Articles from the April 3, 2015 edition

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Chabad of South Orlando's new home

After having a presence in the southwest Orlando area for 15 years, and even though the building is not complete, Chabad of South Orlando, including the Chai Preschool Orlando and Orlando Jewish Day S... Full story

 By Sarah Wildman    News    April 3, 2015

J Street U students describe emotional, polarized Israel climate on campus

WASHINGTON (JTA)-At noon Monday, several hundred students marched through the bright March sunshine from the J Street conference at the Washington Convention Center for a protest. "This is not a... Full story


Cruz vows to support Israel

( Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), upon announcing that he will run for president, said he would support Israel "unapologetically." "Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Benjamin... Full story


David Blatt on life as NBA coach

WASHINGTON (JTA)-With the clock winding down on a recent game here, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was still barking out instructions to his players despite enjoying a late 40-point lead over... Full story


Bar mitzvah invitation goes viral on YouTube

Brody Criz wants to be like Jim Carrey when he grows up. He wants to be known for "being funny." So when it came time to send out his bar mitzvah invitations, this creative young man, a seventh... Full story

 By Orit Arfa    News    April 3, 2015

What ordinary Palestinians are saying about the Israeli election

Near the entrance to the city of Ariel in the heart of Samaria lies an Arab strip mall of sorts, where Jews and Palestinians alike can get fruits and vegetables, a car wash, pet supplies, hummus, and... Full story


'Elijah' to finish Bach Festival Society 80th season

Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Artistic Director John V. Sinclair is pleased to announce two performances of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” on April 25 and 26 at Knowles Memorial Chapel in Winter Park. The performances will be the final program in the... Full story


'Survival and Promise' with Pastor Blake Lorenz

On Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m., the Zionistas invite the community to attend a presentation titled "Survival and Promise" by Pastor Blake Lorenz. The presentation will be held at Encounter Global... Full story


T.I. Adult Education presents 'A Journey into the Holocaust'

In remembrance of Yom Ha Shoah, Temple Israel's Adult Education committee will present Orlando's premier showing of the nationally acclaimed movie "A Journey into the Holocaust," on Wednesday, April... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    April 3, 2015

Obama, not Netanyahu, is killing the two-state solution

President Barack Obama is correct. There is, as he said on Tuesday, no realistic prospect of a Palestinian state being created through a diplomatic process for the foreseeable future. “What we can’t do is pretend that there’s a possibility for somet... Full story



The heading is not meant to mourn the election results, but the month or more of haggling and babbling that will surround us until there is a new government. Several times a day we’ll be hearing commentators speculating about who gets what m... Full story


Sharing the blame as fault lines deepen

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to appeal directly to Israel’s nationalist camp in the final days of the election campaign appears to have paid off, at least in the short term. He won a decisive victory and is now in the process of forming a coa... Full story


Reflecting on empathy and an unspeakable tragedy for the Jewish community

My name is Gabriel Naddaf, and I have the privilege of being a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth in the Galilee. My people have mistakenly been called “Christian Arabs”, but the reality is that we are Arameans, descendents of people who lived her... Full story


Muslims and far left-wing Israeli NGSs harm Christian Arabs in Israel

My name is Gabriel Naddaf, and I have the privilege of being a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth in the Galilee. My people have mistakenly been called “Christian Arabs”, but the reality is that we are Arameans, descendents of people who lived her... Full story

 By Julie Wiener    Opinions    April 3, 2015

Must bar/bat mitzvah kids be video stars?

(JTA)—Another slick bar mitzvah invitation video of questionable taste has gone viral. This time it’s for the impending bar mitzvah of Brody Criz, whose invitation consists of him starring in a Jew-ified medley of pop-song parodies—including one o... Full story


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.m... Full story


Siskinds' gift improves sound quality at Holocaust Center

Thanks to the generosity of Melvin and Zelda Siskind, visitors to the Holocaust Center enjoy a major improvement in how well they can hear a presentation in the back exhibit room. A new high-quality... Full story


Nominate a mensch for the Heritage Human Services 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, v... Full story



Melvin J. Bloom, age 91, of Sanford, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015, at his residence at Atria at Lake Forest. Mr. Bloom was born in Boston, Mass., on March 23, 1923, to the late Bernhard Joseph Bloom and Eva Schwartz Bloom. He served in the... Full story



Susan Roberta Kay, age 69, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015, at her residence. She was born in New York, N.Y., on Aug. 23, 1945, to the late Seaman R. and Anita Fuchs Kay. She held a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and Master of Science in c... Full story



Alice M. Melendez, age 45, of Tampa, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2015, at Florida Hospital—Tampa. A native of New Brunswick, New Jersey, she worked as a shipping clerk in the warehouse industry. She was the wife of Christopher Melendez who s... Full story

 By My-Nhon Truong    News    April 3, 2015

200 UCF students make challah at Mega Challah Bake

This article first appeared on Knightly News and the website is listed Chabad at UCF, a group for Jewish students, organized the Mega Challah Bake in the Pegasus Ballroom in the... Full story


'Hanging Out' at COS Hebrew school open houses

Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school will be holding open houses for any prospective students entering pre-k through seventh grade in the fall and their parents. "The best way to see what we do is t... Full story


Hats off to this year's Choices ambassadors

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Choices' 40 ambassadors have been working hard to make this year's event the party of the year. On April 14, Choices will be off and running into its 21st ce... Full story


Scene Around

Am I "green" with envy? No way! But, if you are a "senior citizen" you should read this story sent to me by a reader: "Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady,... Full story


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