Articles from the October 3, 2014 edition

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Rabbi Rick Sherwin's perspective on the AIPAC Rabbinic Symposium

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, Rabbi Rick Sherwin of Congregation Beth Am in Longwood joined 300 pulpit rabbis from around the country for the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee's 3rd National Rabbinic... Full story


A Jewish Outreach INitiative that looks beyond labels

In the Heritage Florida Jewish News' Rosh Hashanah issue, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando ran an ad with pictures of various jars labeled different types of Jews: Orthodox, Federation,... Full story


Getting amped up for deaf education

Dana Selznick has been listening to the needs of deaf and hearing impaired children since she was just a kid herself at Lake Mary High School (LMHS class of '05). Selznick befriended a deaf teen... Full story


PA daily praises Israeli employers

A positive article in the Palestinian Authority’s official daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, (Sept. 21, 2014), lauded Israel and Israeli employers of Palestinians for their positive employment ethics towards their Palestinian workers. At the same time, t... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    News    October 3, 2014

Focusing on ISIS in U.N. speech, Obama virtually ignores Iran

NEW YORK (JTA) – President Obama devoted the bulk of his U.N. speech to the fight against violent Islamic extremism and hardly mentioned Iran's nuclear program. In his address last year to the General... Full story

 By Raffi Wineburg    News    October 3, 2014

At 'Klinghoffer' opera protest, Met guests meet angry Jews

NEW YORK (JTA) - As with many exclusive events, the Metropolitan Opera House's Opening Night Gala on Monday had a few uninvited guests. But these weren't your typical party crashers. Thousands of... Full story


It's FitTATA time at the JCC

The Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is hosting its annual FitTATA event to support the Florida Hospital Breast Cancer Care Fund on Sunday, Oct. 19. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.... Full story


JCC's Party of 8 is back for young adults

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando will hold its second Party of 8: A Dinner Experience for Jewish Young Adults. Here's how it works: Interested participants... Full story


Learn about the growth of the Jewish population in Russia

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) for a program featuring genealogist lecturer, Joel Spector, who’s topic is “The Growth of the Jewish Population in Russia through the 1897 All-Russia Census.” The meeting takes place... Full story


We can be better

Space-time compression. Globalization. Expansion diffusion. These are terms my son just had to define and learn in his ninth grade human geography course. Though each has a different meaning, they all... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 3, 2014

The difference: Scottish nationalism vs. Zionism

I will confess that I felt more anxious than I’d anticipated about the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum. In case it’s not clear why, I’m a British citizen who has lived in the United States for the past decade. Over that period, as wit... Full story


Political stink?

Does something smell especially bad? Or is it just the normal smell of political infighting and mutual accusation? Front and center is Martin Indyk, his past and present roles as a leading figure in the Brookings Institution, Qatar’s multi-million d... Full story


Obama's self-defeating fight

The United States has a problem with Islamic State. Its problem is that it refuses to acknowledge why Islamic State is a problem. The problem with Islamic State is not that it is brutal. Plenty of regimes are brutal. Islamic State poses two... Full story


For the sake of heaven

I once heard a rabbi, a noted proponent of a Greater Israel, make a plea to his congregation for bipartisan empathy. This was just a few years after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, when both the Right’s dreams for an unchecked settlement m... Full story


Lower the age for Birthright

Every fall, Jewish teens arrive on college campuses unprepared, uninformed and unable to cope with the hostility and antagonism against Israel and Jews that they find there. While Birthright Israel does a commendable job of bolstering Jewish student... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, October 3 - Friday, October 10

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, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Con... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    October 3, 2014

Oy vey! Yiddish is alive and well in greater Orlando

Many believe Yiddish, a mixture of German and Hebrew spoken by Eastern and Central European Jews before WWII, is a dying language. However, Yiddish has been alive and well for the past two years in... Full story


Rosh Hashanah came early for Emeritus Ocoee Senior Living residents

A dozen guests enjoyed a Rosh Hashanah celebration party at Emeritus Ocoee Senior Living on Thursday, Sept. 18. The event is one of many provided by The Jewish Pavilion for the benefit of seniors in... Full story


'This is Where I Leave You' doesn't quite take the cake

I would recommend seeing the film “This is Where I Leave You” before spending time with your extended family. Despite their quirks, your own family will seem incredibly normal compared to the hig... Full story


Scene Around

Greece, Hungary... oy vay!... Oy vay! is right. The more information I get about happenings in these countries, the more upset I become. (Of course, ISIS has me worried as well... More wrinkles on my... Full story

 By Jana Banin    Features    October 3, 2014

SNL's Top 10 Jewish moments

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA) - This week marks the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live," which is entering its 40th season. Happy birthday guys! To mark the occasion, we've assembled a list of our 10... Full story

 By Lacey Nickell    News    October 3, 2014

Roth JCC helps Seminole County Special Olympic team swim to success

Beginning in June, the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando became home of Special Olympic Swimming for Seminole County. Athletes trained and practiced to compete in the State Games every S... Full story


Seeking Kin: For her mother's rescuer, a Baltimorean bids to Yad Vashem

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA) – Tanya Klein grew up knowing that her mother, Tova Silverstein (nee Lowenbraun), had survived the H... Full story


Kinneret residents share New Years wishes

Kinneret Board members Geanne Share, Valerie Chestnut, and Lauren Sharfstein shared New Year's wishes with Kinneret residents on Wednesday, Sept. 17 in Kinneret Apartment's Jessie Render Social Hall.... Full story

 By Tom Tugend    Features    October 3, 2014

Jewish 'Fifth Beatle' figures prominently in new book about band's first U.S. tour

LOS ANGELES (JTA) - It was 6 a.m. on Aug. 19, 1964 when the phone rang in the Los Angeles apartment of Ivor Davis, the young West Coast correspondent for London's Daily Express, circulation 4... Full story


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