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Articles from the March 15, 2019 edition

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It was a Mega Shabbat!

On Friday, Feb. 22, 500 students, faculty, community members and parents gathered together in the Pegasus Ballroom, the center of campus for Chabad at UCF's seventh annual Mega Shabbat. This was... Full story


Holocaust movie 'Resemblance' to be filmed in Oviedo

Talented writer, director and producer Kevin O'Neill has written a short-film script about Dachua survivors of the Holocaust. The film, titled "Resemblance," has a different story line than most... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    March 15, 2019

Spring into fashion with Jewish Pavilion

Modeling the latest styles, a group of 11 fashionable supporters of the Jewish Pavilion will sashay down the runway at the Spring into Fashion show at Bloomingdale's Orlando on Tuesday, April 9. The... Full story


JFS Orlando 2019 Restock Challenge

The Jewish Family Services’ Restock Challenge food drive is here once again, running from March 15—April 30. The Weiner Family and The Winter Park Wealth Group will generously match $0.50 for... Full story


Discussion of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act held at ZOA meeting

Dr. Daniel and Staci Layish hosted a ZOA parlor meeting at their home on Feb. 27, featuring Susan Tuchman Esq., director of ZOA's Center for Law and Justice, and Jake Suster, a senior at UCF who serve... Full story


Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra

Celebrate spring and Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a new Northern Lights Concert performed by the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra here in the Eustis / Mount Dora area on Thursday, March 21, at the Epiphany Celebration Anglican Church, located... Full story


A long time ago... in a galaxy far away...

Queen Esther meets King David in a Stars Wars-theme musical? What’s going on here!  Only in the original, musical parody, “Es-Star Wars- IV,” written and directed by Jules Gelade, could this happen. Known for his biblical parodies, Gelade... Full story


J Ball auction offers fun, travel, VIP parking space

The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is gearing up for the 2019 J Ball at 6:30 p.m. March 27 at the Orlando Science Center. This year’s gala will honor Stuart and Jo Ann Farb for their decades of commitment to The Roth Family... Full story

 By Jackson Richman    News    March 15, 2019

Record at a glance: Ex-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper stands 'shoulder-to-shoulder' with Israel

(JNS)—John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado, declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 on Monday. Despite having led a state with a relatively small Jewish community, Hickenlooper has a wide-ranging... Full story

 By Yehuda Sugar    News    March 15, 2019

Chassidic rocket scientist overcame Soviet oppression to guide Israel's space launch to the moon

(Chabad.org/News via JNS)—One of the chief engineers involved in the creation and post-launch supervision of the moon-bound Israeli spacecraft “Beresheet” is a Chabad-Lubavitch Chassid who overcame Soviet oppression and anti-Semitism to... Full story


12 pro-Israel groups call on Pelosi, Engel to remove Omar from House Committee

(JNS)—Twelve pro-Israel groups delivered a letter on Monday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), urging for the removal of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the committee amid the... Full story

 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    March 15, 2019

The Palestinians continue to prove the peace fantasists wrong

(JNS)—The Palestinians have been busy for the past week demonstrating in word and deed that U.S. President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” will be dead on arrival. In an op-ed on Sunday in the official, Palestinian Authority-controlled... Full story


Oh my, Omar-I think you've 'hypnotized' the Democratic Party

If Jews had “magical powers to control people” as Ilhan Omar says, then she would be gone from Congress, not just the Foreign Affairs Committee because the “magical powers of the Jewish people” would have kicked her keister to the curb. Too... Full story


Are Jews shutting down Ilhan Omar?

(JNS)—Perhaps you thought Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) had been so thoroughly rebuked by the media and fellow Democrats for her anti-Semitic tweets that her campaign against Israel and its supporters had been put on hold. Maybe you also thought the... Full story


From the Editor's Desk: Our voices should be heard: #FightAntiSemitism

The Jewish community here in Central Florida should make its voice heard concerning the anti-Semitic slurs being spewn about in Congress as well as the appointment of Ilhan Omar to the Foreign Affairs Committee. One community member, Dr. Daniel... Full story


How anti-Semitism became unleashed in the West

(JNS)—Why is anti-Semitism now out of control in the West? Jew-hatred, alas, is always with us. The most we can expect is that it is kept down by unequivocal social disapproval. What causes it to explode into an uncontrolled epidemic is the... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 15, 2019

25 years after the AMIA bombing, justice is again denied

(JNS)—This July, Argentina’s Jewish community will mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, in which 85 people were murdered and hundreds more were seriously wounded. It is promising to be a wretched... 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


Celebrating Purim at Congregation Sinai

Congregation Sinai will host their annual Purim Pizza Party celebration service on Friday, March 23, starting at 6 p.m. This service will be filled with entertaining music, special foods and a festive party celebration. There will be Purim pizzas,... Full story


Jewish 'Bubbies' do matchmaking, share their dating wisdom in new TV show

(JNS)-In each episode of "Bubbies Know Best," which premiered Feb. 11 on JLTV, S.J. Mendelson, Linda Rich, and Bunny Gibson interview three potential suitors before picking one to go on a date with... Full story


JAO first graders are out of this world

Jewish Academy of Orlando first graders completed their annual space unit with the Sun, Moon, and Stars Space Show where each student demonstrated his or her knowledge of the solar system through... Full story


Engagement - Sarah Rachel Blackman and Neal Louis Cotton

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Blackman of Overland Park, Kansas, are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Rachel Blackman to Neal Louis Cotton, son of Mark Cotton of Fort Lee, N.J., and... Full story


Being Jewish in Alaska

When Dr. Liz Ross joins her fellow women congregants at Congregation Shalom Aleichem on the bima for the blessing over the candles, she pulls the hood of her kuspuk, her traditional Native Alaskan snow dress, over her head. And on her neck, her gold... Full story


Scene Around

Shocking new levels of anti-Semitism... A recent FBI report showed that hate crimes against American Jews rose by 37 percent in 2017. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights released a compre... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 15, 2019

Belgian carnival float features puppets of grinning Jews

(JTA)-Participants in a street celebration in the Belgian city of Aalst paraded giant puppets of Orthodox Jews and a rat atop money bags. Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs condemned the float Sunday a... Full story


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