Articles from the March 8, 2019 edition

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Local teens connect with others at the CTeen International Shabbaton

Thousands of teens from around the world celebrated Jewish unity, heritage, and pride at the 11th annual CTeen International Shabbaton. The convention, which drew in over 2600 participants, was the... Full story


Two Jewish agencies unite fundraisers to better serve community

For the first time ever in our community, two Jewish organizations are coming together to create a unified fundraiser to support both Central Florida Hillel and Jewish Academy of Orlando. The... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    March 8, 2019

Bibi's scandals explained

(JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going to court on corruption charges-he says he's innocent. Netanyahu was indicted in three cases Thursday pending a court hearing. It's the first... Full story


Who would've thought, a Jewish prison?

Imagine Lawrence Dressler's surprise when fellow inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, N.Y., told him that he was mentioned on the Bill Maher show the night before. "At the... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    March 8, 2019

Jewish Pavilion supporters enjoyed a pearl of an event

The Pearls of the Pavilion luncheon on Feb. 22 treated some of the Jewish Pavilion's most generous supporters to a gracious afternoon social affair. Attendees were celebrated as "pearls" because of... Full story


Congregation Sinai hosts annual outreach program

The Congregation Sinai Sisterhood will host their annual multi-denominational Outreach Program on Thursday, March 21, starting at noon at 1200 West Broad Street, Groveland, Fla. Women from six local churches along with Congregation Sinai Sisterhood... Full story


Additional Jewish Pavilion Purim parties

A few more parties were added to the party list. They include: Walter Goldstein/ Lance Rhodes March 14, 1 p.m. at Sonata West March 17, 1 p.m. at Brookdale Dr. Phillips March 18, 10:30 a.m., Westminster Towers March 21, 2 p.m. at Kinnert Apartments... Full story


Guy Nattiv wins Short Film category, first Israeli to win Academy Award in 41 years

(JNS)-Israeli government officials congratulated Israeli director Guy Nattiv for winning the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film on Sunday-the first Israeli Oscar in 41 years. "Skin," a... Full story

 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 8, 2019

Israelis and Palestinians unite to create economic viability

(JNS)-With so many new businesses sprouting up in Israeli and Palestinian communities in Judea and Samaria, isn't it possible to create some form of collaboration between them to share resources and... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    March 8, 2019

Deborah Lipstadt quits synagogue after its national affiliate backs Netanyahu's overture to far-right party

(JTA)—Deborah Lipstadt, the prominent Holocaust historian, is resigning her membership in her local synagogue because it belongs to a movement that defended an Israeli political deal with the extremist right wing. Lipstadt belonged to Young Israel o... Full story


Pompeo on Israeli elections: US not getting 'involved'

(JNS)—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to comment on last week’s controversial merger between the Jewish Home and the far-right Otzma Yehudit parties ahead of the Israeli elections in April. “We’re not about to get involved in an election... Full story


Jewish terror victim is remembered, thanks to the killers' friends

(JNS)—Like most victims of Palestinian Arab terrorism, Avraham Bromberg would have been completely forgotten if not for the persistence of the murderer’s many admirers and financial sponsors. Bromberg was just 20 years old when he was murdered. The... Full story

 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    March 8, 2019

The Hora dance to the moon

On Feb. 21, 2019, in collaboration with Space X, NASA, and tracking facilities of other nations, an Israeli spacecraft, carrying scientific instruments to add to our knowledge of lunar science, was successfully launched into earth orbit aboard a... Full story

 By Noah Siegel    Opinions    March 8, 2019

Israel's far-right Otzma party is dangerous

(JTA)—The next Israeli government may include terrorists that are barred from entering the United States. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu crossed every moral line for political gain in Israeli politics last week when he brokered a merger of the r... Full story

 By Lisa Sholk    Opinions    March 8, 2019

Viewpoint: The Jewish Academy is a jewel in our midst

I have been a part of the greater Orlando Jewish community for 31 years. Over those years, I have served our many community organizations in many capacities, both as a lay leader and professional. As an educator, mother and Jew, I have always had a p... Full story


UNIFIL's failure to halt Hezbollah's tunnel construction reflects inherent institutional bias

While the United Nations Interim Front in Lebanon has emphasized Israel’s protection from Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, newfound evidence has demonstrated otherwise. UNIFIL is an international peacekeeping effort created to initiate I... Full story

 By Aaron Weil    Opinions    March 8, 2019

Otzma Yehudit party unfit to be in Knesset

Dear Editor: I am a proud and ardent Zionist and have dedicated much of my adult life to serving these ideals and advancing these goals because I believe that ultimately this will better serve ALL of Israel’s citizenry, as well as support better r... 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.; S... Full story


By comparing it to Anne Frank, this man nails the problem with Oscar winner 'Green Book'

When "Green Book" won the Academy Award for best movie, arguably the most coveted prize of the ceremony, "BlacKkKlansman" and "Do The Right Thing" director Spike Lee stormed to the back of the... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    March 8, 2019

US Orthodox group defends Netanyahu's deal with far-right

NEW YORK (JTA)—An American Orthodox Jewish group is defending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to work with a far-right political party. It is the first statement by a major American Jewish organization defending Net... Full story

 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 8, 2019

Fear over Otzma Party grips left and right, but is it justified?

(JNS)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to cut a deal with Bayit Yehudi, and its subsequent temporary union with right-wing political parties National Union and Otzma Yehudit, has created a political storm, being called “fo... Full story


Business Update: FASTSIGNS® of Orlando-Central receives recognition and several awards

Owned by Renee Friedman-Goldstein, FASTSIGNS of Orlando-Central, now entering its 33rd year as a business, was recently recognized at the 2019 FASTSIGNS International Convention for various... Full story


Scene Around

Growing alarm... I recently heard from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and pass their message along to you: "You and I have watched with growing alarm as Israel has been targeted by Hamas with a new wave... Full story


Is America's head in the sand about Islam?

Tuesday evening, Feb. 26, ACT for America, a national security grassroots organization, hosted a panel discussion about political Islam and Western culture. Although ACT is also recognized as the largest anti-Muslim group in the U.S. and takes a... Full story


Montana college campus littered with anti-Semitic fliers

(JNS)—For the sixth time since November, anti-Semitic fliers appeared around the University of Montana campus in Missoula, including four times in February. Discovered on Monday, the latest fliers included an image of a disfigured military member w... Full story


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