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Articles from the November 17, 2017 edition

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  • Illusory Beauty: Using photography to help keep the Dead Sea afloat

    Jake Suster|Nov 17, 2017

    The great wonder known as the Dead Sea is shrinking at an alarming rate. This calamity has brought Dead Sea explorer and researcher Noam Bedein to lecture halls across the U.S. with the hope of bringing awareness on what changes we may be witnessing in the coming years. On Oct. 23, Bedein spoke to the students at the University of Central Florida. The event was sponsored by the student organization Knights for Israel and CAMERA on Campus. Bedein's stunning photography and virtual reality... Full story

  • JP Connections to honor volunteers Shirley Schoenberger and Dolores Indek

    Nov 17, 2017

    What do you get when you combine a healthy dose of appreciation, a gourmet luncheon with friends, and a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping bazaar? The answer is the Jewish Pavilion's "JP Connections," honoring this year's dedicated volunteers, Shirley Schoenberger and Dolores Indek. "Our annual luncheon is a yearly opportunity for us to show our appreciation and to connect with our wonderful volunteers and members who support the Jewish Pavilion in so many ways," noted Pamela Ruben, marketing and... Full story

  • HMREC Dinner of Tribute honorees

    Nov 17, 2017

    MAITLAND-In recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center and the Central Florida community, the Holocaust Center is pleased to honor Jeffrey Miller and Ted Maines at their annual Dinner of Tribute on May 10, 2018. Jeffrey Miller and Ted Maines share the Holocaust Center's commitment to creating a more just and inclusive society. They were instrumental in launching the Holocaust Center's UpStanders: Stand Up to Bullying initiative. This... Full story

  • Chabad CTeen members befriend Pavilion seniors

    Pamela Ruben|Nov 17, 2017

    Do you remember when the original trolleys ran in New York state? On Thursday, Oct. 23, 90-year-old Carl from Brookdale Island Lake reflected back on when the trolley ran through the city of Buffalo, sharing his memories with his new teenager friend, Matthew. Residents, Cyndee and Al, joined the trip down memory lane, recalling a time when the milkman and the doctor came right to their door. Teens from three local Chabad centers (Chabad of North Orlando, Chabad of South Orlando, and Chabad of... Full story

  • JCC's annual golf classic ready to tee off

    Nov 17, 2017

    The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando will hold its Annual Golf Classic at the Grand Cypress Golf Club on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. Among this year's sponsors are Fast Signs Orlando Central, Chepenik Financial, Pearson Bitman LLC, Universal Engineering and Halo Building Services. This year's tournament will include a catered lunch as well as special games at the holes like closest to the pin and longest drive. Prizes will be awarded to lowest foursome gross score and lowest foursome net score. The... Full story

  • JFS Orlando Fall Food Drive

    Nov 17, 2017

    The season of giving back is upon us! Donate your nonperishable food items to restock our pantry shelves during the month of November. Monetary donations are also very appreciated, with every $1 donated turning into $6 worth of purchasing power. Last year, JFS Orlando was able to provide food for nearly 65,000 meals to our hungry neighbors and we need your help again! Examples of nonperishable items include cereal, pancake mix, peanut butter, canned protein beans, canned vegetables, spaghetti/pasta sauce, pasta, canned fruit, soup, boxed... Full story

  • Beth Sholom November schedule

    Nov 17, 2017

    Celebrate Shabbat and Thanksgiving at Our Saturday Morning Service led by Rabbi Karen Allen, at 10 am on Nov. 25th. Socialize with our members at the Kiddush following the service. The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th St. in Leesburg, with the entrance on Center Street. More information is available on the synagogue website: http://bethsholomflorida.org/or by calling the synagogue at 352-326-3692.... Full story

  • It's time to move your body

    Nov 17, 2017

    On Monday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., Congregation Ohev Shalom Sisterhood will host Bethanne Weiss, aka "The Asset Queen," who will demonstrate (with audience participation) simple, fun moves that will help reduce stress, pains, and improve posture for everyone. Weiss, a motivational speaker, author and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition professional, will have everyone up and moving as she makes "exercise" fun and practical. RSVP to Mardi Shader at scorpi194@aol.com or call 407-78... Full story

  • How Mark Zuckerberg embraced his Judaism

    Ben Sales|Nov 17, 2017

    (JTA)-Mark Zuckerberg wrote last December on Facebook that for him, "religion is very important." Looks like he meant it. The Facebook co-founder has been invoking Judaism a lot lately. In May, he quoted a Jewish prayer at Harvard's commencement. Two weeks ago he posted a picture of his daughter with a family kiddush cup. And on Saturday night, he posted a public apology at the end of Yom Kippur. It's quite a transformation for a public figure who once defined himself as an atheist. Although he... Full story

  • Here are five Jewish takeaways from Election Day

    Ron Kampeas|Nov 17, 2017

    WASHINGTON (JTA)-The big post-Election Day headline is the stunning Democratic sweep in Virginia's gubernatorial and House elections, coupled with the predicted Democratic win of the governor's mansion in New Jersey. Republicans are wondering what this says about the train that was Trumpism. In Virginia, Ed Gillespie was an establishment Republican who ran a campaign modeled after President Donald Trump's shocking win a year ago. Gillespie focused on social hot-button issues like preserving... Full story

  • Larry David's Holocaust joke was an offense against comedy

    Andrew Silow Carroll|Nov 17, 2017

    NEW YORK (JTA)—In a famous episode of “Seinfeld,” Jerry is upset that his dentist, a recent convert to Judaism, is already telling Jewish jokes. He complains to the dentist’s former priest. “I wanted to talk to you about Dr. Whatley,” Jerry says. “I have a suspicion that he’s converted to Judaism just for the jokes.” “And this offends you as a Jewish person,” the priest says “No,” Jerry says. “It offends me as a comedian.” Larry David, the co-creator of “Seinfeld,” did a Holocaust bit on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, and a lot m... Full story

  • The risks And opportunities of Trump's Iran initiative

    Caroline Glick, www.carolineglick.com|Nov 17, 2017

    US President Donald Trump initiated an important change in US policy toward Iran. No, in his speech de-certifying Iran’s compliance with the nuclear accord it struck with his predecessor Barack Obama, Trump didn’t announce a new strategy for preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, or stemming its hegemonic rise in the Middle East, or limiting its ability to sponsor terrorism. Trump’s move was not operational. It was directional. In his address Friday, Trump changed the policy dynamics that dictate US policy on Iran. For the first time... Full story

  • Kehillah is a must for everyone to see! 

    Christine DeSouza|Nov 17, 2017

    What an eventful day Sunday, Nov. 12, was! It was the opening of the Kehillah: A History of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando exhibit, and it is an amazing history. As a volunteer for the project, I attended the opening “thank you” luncheon for volunteers and sponsors. During the program, Marcia Jo Zerivitz, LHD, exhibition curator, said in the word “history” is the word “story,” and this is the living story of this Jewish community. Walking through the exhibit is enlightening, but to walk through with descendants of the first Jews to arrive in C... Full story

  • What turmoil in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon means for Israel

    Ron Kampeas|Nov 17, 2017

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—What is MBS? Why did Lebanon’s prime minister resign, and why in Saudi Arabia? What’s Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is Jared Kushner in all this? And what does it all mean for Israel? It’s been a busy week in the Middle East and, for a change, the two ground-shifting stories—they may be the same story, but we’ll get to that—don’t directly involve Israel. Mohammed bin Salman (the MBS contraction is so cool, it’s already uncool), the recently minted Saudi crown prince, has place... Full story

  • It's the economy, stupid

    Ira Sharkansky|Nov 17, 2017

    One of Israeli’s prime time evening news programs ran a series on what it called the Palestinian middle class. It featured glitzy hotels, shopping malls, and restaurants in Ramallah and other West Bank cities, interviews with managers and patrons, details of West Bankers, Israeli Arabs, and overseas tourists sharing in what seems like the good life, and interviews with individuals seeing their future in Palestinian high tech Some of the extravagance portrayed was over the edge, too much for a modest Israeli to enjoy. The design of hotels and re... Full story

  • What's Happening

    Nov 17, 2017

    MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 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. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona—Monday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904-672-9300. Congregation Ohev Shalom—Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of Orlando—Monday—Friday, 7:45 a.m.—8:30 a.m. Temple I... Full story

  • The history of the $1 bill and who was Haym Solomon?

    Nov 17, 2017

    Do you know the history of the $1 bill? And do you know who Haym Solomon was? You may be in for quite a surprise! Looking at the backside of the One Dollar bill, you will see two circles. Together, they comprise the Great Seal of the United States. The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved. If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a... Full story

  • Israel's judo warriors take the 'gentle way' in pursuit of athletic glory

    Andrew Tobin|Nov 17, 2017

    TEL AVIV (JTA)-Israel's national judo team put on a tutorial in sportsmanship last week in Abu Dhabi. Despite being snubbed by opponents and officials alike, the athletes won five medals and treated the tournament and their opponents with respect. Moshe Ponte, the president of the Israel Judo Association, said the team was guided by the Japanese meaning of the word "judo" itself: the "gentle way," or using the strength of one's opponents against them. But if you don't think that sounds like the... Full story


    Nov 17, 2017

    Morgan Ackerbaum Cox, the daughter of Joyce and Matthew Cox of Winter Park, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Morgan is in the seventh grade at Trinity Preparatory School where she currently is a member of the cross-country team, having recently retired from competitive gymnastics after six year. Her hobbies and interests include cooking, art and any athletic activities. She is also a member of Kadima. Sharing in the family’s simcha will be Morgan’s sister, Syd... Full story

  • Scene Around

    Gloria Yousha|Nov 17, 2017

    How sweet it is (or isn't)... Wow! What can't Israel do? They are leading the world in cures for many diseases, coming up with fabulous inventions that make our lives easier... and now... a new App that assesses fruit freshness! I read the following in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along: "As published in the Times of Israel, an Israeli startup-Aclar Tech-has developed a mobile app that monitors, in real time, the ripeness, freshness and quality of fruits. The AclaroMeter... Full story

  • Chocolate Quinoa Cake Recipe

    Paula Shoyer|Nov 17, 2017

    (The Nosher via JTA)-I had heard the myth of chocolate cakes made with cooked quinoa and didn't quite believe they would actually be tasty. This cake is surprisingly moist and delicious. Note: This recipe is gluten- and dairy-free, and Passover friendly. You can make this cake up to three days in advance, and it also freezes well. This recipe is excerpted with permission from Paula Shoyer's cookbook "The Healthy Jewish Kitchen." Ingredients: For the cake: 3/4 cup quinoa 1 1/2 cups water Cooking... Full story

  • A girl's pendant found at Sobibor reunites a Jewish family spread across the globe

    Toby Axelrod|Nov 17, 2017

    BERLIN (JTA)-In late 1943, the Germans were desperate to cover all traces of their death camp in Sobibor, Poland. They demolished buildings, bulldozed the evidence, planted trees. More than 70 years later, archaeologists led by Yoram Haimi of the Israel Antiquities Authority set about excavating the site, uncovering gas chambers, mass graves-and, late last year, a girl's silver pendant. It is engraved with a date, the place name "Frankfurt" and the Hebrew words "mazal tov." A cry from the... Full story

  • Shalom, chaverah. Lehitrah, Amy!

    Nov 17, 2017

    Amy Schwartz Kimlat’s last day as marketing director of The Roth Family JCC was Friday, Nov. 10, and although she will no longer be in this position at the J, she will still be around as a volunteer. So the Heritage says “Shalom, chaverah, Lehitrah!,” which in English means “Goodbye, good friend. We will see you again!... Full story

  • A Jewish-themed beard balm for hipsters and Hasids

    Josefin Dolsten|Nov 17, 2017

    (JTA)-On a recent Friday, Eitan Press stood in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Market offering to apply balm to the beards of passers-by. Press was hoping they would get hooked on his product, an ointment that comes in a variety of Jewish-themed scents, including the popular Sukkot (myrtle, lemon, lemongrass and mint) and Havdalah (clove and cinnamon). The founder of the Aleph Male beard balm company, Press estimates that he has "anointed hundreds of beards" since its founding in July. "I've seen how... Full story

  • Obituary - DORIS MAZER

    Nov 17, 2017

    Doris Mazer, age 90, of Orlando, passed away on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Cornerstone Hospice at ORMC. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she was born on June 18, 1927, one of three daughters of the late Israel and Rebecca Brandwyne Baer. She was a high school graduate and worked in retail tourism, and was a resident of the Orlando area since 1975, relocating from Staten Island. Doris is survived by her granddaughter and great-granddaughter, Dominique and Avery Smith of Ocoee; and a sister, Edith Brodsky of Miami. In addition to her parents, she wa... Full story

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