Articles from the March 14, 2014 edition

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 By Chris DeSouza    News    March 14, 2014

Six JAO students inducted into AHA Honor Society

The American Hebrew Academy recently extended invitations to six Jewish Academy of Orlando eighth-graders for admittance into its Honor Society. Now in its fifth year, the American Hebrew Academy... Full story

 By Justin Garfield    News    March 14, 2014

Chabad at UCF shines with Shabbat 613

What would happen if more than 600 Jewish college students came together for an enormous gathering? On Feb. 21, Chabad at the University of Central Florida reached this accomplishment when their... Full story

 By Gidon Ben-zvi    News    March 14, 2014

Missiles found on ship bound for Gaza

Israeli naval commandos intercepted an Iranian ship in the Red Sea weighed down with missiles that was en route to the Gaza Strip, the IDF said in a statement. The boat, named KLOSC, was stopped by... Full story

 By Alex Traiman    News    March 14, 2014

Haredim protest against IDF

Close to half a million members of Israel's haredi public rallied in Jerusalem on Sunday, shutting down roads in and around the city, to protest a proposed bill that would mandate them to participate... Full story

 By Joshua Levitt    News    March 14, 2014

Netanyahu tells Obama: Iran is 'greatest challenge' faced by U.S., Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., that the "greatest challenge" facing their two countries is stopping Iran from gaining the capability... Full story


Miss Israel doesn't like hummus

While visiting New York last week, Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw, proved that not all Israelis love the country’s national chickpea spread, hummus. “In Israel, I don’t eat hummus,” she explained to a New York Daily News reporter during an... Full story


Documentary on deceased Holocaust survivor wins Oscar

A documentary on Alice Herz-Sommer, who died Feb. 23 at 110 and was at the time the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, won an Oscar for Best Short Documentary at the Academy Awards on Sunday evening. Born in Prague in 1903, Herz-Sommer was an... Full story


Americans view Israel favorably, according to Gallup

Israel’s “favorable” rating in the United States has climbed to a 23-year high in the Gallup poll, even as the Obama administration has been pressuring the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make a peace deal that... Full story


Some participants in 'You Are Israel'

"You Are Israel" will welcome the Central Florida community to an afternoon of learning the latest there is to know about Israel today. The event, which will take place on Sunday, March 23, from 1... Full story


Ice cream at Savannah Court

Weekly ice cream socials are the highlight of the week for residents at Savannah Court In Maitland. They adore the camaraderie provided by Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers. When Mimi Shader comes... Full story


Super Sunday truly a slam dunk

Under the leadership of event co-chairs Rhonda Forest and Faye Novick, 35 incredible Super Sunday volunteers gathered at the Maitland campus on Sunday, March 2, and made hundreds of calls to members... Full story


Hadassah of Williamsburg meeting

Hadassah of Williamsburg is having a general membership meeting on Wednesday, March 26, at 1 p.m. at Montpelier Clubhouse 10500 Mormon Drive in Williamsburg. Sheldon Brook, a popular member of the community, will present a most interesting and... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 14, 2014

Israeli Apartheid Week is a Soviet creation

#Rethink2014 is one of the more creative Twitter hashtags I’ve recently encountered. Launched by students opposing the hatefest otherwise known as “Israeli Apartheid Week” (IAW), the hashtag is designed for incorporation into tweets that... Full story


Settlers and the ultra-Orthodox

Settlers and the ultra-Orthodox are important minorities in Israeli politics. Both are somewhere on the fringe of key decision-makers, but must be taken into consideration even if not part of the A-team. There is no precise measure of either group.... Full story


What's your story?

Patternicity” is what scientists call the human tendency to find meaning in random events (seeing patterns where none exist—like faces in the clouds or Jesus in a potato chip—is known as “apophonia”). Connecting the dots can lead to false... Full story


What if the alternatives are apartheid or annihilation?

For 20 years now, we have seen the two sides of the controversy over “land for peace” talking past each other. The “peace camp,” as they like to style themselves, has argued that Israel is doomed to be either a bi-national state, which may... Full story


Why 'Israeli' is not a nationality

JERUSALEM (JTA)—For Americans, the definition of national identity is straightforward: It goes hand in hand with citizenship. If you are an American citizen, you are also American by nationality. The same applies to the French, Germans and many... Full story


'The JStreet Challenge' coming to Orlando theaters

Dear Editor: In light of the article about J Street in the recent edition of the Jewish Heritage, I want to tell the community about the movie “The J Street Challenge,” which premiered last month in Miami. It was sold out in just 2 days, with... Full story


Birthright change is a mirage and a misstep

Dear Editor: While changing Birthright Israel’seligibility requirements to include young adults, who previously participated on a teen Israel experience, appears to be a worthy addition to Birthright israel, it is, in fact, a mirage and a misstep.... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, March 14 - Friday, March 21

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500.... Full story


Netanyahu after Obama warning: 'We must uphold our vital interests'

( Following comments by President Barack Obama that challenged him to “articulate an alternative approach” to a peace deal with the Palestinians if he does not believe a deal “is the right thing to do for Israel,” Prime Minister Benja... Full story


Obituary - AMY MARA AMES

Amy Ames, age 42, of Lake Mary, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. She was 42 years old. Mrs. Ames was born in Staten Island, N.Y., on Aug. 7, 1971, to Leonard D. Furman and Yvette Tosk Furman Katz. Fol... Full story



David J. Gursky of Winter Springs, passed away on Tuesday, Feb.25, at his residence. He was 61 years old. A native of Daytona Beach, he was born on June 14, 1952, to Mary Ruggeri Gursky and the late Morton Gursky. As a youngster, he lived between... Full story



Natalie “Pat” Hackel Glickstein Haas of Jacksonville, passed away on March 2, 2014. She was 95 years old. The youngest of five daughters, she was born in Vidalia, Ga., to the late Joseph and Rose Rubenstein Hackel. She moved with her family to... Full story



Allan Steinman of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. He was 90 years old. Mr. Steinman was born in Brooklyn, on April 6, 1923, to the late Samuel and Sarah Schweidel Steinman.... Full story


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