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 By Uriel Heilman    News    May 17, 2013

Orlando philanthropists offer Hillel evergreen funding model

(JTA) – Real estate developer Hank Katzen has a conviction: If you build it, they will come. Except this is no baseball field in an Iowa cornfield. It’s a $60 million, 600,000-square-foot luxury d...

 
 By Gil Shefler    Features    May 17, 2013

Breaking with all black, some Chabad men pushing fashion boundaries

NEW YORK (JTA)—Yosel Tiefenbrun looked in the mirror and he liked what he saw. The 23-year-old Chabad rabbi and apprentice at Maurice Sedwell, a bespoke tailor’s shop on London’s Savile Row,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 17, 2013

Qatar pushing to make its name

WASHINGTON (JTA)—When it comes to the latest Arab peace initiative, two questions are circulating in Washington: Why Qatar? And why now? The three answers: Because Qatar is rich; it is scared; and...

 

Changing Borders of Eastern Europe

Hal Bookbinder, a world-renowned expert in genealogy, will be the guest speaker at the next monthly meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO). “The Changing Borders of Ea...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 17, 2013

Haredi Orthodox youth mob Western Wall to protest women's prayer service

By Ben Sales JERUSALEM (JTA)—Haredi Orthodox youths mobbed the Western Wall plaza by the thousands to protest Women of the Wall as they held their monthly prayer service. The youths, many of them...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 17, 2013

Amid rising Islamism in Africa, Israel-Senegal ties still flourishing

DAKAR, Senegal (JTA)—Struggling to be heard over a flock of bleating sheep, Israel’s ambassador to Senegal invites a crowd of impoverished Muslims to help themselves to about 100 sacrificial...

 

'JCC Fever' at annual meeting

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando will host its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 at the Roth JCC in Maitland.  The meeting will be themed to “JCC Fever” in honor of its 1973-founding and 40th anniversary. Awards will be...

 

Glaser to perform free in Ormond Beach

Sam Glaser, named one of the top 10 Jewish artists in the United States by Moment magazine, will perform Saturday, May 18 in a free concert at Congregation B’nai Torah, 403 N. Nova Road in Ormond Beach. Beginning at 8 p.m. there will be a...

 

Get your groove on Saturday at the J Ball

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the J Ball at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. The J Ball will be honoring Susan and Jerry...

 

COS graduates 7th graders with special presentation

Congregation Ohev Shalom held Kitah Zayeen/7th grade graduation on May 8. The class of 5773 shared their thoughts on what it means to be created in the image of God, what it means to be a Jewish...

 

Community service hours

Fulfilling community service hours is easy when college students engage with the Jewish Pavilion. Students have the opportunity to assist in the office and visit with seniors in long-term care....

 
 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    May 17, 2013

Is China trying to co-opt the Holocaust?

During his visit to China last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recalled that the city of Shanghai was “one of the few places that opened its gates” to Jews fleeing Hitler. Officials of the Chinese Communist government, standing...

 
 By David Suissa    Opinions    May 17, 2013

A mitzvah called shmooze

In a crummy economy, people are always looking for good investments—a promising stock, a real estate opportunity, a star mutual fund. It’s really not that different in the “mitzvah economy”—donors and do-gooders are also looking to squeeze...

 

Syria, others and us

By Ira Sharkansky The latest numbers about the 2-year-old Syrian civil war are 80,000 deaths, one million refugees over the borders in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, and a total of four million displaced Syrians either over the borders or away from...

 

AJCongress: Jack Rosen's one-man show?

What’s your definition of a “major national Jewish organization”? Could it be made up of less than 20 people? Don’t laugh. Consider the case of the American Jewish Congress. The storied organization, dating back to 1918 and led in its early...

 

Between jihad and liberty

How much Islamophobia is just enough? That’s probably the least sensitive way to pose a question that has been bothering me lately. The Boston Marathon bombings gave a new boost to the cottage industry of “anti-jihad” activists, like Pamela...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    May 17, 2013

Church of Scotland needs to take further action to end its war on Judaism

In a recent, exhaustive study of anti-Semitism, the German scholar Clemens Heni explains the significance for Christian theology of the story of Ahasver, a Jewish shoemaker in Jerusalem who, legend has it, refused Jesus a resting place as he made...

 

What's Happening - Friday, May 17 - Friday, May 24

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...

 

Talia wants to leave her 'footprints' at Base Camp

Talia Joy Castellano, of Goldenrod, a one time member of Congregation Ohev Shalom, has been fighting cancer for nearly seven years and last August she was told she has a new second kind of cancer....

 

Nominate a mensch for the Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2013 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented in August at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. “For more than 25 years, individuals who have...

 

Obituary - GERTRUDE ALPERT

Gertrude Alpert (nee Levin) of Altamonte Springs died on May 5, 2013. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Alpert was born on Oct. 12, 1920 in Chicago, where she lived until she retired to Florida with her husband, Sol, who predeceased her. An avid poker and...

 

Obituary - CHARLOTTE ETTINGER ROTENBERG

Charlotte Ettinger Getz Rotenberg, of Longwood, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2013 at her residence. She was 89 years old. Mrs. Rotenberg was born on Jan. 11, 1924 in Miami Beach, the youngest of fiv...

 

Thousands flock to Beersheba to participate in Israel's first Glow Run

Shiny clothes, reflective signs and routes painted in ultra-colors brightened the nighttime sky of Beersheba, the capital of the Negev, on May 2 as the city hosted Israel’s first Glow Run, the...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Israel’s Cabinet approves reduced defense cuts JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel’s Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to moderate cuts to the defense budget as part of sweeping austerity measures....

 

Bat Mitzvah - ALANA REESE HALPERIN

Alana Reese Halperin, daughter of Cindy and Scott Halperin of Longwood, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Alana is an...

 

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