Articles from the March 1, 2019 edition

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 By Gabrielle Edrich    News    March 1, 2019

A mitzvah marathon in remembrance

Earlier this month, I and a few other Stoneman Douglas graduates, had a meeting at Chabad at UCF. As we knew that the first anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas shooting was coming up and that Feb. 14... Full story


$10m raised for new Holocaust museum in Orlando

On Monday, Feb. 25, the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center publicly launched its campaign to raise funds for a new museum in Downtown Orlando, announcing it has already garnered $10... Full story


We have lift off!

At exactly 8:45 p.m. EST a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off the Florida coast at Cape Canaveral carrying the SpaceIL Lunar Lander, named "Beresheet." The night launch was easily seen from Altamonte... Full story

 By Ben Sales    Features    March 1, 2019

Meet the Jewish DACA UCF student

ORLANDO (JTA)-He's not just a student at the University of Central Florida, he is the student president. Growing up, Josh Boloña was just like a lot of kids in South Florida: He was a Latino... Full story


Talking with Hal Linden about JNF, 'The Samuel Project' and life

Actor Hal Linden (of "Barny Miller" fame) has never been to Orlando, but he has been all up and down the east coast of Florida as the national spokesman for the Jewish National Fund, a position he... Full story


It's time for Purim with the Jewish Pavilion!

Everyone in the community is welcome to attend the Jewish Pavilion Purim parties. For more information, please call 407-678-9363. Here is the Purim schedule by program director Judy Appleton March 8... Full story


A gathering of ladies (two nights!) for mitzvos

Join with other Jewish women from Orlando for a special Ladies Night Out on Monday, March 4, 7:15 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and fine wines, guest speaker Sigy Laredo in Montreal, explore your Jewish identity as you hear about the message from Queen... Full story

 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 1, 2019

Sovereignty Movement stands up to anti-Israel activists

(JNS)-When anti-Israel organization "Combatants for Peace" announced recently that it would protest Israel's alleged annexation of Area C-the Israeli-controlled part of Judea and Samaria-the... Full story


Jewish Historical Society mourns the passing of Al Vorspan

The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society is mourning the Feb. 16, 2019, death of Al Vorspan, a giant in the movement for Social Justice among Reform Jews. He was 95. Vorspan was arrested here in St... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    March 1, 2019

Louis Farrakhan accuses 'wicked Jews' of many things at Nation of Islam's Saviours' Day conference

(JTA)—Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan blamed “the wicked Jews” for the crisis over anti-Semitism and the Women’s March. “The most beautiful sight that I could lay eyes on [was] when I saw, the day after Trump was elected, women from all over t... Full story


Why the 'almost' Israeli prime minister never made it

(JNS)—Last week former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni announced that she was dropping out of politics. Livni came as close to being prime minister as you can get without actually having the job more than once. But only a decade after leading h... Full story


A window of opportunity in Egypt

By Itzhak Levanon (JNS)—After eight years, the Foreign Ministry’s director general decided to keep Israeli embassy staff in Egypt over the weekend instead of returning them home. This was a welcome decision; the staff’s permanent presence in Cairo... Full story


Jordanian-Palestinian collaboration against the 'deal'

(The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs via JNS)—According to senior figures in the Fatah movement, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan have begun cooperation in anticipation of the announcement of the new U.S. peace plan known as the “deal of the... Full story


The Kushner compromise?

(JNS)—The precise details of the forthcoming Trump administration Mideast peace plan are not yet known, but the basic principle was declared by senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner at last week’s Warsaw conference. “Both sides... Full story

 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    March 1, 2019

Palestinian 'pay-for-slay' policy will go on, despite Israel's new law

(JNS) The Israeli security cabinet decided on Sunday to put into effect a law passed in July to deduct half a billion shekels (approximately $138.2 million) from the annual tax revenues it transfers to the Palestinian Authority each year. The... Full story

 By Meyer Habib    Opinions    March 1, 2019

Anti-Semitism draped in 'yellow vests'

(JNS)—These are dark days for France... days that are giving rise to questions about the future of its Jews. For months, we have witnessed the “yellow vests” popular protests. The demonstrations, which began because of justified claims against the g... 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


Congregation Beth Sholom March schedule

Celebrate Shabbat on Friday, March 8 with the synagogue that feels like family. Our Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi and Cantor Karen Allen starts at 7pm. Socialize with our members and enjoy refreshments at the Oneg Shabbat following the service... Full story


JNF shares in the inclusion of those with special needs in Israel

If you thought that the Jewish National Fund only planted trees, you are way behind the times. JNF was founded in 1901 to buy and develop land for Jewish settlements well before Israel became a... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    March 1, 2019

Connecting with others as a Jewish Pavilion volunteer

As I-4 traffic became aggravatingly slow on a recent late Friday afternoon, Michelle Bilsky arrived at Cascade Heights Senior Living in Longwood a little breathless from her rush to make it on time... Full story

 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 1, 2019

Kraft prostitute scandal is another PR headache

(JTA)—With the announcement last month that it had picked Robert Kraft as its 2019 laureate, the Genesis Prize seemed poised for a calmer year. Last year the foundation that awards the “Jewish Nobel,” as it’s called, picked actress and directo... Full story


Scene Around

Tunnel Anyone?... When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, New York, if a gate (or a wall) was around a school playground, locked on weekends and too high to climb over, we dug under... not quite a... Full story


Maitland Chamber donates to Jewish Pavilion

Congratulations to Kevin Stewart, chairman of the Maitland Chamber Health Expo on his successful event. A portion of the proceeds were generously donated to the Jewish Pavilion for their support of... Full story

 By Noa Amouyal    Features    March 1, 2019

'Berrie' exciting! A story based on Israel's launching a spacecraft to the moon

(JNS)-What do you get when you toss in a bit of "Toy Story," The Little Engine That Could and The Magic School Bus book series? An optimistic (and very blue) "Berrie," a spacecraft with her eyes set... Full story


Disney's 'Andi Mack' is seriously groundbreaking

If you and your tweens still aren't watching the Disney Channel show "Andi Mack," you must start ASAP. It deals with so many kinds of identities, including Jewish, in a way not usually seen on TV... Full story


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