Articles from the February 12, 2016 edition

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Hillel at AIPAC

Central Florida Hillel students posed with Mosab Hassan Yousef (fifth from left), author of 'Son of Hamas' and a former Shin Bet informant, at AIPAC's annual Orlando event, attended by 300 Jews and... Full story


Not your typical spelling bee at Orlando Jewish Day School

When parents of students in grades K-5 gathered for Orlando Jewish Day School's annual spelling event on Tuesday, they were both amused and surprised to find that it was more of a high-tech school spe... Full story


Shapiros honored by HMREC

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida has announced that they will be honoring Valeria and Jim Shapiro at their annual Dinner of Tribute on April 7. According to the... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    February 12, 2016

Compromise on Western Wall

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Israel’s government approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall, putting to rest the decades-long fight between Women of the Wall and Israel’s haredi Orthodox religious estab... Full story


NH Jews like Sanders' authenticity, but voting all over the map

MANCHESTER, N.H. (JTA)-Michael Harris probably isn't your typical New Hampshire Republican. A 71-year-old from Hollis and president of his synagogue in nearby Nashua, Harris isn't sure who he would... Full story


CBS spotlights Palestinian terrorists as victims

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israeli Foreign Ministry slammed CBS News on Wednesday over its report on a terrorist attack near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, which carried a headline reading,... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    February 12, 2016

Indiana measure is latest state-level setback for BDS

The Indiana House of Representatives passed new legislation that targets businesses or other entities engaging in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, marking the latest victory in the fight against BDS on the U.S. state... Full story


Chabad International Conference reaffirms women's central role inspired by tradition

The annual conference of Chabad representatives ended Monday with a resounding affirmation of the preeminent place of the woman in Jewish life and community. Some 3,000 women from 87 countries... Full story


IDF soldier encourages JNFuture group to make a difference in Israel

The Central Florida Jewish Community was honored to welcome elite Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier and Jewish National Fund (JNF)/ Halutza Liaison Yedidya Harush to a Feb. 2 evening event in Winter Park, hosted by the Central Florida division of... Full story


Bunny Rosen Women's Heart Health Luncheon

Orlando Hadassah is preparing for the Bunny Rosen Women’s Heart Health Luncheon and Fashion Show on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park. Having experienced the perfect combination of great food, great service and a great v... Full story


JFGO-'Combating the Delegitimization of Israel'

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is hosting a Community Education Event on “Combating the Delegitimization of Israel” on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Roth JCC Auditorium, 851 North Maitland Avenue in Maitland. The Fed... Full story


The Blind Bind

With the public announcement that David Wayne, executive director of the Jewish Community Center, is moving on to a new phase in his life, and the JCC is conducting a nationwide search for a new... Full story


Iran: From cover-up to make-it-up

“When in Rome, do as the Iranians do.” That was the core message emerging from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Europe this week, in a bid to boost trade relations now that the sanctions related to Tehran’s nuclear program have been li... Full story



We’ve had another round of clamoring about who is responsible for the failure of Israelis and Palestinians to reach an agreement ending their disputes. There are two fronts in the recent verbiage. One consists of accusations by Mahmoud Abbas and B... Full story


Israeli Jews: Stab me once, shame on you

Last week Jews worldwide were treated to two stabbings, one murdering a Jewish mother of six bereaved children. The consequence of the second is the imminence of more to come. The immediate threat is to Jews, but there are many reasons why everyone s... Full story


Muslims must stand up to extremists

Followers of Islam face a growing threat of becoming a pariah community in the United States, as a consequence of now frequent acts of mass-murder committed by co-religionists here and abroad. Horrified by the war in Syria, violence in Africa, and... Full story


Kotel compromise shows Israelis know they need American Jews

(JTA)—The relationship between Israel and American Jews is a complicated mix of good news and bad news, and this week’s government compromise on the Western Wall, or Kotel, is a case in point: It’s a step forward in providing access for non-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


Ohev Shalom gala to feature renowned Jewish entertainer

Congregation Ohev Shalom will present Cantor Jack Mendelson at their annual Gala event on Feb. 21, 2016. Cantor Mendelson is a noted cantor, entertainer and humorist. Originally from Brooklyn, he... Full story


Experimenting at the Orlando Jewish Day School

Students engage in hands-on STEM activities as part of a community Science Night at the Orlando Jewish Day School in collaboration with the Science Center... Full story



Lee J. Lehner, age 75, of Apopka, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, at South Seminole Hospital in Longwood. Mr. Lehner was born in Kingston, New York, on April 4, 1940, to the late Henry and Rita Kinberg Lehner. He was an executive in retail... Full story



Joseph Zollman, a former editor-in-chief of the Minkus Stamp Catalogs and a Life Member of the American Philatelic Society, died Jan. 28, 2016 in Altamonte Springs. He was 93. Zollman started his philatelic career at the United Nations Postal... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    February 12, 2016

Why the Jewish Pavilion is going to the dogs

The Jewish Pavilion is going to the dogs- and the residents they serve in long-term care couldn't be happier. On Jan. 26 the Jewish Pavilion launched its new Licks and Hugs Program at Oakmonte... Full story


Giving back always in style at Jewish Pavilion Fashion Show

With the average volunteer model aged 40 years plus, the Jewish Pavilion's "Spring into Fashion" held at Bloomingdales' in Orlando on Feb. 5 showcased beauty and fashions for all ages. More than 100 w... Full story


Scene Around

Oy vay, here we go again?... I am really getting concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism. It is upsetting to say the least, but not talking about it, keeping quiet about it, is definitely the WRONG... Full story


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