Articles from the March 11, 2016 edition

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Donor sign dedication in memory of Charles Schwartz

A permanent donor sign was installed at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando on Feb. 28 to acknowledge the 88 donors who contributed to the gym renovation project in memory of... Full story


Want to boycott Israel? Put your money where your mouth is, website says

By Alina Dain Sharon When navigating to, I'm immediately confronted with a clenched fist on a red banner against a crisp white background, and the matter-of-fact wording that... Full story


Life and Legacy- end of first year

Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation has been participating as a partner with the Grinspoon Foundation by implementing their Life and Legacy program as a commitment to the Jewish communities to ensure a strong tomorrow in all aspects of Jewish... Full story

 By Caleb R. Newton    News    March 11, 2016

Attitudes toward immigration

An overflowing, standing room only crowd at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida welcomed Central Florida’s own Mitchell Bloomer and Duke University’s Imam Abdullah Antepli as they co-presented the Feb. 25, forum... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 11, 2016

In face of labeling push, Dutch Christians hawking Israeli settlement goods

NIJKERK, Netherlands (JTA)-As a boy, Pieter van Oordt would often accompany his father, Karel, on the elder van Oordt's weekly shopping excursions specifically seeking out products made in Israel. A... Full story


Help feed Israel's needy with a Purim greeting card

Ra’anana, Israel—Purim is coming and in addition to reading the Book of Esther, dressing in costumes, and eating a sumptuous meal, Purim wouldn’t be Purim without sending greetings, gifts and giving charity to the poor. Leket Israel, the... Full story


SodaStream, target of BDS, lays off Palestinian workers

(, the Israel-based producer of a popular beverage carbonation machine, was forced to lay off its final 74 Palestinian workers after it had been the target of the international... Full story


Purim plays the Jewish Pavilion way 

Purim festivities abound at the Jewish Pavilion and parties are planned in facilities all over town. Jewish and gentile residents revel in the festivities. A Purim skit, written by Cathy Swerdlow, is... Full story


Neil Zirconia, the 'faux Diamond,' to perform at the Rosen JCC

The brand new Rosen JCC Event Center will rock Vegas-style on March 20 at 2 p.m. when Chuck LaPaglia takes the stage and sings a sparkling Neil Diamond tribute. South Florida fans have known him for... Full story


JFS Spring Brunch honors two families

Dr. and Mrs. Gilbert and Joyce Walker along with Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Rita Weissmann will be honored by JFS Orlando with the 2016 George Wolly Community Leadership Award at the Spring Brunch on... Full story


Ilan Halimi, 10 years on: Jewish Lives Matter

By Ben Cohen In his preface to a recent publication from Fathom, a British magazine covering the Middle East, British lawyer and anti-Semitism expert Anthony Julius—always the author of a memorable phrase—denounced “anti-Zionism and... Full story


Why I support Bernie Sanders for president

I support Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for United States president 2016, and not because he is a Jew, that is just an added bonus—although Judaism does contribute to my reasoning as to why I support him. I believe that individuals should... Full story


Leaders must be pushed harder on disability inclusion

(JTA)—In her victory speech after the Nevada primaries, Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton said it’s time to invest in marginalized communities by “ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunities to work and fully... Full story

 By Ben Suster    Opinions    March 11, 2016

State of the (Student) Union: From one learning on the job

As president of Knights for Israel, this semester marked the beginning of one of the most difficult periods of my life. I am three months into my new position and it would be fair to say I underestimated how challenging this role would be. As a biote... Full story

 By Arye Gut    Opinions    March 11, 2016

The Holocaust and the Khojaly massacre through the eyes of contemporaries

To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was Jan. 27, and remember another notorious event that would come nearly 50 years after the Holocaust, the Baku International Center for Multiculturalism and Baku Slavic University recently... Full story


There's a big difference between bigotry toward Jewish and Muslim immigrants

Dear Editor: In reference to the Feb. 25 meeting at the Holocaust Center about Jewish and Muslim immigrants, it was interesting to hear the history of Americans’ perceptions of immigrants over the last 100 years as Mitch Bloomer explained it. I... 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


Jewish Academy first graders blast off into outer space

On March 24, the first-grade students participated in their annual Space program. This fun, fact-filled program encompassed props, live music, a slide show, and a display of student artwork related... Full story



Gerald Birman, age 85, of Orlando, passed away on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at Hospice of the Comforter, Altamonte Springs. Mr. Birman was born in Buffalo, New York, on May 31, 1930, to the late Meyer and Sarah Massmond Birman. A Staff Sergeant, he... Full story



Allan Burnstine, son of Jerry and the late Lillian Burnstine, passed away on Feb. 29, 2016, at the age of 69. Allan is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Karen Burnstine; sons, Benjamin and Andrew Burnstine, of Lake Mary; his daughter, Dana... Full story



Anthony Kaskey, 68, of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at his residence. A native of Freeport, New York, Mr. Kaskey was born on July 11, 1947, to the late Jerome and Adelaide Shapiro Kaskey. He moved to South Florida with... Full story


Orlando Hadassah once again promotes heart health awareness with a successful fundraiser and luncheon

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah recently held the Bunny Rosen Women's Heart Health Fashion Show Luncheon at the Alfond Inn in Winter Park. Once again this annual event proved to be a great success,... Full story


Explaining cancer: The risks, misconceptions, prevention and research

Many Jewish women face an increased genetic predisposition for certain cancers. On Feb. 25, an appreciative audience gathered to hear medical experts from UF-Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health discuss cancer risks, clarify misconceptions,... Full story


Educators learn about Arab-Israeli conflict at UCF

At the International Society for the Social Studies (ISSS) conference held at UCF on Feb. 25, Professor Terri Susan Fine led a session on "Teaching the Arab-Israeli Peace Process and Conflict." Confer... Full story


Scene Around

Okay, Congress recently did something great... The headline of the current World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest reads like this: "U.S. House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Resolutions on... Full story


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