Articles from the December 18, 2015 edition

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Great scientists of the future!

Orlando Torah Academy hosted its first Science Fair on Dec. 3rd. Nine students from grades 2-5 participated, displaying their findings from experiments completed at home. Parents, teachers and fellow... Full story


View documentary film at COS about five young IDF soldiers

"Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front," a poignant coming-of-age documentary film, will be shown at Congregation Ohev Shalom on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at 7 p.m. Most of the film is... Full story


Kolin recognized as Trailblazer

Lawrence Kolin, a mediator and arbitrator with Upchurch Watson White & Max, is one of only 50 attorneys to be honored as The National Law Journal's 2015 Litigation Trailblazers. He accepted his award... Full story


The Republican Presidential Primary in light of terrorism and the U.S.­-Israel relationship

Part 2 of a 3-part series The international and domestic threat of terrorism is driving the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary's principal concerns and outcome, as repeatedly related at the... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 18, 2015

Kerry, at contentious U.S.-Israel confab, asks Israel to consider perils of single state

WASHINGTON (JTA)—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking at an annual U.S.-Israel confab, said Israel’s government must consider the consequences of evolving toward a single state incorporating the Palestinian areas. “How does Israel possi... Full story


Vatican declaration on Christian-Jewish ties repudiates replacement theology

( The Vatican issued an unprecedented declaration that the Jewish people are part of God’s salvation without explicitly confessing Christ as their savior, in a document that includes other changes in Catholic Church teachings related to C... Full story


Zionistas would like your support

Five years ago, four motivated women went to lunch in Mount Dora. That in itself is not unusual—but what happened as a result is. Jewish and Christian, they realized each had a love for Israel and a desire to support the land and fight a... Full story


Choices 2016 is right around the corner

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's annual Women's Philanthropy fundraiser is set for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Formal invitations will go out in January,... Full story


Jewish Academy of Orlando practices peace and unity

On Dec. 8, middle school students from the Geneva School, a Christian day school, and Leaders Preparatory School, an Islamic educational school, joined the middle school students from the Jewish... Full story


How terrorism's victims are responding

By Ben Cohen Belgium’s justice minister came in for a fair bit of stick this week over some injudicious observations regarding the Nov. 13 Islamist terrorist massacre in Paris. “It’s no longer synagogues or the Jewish museums or police stati... Full story


Artificial wound of Palestinian refugees has festered too long

NEW YORK (JTA)—Every time Palestinian leaders sit down at the negotiating table, or give a public speech, they never fail to raise the plight of the 700,000 Arab-Palestinians displaced when they refused to accept Israel’s existence in 1948. For too... Full story


John Kerry et al

John Kerry is seeking to top up his several efforts to deal with the Middle East by joining the Israeli and international left in warning that Israel will have to accommodate itself to a single country, with a Palestinian majority, if it doesn’t m... Full story


Shining Jewish light in the darkness during Chanukah in Paris

It is almost hard to believe that it has been just a year since the horrific events of Paris in January of 2015. The painful memories of the attack at the Charlie Hebdo magazine, followed by the murderous strike on the Hyper Cacher kosher... Full story


'Economic strain' does not cause terrorism

In an interview on CBS-TV’s “This Morning” last week, President Obama outlined his theory of the causes of terrorism: climate change is straining natural resources around the world, and “when people are not able to make a living or take care of thei... Full story


Hebrew Union College president sits on boards with BDS/Hamas endorsers

There are many issues one can debate in the Jewish community—endorsing a boycott of Israel is completely out of bounds. Yet, there remain strong voices who are simply opposed to Israel. Founded in 1940 by the sons of John D. Rockefeller, the R... Full story


What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m... Full story


Shalom Families kicks off Chanukah with mitzvah event

Nearly 50 moms, dads and children began their Chanukah celebration Dec. 6 by joining Shalom Families for the first-ever Family Mitzvah Day at Build-A-Bear in Altamonte Mall. Shalom Families, a... Full story



Sylvia Fried, age 94, of Altamonte Springs, passed away at Hospice of the Comforter on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on Jan. 29, 1921, to the late Israel and Anna Schneider Bubes, she was a homemaker and the widow of the late... Full story



Sylvia Miller, age 90, of Coconut Creek, Fla., passed away at her residence on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2016. Born in New York on Oct. 3, 1925, she was the bookkeeper and the widow of the late Marc Miller, who passed away in 2006. Services and burial were... Full story


"Chanukah Happy Hour" held at Brookdale Island Lake in Longwood

The room was decorated to 'the max' with balloons, streamers, hanukkiah, and dreidels. With over 40 residents gathered to enjoy the Chanukah sing a long lead by Cantor Allan Robuck there was nothing... Full story


177 Holocaust 'survivors' find a home at the University of Florida

"That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people as well," wrote Heinrich Heine, the German Jewish poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic in his 1821 play... Full story


Minnie Pearl the magician visits Terra Vista residents for Chanukah surprise

Jewish Pavilion Director Nancy Ludin, recently had the good fortune to be seated next to Ilene Miller on a return flight to Orlando. Miller, also of Orlando, revealed that she is a magician! "I'm a... Full story


Scene Around

Eight days, almost eight decades... In spite of the fact that this is probably the saddest Chanukah I've ever experienced in my life, I was given one of the best Chanukah presents ever. Turner Movie... Full story


Dolph Schayes, Jewish basketball star, dies at 87

(JTA)—Dolph Schayes, a Jewish basketball player who was voted one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, has died. Schayes, who had terminal cancer, died Thursday in Syracuse, New York, The New York Times reported. He was 87. According to a 2... Full story


Five questions to ask after San Bernardino

(JTA)-Since the mass shooting in the California city of San Bernardino, U.S. authorities have been piecing together what might have led Syed Farook and his wife, Tafsheen Malik, to gun down 14 of Faro... Full story


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