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Articles from the March 21, 2014 edition

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 By Jacob Kamaras    News    March 21, 2014

Is JOFEE the new acronym for the Jewish future?

More than five months after the Pew Research Center's "A Portrait of Jewish Americans" survey drew widespread pessimism over rising intermarriage and assimilation, as well as declining connection... Full story


Celebrate being Jewish at the Heritage Festival in Daytona Beach

The Jewish Heritage Festival expresses the heart and soul of Jewish Florida. It intertwines the sounds, sights, and spirit of Jewish culture and brings together every facet of the Jewish... Full story


Interfaith fellowship Shabbat at Beth Am

Following the message of Psalm 133, verse 1-"Hineh mah tov u'mah na'im, shevet achim gam yachad" (Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity), Congregation Beth Am in... Full story

 By Donna Williams    News    March 21, 2014

On PBS: 'The Story of the Jews'

Prize-winning author of 15 books and Emmy Award-winner Simon Schama brings to life Jewish history and experience in a new five-part documentary series, "The Story of the Jews With Simon... Full story


Learn about passengers of the Red Star Line

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) on Tuesday, April 1, for a program featuring widely acclaimed lecturer from Antwerp, Erwin Joos, who will speak about the "Red Star... Full story

 By Cathy Swerdlow    News    March 21, 2014

Film Review: 'A Bottle in the Gaza Sea'

On March 22, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando will be hosting an Israeli Film Night screening “A Bottle in the Gaza Sea” at the Orlando Science Center. I was able to screen the film in advance and found it quite enjoyable to watch. The... Full story


Hadassah: A tale of southern Jews and the Civil War

An atmosphere of intrigue and adventure await all who attend the Hadassah meeting on Tuesday, April 1 at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Ohev Shalom. A trip back in time will take those in attendance into... Full story


Knights for Israel host first freedom festival

On Sunday, April 6, Knights for Israel will host the University of Central Florida's first Declare Your Freedom Israel Festival on campus on Memory Mall. Admission is free, and the festival will... Full story

 By Chris DeSouza    News    March 21, 2014

A decade of 'good words' and a baseball odyssey

The Jewish community's own David Bornstein will read from his newly released books, "The Good Word: A Decade of Jewish Thought and Chutzpah" and "Me and E: A Baseball Odyssey," at Congregation Ohev... Full story

 By Sara Hoffen    Features    March 21, 2014

Start the Ripple on Orlando's J-Serve Day

Community service can range from something as little as picking up trash to assisting children with special needs. It can be done with one friend or many, with help or on your own. It can start as something small and expand into something large.... Full story


The 'J Street Challenge' film comes to Longwood

“J Street Challenge” comes to Central Florida following its sold out, world premier screening in South Florida. The film will be shown at Congregation Beth Am, 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, on Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m., and is sponsored by Zion... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 21, 2014

Ukraine-invading Putin plays the anti-Semitism card

Back in 2004, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused his regional rival Viktor Yushchenko, who was then the pro-western president of Ukraine, of having campaigned on the basis of “anti-Russian, Zionist” slogans. Putin’s invocation of the Z... Full story


Al Jazeera America: Twisting Israel news, targeting opinion makers

Al Jazeera America, the satellite and cable television news network owned and operated by the wealthy sheikdom of oil and gas-rich Qatar, can’t seem to present its Arab-Israeli news straight. This should come as no surprise. The Qatari ruling... Full story


Beating back the assault on Israel's legitimacy

NEW YORK (JTA)—Leaders of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement say they are protesting Israel’s policies in the West Bank. They are doing far more than that. BDS advocates routinely oppose a two-state solution and seek to delegitimize... Full story


The FCAT tests timing not appropriate

As I believe many have heard, Orange and Seminole counties, along with 58 other counties in Florida, have changed the starting date of FCAT testing from what was publicized earlier in the year. Instead of beginning the third-, fourth- and... Full story


Samuel Lewis and Israel's dream of peace

NEW YORK (JTA)—The last time Ambassador Samuel Lewis was at an Anti-Defamation League podium was in April 2008 as part of a roundtable celebrating Israel’s 60th anniversary. The speakers were each asked to share their most vivid and... Full story


Visit JAO and invest in our Jewish day school's future

Dear Editor: It was very disappointing to see the Heritage rebuttal at the bottom of Jeremy Scheinberg’s very compelling letter regarding the inadvisability of a Jewish Academy of Orlando (JAO) move and the role of the Jewish Federation of Greater... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, March 21 - 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


The bagel-croissant hybrid at Brooklyn's The Bagel Store

First came the Cronut. Now, there's the Cragel.  On Jan. 13, the New York City blog Gothamist broke the news that the Bagel Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was baking up a bagel-croissant hybrid no... Full story


It's time to dance-Israeli-style

The Maitland JCC will be hosting an Israeli Dance Workshop on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, featuring the talented Dany Benshalom, a well-known dance instructor from Israel. Along with his... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    March 21, 2014

Jewish Pavilion throws its largest Purim party and gala

The Jewish Pavilion threw its largest Purim party to date on Sunday, March 9, at the Westin in Lake Mary where more than 250 supporters attended their annual gala honoring dedicated sponsors and... Full story


TOP and JCRC event with David Ibsen: "Isolating Iran: The fight to disable and disarm the nuclear threat"

The topic of anti-terror activities is particularly of interest to the Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation (TOP), as it launched a unique anti-terror investment policy in close concert with the S... Full story


JFS offers a virtual food drive

Jewish Family Services is continuing its Pantry Restock Challenge through April 30 and now offers a virtual food drive. This approach allows companies and organizations the ability to set up a food drive via the Internet. It’s easy to join... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Rayna Cohen

Rayna Cohen, daughter of Mike and Joanna Cohen of Winter Springs, was called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Congregation Beth Am. Rayna is in the seventh grade at Indian... Full story


Scene Around

"Start in your own backyard"... That sounded like a solid piece of advice so I am going to reach out via this column. With all the reports of stolen passports in the news lately, I decided to look for... Full story


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