Articles from the August 19, 2016 edition

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Eagle Scout honors Jewish War Veterans

Eagle Scout Daniel Brown of Boy Scout Troop 641 in Maitland chose the Temple Israel Cemetery as the beneficiary of his recently completed Eagle Scout Service Project. Daniel was inspired on the... Full story


Two separate congregations create klal Israel under one roof

It started with a bar mitzvah. A Temple Shir Shalom (TSS) family using Temple Israel's facilities for their son's bar mitzvah commented to fellow members of their congregation how spacious the... Full story


Pelli steps down Hanson steps up

Dr. Moshe Pelli, whose name is almost synonymous with the Interdisciplinary Judaic Studies Program at the University of Central Florida, has stepped down as director of the program. However, he is... Full story


HaZamir Orlando to hold auditions

The newest chapter of HaZamir: the International Jewish High School Choir, HaZamir Orlando, conducted by Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer, will hold an Open House and auditions, no preparation necessary, for teens interested in joining for the 2016-2017... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    August 19, 2016

In courting Kissinger, does Hillary Clinton risk losing the left?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-If Hillary Clinton is indeed courting Henry Kissinger, what happens to her relationship with Bernie Sanders? Reports that the Democratic presidential nominee is actively pursuing... Full story


Dallas gathering educates on Israeli issues

Several of the country's most prominent pro-Israel groups participated in the first Israel Today Symposium designed to educate the Dallas, Texas, community on understanding the complex issues Israel... Full story


Kohelet Foundation launches Kohelet Prize

NARBERTH, PA—The Kohelet Foundation has announced the inaugural year of its Kohelet Prize. The unrestricted $36,000 prize will be awarded to educators or teams of educators, who currently work in Jewish day schools and whose work skillfully d... Full story


Upcoming programs at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center will finish out the month of August with several more programs. Please visit its website for more events, open to the public free of charge thanks to... Full story


Temple Israel Sisterhood Membership Tea and Book Club

The 2016-17 year for Temple Israel Sisterhood will commence with a membership tea held on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. in a private home. It will be an afternoon of socializing with old and... Full story


Rabbi's Torah Roundtable and Saturday Morning Service

Rabbi Karen Allen of Congregation Beth Sholom in Leesburg will lead a Torah Roundtable discussion on Aug. 25 at 2:30 p.m. at the Sumter County Administration and Library Building (with the golden dome) at 7375 Powell Rd. (near Pinellas Plaza and... Full story


Congregation Sinai free tuition and membership incentive

Congregation Sinai has announced free tuition for Religious School for children ages 5-12 who are the children or grandchildren of its members. Registration for children will take place on Aug. 21... Full story


Unsportsmanlike conduct

I hosted a Christian journalist recently. She wanted to visit a “settlement” to see for herself what life is like, to understand better the Jewish connection to biblical Judea and Samaria, and actual life on the ground. What she learned, wit... Full story


The Olympics

Politics isn’t everything. There’s also sport. Anyone who’s visited Rome’s Coliseum, or the remains of Greek amphitheaters around the Mediterranean, knows that its capacity to divert has been with us for a long time. We’ve moved beyond the blood spo... Full story


Lessons learned through an Israeli health-care debacle

When I made aliyah over a year ago, I was warned that it would be hard. With no family here, many people gave me their contact information and an open invitation for any assistance when needed. But for me, for the first year, it really wasn’t all t... Full story


The public shame of three Muslim leaders

In late March 2016, Rabbi Barry Silver reached out to his Muslim friends Wilfredo Ruiz (CAIR), Professor Bassem Al-Halabi (ICBR Mosque), Deputy Sheriff Nezar Hamze (CAIR), and former Israeli Army Officer David Shimon to have a panel discussion on... Full story


Why progressive Jews mustn't give up on Zionism

By Gideon Aronoff, Ken Bob, Josh Weinberg and John Rosove NEW YORK (JTA)—As progressive American Zionists, we take seriously the critique of Israel and Zionism by professors Hasia Diner and Marjorie N. Feld, contained in their Aug. 1 Haaretz a... Full story


The stakes couldn't be higher: It's time to let education innovation and opportunity thrive

Imagine a bi-partisan commission focused on one of America’s most pressing national issues. Imagine a consensus opinion on what needs to be done to save generations of American youth-at-risk. Now imagine ignoring those recommendations. Unthinkable t... 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


Three baseball books from some veteran Jewish observers of the game

(JTA)-For many, summer is all about the three B's: baseball, beaches and books. With the weather and pennant races sizzling, two journalists and the mayor of baseball's mythical home village of... Full story


Engagement: Jessica 'Jess' Lander and Nick Reinell

Hank and Suzanne Lander of Casselberry, Fla., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica "Jess" Lander, to Nick Reinell, son of Fred and Vicki Reinell of Napa, California. The... Full story


A 12-year-old hurler always walks on Shabbat, so his teammates pitch in

By Hillel Kuttler NEW YORK (JTA)-Jacob Steinmetz delivers the game's final pitch on a heavenly Tuesday night, producing a neatly turned double play to wrap up a 10-0 victory for the Brooklyn... Full story


Scene Around

This is troubling to me. "A final solution?"... I received the following in the mail from the World Jewish "ACongress (WJC) digest. I pass it along to you: "World Jewish Congress President Ambassador... Full story


Rosen Hotels opens new event space

The Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista Hotel, part of the Rosen Hotels & Resorts family, has unveiled 2,400 square feet of new indoor event space specifically designed for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs,... Full story


Raising Christian money for Jewish causes, a star rabbi earns praise and scorn

PARIS (JTA)-The summer drizzle that soaked the French capital did little to dampen Yechiel Eckstein's enthusiasm as he arrived recently with his wife Joelle at the city's Great Synagogue for a... Full story



Dr. Stuart Paul Bernstein of Belle Isle, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was 83. “All my dreams came true,” Stuart said again and again, referencing his 58 year marriage to his wife, Ruth, their family and... Full story


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