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Articles from the November 22, 2013 edition

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'JP Connections' honors volunteers

Members of the Jewish Pavilion are invited to attend "JP Connections: Honoring our Volunteers," a luncheon for volunteers and women who support the nonprofit, on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at the... Full story


2014 '8 over 80' honorees announced

The Kinneret Council on Aging has announced the honorees for their 2014 “8 over 80” event to be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. “We were thrilled with the support we have had from the community and were truly inspired by the number of... Full story


Special program at Cong. Beth Sholom tonight

Join Rabbi Karen Allen on Friday, Nov. 22, at Congregation Beth Sholom for the Rabbi’s Torah Roundtable, a lively discussion of contemporary issues in the context of Jewish tradition. The program will begin at 4 p.m. with conversation and light... Full story


Beit Hamidrash hosts Angela King, founder of Life after Hate

On Dec. 9, all eighth- to 12-grade Jewish teens and their parents in the Orlando area are invited to come hear Angela King, a former racist skinhead and now founder of Life after Hate, at the Jewish Academy of Orlando at 7 p.m. as part of the Beit... Full story


Celebrate Chanukah menorah lighting in various places

Chanukah on the park has become the Chanukah tradition for the entire Orlando community. This year, Chabad will be hosting “Chanukah on the Park” with the Grand Menorah Lighting on Saturday night, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. The Menorah lighting will... Full story


JCC 13th annual Seido karate tournament

The Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, in cooperation with 6th-degree Black Belt Sei Shihan Gil Alstein and his Seido Karate Organization, will host its annual Karate Tournament on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1:30 p.m. The tournament will be... Full story


CRACK!... BAM!... JOKERS!...it's Maj madness at the J!

These will be the sounds you'll be hearing at the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's 10th annual "Maj Madness" mah jongg tournament to be held Sunday, Dec. 8. The festivities will... Full story


JFGO: Shaping the future, medically speaking

In December, Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Maimonides Medical, Cardozo Legal, Financial, and Real Estate societies will be hosting a dinner in support of the 2014 Shaping the Future: Annual C... Full story


On Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Obama Administration is spineless

Here, in a nutshell, are the principles driving the Obama Administration’s Middle East policy. Screw the Syrians. Don’t upset the Iranians. And stop those damn Israelis from wrecking Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations. We are coming to... Full story


Hawking and Mohammed

There was so much Jewish outrage in the wake of professor Steven Hawking’s decision to join the academic boycott against Israel, it’s hard to know where to start. The most dramatic expression of that outrage could be found in the many commentarie... Full story


With friends like these...

Israelis and Americans are going through a couple of bad patches with Barack Obama.  The two issues are as different as they could be, but are united in reinforcing distrust of duplicity at the top. Americans’ problems are currently focusing on... Full story


Jewish Daily Forward 'Top 50' includes promoter of anti-Semitism Glenn Greenwald

The Jewish Daily Forward 2013 ’Top 50‘ represents their annual survey of the 50 men and women who’ve made “a significant impact on the Jewish story” over the past year, and is informed by ”rules require that every one is an... Full story


In its time of need, repaying a debt to the Philippines

NEW YORK (JTA)—As the extent of the catastrophic damage and tragic death toll continues to grow in the Philippines, a particularly heroic piece of history should be recalled by the global Jewish community, which owes a debt to the island nation.... Full story


Would 1943 Holocaust advocacy work today toward Iran sanctions?

A tried-and-true method for lobbyists whose cause is opposed by the U.S. president is to bypass the White House by going to Congress. It worked for Jewish activists in 1943. But will it work in the current battle over sanctions on Iran? Seventy... Full story


What's Happening -Friday, November 22 - Friday, November 29

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.... Full story


Grand Menorah lighting and first Chanukah festival

Join Rosen Plaza and Chabad of South Orlando for their first Grand Menorah lighting and Chanukah family celebration on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando. Enjoy a community event... Full story


Hadassah of Williamsburg meeting

Hadassah of Williamsburg is having a general membership meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. The children of the Orlando Torah Academy will perform Chanukah songs. Members, associates and quests are cordially invited to attend this holiday... Full story


Still much work to be done for civil rights

“Blacks have known slavery and so have Jews,” Julian Bond reminded some 150 delegates at the annual meeting of the Southern Jewish Historical Society.  “But we cannot build a common future on our common graves,” the co-founder of SNCC, the S... Full story



William Leon Metz of Maitland passed away on Nov.11, 2013, at his residence. He was 87 years old. Mr. Metz was born in New York City on May 1, 1926, to the late Morris L. and Esther Kessler Metz. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in... Full story



Dr. Marvin M. Nathan of Winter Park, passed away on Saturday, Nov.9, 2013, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. He was 98 years old. Dr. Nathan was born in Onancock, Va., on May 23, 1915, to the late Jacob and Elizabeth Greenberg... Full story


JNF's Tree of Life dinner honored 10 Orlandoans

More than 400 Jewish National Fund (JNF) supporters attended the 2013 JNF Tree of Life™ Award dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on Nov. 6 to honor Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer with the Tree of Life... Full story

 By Alan Kornman    News    November 22, 2013

Jewish education expert discusses Israel's past and present

Just as it is important to always remember the Holocaust by retelling those events through living survivors, books, films and various programs, it is equally important to teach the history of... Full story


My history with the family of Lee Harvey Oswald's Jewish killer

NEW YORK (JTA)-We were sharing a pastrami sandwich and pickles at the Los Angeles landmark Canter's Deli. I was 24. She was nearly 50 years older, with a piercing voice as loud as her flaming red... Full story


Power of 'The Book Thief' translates to the screen

Markus Zusak's acclaimed novel, "The Book Thief," could neither compare with nor replace the first-person reality of "The Diary of Anne Frank." The success of the 2006 book does demonstrate, though, t... Full story


Message from the UCF Knights For Israel

Knights for Israel is a new pro-Israel group at the University of Central Florida. It has been established to be a beacon for pro-Israel advocacy on campus. Along with advocacy, its mission is to provide students with education on various issues in... Full story


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