Articles from the November 7, 2014 edition

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Chabad of North Orlando's new Torah scroll is coming to completion

To understand the excitement of dedicating a new Torah, think along the lines of Halley's Comet and Flights to the Moon. These momentous, awe-inspiring, once-in-a-lifetime events stir a good deal of... Full story


Lions, Pacesetters kick off 2015 Annual Campaign with a record fundraiser

The Jewish Federation kicked of its 2015 Shaping the Future Annual Campaign with a combined Hy Lake Pacesetters dinner and Women's Division Lion of Judah event on Sunday, Oct. 26. The event honored... Full story


Musical remembrance of Kristallnacht

Each year the Holocaust Center in Maitland presents a program in remembrance of Kristallnacht, the assault on Jewish communities on Nov. 9 – 10, 1938 that many scholars identify as the beginning of H... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    News    November 7, 2014

Annual G.A.-how close are its goals?

NEW YORK (JTA)-Jerry Silverman recently started his second five-year term as the CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America-the first time that any chief of the federation umbrella organization... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    November 7, 2014

Do Israelis think Netanyahu is 'chickenshit'? Maybe, but they like him that way

JERUSALEM (JTA)-An anonymous White House staffer apparently isn't the only one who thinks Benjamin Netanyahu is shy about taking chances. A piece this week in The Atlantic magazine by journalist... Full story


Celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall-a wall built right through the heart of Germany and its capital city, Berlin. This wall tore families apart, caused job loss to... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    November 7, 2014

Challah Bake unites women around the world

The Mega Challah Bake has re-introduced the joy of challah-making to woman around the globe in recent months. On Thursday, Oct. 23, Orlando's five Chabad Centers brought the Mega Challah Bake to... Full story


Local author self-publishes personal grief journals

Filled with expressive, hand-lettered sentiments and charming original illustrations, "When You Lose Someone You Love" features excerpts of observations and feelings originally contained in Longwood... Full story


JFGO honored Israeli police officers with Shabbat dinner

On Friday Oct. 24, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando hosted a festive Shabbat dinner in honor of the Israeli Police Inspector General Lt. General Yochanan Danino, the Israeli Police Attach... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    November 7, 2014

The 'chickenshitgate' fallout for America, Israel, and the Middle East

Naftali Bennett, Israel’s economy minister, got it 100 percent right in a Facebook posting just a few hours after the latest blow to American-Israeli relations—aka “chickenshitgate”— surfaced in the media. Responding to the anonymous “senior O... Full story


Same old, same old

Every once in a while someone new starts reading my notes, and responds with an expression of frustration. Usually it’s something like, “Dammit, what’s your solution?” Read my lips. There ain’t any. In politics one should never say never, but in th... Full story


Loan wolves attacking America

Each lone wolf terror attack unto itself may appear minimal but Islamic fanatics are calling for an escalation in lone wolf activity in America. Their call is achieving the desired effect. After reading this article take a minute to imagine how much... Full story


Our murdered baby

Infanticide shakes Israel to the core. The world lets it pass unnoticed. A 10-month-old baby girl, on the playground, her head placed in the sniper’s scope, shot dead in her father’s arms. This cowardly, beastly act tore a hole in every Jewish hea... Full story


CUNY is no place for BDS movement's hate

On Friday afternoon, the Doctoral Students Council of the City University of New York (CUNY) once again considered a hateful resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions After the same measure was defeated by 41 votes last... Full story


Obama refuses to condemn Palestinian terrorist

By Another young American man has given his life while fighting in the ranks of Islamist terrorists abroad. But this time, instead of being met with universal condemnations and scorn, the young terrorist is being greeted with sympathetic news... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, October 31 - Friday, November 7

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



Barry Seymour Cohen, 53, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Oct. 20, 2014. He was 53 years old. A funeral service was held at the Congregation of Reform Judaism Cemetery with Rabbi Aaron Rubinger officiating. Barry... Full story


Obituary - ARNOLD D. KLEIN

Arnold D. “Arnie” Klein of Lake Mary, passed away on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at South Seminole Hospital in Longwood. He was 62 years old. A native of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Arnie was born on Aug. 1, 1952, to the late Robert Klein and Helen Pap... Full story


Margo Howard dishes on her four marriages, three of them Jewish

By Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA)-When your mother is the world's most famous advice columnist, you wouldn't think you'd have to learn any lesson the hard way. But Margo Howard-daughter of the late Ann L... Full story


Bar Mitzvah - Cameron Waggoner

Cameron Waggoner, son of Pamela Waggoner, and grandson of Joyce and Mel Berger, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Heathrow Country Club. Cameron is in...


Scene Around

An unexpected meeting... I recently spoke and performed at a JCC 39er's meeting in Maitland with my talented accompanists, bassist, MOE LOWE and pianist, MICHAEL KRAMER. (I've had the pleasure of... Full story


3-D printers, flight simulators and lasers, oh my!

At the Jewish Academy of Orlando, science was all the rage at the Community Open House featuring Family Science Night Tuesday night, Oct. 28. Each class in the school offered hands-on science experime... Full story

 By Maayan Jaffe    News    November 7, 2014

Israel's new pioneers work to transform the Negev desert through farming

In southern Israel, the next generation of Jewish pioneers is making the desert bloom. A group of young, Zionist, idealistic adults are cultivating a previously uninhabited area in the northwest... Full story


Ammunition Hill once again a Jerusalem battleground

JERUSALEM-As the afternoon sun showers Jerusalem with gold, Ammunition Hill looks like any of the city's other 22 light rail stops. Since 2011, untold numbers of Israelis-Jews, Muslims, and... Full story


What the U.S. Secret Service can learn from Israel's Shin Bet

What’s the cure for the recent ills of the United States Secret Service? American officials might consider taking some advice from their Israeli counterparts at the Shin Bet security agency. White House security breaches have sent the Secret S... Full story


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