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Where remembrance meets celebration

Hundreds of Israeli flags are in place; the Air Force has been rehearsing its formation fly-by routine for days; platforms and sound systems stand ready in the main squares in town; groups of...

 

Celebration honors CRJ Rabbi Engel for honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree

Rabbi Steven Engel of Congregation of Reform Judaism was presented an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at the Cincinnati campus this past...

 

JFGO names new executive director

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando announces that Olga Yorish has joined the organization to be its executive director. Yorish has more than 20 years of experience within the Jewish Federation...

 

Rawiszer elected to national post

Cantor Jacki Rawiszer, cantor of Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando, has been elected secretary of the American Conference of Cantors for a three-year term beginning July 2013. “Cantor...

 
 By Tom Tugend    Features    April 12, 2013

In telling story of fledgling Israeli Air Force, three filmmakers going their own ways

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—Some 65 years after a band of foreign volunteers took to the skies to ensure Israel’s birth and survival, filmmakers are racing to bring their exploits to the screen before the last of the breed passes away. Among the competing...

 
 By Sean Savage    Features    April 12, 2013

'Putting a face on every soldier'

Ben, an Israel Defense Forces reservist, recalls when his unit took up a position to sleep inside a beat-up old Volkswagen van outside a Palestinian village. Hearing a knock on their van’s door,...

 

An insider's look at Jewish celebrities

The Sunday Connection at Congregation Beth Am presents “Laughter in the Wings—Great Jewish Celebrities,” starring Arnold N. Bremen, an author, retired impresario and arts administrator. Bremen...

 

JGSGO mavens set to answer brick-wall questions

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) is presenting a roundtable discussion featuring genealogy brick-wall problems and solutions. Many genealogists encounter one or more brick walls when researching their family history. The...

 

A closer look at the evil eye

“What an adorable baby.” “Kinehora!” “So I hear you got the promotion.” “Kinehora!” “Did the doctor say your blood pressure was OK?” “Kinehora!” There was a time not too long a...

 

The year of understanding

Many, many years ago a dear friend sent me a story in the mail.  This was before the advent of email or text messages. It was old style, hard copy, stapled and folded and sent in an envelope. She...

 
 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    April 12, 2013

Another Holocaust in the making?

A major reason for observing Holocaust Remembrance Day is to recognize when a Holocaust is in the making. With the drastic escalation of anti-Semitism in the world, history could be repeating itself. Many Jews fought in the German army during the...

 

It could be worse

The news reminds me of a Kingston Trio ballad that begins with They’re rioting in Africa, They’re starving in Spain. There’s hurricanes in Florida, And Texas needs rain The whole world is festering With unhappy souls. Take your pick for what...

 

You could look it up

Is Nate Silver destroying our ability to argue? When I was a kid, my parents would have what I would call “encyclopedia” arguments. Say, did FDR die on April 12 or April 13? They would marshal personal history (“My cousin’s birthday was April...

 

A place to heal broken souls

During a recent interview in my office with Mark Borovitz and Harriet Rossetto, the guiding lights of Beit T’Shuvah: The House of Return, a unique coåmmunity in Los Angeles that combines spiritual and psychotherapeutic approaches to addiction...

 

Stand strong against Islam

Dear Editor: Islam is a religion like no other.  It is both political and religious.  It aims to take over the whole world.  It is already doing that all across Europe and Africa.  Islam has no tolerance for any other religion.  In fact,...

 

What's Happening - Friday, April 12 - Sunday, April 21

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 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of...

 

Aging and the Loss of Independence program set for April 14

The Central Florida community is invited to participate in the program, Aging and the Loss of Independence: Adult Children and Their Aging Parents to be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 14 at Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Parkway S.,...

 

Illuminating the biblical text

According to the dictionary, the word illuminate means “to enlighten someone intellectually or spiritually.” This can be done in a variety of ways. For example, Debra Band uses illustrations (which she calls illuminations) to offer commentary and...

 

Obituary - FLORENCE ALTCHILER

Florence Altchiler of Miami died on Monday, April 1, 2013. She was 89 years old. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., she was born on Dec. 20, 1923, to the late Julius and Sarah Hummel Rapoport. She grew up in New York attending local area schools. While in...

 

Obituary - SHIRLEY MAKARON

Shirley Makaron of Lake Mary, Fla., died on Monday, April 1, 2013. She was 86 years old. A New York native, she was born on Jan. 18, 1927, to the late Samuel and Bertha Baum Snyder. She married the late David Makaron in 1948 and they were married...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Sharansky: Women saying Kaddish at Western Wall won’t be arrested JERUSALEM (JTA)—Women who recite the Mourner’s Kaddish at the Western Wall will not be arrested, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan...

 

Bar Mitzvah - MAXWELL BENJAMIN IHNS

Maxwell Benjamin Ihns, son of Joe and Barbara Ihns of Winter Springs, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Temple Israel in Winter Springs. Max is a...

 

Scene Around

Wow! Talk about your good ideas… Have any of you seen the latest Febreze commercials? (You know… the ones where people are blind-folded and asked to sit in a room or in a car.) They don’t know...

 

World salute to Israeli police officer

At midnight, most people who worked all day at an office job would be in bed. But then Gal Sharon, a superintendent with the Israel Police, has never been a cookie-cutter sort of person. At this...

 

Holocaust trains are jewel of collection of Greek train enthusiast – but are they real?

THESSALONIKI, Greece (JTA)—It was spring in northern Greece, 1943. Efthymios Kontopoulos, 13, had come to Thessaloniki for the day when he saw Nazis rounding up the city’s Jews. “My father...

 

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