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Articles from the February 26, 2016 edition

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Acting out history at Temple Israel

First Century Roman Judea marked a pivotal time in the history of the Jewish people. Many important and influential leaders helped to shape Judaism into what it is today. The characters portrayed by... Full story


'Out of the Apple Orchard' concert reading to benefit JFS Orlando

Local award-winning author, Yvonne David, wrote her first book, "Out of the Apple Orchard," in 2005. It is a story, set in the Catskills in 1910, of a 12-year-old Jewish boy named Adam, whose family m... Full story


CRJ brings special Torah to Orlando

According to the Talmud, we are obligated to write our own Torah Scroll. This is considered the 613th Mitzvah. Later on, The Rambam writes that since the lack of one Torah letter causes a Torah... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    February 26, 2016

Goldstein honored at Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion's Black and White Gala will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 5 p.m. at the Orlando Sheraton North in Maitland. This year's honorees are two stellar volunteers who cherish the... Full story


How Justice Scalia's death impacts 6 cases that matter to Jews

WASHINGTON (JTA)-With the sudden passing last weekend of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court is now split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives, throwing into doubt how the court will rule on... Full story


Anti-Israel campus groups shifting tactics; streamlining efforts

WASHINGTON—A report released today by the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) details how anti-Israel campus groups in the United States made significant efforts to strengthen ties with allies on campus and in their communities during the fall 2015 se... Full story


Iran poised to receive S-300 missile system, aircraft from Russia

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org)-Iran was expected to receive its first S-300 air defense system from Russia on Thursday, Russian media reported Wednesday. This will be the first the major weapons... Full story

 By Pam Ruben    News    February 26, 2016

Griswold Cares Foundation awards second grant to Jewish Pavilion

The Griswold Cares Foundation awarded a second-time grant to the Jewish Pavilion's Senior Help Desk for their efforts in supporting independent living for those in need. The Griswold Cares Foundation... Full story


COS Youth to perform 'The Role Model'

The annual COS youth theater production will be performed Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, March 9 at 6:45 p.m. at Congregation Ohev Shalom. “The Role Model,” written by Cara Freedman, is a musical about a Jewish high school class that i... Full story


Take a genealogy trek with the Jewish Genealogical Society

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) for “Genealogy Trek,” on Tuesday, March 1, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Roth Family Jewish Community Center in Maitland. JGSGO member and new webmaster Barry Sieger will... Full story


Holocaust Center hosting special screening of 'RACE'

The Holocaust Center has arranged a special screening of ‘RACE,’ a new feature film about Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic experience, for Sunday March 6 at 2 p.m. at the Regal Winter Park Village Stadium. After the film there will be a Q&A session... Full story


How to get serious with U.N. bias

Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, this week sounded an unusually strong—and therefore welcome—warning about the continuing bias against Israel in the corridors of the world body. On a visit to Israel, Power... Full story


A centuries old war

Why are we involved in a 12-centuries-old war? Shiites and Sunnis have been at it since the death of Mohamed. I have written before about “Sykes-Picot” the agreement that whacked up the Middle East between England and France during WWI and how... Full story


Madeleine Albright's other 'undiplomatic moments'

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is backtracking, a little, on her remark last week that “there is a special place in hell” for women who failed to endorse Hillary Clinton. Writing on the op-ed page of the New York Times,... Full story


Palestinian voices for peace

The wave of terror directed against Israelis by Palestinians certainly harms Israelis. It hurts the victims, mostly civilians, and their families. It also frightens most Israelis, making them feel less secure. Yet arguably, this Palestinian violence... Full story


Why the Western Wall deal is a victory for now, but not forever

(JTA)—On the morning of Dec. 1, 1988, a group of about 70 Jewish women entered the sacred space of the Western Wall. The women represented all the major streams of Judaism. Some wore prayer shawls or kippahs. Some did not. One woman cradled a Torah... Full story


Calling out anti-Semitism

If you discriminate against the only Jewish country in the world, is that anti-Semitism? Let’s take the European Union (EU), which routinely discriminates against the Jewish state. Among the numerous “occupied territories” around the world,... 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... Full story


The annual J Ball is just around the corner

The 11th Annual J Ball will be on Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Orlando Museum of Art. This year, we are thrilled to be honoring the Dick and Dottie Appelbaum family as well as Harriet... Full story


Jewish Academy Night with the Orlando Solar Bears

Guess who came to visit the students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando? None other than Shades from the Orlando Solar Bears! Shades came to promote Jewish Academy of Orlando Night at the Orlando Solar... Full story



Muriel Alexander, age 83, of Livingston, Texas, passed away at Mike Conley Hospice House, Clermont, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Mrs. Alexander, a native of London, England, was born on March 26, 1932, to the late Behr and Leah Fank. She was a high... Full story



William B. Sharff, age 60, passed away at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. Mr. Sharff was born in Newark, Ohio, on Feb. 16, 1956 to Earl Lee Sharff and Marjorie Jane Silverman Sharff. He lived in... Full story


Broadway's Phantom comes to the stage in Southwest Orlando for Rosen JCC's grand opening gala

The Broadway star-famous for his role as the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera" as well as the Beast and Gaston in Disney's Broadway production of "Beauty and the Beast"-will join Theatre South at... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Lindsey Hope Shapiro

Lindsey Hope Shapiro, daughter of Samuel and Rachel Shapiro of Apopka, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, 2016 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood.... Full story


Temple L'Chayim: Best of Broadway

Celebrating with music, comedy and Purim party festivities, on Friday night, March 25, Isaac Kriger, Lizzy Brahm-Kriger, Syd Tenenbaum, Leigh Ann Singleton and Larry larkin of Kriger Entertainment... Full story


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