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Articles from the October 18, 2013 edition

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 By Uriel Heilman    News    October 18, 2013

At centennial, United Synagogue aims to retool Conservative Judaism

NEW YORK (JTA)—It’s being billed as the “Conversation of the Century.” When the main synagogue organization of Conservative Jewry gathers this weekend in Baltimore to celebrate its... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    News    October 18, 2013

Mashup: leaders respond to Pew survey

NEW YORK (JTA)—What would happen if some of the biggest players in American Jewish life sat down and debated the implications of the new Pew Research Center’s survey of U.S. Jewry? After last week’s landmark study, I talked to nine Jewish... Full story


JNF honors family of philanthropists

Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host its annual Tree of Life™ Award Dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The event will honor two generations of the Weiner family, Dick and wife... Full story


JCPA study: Conservative & Reform rabbis fear expressing true views

NEW YORK—The Jewish Council for Public Affairs released a new study, “Reluctant or Repressed? Aversion to Expressing Views on Israel Among American Rabbis.” The report, written by Steven M. Cohen, research professor of Jewish Social Policy at... Full story


JFS honors supporters

Jewish Family Services Orlando, a Winter Park based nonprofit human service agency that provides social programs to those in need from all faiths, will celebrate its 35th anniversary at its 12th Annual Evening of Valor on Nov. 3, from 5 p.m. – 9... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    News    October 18, 2013

Amid negative engagement trends in Pew study, Jewish funders see validation

NEW YORK (JTA)—If you’re pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Jewish identity building, what do you do when a survey comes along showing that the number of U.S. Jews engaging with Jewish... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 18, 2013

Jewish Republicans caught in party shutdown crossfire

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The first lawmaker to speak at a closed-door Capitol Hill confab convened by the Republican Jewish Coalition’s women’s affiliate was, naturally enough, a woman. So was the second. Against the background of the current federal... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    October 18, 2013

Jewish Pavilion honors Lynn Steinmetz

Longtime friends and Orlando philanthropists, Chuck Steinmetz and Harvey Kobrin, have shared many experiences since their days as fraternity brothers at the University of Florida in the 1960s. Kobrin... Full story


Rabbi Shoshana Gelfand in Longwood for U.S. book launch

“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” This comment by American educator, teacher and author Mary Ellen Chase could not be truer in an age when books yield to electronic media... Full story


Chabad offers new course that looks at medical dilemmas

Modern medicine has brought us near miracles. It’s also brought us some of the most difficult decisions we’ll ever have to face. Are we obliged to prolong life even at the cost of terrible suffering? Should we legalize the sale of organs, such... Full story


Local Holocaust survivors discuss memories of Kristallnacht

On Sunday, Oct.27, a panel of four local Holocaust survivors—Sonja Marchesano, Sylvia Rapp, Eva Ritt and Harry Lowenstein—will share their memories of Kristallnacht at a special program at the Holocaust Center, 851 N. Maitland Avenue. They will... Full story


Community held hostage

A new mortgage encumbering the Maitland community campus was recently signed.  The campus, home to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, The Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Academy of... Full story


With so much controversy, why so many at the funeral?

Rabbi Ovadia died at noon on Oct. 7, at the age of 93, after more than two weeks in intensive care and hourly reports of his decline, improvement, and final decline. The eulogies were scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., with burial in the small cemetery... Full story


Obama wrong: PA doesn't want peaceful state

NEW YORK—There was a good deal that was wrong and fantastical in President Barack Obama’s address to the United Nations last week—such as the idea that al-Qaeda is “splintering” (actually, it is proliferating) or that Russia and Iran... Full story


Pew Report: Trend lines suggest continued erosion, but that's not the whole story

Not surprisingly, there has already been a large wave of reactions to the first major national survey of American Jews in more than a decade, with its sobering, if not bleak, portrait of a community on the fast track toward assimilation. The response... Full story


Can common sense save Judaism?

It’s funny how the American Jewish community has a way of getting all breathless and excited when a new study comes out, as is happening right now with the new Pew survey. As if we needed all this sophisticated evidence to remind us that Judaism... Full story


Margin of error

Above all, [the new Pew survey of American Jews] vindicates a thesis championed by the late sociologist Gary Tobin. He argued that calling up a random stranger and asking right off the bat about their religion is a sure way to get a false reading.... Full story


New program at Congregation Beth Sholom in Leesburg

Join Rabbi Karen Allen on Friday, Oct. 25 at Congregation Beth Sholom for the inaugural meeting of the Rabbi’s Torah Roundtable, a lively discussion of contemporary issues in the context of Jewish tradition. The program will begin at 4... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, October 18 - Friday, October 25

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 Gr... Full story


Stress management  according to Kabbalah, neuroscience and IDF special forces training

“You are on a special mission behind enemy lines. The enemy is chasing you. Your mission is complete, but the journey home is even more perilous. As you quietly make your way across a rocky embankment in the dark, you hear the tell-tale sounds of... Full story



Raymond Khoshnou of Heathrow, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. He was 64 years old. He was born in Tehran, Iran, on Aug. 23, 1949 to the late Habib and Soltan Rahban Khoshnou. In 1967, Mr.... Full story



Ilene B. Korn of Ocean Ridge Fla, passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Florida Hospital – Orlando. She was 59 years old. A native of Manhasset, N.Y., she was born on Feb. 5, 1954, to the late Sheldon and Laurel Malmed Korn. She was an artist... Full story



Alvin L. Michael of Maitland, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at his residence. He was 85 years old. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he was born on Feb. 26, 1928, to the late Benjamin and Beatrice Rapkin Michael. He served in the U.S. Air Force... Full story



Sheldon M. Sherr of Longwood, passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at VITAS Hospice in Winter Park. He was 72 years old. Mr. Sherr was born on Sept. 22, 1941, in Detroit, Mich., to the late Jules and Zelda Steinberg Sherr. He served in U.S. Air... Full story


Calling on performance groups: Holocaust Center to promote 75 peformances of 'Witness'

In 2012 the Holocaust Center created a drama, titled “Witness,” that tells the story of Kristallnacht through the words of the victims, perpetrators and bystanders who were there on that fateful... Full story


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