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Articles from the February 13, 2015 edition

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Tu B'Shevat is always great with chocolate

Kindergarteners through third graders of Congregation Ohev Shalom have a blast celebrating Tu B’Shevat dipping fruit into chocolate at Machaneh Ohev Lite on Feb. 1.... Full story


A 'treasures of Jewish music' concert at Temple L'Chayim

Temple L'Chayim will be hosting a special Purim Concert and Party featuring a melody of festive songs and traditional Jewish music. This event will be open to everyone. It will be held at the... Full story


Wladis on FKC Board of Directors

The Jewish Academy of Orlando is pleased to announce that its principal, Shari Wladis, has been elected to the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC) Board of Directors. Wladis has worked at Jewish... Full story


An ingeniously creative Tu B' Shevat

In this shemitah year, when the land in Israel is to lie fallow (no planting, watering, harvesting), Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Israel came up with a creative idea for planting trees, which is... Full story


Already 2 million strong, CUFI seeks to double down on Christian support for Israel

"Usually after the first event, it's like a firestorm," said Pastor Scott Thomas, the Florida state director for Christians United for Israel (CUFI). "The excitement hits, the understanding settles... Full story

 By Paul Miller    News    February 13, 2015

Embattled Brandeis University president stepping down

Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence, the leader of a Jewish-sponsored institution that has been at the center of several recent controversies, sent an email on Friday afternoon that... Full story


Orlando teens attend new member convention

Over the Jan. 30-Feb. 1 weekend, 40 Orlando BBYO members attended a weekend retreat in Lake Placid, Fla., with other teens from throughout the state of Florida. The convention featured a learning trac... Full story


J.O.IN. hosts Young Jewish Professional Network event

On Jan. 28, J.O.IN. Orlando launched its Young Jewish Professional Network with a Brews and Jews event held at The Citrus Club in Downtown Orlando. The event was attended by over 55 Jewish... Full story


Hear 'The Rockin' Doc' pianist in concert

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala and Temple B’nai Darom present pianist Dr. Gary Helfin, known as “The Rockin’ Doc,” in concert on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. at Temple B’nai Darom, 49 Banyan Course, Ocala. The concert will feature... Full story


The Good Ones

I was walking out of Publix the other day, my arms full of groceries, my head tilted down as I looked at the pavement, deep in thought, when I heard someone call my name. “Mr. Bornstein,” a woman... Full story



By Ira Sharkansky We can’t avoid it. There are a billion or so Muslims, and the rest of us are more or less dependent on what they do. Oil and gas is one dependence, which we should not minimize despite the current dip in price. Physical presence... Full story


How to respond to honors for Palestinian killer

Did you know that the United States Senate has been underwriting a series of events publicly glorifying a Palestinian terrorist who murdered an American citizen—in fact, a senator’s niece?  Well, it is, and this outrage must come to an end. The... Full story


Riding the wave of change in part-time Jewish education

Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for... Full story


Netanyahu's Congress speech follows in Rabin's footsteps

The supposedly unprecedented step taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his plan to speak directly before Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat on March 3, rather than working exclusively with the White House on the issue,... Full story


Why Jewish families should vaccinate their kids

(Kveller via JTA) ­ Since the news of the recent Disneyland measles outbreak and the subsequent chatter on Facebook began, I discovered I have at least four Facebook friends (and likely a few more) with healthy, non-immunocompromised,... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, February 13 - Friday, February 20

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

 By Pamela Ruben    News    February 13, 2015

Tu B'Shevat springs up at Brookdale and the Jewish Pavilion

On Friday, Jan. 31 a Tu B'Shevat seder sprung up at Brookdale Island Lake in Longwood with the help of the Jewish Pavilion. Longtime volunteer and president of the Jewish National Fund Board, Debbie... Full story



Hannah F. Herman passed away on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at MaryAnn Morse Nursing Home in Natick, Mass. She was 91 years old. Mrs. Herman was a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and was born on Jan. 30, 1924, to the late Louis and Minnie Uberstein Henkin. She... Full story



Michael Anthony Kaplan, born Sept. 28, 1941, in New York City, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in his Winter Springs, Florida, home. He was 73 years old. Michael was an army veteran, a brilliant entrepreneur and the most loving son, brother,... Full story


Obituary - GAYLA W. RHODES

Gayla W. Rhodes of Orlando, passed away at her home on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. She was 61 years old. Ms. Rhodes was born in Hayti, Missouri, to Lillian J. Tackett and the late Wayne Rhodes, and grew up in California and Kansas. She was an electrical... Full story


Celebrating Shabbat the COSUSY way

COSUSY held its annual Shabbaton at Camp Ithiel in Gotha, Florida, Jan. 30-Feb. 1. The teens celebrated Shabbat together through prayer, discussion, fun and food. USY is the teen youth group of... Full story


Celebrating Tu B'Shevat at Springhills of Lake Mary

The fifth-grade students of Congregation Ohev Shalom put aside their Super Bowl Sunday excitement long enough to share their enthusiasm and excitement with the residents of Springhills of Lake Mary.... Full story


Bar Mitzvah - Jacob Barkan

Jacob Barkan, son of Joshua and Gina Barkan, was called to the Torah as bar mitzvah on Jan. 31, 2015, at Congregation Sinai, Minneola, Florida. Jacob is in the seventh grade at South Lake Middle... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Ella Rachel Colley

Ella Rachel Colley, daughter of Robyn and Kevin Colley of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Ella is in the seventh... Full story


Scene Around

Kudos to Switzerland... I recently read an article in the World Jewish Congress Digest that, frankly, made me happy. My spouse and I visited Switzerland a few years ago. We loved the people, the... Full story


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