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Articles from the February 7, 2014 edition

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 By Stan Roberts    News    February 7, 2014

JFGO tackles Schwartz plan to save campus

For years, leaders of the Jewish community have wrestled with ways to find new sources of revenue and reduce debt on the Maitland campus but no one came up with a plan to do it. Until now. Local... Full story

 By Emilie Socash    News    February 7, 2014

Turnaround in Tampa community

TAMPA-Five years ago Tampa's Jewish community faced financial challenges similar to Orlando's-bogged down with debt. Among other things, Tampa solved its problems by selling assets and using the proce... Full story


UCF President Hitt opposes boycott of Israeli academic institutions

ORLANDO- University of Central Florida President John Hitt issued a statement today opposing the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, which has been promoted by some higher-education... Full story


Birthright expands free trips to Israel

NEW YORK—Taglit-Birthright Israel has announced that it is expanding its program eligibility to now include those young adults who had previously visited Israel as part of a peer trip when they were younger. The organization said the reason for... Full story


Purim with the Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion Gala this year will be a festive Purim party on Sunday, March 9 at 5 p.m. at the Westin, Lake Mary. The $100 couvert includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, a gourmet dinner, live music... Full story


Israeli dance workshop coming up in March

After a five-year hiatus, the Israeli dance group at the Roth JCC is reviving its annual dance workshop with Israeli dance instructor Dany Benshalom on Saturday evening, March 29 and Sunday, March 30. Dany Benshalom, workshop master teacher, is... Full story


Learn about what Israel brings to the world

A unique opportunity is available to our community to attend an afternoon of learning about the great advances that Israel brings to the world.  This event will be held Sunday, March 23 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Jewish... Full story


JCRC response to hunger

The Social Justice subcommittee of the JCRC has designated this year's focus to the growing issue of hunger, especially here in Central Florida. The first project of the year was a Jewish Response to... Full story


SOJC Holocaust Memorial awarded Eagle Scout Service Project of Year

The Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council and National Eagle Scout Association Committee chose Eagle Scout Max Waldor's Eagle Scout service project, Holocaust Memorial at Southwest Orlando,... Full story


JCC Southwest campus welcomes new program director

Eric Lightman jokes that he had been living in Boston for the past year and knew it was going to start snowing any day. So he, along with his wife, Margo, packed up and moved to Orlando in December.... Full story


'What if' we all were like Harris Rosen?

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland will host its 27th annual Dinner of Tribute on at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. This year's honoree,... Full story


How we got where we are

By David Bornstein In conversations with many community members, it became apparent that many people blame the Federation for the current crippling debt that encumbers the Maitland campus, while the... Full story


Are they crazy?

Even though it is difficult to understand, Islamic fanatics consider themselves at war with all non-Muslims as well as the entire United States. Understanding ones enemy is important to having any hope of defending one’s self, specifically when... Full story


After 28 years, Pollard deserves facts, not fiction

As pro bono attorneys for Jonathan Pollard since 2000, we never cease to be amazed at how those who are hostile to Pollard feel compelled to make up facts. Evidently, these adversaries recognize that the actual facts are not sufficient to justify... Full story


Collaboration, cooperation, coordination and communication

As I am out in the community, a recurring theme that comes up in many meetings and conversations is a lack of a unified Jewish community. This problem has been articulated by community members, volunteers, rabbis, and communal professionals. There... Full story


Federation is relevant-here's why

As I speak to people in the community, I am often asked “Is Federation relevant?” The answer is a resounding, “Yes.” There’s probably no better time or place to explain my answer than this edition of The Heritage. As with any organization,... Full story


Let's thank Prime Minister Harper

Dear Editor: Re: “Canada will stand by Israel through fire and water’ (Jan. 31 issue). I invite your readers to join with me to contact the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (address: Office of the Prime Minister, 80 Wellington Street,... Full story


In response to 'Palestine denial'

Dear Editor: Mr. David Benkof, MA Modern Jewish History/Stanford University article about Palestine denial is wrought with not only misinformation, but omission of information. I’m surprised that he does not tell the whole history of post biblical... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, February 7 - Friday, February 14

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. Congregatio... Full story


Meet forgotten Jewish refugees from Arab countries

On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., former Jewish refugees from Arab countries will step before the microphone and share experiences they and their families lived as they sought freedom in the United States. This event will take place at Temple Israel,... Full story


New face at Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion welcomes gerontologist Davida Barr as the new director of Community Outreach, as well as new to Orlando. Living most of her life in Israel, Barr was a successful community... Full story

 By Chris DeSouza    News    February 7, 2014

Ezra International fulfills dreams to help poor Jews make aliyah

Carlos and Maria and their two children wanted to emigrate to Israel from their home in Argentina, but financially it was an impossible dream. Argentina had suffered financial collapse in 2001, and... Full story


COS rabbis offers educational classes

This past month, Congregation Ohev Shalom’s Senior Rabbi Aaron Rubinger began his “Sichot” series that is a series of informal conversations between a rabbi and fellow congregants. The series is held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Recently,... Full story


Shabbat Service at Cong. Beth Sholom

Congregation Beth Sholom invites the public to its Shabbat service at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb.14.   Rabbi Karen Allen will lead the service.  Coffee and cake will be served following.  The synagogue is located at 315 North 13th Street in... Full story


Meet J Ball's King of Hearts, Bruce Gould

The Jewish Community Center is pleased to announce this year's honoree for their annual fundraiser, The J Ball, is Bruce Gould. Gould will be honored on March 8 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel for his... Full story


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