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Articles from the March 20, 2015 edition

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 By CTeen Staff    Features    March 20, 2015

CTeen Shabbaton lit up Times Square

Times Square: The luminous crossroads of the world. The brightly lit up corner of the city is a universally known landmark. This year, at the seventh annual CTeen International Shabbaton, the lights...

 

Ina Porth is a woman of choice

The theme of this year's 2015 Choices event is "It Takes A Woman," and this year's recipient of the Harriet Ginsburg Woman of Choice award, Ina Porth, has proven throughout the years that she is a...

 

Holocaust Center to honor Arkins

The Holocaust Center has chosen local activists, Susan and Gordon Arkin, as honorees at this year's Dinner of Tribute. For decades, the couple has identified needs and inspired change throughout the...

 

Hillel CEO drops out of conference

(JNS.org) After being listed as a speaker for the upcoming national conference of the left-wing J Street lobby, Hillel International President and CEO Eric Fingerhut announced that he will pull out...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 20, 2015

Black lawmakers: House Speaker's 'partison ploy' trumped their support of Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)-It was not the first time John Lewis had invoked the Jewish-black alliance that fought for equality during the civil rights era. But it was the first time that the Georgia...

 
 By Alan Kornman    News    March 20, 2015

Orlando pastor chastises Congressional Black Caucus

A dozen prominent black pastors from across the country stood in support of Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he spoke on March 3 to a Joint session of Congress about Iran's...

 

Spring Fling festival at the Jewish Academy of Orlando

The Jewish Academy of Orlando is hosting its second annual Spring Fling festival on March 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its Maitland campus. The festival will host food trucks, a video simulator,...

 

JNF's Women for Israel hosts an Israeli wine tasting

Jewish National Fund (JNF)’s Women for Israel (WFI) will host a Wines of Israel Tasting on March 24 at a private home in Longwood. The event will feature wines that spotlight the vineyards of the Negev desert, Galilee, and the Golan Heights....

 

Hands-on Model Matzah Factory coming to Ocala

Local children will participate in a hands-on pre-Passover experience as a Model Matzah Factory is set up for them in Ocala on Sunday, March 22, at 1 p.m. at The Chabad Jewish Center, 3509 SW 34th Ave. Circle. The children will re-enact the process...

 

Conversations with Rabbi Neely

Rabbi Joshua Neely of Temple Israel will continue his series, “Conversations with the Rabbi,” on Sunday, March 29, 4 p.m. at Brown’s New York Deli at the corner of Lake Avenue and 17-92 in Maitland (156 Lake Avenue). This month’s topic is...

 

Small Talk

You say ISIL I say ISIS... There’s only one thing I can say I believe about ISIL, but before I do, listen to the litany of their accomplishments. They have captured land in two dysfunctional...

 

Palestine and Jewish security

The latest news for those dreaming of a Palestinian state is the refusal of the United List, a group of four largely Arab parties, to sign an agreement with Meretz to provide to one of them the excess votes left over to each after the parceling out...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 20, 2015

I'm so bored with the Obama administration

I probably shouldn’t admit this, given that my political views are fairly well-known, but one of my favorite songs is “I’m So Bored With the USA,” by British punk legends The Clash. “Yankee dollar talk to the dictators of the world,...

 

Inspired by AIPAC

It felt like hitting the jackpot. After attending 10 AIPAC Policy Conferences over the past dozen years, I experienced three immensely rewarding moments in Washington earlier this month: 1. Being in attendance during Prime Minister Benjamin...

 

New York Times gets it wrong on Jewish National Fund and Bedouin Arabs

In an op-ed headlined “The Two Israels” (New York Times, March 1, 2015), Nicholas Kristof made a rather broad accusation stating that Jewish National Fund (JNF) plants forests on land owned by Bedouin Arabs. Unfortunately, Mr. Kristof chose to...

 

In memory of a special survivor

Favel (Philip) Blonder was a close friend of my Saba (Abe Engelstein, a”h). They both grew up in the town later called Auschwitz and spent their teenage years struggling for survival every day in the camps. Favel had remarkable physical strength; h...

 

What's Happening

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....

 

Obituary - BEULAH DWORKIN

Beulah Dworkin of Weston, Florida, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Boca Care Center of Trustbridge Hospice in Boca Raton. She was 100 years old. Mrs. Dworkin, a native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was born on Oct. 1, 1914, to the late Israel...

 

Obituary - HEDY HALBERT

Hedy Halbert of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at her residence. She was 95 years old. Mrs. Halbert, a native of Vienna, Austria, was born on March 22, 1919, to the late Adolf and Teresa Schwartz Blumenfield. Mrs. Halbert...

 

Obituary - LILLIAN KAPLAN

Lillian Forkas Kaplan of Clermont, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Lane Purcell Hospice House in Sumterville. She was 97 years old. Mrs. Kaplan was born on June 29, 1917, in New York, to the late Jacob and Rose Kramer Forkas. She worked...

 

Obituary - OSCAR MILLER

Oscar Miller of Orlando, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at his residence. He was 83 years old. Mr. Miller was born to the late Israel and Fannie Lichtman on Nov. 29, 1931, in Bronx, New York. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed...

 

Obituary - MURIEL SHERMAN

Muriel “Marilyn” Sherman of Winter Park, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Mayflower Health Care Center in Winter Park. She was 92 years old. A native of New York, Mrs. Sherman was born on Aug. 23, 1922, to the late Samuel and...

 

Obituary - GORDON DAVID SIMONDS

Gordon David Simonds of Maitland, passed away at his residence on Monday, March 2, 2015. He was 75 years old. Mr. Simonds one of three children of the late Abraham and Ruth Gordon Simonds and was born on Aug. 23, 1939 in Boston, Mass. He was a...

 

Rosen JCC pre-schoolers bring Purim joy to seniors

Rosen JCC pre-schoolers bring Purim joy to seniors The children in the Early Childhood Learning Center of the Rosen JCC decorated and filled Shalach Manot baskets to donate to the Jewish Pavilion for...

 

A whirlwind of nine Purim parties in eight days

Jewish Pavilion Program Director Gloria Green organized nine Purim parties at nine different assisted living facilities in the downtown Orlando and Southwest Orlando areas all in just eight days. "It...

 

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