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Articles from the December 19, 2014 edition

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Jewish Academy students get hands-on lessons from Habitat for Humanity

On Thursday, Dec. 11, 17 second-grade students from Jewish Academy of Orlando got the lesson of a lifetime, and it was not in the classroom. They were able to visit a Habitat for Humanity Winter... Full story


Author David Laskin to speak about family history at JGSGO event

With television shows like “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Finding Your Roots,” it is no wonder that genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the U.S. (gardening is No. 1). It is also the second most visited category on the Internet... Full story


JFS Orlando­- the quiet agency

On March 13, 1978, Jewish Family Services Orlando opened its door to help low-income families who found themselves in a crunch, and 36 years later, it is still helping people down on their luck. It... Full story


TOP to launch 'Life & Legacy'

TAMPA—The Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish foundation (“TOP”) has launched a new endowment program that will empower every member of the community to have a long-term impact on Jewish institutions and organizations at home, in Israel and around... Full story

 By Steve Lipman    News    December 19, 2014

Knife attack at Chabad headquarters in New York raises security questions

NEW YORK (The Jewish Week via JTA)—Just three weeks after terrorists killed four worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue, a man entered a Brooklyn shul and stabbed a 22-year-old Israeli student. New York police officers fatally shot the 49-year-old... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 19, 2014

To security officials, Chabad attack underscores importance of preparedness

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The stabbing of a rabbinical student at Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in New York underscores three things that Jewish security officials have been urging in recent years: Be alert for copycats, cooperate with law enforcement and... Full story


Federations applaud Senate passage of No Social Security for Nazis Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Late Friday night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the No Social Security for Nazis Act. The House of Representatives passed the same legislation earlier in the week. “It was a crime in and of itself that Nazis who had... Full story


The Holocaust Center presents 'A Replacement Life' author Boris Fishman

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center (HMREC) is pleased to announce an upcoming reception with Boris Fishman, author of "A Replacement Life." The New York Times calls Fishman's novel,... Full story

 By Pam Ruben    News    December 19, 2014

Red and green everywhere

Nursing homes can be sad places to visit year-round but visiting at holiday time can be even more upsetting. Imagine that your home has turned red and green, with Christmas lights and Christmas music... Full story


J Ball to honor Kleimans and Lefkowitzes

The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is pleased to announce it will honor Susie and Ed Kleiman, Pearl and Howard Lefkowitz, and their families, at its annual J Ball event on... Full story


All I want for Chanukah

Dear God, If I were Christian and under age 10 I suppose I’d be writing to Santa Claus, but I’m not. I’m Jewish and 58 years old and I don’t know who else (what else?) to turn to, so I’m... Full story


Islamic terrorism

It is an absolute fact. The number of Islamic terrorists are growing rapidly as are their violent actions killing more and more non-Muslims. We must stop thinking there is nothing one person can do. There are many options on how an individual can... Full story


A Jewish state

Currently Israeli politicians are wrapping themselves around a high intensity bit of meaninglessness, which is also dangerous, about the country’s self definition of being a Jewish state. The issue was settled 60 years ago when the founders left... Full story


Don't let Palestinian extremism hijack debate about policing in America

A winter of discontent is brewing in America. Over the last fortnight, large parts of the country have seethed with anger, first at the decision of a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael... Full story


N.Y. teens teach a lesson in helping terror victims

They don’t have plush offices or secretaries or gala dinners, but a group of 15-year-olds on Long Island are providing an inspiring model of leadership for the rest of the American Jewish community. Tenth graders at the Rambam Mesivta High School i... Full story


How American Jews made Chanukah the holiday of religious freedom

In the 21st century, Chanukah is celebrated by more Jews than any holiday other than Passover. Both are performed at least one night a year by almost 90 percent of American Jews, more than the number who observed Chanukah in the 1930s. The... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, December 19 - Friday, December 26

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.... Full story



Ruth Gampel Zemel of Altamonte Springs, Fla., formerly of South Orange, N.J., died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. She was 89 years old. Mrs. Zemel was the daughter of the late Helen and Abraham Gampel, and was also predeceased by her sister Norma Levy.... Full story


Scene Around

What's in a name?... "Mort Aux Juifs" is the name of a small French village. What does it mean? Are you ready for this answer? Okay, here goes: "Death to Jews." Are you shocked? (I was.) This comes... Full story


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