Articles from the September 5, 2014 edition

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Mezuzah hanging ceremony at Chambrel

Last month, community rabbi, Arnold Siegel, affixed a mezuzah to the doorpost of the front entrance to Chambrel Island Lake with the assistance of Executive Director Joff Stride. Several residents... Full story


Hold the ice bucket! Revolutionary stem-cell ALS treatment trials begin

(ISRAEL21c)-As the Ice Bucket Challenge raises millions for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an Israeli treatment to ease symptoms and slow the progression of ALS and other... Full story


JNF breakfast with Noa Gefen

Jewish National Fund (JNF)'s Women for Israel (WFI) will host a breakfast at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The event will feature keynote speaker Noa Gefen. Gefen joined the... Full story


A visit with Rabbi Adler

Rabbi Rudolph Adler, retired spiritual leader of Congregation Ohev Shalom, receives regular visits from Kimberly Shader with her pet therapy dog, Shomer, at his Sutton Homes long-term care facility... Full story


Facing Islamist threats, Arab nations tilt toward Israel

By Uriel Heilman (JTA)-Between the war in Gaza and gains by Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Libya, there's plenty of cause these days for pessimism about the Middle East. But amid all the... Full story


ZOA lashes out at Obama for proposed Hamas-Israel equation

The Zionist Organization of America expresses “appall” at the Gaza resolution under UN Security Council consideration—and especially at the US for apparently agreeing to it. The proposed ceasefire resolution does not specifically condemn Hamas by na... Full story


Sarah Silverman wins Emmy, thanks her Jews

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—Comedian Sarah Silverman broke out a Jewish joke as she took home a trophy at the 2014 Emmy Awards. Silverman won for Best Writing for a Variety Show for her HBO comedy special “Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles.” Upon being annou... Full story


Jewish Academy of Orlando participates in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

On Wednesday, Aug. 20, the students from the Jewish Academy of Orlando had the opportunity to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in a big way. Each student brought his or her own bucket and,... Full story


Community invited to hear guest musician at Shir Shalom

Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo invites the community to participate in their second in a series of guest musicians joining in Friday Night Shabbat services. Spiritual Leader Beth Schafer and the TSS... Full story


Tayarim Connect kicks off school year with pool party

On Sunday, Sept. 7, the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando will be kicking off the school year with a middle school pool party from 1-3 p.m. This event, open to all young people in sixth... Full story


Temple University-Latest anti-Semitic hotspot protested amid record donation drive

By Edwin Black Temple University has become the latest focal point for groups concerned about the spreading wave of campus antisemitism and academic-based Holocaust minimizing. Temple student Daniel Vessal, a fellow with CAMERA (Committee for... Full story


Palestinian Authority is not the answer

Prominent supporters of both Israel and the Palestinian cause are now saying that the solution to the current Gaza conflict is for the Palestinian Authority to be handed control there in place of Hamas. Such thinking fails to account for the PA’s l... Full story


No end in sight

The Israeli public is unhappy with how the Gaza operation has ended. “Ended” is, of course, problematic, as is the expectation for a month-long cease fire. The prime minister, defense minister, and head of the IDF held a joint press conference, in... Full story


Losing patience with Students for Justice in Palestine's anti-Semitism

A grand paradox exists within Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). The group markets itself as a movement to “restore the self-determination of Palestinians” while simultaneously denying the self-determination of Jews. Operating under the pre... Full story


Jews abetting Hamas are no voice for peace

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), the group that recently invaded and “occupied” the Philadelphia Jewish Community Services Building and on Aug. 20 simulated and protested the (legal) blockade of Gaza outside of the UJA-Federation of New York, has dec... Full story


Israel's operation ends in a cease-fire

With the collapse of peace negotiations in Cairo on Aug. 19, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip resumed rocket attacks on the state of Israel. Many believed that Operation Protective Edge—rightfully launched by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) o... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, September 5 - Friday, September 12

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 Robby Etzkin    News    September 5, 2014

Orlando teens win big at JCC Maccabi Games

On Sunday, Aug. 2, six Orlando Jewish teens left the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando in Maitland to embark on a trip to the largest international gathering of Jewish teens in the... Full story


Jewish philanthropist receives papal honor

ORLANDO-Jewish philanthropist Alan Ginsburg was recently awarded the Benemerenti Medal, a papal honor bestowed by Pope Francis, for his vision in creating a space where Catholic and Jewish students... Full story


10 ideas Judaism gave the world

Many of the concepts espoused in the Torah and Jewish tradition seem quintessentially modern, yet go back thousands of years. Here’s a roundup of some ideas that we take for granted today that are an integral part of ancient Jewish wisdom. 1. M... Full story


Scene Around

I often disagree with Mr. Miller... I'm referring to comedian, DENNIS MILLER, who has a show called Dennis Miller Live on HBO. Although he is not Jewish, he recently had the following (on this we... Full story


Federation's annual meeting reflects on the past and looks to a bright future

Federation's annual meeting reflects on the past and looks to a bright future On Sunday, Aug. 24, community members, rabbis, and staff and leadership from Jewish agencies gathered together for the... Full story


Bar mitzvah - Andrew Mackler

Andrew Mackler, son of Jay and Robin Mackler of Lake Mary, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Congregation Beth Am. Andy is in the seventh grade at... Full story


Yiddish tango links time, space and musical styles

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – The music that packs the Skirball Cultural Center's stately courtyard – Yiddish tango – is a musical hybrid twice over. On the tango side, it is a blend of African-born rhyth... Full story


Rally for Israel at Rollins

There will be a Relief For Israel Rally at Rollins College Alfond Stadium at Harper-Shepherd Field, 340 Aragon Ave Winter Park, on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. The special guest speaker will be Matt Staver, J.D., founding member and chairman of... Full story


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