Articles from the March 2, 2018 edition

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Cutting the ribbon to JFS Orlando's new counseling wing

As the 40th anniversary of Jewish Family Services approaches, a special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Thursday officially opening the newest wing of the facility. In 2016, Orange County... Full story


JNF Tree of Life Gala honors four

The Jewish National Fund will host the annual Tree of Life™ Award Gala at Congregation Ohev Shalom on Tuesday, March 20, to honor Deborah Dorsky Meitin, Marc Reicher, James Riola, and Rabbi Aaron... Full story


JBall honors Carol McNally

What's a nice Irish-Catholic girl doing in a Jewish preschool? Making it the best Jewish preschool in Central Florida, that's what! Carol McNally, director of the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Lear... Full story


RAISE brings hiring in house

RAISE (Recognizing Abilities & Inclusion of Special Employees), the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s work and social skills training program for adults with special needs, has a new job creation division called RAISE Awareness to Hire. “RA... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    March 2, 2018

With theme of 'Together We Will,' BBYO convention sounds prescient note on teen action

(JNS)-Mike Signer, who served as the mayor of Charlottesville, Va., during the rally and protests last August that brought white supremacists to the forefront of international attention, recalled... Full story


Statement from the Jewish Community Relations Council

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando expresses its deepest sympathies to the survivors, victims and families impacted by the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida, and all those affected by senseless... Full story


Beth Sholom March schedule

Celebrate Shabbat with the synagogue that feels like family. Congregation Beth Sholom’s Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi Karen Allen is on Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service. The synagogue is located at 315 North... Full story


Holocaust profiles in poetry at literary luncheon

The public is invited to a presentation of “Beneath White Stars: Holocaust Profiles in Poetry” at the American Association of University Women’s (Orlando/Winter Park branch) annual Spring Literary Luncheon on March 17. The served luncheon... Full story

 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 2, 2018

Holding out an olive branch? US lawmakers speak out after being detained on Temple Mount

(JNS)-US Reps. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) and David B. McKinley (R-W.Va.) no doubt anticipated an eye-opening experience when they visited the Temple Mount on Thursday as part of their current trip to... Full story


Billy Graham, who championed Israel, but had his image tarnished one time, dies at 99

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Billy Graham, the giant of American evangelism who was exalted by Jews for his championing of Israel at its hour of need and then condemned when a nasty anti-Semitic streak was... Full story


Trump cites suffering of Jewish family

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Donald Trump spoke of the anguish of a Jewish family in commemorating last week’s school shooting in Florida. “I had them in the Oval Office, incredible people,” Trump said Friday at CPAC, an influential annual... Full story


US embassy moves to Jerusalem in May for Israel's 70th

(JNS)—The United States will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14, in time for Israel’s 70th anniversary, according to a State Department official. Steven Goldstein, undersecretary of State for public diplomacy, said on Friday... Full story


What we thought of the Rev. Billy Graham

(JNS)—Perhaps the saddest thing about the death of the Rev. Billy Graham on Feb. 21, at the age of 99, was the fact that virtually every obituary gave prominent mention to what was arguably his worst moment. Graham was a giant of American... Full story


Comedian Sarah Silverman: Whose side are you on?

(JNS)—Stop the presses! A vulgar American Jewish comedian has praised a Palestinian teenage girl who assaulted an Israeli soldier. Put it on the front page! The comedian, Sarah Silverman, recently sent out a tweet demanding that Israel release... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 2, 2018

A change in common parlance doesn't change the facts

(JNS)—I interviewed Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister of Poland, during his September visit to New York. The public-relations maven who arranged the meeting pitched Morawiecki—then still deputy prime minister—as a rising star anxious to... Full story


Iran's takeover of Lebanon

Not long ago, I authored a column for The Boston Herald warning of yet another Middle East humanitarian crisis in the making. Sadly, that prediction appears well on its way to becoming reality. Lebanon was once one of the most progressive and liberal... Full story


Damned if you do... and Trump and Netanyahu are certainly doing

(JNS)—Day in and day out, two men—two crucial world leaders—remain under a constant barrage of verbal attacks. They are subjected to an obsessional, unhinged and unprecedented stream of abuse, distortion, character assassination and malicious... Full story


Action must be taken on gun control, NOW

Dear Editor: After so many mass shootings in America, including our schools, why is there not action being taken in the area of gun control? The evidence shows that a reduction in guns reduces violence and gun deaths, not only in states with increase... 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


Who wants to have a Purim play?

Hail, Hail, the gangs all here, celebrating Purim with hands in the air! The Jewish Pavilion Program Director Walter Goldstein had the residents at Kinneret, celebrating the holiday with a Purim... Full story


Who made the hamantashen

One of the nicest things about our community in Florida is our diversity. Often, while I am working out in my exercise class or enjoying a concert or eating in our small bistro, I am struck by the num... Full story

 By Julie Capps    News    March 2, 2018

Precious are the pearls of the Jewish Pavilion

On Jan. 20, the Jewish Pavilion held its annual Pearls of the Pavilion luncheon to honor those who go above and beyond to support the Jewish Pavilion. During her opening remarks, Miriam Josephs,... Full story



Lily Paige Rebar, daughter of Daron and Tracy Rebar of Orlando, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland, Fla. Lily is in the... Full story


Is your teen seeking answers to the "big" questions?

Calling any Jewish teen interested in developing a deeper understanding of Jewish politics, economy, and philosophy to attend the Tikvah Institute's Maimonides Scholar program. This summer, from June... Full story


Little ones bring smiles to seniors

"The phrase L'Dor L'Dor-from Generation to Generation-encapsulates the essence of good Jewish parenting," said Nancy Ludin, executive director of the Jewish Pavilion. Shown here (top photo) are the... Full story


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