Articles from the August 26, 2016 edition

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President Rivlin welcomes new Olim-including two Orlandoans

TEL AVIV-A group of 233 Olim (new immigrants) landed in Tel Aviv on an El Al Boeing 777 chartered by Nefesh B'Nefesh to begin their new lives in Israel, including 75 Lone Soldiers who will become Isra... Full story


Hadassah launches Coalition for Women's Health Equity

Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), announces the launch of the Coalition for Women’s Health Equity, which will work to address inequities in quality of care, funding and support, and gaps in women’s health... Full story


Keith Dvorchik is the new JCC CEO

The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando has named Keith Dvorchik as its new chief executive officer, effective Oct. 1. Dvorchik joins the Maitland-based center after three years as... Full story


Lutheran Church rebuked by UN

NEW YORK-UN Envoy Laurie Cardoza-Moore has condemned the American Lutheran Church for demanding the U.S. to stop sending aid to Israel until a Palestinian State is established and Jews cease building... Full story


Tisha B'Av service at Isaiah Peace Wall drew a crowd

Despite heat-index temperatures soaring above 100 degrees, 80 hardy New York area residents gathered for the annual Tisha B'Av prayer service at the UN's dramatic Isaiah Peace Wall on Aug. 14. Behind... Full story


Strengthening Jewish continuity with Birthright alumni

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Israeli-American Council (IAC) and the Orthodox Union’s Bring Israel Home (BIH) program announced a new initiative to strengthen Jewish continuity: the IAC will welcome more than 100 Birthright Israel alumni from the BIH prog... Full story


Google: 'Palestine' never appeared on our maps

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to—Internet giant Google on Thursday clarified that, contrary to recent reports by a Palestinian group, it had not removed the “Palestine” label from its maps application. A statement by the Forum of... Full story


Campaign to raise $40 billion for day school students

Based in E. Windsor, N.J., the Endowment Fund for School Choice announced it is open for business. Aaron Sears, president of the Endowment Fund, explained that “The Endowment Fund’s goal is to provide every Jewish Day School student with a... Full story


JGSGO Launches "My Jewish Roots

A Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando Workshop Roadshow Start on a family discovery journey with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) as it launches “My Jewish Roots—a JGSGO Workshop Roadshow”. Join in for all... Full story


St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society 451st year

Jack A. Frisch, PhD, retired professor of anthropology at Wayne State University and SUNY Plattsburgh will help the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society mark the 451st anniversary of the founding of the first European city in what would become... Full story


Explore bereavement and healing through a Jewish lens

The Jewish Pavilion and VITAS Healthcare will offer a Grief Support Group for people who have lost spouses, children, parents or loved ones. This is a six-week program that will meet every Wednesday... Full story


Orlando Chapter of Hadassah opens the 2016-2017 season

The summer is winding down and that means its Hadassah time again. Throughout the 2016-2017 season the Orlando Chapter will offer unique programs comprising a variety of subjects relating to women everywhere. The first meeting of the new season will... Full story


Dancing 'til the end of music

When I was in my late teens, I listened to the second side of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album, pretty much every day for three weeks in a forest about an hour north of Montreal. I was living in a tent with other Jewish wannabe hippies at Camp Bnai... Full story

 By ZOA staff    Features    August 26, 2016

Meaning of an Olympic snub

An Israeli heavyweight judoka named Or Sasson defeated an Egyptian opponent named Islam El Shehaby Friday in a first-round match at the Rio Olympics. The Egyptian refused to shake his opponent’s extended hand, earning boos from the crowd. Mr.... Full story


What to do?

Not much of anything. This is a time for watching and waiting. The biggest crap shoot is in the United States. Currently it seems wisest to bet the nickel on Hillary, and a dime or even a quarter that the stay-at-homes will have more votes than any... Full story


Paging Amb. Ira Forman: Synagogue attacked, world is silent

If a bomb was thrown at a prominent synagogue in Brooklyn, the media would treat it as front-page news and politicians would rush to condemn the assault. But watch what happens when Palestinians throw a bomb at a prominent Jewish holy site and synago... Full story

 By Ben Cardin    Opinions    August 26, 2016

Why Tim Kaine is good for Israel and Jewish values

(JTA)—American Jewish voters have naturally voted for Democratic candidates because it has meant voting to support strong social justice and a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential choice, Sen. Tim Kaine of... Full story


How Mike Pence supports traditional Jewish values

(JTA)—With the presidential race heating up, a number of progressive Jewish commentators have portrayed the Republicans’ vice presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, as a conservative extremist opposed to Jewish beliefs and values. As... 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


Ben-Gurion University Institute tackles water shortage, hygiene in developing countries

Israeli water experts believe by 2050, almost half of the world's population will live in countries with a chronic water shortage. What's causing the shortfall is population growth, which leads to a... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Hadyn Emma Shear

Hadyn Emma Shear, daughter of Jana and Evan Shear of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Hadyn is in the... Full story


'Last'-ing photos

"We at the Jewish Pavilion want to share with you a fact," said Program Director Judy Procell (shown in the picture with a resident). "That fact is that often the photos we take of the residents are... Full story


'Musical Shabbat' at Brookdale Island Lake

When Ruth Sandweiss called the Jewish Pavilion office to offer her time and musical talent, the staff knew the residents of Brookdale Island Lake would be thrilled to have her. Sandweiss is shown... Full story


Apricot Pistachio Babka Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)—Babka is having a major moment, and why not? There’s lots to love about the loaves of twisted dough, generously interspersed with a filling that usually involves lots of chocolate. Many professional bakers behind babka’s re... Full story


Scene Around

I am in shock... I just received the following letter from the WJC. I am in shock! "Recently, the World Jewish Congress launched a petition campaign urging Google Germany to remove the lyrics below... Full story


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