Articles from the September 12, 2014 edition

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 By Shana Medel    News    September 12, 2014

Candlelight vigil for fallen UCF Knight Steven Sotloff

On Sep. 3, over 300 UCF Knights solemnly gathered around the heart of campus to mourn and honor Steven Joel Sotloff-a freelance journalist who was murdered in cold-blood by the extremist group ISIS.... Full story


Steven Sotloff sounded the unanswered alarm about ISIS

In one of Steven Sotloff's final reports for The Media Line, dated July 30, 2014, he wrote: "As the international media is fixated on the struggle between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, few... Full story


JNF announces Tree of Life dinner

Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host its annual Tree of Life Award Dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, located at 9700 International Drive in Orlando, at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The event will... Full story


Scholar-in-residence at SOJC Sept. 20

Over Shabbat on Sept. 20, the Jewish community of Orlando will be treated to a fantastic opportunity to hear from a wonderful scholar who will be visiting our area. Dr. Walter Herzberg, assistant... Full story


Kudos to JNF donors for help during Operation Protective Edge

NEW YORK-From the north to the south, the people of Israel are praising Jewish National Fund (JNF) donors for the emergency aid delivered to them during the recent crisis.     When Operation... Full story


'We failed-Daniel died right before our eyes. Why are you silent?'

The following letter was written by the mother of Daniel Tregerman, the 4-year-old killed by mortar shell fired from Gaza, to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. She gave permission for the letter to... Full story


A film review that hits home-'The Internet's own son'

Recently, I viewed the compelling documentary "The Internet's Own Son," about the life and untimely death of Internet activist, Aaron Swartz, and it hit home in a couple of unexpected ways. Not only... Full story

 By Robin Monti    News    September 12, 2014

A new (Holy) day at Bet Chaim

Casselberry's Congregation Bet Chaim is shaking up the High Holidays this year with a new leadership team designed to engage and inspire members and guests with a combination of traditional and... Full story


Join Cong. Sinai in Minneola for High Holiday services

Joe and Lynn Goldovitz, esteemed and multi-talented spiritual leaders of Congregation Sinai, Minneola, Fla., will blow the shofar, play the harp and conduct the upcoming High Holidays. Congregation Sinai is a full-service, family-oriented synagogue... Full story


Reflections on the beating of George Galloway

Ask a foreigner to name a British parliamentarian. Assuming they are able to provide an answer, there’s a high chance, especially if that person is a Jew or a Muslim, that the name on their lips will be that of George Galloway. The 60-year-old Gall... Full story


Was Israel justified in going after Hamas terrorist tunnels?

The key question—both legally and morally—in evaluating Israel’s recent military actions is whether the Israeli government was justified in ordering ground troops into Gaza to destroy the Hamas tunnels.  This question is important because... Full story


Who should worry more?

Policymakers aspire to clarity. It is easiest to define and defend one’s actions according to fixed lines. Government benefits should go to individuals who meet certain criteria. Giving discretion to the people who carry out policy is problematic.... Full story


Oxfam and BDS hypocrisy

The definition of peace between the Palestinians and Israelis is when the two can work alongside each other, earning equal wages, benefits, and economically energizing their neighborhoods, in a ‘so called’ peaceful environment. Peace broke out... Full story


ISIS is much worse than Hamas

Last Friday, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach began an advertising campaign to defend the State of Israel by arguing that Hamas and ISIS are equally vile. According to his press release, “The ad equates ISIS and its execution of American journalist James... Full story


When burning Jews isn't news

On Aug. 30, Palestinian terrorists set a Jewish man on fire in Jerusalem, and on Sept. 1, other Palestinian terrorists tried to set an entire bus full of Israeli Jews on fire. Yet I couldn’t find any mention of these horrific attacks in the New Yor... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, September 12 - 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.... Full story


Charles Schwartz, mentor and strong community leader, dies

Charles Schwartz passed away on Sept. 8, 2014 after a difficult but courageous battle with cancer, and with his loved ones by his side. Charles is predeceased by his parents, Maxwell Alter Schwartz an... Full story


Charles Schwartz: Go-to guy

A few years ago I had the dubious honor of chairing a Jewish Federation committee that collected unpaid pledges made to the Jewish community. We were mostly successful but sometimes we ran into tough eggs who wouldn’t pay up or return phone calls... Full story



Beatrice S. Allen of Orlando, passed away at her residence on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. She was 95 years old. Mrs. Allen was born on Aug. 13, 1919, in Brooklyn, New York, to Jacob and Gitla Goodman Kleinman. Following graduation from high school she... Full story



Sharon Louise Sandin Brossier of Orlando, passed away on Aug. 26, 2014. She was 71 years old. Mrs. Brossier was born in Ohio to Sanford and Evelyn Sandin. She married Howard Peiper in 1963. They moved to Orlando in 1977 to open Flowerland in the... Full story


Jon Stewart on filming in, and talking about, the Middle East

NEW YORK (JTA)-Jon Stewart's directorial film debut, "Rosewater," is set to premiere at film festivals in the United States and Canada this September. So the Hollywood Reporter took the opportunity... Full story



Felissa Gaber, daughter of Eva and Larry (z"l) Gaber, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Congregation Beth Am. Felissa is in the seventh grade at Glenridge... Full story


Scene Around

Tired of Holocaust deniers... I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress Digest (WJC) and I found it to be very upsetting. (As I age, I seem to find everything upsetting... especially when I... Full story


Why the U.S. and Israel are not getting along

(JTA) – All is not well in the U.S.-Israel relationship. Somehow, the 50 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas frayed ties between Washington and Jerusalem. How did this happen? In part, the... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    September 12, 2014

After Gaza conflict, Israel's Arab minority fears rising discrimination

BEERSHEBA, Israel (JTA)-Handcuffed to a wooden chair in the middle of the night, Rafat Awaysha still wasn't sure what crime he had committed. He had announced a demonstration against the war in Gaza... Full story


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