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Articles from the August 16, 2013 edition

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The war over intermarriage has been lost. Now what?

NEW YORK (JTA)—When the nation’s largest Jewish federation convened its first-ever conference recently on engaging interfaith families, perhaps the most notable thing about it was the utter lack... Full story


Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando honors those who make an impact

This month, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is recognizing outstanding leaders who have made an impact in Jewish Orlando this past year. Three awards will be given out in recognition of... Full story

 By Chris DeSouza    News    August 16, 2013

JCC's Bercovici retires after 31 years

It was September 1982 when 31-year-old Eli Bercovici arrived in Orlando to begin his new career as the Sports and Wellness director of the Jewish Community Center. There was no gym, no fitness... Full story


Kerry briefs Jewish leaders

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice briefed Jewish leaders on Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. The Aug. 8 evening meeting at the White House lasted 90 minutes, participants said, and was character... Full story


A $30 one-pounder kosher cheeseburger, please!

NEW YORK (JTA)—When the world’s first lab-grown burger was introduced and taste-tested last week, the event seemed full of promise for environmentalists, animal lovers and vegetarians. Another gro... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 16, 2013

It's rabbi vs. rabbi in competing campaigns to overturn Poland's shechitah ban

(JTA)—A few weeks before Poland’s parliament voted last month on whether to overturn a ban on ritual slaughter, Rabbi Menachem Margolin was scheduled to meet the Polish president in an effort to find a solution to the problem. The ban had been... Full story


Young donors give in new ways

In a major new report on “next-gen” Jewish giving whose findings are likely to produce a collective sigh of relief among nervous communal professionals, young Jews of means appear seriously committed to donating to Jewish causes. And they are... Full story

 By Ben Sales    Features    August 16, 2013

The wonderful visit of Oz

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Dr. Mehmet Oz sat down to talk with JTA on the Tel Aviv coast last week, but what he really wanted to do was go to the beach. Oz, the surgeon and well-known TV personality, was in... Full story


Taglit-Birthright Israel's Excel Fellowship program 2011-2013

NEW YORK—Ninety students from 37 colleges and universities across the country have successfully completed the 2011-2013 Taglit-Birthright Israel Excel Fellowship program, an elite fellowship program beginning with a 10-week business internship in... Full story


Groups invited to tell stories of Kristallnacht witnesses

The Holocaust Center in Maitland often uses personal stories and eye-witness accounts as an effective way to share the history of the Shoah. Those individual voices, telling their own experiences,... Full story


Zionistas of Orlando

The Zionistas of Orlando, a coalition of Christian and Jewish women united for Israel, will hold their inaugural meeting at Temple Israel on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 2 – 4 p.m. The guest... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 16, 2013

Abandon the Syrian civil war? Isolation is never splendid

Among the handful of post-war leaders who could always be relied upon to support the United States unstintingly, the name of Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, stands out. Blair wasn’t content to merely support U.S. foreign policy. He... Full story


Danon: Same approach to negotiations assures same result

Like most Israelis, I am an eternal optimist. Living day to day in our neighborhood and faced with continued threats to our legitimacy and even our existence, what choice do we have? That being said, I am extremely pessimistic about the latest round... Full story


Fuzzy boundaries between private and appropriate criteria

The privacy bugaboo has struck twice at the summit of Israel’s government. Two nominees for the important post of Governor of the Bank of Israel have had to withdraw their candidacy after embarrassing details began circulating in the media. One... Full story


Mission impossible?

Common sense suggests that one of the most effective ways of heightening Jewish identity and Israel engagement among young people is through summer teen trips to the Jewish state. The younger our kids are exposed to the miracles and challenges of... Full story


In peace talks, watch what Bibi does

In Israel’s history, hawkish leaders have often ended up advocating tough concessions for the sake of peace. Think Menachem Begin at Camp David, Yitzhak Rabin and the Oslo Accords and Ariel Sharon who at the end of his career found himself mulling... Full story


Whistles at the Wall

If a whistle sounds in a crowded space where everybody can’t help but to hear it, does it matter? What about dozens of whistles? Yesterday, for over an hour, I stood behind barricades with Women of the Wall, guarded by police, from my people. Our... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, August 16 - Friday, August 23

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 Gr... Full story


New take on prophet Jeremiah shows how the Bible ought to be read

This is the way the Bible ought to be read. In graduate schools and in theological seminaries, the Bible is usually read by comparing manuscripts and by studying the parallel literatures of the ancient world. The result is an accurate text, but one... Full story


Israeli jeweler Michal Negrin, opening flagship store in SoHo, eyes U.S. expansion

Iconic Israeli costume jeweler Michal Negrin, who for more than 25 years has been bringing romantic and vintage-inspired designs to the global fashion scene, is expanding her brand to a new level in t... Full story


6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Big bucks for Portman and Kunis NEW YORK (6nobacon.com)—Forbes just released its list of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses, and (drumroll, please) two of the 10 stars are Jewish. Not bad, ladies! Natalie Portman comes in at No. 8, having earned... Full story


Journalist Yehuda Lev, who smuggled Holocaust survivors to Palestine, dies

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—Yehuda Lev, an iconoclastic journalist and veteran of World War II and Israel’s War of Independence who established a European underground route to smuggle Holocaust survivors to Palestine, died Aug. 33 in Providence, R.I.,... Full story


Scene Around

Yet another well-deserved honor... This comes directly from the World Jewish Congress Digest: “Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish ambassador to Berlin who saved many thousands of Jews during the... Full story


Leaving the Lower East Side, a search for home

NEW YORK (JTA)—“You live in Brooklyn now. Stay there!” my father screamed at me. He slammed the door to my parents’ renovated tenement apartment in my face, exiling me from the Manhattan home... Full story


Synagogue Service Schedule

The following synagogues provided information about their High Holiday services to the Heritage by press time. For information about services at other local synagogues, contact the individual congregations. Most synagogues require tickets for... Full story


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