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Articles from the March 17, 2017 edition

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The amazing Orlando Jewish community crushed it!

Due to the added costs resulting from the recent bomb threats that JCCs have received since Jan. 4, The Roth Family Jewish Community Center took a risk. In order to raise the needed monies to cover... Full story


Henri Landwirth honored

KISSIMMEE-Give Kids the World Village's Ice Cream Palace is getting a new look and new name to honor the 90th birthday of Village founder Henri Landwirth. The Ice Cream Palace will become "Henri's... Full story

 By Adam Abrams    News    March 17, 2017

BDS movement suffers setbacks

Israel's Knesset last week passed landmark legislation against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, representing just one of several setbacks this month for BDS around... Full story


AIPAC Policy Conference

March 26 through 28 over 18,000 pro-Israel activists will come together in Washington, D.C. for AIPAC's Policy Conference, the largest annual gathering of America's pro-Israel community. Through... Full story


While some parents pull out of JCCs, others vow to remain despite bomb threats

By Ben Sales (JTA)—When Cincinnati’s Mayerson Jewish Community Center was hit with a bomb threat on Jan. 18, Adam Bellows was satisfied with how the staff handled the preschool kids, including his two-year-old son. The kids, said Bellows, had... Full story


Nominations for 2017 Sherman Prize now being accepted

The Bruce and Cynthia Sherman Charitable Foundation today announced that online nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Sherman Prize, the first prize of its kind created to honor outstanding individuals who go above and beyond to make... Full story


FCC grants waiver allowing JCCs to receive caller info

(JTA)—The Federal Communications Commission has granted Jewish Community Centers throughout the country a temporary waiver allowing them to receive caller information, in response to the recent series of bomb threats on the Jewish institutions.... Full story


Israeli government votes to decriminalize marijuana

(JNS.org) The Israeli government voted in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining several other European countries and U.S. states that have adopted similar measures. At... Full story


Orlando teens participate in International CTeen NYC Weekend

"It was a time square takeover! The Jewish pride was epic!" This was just one of the many comments made by the Orlando teens who participated in the annual CTeen NYC Shabbaton. CTeen, the fastest... Full story


Deadline near for Israel travel scholarships

Students interested in applying for an Israel travel scholarship through the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando have until midnight March 31 to complete an online application. The Ronald Colman Israel Scholarship Fund was made possible by a... Full story


Spring Break: Passover experience at Orlando Torah Academy

Can you believe that Passover is just around the corner? With the Orange County Public Schools on Spring Break, Orlando Torah Academy is excited to offer children a one day “Passover Experience” to prepare them for the special holiday. Every... Full story


Proud to be Jewish at Lake Brantley High

In light of recent incidents of anti-Semitism, students at Lake Brantley High School's Club L'Chaim joined a discussion about anti-Semitism and Purim, and what they could do to make a difference. The... Full story


Jewish Chamber of Commerce meeting

The Jewish Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an event on Thursday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Dovecoat restaurant in the Bank of America building. The event will be attended by the Director of Multicultural Affairs for the City of Orlando, Luis... Full story


Calling all elder-care residents:

Are your mom and dad spending time with the Jewish Pavilion? This past Shabbat, Don, a resident of an Altamonte care home, enjoyed the warmth and companionship of volunteers Morris and Sheila Rashy,... Full story


Upset that Trump criticized an ally? France should look at its own record on Israel

French President François Hollande is disturbed that President Donald Trump criticized a U.S. ally, describing the terrorism that has plagued France in recent years as the product of an open border policy. Yet it is Hollande who should self-reflect... Full story


Battling hate in the spirit of Queen Esther at any time

(JTA)—Shots fired into a classroom window at an Indiana synagogue. Cemeteries desecrated in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and New York. Swastikas scrawled on Jewish buildings. More than 100 bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers. History... Full story


J Street cheers a terror backer

An extremist Arab Knesset member who endorses violence and has been condemned by the Likud and Labor parties alike was cheered at the recent J Street national conference. For an organization that supposedly promotes peaceful coexistence, they sure ha... Full story


Nothing to fear but panic and partisanship

American Jewry is under assault. A wave of bomb threats called into Jewish community centers and schools, cemetery desecrations and vandalism aimed at other identifiable targets such as synagogues has created an atmosphere of fear about... Full story


JCC bomb threats are weapons of fear

(JTA)—The “fear itself” thing? FDR was on to something. The rash of JCC bomb threats and cemetery desecrations, combined with a general sense that the country is becoming more intolerant, has Jews on edge in ways they haven’t been in years.... Full story


The surge in anti-Semitism? Here's how to stop it

(JTA)—Almost daily accounts of vandalized cemeteries, spray-painted swastikas and bomb threats to JCCs and other Jewish agencies have naturally evoked considerable alarm. Clearly, we must never reconcile ourselves to an America where this is... 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


Orlando Hadassah's heartfelt appreciation for a successful luncheon

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah recently held the Bunny Rosen Women's Heart Health Fashion Show Luncheon at the Westin Hotel in Lake Mary/Heathrow. Once again this annual event proved to be a great... Full story

 By Dori Gerber    News    March 17, 2017

SPARK ignites empowerment for Orlando's Jewish women

What do you get when 100 Jewish women spend the weekend together learning and laughing in luxury? A SPARK! The weekend of Feb. 24-26 was the first SPARK Women's Retreat, where all of the women... Full story


Congregation Beth Am's Mitzvah Brigade chooses dignity

On Feb. 15, five members of Congregation Beth Am's Mitzvah Brigade joined together with other faith communities as members of the IDignity Seminole Program. The IDignity goal is to help... Full story


Jewish Academy kindergartners close Shabbat with Havdalah

Jewish Academy of Orlando's kindergarten hosted a program, "Shema Pillowcase." This program is the culminating activity for the Shabbat and Havdalah units in kindergarten. All year the... Full story


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