Articles from the December 5, 2014 edition

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Celebrate at the Roth JCC's Hanukarnival

Join the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 1-4 p.m. at its Maitland location for Hanukarnival – an outdoor event the JCC is billing as a "dreideltastic, menorifi... Full story


U.S. museums must deal fairly with Nazi-looted art claims

NEW YORK (JTA)-A Swiss museum's pledge this week to conduct a full search into the provenance of some 1,600 works of art it plans to accept from the estate of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of one of Hitl... Full story


New Israel Fund nixed by Birthright

ALGEMEINER-Birthright Israel, the American organization that organizes visits to Israel for participants from 66 different countries, has terminated a partnership with the controversial New Israel... Full story


Program makes camp affordable

NEW YORK— The Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) has launched BunkConnectTM (, a new, national program that matches eligible families with high-quality nonprofit Jewish summer camps at a more affordable price. This philanthropic busi... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    News    December 5, 2014

As nuclear talks end in stalemate, Iranian commander threatens to conquer Palestine

As international negotiators departed Vienna with a final deal on Iran's nuclear program still elusive, the commander of the widely-feared Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) threatened to... Full story

 By Hila Perl    News    December 5, 2014

U.S. ambassador visits scene of terrorist attack in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM-U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro visited the Har Nof Synagogue in Jerusalem, the scene of the Nov. 18 terror attack. The ambassador prayed in memory of all of the victims of the... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 5, 2014

With Iran talks extended, Congress rushing to step in

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Two factors make congressional intervention on Iran almost inevitable: The inability of nuclear negotiators to reach a deal by the deadline and the Republican sweep of midterm elections on Nov. 4. The talks, centered on the... Full story


A new link in the chain...

Orlando Torah Academy second graders are forming yet another link in the chain of their Jewish heritage all the way back to Moses. On Friday, Nov. 7, these children reached a joyous milestone when... Full story


JNF recognizes supporters at Tree of Life dinner

More than 300 Jewish National Fund (JNF) supporters gathered at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on the evening of Nov. 18 for JNF’s annual Orlando Tree of Life™ Award Dinner. Local philanthropists Valeria and Jim Shapiro and Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins... Full story


'Conversations with the Rabbi' continues

Rabbi Joshua Neely of Temple Israel will continue “Conversations with the Rabbi” on Sunday, Dec. 14, at Brown’s New York Deli in Maitland at 4 p.m. The topic of conversation will be “Israel: Situation From Inside Out.” This is a continuing... Full story


Overlooked Palestinian terror group returns with a vengeance

By Ben Cohen The older I get, the more my childhood memories fade, but I still vividly remember the morning of Sunday, July 4, 1976. I was eight years old at the time, spending Shabbat with my grandparents at their house in London. Early on... Full story


Iran nuclear talks extended threats against Israel continue

The Nov. 24 deadline for negotiating a deal on Iran’s nuclear program expired, as the P5+1 powers (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, and Germany) were unable to reach an agreement with the Islamic Republic. But the talks were extended to June 30,... Full story


U.S. response to Jerusalem synagogue attack disappoints

The scenario has been repeated more times than I can remember: Palestinian terrorists murder Israelis. The Obama administration condemns the attack. And that’s it. No change in U.S. policy, no penalties or consequences for those who encourage and... Full story


Who's blocking a two-state solution?

Does Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas want peace with Israel? Given his posture since peace talks broke down in April, his inflammatory U.N. speech and ongoing rhetoric, and now a new wave of terrorism, one wonders. The horrific att... Full story


Israel needs a bigger message

I’m repulsed by these anti-Israel groups on college campuses that pretend to care about oppressed people in the Middle East. They don’t. What they really care about is undermining Israel. Groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, for... Full story


Behind social entrepreneurship, a surprising force

AKRON, Ohio (JTA)—Five years ago, when I began to work for Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, I met with a colleague who worked with early-stage nonprofit organizations that are creating new ways of involving people in Jewish community life. How... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, December 5 - Friday, December 12

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



Nathan A Kroll, age 27, of Highland Park, Ill., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2104, at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. He was 27 years old. Mr. Kroll was born in Highland Park on Jan. 24, 1987, and was an entrepreneur in the technology... Full story



Eleanor Kolpan of West Palm Beach, passed away on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospice in Delray Beach. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Kolpan was born in New York City on April 9, 1922, to the late Harry and Sophie Kaufberg... Full story



Cissie Sacks of Celebration, passed away on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Spring Hill ALF Hospice in Orlando. She was 94 years old. A native of England, she was born on June 5, 1920, to the late Barnett and Rebecca Cohen Reeman. Following her formal... Full story


Local middle school visits Holocaust Center

Ms. Rubin's seventh-grade civics class from Teague Middle School recently attended a field trip to the Holocaust Center. In the picture, (left) UpStanders coordinator Bailey Robb and Executive... Full story


Marginalization discussed at the Holocaust Center

As part of the Holocaust Center’s participation of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, the Holocaust Center presented a panel discussion on marginalized communities.... Full story


Fleeing Europe's darkness, filmmakers took refuge in California sun

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-Henry Koster had a long and successful career in Hollywood, directing a string of hits from the 1930s through the 1960s, including "Harvey," the comedy classic that paired Jimmy... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Aviva Michal Diamond

Aviva Michal Diamond, daughter of Laura Diamond of Orlando and Dr. David Diamond of Winter Park, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at Congregation Ohev Shalom... Full story



Andrew LoMedico, son of Tom and Jen LoMedico of Healthrow, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Dec. 13, 2014 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Andrew is in the seventh grade at Markham... Full story


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