Articles from the February 20, 2015 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 20, 2015

The Iran deal Netanyahu wants to avoid

WASHINGTON (JTA)-When Benjamin Netanyahu faces the Congress next month, two things are unlikely to come up in his speech: a consideration of diplomatic protocol and an analysis of the efficacy of... Full story


CRJ hosts Masquerade Gala to support community programs

A Masquerade Gala celebration featuring fabulous food, drink, auction items and entertainment on Feb. 28 will begin 7 p.m. at the Congregation of Reform Judaism, 828 Malone Drive, Orlando, Florida.... Full story


New youth director at Temple Israel

Eliana Gershon is Temple Israel's new youth director. Raised in Dallas, Texas, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Her experience in youth programming, both... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    February 20, 2015

Love stories with the Jewish Pavilion

On Sunday, Feb. 22, the Jewish Pavilion will honor two couples who cherish the senior community at their annual gala held at the Lake Mary Westin. "Emily and Marty Glickstein and Susie and Mark Stone... Full story


Biden snub amplifies Obama administration's tension with Israel

The latest episode in a history of tension between the Obama administration and Israel has escalated to a new level, with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden opting out of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin... Full story


Remembering Holocaust historian Sir Martin Gilbert and his 'two Londons'

He didn't have to be helpful. He didn't know me or anything about me, only that I had an idea for a novel about the last living survivor of the Holocaust, and wanted to speak to him. He was... Full story


Bridges for Peace donates ambulance to Heart to Heart

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Israeli and U.S. dignitaries gathered at the Israeli Embassy on Thursday, Feb. 5, as Bridges for Peace, a Christian outreach of unconditional friendship to Israel and the Jewish com... Full story


United Arts of Central Florida aims for successful Collaborative Campaign for the Arts

As a member of Central Florida's Jewish community, it isn't uncommon to have dinner and the theatre scheduled on the calendar for a Saturday night. For most of us, the arts were a regular part of our... Full story


The secrets about family history publishing

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) on March 3, at the Roth JCC, for a program featuring IAJGS President Marlis Humphrey, who will speak on "What they don't tell you about... Full story


Meet the community's first 'Our Jewish Orlando' intern

Ariel Ladner is excited and honored to be selected as the first, Our Jewish Orlando intern. Ladner graduated in just three years with a B.S. in sociology from Florida State University and recently... Full story


Night golf is back at JFS

Put your green to good use and support JFS Orlando’s Annual Night Golf Tournament on Monday, March 2. The tournament, which benefits JFS Orlando, tees off at 5 p.m. at the Winter Park Country Club located at 761 Old England Avenue in Winter Park.... Full story


Schabas resignation means it's high time to address U.N. bias on Israel

A few months ago I asked William Schabas, the Canadian academic who this week resigned as head of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s probe into last summer’s war in Gaza because of a conflict of interest involving his work for the... Full story


Bibi reads writing on White House wall

I once met a woman who was born and raised in Iran and lived under the Shah, and later, under Ayatollah Khomeini. I remember how she spoke passionately, in her broken English, about just how terrible the Shah of Iran actually was. When I asked her ab... Full story


President Obama's Jewish point of reference

One cannot help but wonder what it is about Obama that (a) makes him seemingly so hostile to Israel, (b) gives him so much trouble identifying killings such as those in the Hyper Cacher market in Paris last month as anti-Semitic and (c) impels him to... Full story


Are anti-vaxxers' religious exemption claims grounded in actual religious laws?

As the debate on vaccination heats up again in the U.S., some “anti-vaxxers” are requesting exemptions from vaccinating their children on religious grounds. But what do their faiths, including Judaism, actually say about the issue? The recent... Full story


Are voluntary dues enough to get people to join synagogues?

MINNEAPOLIS (JTA)—Michael Paulson reported in The New York Times on the “Pay What You Want” model that some synagogues are implementing to reduce the financial barrier to membership. Paulson estimated that about 30 synagogues across the United... Full story


Reflections on a Jewish Federation's solidarity mission to Paris

My early days as a Jewish Federation professional were at a time when our system was evolving away from reliance on messages of combating anti-Semitism and statements of “never again,” to one of strengthening our communities through education... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, February 20 - Friday, February 27

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


Jewish Academy of Orlando students study world cultures

The first-grade students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando have been studying about different cultures from around the world. This is part of their social studies curriculum whereby they learn about... Full story


Orlando Chapter of Hadassah is 67 years young and still growing

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah was founded in 1948 by a group of Jewish women, new to the area, who desired a connection with Israel and the community. According to a long-time member, the meetings were initially held in Temple Israel where the wome... Full story


The Orlando Senior Help Desk

The Orlando Senior Help Desk is a free service provided by the Jewish Pavilion for people of all faiths. The Jewish Pavilion’s Senior Resource specialist has extensive experience in dealing with issues related to older adults and their families... Full story



Ira H. Helman of Oviedo, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Florida Hospital – Orlando. He was 84 years old. Mr. Helman, a native of New York, was born on July 28, 1930 to the late Jack and Shirley Noah Helman. After earning his Bachelor... Full story



Anita H. Steele of Longwood, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at Brookdale at Island Lake. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Steele was born on Jan. 15, 1923, in New York City, to the late Samuel and Bertha Cohen Hershkowitz. She relocated to the... Full story


After losing his legs, U.S. veteran Brian Mast gets his 'hands dirty' to support Israel

Never in the 23 years of Natan Glassman's volunteering at an Israel Defense Forces army base has he seen anything like the outpouring of love and respect garnered by American veteran Brian Mast.... Full story


B'nai Mitzvah - Carly Rayman and Joshua Rayman

Carly Rayman, daughter of Bonnie and Evan Rayman of Orlando, will be called to the Torah as a b'nai mitzvah together with her brother, Joshua, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Southwest Orlando Jewish... Full story


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