Articles from the October 11, 2013 edition

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 By Uriel Heilman    News    October 11, 2013

Pew survey of U.S. Jews: soaring intermarriage, assimilation rates

NEW YORK (JTA)—There are a lot more Jews in America than you may have thought—an estimated 6.8 million, according to a new study. But a growing proportion of them are unlikely to raise their... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 11, 2013

Netanyahu talks tough on Iran, leaves door open to 'meaningful' diplomatic solution

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The “credible military threat” against Iran that Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to hear while he was in the United States this week eventually emerged—from his own lips. The... Full story

 By Chris DeSouza    News    October 11, 2013

Meet the new Hillel director, Aaron Weil

A little more than 10 years ago, Aaron Weil had his eye on one of two positions: executive director and CEO of either the Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University of Pittsburgh or University... Full story


Two institutions unite, share vision

NEW YORK—Zionism claimed a victory this week when Jewish National Fund (JNF) announced a new and expanded partnership with the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI). Pursuant to an agreement unanimously approved by both JNF’s board of... Full story


For Nairobi Jews, mall attack undermines already fragile sense of security

(JTA)—When Rina Attias phoned to say that she was trapped with terrorists inside Nairobi’s Westgate mall, her husband Albert replied with a short instruction: Hang up right now. Albert Attias, the... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    October 11, 2013

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, founder of Shas and Sephardic sage, dies at 93

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the Israeli sage who founded the Sephardic Orthodox Shas political party and exercised major influence on Jewish law, has died. Yosef died Monday at Hadassah Ein K... Full story


Rollins College's new Alfond Inn benefits scholarship program

WINTER PARK—The financial challenges facing higher education institutions throughout the country are being addressed in a new and innovative way by one liberal arts college. Rollins College in... Full story


Special showing of 'BESA: The Promise'

The Holocaust Center in Maitland has announced a partnership with the Global Peace Film Festival, Rizwan Zaman on behalf of the Holocaust Center, The Islamic Society of Central Florida and the Enzian Theater to present a special screening of the... Full story


Temple Israel Sisterhood annual shopping adventure

Temple Israel Sisterhood will be going on its third shopping trip to the Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 3. The group will travel south on an air-conditioned bus from the... Full story


ADL at 100

‘Words of hate can easily turn into acts of hate,’ says Foxman in new book on perils of Internet. Last Thursday, a 5-year-old British girl, April Jones, who had been raped and murdered, was buried in London after her funeral was televised... Full story


America, Obama and Islam

It’s been almost 40 years since I moved from the U.S. to Israel. I still write about the country where I was born, had my formal education, and spent about one-third of my professional career. Internet friends, some of them not so friendly, attack... Full story


Jihad without borders

Terror has been rearing its ugly head throughout the world lately. In Kenya, a Somalia-based, al-Qaida-linked rebel group, al-Shabab, burst into Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall and murdered dozens of victims in cold blood. In Nigeria, at least... Full story


Pew points the way toward more avenues to Jewish life

NEW YORK (JTA)—Since the release of the Pew report about American Jews, the question I’ve been asked most often is what surprises me about it. What surprises me most is that anybody is surprised. The Pew report points to a series of phenomena... Full story


How to inspire a Jewish future in America

NEW YORK (JTA)—Last week, the Pew Research Center released the first national demographic study of Jewish Americans in more than a decade. Like all such studies, there are disagreements at the edges about the accuracy of some of the results, but... Full story


What makes a Jew? It's what you do

This article originally appeared at, Oct. 1, 2013, reprinted with permission. There’s a classic story in my family about the time many years ago when we sat around the table at Aunt Sarah’s house loudly debating what it meant to be a... Full story


Abe Wise instrumental in startup of 'The Heritage'

Dear Editor: I have just heard of the passing of Abe Wise.  My heartfelt condolences go out to Tess and their kids.  Abe was a kind, gentle, mensh who will always be remembered as being the father of the Orlando JCC.  But he was also the reason Or... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, October 11 - Friday, October 18

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... Full story


Shabbat services at Chambrel

Every Friday afternoon Jewish Pavilion volunteers lead Shabbat services followed by a bit of discussion, refreshments and kibbitzing. Shown here is volunteer and lay leader Steve Newman shmoozing... Full story


From Kristallnacht to Watergate

Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2013. 359 Pages. $29.95 This is the fascinating autobiography of a newspaper editor who played an important role in the Washington Post coverage of the... Full story



Solomon W. Lober passed away on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. He was 90 years old. Mr. Lober was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., on Oct. 19, 1922, to the late Max and Esther Braver Lober. He served in the U.S.... Full story



Alan Jeffrey Saffran, M.D., of Winter Park, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Orlando Regional Medical Center—Orlando. He was 53 years old. Dr. Saffran was born in New York City, on July 30, 1960, to Dolores Shapiro Saffran of Boca Raton... Full story


Ambassador Andrew Young reminisces with Historical Society members

“Whenever I speak with Sy, he is always quick to remind me ‘Don’t forget, I was arrested before you were!’” explained Ambassador Andrew Young in remembering his friend and colleague, Rabbi... Full story


Help a Florida Jewish teen win $36K for volunteer service

SAN FRANCISCO—Know a socially-conscious Jewish teen who is creating change locally or globally? The Helen Diller Family Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, an awards program that recognizes up to 10... Full story


Footprints on the path

Anyone can be a “path setter” on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Jewish Pavilion’s Fall Festival and walk at Cranes Roost in Altamonte Springs. For a donation of $50 to the Jewish Pavilion, donors can... Full story


COS first-graders' graduation

Congregation Ohev Shalom Held it’s Kitah Alef/first grade Consecration in conjunction with Erev Simchat Torah on Thursday, September 26. The students sang two songs, received their own Torah and... Full story


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