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Articles from the March 22, 2013 edition

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Central Florida Hillel selects Weil as executive director

The board of directors of Central Florida Hillel has chosen Aaron Weil, a seasoned Jewish community professional, as its new executive director and chief executive officer, effective June 10. This... Full story


Distinguished professor speaks at Rollins

Professor Yudit Greenberg, Cornell endowed professor of religion and director of the Jewish Studies Program at Rollins College, is presenting a lecture by Dr. Steven Gimbel, a philosopher of science... Full story


Dawson expands Holocaust history in new book

Greg Dawson was the featured presenter at an educational forum on Feb. 21 at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland. His subject was his recently published book, “Judgment Before Nuremberg,” which adds to Holocaust... Full story


Nominate a mensch for the Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2013 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented in August at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. “For more than 25 years, individuals who have... Full story


Central Florida Hillel to help host 1st Florida Texas Hold 'Em Tournament

MIAMI—Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus life is hosting its Inaugural Florida Texas Hold ’Em Tournament, a fundraising event, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29 at The Dezer Collection, 2000 N.E. 146th St., North Miami. For the last eight...


JCC teachers learn at seder

The Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando’s Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center hosted a lively women’s seder March 7 for its entire faculty, as a means of continuing their... Full story

 By Lois Silverman    News    March 22, 2013

Fashion show at Bloomingdales supports Pavilion

Smiling faces, happy chatter, lively music, sparkling mimosas and delicious food! Old friends and new friends mingled, nibbled, chatted and enjoyed the ambience. It was a delightful way to spend a bri... Full story

 By Helen Brook    Opinions    March 22, 2013

Get a taste of freedom 

To all those who lived to see America, In fond memory of all those who didn’t. The train was sliding forward, softly and noiselessly. A train is one of those few places where you are mostly left alone, to sleep or meditate or lazily watch the chang... Full story


Not a Swiss watch

Politics does not operate like a Swiss watch. The image is outdated but remains useful. The overwhelming majority of watches are electronic, run by batteries and tiny programs rather than by springs and cog wheels made and assembled by skilled... Full story


A more balanced picture

I was relieved and not at all disappointed last month when neither of the Israeli entries for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards came home with the prize. I felt badly that the two films representing Israel, “The Gatekeepers” and “5 Broken... Full story


David Brooks discovers the Orthodox 1-percenters

NEW YORK (JTA)—Probably no more than the top 10 percent of Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jews will ever shop at Pomegranate, the luxury kosher supermarket recently featured by The New York Times columnist David Brooks in a column titled “The Orthodox... Full story


A man's world ain't nothin' without a woman or a girl

The following is the winner of the Women of Reform Judaism Centennial Essay Competition. CHARLESTON, S.C. (JTA)—I cried when I found out our new rabbi was going to be a woman. I was in ninth grade and did not like the thought of change. She would... Full story

 By Jacob Price    Opinions    March 22, 2013

Remember who you stand for

This article was the winning entry in NFTY’s 2013 Wendy Blickstein Memorial D’var Torah competition. CINCINNATI (JTA)—What do you do when you get up in the morning? You probably have a morning ritual that you could do with your eyes closed.... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, March 22 - Friday, March 29

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 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of... Full story


Kinneret residents celebrate Purim

Kinneret residents were treated to a Purim play and celebration thanks to the Kinneret Council on Aging’s programming committee, headed by board volunteer and vice president of programming, Geanne... Full story


Tony and Pulitzer award winner headlines museum's To Life program

ST. PETERSBURG—The Florida Holocaust Museum announced the program for its 21st annual To Life event. This year’s theme is The Power of Stories. To Life, held in benefit for the museum, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. April 17 at the Mahaffey... Full story

 By Richard Ries    News    March 22, 2013

Passover wishes from Mayor Buddy Dyer

By Richard Ries If you walk into Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s office and see a wood carved alligator, you might naturally assume it was made in Florida. However, you’d be guilty of not examining... Full story



Myron N. Blattner, of Altamonte Springs, died on Monday, March 11, 2013. He was 77 years old. A Jacksonville native, Mr. Blattner was born on April 11, 1935, to the late Sidney and Ann Nabin Blattner. He attended area schools and the University of... Full story



Marcella D. Wolgel of Altamonte Springs, died on Monday, March 11, 2013. She was 84 years old. She was born in St. Louis to the late Abraham and Sarah Komornik Kaner on April 27, 1928. She attended school in Chicago, earning her associate’s degree... Full story


Passover seders in Central Florida

Celebration Jewish Center CJC’s second night Passover seder dinner service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Celebration’s Heritage Hall under the spiritual leadership of Rabbi Dr. Richard Cowin. Cowin has selected a Haggadah... Full story


New haggadahs: Bronfman's and an interactive version for kids

BOSTON (JTA)—Francine Hermelin Levite and Edgar Bronfman have been using unique versions of the Passover Haggadah for years. Now both have decided to publish their versions of the Exodus story.... Full story


Scene Around

So what else is new?... According to an international agency that studied Israel’s delivery of health care, the agency finds Israel has a quality system overall (again I repeat, what else is new?)... Full story

 By Gil Shefler    Features    March 22, 2013

Passover without wine? For Jewish addicts, sober seders are a life-saver

NEW YORK (JTA)—It’s rare that an Orthodox rabbi chooses to omit an important Jewish ritual in his holiday celebrations. But in the spring of 2000, Rabbi Yosef Lipsker cleared his living room of... Full story

 By Sean Savage    Features    March 22, 2013

Is Elijah, the annual Passover guest, also the 'Jewish Santa Claus'?

In millions of Jewish homes across the world each Passover, a special cup of wine is poured and the door is opened for Elijah the prophet. But how did this tradition start? Who is the prophet Elijah... Full story


From L.A., following the Egyptian signs to the Red Sea

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—If the Passover haggadah seems like hieroglyphics to you, it could be a good thing. Though the Israelites left Egypt presumably to escape the ankhs and eyes of Horus of the... Full story


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