Articles from the February 14, 2014 edition

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Debate on Sochi Olympics- sports, politics and security

With the Winter Olympics underway in Sochi, Russia, the Jewish debate on the games mirrors the discourse taking place in the broader international and athletic communities. While some Jews say they... Full story

 By Debra Rubin    News    February 14, 2014

Special U.S. envoy is an advocate for Holocaust survivors in poverty

Aviva Sufian was just 8 years old when her mother took her to an American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors event in Philadelphia in 1985. She remembers survivor after survivor standing up and... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    February 14, 2014

No lost sleep over boycott threat

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Of the 200,000 wine bottles Yakov Burg produced last year, 16,000 went to Europe. The possibility of a boycott and repeated rumblings that Europe is planning to label goods produced in... Full story


JCC preschool offers $1,000 off

New families to the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando’s Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center in Maitland now have an extra incentive to enroll in the area’s top-rated preschool program—$1,000 off enrollment. “We... Full story


Planting water in Israel

(Israel21c)-The Jewish National Fund isn't only about planting forests. Some of its newest water-tech projects were recently showcased in Israel. Exciting fact about Israel's land use, as the world... Full story


My valentine to American Jewish men

(JTA)—On Valentine’s Day, I’d like to sing the praises of American Jewish men. I’m aware it’s a rather large group, but that’s the point: The United States is a sea of plenty for Jewish men. Whereas in Britain, where I grew up, there are... Full story


AIPAC joins Obama in call to delay Iran sanctions vote

(Algemeiner)—In a sharp about turn, AIPAC, the America Israel Public Affairs Committee, has now backed the White House in its call to delay a Senate vote on new sanctions against Iran while the U.S. and world powers negotiate with the Islamic Repub... Full story


Using JGSs to find your ancestors

ORLANDO-The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) will host guest speaker Marlis Humphrey, president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), at... Full story


Chabad unites UCF and Orlando Jewish student community with Shabbat 613

Six-hundred and thirteen Orlando college students, faculty, staff and community members will gather together for a celebration of Jewish unity at the second annual Mega Shabbat on UCF’s campus. The traditional Shabbat dinner will be held in the... Full story


Let Jewish Family Services provide the RIDE

A little known service that is offered by Jewish Family Services is the RIDE program. Through its partnership with ITN and Mears, JFS provides free roundtrip transportation for qualified senior citizens or disabled adults who need a ride to and from... Full story


A Holocaust survivor shares his story at UCF

Irving Roth, a Holocaust survivor, writer and internationally-known educator, will share his personal stories of the Nazi death camps at UCF on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Student Union-Garden Key,... Full story


Israel must develop Negev for benefit of all

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—This past May, I made a YouTube video with the Israeli NGO Rabbis for Human Rights that drew a parallel between my role as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof,” in which the Jews in Sholem Aleichem’s tale faced expulsion from the... Full story


It can't last-or maybe it can

By Ira Sharkansky Slogans of the left are that Israeli occupation of Palestinian land cannot last, or alternatively, that the international community will not tolerate the lack of agreement between Israel and an independent State of Palestine. It... Full story


The phantom Iran nuclear deal

When it comes to the most asinine response to the purported deal between the world’s main powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear program, top honors to go Harvard University’s Stephen Walt. Walt was the co-author, with his academic... Full story


The Meaning of Israel: A Personal View

Against the backdrop of recent efforts in some academic circles to vilify and isolate Israel, let me put my cards on the table right up front. I’m not dispassionate when it comes to Israel. Quite the contrary. The establishment of the state in... Full story


Boycotting settlements is not anti-Israel

NEW YORK (JTA)—On her way out the door to defend the SodaStream company, the suddenly political Scarlett Johannson threw a grenade at her erstwhile cause, the international aid organization Oxfam. According to her spokesperson, “she and Oxfam... Full story


Outreach to interfaith families strengthens the Jewish future

NEW YORK (JTA)—All in favor of a strong Jewish future say “aye.” On that core question, there is resounding unanimity, but there have been some unnecessarily polarizing articles in the Jewish press suggesting that we have to select either... Full story


JAO open to explore all options concerning future

Dear Editor: We have received questions about the articles which appeared in last week’s Heritage regarding Jewish Academy of Orlando, including one proposed plan that suggests Jewish Academy of Orlando (JAO) will be moving from its current... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, February 14 - Friday, February 21

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.... Full story


Mark B. Hara, 59, passed away on Jan.1of a heart attack in Los Angeles, Calif.

Mark Hara was born in Chicago, Ill., on Dec. 12, 1954 to his loving parents Anita and Joseph Hara. At the age of eight the family moved to Orlando, where he was a longtime resident of the community.... Full story



Ruth M. Benjamin of Cedarburg, Wis., passed away on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Florida Hospital – Celebration. She was 96 years old. Mrs. Benjamin was a winter resident of Celebration. She was born in Bombay, India, on July 26, 1917, to the late... Full story



Judith Brounstein of Davenport Fla., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont. She was 88 years old. Mrs. Brounstein was born in New York City on Nov. 3, 1925, to the late Grace Cohen. She was the widow of... Full story



Moshe M. Dahan of Orlando, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Winter Park Health and Rehab Center in Winter Park. He was 89 years old. Morris, as he was known, was born in Jerusalem on Jan. 25, 1925, to the late Itzhak and Regina Bat Sheba Dahan.... Full story


Obituary - LUCY ESTRIN

Lucy Estrin, age 90, of Maitland, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Florida Hospital – Orlando. A native New Yorker, she was born in Brooklyn on May 24, 1923, to the late Samuel and Eva Pizer Bookshin. She was a Miami-based psychotherapist... Full story


Helping to save the world's poorest Jews

JFGO's Maimonides Society hosted a special event with Dr. Rick Hodes as guest speaker on Feb. 2. Dr. Hodes is an American doctor who has lived and worked in Ethiopia for more than 20 years. He is the... Full story


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