Articles from the August 17, 2018 edition

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Congratulations to the 2018 Bornstein Leadership graduates

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Annual Meeting served as a graduation ceremony for the 10 newest members of the Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Program, which is designed to... Full story


Federation celebrates 70 years, looks ahead to next 70, at Annual Meeting

"Leadership" was the word of the day when friends and supporters of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando gathered Aug. 5 for the nonprofit's 2018 Annual Meeting. New leadership for the Federation... Full story

 By Mark I. Pinsky    News    August 17, 2018

Task Force makes CRJ accessible to all

The Torah teaches, "You shall not curse a deaf person. You shall not place a stumbling block before a blind person." (Leviticus 19-15) Imagine coming to services, but not being able to participate... Full story


150 rockets from Gaza hit Israel

As of early Thursday morning, Hamas has fired about 150 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, the IDF stated. The IDF retaliated by targeting a number of sites used by the Hamas and other terror... Full story

 By Pam Ruben    Features    August 17, 2018

Taking stock in children's lives

When Longwood's Vicky Countess sent her third and youngest son off to college in 2013, the full-time mom and part-time educator/office manager felt she had more to give. Fortunately, her husband,... Full story


Kinneret Council on Aging adds to its board of directors

Kinneret I (KI), Kinneret II (KII) and Kinneret Council on Aging (KCOA) recently held its annual meeting and also inducted a new board member. The annual board meeting was held on May 9, 2018 at... Full story

 By Yaakov Lappin    News    August 17, 2018

Hamas is taking the region to the brink of war

(JNS)-The security escalation in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip over the last 24 hours shows that Hamas is prepared to take the region to the brink of war, and that it believes it can force new... Full story


Swedish Christian Zionists to sail to Israel on solidarity mission

(JTA)—Following Swedish pro-Palestinian activists’ failed attempt to reach Gaza by sea, a Christian supporter of Israel from Sweden announced he would take dozens of pro-Zionists to Israel on his yacht. Stefan Abrahamsson announced Thursday on... Full story


Palestinian disinterest in negotiations with Israel

(JNS)—A new poll of Palestinians shows that more than 60 percent agree that the Palestinian Authority should not engage in negotiations with Israel mediated by the United States, according to results published on Monday. Overseen by the Jerusalem... Full story


Palestinian arson kite starts fire in Samaria winery

(JNS)-An incendiary kite landed in an Israeli vineyard in Samaria on Monday, starting an arson fire. The kite landed in the Tura Winery near Mount Gerizim in Samaria, close to the Tomb of Joseph, the... Full story


Yes, Israeli police should ask questions

(JNS)—In recent weeks, a handful of American Jews have loudly complained about being questioned by the Israeli police over their contacts with Palestinians. They would have us believe that the Israeli authorities are a bunch of iron-fisted totalita... Full story


Love is not the antidote to hate

When did the idea take hold in public policy conversations that every American was at first morally bound, and now legally required to love every other American? “Love” is not a legal term and as best I can tell, not being a religious scholar,... Full story


Jews in self-destruct mode

(JNS)—Increasingly, I perceive Diaspora Jewish communities inexorably moving into a self-destruct mode on several fronts. David Rothkopf, a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, has published... Full story


The non-misogynist, non-hypocritical case for Jewish continuity-with music

(JTA)—This is Leonard Bernstein’s centennial summer, and the Tanglewood Music Center in the Berkshires is staging a series of outdoor performances to celebrate its favorite son. I’m not saying that everyone who goes to Tanglewood is Jewish,... Full story


New Israel Fund's undemocratic meddling in Israel's democratic process

(JNS)—A recording that aired on Israeli TV channel Arutz 20 this past week revealed the tactics employed by the New Israel Fund when it disapproves of legislation proposed in the Knesset, such as the recently passed nation-state law. In the... Full story


Reflections on the Nation-State Law... Once again bad planning

I think I have read almost every commentary on the Nation-State Law that the Knesset passed last week by a slim margin (62 in favor, 55 against). Most of the commentary has been by people with more experience than I have in analyzing such laws and... 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... Full story

 By Sam Sokol    News    August 17, 2018

Haredi dropouts battle Orthodox extremists in a divided Israeli city

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (JTA)-Built in the 1990s in part to ease crowding in haredi Orthodox neighborhoods elsewhere in Israel, Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet is both an Orthodox boom town and a site of ongoing... Full story


Mel Goldstein bid farewell his way

He loved. He loved to sing. An accomplished vocalist before his teens, he sang his whole life. He loved his Sigma Rho brothers at Miami High School. He loved his fellow congregants at the Lindenhurst... Full story



Jonah Ruben Podberesky, son of Daniel and Lesley Podberesky, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland, Fla. Jonah is in the... Full story


Scene Around

Jerusalem, the true capital... I read this in a current issue of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along to you: "BETTY EHRENBERG, executive director of the WJC, North America, joined... Full story


Gal Gadot nears deal to portray actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr

(JTA)-Gal Gadot is close to a deal to star in a limited series about Hedy Lamarr, the film actress who also was an inventor. The Israeli star of the 2017 megahit "Wonder Woman" also will executive pro... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    August 17, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez cheered

NEW YORK (JTA)-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressional candidate and rising progressive star, was cheered at an event at a Jewish museum that did not touch on Israel or the Jewish... Full story



Written by family Albert Elman, age 84, of Longwood, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Florida Hospital Altamonte. Al was the beloved and adored husband of Cyndie Elman (nee Cynthia Tulip) for only 46 years, and step-father to Beth... Full story



Celia Feldman, age 95, of Bexley, Ohio, passed away at Bickford Assisted Living in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, July 30, 2018. She was born in Cleveland on Nov. 28, 1922, to the late Louis and Ethel Goldenberg Fierman. A homemaker, she was the widow... Full story


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