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Articles from the February 21, 2014 edition

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Bornstein leadership members discuss community needs at retreat

On Feb. 7, after a long day of work, 13 members of the Bornstein Leadership program gathered at the Hilton Altamonte for Shabbat filled with learning and new friendships. Rabbi David Gutterman of... Full story


TOP and JCRC present 'Fight to disable and disarm nuclear threat'

The Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation, together with the Jewish Community Relations Council, announces an event open to the entire community titled, "Isolating Iran: The fight to disable and... Full story


Foxman to step down in 2015

NEW YORK-Abraham H. Foxman announced he will step down from his position as national director of the Anti-Defamation League on July 20, 2015, bringing to a close a 50-year career in Jewish communal... Full story


Hillel thanks university leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Hillel International shared with more than 125 American university presidents, including Dr. John Hitt of the University of Central Florida, an unprecedented letter from major... Full story

 By Tom Tugend    News    February 21, 2014

World's oldest Holocaust survivor takes center stage in Oscar-nominated documentary

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-In her 110 years, Alice Herz-Sommer has been an accomplished concert pianist and teacher, a wife and mother-and a prisoner in Theresienstadt. Now she is the star of an... Full story


UF opens doors of new Jewish student center on campus

(Chabad.org)-On Feb. 9, some 450 people gathered for the official dedication and opening of Chabad at U.F.'s new $4.8 million, 23,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building. The multifaceted center was... Full story


2014 Sochi Olympics gets first Jewish medalist

(JNS.org)—Three days into the 2014 Sochi Olympic games, Jewish-American figure skater Jason Brown won a bronze medal at the team figure skating competitions Feb. 9. In addition to his skating, Brown has grabbed international attention due to his... Full story


In the shadow of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss shines on her own

"We are amazing," Eva Schloss said of the Jewish people. "We will be here forever and have to stick together," she proclaimed affirmatively. On Feb. 9, more than 500 people sat spellbound at the... Full story


Help make Super Sunday a slam dunk for the community

Super Sunday is the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s annual phone-a-thon. On this one Sunday of the year, the Jewish community comes together to raise funds, ensuring Jews here in Orlando, in Israel and around the globe receive quality... Full story


Temple Israel presents Torah Fund Study Day workshop

Temple Israel of Winter Springs is hosting a Torah Fund Study Day on Sunday, March 2. Following registration at 9:30 a.m., participants will have the opportunity to study with each of two rabbis:... Full story


Boycott or opportunity, you cannot have both

By Ben Cohen JNS.org  There is a smug sense of “I told you so” about much of the recent commentary concerning the challenge that Israel faces from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of J Stre... Full story


Israbluff-Israelis fooling Israelis

The people of Israel have survived worse than the threats currently being made by Palestinians, John Kerry and Thomas Friedman. The betting is that Israel and Palestine will agree to continue talking for another year, if only to avoid a frontal... Full story


Kerry's perilous path to failure

PHILADELPHIA (JTA)—In the past few weeks, Secretary of State John Kerry has come under attack from prominent Israelis as well as American friends of the Jewish state for some of the methods he has adopted in his determination to find a solution to... Full story


Boycotting Israeli companies is anti-Israel

NEW YORK (JTA)—The hostile intentions of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement toward Israel are clear. But some believe it is possible to be pro-Israel while supporting just a little BDS—boycotting Israeli businesses... Full story


Let's bet on peace

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—John Kerry is not a naive man. I met him recently at a luncheon at Georgetown University with a small group of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith leaders brought together to hear the secretary of state’s frank reflections on... Full story


The ADL should value Nazi analogies, not call them 'offensive'

In mid-December, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sharply condemned a board member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) for comparing gun restrictions in America to those in Nazi Germany. That’s par for the course for the group, which appears... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, February 21 - Friday, February 28

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


Israeli company launches first app to help cardiac patients

NEW YORK and JERUSALEM—CathMaps+, the world’s first HIPAA-compliant mobile application for cardiac patients and people living with elevated risk of a cardiac incident, that integrates their cardiac history with an interactive map of Cath Labs... Full story



Burton Charles Beitch of Palmetto, Fla., passed away on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He was 79 years old. Mr. Beitch was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 18, 1934, to the late Sol and Mary Hersch Beitch. He was a U.S.... Full story



Eivor Flaxer of Maitland, passed away on Monday, Feb. 10, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. She was 74 years old. A native of Stockholm, Sweden, she was born on April 22, 1939, and immigrated to the U.S. after attending Stockholm... Full story



Rose B. Kaplan of Lake Mary, passed away on Monday, Feb. 10, at Lake Mary Health and Rehab. She was 95 years old. Mrs. Kaplan was born in New York City on March 5, 1918, to the late Harry and Lena Letterman Bronstein. She attended local area schools... Full story



Sally Sosnoff of Maitland, passed away on Friday, Feb. 7, at Florida Hospital – Orlando. She was 89 years old. She was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Sept. 5, 1924, to the late Israel and Sarah Teitelbaum Schechter. A free-lance artist, she was the... Full story


'Monuments Men': Rescuing Chagall's paintings, abandoning Chagall

The new George Clooney film, "The Monuments Men," tells the thrilling story of U.S. military personnel who during World War II risked their lives to rescue paintings by the likes of Rembrandt, Picasso... Full story


Scene Around

How sad I feel... With the news that my very favorite comedian of all-time, Sid Caesar, has passed, I am truly devastated. As I get older I am more aware of my mortality and of my loved ones around me... Full story


6 Degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Rogen in Christmas flick  HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA)-What are a couple of nice Jewish actors like Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing in a movie about Christmas? We don't know, but after watching... Full story


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