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Articles from the February 19, 2016 edition

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Jewish Academy of Orlando to reallocate resources, focus on core mission

The Jewish Academy of Orlando (JAO) is making a bold strategic move. The school looks to reduce its current real estate footprint in order to free up resources and further develop its progressive... Full story


It is time to invest in religious pluralism in Israel

Recently, Rabbi Gilad Kariv, executive director of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, visited with the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and members of Congregation of Reform... Full story


Kehillah: Century of life in Orlando

The Jewish community of Greater Orlando is gearing up for a big milestone celebration. In collaboration with the Orange County Regional History Center and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, the Orlando Jewish community is planning an exhibit... Full story


Marcia Jo Zerivitz curator of Kehillah

Orlando is so fortunate to have Marcia Jo Zerivitz, founding executive director of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, volunteering on a major project in our community once again. Zerivitz is serving... Full story


Jewish groups slam Nugent for anti-Semitic gun control post

(JTA)-Right-wing rocker Ted Nugent came under fire from Jewish groups for a anti-Semitic Facebook post blaming prominent Jews for pushing gun control. The National Rifle Association is also under... Full story


Bill introduced to override Obama order labeling Israeli goods as 'Made in West Bank'

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has urged all members of the U.S. Senate to cosponsor S. 2474, a bill that would override a recently issued directive from the Department of Homeland... Full story


Israel, Netherlands negotiate over Holocaust payments

(JNS.org)—Israel is expected to negotiate with the Netherlands over the alleged Dutch decision to cut monthly payments to Holocaust survivors from the European nation who immigrated to Israel, the Israeli Knesset Finance Committee announced... Full story


Orlando Hadassah presents the Bunny Rosen Fashion Show

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah presents “Masquerade” the Annual Bunny Rosen Women’s Heart Health Luncheon and Fashion Show on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. The Bunny Rosen Women’s Heart Health Fashion Show Endowment was established to honor the... Full story


Prayerful Meditation at Temple Israel

Prayerful Meditation is an experiential workshop to help open up the channels of spirit that connect us to God. Led by Rabbi Joshua Neely, this physical approach to prayer includes meditation, guided imagery, breathing exercises and more. One of our... Full story


Immigration: Is history repeating itself?

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida will be partnering with the Interfaith Council of Central Florida and The Atlantic Institute on a special program titled "Is History... Full story


Jewish Pavilion's Black and White Gala, March 13

Don’t miss an unforgettable evening of friends, food, and a fabulous silent auction at the Jewish Pavilion’s Black and White Gala honoring volunteers, Carol Stein and Sammy Goldstein, on Sunday, March 13. The magical evening of dining and... Full story


BDS after the boycott

2016 may well be remembered as the year that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel finally died its death—in a clinical sense, at least. Across the U.S., state legislatures are passing bills that will outlaw state... Full story


Peace proposals from 1925 onward

Brit Shalom (Peace Treaty, 1925) is a landmark in the continuing activity of Jews talking among themselves about what kind of accommodation they should, and can reach then with Arab now with Palestinian neighbors. What has become characteristic is t... Full story


International peace conference would endanger Israel

France’s announcement that it will try to convene an international conference to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been strongly criticized by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But before anyone concludes that only... Full story


Will this be an open and sincere dialogue?

By Alan Kornman The Atlantic Institute will be partnering with the Maitland Holocaust Center and the Interfaith Council of Central Florida on a special program titled, “Is History Repeating Itself? Jewish and Muslim Immigrant Experiences in... Full story


It takes all of us to make this a Jewish community

Dear Editor: I am writing in response to David Bornstein’s editorial on Feb. 12. For the second consecutive year, David Bornstein has chosen to write an editorial which seeks to encourage members of the Orlando Jewish community to “sit this one... Full story



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


Let's get audacious!

Attendees at the recent Zionistas meeting on Feb. 9 got an earful of history-Christian history as well as the history of the Jewish people-all within a two-hour period. Zionista co-founder Diana... Full story



Michael S. Lieberman, age 73, of Orlando, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Cornerstone Hospice at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando. Mr. Lieberman, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was born on Nov. 6, 1942, to the late Harry and Rhoda... Full story


New faces, matching donations and corporate sponsorships exceeds previous Choices events

More than 400 women-and more than a few men-from the Greater Orlando Jewish community gathered at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland on the evening of Feb. 9 to "Celebrate the Spirit of the Woman"... Full story


Scene Around

For the first time in The Heritage’s history, Gloria Yousha is taking a one-week, much needed break from her column, “Scene Around.” She will be back for the Feb. 26 issue.... Full story


Middle East affairs expert, Dr. Mordechai Kedar, comes to Central Florida

Middle East affairs expert Dr. Mordechai Kedar spoke at three events across Central Florida during the first two weeks of February 2016. The first event, on the evening of Feb. 4, was at Chabad of... Full story


Celebrating the new year of the trees at Congregation Sinai

The children of Congregation Sinai Religious School celebrated the New Year of the Trees, Tu B' Shevat, with a special seder on Sunday Jan. 24 during their class studies. Tu B' Shevat which always... Full story


The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra comes to Daytona Beach

The Daytona Beach Symphony Society's 64th Season at the Peabody Auditorium (600 Auditorium Blvd), Daytona Beach, continues on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. The... Full story


School studies become reality in St. Augustine

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, the fourth grade students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando spent the day in St. Augustine as a culmination of their Florida History unit. The students met at the school at 6:30... Full story


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