Articles from the March 16, 2018 edition

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UCF students attend AIPAC conference

Thanks to the leadership of the Orlando Jewish community, UCF brought the fourth largest student delegation in the country to the AIPAC Policy Conference, which was held Sunday, March 4 through... Full story

 By Julie Capps    News    March 16, 2018

A lady of style and accomplishments: Jewish Pavilion Spring Fashion Show honors Elayne Burke Wershil

Edna Woolman Chase, a former editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine who is often credited as creator of the world's first fashion show, once said, "Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess." With... Full story


Israel steps in to help teachers

ISRAEL21c-Ten days after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, experts from the Israel Trauma Coalition arrived at the community to guide teachers, clinicians, law... Full story

 By Tom Tugend    Features    March 16, 2018

Oscars 2018: A Jewish 'passover'

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—Half a century ago, Bob Hope’s films were wildly popular, but the comedian was never nominated for an Academy Award. So when Hope served as host of the 1975 Oscar bash, he opened his monologue with “Welcome to the Academy Awards...... Full story


A story of synergy and friendship

Every photo tells a story, and what you see here is no different. The photo shows two women, smiling and happy. On the right is Rebbetzin Rivkie Lipskier, Chabad at UCF co-executive director, wife,... Full story


Choices Raffle is shaping up to be another hot ticket

Choices, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s annual women’s philanthropy event, is a little more than a week away—the evening of March 26 at The Roth Family Jewish Community Center in Maitland. Choices gives women in the local Jewish commu... Full story


CRJ Seder brings community together

Family and friends, old and new, unite to mark the beginning of Passover with food, drink, song, and, of course, the retelling of the Exodus story at the Congregation of Reform Judaism Community Second-Night Seder at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 31,... Full story


CJC Passover seder, March 31

Celebration Jewish Congregation’s Second Night of Passover Seder Dinner Service will take place on Saturday, March 31, 5 p.m., with Rabbi Dr. Richard M. Cowin officiating the Passover service. A comprehensive, yet expeditious seder service will be a... Full story

 By Alex Traiman    News    March 16, 2018

On AIPAC sidelines, Israeli ministers express support for settlements

(JNS)-On the margins of the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., more than 300 conference attendees gathered at the prestigious Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Monday to express support for... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    March 16, 2018

Pence: US will withdraw from Iran deal unless it is fixed soon

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Vice President Mike Pence said that unless the Iran nuclear deal is fixed in the “coming months,” the United States would withdraw from it. Pence made the promise, to cheers, during his address Monday night to the annual conference o... Full story

 By Batya Jerenberg    News    March 16, 2018

Czech president wants embassy move to Jerusalem expedited

Milos Zeman, recently elected to his second five-year term as president of the Czech Republic, would like to speed up the process of moving his country’s embassy to Jerusalem, the Lidové noviny newspaper reported. The Americans announced in Fe... Full story


Poles persecuted Jews 'vigorously' during Holocaust

(JNS)—In a bid to end the contentious debate surrounding Poland’s controversial Holocaust law, the Simon Wiesenthal Center released a declassified report on Thursday highlighting Polish complicity in persecuting Jews during the Holocaust. The U.S... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 16, 2018

The House of Windsor's Israel problem

(JNS)-Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 66th year of reign in 2018, which by any standards is an extraordinarily long time for a single individual to be a head of state. (By comparison, King David is... Full story


The price for Trump's Israel plan is too high

(JNS)—A Palestinian state in Israel’s backyard, international control over Jerusalem’s Old City and the mass expulsion of tens of thousands of Jews from Judea and Samaria: Is this the “price” that President Donald Trump recently hinted Israel wo... Full story


The real Russia challenge Trump faces

(JNS)—After beating ISIS, the administration can’t stand by idly as the chaos in Syria leads to war between Israel and Iran’s Hezbollah auxiliaries. Donald Trump was elected president of the United States promising an “America First” foreign p... Full story


Poland 'suspends' the Holocaust law/lie

(JNS)—It’s a very good thing that Poland took a step backwards against a decision that not only absolved it of guilt, but also made it a liar. It gave in to common sentiment, which populism tends to do. Wisely, the government decided not to imp... Full story


Israel needs Trump to contain Iran-He's off to a good start

TEL AVIV (JTA)—The latest episode of Iran flexing its regional hegemonic muscles in the Middle East came with a direct and unprecedented military challenge to Israel. Last week, Iran used a technologically advanced drone—reverse-engineered from a U... Full story


Post-Parkland activism shows teens need a place at the table

(JTA)—In the aftermath of the fatal mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Jewish community should take note: Teenagers are not just the future of the Jewish people; they are the dynamic force driving social change today. Today we are witnessing h... 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.;... Full story


COS Sisterhood's Passover dessert tasting

Congregation Ohev Shalom Sisterhood invites the community to an evening of display cooking, recipe sharing and tasting of Passover desserts. The event is on Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at they synagogue, located at 613 Concourse Parkway in Maitland.... Full story


Monaco's prince honored for Holocaust apology

(JTA)-A prestigious think tank on tolerance comprising former European leaders honored Prince Albert II of Monaco for his apology for his country's treatment of Jews during the Holocaust, among other... Full story

 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 16, 2018

139 Jewish day school leaders sign letter calling for action after Parkland shooting

(JTA)—The heads of 139 Jewish day schools have signed an open letter urging action following last month’s deadly shooting at a Florida high school. The letter released Tuesday expresses support for the student movement calling for gun reform and see... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    March 16, 2018

Why more Orthodox Jews are going to AIPAC

WASHINGTON (JTA)—On the second floor of the downtown convention center here, hundreds attending the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee packed a standing-room-only hall. A bouncer stood outside to control the over... Full story


Learn to cook for Passover

Young professionals from Orlando JNFuture and students from UCF Hillel attended a Passover cooking class at UCF Hillel taught by Myrna Ossin. Attendees assembled their own matzo lasagna and learned... Full story


Scene Around

A meaningful letter... LAWRENCE GROSSMAN, American Jewish Committee's director of publications, wrote this letter a few months ago. I found it very powerful and so I pass it on to you in part: "What h... Full story


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