Articles from the December 13, 2013 edition

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Jews were vital allies, close friends with Nelson Mandella

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (JTA)-In the early 1940s, at a time when it was virtually impossible for a South African of color to secure a professional apprenticeship, the Jewish law firm Witkin, Sidelsky... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 13, 2013

Lapse in launch of nukes deal gives Iran an edge

WASHINGTON (JTA)— There’s the six-month interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program that trades some sanctions relief for a freeze on Iran’s nuclear program. And then there’s the interim before the interim begins. Little noticed in the wake of the histori... Full story


'RAISE' the bar for special needs

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has an exciting new initiative in the works. In March 2014, RAISE (Recognizing Abilities and Inclusion of Special Employees) will be rolled out to the... Full story


2014 J Ball Honors Bruce Gould

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando has announced that the honoree for its annual J Ball event will be community philanthropist Bruce Gould. Gould will be recognized for his philanthropic... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    December 13, 2013

Bill on Israel's African migrants has their advocates crying foul

SAHARONIM, Israel (JTA)- A long chain-link fence with barbed wire seems to rise up out of the desert at the new Sadot facility in Israel for African migrants. Situated along Israel's barren border... Full story


Thousands demonstrate against Bedouin resettlement plan

JERUSALEM (JTA)-At least 28 protesters were arrested and 15 police officers injured during protests over a plan to resettle Bedouin into permanent communities in southern Israel. The thousands of... Full story


Pope, Netanyahu discuss Middle East, papal trip to Israel

(JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Pope Francis in their first face-to-face meeting talked about the Middle East and plans for a papal trip to Israel, among other issues. Also at... Full story


Meet the eight active octogenarians to be honored by KCOA

Plans are well underway for The Kinneret Council on Aging's (KCOA) fourth annual 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner that will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. The event recognizes individuals over the age of... Full story

 By Alan Kornman    News    December 13, 2013

The Arab/Israeli conflict from a soldier's perspective

On Nov. 25, the UCF Knights For Israel invited Sgt. Benjamin Anthony (IDF Reserves) of the Our Soldiers Speak organization, to speak on the state of Israel from a combat soldiers perspective. Anthony... Full story


The Sephardim and "Edot ha-Mizrach"

A central tenet of Zionism is that Jews share a common heritage and destiny. Nevertheless, the reality of Jewish society in the state of Israel is marked by four prominent social and geo-cultural divisions: Orthodox observant vs. secular, veteran... Full story


After Life

My brother died in Seattle early in the evening on Sept. 19, 2006, just before Rosh Hashana. I was sitting in the parking lot of his hospital, taking a moment to listen to an obscure song by an... Full story


Islam surpressing free speech?

It is very simple. Are you willing to give up your constitutional right to freedom of speech? That is exactly what will very likely happen if the world continues to implement anti-blasphemy laws to avoid offending fanatic Muslims in hopes they will... Full story


U.N. declares 2014 as the year of solidarity with Palestinians

Is this just another bit of U.N. blather, one of 21 resolutions passed so far against Israel this year, while only four resolutions condemned activities in all the other countries of the world? Or does it portend 12 months of festivities on... Full story


Nelson Mandela and Zionism

In the coming days, there will be much reflection on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, following the former South African president’s passing on Dec. 5. And in the coming weeks, we can anticipate a febrile exchange over his true views on I... Full story


Sing us the songs of Zion

BAYONNE, N.J. (JTA)—Arik Einstein, who died last week at the age of 74, basically invented Israeli popular music. He was a unique Israeli combination of Sinatra, Dylan and the Beatles, embodying the spirit and the struggles of a younger, more o... Full story


Conversion shouldn't be the only path to joining the Jewish people

NEW YORK (JTA)—Right now, there is just one way for someone who is not Jewish to become Jewish in a publicly recognized and officially authorized fashion: undergo religious conversion under the auspices of a rabbi. Whether the path to Jewish i... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, December 13 - Friday, December 20

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


Singing is good for you!

Jewish Pavilion volunteer, Penny D'Agostino, has been leading a choir for seniors at Horizon Bay for more than two years. Singing releases endorphins into your system and makes you feel energized and... Full story


Hundreds of olim celebrate 'Thanksgivukkah' in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV- Fifty lone soldiers and more than 200 young professional Olim celebrated "Thanksgivukkah" at a festive event organized by Nefesh B'Nefesh and White City Shabbat. Revelers celebrated the... Full story


Seeking Kin: From scrawls behind a photo, a family tree grows

By Hillel Kuttler BALTIMORE (JTA)- Round faced and wavy haired, the little girl in dark overalls is standing on a traditional easy chair in her family's Chicago apartment on Winthrop Street. She is... Full story


Celebrating Chanukah at Springhills of Lake Mary

On the sixth night of Chanukah what would have been a simple twist of the light bulb for one staff person before the end of her shift, became a meaningful joyous occasion when the Stack and Goldman... Full story


Jewish Pavilion volunteers choose seniors over Black Friday sales

The Chanukah festivities continued all over town well before and after the holiday, even on 'Black Friday' for this party. Shown here are volunteers and residents at Lake Mary Health & Rehab where... Full story


Scene Around

Internet terrorism... Sounds frightening... and it is! According to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, "There is a new battlefield in the war against terror: the Internet and the dynamic world of social... Full story


6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Gaga returning to Israel HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (6NoBacon)—Pop superstar Lady Gaga has plans to perform in the Holy Land this summer, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. The show, which will be Gaga’s second in Israel, will likely take place at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon P... Full story


Why is France taking a harder line on Iran than the United States?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-When reports emerged over the weekend that France's hard line was responsible for the failure of negotiations over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program, supporters and critics of... Full story


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