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 News    May 6, 2016

Celebrate Israel Independence Day at the Rosen JCC

The Rosen JCC and Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation are joining together to celebrate Israel's 68th birthday on Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This exciting event will feature camel rides, a... Full story

 News    May 6, 2016

Come on, get happy and leave the Theater at the J singing

Any fan of the Great American Songbook could hum a few bars of "Over the Rainbow," "Get Happy," "Stormy Weather," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "I've Got the World on a String," or "That Old Black Magic"... Full story

 By Pam Ruben    News    May 6, 2016

Feuerman honored by Pavilion

If you've always wanted to volunteer, but haven't been able to find the time, ask Carol Feuerman of Longwood how she does it. The active grandmother and mother of five adult children holds two jobs, a... Full story

 By Joshua Sharf    News    May 6, 2016

Watching BDS like a Hawkeye

Iowa on Wednesday became the latest U.S. state to pass legislation designed to undermine the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In a 38-9 vote with three excused absences,... Full story

 By Paul Miller    News    May 6, 2016

How pro-Israel students at UCLA are taking back their campus

Over the past few years, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has been making headlines-but not only for academic or athletic achievement. Acts of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism have been... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    May 6, 2016

Israeli conversion ruling dents Chief Rabbinate's control

TEL AVIV (JTA)-The Israeli Supreme Court decision on Jewish conversion changes almost nothing. But down the line, it could change a lot. Under the March 31 ruling, the state of Israel must recognize... Full story

 News    May 6, 2016

UK's Labour suspends lawmaker for Facebook post calling for Israel's relocation

(JTA)-A British Parliament member who in a 2014 Facebook post called for relocating the entire State of Israel to the United States has been suspended from the Labour Party. Naz Shah, who is Muslim,... Full story

 By Shana Medel    News    May 6, 2016

Maccabeats take center stage in Orlando

Using only the human voice as their instrument, the Maccabeats brought their eclectic array of vocal arrangements to Orlando on the afternoon of Sunday, April 10. Their sold-out performance at the... Full story


Duo represents Federation at national PJ Library conference

Two representatives of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando joined more than 200 participants from seven countries who gathered April 10-12 in Baltimore for the 8th Annual PJ Library Conference. J... Full story

 News    May 6, 2016

Temple Israel presents Abraham Lincoln and the Jews

On Sunday, May 15, Murray Toborowsky will give a lecture on Abraham Lincoln and the Jews. Toborowsky is an experienced history teacher whose passion is researching and teaching on the impact of Jews on American history. He has taught a four-part cour... Full story


What our JCRC is all about

A monthly update on current issues from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s Jewish Community Relations Council Hello, and welcome to the first monthly column from the Jewish Community Relations Council! We look forward to sharing news, infor... Full story


The Muslim will vs. the Western way

In the ongoing struggle between Islam and the West, one civilization has the will to triumph, but not the way; the other has the way to triumph, but not the will. Some who dread Islam do not seem to understand this. They think that Islam is an... Full story


Why is a Palestinian Arab State not yet established?

Loud voices of “fair but not biased” countries, members of the UN, and “well informed but not at all anti-Semitic” private citizens can be heard almost daily demanding the establishment of a Palestinian state. Why is it not established yet?... Full story

 By Lloyd Green    Opinions    May 6, 2016

Thanking UK's Labour Party for mainstream anti-Semitism

I returned to the UK for Passover having been out of the country for about six months. Living in Florida had shielded me from the anti-Semitic goings on in the mother country, that is, until I landed. It is not uncommon for the far right or far left... Full story


Koshering anti-Semitism at Harvard

Every group of people has its betrayers. And if Jews needed a reminder of that adage, 11 Jewish law students and alumni at Harvard Law School just might have provided it. Indeed, the surprise was that it was only 11. These students and alumni became... Full story

 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    May 6, 2016

How 'Seinfeld' paved the way for Bernie Sanders

As recently as the 1940s, anti-Semitism was so common in the United States that even the president privately told offensive jokes about Jewish immigrants in a faux New York Jewish accent.  Yet in the past few months, a candidate who is the son of... Full story


Such an embarrassment for non-Jews to see

Dear Editor: The other day I was having a conversation with some friends. During the discussion I was asked if I had ever heard of Sidney Blumenthal and his son Max. I responded, “No, should I have heard of them ?”   It was suggested to me that... 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... Full story

 By Alyza D. Lewin    Features    May 6, 2016

How my grandmother's chutzpah helped Sugihara rescue thousands of Jews

(JTA)-The story of Chiune Sugihara-the Japanese consul in Kovno, Lithuania, who disobeyed his government's orders in 1940 and issued transit visas through Japan to thousands of Jews seeking to flee wa... Full story


Seeking Kin: Can you help a kibbutznik find his American relatives?

By Hillel Kuttler The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA)-"If only," it's the most common regret expressed by "Seeking Kin" interviewees, and by... Full story

 By Ilana Garber    Features    May 6, 2016

Seven reasons to try this counting ritual

(Kveller via JTA)—Every year it happens in just about the same way: I pledge to stick to it. I create reminders and support systems. I beg my husband to join me in the daily routine. And then at some point, I fail. No, I’m not talking about a fad... Full story

 By Dr. Stan Sujka    Features    May 6, 2016


From mystery to mystery, We are the Phoenix Firebird Garuda Bennu Choi. They tried to destroy us, Shot Beheaded Crucified, and Threw us in ovens. From the alter of ashes We arose Stronger Smarter More powerful. Don’t they know? Our destruction... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 6, 2016

Scene Around

I know what's wrong... I was recently visited by my dear cousin Ben, a retired psychologist. One of my sons is also a psychologist. His wife is a psychologist. My machatunim (her mom) is a retired... Full story

 News    May 6, 2016

Passover seder for 39 inquisitive minds at Westminster Towers

Passover can be a sad time for senior citizens in facilities where Jewish residents are in the minority and holidays such as Passover are not "on the schedule." Renee and Joe Aaronson at Westminster T... Full story

 News    May 6, 2016

Passover happenings courtesy of the Jewish Pavilion

While many Jews were shopping, cleaning, preparing a guest list and shopping list, several senior living communities in town were doing just the same for their Jewish community. Early in April, Jewish... Full story


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