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    Gloria Yousha|Sep 16, 2016

    I need an orange crayon and a yellow one... (oops! No. I am not writing anything political!) What a friend Israel is... Besides finding many cures for disease and developing scientific projects that make our lives better, Israel always comes through in emergencies. I received this letter recently titled "Nepalese Foreign Minister Thanks Israel For Support." I pass it along to you: "In a speech in Jerusalem before the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which operates under the auspices...

  • First genealogy workshop attendees build family trees

    Sep 16, 2016

    The first in the series of 10 monthly JGSGO (Jewish Genealogical Society) workshops held at The Roth Family JCC on, Sept. 6, was an overwhelming success with over 50 in attendance in person and online. Speaker Marlis Humphrey, president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, spoke on "Begin Building Your Family Tree." With the help of local JGSGO "mavens," attendees were assisted in starting their family tree on Ancestry.com. The next in the series of workshops will...

  • Obituary - DR. GERALD H. AMSTERDAM

    Sep 16, 2016

    Gerald H. Amsterdam, MD, age 97, passed away at his residence on Sept. 1, 2016. Dr. Amsterdam, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., was born on Oct. 16, 1918, to the late Joseph and Dorothy Davidow Amsterdam. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with his bachelor’s degree and his medical degree. He also did post-graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Amsterdam was a general surgeon and practiced in the Philadelphia area for more than 40 years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a medical officer in the 385th Air Se...

  • Obituary - ROSLYN BAEHR

    Sep 16, 2016

    Roslyn Baehr, age 76, of Orlando, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, at Hospice of the Comforter surrounded by her family. Born in Bronx, New York, on Oct. 9, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Ida Hinderstein Broder. She was the widow of the late Fred S. Baehr who passed away on Dec. 31, 2001. Roslyn was a high school graduate and worked as an operations manager in the banking field. The family relocated to the Orlando area from Springfield, Mass., in 1993. An expert with crochet needles, Roslyn provided her family with bea...


    Sep 16, 2016

    Usher Lawrence “Larry” Brown, 62, of Orlando Florida, passed away on Sept. 3, 2016 at Winter Park Hospital. He was the beloved father of Shira, Daniel and Rachel Brown; adored brother of Debbie Brown Rasiel, Mark Brown and Michael Brown; cherished grandfather to Wilder Bliss; and treasured friend to so many, Larry was born in Savannah, Georgia, to Howard and Barbara Brown on Nov. 12, 1953. He loved life and lived it with gusto. An avid surfer in his youth, he traveled the world to find the perfect wave. Later in life he became an expert ski...

  • Obituary - BARBRA LYNN GAIR

    Sep 16, 2016

    Barbra L. Gair, age 33, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Barbra, daughter of Harriet and Richard Gair of Longwood, was born in South Korea on Sept. 25, 1982. She was educated in New Jersey and was an administrative assistant for an import company. In addition to her parents, Barbra is survived by her brothers, Howard Gair of Orlando and Joshua Gair of Altamonte Springs; and her son, Jacob of Cherry Hill, NJ. Funeral services and interment were held at Ohev Shalom...

  • Obituary - CVIA RODIN

    Sep 16, 2016

    Cvia Rodin, age 80, of Rockledge, Fla., passed away on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family. A native of Kaunas, Lithuania, she was born on July 13, 1936, to the late Chaim and Batya Karabelnikov Neuerman. Private family services were held. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810....

  • Jacob Levine's mystery-a research breakthrough!

    Marilyn Lustig|Sep 16, 2016

    Marilyn Lustig attended the first of a monthly series "My Jewish Roots" workshop on Sept. 6. By attending the workshops, sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO), Lustig hopes to learn more of her family's history. More information on the workshop series and the International Conference on Jewish Genealogical to be held next summer, is at the end of the article. While doing research on my family via Ancestry.com, I found a Family Tree very similar to my own,...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

    Sep 16, 2016

    Trump adviser endorses Netanyahu claim of ‘ethnic cleansing’ by Palestinians WASHINGTON (JTA)—An adviser to Donald Trump and his presidential campaign backed up Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that the Palestinian demand for a removal of settlements amounts to “ethnic cleansing.” “The prime minister of Israel correctly observes that the Palestinian demand to remove all Jews from their ancestral homeland in Judea and Samaria is nothing short of an attempt at ethnic cleansing,” David Friedman, a longtime lawyer to the Republic...

  • Trump, Clinton talk tough on Iran following controversial report

    Sep 16, 2016

    By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Trump and Clinton campaigns issued tough-on-Iran statements in the wake of a report alleging that negotiators allowed Iran secret loopholes in the nuclear agreement. The Institute for Science and International Affairs, a think tank founded by a former United Nations nuclear weapons inspector, David Albright, said in a report released this week that Iran complied with most of the sanctions relief for the nuclear rollback deal when it was implemented in January. However, the report also said there were a n...