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  • Bar Mitzvah - Khalil Simon Oxborough

    Oct 2, 2015

    Khalil Simon Oxborough, son of Thomas and Beth Oxborough of Sanford, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Congregation Beth Am of Longwood. Khalil is in the eighth grade at Lake Mary Preparatory School where he is a member of the basketball and cross-country team; National Junior Honor Society (NJHS); and the Meritas Academic Olympead competing in geography. His hobbies and interests include sports, reading, volunteering with hunger organizations such as... Full story

  • In Holiday messages, Obama lectures Jews while praising Muslims

    Morton A. Klein, ZOA president|Oct 2, 2015

    As has been typical throughout all the years that President Obama has been in office, his latest holiday message to Jews differs significantly from his holiday message to Muslims in troubling ways for the Jewish community. In past years, President Obama’s Rosh Hashanah messages hardly mention the word “Jew” or “Judaism,” while his messages on Ramadan frequently mention the word “Islam” and “Muslim.” In addition, the president has never lectured Muslims on how to behave or urged them to repent for their sins. Yet Obama’s Rosh Hashanah messages f... Full story

  • Scene Around

    Gloria Yousha, Scene Around|Oct 2, 2015

    I love Canada... Probably because my late mom, Sally Golub, was born in Montreal. Also, because I had the privilege of performing at the Calgary Stampede years ago when I was vocalist with the legendary Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. I've never been to eastern Canada, but Montreal is on my "Bucket List." However, Calgary, Banff and Lake Louise in western Canada were beautiful places to be and I have great memories. I read about Canada recently in a World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest. I pass it along... Full story

  • Kinneret flea market this weekend!

    Oct 2, 2015

    The Kinneret senior residents are hosting a flea market Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2nd & 3rd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Residents will be selling arts and crafts, household items and other rare finds in the Social Hall. There is also a nice boutique and a greeting cards shop to browse through. Hot dogs, coffee and drinks will be available for purchase. Kinneret is located at 515 S. Delaney Ave., Orlando.... Full story

  • How Israeli volunteers on the ground in Europe are helping Syrian refugees

    Gavin Rabinowitz, JTA|Oct 2, 2015

    LESBOS, Greece (JTA)-As the small rubber dinghy crowded with Syrians and Afghans emerged from the midnight-black sea to land on a desolate pebble beach, the first people to greet the bewildered and frightened refugees were two Israelis. "Does anyone need a doctor?" Majeda Kardosh, 27, a nurse from Nazareth, shouted repeatedly in Arabic as the asylum seekers scrambled ashore amid cries of celebration and tears of relief at surviving the short but perilous crossing from Turkey to this Greek... Full story

  • What Jewish schools are teaching in sex ed

    Oct 2, 2015

    By Suzanne Pollak ROCKVILLE, Md. (Washington Jewish Week via JTA)—Just because Judaism permits sex only within the confines of marriage doesn’t mean Jewish day schools aren’t teaching how to put a condom on or what sexually transmitted diseases are. While abstinence and Jewish law are taught in Jewish day school classes, so are the reproduction system, menstrual cycles and sexual relationships. At some Jewish high schools, students learn about birth control, homosexuality and date rape. Students at Milken Community Schools in Los Angeles recei... Full story

  • Meet the Jewish woman getting ready to live on Mars

    Patricia Corrigan|Oct 2, 2015

    (Jewish News weekly of Northern California via JTA)-Dr. Sheyna Gifford-a Jewish medical doctor, science journalist, astrophysics researcher and space enthusiast-is preparing to live on Mars. Gifford, 36, will join five other crew members in the NASA-funded Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) habitat for a simulated space mission to Mars, slated to launch on Friday, Aug. 28. For the next 365 days, she and the others will be isolated inside a geodesic dome that's 36 feet in... Full story

  • Israel copes with Syrian civil war's game of Russian roulette

    Sean Savage, JNS.org|Oct 2, 2015

    The bloody and seemingly endless civil war in Syria has taken a new twist over the past month, with reports emerging that Russia has started to significantly beef up its military presence to help its longtime ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, continue his fight against rebel groups and terrorist organizations like Islamic State. At the same time, Israel has grown increasingly concerned with the continued destabilization of Syria and Russia's possible exacerbation of that situation. Prime... Full story

  • The young Jewish chef who made vegan food tasty-long before Beyonce made it cool

    Lucy Cohen Blatter, JTA|Oct 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (JTA)—There’s a buzzy new eatery on the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal streets in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The restaurant, by CHLOE, is garnering consistently good reviews and attracting slews of young, hip diners. Recently it even hosted the launch of a lingerie-line collaboration between two “it” girls. And, oh yes: by CHLOE is also entirely vegan and kosher. Chef Chloe Coscarelli made her national debut on the first season of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” in 2009, winning an episode of the TV competition with her three... Full story

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

    Oct 2, 2015

    Jewish boxer Dustin Fleischer wins by first-round knockout, moves to 4-0 (JTA)—Jewish boxer Dustin Fleischer, who said his quest is to become the first world champion descended from a Holocaust survivor, stayed unbeaten with a first-round knockout. Fleischer, nicknamed “The White Tiger,” moved to 4-0 with the defeat of Ira Frank on Saturday night in Beach Haven, New Jersey, near his home, he reported after the fight on his Facebook page. The 26-year-old welterweight has won all his bouts by knockout. His father, Phillip, himself a former boxer... Full story

  • Sampling the globe with the funnyman creator of 'Everybody Loves Raymond'

    Oct 2, 2015

    By Curt Schleier (JTA)-Next year in Jerusalem. At least that's Phil Rosenthal's plan. Rosenthal is best known as the creator and behind-the-scenes genius of "Everybody Loves Raymond," the successful sitcom starring (and based on the comedy of) Ray Romano. But now Rosenthal is in front of the camera and the star of a new show: "I'll Have What Phil's Having." It's a six-part, unscripted series on PBS that features him sampling local fare in exotic ports around the globe-including Hong Kong,... Full story

  • Violence has spiked in Jerusalem-here's why

    Ben Sales, JTA|Oct 2, 2015

    TEL AVIV (JTA)-For Israelis, the Ten Days of Repentance from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur have turned into days of violence. Unrest has swelled in Jerusalem following an Israeli ban on a protest group at the Temple Mount, the holy site known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif. The clashes have left one Israeli dead and dozens of Israelis and Palestinians injured. The clashes have been matched by a war of words, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declaring "war" on Palestinian stone... Full story

  • In Austria, a Jewish sheep breeder shepherds migrants

    Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA|Oct 2, 2015

    (JTA)-Even at his remote sheep pasture in the Austrian countryside, Hans Breuer was too disturbed by the plight of the Syrian refugees streaming into his country to go about his daily routine. Especially troubling to Breuer, a 61-year-old Jewish shepherd and singer of Yiddish songs, were the overcrowded conditions at Traiskirchen-a government-run refugee camp near Vienna that was featured on the local news last month because its 4,500 residents were double the intended capacity. "I was sick of... Full story