Articles from the February 15, 2013 edition

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Benedict’s papacy: a period of close Jewish relations with some bumps

ROME (JTA)—Pope Benedict XVI’s eight-year reign as head of the world’s 1 billion Catholics sometimes was a bumpy one for the Vatican’s relations with Israel and the wider Jewish community. But it... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 15, 2013

Obama's trip for peacemaking

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Is President Obama’s plan to visit Israel a sign that he’s ready to take another shot at Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking? The White House announced Feb. 5 that Obama would visit... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    February 15, 2013

Marcie Katzen to be honored at Bloomingdale's

The 1970’s jingle for Enjoli perfume epitomizes Jewish Pavilion volunteer and honoree Marcie Katzen. The ubiquitous jingle requires just a few “kosherizing” modifications: “I can bring home the (turke... Full story


A Purim directive: Laugh it up!

NEW YORK (JTA)—Little kids will laugh at anything. The simplest knock-knock joke or a tickle fest—even the threat of one—can so easily end in hysterics. They laugh because they are surprised by somet... Full story


Smuggling sperm from Israeli jails?

RAMALLAH—Six-month-old Muhamad Al-Zaben is already a celebrity among Palestinians, the so-called “Freedom Ambassador”. He is the result of smuggled sperm his father Ammar transferred to his mother Dalal during a prison visit in 2006. Now a Palestinia... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    February 15, 2013

In SodaStream boycott push, Palestinians may be the victims

MAALE ADUMIM, West Bank (JTA)—For proponents of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, SodaStream would appear to be a straightforward target. The Israeli company, which sells a popular k... Full story


Dawson to talk about his latest book, ‘Judgment Before Nuremberg’

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center has announced that its February Education Forum will feature a presentation by local writer Greg Dawson. He will be discussing his latest book,... Full story


2nd Annual Man Cave will have a touch of magic

How do you entertain hundreds of Central Florida’s men? Good food, booze, fancy cars, luxury jets and a little bit of magic. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is hosting its Second Annual Man Cave from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Thursday, March 14 in the... Full story


Registration being taken for MACHANEH OVEV

It’s time to make your child’s summer plans! Enroll your child in the most fun Jewish week of the year, MACHANEH OHEV for children entering Pk-8th grade in the fall. MACHANEH OHEV will take place the week of June 10-14. The camp day begins at 9:3... Full story


Local Purim party plans

These are the Central Florida Purim events that have been reported to the Heritage by press time. Check with your synagogue or Jewish organization to find out about others that may not have been reported to the paper. Chabad Jewish Center Purim Ester... Full story


The youngest bar mitzvah—Part 3

And so the day has come. Our youngest child. Our last family bar mitzvah. I’m thinking less and less about what I’ll say to my son, more and more about remembering every moment as deeply as pos... Full story


The Jewish museum you’ve never been to

One of the best-kept secrets in the New York Jewish community most certainly is the Museum of Tolerance in Midtown —and not by design. Opened a decade ago by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center and located on East 42nd Street, between S... Full story



In all the blather from politicians and media personalities following Israel’s indecisive election, it is possible to see two ideas that might provide a map to the country’s future. One is the equalizing of the burdens between the haredim and the res... Full story


Play money card to push rights for disabled

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Jewish identity and connection are the birthright of every Jew. So why do so many Jewish institutions discriminate against Jews with disabilities? It keeps happening because we let it happen. We make excuses by saying there i... Full story


'I can't believe it's Jewish'

When I went to Hebrew school in the 1970s, we were still using textbooks from the 1950s. The girls in the illustrations wore short dresses and Mary Janes; the boys wore pie-sized yarmulkes, shorts, and neckties—in their homes! Somehow I grew up to l... Full story


What (not) to expect from Obama’s visit to Israel

Sometimes you have to give politicians a little credit. If you heard through the grapevine that two of your friends had been discussing you, with one calling you a “liar” and the other one replying, “I have to deal with him even more often than... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, February 15 - Sunday, February 24

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 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Gre... Full story


Ohev Shalom to present the “Cuban Jewish Diaspora”

Congregation Ohev Shalom will have a special presentation Sunday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. in the social hall with special guest professor Marcos Kerbel of Florida International University in Miami leading the program. Local residents Jamie Shujman and... Full story


UCF Judaic Studies series presents Berdichevsky on Esperanto

Dr. Norman Berdichevsky, who teaches Hebrew at UCF’s Judaic Studies Program, will present a lecture titled “Do You Speak Esperanto? A Created, Modern International Language and the Revival of Hebrew” at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the Psychology Build... Full story



Sandra Gordon of Winter Park, Fla., died on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. She was 96 years old. Mrs. Gordon was born on Sept. 25, 1917 in New York. She was a lifelong resident of New York until moving to Florida more than a decade ago. She was married to... Full story



Hedi Thomas Goldfarb of Winter Park, Fla., died on Wednesday, Feb. 6. She was 96 years old. Mrs. Goldfarb was born on Sept. 26, 1916, in Vienna, Austria, to the late Adolf and Bettina Reik Liebermann. Growing up between the two World Wars, she... Full story


St. Johns County recognizes Levy’s role in free public education

St. Johns County Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson was charged with reading the motion of the Board proclaiming “St. Johns County Jewish History Month,” but she could not finish without stopping to express... Full story


Chilly success

On Jan. 27, the Jewish Community Center’s Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus hosted its 4th Annual Winter Festival, featuring wintery activities and snowy delights.... Full story


Former Heritage associate editor completes family history

After 13 years of research and writing her family history book, “La dor v’dor From Generation to Generation,” Edith Lefkovits Schulman, a former associate edidtor at the Heritage Florida Jewish News,... Full story

 By Jill Cousins    News    February 15, 2013

CRJ Passover festival answers more than just 4 questions

Most Jews know about the Four Questions that are central to the celebration of Passover. But many of us have much more than four questions when it comes to understanding the Passover story and all of... Full story


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