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Articles from the May 5, 2017 edition

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 News    May 5, 2017

Overflow crowd attends Club L'chaim's first awareness meeting

As a response to recent events of anti-Semitism at Lake Brantley High School, a group of Jewish teens who are members of Club L'chaim at Lake Brantley and their teacher, Dan Smith, partnered with Chab... Full story


Orlando native makes film on Somalia through the eyes of soccer players

The past three years, Brian Bellinkoff has been producing, shooting and editing in Kenya, Somalia and the United States a passion project called "Men in the Arena," a film by J.R. Biersmith. It is... Full story

 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 5, 2017

RAISE continues to impact lives

RAISE, a work and social skills training program for adults with special needs at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, is celebrating its third successful year. Just this month, two of its... Full story

 News    May 5, 2017

Are you a future Jewish leader?

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Program is accepting applications for the 2017-18 class. The Bornstein program is designed to develop future leaders for the Central Florida Jewish community.... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 5, 2017

On Jews and the Holocaust, Trump signals that he finally gets it

WASHINGTON (JTA)-President Donald Trump got the memo on the Holocaust and the Jews. In a barrage of statements this week from the president and his aides, the Trump administration wants you to know,... Full story

 News    May 5, 2017

'It's a new day for Israel at the UN,' US Ambassador Nikki Haley tells World Jewish Congress plenary assembly

NEW YORK-United States Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke before the World Jewish Congress' Plenary Assembly in New York on Tuesday, telling the 600 delegates from more than 90 countries, "I can safely say... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    News    May 5, 2017

Leading U.S. Jewish groups laud Trump's Holocaust speech

Leading American Jewish groups were quick to praise President Donald Trump’s forthright condemnation of anti-Semitism during a Holocaust commemoration speech. Speaking on behalf of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    May 5, 2017

Schilowitzes fit Pavilion Golf Tournament to a 'Tee'

It all began in Valdosta, Georgia, in the late 1960s with a pair of his and her golf clubs. Elise and Henry Schilowitz, took up recreational golf as a way to spend time together, while Henry served... Full story

 News    May 5, 2017

Chabad commemorates 50 years

One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East. Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats. Beginning the week of May 7, Chabad rabbis throughout central... Full story

 News    May 5, 2017

MAGAL School open house May 7

The Meitin Alliance for Growth And Learning, the collaborative religious school between Temple Israel (Conservative) and Temple Shir Shalom (Reform), will hold its first in a series of open houses... Full story

 News    May 5, 2017

Heritage nominations for Human Service Award

It is that time of year once again when Heritage Florida Jewish News is putting out feelers for one outstanding person in the Jewish community who has given his or her time or talent or monetary gifts to better the Orlando Jewish community.... Full story

 News    May 5, 2017

JFGO offers another $50K in collaborative grants

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is accepting applications for Community Collaborative Grants for summer 2017 and the 2017-18 program year. Federation expects to award a total of $50,000 in this round of grants. The grants are available for p... Full story


Sean Spicer, the pope and the Holocaust

Israel observed Yom Hashoah—Holocaust Memorial Day—last week, pausing to remember the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. As Holocaust survivors age and die, it’s not long before our memory will be without... Full story

 By Ira Sharkansky    Opinions    May 5, 2017

Current Commotions

There’s always something to bother the Jews of Israel. Currently we’re smelling the preparations for a national election. Some may suspect that it wafts over the continent from Britain or France, but it comes from local pressures. The major respo... Full story

 By Mitchell Bard    Opinions    May 5, 2017

Have Nazis overrun the campuses?

I am loath to criticize other organizations that are trying to help students and combat the BDS campaign on college campuses; however, I have also felt an obligation to correct misinformation put out to create hysteria about the alleged dangers... Full story

 By Mel Gurtov    Opinions    May 5, 2017

No exit? The NY Times and North Korea

Three opinion pieces on U.S. policy toward North Korea have appeared in the New York Times in the past week. They deserve critical comment. The writers are all very capable people who share a deep concern about Korea’s security and the possibilit... 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.... Full story

 News    May 5, 2017

StandWithUs educates students to effectively respond to hate

On April 6, more than 100 students, their parents and Orlando residents attended the first "Answering Difficult Questions About Israel" workshop at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center in... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    May 5, 2017

Jewish Pavilion's fashion show dressed for success

More than 100 guests gathered at Jewish Pavilion's "Spring into Fashion" event at Bloomingdales in Orlando on April 20, for a morning of friendship, fashion, fun and to raise funds for senior... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 5, 2017

Scene Around

Israel's story... I received a little booklet with that title from StandWithUs. You probably can order it and many other related materials at www.standwithus.com/store This is what it says: Over... Full story

 News    May 5, 2017

Lauder reelected as World Jewish Congress president

NEW YORK—Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder was reelected for a third term as World Jewish Congress president on Monday, at the WJC’s 15th Plenary Assembly in New York. In his address to the more than 600 delegates from 90 countries, Lauder said: “I h... Full story

 News    May 5, 2017

Federation, JCRC leaders meet with Nelson

Leaders from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and the Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council met with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, at his Orlando office on April 14. Nelson, a longtime ally of the American Jewish community and of... Full story

 News    May 5, 2017

Mayor Dyer honored at Holocaust Center Dinner of Tribute

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center's annual Dinner of Tribute recognized Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer for his advocacy and commitment to better the lives of all of Orlando's citizens.... Full story

 News    May 5, 2017

Jewish Academy of Orlando students visit the Brevard Zoo

There is a new "animal" in town and it is called "genus jewishacademius." This unique species has a love of learning and a strong connection to its Jewish heritage. In all seriousness, the first grade... Full story



Beverly Duel, age 86, of Longwood, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017, at Brookdale at Island Lake in Longwood. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Beverly was born on Oct. 25, 1930, to the late Nathan and Rose Sylvia Riseman Friedman. A... Full story


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