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Articles from the September 2, 2016 edition

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Jewish Academy of Orlando welcomes families to its first Shabbat

Last Friday, Jewish Academy of Orlando welcomed its families for the first Shabbat of the year. Head of School, Alan Rusonik, led a shehecheyanu to celebrate the school's new year and new... Full story


Federation celebrates a year of growth at Annual Meeting

More than 150 friends and supporters of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) attended the nonprofit's Aug. 17 Annual Meeting on the Maitland Jewish Community Campus. Themed "A Meeting of... Full story


Pearlman, a strong support to SOJC

Most people know Lou Pearlman as the creator of the best-selling boy band of all time, Backstreet Boys, and *NSYNC, whose recordings sold over 55 million records globally. They also know him as the perpetrator of one of the biggest Ponzi schemes... Full story


AIPAC briefing in Orlando

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is holding a community briefing about the upcoming elections and the pro-Israel movement on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., at Congregation of Reform Judaism. The guest speakers will be Democratic strategist... Full story


Israeli forces raid West Bank weapons factories as part of crackdown

By Andrew Tobin JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israeli security forces shut down six illegal weapons manufacturing factories in the West Bank in what the army said was the biggest such operation of an ongoing crackdown. The raids conducted jointly by the... Full story


U.S. State Department calls Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority anti-Semitic

For the first time, the U.S. State Department has explicitly accused the Palestinian Authority (PA) of promoting anti-Semitism, a signal Jewish groups are hoping will lead to change in U.S. policy. Ac... Full story


Five cousins found in three months of research

By Renee Lempert My great-grandparents and grandfather, Jacob Lass, came to New York from Amdur, Poland, in the late 1800s. Till this summer, I assumed my grandfather was an only child. My family... Full story


Preparing for High Holidays, children will make a Shofar

On Sunday, Sept. 18, children of all ages will get the unique opportunity to participate in a hands-on workshop, crafting their own Shofars, or ram’s horn, for the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The Shofar is perhaps the... Full story


Baseball, Bar Mitzvah... A Double Header

Nick Berger, from Winter Park, soon-to-be 13, was taking batting practice at a baseball diamond in Cooperstown, New York, last month and spotted a familiar face walking across the field towards him.... Full story


Israel and the U.S. share a common enemy

The Zionistas are pleased to present Alan Kornman as the guest speaker on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. The event will take place at the Eastmonte Civic Center, 830 Magnolia Drive in Altamonte Springs. Kornman is the regional coordinator for the... Full story


Jill Stein's big lies

The far left U.S. Green Party marked a significant milestone in the current campaign cycle when CNN broadcast a town hall debate with its presidential candidate, Jill Stein, and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka. It was a chance for the largely obscure... Full story


So this is what peace looks like

It’s not the end of the world just because an Egyptian athlete refused to shake hands with his Israeli counterpart at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro last week. After all, the Egyptian is the one who violated judo etiquette. He’s the one whom the... Full story


On the borders of cultures

We’re all on the borders of cultures. We express the condition by where we travel, with whom we deal, and how we deal with those who are different from ourselves. Staying close to home and minding our own business are conventional ways of dealing... Full story


Quit the failed attempts to paint Democrats as weak on Israel

MIAMI (JTA)—Every four years the same movie plays at the Jewish Political Film Festival: It’s the one where the Democrats pass another party platform with more ironclad support for Israel and then nominate yet another presidential candidate... Full story


It's indisputable: The GOP is the pro-Israel party

WASHINGTON (JTA)—For years, the leaders of America’s most established Jewish organizations—AIPAC chief among them - have assured their members that when it came to Israel, there wasn’t much difference between the Democratic and Republican... Full story


Will Black Lives Matter drive a wedge between Jews and African-Americans?

As a minority group that has faced down centuries of anti-Semitism, the Jewish people have long stood shoulder-to-shoulder with other long-suffering and persecuted minority groups such as African-Americans. This was evident during the Civil Rights... 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


Pokémon Go connects seniors and the multi-generations

Chasing after Bulbasaurs, Jigglypuffs, and Pikachus started out as a way to spend time with our 'millennial' daughter, who like many members of her generation, is preoccupied with the game, Pokémon G... Full story


Is Donald Trump's proposal to keep out anti-Semites practical-or ethical?

By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-How extreme does vetting need to be to keep anti-Semites from entering the United States, and is Donald Trump's plan worth the effort? The Republican nominee's... Full story


Happy Hour entertains seniors

Happy Hour entertains seniors Happy Hour volunteers, Corinne Brail and Lois Silverberg, felt right at "Home on the Range" at Maitland's Savannah Court, as they sang "oldies but goodies" from the... Full story


The reason why my daughter's conversion to Judaism was so emotional for me

(Kveller via JTA)-Since our daughter Miranda was adopted, I did not get to see her enter the world. We heard she was born from our social worker and excitedly packed up our car and headed a few... Full story


Seeking kin: Calling all Israeli sailors from '76 NY celebration: It's reunion time

The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost friends and relatives. (JTA)—The Israeli missile boat Tarshish had just returned home in June 1976 when crew members learned near midnight that they would be heading back to sea two days l... Full story

 By Andrew Tobin    News    September 2, 2016

How Israeli women are gaining in the fight for Jewish divorce

JERUSALEM (JTA)-In this case, the sins of the son are the sins of the father. Israel's Supreme Rabbinical Court this month sentenced a haredi Orthodox man to 30 days in jail for pressuring his son... Full story



Kenneth J. Levinson, son of Erwin Berg and Carol Berman, passed away at his home in Lake Worth, Fla. on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at age 58. He was born in Wilmington, Del. on Feb. 18, 1958. Ken leaves behind his high school sweetheart, best friend... Full story



Barbara S. Siegel, age 86, of Haines City, passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at Haines City Health Care. She was born in Brooklyn, on June 20, 1930, to the late David and Daisy Gettinger Seidner. Following high school Barbara went on to... Full story


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