Articles from the February 22, 2019 edition

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JAO second graders support those in need

Jewish Academy of Orlando second-graders raised $961 in a Fun Run to benefit a Habitat for Humanity house. The students later visited the house and presented the check to the organization. The annual... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 22, 2019

National Jewish group says community relations are in crisis

WASHINGTON (JTA)-An increase in anti-Semitism, an intensification of anti-Israel activity and decades of neglect have created a crisis in the Jewish community relations field, according to the umbrell... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    February 22, 2019

A tribute to Rabbi Rubinger

Congregation Ohev Shalom and members of the Orlando community will gather together at the Shabbat service on Saturday, March 9, and at the evening Gala on Sunday, March 10, to honor and celebrate... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 22, 2019

Trump calls on Omar to resign

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump called on Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to resign from Congress for what he said was her anti-Semitism. “It’s terrible what she said and I think she should either resign from Congress, or she should certa... Full story


DNA success stories from an expert

Noted Jewish genealogist Lara Diamond will share her compelling experiences and extensive knowledge of DNA and genealogy on Sunday, March 17, noon, at the next Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando meeting. The event will be held at the... Full story


'The Samuel Project' reveals how one man's story becomes art

With the growing popularity of "The Samuel Project," a heartwarming story that re-connects three generations of family, the film is returning to Florida theaters for an encore release March 1, 2019... Full story


Discover the J at The J Ball

Once again, one of the most exciting parties of the year is coming March 27-The Roth Family JCC's biggest party of the year-the J Ball. Themed "Discover the J," attendees will enjoy a "prehistoric... Full story


What challenges does Islam face in Western culture?

ACT for America Central Florida Chapter is hosting a panel discussion on “Political Islam and Western Culture” on Wednesday evening, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at Fellowship Church, 5340 Red Bug Lake Road in Winter Springs. Pan... Full story


Son of Japanese Holocaust hero discovers father's memorial destroyed by Beit Shemesh apartments

(JNS)-The Jewish National Fund was left scrambling to apologize to the son of a former Japanese diplomat who saved the lives of approximately 6,000 Jews during the Holocaust, after a memorial grove... Full story


US Mideast peace plan to recognize Palestinian statehood, Israeli towns in West Bank

(JNS)—The United States is expected to recognize a Palestinian state with its capital in eastern Jerusalem as part of its highly anticipated peace plan to solve the 70-year-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an informed source hearing from top Trump... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 22, 2019

Why these Democratic presidential hopefuls voted no on an anti-BDS bill

WASHINGTON (JTA)—AIPAC sounded relieved by the substantive Democratic backing in the Senate this week for a controversial pro-Israel bill initiated by Republicans. The Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S.1), which the Ame... Full story


Omar is right about money in politics-wrong on AIPAC

NEW YORK (JTA)—Rep. Ilhan Omar picked a funny week to tweet about the power of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Last week, the Senate passed a bill that targets the boycott Israel movement. The 77-23 vote was a nice win for AIPAC, which... Full story


Yes, we are different

We watched a Netflix program the other night titled “Mossad.” It consisted of interviews with mostly former Mossad agents and executives. At one point the interviewer asked “Why is the Mossad pictured in so many nations as a bunch of assas... Full story


A woman named Betty

By Mel Pearlman Betty is a very ordinary American name. The Betty I am writing about was born more than 91 years ago in the small scenic town of Ruskova, nestled in the Carpathian mountains in the Southeast corner of Romania. Ruskova was for the... Full story


Who are the real racists in the Middle East?

(JNS)—It’s a familiar refrain. Critics of Israel aren’t content to merely bash the policies of the government of the Jewish state. As part of their indictment, they allege that Israeli politics is conducted in a racial manner. The accusations start... Full story


Forget Ilhan Omar; pay attention to her Jewish support system

(JNS)—Freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Minnesota is only part of the story of the colonialist settling of anti-Semitism in the highest echelons of the American democratic power system. Her financial support from CAIR, an unindicted c... 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.m.; S... Full story


Revisiting the Catskills from the staffs' perspective

In the classic movie "Dirty Dancing," Jack Weston's character Max Kellerman, the owner of the fictional Catskill resort, laments the changes down the road. "[I]t all seems to be ending. You think kids... Full story


NAACCHHS is now JTEEN with 3 webinars and a conference in June

Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Network for professionals has officially launched! JTEEN's mission is to serve as a national organization of Jewish teen education and engagement professionals... Full story


Jewish Pavilion Is Gearing Up for Purim Fun

The holiday of Purim is a favorite of young and old, a festive celebration that's known for over-the-top fun. For Jewish Pavilion staff, volunteers and seniors, Purim celebrations are one of the most... Full story


Scene Around

One of my greatest fears... I know getting old is not the greatest, but at least I want to grow old gracefully, and I want to recognize my loved ones and friends. You guessed it. One of my greatest fe... Full story


How seemingly distant external factors can influence the Israeli election

This is part 4 of a four-part series. While ultimately the Israeli voters will make their choice on April 9, there are any number of external factors that could influence the election’s outcome, including things like a war and increased terror, t... Full story



Submitted by the family Charles B. Rosner, 85, of Kissimmee, Fla., passed away Feb. 6, 2019. He was our dad—a man of ageless stories and quip answers that made one think then laugh, and he most always brought the discussion back to his hometown of B... Full story


Jewish women launched challah baking businesses

NEW YORK (JTA)-Mandy Silverman remembers being scared of the kitchen as a child. "There was a constant joke in my house growing up that I would mess up instant iced tea," she recalled in a phone inter... Full story


Growing chorus of leaders calls for punitive action against Omar for continued anti-Semitic tropes

(JNS)—In response to U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s latest anti-Semitic tweets, some groups have already called for official action against her by the U.S. House of Representatives, similar to that against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) over his remarks on whi... Full story


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