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 News    May 1, 2015

Orlando Jewish teens served their community at J-Serve

Ninety-three teens from the Greater Orlando area, along with 11,000 Jewish teens in 80 communities across 16 countries, participated in a day of community service and improvement projects as they...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 1, 2015

Seminole County School Board drops Yom Kippur as nonattendance day

This year the Seminole County School Board presented two school calendars to the community. One was with the school year beginning Aug. 24. The second, which was adopted later, has the school year beginning Aug. 17. What is interesting is that the...

 
 News    May 1, 2015

JFS honors Madeline Wolly

JFS Orlando, the Winter Park-based nonprofit human service agency, is pleased to announce its upcoming 2015 Spring Brunch on Sunday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at The Heathrow Country Club, located at 1200 Bri...

 

Captive for 444 days in Iran

The Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties is bringing former prisoner in Iran Barry Rosen to speak at Temple Israel, 1400 S. Peninsula, Daytona Beach, on May 7, at 7 p.m. On Nov. 4,...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 1, 2015

Will Russia's missile deal with Iran end Israel's silence on Ukraine?

(JTA)—After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move—citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Russia for fear it could provide Syria with a...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    May 1, 2015

Clinton's campaign logo looks a lot like Hadassah's

(JTA)- Critics love to nitpick Hillary Clinton's personal and policy choices, as they have during the recent email scandal and the Benghazi scandal. This time, however, the critics may have a...

 
 News    May 1, 2015

Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Jerusalem

The 35th IAJGS International Conference is just around the corner. For a significant discount (and a chance to win great prizes in the drawing), register now. “Early Bird Special” ends on May 6. Visit www.iajgs2015.org to register. There will...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    May 1, 2015

Jewish Pavilion celebrates with tee time and fashion in May

The first week in May will be a very merry one for the Jewish Pavilion. The organization, which is known for bringing a smile to the face of seniors, is hosting two fundraisers that fall just three...

 

Bird watching at its best

Two world-class Birders, Dan Alon and Noam Weiss, will be coming to Maitland from Israel on Monday, May 4, on their way to participating in the Cape May, New Jersey, Audubon World Series of Birding...

 
 News    May 1, 2015

JNF Fund hosts Lawyers for Israel breakfast

On Wednesday, May 6, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) will host a special Lawyers for Israel Breakfast featuring guest speaker Brian Rosenzweig, co-founder and managing partner at JANVEST Technologies. The breakfast will take place 7:45 a.m. at The...

 
 News    May 1, 2015

Nominate a mensch for the Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2015 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. “For more than 25 years, individuals who have made major,...

 
 News    May 1, 2015

Celebrate Lag B'Omer with Temple Israel

Temple Israel invites the Orlando Jewish community to a Lag B’Omer celebration on Sunday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participate in the reenactment of the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) that was built by the Israelites during their...

 

Choices

I recently attended the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s women’s fundraising event – CHOICES – at the behest of the honoree, Ina Porth. It was a well-run program, and Ina is as deserving...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    May 1, 2015

Trust in Iran creates a dangerous mess

When Barack Obama began his first term as president, foreign policy chatter was prone to including terms like “regime change” and “axis of evil” in discussions about Iran. But as Obama sought to break decisively with the legacy of his...

 

An island in the sun

By Ira Sharkansky It isn’t the Caribbean image of paradise made popular by Harry Belafonte, but the Israeli reality of being out of step with its surroundings. And the surroundings extend much further than its Muslim neighbors. They also include pr...

 

Soccer and terrorism

As part of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) ongoing campaign to isolate and delegitimize Israel, the Palestinian Football (Soccer) Association is trying to get Israel suspended from international soccer’s governing body. The Palestinians are...

 

Holocaust education is for memory and action

KRAKOW, Poland (JTA)—The International March of the Living is in its 27th year. In those years, over 220,000 young people from around the globe have come to Poland to study, reflect and remember. They then return to their communities to share...

 

Why doesn't the world care about Palestinian refugees in Syria?

NEW YORK (JTA)—It’s happening again: Palestinian refugees are caught between warring factions in the Middle East and the world is reacting too slowly to their plight. In earlier times, Palestinian refugees found themselves in the crosshairs at...

 

Why such a small audience to honor our fallen IDF soldiers?

Dear Editor: First, I want to give my heartfelt appreciation to the organizers of the Yom HaZikaron Ceremony at the Jewish Community Center on April 21. They presented a most meaningful commemoration. The musicians and singers were outstanding!...

 

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...

 

The development of modern Hebrew slang

Excerpt from “Modern Hebrew, The Past and Future of a Revitalized Language,” McFarland Publishing, July 2014.  As in other cultures and their respective languages, the favorite topics of Hebrew slang are differences in behavior between the...

 
 News    May 1, 2015

Robotics Club at the Jewish Academy of Orlando

The Jewish Academy of Orlando has begun a Robotics Club, which meets after school once per week. At the Robotics Club students explore robotics and programming using the latest Lego EV3 robots. The students have been busy building and programming...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    May 1, 2015

Recycling toilet water and 4 other Israeli answers to California's drought

TEL AVIV (JTA)-For help facing its worst drought in centuries, California should look to a country that beat its own chronic water shortage: Israel. Until a few years ago, Israel's wells seemed like...

 

Bat Mitzvah - Emily Taylor Escobar

Emily Taylor Escobar, daughter of Carlos and Heather Escobar of Apopka, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Emily is in the...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 1, 2015

Scene Around

All of a sudden... At the ripe old age of 68 (oh shut up!) I find myself nervous about being Jewish. I went through this as a very young child of five, taking beatings every day until I began lying...

 

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