Articles from the November 8, 2013 edition

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A perfect day for a walk in the park

The Jewish Pavilion's annual "Walk in the Park," held Oct. 27 at Crane's Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, was a resounding success, and the support of the community couldn't have been better. There... Full story


Obama to Congress: Talk tough on sanctions, but don't do anything

By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-The Obama administration may be on a collision course with pro-Israel advocates over an intensified sanctions bill that the White House fears may scuttle negotiations... Full story


Beth Am commemorates Veterans Day

Congregation Beth Am in Longwood invites all Jewish Veterans, our military men and women on active duty and their families to attend the Shabbat Morning service at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 9 in recognition of Veterans Day. Included in the invitation are... Full story

 By Chris DeSouza    News    November 8, 2013

Jewish Film Festival movie review

The 15th annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival, co-produced by Enzian and the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando as part of the Cultural Festival Circuit and is supported by United... Full story


Pro-Israel groups told to back off

( The U.S. government is asking pro-Israel activists to reduce their public support for more sanctions on Iran just prior to another round of discussions on the issue between Iranian and world leaders. White House officials met with Jewish... Full story


Shrugging off critics and an assassination attempt, Vadim Rabinovich claims mantle of Jewish leader

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA)-The explosion that ripped through Vadim Rabinovich's luxury SUV in central Kiev was strong enough to send a shock wave from the parking lot up to his third-floor office in the... Full story


Jewish Federations applaud Senate support for elderly

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) applauded the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) for its approval of the Older Americans Act (OAA), which includes the Holocaust survivor legislation.... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    November 8, 2013

Madoff, fire and theft: How Jewish nonprofits lost money

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Bernard Madoff. An unscrupulous contractor. Art that disappeared or was destroyed by fire—it’s not clear which. Bad, bad bookkeepers. And did we mention Bernard Madoff? These were among the causes of “material diversion... Full story


Choices 2014 to celebrate 20 years of greatness

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s Choices 2014—the Jewish community’s biggest event for women—will celebrate its 20th anniversary by paying tribute to past Harriet Ginsburg Women of... Full story


JFGO hires new office manager

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando welcomes Marisa West to its administrative team.  West joins the team with a wealth of experience as office manager.  She will be responsible for providing... Full story


Special classes for Beit Hamidrash

Throughout all the stress of the upcoming two months, Beit Hamidrash has some stress relief for students with free one-time classes and get-togethers to “create your Jewish life.” Nov. 11, 7 p.m., students can take an hour to honor the memory of... Full story


JFS Orlando thanks its partners

Jewish Family Services Orlando, the Winter Park-based nonprofit, human service agency, is extending its heartfelt thanks to community partners who raised $5337 in cash and donated 4000 lbs. of nonperishable food for the annual High Holiday 2013 food... Full story


10,000 Hours

When I was much, much younger I desperately wanted to be a musician.  It was something my parents never encouraged, and I didn’t have any close friends who missed hanging out in the afternoon becau... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    November 8, 2013

Saudi woes play well for Israel

Ah, Saudi Arabia! The country that spawned 15 of the 19 terrorists that executed the atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001. The country we in America are told is an ally, even though, when it comes to values, we have virtually nothing in common with the... Full story


An immoderate proposal

In Woody Allen’s Sleeper, the hero wakes up from cryogenic sleep to find out a war has wiped out the world as he knew it. “Over 100 years ago,” a doctor tells him, “a man named Albert Shanker got a hold of a nuclear warhead.” Allen knew... Full story

 By Avi Weiss    Opinions    November 8, 2013

How to stop killing in the name of God

NEW YORK (JTA)—Belief in God is at the core of my very being. But that belief is sometimes challenged by the scores of innocents killed over the millennia in God’s name, from biblical times to the present day. Last month, dozens were killed at a... Full story


Negotiations will fail because Palestinians don't want peace

Israel and Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA) are engaging in negotiations refused for years by the PA. Yet, only weeks ago, the PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash delivered a paean to Shekih Ahmad... Full story

 By Gidi Mark    Opinions    November 8, 2013

One week's activities illustrate continuity of Jewish people

A decade ago, Jewish parents worried that their children wouldn’t marry Jewish or bar and bat mitzvah their own children. Today, however, we see a younger generation that is marrying within the faith and looking to raise their children Jewish, whil... Full story


What's Happening -Friday, November 8- Friday, November 15

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. Congregatio... Full story


Get fit at JCC South's J Fit

J Fit, a one-stop health and wellness fair, will be held at the JCC's Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m-2 p.m. J Fit will provide a day of education,... Full story


Holocaust Center's new board members

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida is proud to announce its new board members: Michele Brennan, director of Communications and Neighborhood Relations, City of Orlando;... Full story



Norman S. Jacobs of Winter Garden, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Florida Hospital, Orlando. He was 82 years old. Mr. Jacobs was born in Newark, N.J., on Jan. 23, 1931, to the late David Craig and Esther Greenstein Jacobs. He attended... Full story



Shirley R. Lichten of Longwood, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at the Village on the Green Health Center. She was 101 years old. Born in New York City on March 14, 1912, to the late Joseph and Jessie Goldstein Epstein, Mrs. Lichten was an... Full story



Marla Wallach McFall of Maitland, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at University of California – Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. She was 44 years old. An Orlando native, she was born on May 4, 1969, to the late Sidney and Gloria Halpern... Full story


Tayarim Night Out Ice Skating

Middle school students met at the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando on Saturday night, Oct. 19, for dinner and a night out at the RDV Ice Den.... Full story


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