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Articles from the May 29, 2015 edition

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 Features    May 29, 2015

Fourteen Jewish Academy of Orlando students celebrate graduation

On Thursday, May 28, the Jewish Academy of Orlando graduated 14 eighth-grade students at their annual end of the celebration. Five of the 14 graduates have been students at the Jewish Academy of...

 
 News    May 29, 2015

Many awards and recognitions given at JCC annual meeting

The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando held its annual meeting on May 19. The National Anthem and Hatikva were sung by the 39ers' Honorable Menschen Choir; a new board of...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    May 29, 2015

New social group for young women

Friendship and fun are the main objectives of the Young Women's Social Group recently formed by the Jewish Pavilion. Not long ago, Nancy Ludin, Jewish Pavilion executive director, and Carol Feuerman,...

 
 By Paul Miller    News    May 29, 2015

Illinois votes to oppose BDS

Illinois became the third state in a month to pass legislation formally opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. But going further than non-binding anti-BDS...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    May 29, 2015

Meet the new neighborhood terrorists in Gaza

As Islamic terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East sink to new levels of brutality, the Palestinian terror group Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis and launched thousands of rocke...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    May 29, 2015

Pope Francis in pro-Israel crosshairs

Controversy is swirling over conflicting reports as to whether or not the Pope Francis called Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas an "angel of peace" during a meeting at the Vatican....

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 29, 2015

Standing up to the 'unthinkable'

A presentation by Pastor Blake Lorenz about “Survival and Promise,” sponsored by the Zionistas on Sunday, May 17, became an informal group discussion about the “Unthinkable.” After introductions were made and Lorenz spoke briefly that the...

 
 News    May 29, 2015

Arkins honored as a 'perfect fit' for Holocaust Center

The Holocaust Center honored local community activists, Susan and Gordon Arkin, at its annual Dinner of Tribute. The event raised more than $330,000 to support the Center's education and bullying...

 
 News    May 29, 2015

People of the Book is back for the summer

People of the Book returns for the third year of One Book, One Community, One Summer, a chance to read and discuss a book of general interest to the Jewish community. This year’s book is “The Jew and the Lotus” by Roger Kamenetz, the...

 
 News    May 29, 2015

Jewish Business Network gets serious about off-the-wall tips

Guest speaker Jane Edelstein, president of Edelstein Associates, shares “Seven Off-the-Wall Tips for Better Business Meetings” during the Jewish Business Network’s gathering Tuesday, May 19, at Brown’s New York Deli in Maitland. More than 30...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    May 29, 2015

Summit highlights Arab displeasure with Obama over Iran

I will be interesting to see if Saudi Arabia’s King Salman gets the “Bibi treatment” from the news media this week. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, you’ll remember, was accused of snubbing President Barack Obama when he addressed...

 
 By Tricia Miller    Opinions    May 29, 2015

An academic case for Christian Zionism

In what was a precedent-setting event, the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) sponsored a recent conference titled “People of the Land: A Twenty-First Century Case for Christian Zionism” in Washington, D.C. It was reportedly the...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    May 29, 2015

Left, right and center

Prior to the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, public opinion on a Jewish Homeland was divided—even among Jews. Some, especially in the United States felt that we shouldn’t make a fuss. After all, wasn’t life here pretty good? Well,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Opinions    May 29, 2015

Will Vatican's Palestine reference impact Jewish-Catholic ties?

WASHINGTON (JTA) – When considering the Vatican’s creep toward recognition of Palestinian statehood, think “Israel-Vatican” and not “Jewish-Catholic,” say Jewish officials involved in dialogue with the church. A May 13 announcement on...

 
 By Jeffrey F. Barken    Opinions    May 29, 2015

Pro-Israel voices tackle the war of ideas on college campuses?

Recent ordeals for Jews on college campuses include being probed on their religious identity in student government hearings, seeing swastikas sprayed on fraternity houses, and the presence of a student-initiated course accused of anti-Semitism. Pro-I...

 
 By Danny Danon    Opinions    May 29, 2015

Jerusalem: not just an idea

With another Jerusalem Day (May 17) passing us by, we are once again witnesses to the usual platitudes from our leaders. We again hear the speeches about the unity of our capital and how it will never be divided again. These notions are of course...

 
 Calendar    May 29, 2015

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 a....

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    May 29, 2015

Wikipedia co-founder likes Israel but stays neutral

TEL AVIV (JTA)-In 2003, two years after the website was founded, the editors of Wikipedia faced a dilemma: How should they refer to the part-fence, part-wall Israel was building along the West Bank...

 
 By Julie Wiener    Features    May 29, 2015

Natalie Portman raps Bibi, hearts Alan Dershowitz

(JTA)-Hollywood Reporter's new cover story interview with actress Natalie Portman may be one of the most heavily Jewish-themed articles the magazine has ever published. In it, the Israel-born...

 
 News    May 29, 2015

Heritage accepting nominations for 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,...

 
 Life Cycles    May 29, 2015

Bar Mitzvah - Luke Alexander Cohn

Luke Alexander Cohn, son of Sheri and Alan Cohn of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Luke is in the seventh grade...

 
 Life Cycles    May 29, 2015

Bat Mitzvah - Alexis Chy-Anne Miller

Alexis Chy-Anne Miller, daughter of Scott and Helen Miller of Minneola, Florida, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Congregation Sinai of Minneola, Fla. Alexis...

 
 By Abby Sher    Features    May 29, 2015

Why this weird-looking mushroom is called a 'Jew's Ear'

(Jewniverse via JTA)-What do Judas Iscariot and hot-and-sour soup have in common? A rubbery mushroom known as "Auricularia auricula-judae," or "Jew's ear." The term "Jew's ear" might make you feel...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 29, 2015

Scene Around

I received a phone call... A very lovely sounding lady named LILLY phoned me recently to talk about anti-Semitism. She felt that Jewish organizations and communities should let all the good things...

 
 Features    May 29, 2015

Hitchcock Holocaust film finds an audience, 70 years later

By Gabrielle Birkner NEW YORK (JTA)-"This was a woman," the narrator explained, as the camera pans over a figure so emaciated and burnt that it's barely recognizable as human. It's one of the more...

 

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