Articles from the September 18, 2015 edition

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Mega-Challah event fulfills 'knead' for the elderly and unites community

Last October, local Chabads hosted a Mega-Challah Bake, re-introducing the joy of challah-making and uniting over 200 Jewish women of all backgrounds. This year the Challah Bake is expanding its... Full story


Celebrate the launch of three new books by local artist/author

The community is invited to attend a Book Launch Party Sunday, Sept. 27 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Roth JCC in Maitland, to celebrate the publication of three new books by best-selling local... Full story


Grayson votes in favor of Deal

At a recent community forum sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, Rep. Alan Grayson (D, Fla., 9th District) stated that he was not sure how he would vote on the Iran nuclear deal. In... Full story


Birthright offers new trip options

NEW YORK—Birthright Israel, the organization responsible for sending over 500,000 young Jewish adults on a free 10-day trip to Israel to learn about their heritage, will launch an improved application portal for its 2015/2016 Winter season, which o... Full story


Does Donald Trump know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah?

(JTA)-Donald Trump has called the Iran deal "terrible" in recent months. But in an interview on Sept. 3, the current Republican front-runner revealed some gaps in his knowledge of the Middle East.... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 18, 2015

How much did Jeb Bush really do to rescue Ethiopian Jews?

(JTA)-Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor running for the Republican presidential nomination, has been called out for exaggerating his role in the rescue of Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s. Bush takes... Full story


B'nai B'rith commends House for voting against Iran deal

(Washington, D.C., Sept. 11, 2015)—B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement: B’nai B’rith International commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a resolution of disapproval regarding the Joint Comprehen... Full story


Robert Petree, committed to Israel and the Jewish community, dies at 82

Robert G. Petree died on Tuesday Aug. 25, 2015. He was born in Winston Salem, N.C., on June 26, 1933, and resided in Winston Salem; Louisville, Ken.; Silver Springs, Md., and most recently Lake Mary.... Full story


Grandma Rowaida's Dark Secret from Kuwait to Jerusalem

LAKE MARY-Mark (Mordechai) Halawa was born and raised in Kuwait as a Muslim. Although his family was secular he was taught to hate the Jewish "animals and killers." As an adult he traveled to Canada... Full story


Explore bereavement and healing through a Jewish lens

The Jewish Pavilion and VITAS Healthcare will offer a free Grief Support Group for people who have lost spouses, children, parents or loved ones. This is a six-week program beginning Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., and continuing on Oct....


The University of California's teachable moment on anti-Semitism

On Sept. 17, the Regents of the 10-school University of California (UC) system discussed a statement of principles against intolerance. Alarmed by a rash of anti-Semitic incidents on UC campuses, a large number of Jewish scholars and activists have... Full story


The Iran nuclear deal

The State Department said Iran’s support for terrorism was “undiminished” in 2014. The U.S. remains very concerned about the activities of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and its terrorist proxies in the Middle East. New York Democrat Eliot Engel s... Full story


Panic at the top?

The numbers are large, and projections are that the stream of refugees from the east and south will remain at flood stage. Some are predicting another historic migration, such as that which brought tribes from Asia to Europe long ago, and the great... Full story


An open letter to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz

Dear Rep. Shultz, Your credentials are that you are the Representative, 23rd. District of Florida; DNC-Chair; and your Jewish accomplishments: A driving force behind “Jewish Heritage Month.” NEVER AGAIN! are words that I grew up with. As a Jew I kno... Full story


Waiting for an apology that will never come

(Kveller via JTA)—I used to have the right idea for Yom Kippur. I liked the notion of an entire month to clean up my messes from the past year, and I worked hard to deliver carefully worded apologies. The promise of a clean slate appealed to my r... Full story


What I saw on the migrants' road to Budapest

BUDAPEST (JTA)—As our car rolled slowly toward Budapest, we saw a huge group heading in the opposite direction on the highway just outside the city: Hundreds of people quietly walking in the breakdown lane, marching toward freedom and peace. I couldn... 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 a.m... Full story


Standing with Israel

The Zionistas, at their program about BDS last week, honored Christine DeSouza, news editor of the Heritage, with a certificate and the book, 'Ally,' by Michael Oren, for her support and work for the... Full story


The importance of taking a stand

“Silence is consent,” said Alan Kornman as he addressed about 50 people at a recent Zionistas-sponsored lecture held at Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary. Kornman, who is the regional coordinator of the United West—Uniting Western Civilization for Freed... Full story


Israeli exhibition showcases new technologies

Switzerland this week voted to buy six Israeli surveillance drones made by Elbit in a deal worth $256 million. The deal went through despite a campaign by protestors not to buy Israeli-made products because of alleged human rights abused against... Full story



Dr. Richard (Ruben) Turk, age 74, of Orlando, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Florida Hospital—Orlando. A New York native, he was born on Nov. 5, 1940, to the late Murray and Sarah Angowitz Turk. Dr. Turk was a chiropractor in Central F... Full story


What makes a mensch? A 'digital diva' wants to know

(JTA)-"Our technology has exceeded our humanity," Albert Einstein allegedly once lamented. But filmmaker Tiffany Shlain-who utilizes an online, collaborative process and distribution method she dubs... Full story


Scene Around

"They're as good as dogs"?... (I don't think so!) I read this in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and found it very (very) interesting. I think you should read it too: "An Israeli company... Full story


Seven tips for Yom Kippur fasting

HAIFA, Israel—Just weeks before millions of Jews around the world begin fasting for the Yom Kippur holiday, Rambam Health Care Campus’ Director of Geriatrics Tzvi Dwolatzky, M.D. is cautioning Jews around the world to carefully prepare before fas... Full story


Auschwitz 'showers' highlight challenge of balancing tourism and memory

(JTA)-Pawel Sawicki gets to his desk every morning by 7, but he works no regular office job. Sawicki is an information officer at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Memorial and Museum, the sprawling... Full story


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