Articles from the December 27, 2013 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 27, 2013

End of Congress' year brings odd reversal on Jewish priorities

WASHINGTON (JTA)-For Jewish and pro-Israel groups, the congressional year is ending with an odd reversal: the prospect, however fragile, of bipartisan comity on budget issues coupled with a rare... Full story


Pew Study advisor hosts community consult at JFGO

Dr. Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz, senior director of Research and Analysis, Jewish Federations of North America hosted a community consultation on The Pew Research Center Study of the American Jews and... Full story


Learn CPR-you may save a life

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah will present Saving Heartbeats at its luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Congregation Ohev Shalom at 11:30 a.m. The meeting is open to all who are interested in attending. Saving Heartbeats is a CPR class aimed... Full story

 By Efraim Inbar    News    December 27, 2013

Palestinians will not cross their 'red line'

The media reported that Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority (PA), rejected the peace proposals submitted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The Palestinians leaked that Abbas sent a letter to Kerry reiterating his complete opposition... Full story


Israel's virus-killer Vecoy gets an outer-space research prize

(Israel21c)-In an upcoming space mission, the Vecoy platform-which tricks viruses into committing suicide-will be tested to see how it works in zero gravity. The Israeli company Vecoy Nanomedicine... Full story


Chagall found in Munich stash believed looted from Latvian Jews

BERLIN (JTA)—A painting by Marc Chagall discovered in a sensational art trove found in Munich is believed to have been looted by the Nazis from a Latvian Jewish family. According to the German newspaper Bild, evidence was uncovered that the... Full story


Former Senate intelligence staffer urges Jonathan Pollard's release

( Boston University international relations professor Angelo Codevilla, who was a senior staffer on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee at the time of the arrest of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in 1985, wrote a letter to U.S. President... Full story


Biden: White House to help Holocaust survivors

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Vice President Joe Biden said the White House will work with the Jewish community to help Holocaust survivors living in poverty. Speaking at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Centennial on Tuesday, Biden said... Full story

 By Becca Levine    News    December 27, 2013

Chabad at UCF: Aepi, ZBT and Aephi join together in Chanukah celebration and toy drive

On Monday, Dec. 2nd, Chabad at UCF paired with Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Epsilon Pi, and Zeta Beta Tau for a Grand Menorah lighting and toy drive. The toy drive benefitted Jewish Adoptions and Foster... Full story


Choices' 'behind-the-scenes' planning is coming along

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Choices planning is moving at full speed. This year, Choices will feature a Broadway-style revue of the history of our community. The more than 100... Full story


Shaping the future one phone call at a time

Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando Board members are busy at work to raise funds for the Shaping the Future Annual Campaign. Here are some of them at a recent phone-a-thon.... Full story


A child's Jewish Christmas

Two stories were told to me recently by community members, both distinctly different on the one hand, and similar on the other.  In both cases the stories are told from the perspective of an... Full story


The Jewish itch

By Ira Sharkansky What we can call the Jewish itch is the aspiration for better and more.  It is not present in all Jews. We also have those who accept the status quo in the public condition or their personal situation, without question or... Full story


What is a green grocer?

There are words, expressions and entire languages that rise, spread and then seem to just disappear. Today it would seem even the email is going out of style, replaced by texting which replaces words with single letters (You = U). This is not a judgm... Full story


It seems that the AJC doesn't think the killing of Israelis by the PLO is an important issue

I was shocked when I heard AJC’s David Harris radio piece painting Mandela as a saint. I responded by writing: I don’t understand. How can David Harris fawn over Mandela—painting him as a saint—when the AJC canceled an event honoring him in 2... Full story


I Challenge Roger Waters to a Debate on Israel

(The Algemeiner)—Last week I responded to former Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters’ abhorrent statements comparing Israel to Nazi Germany. My dispute with Waters was picked up by several media outlets, especially my accusation that any man who... Full story


Jewish Learning Institute classes highly interesting

Dear Editor: Inundated with stories in the news and social media, I hear about medical challenges and decisions of celebrities and those thrust into the limelight by virtue of circumstance. The human-interest stories also generate vocalizations of... Full story


Great speaker and good reporting on a very important topic

Dear Editor: On Nov. 15, I had the honor and privilege to listen to one of the best speakers on Israel!  Recently a most knowledgeable individual stated that some day Sgt. Benjamin Anthony would be prime minister of Israel. That is how outstanding... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, December 27 - Friday, January 3

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


Federation busy with business and professional societies meetings

November and December were busy months for the Jewish Federation's business and professional societies-Maimonides Medical, Cardozo Legal, Real Estate and Financial Services. The Federation partnered... Full story


Seeking Kin: Unraveling the mystery of the late Yehuda Cohen

BALTIMORE (JTA)-Wearing a black jacket and hat with a white shirt buttoned up to the neck, the bearded man sings of poverty and hunger, homelessness and being alone, a family lost. Yet through the... Full story


In honor of the volunteers

The Jewish Pavilion honored volunteers Toby Vandemark and Faye Novick in early December at the Altamonte Hilton. More than 100 attendees enjoyed a gourmet luncheon, a Chico's fashion presentation and... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    December 27, 2013

Bedouin want recognition, not relocation

WADI AL-NAAM, Israel (JTA)-In this unofficial Bedouin town of 14,000 not far from Beersheva in the Negev Desert, families live in clusters of shanties with intermittent electricity provided by generat... Full story


Scene Around

Sad opinions... This opinion piece comes directly from a recent World Jewish Congress digest. Read it and weep: "As Hamas rises, peace prospects (in Middle East) sink," says an analysis by two USA... Full story


A Jewish perspective of The Beatles

Just as Judaism is an ethical and spiritual lighthouse, so too were The Beatles. Most religions have their roots in spiritual awakening. The Beatles had a powerful appeal to a generation in calling... Full story


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