Articles from the March 10, 2017 edition

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David Rubinger, Israeli photographer who took iconic photo, dies

JERUSALEM (JTA)-David Rubinger, the Israeli photographer who took the iconic photo of Israeli paratroopers standing in front of the Western Wall after its capture in the Six-Day War, has died.... Full story


Judaism and life on other planets

Hello... Anybody else out there? For us here on earth it is certainly one of the most intriguing and far-reaching questions imaginable. Are we alone in the cosmos or are there others-perhaps like us... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    March 10, 2017

Arrest made in bomb threats

Federal authorities arrested Juan M. Thompson, a 31-year-old former reporter from St. Louis, Friday in connection with eight bomb threats called into several Jewish institutions over the last month,... Full story


Jihadist deception through language

"Jihadist Deception through Language" is the program Dr. Jonathan Matusitz will present to the Central Florida community on Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the Eastmonte Civic Center, 830 Magnolia... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    March 10, 2017

ADL: Juan Thompson's arrest alone won't stop 'unprecedented' wave of anti-Semitism

NEW YORK (JTA)-Thanking the FBI and police for the arrest of Juan Thompson, who allegedly made eight bomb threats to Jewish institutions, the Anti-Defamation League called the current wave of... Full story


In shadow of bomb threats, national campaign launched to define and outlaw anti-Semitism

Nashville, Tennessee—PJTN has launched a national campaign to define and outlaw anti-Semitism, in light of the recent wave of threats and attacks against American Jewish institutions. The “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act” will fortify the U.S.... Full story


Jewish cemetery vandalized in Rochester, New York

NEW YORK (JTA)-A Jewish cemetery in Rochester, New York, was vandalized, the third such incident in the United States in less than two weeks. Five headstones were found toppled Thursday morning at... Full story


Schindler's List survivor: 'Don't stand by and do nothing'

Rena Ferber Finder was born in Krakow, Poland in 1929. She was the youngest of Schindler's List survivors. She is committed to sharing her story in the hope of keeping the lessons of the Holocaust ali... Full story


It will be a 'shabbang' of a Shabbat!

The Roth Family JCC's popular shabbat-dinner-and-a-show program, Shabbat Shabbang Junior, returns on Friday, March 31, with repeat performer, Jester Jim. The evening, which runs from 6-8 p.m. at the... Full story


Temple Israel Sisterhood's Chai Tea set for March 19

Sisterhood of Temple Israel will hold its annual Chai Tea event at Oakmonte Village Lake Mary on Sunday, March 19, at 3 p.m. The community is invited to join Sisterhood members and residents of... Full story


TOP to offer community-wide Legacy Training

The Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation will hold a training session on gaining expertise and embracing legacy giving within the culture of your organization and the community as a whole.  The session is open to all Jewish organizations in the... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 10, 2017

A UN task for President Trump

For those of us who spent much of 2016, based upon then-candidate Donald Trump’s own bombastic declarations, worrying about the thrust of the foreign policy of a future Trump administration, President Trump’s address to Congress Feb. 28 provided... Full story


American anti-Semitism only a surge in incident reporting?

Dozens of bomb threats have been called into Jewish institutions since early January, and scores of headstones at two Jewish cemeteries—one near St. Louis, the other in Philadelphia—were desecrated in February. But is there actually a rising... Full story


Shooting ouselves in the foot?

The most prominent problem currently facing Israel in international politics is one of our own making. Not the work of us all, but the work of some. It’s the so-called settlement law, which aspires to solve the problem of some 4,000 homes built on... Full story


Convicted killer of Israelis finds friends on the Jewish left

A Palestinian terrorist who murdered two Hebrew University of Jerusalem students has found a new ally, the far-left Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) group. How mainstream Jewish liberal groups respond will be telling. The killer, Rasmea Odeh, is locked... Full story


Senator Menendez and the Pollard effect

Speaking to his ministers on Sunday about his visit to Washington, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heralded a new era in U.S.-Israel relations. To a degree, he was correct. When U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greeted Netan... Full story


Five things you can do right now to help your local JCC

(Kveller via JTA)—My mother swims at the JCC. These days, she packs a “go bag” with all of her stuff to bring to the pool in case she is evacuated in her bathing suit by a bomb threat. It doesn’t seem unlikely. This is not what America... 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.... Full story

 By Andrew Tobin    News    March 10, 2017

Women's sport you've never heard of is taking Israel by storm

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Every week, thousands of women across Israel gather to play a sport almost no one outside the country has heard of. For that matter, few Israelis knew about catchball, or "cadur-reshet"... Full story


Compost Cookie hamantaschen recipe

(Nosher via JTA)-If you've never made compost cookies, but you love desserts that are a little salty and a little sweet, this cookie (and hamantaschen) are for you. Do a quick Google search for... Full story


Cong. Sinai religious school families celebrate Tu B'Shevat

On Sunday, Feb. 12,  the religious school of Congregation Sinai celebrated Tu B'Shevat, the New Year of the Trees with a Seder. The children, their parents and grandparents joined teachers and the... Full story


Jewish Academy students plant saplings for Tu B'Shevat

Last month, the students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando celebrated Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish New Year for the trees. Tu B'Shevat is often referred to as "Jewish Arbor Day" and the students at the... Full story


Scene Around

Finally, getting down to work... Being a recent widow, I kept putting off looking over things and donating or throwing away things. It took me more time than it should have because parting with... Full story


Using for Jewish research

The seventh in the series of 10 monthly JGSGO (Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando) Workshops was held at the UCF Hillel on March 2. The guest speaker was Crista Cowan, also known as "The... Full story


Safety guide for having a happy Purim

Every year on Purim children and as well as adults suffer from a variety of injuries relating to their costumes, makeup and improvised gunpowder explosives such as caps and cap guns. The most common i... Full story


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