Articles from the September 27, 2013 edition

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Love and liberation

One of the bitter ironies of history is that Hitler and the Nazis loved music but it did nothing to soothe the savage breast of Nazi Germany. A second irony is that the high culture of Western Europe, including its heritage of classical music,... Full story


Where do Jewish federations draw the 'red line' on opinions about Israel?

The “red line” associated with Iran’s nuclear program or Syria’s use of chemical weapons has sparked an ongoing international debate, in which both Israeli and Diaspora Jews have made their voices... Full story


Arab Knesset member claims Temple Mount for Muslims only

( Arab Member of Knesset Ahmad Tibi (Ra’am Ta’al) said in a televised interview with Arab media that Jews will not be allowed to “contaminate” the Temple Mount and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. “The Al-... Full story


A special sukkah for seniors

While this may look like an ordinary sukkah, it is an extraordinary one. Due to their ongoing partnership with the Jewish Pavilion, the folks at Atria at Lake Forest wanted to provide their residents... Full story


'Jewish Hammer' on Bucs' offense

Tampa Bay Bucs offensive lineman Gabe Carimi usually fasts on Yom Kippur, but this year, the day before the team’s Sept. 15 home opener against the New Orleans Saints, he decided not to. In past seaso... Full story


Colorado flooding wreaks havoc on Yom Kippur observances

DENVER (IJN)—Before the start of Yom Kippur, a flood of historic proportions swallowed Boulder, Colo., and surrounding areas, displacing families, damaging synagogues and threatening services on t... Full story


With eyes on neighbors, Azerbaijan and Israel intensify ties

BAKU, Azerbaijan (JTA)—With less than a month to go until presidential elections, the moustachioed smile of Ilham Aliyev stares down at his countrymen from giant posters scattered around this b... Full story


Poll: 62 percent of Palestinians say suicide bombing is justified

NEW YORK—A new Pew Research Survey has shown that a large majority —62 percent—of Palestinians justify the use of suicide terrorism. In the words of the Pew Survey, “in some countries, substantial minorities of Muslims say attacks on civilia... Full story


New sibling discount for JCC after-school program

The Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando’s after-school program, J University, is offering a new sibling discount at its Maitland location. Families with multiple children in the a... Full story


Camp Barney Medintz sets open house in Orlando

Camp Barney Medintz, summer resident camp of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, will present their annual new musical slide production in Orlando on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, beginning at... Full story


Temple Israel honors Berg/Savage

It is Temple Israel’s tradition to award the honors of Hatan Torah and Kallat Bereishit to congregants who have provided outstanding service in the areas of ritual, educational and/or spiritual life o... Full story


The Jewish Pavilion establishes 'The Bunny Club'

The family of Bunny Rosen has requested donations in her memory be made to The Jewish Pavilion. The Pavilion is establishing “The Bunny Club” in her memory. The fund will be used to enrich Jewish holiday celebrations in 54 long-term care fac... Full story


Learn more about Judaism

Rabbi Werthman of Congregation Bet Chaim is teaching a weekly class in basic Judaism each Tuesday night at the synagogue, 426 Lake Port Cove, Casselberry. The class is one hour, from 7:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m. and will include discussion, lecture, m... Full story


The universe's wish

My wife and I recently took our first vacation in years, a four-day trip to New York City. We caught up on ourselves, on each other. We heard the amazing Emily Wells at an outdoor Lincoln Center... Full story


It comes with the genes...

There has been a flurry of items coming to my in-box describing the latest under the heading of anti-Semitism. It is, alas, a very long story, going back at least to the beginning of the Common Era. For those who aren’t familiar with Jewish ways o... Full story


The elephant in the room

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana said this in his “Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1”... and it’s still true. Look, call it “Arab Spring,” “Uprisings,” “Revolution”—the... Full story


Iran nuclear program diplomacy: Dishonor, war, or both?

By Ben Cohen From the brink of war, the Middle East has moved at dizzying speed to the cusp of peace. Or so we are led to believe. The issues at hand are Iran and Syria—and incidentally, there is good reason to feel some relief from that f... Full story


For one mother, is decision to 'opt out' a cop-out?

JERUSALEM (JTA)—At a recent kids-included party in Jerusalem, I spent much of the time either on the floor with my daughter Mari or trailing her around to make sure she didn’t eat anything toxic. A successful American journalist living here cha... Full story


Syria-tired yet?

I suspect you are already tired of hearing about Syria. The future path is blurry—even to our president. Assad will still be in power. How many has he killed without chemical weapons? Who is using the chemical weapons? It sounds to me like the r... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, September 27 - Friday, October 4

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 Gre... Full story


Bringing Sukkot into the classroom (literally)

Some very creative teachers have brought the Jewish holiday of Sukkot into their Room 4 at the Roth Jewish Community Center’s Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center. The class, taught by M... Full story



Norman H. Goldman of Orlando, passed away on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Florida Hospital—East Orlando. He was 64 years old. A Brooklyn native, he was born on March 22, 1949, to the late Morris and Dora Mehlman Goldman and was married to the former P... Full story



Joy Goldstein of Miami, passed away on Sunday, Sept.15, 2013, at her residence. She was 85 years old. Though she considered herself a “native,” she was born in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 14, 1928, to the late Samuel and Betty Stone Alpert, moving to... Full story



Lynn Klein Watch of Orlando, passed away on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at her home following a brief illness. She was 71. Mrs. Watch was born Sept. 15, 1942, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Michael and Inez Klein. She moved to Orlando in 1972 and retired... Full story



Hilda “Bunny” Rosen passed away Sept. 17, 2013. She was 85 years old. Mrs. Rosen was born to Michael and Fanny Epstein in Cologne, Germany. She lived in the German ghetto, spending every weekend wit... Full story


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