Articles from the February 23, 2018 edition

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Five Jewish victims among 17 killed in high school shooting

(JTA)-They volunteered. They played soccer. They went to camp. They were sweet, mature and easygoing. They were just beginning their lives, or helping others on their way. And one died so that others... Full story


A Jewish candidate for governor who is bullish for Florida

There are four Democratic contenders for governor of Florida and one of them is Jewish. His name is Philip Levine, and he optimistically sees a lot of opportunity for Florida. He is the former mayor... Full story


Scholar-in-Residence weekend at COS

What does a retired clinical chemist with two grown children and no formal Jewish education know about the Talmud? As it turns out, a lot... Maggie Anton grew up in a secular Jewish household, and... Full story


US seeks to increase aid to Israel

(JNS)—The annual funding Israel receives from the United States may be increased by $200 million in 2019, according to President Donald Trump’s fiscal year budget request. Israel is expected to receive $3.3 billion in 2019. The requested funds are th... Full story


Tikvah Fund debuts Maimonides Scholars Program for Jewish high school juniors and seniors

Tikvah Fund debuts Maimonides Scholars Program for Jewish high school juniors and seniors NEW YORK—The Tikvah Institute for High School Students has announced a new summer program in partnership with the Maimonides Fund, which will take place from J... Full story


BBYO gets $3.9M grant to strengthen Jewish youth programs

(JTA)—The pluralistic youth movement BBYO will expand its Jewish learning programs with the help of a $3.9 million grant. On Wednesday, BBYO announced that it had received the grant from the Maimonides Fund, which supports initiatives related to e... Full story


Come on down to 'Game Show Purim'

Never had a chance to be a contestant on The Price Is Right? Always thought you could beat that guy on Jeopardy? Secretly wish you could buy a vowel on Wheel of Fortune? Well, then, "come on down" to... Full story


Share the Purim fun with our elder residents

Purim begins at the end of February! (Feb. 28, March 1-2) The Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers will be celebrating with the Elder Residents in many of Orlando's assisted living, independent... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    February 23, 2018

The Jewish sheriff leading the response to the Florida school shooting quotes the Talmud

(JTA)-As he leads the police response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is likely enduring some of the toughest days of his career. And he's probably... Full story


Local Jewish leaders responded quickly to the mass shooting

(JNS)-Rabbi Bradd Boxman of Kol Tikvah, a Reform congregation in the town close to Boca Raton, held a healing and memorial service after the mass shooting that was attended by community members.... Full story


Time for the US to Walk Away from the PLO

On Tuesday a delegation of diplomats from the US Consulate in Jerusalem came to Bethlehem to participate in a meeting of the local chamber of commerce. When they arrived in the city, Fatah members attacked them. Their vehicles with diplomatic... Full story


Therefor, choose life

Here are some late night thoughts as I approach my 89th year. God knows (he or she, assuming of course...) that I am not a theologian, or for that matter—in the eyes of many who are—a religious person. A Jew? Oh yes—first and foremost and for at le... Full story


Jewish food does not begin and end with kosher

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)—At a time when more than three-quarters of American Jews say they do not keep kosher, should we be shocked when Jews gather together and eat non-kosher food? American Jews have always gone beyond the restrictions of Jewish d... Full story


The reasons why America needs to stop supporting UNRWA

(JNS)—U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made headlines on Jan. 2 by saying that President Donald Trump has decided to stop funding UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Work Agency, until the Palestinians agree to come to the n... Full story


Palestinian misogyny gets a pass yet again

(JNS)—A senior Palestinian Authority official this week declared that “Nikki Haley needs to shut up.” He’s referring to the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations. If a representative of any other regime had used such language against... 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.;... Full story


Guava and Cheese Hamantaschen Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Guava, or guayaba in Spanish, is native to tropical areas such as Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Because of its proximity and availability, the fruit... Full story


Ariel University receives full state accreditation

(JNS)-Israel's Knesset voted Feb. 11 to make Ariel University in Samaria the state's ninth accredited institution of higher learning. The vote officially places the university under the auspices of... Full story



Benjamin David Colley, son of Robyn and Kevin Colley of Apopka, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on March 2 and 3, 2018, at Congregation Beth Am of Longwood. Ben is in the seventh... Full story



Samuel Ethan Poteshman, son of Hali and Mike Poteshman of Winter Park, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Sam is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Preparatory... Full story


The five best Jewish films to watch this Oscar season

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-With the Academy Awards on the horizon, there is no shortage of high-quality films to see in theaters and on the small screen. Getting a jump on the festivities, here are five of... Full story


Scene Around

Wow! Go figure... I recently watched the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in South Korea. I've seen many Olympic ceremonies in my long life, but this one was by far, the best! It was perfect in... Full story


Oscars 2018: Five Jewish takeaways

By Gabe Friedman (JTA)-If one thing jumps out about the nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards, it's the lack of big Jewish headlines to be plucked from them. "The Shape of Water," Guillermo... Full story


Blood Orange, Saffron and Semolina Cake Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Upside down cakes are one of my favorite types of cakes to make, mostly because they are an easy way to impress. In an upside down cake, the fruit is layered on the bottom of the... Full story

 By Eliana Rudee    News    February 23, 2018

Ahmadi Muslims promote a message of peace

(JNS)—As a small Islamic sect of an estimated 20 million people—about 1 percent of the global Muslim population—the Ahmadiyya community is a persecuted minority across the Middle East. But at the southern entrance of the northern Israeli city of Ha... Full story


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