Articles from the May 16, 2014 edition

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Jewish community stands as one with Israel for Yom Hazikaron

In Israel, Israeli soldiers and bereaved families visit graves of fallen soldiers at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, on Yom Hazikaron, which commemorates Israel's fallen soldiers and...

 

Lag B'Omer inspires memories and mayhem

One of Pnina Newirth's earliest childhood memories is of a trip to Mount Meron on Lag B'Omer. But this was no ordinary family vacation. "I was very small, yet I vividly recall the huge fires and the i...

 

Camp J is ready for summer 2014

Summer is quickly approaching and in less than two months Camp J will be starting its 42nd summer at the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando. The national award-winning summer camp in the heart of Maitland prides itself on being a safe...

 

Lake receives national award

Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of North America is pleased to honor Harriett Lake as the recipient of the Kipnis-Wilson Friedland Award. Established in 2004 in honor of Lion of Judah founders Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland...

 
 By Robert Gluck    Features    May 16, 2014

Each May histories collide

Dr. Gary P. Zola sees an inextricable connection between American Jewish history, American history, and global Jewish history. "The study of the Jewish experience in the context of the American...

 

Jewish National Fund redesigned its iconic Blue Box

The Jewish National Fund has introduced its re-designed pushke, better known as the Blue Box—the box that built a country. “More than a century old, our little Blue Box is known the world over but it does change to keep up with the times,...

 

92Y chooses non-Jewish leader. Is that a problem?

By Uriel Heilman NEW YORK (JTA)-When the 92nd Street Y announced that it had hired a new executive director, Crain's New York Business went with an eye-catching headline: "It's a goy! 92nd St. Y...

 

Hadassah Magazine wins 12 Rockower awards

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is proud to announce that Hadassah Magazine has received 12 Rockower awards, more than any other publication (magazine, newspaper or website) and more than all other magazines combined. Nine...

 
 By JFGO staff    News    May 16, 2014

What's next for Jewish teen education?

Beit Hamidrash, the community Hebrew high school program, was created more than 25 years ago by the area synagogues in conjunction with the Jewish Federation. The program—which seeks to impart post b’nai mitzvah high school students with a...

 

2014 PGS - Pavilion Golf Society Tournament

Dual residency in London and "Heathrow" led to the formation of the Pavilion Golf Society (PGS) here in Orlando. Co-chairs Lloyd Green, and Ken Davis share a passion for golf, friendship and older...

 

Temple Israel dedicates its renovated Roth Social Hall

The entire community is cordially invited to attend the dedication (Hannukat HaBayit) of the Roth Social Hall at Temple Israel, which has recently been renovated. Please join the Temple Israel...

 

Europe's alarming push to isolate Israel

By Alan Dershowitz When President Barack Obama warned of “international fallout” if Israel fails to embrace the latest U.S. Middle East peace proposal, Newsmax asked noted author and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz to comment on the growing...

 

If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?

This article also ran in the Times of Israel. The Heritage ran the article about the anti-Semitic vandalism at Feldman’s off-campus housing in the May 2, 2014 issue. “We have something important to tell you and we really think you should know....

 
 By Ami Eden    Opinions    May 16, 2014

Fact-checking J Street and its critics

(JTA)—The vote is over, but the debate rages on over the recent rejection of J Street’s application to join the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Depending on where you stand, the 22-17 vote rejecting the...

 
 By Paul Jeser    Opinions    May 16, 2014

My personal response to Israel's 66th birthday

I am not normally for new Jewish/Israeli based organizations—we seem to have more than our share. Yet, the time has come for a new effort that will restore the greatness and vitality of the Zionist movement. Israel and the Jewish People are under...

 

Point: J Street as a member of the Conference of Presidents

Earlier this week the application of JStreet, which calls itself “The political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans,” was denied membership in the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (COP). While I personally...

 

Counterpoint: Conference of Presidents had good reasons to reject J Street's bid

(ALGEMEINER)—There were very good reasons why the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (the Conference) clearly voted against the membership application of J Street , an extremist group whose activities are hostile to...

 

What's Happening - Friday, May 16 - Friday, May 23

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....

 

Nominate a mensch for the Heritage Human Services Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2014 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented in August at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. “For more than 25 years, individuals who have...

 

Rethinking the Rabbi Akiva narrative

As is the case for many holidays in the Jewish calendar cycle, Lag B'Omer (May 18 this year) carries within it not one, but multiple and distinct layers of meaning. Mystical significances, historical...

 
 By Joshua Levitt    News    May 16, 2014

Moderate professor expelled from Al-Quds teacher's union

(ByALGEMEINER)—Al-Quds University Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, who was maligned for bringing Palestinian Arab students to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp, was expelled from the school’s teacher’s union last week, according to a...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    May 16, 2014

Giving is always in style at the Pavilion Fashion Show

More than 100 women gathered at the 6th Annual Jewish Pavilion Fashion Show held on May 1 at Hutton in Winter Park, for a morning of friendship, fashion, finger foods, and fun. Pavilion volunteers...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 16, 2014

Scene Around

It's that time, I suppose... These days (being a so-called "Senior Citizen,") many of my friends, my spouse and I, and assorted relatives, are thinking about trusts, wills and such. Knowing that I'm...

 

N.Y. Housing Authority carpenter sues over anti-Semitism

(JTA)—A Jewish carpenter filed a federal lawsuit saying he was attacked with anti-Semitic insults and threats while working for the New York Housing Authority. Mitchell Imberman, 60, of Manhattan, claimed in the suit filed in Brooklyn District...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    Features    May 16, 2014

A Boy Scout's guide to lighting your bonfire on Lag B'Omer

On Lag B'Omer, the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer and the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar, the Jewish community is aflame with celebration. People frolic around bonfires in traditional...

 

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