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Articles from the February 5, 2016 edition

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Join the festivities at Kinneret Council on Aging's 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner

Tickets are now available and plans are well underway for The Kinneret Council on Aging's 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner that will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. This year's honorees are: Irwin... Full story


Appelbaum family and Harriet Weiss to be recognized at JCC's 11th annual J Ball

The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is honoring Dick and Dottie Appelbaum and their family in recognition of decades of remarkable commitment and support, as well as presenting... Full story


Expansion for Rosen JCC

The Rosen JCC announces the Grand Opening on Feb. 27, 2016 of their expanded facilities, featuring the new Rosen Event Center, new classrooms, a Parenting Center, STEM lab, catering kitchen and... Full story


Wayne steps down as executive director

Last Thursday, Jan. 28, Ronnie Bitman, president of the JCC Board of Directors, announced that David Wayne, JCC executive director, was leaving his position. "As with all aspects of life, nothing is... Full story


BDS resolution battle continues at USF

The University of South Florida (USF) Student Government (SG) Senate voted on Jan. 19 to approve a joint resolution, titled "In Support of Student Voices," calling for the university to divest from... Full story


Rightous Among the Nations ceremony held at Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C.

On Jan. 27, 2016, International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, and the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a unique ceremony honoring Righteous Among... Full story


Jonathan Pollard cancels speech

Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org-Jonathan Pollard, who was released in November after serving 30 years in a U.S. prison for spying on America for Israel, canceled a speech he was scheduled to give... Full story


Thousands of Jews experience the magic at Chabad of Orlando

Boys and girls in bright uniforms are beating their instruments to the chords of a classic Jewish song in music class, as Israeli tourists making Shabbat reservations join their singing from behind a... Full story


JCC grand opening features 'Phantom of the Opera' star

Rosen JCC's Opening Night Gala on Feb. 27, will celebrate the grand opening of the Rosen Event Center, offering a spectacular show by Theatre South, a professional theater company based in Southwest... Full story


Roses for Tess Wise

At the International Holocaust Remembrance Day observance, held Wednesday, Jan. 27 at the Holocaust Center, a standing-room-only audience listened spell bound as Tess Wise, founder of the Center,... Full story


Taking positive action in the aftermath of bomb threat

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, The Jewish Academy of Orlando, and two other Florida schools—the Meyer Academy in Palm Beach Gardens (as well as the Mandel Jewish Community Center there) and the Chabad of Tampa Bay school—received bomb threats. There were n... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    February 5, 2016

Anti-Semitism in 2016: global challenge lacks a global strategy

Another week, another litany of ugly incidents targeting Jews, along with expressions of concern about rising anti-Semitism around the globe, and even the odd solution offered up. But as we’ve been slowly learning since the turn of this century,... Full story


Ban Ki-moon, step down

Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon justifies terrorism and incitement: “It is human nature to react to occupation.” Actually, stabbing a pregnant woman or a mother of six is not human nature. Instead of making excuses for... Full story


Sadness and self defense

There is sadness along with satisfaction in recent stories of Palestinians captured or killed as a result of their attacks against Jews. A 13-year-old girl was shot to death as she charged, with knife raised, against a security guard on the border... Full story


Will letters of support heal the world?

Dear Editor: In your issue of Jan. 22, a prominent lady who does many good things for our Jewish community published a letter addressed to local Islamic leaders expressing her “empathy and support” for their suffering from “ever increasing... Full story


Read the Quran

Dear Editor: In response to the article in the Heritage by the Jewish Community Relations Council on Jan.22, 2016, I think it would be a good idea for all Jews to buy a copy of the Quran and read it.  It will help you to gain insight into the minds... Full story


Two Holy Qurans

Dear Editor: I want to compliment the leadership of the Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando for reaching out to the local Muslim community. It is through interactions such as this that we as Jews can learn... Full story


JCRC's letter chills free speech

Dear Editor: In the Jan. 22, 2016, issue of the Heritage it was reported that Ina Porth, Rhonda Forest, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando voted to “stand with all those who unequivocally... Full story


Dealing with the bomb threat at Jewish Academy of Orlando

On Jan. 26, the Roth Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Orlando’s Facebook page posted a letter from Executive Director David Wayne explaining that the Jewish Academy of Orlando had received a bomb threat, but that the area was found... Full story


The State Department's anti-Palestinian racism

The U.S. State Department has been so pro-Palestinian for so long that it might seem startling to suggest that there is a current of anti-Palestinian racism at Foggy Bottom. But just consider: The official Palestinian Authority (PA) daily newspaper,... 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... Full story


Temple Israel children enjoy Tu B'Shevat

Sunday, Jan. 24, was a busy day at Temple Israel. In celebration of Tu B'shvat, the students in the Meitin Religious School planted cedar and oak trees on the Temple grounds. Rabbi Neely conducted a... Full story


Obituary - RUTH A. FRACK

Ruth Frack, age 83, of Lake Mary, passed away on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at Lake Mary Health and Rehabilitation Center. A New York native, Mrs. Frack was born on May 5, 1930, to the late Edward and Esther Zung Adelson. She received her Bachelor of... Full story



Ayla Moskowitz, age 19, of Rockville, Maryland, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Ocklawaha, Fla. Miriam was born in Rockville on May 1, 1996 to Stuart M. Moskowitz and Fran Gage. She was a student. Funeral services were held in Maryland.... Full story



Robert Eugene Newton of Orlando, passed away on Jan. 10, 2016. He was 74 years old, born to Eugene Newton and Edith Parsley in Hamilton, Ohio, on June 15, 1941. Mr. Newton was married on June 17, 1961, to his devoted wife of 54 years, Phyllis... Full story


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