Articles from the November 28, 2014 edition

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Treats for the IDF soldiers

Eighth-grade students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando collected Halloween candy for the brave men and women serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. The candy will be distributed by UCF students this December as part of their Birthright trip through... Full story


Jewish Pavilion honors its volunteers at JP Connections

Jewish Pavilion volunteers Norma Ball and Pam Ruben, as well as all Pavilion volunteers and members, will be honored at the Jewish Pavilion's annual JP Connections luncheon. As the two volunteers of... Full story


Behind enemy lines, Raid on Entebbe

On Sunday, Dec. 7, Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando will be hosting Sassy Reuven, a veteran of the Israel Defense Special Operation Forces. During the terror-filled years of 1973-1976 Reuven served... Full story


Temple Israel's diamond anniversary

Sixty years ago, 1954, Temple Israel—with 89 charter members—was founded by a group of young Jews looking for a Conservative, yet progressive, way of practicing Judaism. The Central Christian Church building, located at Ridgewood Ave. and Cat... Full story


Terror victims mourned in Jerusalem-and beyond

By Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA)-They all lived on the same street. They had all moved there from abroad. They were all rabbis. They all prayed at the same synagogue. And it was at that Jerusalem... Full story


Western media twist terrorist attack narrative

In the wake of a terrorist attack on the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood on Tuesday morning-which killed five people, including three American citizens, and wounded... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    November 28, 2014

Chabad of North Orlando celebrates completion of its first torah

North Orlando was rocking Sunday, Nov. 16, and it wasn't because boy band One Direction was headed into town. All the fuss and fanfare was for Lake Mary's newest celebrity, Chabad of North Orlando's n... Full story


'Boundless Judaism' course at Temple Israel

Judaism is more than the sum of its parts. Judaism is hands-on, practical and detail-orientated faith. As Jews, we want to know what to do and how to do it. We love our history and rituals. Our culture and art are everywhere. However, this leads... Full story


Kinneret announces the '8 over 80' honorees for 2015

The Kinneret Council on Aging has announced the honorees for their 2015 “8 over 80” event to be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015. “We were thrilled with the support we have had from the community and were truly inspired by the number of outst... Full story


To pray or not to pray: that is the Temple Mount question

There are few subjects in Israel these days that arouse greater passion than prayer rights at the Temple Mount. The dramatic uptick in Palestinian terror attacks on Jews in Jerusalem in recent weeks, including Tuesday’s killing of four at a s... Full story


Goyim or gentiles?

I have known Dick Sharkansky since my first memory. Our families lived for a while in the same building on Belmont Street, and sometime during our second year, I’m pretty sure that he bit my finger. He may have a differ set of memories. We were in t... Full story


There is some good news

The fact that the world has a double standard when it comes to Israel is no secret. Things that are either accepted or ignored in the wide world become big news when Israel is involved, allowing the public at large and the United Nations in particula... Full story


Today is my 69th birthday, so why am I so sad and so mad?

Today (Nov. 18, 2014) is my 69th birthday so why am I so sad and so mad? I’m sad for the three obvious reasons: The death of five Israelis at the hands of terrorists; the ongoing world-wide attacks against Jews; and the belief that things will probab... Full story


Message to Israel and the Orlando Jewish community: We have your back

A woman holds a sign during a demonstration against a deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, across the street from the Palestine Mission to the United Nations in New York, Nov. 18, 2014. Two Palestinian men, armed with meat cleavers and a gun,... Full story


Israeli concessions make it look like Israel is wrong

Israel must stop acting and thinking as if “Peace Concessions” buy Israel an ounce of legitimacy. The reality is that Israel’s “Peace Concessions” only prove to the Muslims, and to the average American viewer, that Israel has no right to exist at all... Full story


Suggestions for community regeneration

Dear Editor: I read with interest David Bornstein’s column regarding Jewish continuity, regeneration or dissolution. I offer a few suggestions in summary form to promote regeneration. The first example is promoting Torah study for families, as s... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, November 28 - Friday, December 5

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


Jewish Academy of Orlando gala a huge success

Over 300 parents, grandparents and friends of the Jewish Academy of Orlando attended this year's annual gala on Nov. 1. This year's gala, titled "Jeans, Jewels and Jazz" honored the Bierman and... Full story


A picnic in the park for Shabbat

On Friday, Nov. 12, Shalom Families gathered in the park for a picnic Shabbat. Fifteen young families including many mommies, daddies, and several grandparents, came to enjoy the crisp fall evening.... Full story


Back in time with the radio

Twenty-one seniors at Brookdale Dr. Phillips Senior Living were entertained today by David Green of Winter Garden, formerly of Metromedia Radio. David took the packed room of seniors back in time from Heinrich Hertz and the invention of radio,... Full story


The Jewish Pavilion's 2014 Chanukah Schedule

The entire community is welcome to participate in the Chanukah services provided by the Jewish Pavilion. Dec. 5th @ 11:30 am at Lake Mary Health & Rehab Dec. 5th @2:30 pm at Southland Suites Dec. 7th @ 10:30 am at Springhills Dec. 7th @ 2:00 pm at... Full story


For Jews fighting Ebola, specialty is psychosocial therapy

(JTA)-Even amid the unceasing horrors of Sierra Leone's Ebola epidemic, it was a case that stood out. A 5-year-old boy had been found in his home in a remote village, the lone survivor in a house ridd... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - SARAH MYERS

Sarah Myers, daughter of Ernie and Theresa Myers of Windermere, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Sarah is in the seventh... Full story


Scene Around

This is upbeat... Why are you wasting time reading this column? It's "Black Friday"! The day after Thanksgiving! Bargains await! Go! Spend money! Be happy! This is definitely NOT upbeat... Five... Full story


Beth Israel of Ocala Chanukah party

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will hold a Shabbat morning service on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 7171 State Highway 200 in Ocala. The service will be led by Rabbi Karen Allen and... Full story


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