Articles from the December 20, 2013 edition

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Snow blankets Jerusalem

Jerusalem and its environs were blanketed with snow, causing access routes to Jerusalem, including Highway 1, to be blocked for part of the day as municipal crews worked to clear the roads in the... Full story


Twelve24: Orlando's Jewish party of the year

The Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is hosting Twelve24: Orlando’s Jewish Party of the Year on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. at Elixir in downtown Orlando. The event will provide an exciting option of something to do for young Jewish a... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 20, 2013

'Framework' agreement roiling Palestinians

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Amid simmering tensions over Iran policy, the Obama and Netanyahu governments appear to have quietly forged common ground in recent weeks on Israeli-Palestinian talks, with the United States accepting that a possible ... Full story


Anne Frank had a stepsister!

Here is a special opportunity to hear a first-hand account from someone whose life intersected with one of the most compelling figures in recent history. On Feb. 9, 2014, Chabad of Orlando will host... Full story


Choices gives its regards to Broadway

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Division event, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is shaking things up at this year’s Choices by showing the Jewish women of Orlando how important they are in shaping the Jewish com... Full story

 By Julie Wiener    News    December 20, 2013

Swarthmore Hillel picks fight over campus group's Israel guidelines

NEW YORK (JTA)-With an estimated Jewish population of 275 undergraduates, the Quaker-founded Swarthmore College outside Philadelphia is home to one of the smaller Hillel chapters in the country. But... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 20, 2013

Pro-Israel groups backing away from confrontation with Obama over Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA)—When it comes to the deal between Iran and major powers, Israel and the pro-Israel community are retreating from a strategy of confrontation and working instead to influence the contours of a final agreement. In a conference call l... Full story


Hillel warns Swarthmore chapter over rejection of Israel guidelines

NEW YORK (JTA)—Hillel International warned its Swarthmore College chapter that it cannot use the Hillel name if it flouts the international Jewish campus group’s Israel guidelines. Hillel delivered the warning in a sharply worded letter fol... Full story


Renovation-celebration grand opening of JCC courtyard playground

The Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando plans to celebrate the successful completion of its Roth JCC Renovation Project on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at the Roth JCC’s courtyard playground. The courtyard playground, located i... Full story


Lessons from Hitler Youth for young people today

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland is known for hosting significant exhibits that help visitors explore the history and lessons of mankind’s darkest times. The Center’s newest exhibit, Tempted, Misled, Slaughtered: The... Full story


Hadassah awards outstanding members

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah will present awards to five of its members on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. This event will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Altamonte Springs, beginning at 11 a. m. The awardees are Rita and George Slotnick and Joan Schwebel,... Full story


A night at the museum

More than 40 of Jewish National Fund (JNF)'s Women for Israel (WFI) supporters attended "A Night at the Museum" at Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College on Nov. 20. Director of the gallery, Ena... Full story


Circumcision under attack in Europe

As Jews across the world celebrated Chanukah, they also remembered the victory of the Maccabees against the brutal rule of Antiochus IV, designated “Harasha” (“the wicked”) by rabbinical tradition. Antiochus’s main aim was to Hellenize the Jews in t... Full story


How Mandela won over the Jewish community

NEW YORK (JTA)—Nelson Mandela will always be remembered as a symbol of courageous resistance to the racist policies of apartheid South Africa. He was a true hero of conscience. But he also will always have a special place in the memory of the Jewish... Full story


Obama, Kerry and their aspirations

One cannot help but be impressed with the focus of the Obama administration with the Middle East, despite expectations that the region would be left to its own miserable self. Both Kerry and Obama have spent time with the Saban Forum, trying again... Full story


Show support for the Jewish community

As the campaign chairwoman for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Shaping the Future: 2014 Annual Campaign, I know the daunting task I've accepted. Our community is splintered and many don't... Full story


Herring is not religion: 'Cultural' alternative to conversion is a bad idea

EFRAT, West Bank (JTA)—The reputable car dealer’s advertisement in the local paper screams “Brand New Mercedes—Only $500!” You get excited but think it sounds too good to be true. Upon closer inspection, it is: The car dealer is offering only the hub... Full story


Subsidizing Jewish preschool works

CHICAGO (JTA)—In response to the recent pledge by Jewish Federations of North America Chairman Michael Siegal to raise $1 billion to support tuition-free Jewish preschool, some have dismissed the idea as just another pie-in-the-sky fix to the continu... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, December 20 - Friday, December 27

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


NF board ventures into outdoor settings

Jewish National Fund (JNF) Orlando Board of Directors member Jill Riola hosted a JNF luncheon for professionals at Carlton Fields on Nov. 20. The event was focused around JNF partner, LOTEM- Making... Full story



Jack S., Wiesenfeld of Tampa died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. He was 87 years old. Mr. Wiesenfeld was born in Boston, grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and came to Tampa 10 years ago after living in Maitland... Full story



Martha (Gigi) Wolkind passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Orlando Regional Medical Center, with her daughter by her side. She was 97 years old. Mrs. Wolkind was born in the Lower East Side of New York City on Oct. 2, 1916, the... Full story


6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Billy Joel's monthly gig HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-Can't get enough Billy Joel? You're in luck-at least if you live in the New York area and have a hefty concert ticket budget. Beginning in January, the... Full story


The history of the Jews during the Civil War

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala invites the community to a special program titled “Jews in the Civil War” to be held on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 7171 SR 200 in Ocala. The program will be presented by Cha... Full story


For new dad, a stronger bond from a cut foreskin

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Natan Zaidenweber thought the mohel was kidding. His wife, Linda Raab, thought it was some kind of religious formality and didn’t give it a second thought. But the mohel, Cantor Philip Sherman, was serious. Though most fathers dem... Full story


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