Articles from the September 20, 2013 edition

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Syria chemical weapons deal brings Israelis short-term relief, long-term concern

On the same day that the U.S. and Russia agreed to a deal stipulating that Syria must remove or destroy its chemical weapons stockpile by mid-2014, Israelis were happy to spend Saturday’s 40th... Full story


Jews aiding Syrian refugees-sort of

NEW YORK (JTA)—When Georgette Bennett decided a few months ago to help refugees from Syria’s civil war, she wanted to do it in a Jewish way. Citing a passage from Leviticus she said her late... Full story


Art 'speaks out' against injustice

A room crowded with art aficionados and Holocaust museum supporters gathered around the 25-plus pieces of artwork to look closely at the craftsmanship of 18 local artists who presented their... Full story


Adult course: 'Jews in American Politics'

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s Jewish Community Relations Committee is pleased to announce a free community adult education initiative focusing on “Jews in American Politics.” Dr.... Full story


Israeli Knesset members get an education in American Jewry

Israeli Member of Knesset Nachman Shai (Labor), who studied and worked in the U.S. for years, says he had no idea how much the 25-year-old prayer rights group Women of the Wall mattered to North... Full story


Michael Oren: U.S. becoming more isolationist, but support for Israel higher than ever

During his term as Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren found himself faced with a rapidly changing America, a Middle East on fire, and an Israel that had to deftly navigate between the... Full story


Jewish Foundation for Culture to shutter next year

NEW YORK (Forward)—Does Jewish culture need a central address in order to thrive? Not according to the people who work there. The Foundation for Jewish Culture, a New York-based organization that has given more than $50 million to Jewish scholars... Full story


Bunny Rosen receives Hadassah's Love-of-a-Lifetime award

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah recently held a luncheon to pay tribute to Bunny Rosen for her years of devoted service to the organization. She is the heart of the Orlando chapter. She oversees the... Full story


Orlando Chapter of Hadassah hosts mentalist Mark Stone

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah will host an afternoon dessert reception featuring nationally-known mentalist Mark Stone, who will present “Mentalmania,” a program of mind-reading and ESP that has amazed audiences all over the world. This event... Full story


Jewish Genealogical Society starts up new season

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando will host Steven Gataletto, research librarian at the Orange County History Center, at its first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Gataletto will speak on... Full story


Another Jewish Pavilion volunteer!

Meet Sue Shames who moved to town just a few months ago with her parents. While helping her parents settle in at Chambrel she became connected with the Jewish Pavilion. Shames volunteers by helping... Full story


Syria intervention and lobbying for Obama

Barely minutes after the news broke that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was planning a major effort on Capitol Hill to garner support for the Obama Administration’s plan for a limited military operation against the Syrian regi... Full story


In-marriage: A new discussion

“A Portrait of American Jews,” a major study due out soon from The Pew Research Center, is said to show that more than 60 percent of the children of intermarriage are raised as Jews. It also notes that only 22 percent are given a Jewish... Full story


U.S.-Russia-Syria: 'it's complicated'

By Ira Sharkansky On the one hand there are these considerations... On the other hand are these...   In the light of these conditions, what should be the policy of the United States? Of course there is no clear or “objective” answer. Someone has... Full story


How Jewish education can make us the 'Choosing People'

I’ll never forget the words of my Hebrew school teacher: “While we may have once been the ‘Chosen People,’ now we are the ‘Choosing People.’” This has been a guiding principle throughout all my years as an educator, one that has... Full story


In navigating Kotel conflict, be mindful of ancient etrog riot

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The scene is familiar to us all. Women of the Wall come to the Kotel to worship in the shadow of the Temple Mount. Haredi Orthodox worshippers respond by disrupting their prayers, sometimes pelting them with eggs and other objects.... Full story


Let's support Chanukah stamps

Dear Editor: Chanukah stamps should be available at all post offices on or about Oct. 17.  It will not be a new issue, rather it will be the same stamp issued in 2011.  Since it is not a new issue, not all post offices will order a supply.... Full story


Sukkot observance in Citrus County

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala and the Nature Coast Unitarian Fellowship of Citrus County will hold a joint service of welcome and celebration of the fall harvest on Sunday Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Fellowship Meeting Hall on 7633... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, September 20 - Friday, September 27

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 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of... Full story


Astrology expert coming to Hadassah

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah will hold its October regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Congregation Ohev Shalom beginning at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is included with a couvert of $10. Linda Bender will be the guest speaker for the day. Her expertise... Full story


Dialing the dead: Rebecca Rosen is psychic to the stars

(JTA)—Many Jews feel a connection with their ancestors, but how many have regular conversations with them? Rebecca Rosen, a 36-year-old mother of two, is one who does. Rosen lists her profession as... Full story


Jewish Academy's Meet and Greet makes memories

On Monday, Aug. 12, 155 eager and excited students passed through the doors of Maitland’s Jewish Academy of Orlando to meet their teachers for the 2013-14 school year. Not only was the excitement... Full story


Scene Around

I was reminded... In last week’s column I wrote this: “Instead of the gassing of innocent Syrian people including children, Congress (especially members of the House of Representatives) had to... Full story


6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Celebrity Rosh Hashanah roundup: Gwyneth Paltrow, Woody Allen, Zach Braff NEW YORK—From Shanah Tovah shoutouts to on-set shofar blowing, here’s how some of the more famous and attractive among us... Full story


Oslo Accords debated, rather than celebrated, on 20th anniversary

Twenty years after the signing of the fateful Oslo Accords between Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, Knesset Members are heavily deb... Full story


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