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Articles from the February 10, 2017 edition

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 News    February 10, 2017

Celebrating Tu B'Shevat with the Jewish Pavilion

Tu B'Shevat is celebrated annually at senior communities in Orange and Seminole counties. The seniors enjoy participating in the Tu B'Shevat Seder service. Unlike other holidays, few have memories to...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

Congregation Beth Shalom  to host Shabbat Across America

On Friday night, March 3, members of West Volusia County's Jewish community will gather at Congregation Beth Shalom in an unparalleled display of Jewish revitalization and Jewish unity.  Conceived...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

COS Gala to honor Amy Geboff

On Sunday, Feb. 26, Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, will honor Amy Geboff, director of Youth and Family Education, for her 21 years of service to the synagogue. The...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

Third wave of bomb threats

(JTA)—At least 11 Jewish community centers across the United States were targeted with bomb threats in the third wave of such mass disruption this month. David Posner, director of strategic performance at JCC Association of North America, whose...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

Trump Jewish aide, Boris Epshteyn, wrote Holocaust statement that omitted Jews

(JTA)-The White House statement for International Holocaust Remembrance Day that has generated controversy for omitting Jews reportedly was written by a Jewish aide to President Donald Trump. Boris Ep...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 10, 2017

JCC bomb threat probe hindered by tech disguises

NEW YORK (JTA)—A person calls a Jewish institution, makes a bomb threat and hangs up. The call lasts no more than a minute, the caller’s voice is disguised and the call is made to look as if it came from inside the building. How do you catch the...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

Bill to allow Holocaust survivors to pursue justice

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement after introducing H.R. 762, the Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2017, alongside Reps. Brad...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

Dance the night away at the Rosen JCC's Decades Party

If you remember the SNL church lady (aka Dana Carvey) saying "Isn't that special?" or how about "Shout, shout, let it all out," "Wake me up before you Go-Go" and "Girls just want to have fun," then...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

Jewish Day School introduces students to computer science

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet, but fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented in computer science classes, and in the tech industry. Good news is, the...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

Learn about Jewish food origins at next Williamsburg Hadassah

The Hadassah Chapter of Williamsburg will have their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m., at the Parkview Point Clubhouse in Williamsburg, which is near Sea World. The speaker for the meeting will be Gloria Green, who will discuss Jewish...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

Shabbat lunches with the Jewish Pavilion

The Commons, every third Friday, has an extra special Shabbat lunch. The Jewish Pavilion, the Jewish residents at the Commons as well as the Jewish residents at Windsor Place located directly across...

 
 By Rabbi Dov Fischer    Opinions    February 10, 2017

Backstory of Holocaust statement proves Trump's a mensch

It turns out, according to today’s JTA, that the Holocaust Statement was written—all or mostly—by Boris Epshteyn, a strongly identifying American Jew, of Russian Jewish ethnicity, who is in the Trump inner circle and who is a descendant of...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    February 10, 2017

The promise of Ahmed Hussen

He came to Canada as a 16-year-old refugee from Somalia. He’s highly regarded across the Canadian political spectrum. He was just appointed as immigration minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Now 40 years old, Ahmed Hussen has...

 
 By Stephen M. Flatow    Opinions    February 10, 2017

Jewish ex-State Department gang undermines embassy move

Someday, perhaps, a team of sociologists and psychologists will examine the curious question of why Jewish ex-State Department officials are obsessed with Israel. Until that day comes, though, the rest of us will be stuck having to listen to those...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Opinions    February 10, 2017

'Remember the 11 million'? Why an inflated victims tally irks Holocaust historians

WASHINGTON (JTA)—“Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust.” It’s a statement that shows up regularly in declarations about the Nazi era. It was implied in a Facebook post by the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesperson’s unit last week...

 
 By Danny Danon    Opinions    February 10, 2017

Honor the memory of Nazi victims by speaking out against anti-Semitism

(JTA)—The world comes together every Jan. 27 to remember the most devastating tragedy in history: the Shoah. We remember the victims of the Nazi regime. The loved ones lost and the shameful treatment of human life and human dignity. We also make...

 
 Opinions    February 10, 2017

Play to win or play to please?

Dear Editor: Needless to say, I was quite disturbed by the recent article in the Heritage, “Radical Syrian cleric comes to Central Florida—a wolf in sheep’s clothing?” Disturbed, why was I disturbed? Well, that’s easy to answer. The first...

 
 Calendar    February 10, 2017

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...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

New computer lab at JFS Orlando helps neighbors in need

Angelique, a Family Stabilization Program client, is an ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constricted Employed person). Since losing her job last year, she has been working day labor jobs as a temporary worker. In some ways this has been great, she has...

 
 By Richard H. Schwartz    Features    February 10, 2017

Questions that can be considered at Tu B'Shevat seders

It is hoped that the questions below will be helpful to people leading Tu B'Shevat seders, as a way to increase audience participation. Suggested responses are given following the questions. Please se...

 
 By Michael Brown    Features    February 10, 2017

For Tu B'Shevat, 5 of Israel's must-see trees

(JTA)-Trees have stories, and Israel's trees have lots of stories. Scattered throughout the country, scores of ancient and historic trees help shed light on fascinating aspects of Israeli history,...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    February 10, 2017

Scene Around

I am conflicted... The following comes from Rabbi ALAN LURIE, author of "Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace and Fulfillment at Work.": "Rabbis hear variations on the following...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    Features    February 10, 2017

Experiencing a 'virtual tidbit' of dementia or walking a mile in ill-fitting shoes...

My feet are absolutely killing me, and it's not from the 10,000 steps I have been walking daily to kick the New Year off on the right foot. The spring in my step has been hampered by the...

 
 By Richard H. Schwartz    Features    February 10, 2017

Lessons From Trees: A Tu B'Shevat message

Some of my most important lessons in life I learned from Jewish verses about trees. From the following I learned that I should be an environmental activist, working to help preserve the world: In the hour when the Holy one, blessed be He, created...

 
 News    February 10, 2017

It's a starry, starry night for Jewish Academy first graders in the Space program

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the first-grade students blasted off into outer space during their annual Space Program. The fun, fact-filled program encompassed props, live music, a slide show, and a display...

 

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