Articles from the September 23, 2016 edition

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Burkini debate in France exposes divide in Jewish community

(JTA)-Like their constituents, the mainstream representatives of French Jewry are not known for passing up opportunities to express their opinion on subjects of national debate. And Jewish... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    September 23, 2016

One place swing-state voters won't see Clinton and Trump

NEW YORK (JTA)—When Rosh Hashanah came around last year, Rabbi Aaron Gaber wanted to grapple with an issue roiling the country. So he decided to focus his sermon on racism. But several members of Brothers of Israel, a 120-family Conservative synagogu... Full story


Judea and Samaria not 'West Bank,' U.S. Congressmen affirm

( U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) spoke to an Israeli delegation this week about congressional support of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, Israel National News reported. “I want to say to all the people of Samaria that they are b... Full story


Journey on a Jewish genealogy workshop roadshow

Start on a family discovery journey with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) as it continues “My Jewish Roots” a JGSGO Workshop Roadshow. Join JGSGO for all nine remaining free workshops coming to locations throughout the Orl... Full story


Rabbi Adler dies at age 96

Rabbi Rudolph "Rudy" Adler, a pillar of the Jewish community in Orlando for more than 50 years, passed away Monday morning, Sept. 19. He was 96 years old. He was born in Kassel, Germany, and was a... Full story


Jewish Film Festival

The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando has announced the dates of its 18th Annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival, held in conjunction with the Enzian Theater—Nov. 12-14. The festival’s committee, chaired by Harriet Wei... Full story


Temple Israel to host 'Dinner Under the Stars' during Sukkot

The onset of autumn means cooler weather, fall flavors, and Sukkot. Temple Israel will celebrate all three with “Dinner Under the Stars” in their sukkah on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to the community and takes place on a rel... Full story


New year, new calendars!

Following a fabulous Yiddish Class at Brookdale Island Lake, Emily Newman, program pirector for the Jewish Pavilion, passed out 5777 calendars to the residents and participants. Special thanks to... Full story


Jewish Pavilion's 2016 High Holiday Schedule

Please join Jewish Pavilion program directors and volunteers for a high holiday service at any of these locations. The services are open to all. If you are looking for an address, please visit The Jewish Pavilioin website, and... Full story


Europe's 'most notorious Jew-baiter,' it's a tie

Jew-baiting these days is a globally competitive field. The Middle East, Latin America and Asia could all put up credible candidates for the title of most notorious Jew-baiter. But if you ask me, it’s in Europe, the continent where modern a... Full story


How the BDS challenge helped one campus Hillel prosper

NEWARK, Del. (JTA)—My social media exploded earlier this month with dozens of Facebook notifications, texts and group messages from across the country. JTA had published one of my favorite photos, with our University of Delaware Hillel students d... Full story


Campus Zionists need selfconfidence, not safe spaces

NEW YORK (JTA)—They’re all true, all those stories you’ve heard. The Jewish student questioned about whether her Judaism and involvement in the Jewish community would disqualify her from serving in student government. The Israel bashers who besie... Full story


Western freedom of expression stifled by Islam

When Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses came out in 1989, Viking Penguin, the British and American publisher of the novel, was subjected to daily Islamist harassment. As Daniel Pipes wrote, the London office resembled “an armed camp,” with polic... Full story


This Rosh Hashanah, I challenge you to focus on the positives

(Kveller via JTA)—Two essential parts of preparing for Rosh Hashanah, our clean slate for the year, is asking forgiveness from anyone we wronged and making a list (mental or written) of the ways we fell short since the last time we heard the s... Full story


Stop saying you'll move to Canada if Trump wins- American Jews already have a second home-Israel

Last month, Barbra Streisand announced to great fanfare that if Donald Trump wins the presidential election, she’ll move to Canada or Australia. Threatening to emigrate, usually to Canada, if the Republican candidate wins is a quadrennial threat a... 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


Synagogue Service Schedule

Celebration Jewish Congregation (Reform) Rabbi Dr. Richard M. Cowin with Wendi Harris Cantorial soloists Dr. Norton and Jane Christeson Celebration’s Heritage Hall 951 Spring Park St. Celebration, Fla. 407-566-9792 Sun. O... Full story


Rosh Hashanah greetings from the two leaders

The Roth Family JCC is growing and changing In a year of transition and growth, more and more people are realizing that The Roth Family Jewish Community Center is the ideal place for them to live... Full story



Barry N. Brumer, age 68, of Winter Park, passed away at Florida Hospital New Smyrna Beach, on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 30, 1948, to the late Charles N. and Beatrice Goldstein Brumer. Barry served in the... Full story



Ilyse M. Kusnetz, PhD, age 50, of Orlando, passed away at her home on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, with her family by her side. A multi-faceted woman, she was born in Baldwin, New York ,on July 13, 1966, to Norman Kusnetz and the late Alberta Zwirn... Full story


Scene Around

A family tribute... I am writing this column on 9/11. When the World Trade Center's Twin Towers were hit by terrorists, three of the New York City firemen who died were Jewish. One of them was cousin... Full story


Charge on into meaningful and beautiful Judaism!

Hillel Central Florida Last year, when the calendar was switching from 5775 to 5776, we wrote that the times, they are a changin, and if last year was about changing, this year is about changed. More specifically, being changed, as an organization... Full story


High Holiday greetings from the Jewish Pavilion

Transitioning to an independent, assisted or skilled nursing facility can be challenging for many seniors, as it is never easy to lose a lifetime of independence. However, Jewish seniors face a host... Full story


It was a great year for the Rosen JCC!

25 was a year of positive change for the Rosen JCC in Southwest Orlando. In our first full year as an independent agency, we experienced tremendous growth in our programs and services, as well as... Full story


Five wishes for you in the coming new year

Shalom, Friends, On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, we express our best wishes to you and your family for a sweet New Year 5777. According to Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah is... Full story


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