Articles from the March 4, 2016 edition

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Jewish Academy kindergarten students Learn about Havdallah and the Shema

Last month, the kindergarten students of the Jewish Academy of Orlando celebrated Havdallah, the ceremony said to mark the end of Shabbat. Students came to school on a Saturday night in their pajamas... Full story


Goulds donate largest single gift to Seminole State College

The Gould family has donated their former business property, which housed Gould Publications, to Seminole State College of Florida. The approximately 10 acres of land and 80,000-square-foot building... Full story


Introducing the ACCoRD Project

The ACCoRD Project was developed through a series of parlour meetings with a group of passionate, action-oriented, highly committed individuals who each have a desire to work toward a change in the... Full story


Young writer lives her dream

By Christine DeSouza In August 2014, The Heritage ran a story about Kara Finkelstein, who, at the age of 10, published her first book. The story was about a young girl named Bella who explored a... Full story

 By Joshua Sharf    News    March 4, 2016

Florida passes latest BDS bill

There won’t be any sunshine for boycotters of Israel in the Sunshine State. In a near-unanimous 112-2 vote, the Florida House of Representatives on Feb. 24 passed “Senate Bill 86: Scrutinized Companies,” legislation designed to prevent Florida from... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 4, 2016

Obama weighs in on BDS settlement fight-but battle likely won't end there

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The controversy over whether laws protecting Israel from boycotts should include West Bank settlements found its way into a presidential signing statement this week, but President... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 4, 2016

Anti-BDS laws gain momentum across United States, but some say they go too far

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Nearly half the states in the country are considering legislation aimed at countering the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement. But critics say some bills are cause for concern, either because they seek to l... Full story


Reform Rabbinic leadership meets with Netanyahu

JERUSALEM—Ahead of the Central Conference of American Rabbis annual convention in Israel, which began on Feb. 23, the organization’s leadership met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to discuss Israeli-American relations and the org... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    March 4, 2016

Stein, honoree and woman of note, at Jewish Pavilion Gala

The Jewish Pavilion's Black and White Gala will be held on Sunday, March 13th at the Orlando Sheraton North in Maitland. This year's honorees are two stellar volunteers who cherish the elder-care... Full story


Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents an evening of magic

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with UCF has partnered with nationally renowned magician Kostya Kimlat to offer an exclusive evening of magic and Shakespeare to patrons attending the... Full story


'I Remember' eyewitness series continues

The Holocaust Center is continuing its monthly "I Remember: Eyewitnesses to the Holocaust" series with a conversation with local Holocaust Survivor Helen Greenspun. It will be on Sunday, March 20 at... Full story


Our America-and Trump's

Two of my favorite television shows are about what I think it’s fair to call the “New America.” In Master of None, on Netflix, Indian-American comedian Aziz Ansari plays a struggling actor in a very real and recognizable New York. His best frien... Full story


Becoming Israeli

We made Aliyah from Boca Raton, Florida, on the very first Nefesh B’Nefesh flight. That ground-breaking day has become the beginning of a revolution as many thousands more have since followed. When people hear that I moved to Israel from beautiful F... Full story

 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    March 4, 2016

Are radical mosques in America?

Americans consider a house of worship a place of peace where one practices ones’ faith, not preaches hate. While Islamic houses of worship (Mosques) are used for prayer, studies show many Mosques and Islamic centers are used to preach jihad, hate a... Full story

 By David Suissa    Opinions    March 4, 2016

The lure of Trump: No more rip-offs

The stunning rise of a narcissistic blowhard like Donald Trump may be absurd, irrational and even embarrassing, but there’s a very rational idea that is keeping the Trump phenomenon alive: A large number of Americans are sick and tired of seeing thei... Full story


On Palestinian incitement, Kerry merely slaps Abbas's wrist

Just when you thought Secretary of State John Kerry couldn’t get any weaker on the problem of Palestinian incitement and violence, he did. Kerry met with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, Jordan, on Feb. 21, against a b... Full story


Universities must act to protect free speech on campus

CHICAGO (JTA)—The ideals of open dialogue, debate and civil discourse are pillars of university life. Today, these mainstays of higher education are beginning to crumble with fissures developing over issues of race, gender and, most recently, the I... 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


The Jewish National Fund Gala was a grand event

Sitting on the stage of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts-facing the pit, orchestra, mezzanine seating areas and the balcony that seemed to rise into the rafters-was a... Full story



Sharon Butler, age 61, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at Florida Hospital—Winter Park. She was born in Easton, Maryland, on March 6, 1954, to the late Lewis and Esther Snyder Cohen. A high school graduate, she relocated to the Orlando a... Full story



Edith “Evie” Yaravitz, age 89, of Williamsburg, Orlando, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Cornerstone Hospice at ORMC. Evie was born on Sept. 10, 1926, in Rochester, N.Y., to the late Benjamin and Minnie Rosen. She was a homemaker and the w... Full story

 By Shana Medel    News    March 4, 2016

Former IDF soldiers speak to UCF students

Using personal anecdotes as their guide, two Israeli reserve soldiers spoke to nearly 20 University of Central Florida students the afternoon of Feb. 25. Shir, 25, and Isaac, 27, (only first names were given to protect their identity) are the feature... Full story


Magical Shabbat, 'Minnie Purl'-style

It was a "Magical Shabbat" at Solaris (formerly Health Center of Windermere), as Maybelene the Fun Magician performed to an activity room crammed full with 25 patients. Dressed and talking like... Full story


Scene Around

Hooray for Italy... Sure, you think that lead-in refers to the fabulous food, the handsome people, the beautiful countryside... well it all applies but I'm really referring to the article I read... Full story


Sweet and sour meatballs recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Every Jewish home has a sweet and sour meatballs recipe. For some of us it's scribbled down on a soiled napkin. For others it's in our favorite kosher cookbook. And probably for m... Full story


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