Articles from the January 16, 2015 edition

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Have the time of your life at the Middle School Dance

On Jan. 18, middle school students (6th-8th graders) from across the community are invited to attend a dance at the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's Harriett Lake Auditorium. The... Full story


Beth Am hosts 'mitvah maven'

LONGWOOD-Danny Siegel, poet, author and "Mitzvah Maven," will be the Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Beth Am of Longwood for Shabbat Bo, Jan. 23-25, 2015. Siegel, probably the key Jewish leader... Full story


Central Florida Hillel to receive Torah

Temple Torat Emet, formerly Temple Torah of West Boynton Beach, announced that it will provide Central Florida Hillel with the gift of a Torah as a “permanent loan.” The Torah will be officially moving to the new home for CFH at Northview early thi... Full story


Jewish cartoonist Georges Wolinski among 12 dead in Paris shooting

(JTA)-An attack on the Paris headquarters of a French satirical magazine has left at least 12 people dead, including the Jewish caricaturist Georges Wolinski. Two of the reported fatalities in... Full story


Egyptian president calls for Islam to grow up

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi calls for Islam to 'grow up' and join the 21st century in its "Islamic thinking" at the prestigious Al-Azhar University. Al-Azhar is the same location where Pre... Full story


Crack! Bam! Dot! Joker! 11th annual Maj Madness Tournament

These will be the sounds being heard at the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's 11th Annual "Maj Madness" Mah Jongg Tournament to be held Sunday, Jan.25, 2015. The festivities wil... Full story


The Art of Parenting course offered at JLI

Parenting is quite possibly the most difficult job in the world, yet it’s one for which most receive little or no preparation. Children do not come with instruction manuals, and the awesome responsibility of raising them to be well-adjusted, moral a...


CRJ course about role people play in shaping history

Beginning Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, Congregation of Reform Judaism invites all Jewish ninth through12th graders to participate in a 10-week course titled Facing History & Ourselves: Holocaust and Human Behavior. Taught by director of Education, Sheryl... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 16, 2015

Charlie Hebdo and the temptation of self-censorship

As predictably as birds flying south for the winter, this week’s abominable terrorist attack on the headquarters of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, brought forth the usual burnt-out platitudes from those commentators who insist that I... Full story


Stuck with one another

Israel and Palestine are having another dance that may seem unreal, but is the essence of our relationship. Each is pressing on the other. Palestinians say they will bring charges against Israel for war crimes, overlooking the capacity of Israel to b... Full story


HarperCollins must not delegitimize Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Before the HarperCollins Middle East atlas story is deleted from email inboxes, it pays to spend another moment ruminating on the damage caused by companies that ought to know better. On its website, HarperCollins bills itself as ... Full story


If pictures are worth a thousand words, how about maps?

A major book publisher, deluged with criticism for leaving Israel off a map in its Middle East Atlas, has apologized and withdrawn the book from circulation. You don’t have to know the name of the publisher to know one thing for certain: it’s not... Full story


Anti-Israel forces losing ground

Critics of Israel periodically issue doomsday warnings about how the Jewish state will face international isolation if it does not quickly give in to Palestinian demands. Last week’s United Nations Security Council vote shows, once again, how w... Full story


Defending Alan Dershowitz is not a Jewish issue

Well known rights advocate, celebrated criminal attorney and Harvard law Professor Alan Dershowitz is under attack. An under-age girl claimed in court proceedings that she had sexual relations with him while she was a “sex slave” by businessman Jef... Full story


HarperCollins and the ultimate map of Israel insult

Dear Editor: I had a non-Jewish girlfriend my first year at college some four decades ago. I remember being at her home one day and visiting with her and her mother. The mood was light and we were kidding one another, and then her mother said to me... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, January 16 - Friday, January 23

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, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Con... Full story


Tri County Chapter of Hadassah elects new officers

The Tri County Chapter of Hadassah (Lake, Marion and Sumter) was founded in 2010 by past-President Sheila Shayne with about 25-30 members, most if not all from The Villages, Florida. Today under the... Full story


Plan your legacy at Cong. Sinai

Congregation Sinai, Minneola, Fla., will present a free educational seminar titled Celebration of Life - Planning your Legacy on Sunday Feb. 8, 2015 from 2- 4:30 p.m. The entire community is invited to attend. This seminar’s goal is to help people m... Full story


Conversations with Rabbi Neely in Maitland, Jan. 25

Rabbi Joshua Neely of Temple Israel will continue his series, "Conversations with the Rabbi," on Sunday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m., at Brown's New York Deli in Maitland. This month's topic is Jewish... Full story


Hibernation hoopla at Jewish Academy of Orlando!

The end of fall introduced the kindergarten students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando to the hibernation habits of many different animals. Science lessons answered inquires about the 5W's: who... Full story


A search for survivors four decades after Golan attack

The Seeking Kin column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)-Early on the morning of Oct. 23, 1973, Arye David found himself on a hill deep in the Golan Heights beside... Full story


American Historical Association rejects anti-Israel resolutions

(—The American Historical Association (AHA) rejected two anti-Israel resolutions proposed by Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement activists in a 144-55 vote at the association’s annual meeting on Sunday in New York. The res... Full story


Surprise! Look what the 1939 Palestinian flag looked like

Mark Bernadiner, PhD., sent this article to the Heritage. This is a photo of a page from the Larousse French dictionary from 1939. In the appendix it lists all the then current flags of the world in...


Scene Around

"Where did I park the car?..." This is a question I asked my spouse once, as I was coming out of a shopping center. "Where did I park the car? I don't remember. I think I may have Alzheimer's... Full story


Palestinian unilateralism means Oslo Accords no longer valid

(—The Palestinian Authority’s unilateral quest for statehood and other forms of recognition in the international arena is among 10 points illustrating why the 1993 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians are no longer valid, wro...


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