Articles from the September 25, 2015 edition

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Clermont Sukkot and Simchat Torah services open to community

Temple L'Chayim will host a combined Jewish Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Service that will be open to members as well as to the entire Central Florida community. Cantor Isaac Kriger and... Full story


Life in Israel as a fighter pilot and high school principal

Colonel Chezie Sagiv spoke softly to the intimate group of people who had gathered to hear what life is like in Israel for a distinguished IDF Air Force officer, pilot and senior Air Force instructor... Full story


Where's the nearest sukkah?

A world-wide registry of sukkahs has been set up, and is listed online at The directory has been designed for Jews to locate a sukkah near to them, so that they can go there to eat. The idea of this service is not to list every... Full story


Pinball wizard flips to victory

When Tony Ruben joined Orlando's first pinball league this past summer, it never occurred to him that he might emerge as one of its champions. Yet, on Tuesday, Sept. 8 the Longwood resident found hims... Full story


European Jews, mindful of risks, urge aid to refugees

(JTA)-When he looks into the tired eyes of the Syrian refugees now flooding Europe's borders, Guy Sorman is reminded of his father, Nathan, who fled Germany for France just months before Adolf Hitler... Full story


Iran talk with Azerbaijan's envoy to U.S. reveals mixed feelings about nuke deal

The day after the largest sandstorm in 15 years swept through the State of Israel last week, turning the skies orange and clouding people's vision, Azerbaijan Ambassador to the U.S. Elin Suleymanov... Full story


South African MP: 'There is nothing in Israel that looks like apartheid'

( South African Member of Parliament Kenneth Meshoe spoke out against the claim by Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement activists that Israel is an "apartheid state." "There are m... Full story


What? American women could lose their citizenship?

Noted Jewish genealogist Hal Bookbinder will discuss how American women could lose their citizenship in the early 1900s and the history of Castle Garden, the Barge Office and Ellis Island at the next... Full story


'Wine and Shine Mingle' with Jewish Academy of Orlando

The Jewish Academy of Orlando is announcing a new series of events open to the public, focusing on modern days issues of Jewish day school. These Wine & Shine Mingles will highlight topics including how a Jewish day school develops and advances its... Full story


Pot luck social at Hadassah of Williamsburg

Hadassah of Williamsburg is having a “Pot Luck” social and meeting , on Oct. 7, 2015, at noon at Parkview Pointe Clubhouse , 5650 Parkview Pointe Drive in Orlando. Share your goodies with everyone. For further information, please call Eleanore... Full story


Kinneret Council on Aging '8 over 80' Honorary Dinner

The Kinneret Council on Aging will proudly pay tribute to eight individuals over the age of 80 who have made significant contributions to the Jewish and Central Florida community on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. “The 8 over 80 event really resonates with... Full story


The Jewish divide: Who cares?

Let’s assume—despite evidence that polling on the issue was at best “quick and dirty,” according to one prominent analyst—that the Jewish establishment was out of step with most American Jews in opposing the Iran agreement. And let’s agre... Full story


A clean slate

The High Holy days are designed as a time for reflection, repairing and making ready. A new year, a new set of ideas and a determination to do better than last year. Really? One day leads to another, time goes on. I hit a BIG birthday a couple of... Full story



One of the principal lessons that should be taught in courses dealing with politics and public policy is the persistence of uncertainty. People who insist on telling us what will be, or what will not be, have a lot to learn.  Many who claim to be... Full story


Ghosts of the past; Specters of the future

One year ago, we commemorated the beginning of the “War to End All Wars” in 1914. So traumatized were the Great Powers by both the carnage, with millions of lives lost, and the loss of treasure, that they were determined to avoid future worldwide... Full story


How Sukkot helped me de-clutter my life

(Kveller via JTA)—Last year I performed a magic trick: I made most of my “stuff” disappear. I never considered myself a hoarder, at least not the kind worthy of a feature on late night cable TV, but I held on to things, lots and lots of... Full story


Palestinian killer of Americans gets a mere slap on the wrist

The Obama administration announced Sept. 8 that it is putting Mohammed Deif and three other Palestinian terrorists on its “designated terrorists” list. That’s basically a slap on the wrist—for someone who should be subjected to U.S. prosecut... 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... Full story


Calendars for the High Holidays

Special thanks to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel for the calendars they provided to the Jewish community. Seniors in facilities visited by the Jewish Pavilion were thrilled to receive their calendars... Full story


The Jews are different

Caregiving for the Jewish elderly is particularly challenging in Central Florida because very few people who work in the industry are familiar with Jewish culture. They have never heard of our... Full story


Susie Stone-a Jewish Pavilion mensch

During the high holiday season, Susie Stone (top, left) seldom goes a day without blowing the shofar. She makes an effort to play at as many Jewish Pavilion Rosh Hashanah events as possible. Susie drives all over town with her shofar, bringing... Full story



Dr. Ethan F. Greene, age 32, of DeLand, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, at Florida Hospital—Orlando. Dr. Greene was born in Livingston, New Jersey, on Oct. 10, 1982, to Peter and Rebecca Schwartz Greene. He received a doctorate in music and... Full story


Chocolate Cranberry Challah Rolls with Citrus Sugar

The high holidays are almost over, and so by my clock time for another sweet challah recipe for the New Year. And one of the easiest ways to make a sweet, crowd-pleasing challah is to add... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Julia Elizabeth Geismar

Julia Elizabeth Geismar, daughter of Clifford and Shari Geismar, and granddaughter of Robert and Rochelle Blaufox and Gustave and Judith Geismar will be called to the Torah on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015... Full story


Arab Americans look to Jews for help on Syrian refugees

ANAHEIM, Calif. (JTA)-Arab Americans advocating on behalf of Syrian refugees have found some unlikely allies in their effort to resettle families from the war-torn nation: influential Jewish groups.... Full story


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