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To Orlando, he is Bobby; to the world, he is 'Ambassador'

Being an ambassador was not part of his career plans, but U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg Robert Mandell-known to many Central Floridians as Bobby Mandell- loves his job. In a way, one could say that...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    November 29, 2013

In typhoon-ravaged Philippines, Israel brings its experience in disaster relief

(JTA)-Obviously wanting to get back to work as the medical manager of the field hospital set up by the Israel Defense Forces in the Philippines, Lt.-Col. Dr. Ofer Merin speaks hurriedly about the thr...

 

Rosen honoree at Dinner of Tribute

The Holocaust Center in Maitland has announced that the honoree for its 2014 Dinner of Tribute will be Harris Rosen, president and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts.  Rosen, whose name is most often...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    November 29, 2013

Jewish Pavilion volunteers of the year

Jewish Pavilion volunteers Faye Novick and Toby Vandemark live by the creed,"It is better to give than to receive." Novick and Vandemark have volunteered with the Jewish Pavilion, a charitable organiz...

 

Deeply unpopular at home, French president praised on Israel trip

(JTA)-For Francois Hollande, the most unpopular head of state in France in more than half a century, his first presidential visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority promised a respite from the...

 

Norwegian Jews hope new circumcision rules head off ban

(JTA)—News that Norway is planning unspecified new regulations on ritual circumcision could not have come at a more sensitive time. The announcement last week that Norway intends to introduce a bill to “regulate ritual circumcision” comes just...

 

Taglit-Birthright Israel has largest enrollment since inception

NEW YORK— More than 17,000 Taglit-Birthright Israel participants will attend its free, 10-day educational tour in Israel this winter season, the largest number of young Jewish adults, ages 18 to 26, traveling with the winter program since the...

 

Jonathan Pollard enters 29th year in U.S. prison

(JNS.org) Last Thursday, Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard entered his 29th year in American prison. Pollard, now 59, was arrested in Washington on Nov. 21, 1985. He was later convicted of spying for...

 

A woman of impact, Rita P. Bornstein, dies

"A mold breaker, a cause fighter, the underdog supporter, like a true queen of Israel, and a woman who accepts all people"-these are all descriptions from friends of Rita Peisner Bornstein, who died...

 

Cornerstone Hospice earns accreditation from the National Institute For Jewish Hospice

TAVARES—Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care has joined more than 60 hospices nationwide in becoming accredited with the National Institute For Jewish Hospice (NIJH). The accreditation links Cornerstone Hospice with NIJH which provides staff...

 

JFS Orlando raises $156k as it celebrates 35th anniversary

ORLANDO—Jewish Family Services Orlando, a Winter Park based non-profit human service agency that provides social programs to those in need from all faiths, raised more than $156,000 during its 12th annual Evening of Valor, which also marked the...

 

Yitzchak Perelman visits Rollins College Hillel

After giving a presentation at Rollins College, Yitzchak Perelman asked for a meeting with Hillel students. Shown here is Rollins Hillel Student President Dean Taitz shaking hands with Mr....

 

Christian IDF recruitment affirms Israeli democracy

By Ben Cohen JNS.org Over the summer, the Israeli media highlighted a phenomenon that is both intriguing and encouraging: a movement among Israel’s Christian Arabs advocating that their community be drafted, along with the country’s Jewish and...

 

Living with Palestine

The latest incident of violence to reach the headlines, which is not to say that it is the latest incident, involved the murder of a young soldier not yet finished with basic training, while on a bus returning from sick leave. The even younger lad...

 

Peace without me?

Rachel and I sat in the comfortable living room of prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem. We had been invited for tea by Aliza Begin, wife of the prime minister. It was the spring of 1980. When Menachem Begin entered the room there were...

 

Should Congress enact further sanctions on Iran?

Providing a proper response is like being caught in the horns of a dilemma. The real issue is a combination of first, how to avoid war; second, how to inhibit Iran from nuclearizing weaponry; and, third, how to impact Iran to become less of a...

 

A 'thank you' to all who contributed to the JCC project

Dear Editor: Now that the Roth Renovation Project nears completion with a fabulous new courtyard playground, I would like to thank all community members who generously donated to the project.  Along with the playground, the revitalized campus featur...

 

Celebrating the Festival of Lights

This year, the stars aligned! The first day of Chanukah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day! According to many calculations, it is the rarest of occasions that will not be repeated for many, many years. It is fascinating to delve into calculations...

 

What's Happening -Friday, November 29 - Friday, December 6

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....

 

Family fun with Our Jewish Orlando

Our Jewish Orlando's Shalom Families hosted their first event on Thursday, Nov. 14th in Baldwin Park. With the help of their parents, children made Chanukah-themed maracas and sang along with music...

 

Holocaust Center teams with John Halligan against bullying

In early November, John Halligan, a speaker against bullying, returned to the Central Florida area to inform teens about bullying and teen depression. A former IBM engineer, Halligan lobbied for laws...

 

Obituary - SAM BEHR

Sam Behr of New Smyrna Beach, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in his home. He was 86 years old. Mr. Behr was born April 23, 1927, in Talledega, Ala. He played football at the University of Maryland and scored the first touchdown ever for Coach Paul...

 

Obituary - MARVIN MYER NATHAN

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 to Jacob and Elizabeth Greenberg Nathan of Ocilla, Ga., on May 23, 1915, in Onancock...

 

6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Baron Cohen’s ‘deadly’ prank  HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (6NoBacon)—Sacha Baron Cohen killed when he took the stage at the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards Saturday night. Literally, he killed. An elderly woman.  At least that’s what...

 

Struggles of a holier-than-thou husband

HARTFORD, Conn. (JTA)—My wife stared at me as if I were from another planet. “What do you mean you don’t know if you can come to my cousin’s wedding?” she demanded indignantly. She hadn’t seen her relatives in years and was looking...

 

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