Jewish deli owner

(JTA)—An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man who made anti-Semitic threats against the Jewish owner of a local Jewish deli pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor hate crime. John Ng, 58, pleaded guilty Aug. 6 and was sentenced to four years probation, according t... Full story


Nearly lost Yiddish language increasingly popular among Jewish college students

For those who try to get in better touch with their Ashkenazi Jewish heritage by studying Yiddish at the college level, there are challenges-but those can be outweighed by the nakhes (pride or... Full story

 By Rafael Medoff    News    August 14, 2015

Did Jonathan Pollard really cause anti-Semitism?

Did jailed Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard’s actions provoke anti-Semitism in the United States? In the days leading up to the July 28 revelation that the U.S. has granted Pollard parole and that he will be released from federal prison on Nov. 20, t... Full story


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