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Articles from the January 22, 2016 edition

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Maitland's Monument Man received Congressional Gold Medal

On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, the United States Congress presented the Monuments men and women, of all 14 nations, with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United... Full story


See the StandWithUs Israel billboard countering an anti-Israel ad

StandWithUs (SWU) is placing a billboard on University Boulevard east of Forsyth Road beginning the week of Jan. 25, 2016 for four weeks. The billboard reminds commuters of the benefits of the US-Israel relationship which "creates hundreds of... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    January 22, 2016

Gaeser honored by Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion (JP) recognizes someone with a flair for giving back to the community every year at its annual fashion show. This year the JP is honoring Friends Board member Marci Gaeser at its... Full story


Mid-East expert coming to Orlando

As the turmoil in the Middle East continues to increase; as states like Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen fall apart in a bloodshed; as millions of people from the Middle East become refugees in western... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 22, 2016

As Turkey reaches out to Israel, groups move to embrace rival

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Less than a month after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled a readiness to mend ties with Israel after years of antipathy, a delegation of American Jewish leaders has... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    January 22, 2016

PA's uncertain future creates angst on both sides of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The ongoing wave of Palestinian terrorism that has plagued Israel since last fall has also brought to the fore the Palestinians' frustration with their own leadership. While Palestinian Authority... Full story


French Jewish politician died of asphyxiation

(JTA)-A French Jewish politician found dead in his home was killed by asphyxiation, the autopsy found. The body of Alain Ghozland, 73, a municipal councilor in the Paris suburb of Creteil, was also re... Full story


Unique interfaith dialogue at Beth Am

On Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, Congregation Beth Am in Longwood will host a unique interfaith dialogue—The Jewish Jesus in Text and Context—in collaboration with 10 ministers and leaders of diverse faith communities. Starting at 2 p.m. in the Congrega... Full story


JCRC expresses support to local Muslim community

Hate crimes targeting Muslim Americans and mosques across the United States tripled in the month after the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. In light of this sobering development,... Full story


AIPAC presents a program of courage and heroism

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is hosting its Annual Orlando Event on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at The Alfond Inn, 300 East New England Avenue, Winter Park. The evening will begin with a... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 22, 2016

The humiliation of America

So numerous were the omissions, distortions, and flights of extraordinary fancy in President Barack Obama’s Jan. 12 State of the Union address that you’d be hard-pressed to pick the most egregious passage. For what it’s worth, then, I offer my... Full story


Extradition: the Palestinian Authority's dirty little secret

It’s that dirty little secret nobody wants to talk about, because it makes everybody uncomfortable. It hovers in the background, it’s hidden in the closet, and it lingers in the recesses of our minds. But it’s there, written in black and white... Full story


Islam and the rest of us

In one of the episodes of the TV drama, Homeland, a CIA operative reports to a meeting of senior officers about his experience in Syria.  The discussion proceeds something like this: There are too many militias to count, and more than a few... Full story


Rabin opposed Palestinian State and built-in settlements

What would have happened if Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin hadn’t been murdered? Would history have been altered? Not according to former IDF Intelligence head and Labor Party frontbencher, Amos Yadlin, speaking last week. “He would have... Full story


Israel's shift from West to East and its implications for American Jewry

Last week, the media carried what on the surface appeared to be an insignificant story on the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s announcement of plans to shut down its Philadelphia consulate, along with four other closings involving embassy and consulate... Full story


It's not bigotry-it's common sense

Dear Editor: Ms. Wendy Wisner’s touching concern for the so-called Muslim refugees (Heritage, Jan. 8, 2016, Page 12) with analogies to the Jewish Holocaust victims is naïve and inappropriate. Before the U.S. entered World War II, Jewish victims of... Full story


What's Happening

TUESDAY, JANUARY 26 Torah & Tea—Women’s study group meeting weekly from 9:30—10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room at the Chabad Center of Jewish Life, 7347 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando. The group is open to all women. Admission is free and no previo... Full story



Sheila Kaprow, age 67, of Winter Springs, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, at South Seminole Hospital in Longwood. Mrs. Kaprow, one of three children of the late Bernard and Sylvia Bernstein Weinstein, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 22,... Full story



Mary Lavin, age 81, of Longwood, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2105, at Island Lake Center in Longwood. Mrs. Lavin was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 5, 1934, one of two daughters of the late Nathan and Sylvia Friedman Feldman. She was a... Full story



Jeanette Rand, age 78, of College Park, Orlando, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. A New York native, Jeanette was the daughter of the late David and Anna Rand. She was a long time resident of... Full story



Leonard Wolfson, age 96, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and formerly of Orlando, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Milwaukee. Mr. Wolfson was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Dec. 13, 1919, to the late Samuel and Feigele Shildkraut Wolfson and was a... Full story


Choices ticket sales, sponsorships soar

Choices 2016, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's largest women's philanthropy event of the year, is proving to be a hot ticket. Just three days after invitations began arriving in the... Full story


Winter Park brother and sister respond to gun violence with tikun olam

Special to Heritage This is a story about a dog named Lilly, a festering dispute that emptied streets in a Winter Park neighborhood and how two young children responded with acts of tikun olam. It all... Full story


Scene Around

Okay! Okay! I'm sorta old (sorta)... What kind of word is sorta?? And speaking of words and getting older, I received this email recently. Read on: "Lost Expressions from Our Childhood Heavens to... Full story


Why do Jews say mazel tov and l'chaim?

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present The Jewish Course of Why, the institute's new six-session winter 2016 course that will begin during the week of Feb. 8, 2016. Partnering with JLI... Full story


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