Articles from the August 22, 2014 edition

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Jewish Academy rings in 37th year

It was all backpacks and smiles as the Jewish Academy of Orlando began its 37th school year on Tuesday, Aug. 12. When asked about the new school year, second grader Noah Talsky said, "It was a good da... Full story


'Rockets red glare/bombs bursting in air' didn't hamper teen's trip to Israel

Oviedo resident and member of Congregation Ohev Shalom Elana Goldstein was all excited when she found out last May that she would be going to Israel through the Taglit-Birthright program. She'd wanted... Full story


10-year-old publishes first book

From the time she was very young, Kara Finkelstein, 10, liked to write stories. Her teachers at the Roth JCC Early Childhood Learning Center-where she attended the 3s, 4s and pre-k classes-taught... Full story


Applications now accepted for J-Serve

J-Serve is the International Day of Jewish Youth Service. Since 2005, J-Serve has been a part of Youth Service America’s Global Youth Service Day weekend. J-Serve provides teens with the opportunity to fulfill the Jewish values of gemilut chasidim, a... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    August 22, 2014

How much has Israel's war in Gaza cost?

TEL AVIV (JTA)-After the missiles have stopped, after the troops have come home, even after most of the wounded are out of the hospital, Israelis will still be feeling the burden of Operation... Full story

 By Anthony Weiss    News    August 22, 2014

Backed by Bloomberg, Genesis launches 'big ideas' competition

(JTA)-It is now open season for those who would like a chunk of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's change and think they have a big idea up their sleeves. On Tuesday, the Genesis Prize Foundation announced... Full story


Lauren Bacall, proud to be a Jew, dies at age 89

NEW YORK (JTA)-Lauren Bacall, a film legend best known for her sultry onscreen presence and her Hollywood romance with actor Humphrey Bogart, has died. Bacall, the daughter of Jewish immigrants from... Full story


Chabad of North Orlando has a 'think club' for Jewish teens

Empowering Teens to Build a More Meaningful and Value-driven Society. Beginning Oct. 24 Chabad of North Orlando will be offering The JLI Teens Discovery Program, a think-and-debate club for Jewish... Full story


Shalom Families committee earns JFGO Creative Programming award

This August, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is recognizing outstanding leaders who have made an impact in Jewish Orlando this past year. The awards presentation will be made on Aug. 24 at... Full story


Boy Scouts have fun from New Mexico to Georgia

Hundreds of miles apart, the Scouts of Boy Scout Troop 641 finished the summer with fun and adventure. Thirteen boys and their leaders concluded a successful week at Camp Woodruff in northern... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 22, 2014

Jewish anti-Zionism? Not in our name

I recently journeyed to Columbus Circle in Manhattan to savor the atmosphere at two rival demonstrations over Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. On one side, by the entrance to Central Park, and adjacent to the hot dog stands and “I Love NYC” souven... Full story

 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    August 22, 2014

Ramadan-A month of peace?

According to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking. During this period Muslims are to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. They are to strengthen ties with family and friends, do... Full story


A cynic's paradise

As I look around me this mid-August morning in 2014 I see a number of crap shoots, or games of chance. We can argue what historical events they reflect. Among the candidates are the establishment of Israel in 1948, the Arab Spring that began toward... Full story


Ten Palestinian sites Gov. Cuomo should visit

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is refusing to meet with Palestinian leaders during his visit to Israel this week. Maybe that’s a mistake. The Palestinian Authority has invited him to visit the areas under its control, and the New York Times and o... Full story


Tough Conversations

The woman to my left said she felt “overwhelmed” and “emotional” in dealing with the news about Israel’s war in Gaza. The heavy volume of postings on her Facebook page were so upsetting, with their criticism of Israeli actions, that she was consi... Full story


Robin Williams and us

I awoke this morning to shocking news. I guess that’s not so unusual in Israel – especially during war time – but this really floored me. Robin Williams dead at 63; the media buzzing around the story like bees around honey, throwing out words like... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, August 22 - Friday, August 29

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, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Con... Full story

 By Ami Eden    Features    August 22, 2014

Will Larry David's Broadway show add to his Jewish file?

NEW YORK (JTA)-In Larry David's fake real-life world on the HBO sitcom "Curb Your Enthusiasm," he is tapped by Mel Brooks to take over the Zero Mostel-Nathan Lane role of Max Bialystock in the... Full story



Norman Kagan of Longwood, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Life Care of Altamonte Springs. He was 89 years old. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he was born on Sept. 27, 1924, to the late Isadore and Rose Mendelsohn Kagan. Following... Full story



Robert L. Stone of Winter Garden, passed away on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at his residence. He was 63 years old. Mr. Stone was born in Newark, New Jersey, on April 6, 1951, to the late Bencion and Regina Lehrer Stone. He attended local area schools,... Full story

 By Josh Hasten    News    August 22, 2014

Humanitarian pressure helped create Israel's tunnel problem

By Josh Hasten With the withdrawal of ground troops from Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it completed its mission of dismantling a network of terrorist tunnels. But how did Hamas get its... Full story


A Bissel Yiddish

While mensch is the ideal term to describe Joan Pohl, you could also use words like baleboste, Maven or forsher. Pohl has been teaching a monthly Yiddish class for the Jewish Pavilion for several years. The class meets monthly at Chambrel in... Full story


Engagement Announcement - Molly Renee Sinert and Stephen Lowell Ellis

Marla and Merrill Sinert of Winter Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Molly Renee Sinert, to Stephen Lowell Ellis, son of Carol and Richard Ellis of Winter Park. The... Full story


Scene Around

ELIEZER "ELIE" WIESEL, is a Romanian born Jewish American professor and political activist. He is the author of 57 books, including "Night," a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the... Full story


Israeli rights group loses national service slot

(JTA)—Israeli human rights group B’Tselem is no longer eligible for Israeli national service volunteer placements because it has acted “against the state and its soldiers.” In a letter to B’Tselem, the head of the national service program, which coo... Full story


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