Articles from the March 29, 2019 edition

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COS Youth Players present 'Joseph and His Dreamcoat'

The COS Youth Players of Congregation Ohev Shalom present, "Joseph and His Dreamcoat," April 7 at 1:30 p.m. and April 10 at 6:45 p.m. Both performances are at the synagogue located at 613 Concourse... Full story

 By Jackson Richman    News    March 29, 2019

Does Trump administration's new language represent a notable shift?

(JNS)—The decision last week by the U.S. State Department to change its designation of the Golan Heights from “Israeli-occupied” to “Israeli-controlled” in its annual human-rights report comes amid a push for the United States to officiall... Full story


Shabbaton with Dr. Fleischman

Enjoy a day of learning, spirituality, and kosher dining at Temple Israel's Shabbaton on April 13. This community event begins at 9:30 a.m. with a Latino Shabbat morning service, followed by a kosher... Full story


Commemorating the SS St. Louis

Chabad of North Orlando will host a special event to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the voyage of the MS St. Louis. The program will include the screening of the award winning documentary film “Complicit” and the presentation of the MS St. Lou... Full story


A conversation with David Litt, former presidential speechwriter

On April 5 at 6 p.m., the Writer’s Block Bookstore and The Roth Family JCC will present a VIP event—dinner with former presidential speechwriter and staffer David Litt—with a talk to follow. David... Full story


Orlando Hadassah brings noted New York author to town 

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah presents “Lunch with Hannah Howard,” noted author and food expert on Tuesday, April 2, at Ohev Shalom at 11:30 a.m. Howard will discuss and sign her highly praised mem... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    News    March 29, 2019

Staffing changes at Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion welcomed Cantor Lance Rhodes as a new program director in early March. Cantor Rhodes is coordinating Pavilion programming at all of the south Orlando senior living facilities as... Full story



In the article “Is America’s head in the sand about Islam?” (March 8 issue of the Heritage Florida Jewish News) Prof. Jonathan Matusitz caught three items that needed correction: Every International terrorist organization today (that poses a threa... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    March 29, 2019

Benjamin Netanyahu's views on a Palestinian state, explained

(JTA)-It wasn't so long ago that most major Israeli politicians supported establishing a Palestinian state. Now it's not clear that any of them do, including the current prime minister, Benjamin... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 29, 2019

Prominent pro-Israel donor pulls out of AIPAC conference

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Adam Milstein, a major pro-Israel funder, has withdrawn from speaking at the annual AIPAC policy conference following a series of tweets in which he accused two Muslim lawmakers of... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    March 29, 2019

Muslim and Jewish activists tell Chelsea Clinton she helped cause the New Zealand mosque attack

(JTA)—Two student activists confronted Chelsea Clinton at a vigil for the 50 Muslims killed in an attack on a New Zealand mosque and accused her of being a cause of the massacre. New York University students Leen Dweik, who is Muslim, and Rose A... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 29, 2019

The Christchurch mosque massacre

(JNS)—By the time America woke up on Friday, Mar. 15, Google’s search engine was jammed with news of a mass shooting at another place of worship in the world. Counts of 49 dead and dozens wounded were being reported at the Al Noor Mosque in the cit... Full story

 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    March 29, 2019

What's a Jew to do?

Since the first large wave of Jews arrived in the U.S., we have fought for human rights. It is in our own self-interest to do so. We believe in taking care of our fellow man, in equal rights, equal opportunity, etc. You know, the stuff that allowed... Full story


An election without results

The election may not decide anything. The clusters of parties seem nearly tied in recent polls, with neither right nor center-left clearly able to amass the seats need to form a government. What comes next will be long and messy, and ultimately... Full story


Its planned Israel trip explains why J Street is losing the fight with the far-left

By Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS)—The announcement from the J Street lobby that it plans to sponsor a free trip this summer for college-age students to compete with the popular Birthright Israel program provoked predictable outrage. Many in the p... Full story


Rep. Rashida Tlaib, it's time to start telling the truth

(JNS)—Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has a lot of “firsts” to her credit. She is the first Palestinian Arab elected to the U.S. Congress. She is one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress. And now she is the first member of Congress to ma... Full story


ZOA condemns Islamic jihadist slaughter of Nigerian Christians

Zionist Organization of America and its National President Morton A. Klein and Chairman Mark Levenson, Esq. condemn with all our hearts the horrific massacres in Nigeria of over 120 (which has now risen to over 280) innocent Christians since... 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


Congregation Beth Sholom April schedule

Celebrate Passover with Congregation Beth Sholom—Deadline April 5. The public is invited to attend our second night Seder, led by Rabbi Karen Allen, on Saturday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. A traditional Kosher Seder dinner, catered by Deanna’s Cat... Full story

 By Jackson Richman    News    March 29, 2019

Brown University students blast upcoming referendum calling on school to divest from Israel

(JNS)-Undergraduate students at Brown University are expected to vote on a referendum from March 19-21, calling on the school to divest from Israel. "The #BrownDivest campaign is organized by a... Full story


JAO kindergartners raise money for the Pearlman Food Pantry

Jewish Academy of Orlando kindergarteners raised $367 for the Pearlman Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services by operating a healthy snack store. The annual program at JAO begins with a... Full story

 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 29, 2019

5 Jewish things to know about Beto O'Rourke

(JTA)—Add Beto O’Rourke to the already crowded field of Democratic candidates hoping to unseat President Donald Trump. The El Paso native and former congressman hopes to build on the buzz that acc... Full story


Story of creation captured in illustrations

Review by Eleanor Bukowsky, librarian In her delightful picture book, “Creation Colors,” writer and illustrator Ann D. Koffsky reimagines the story of creation from an artist’s perspective. At first, the world was bleak and devoid of color. Durin... Full story


Scene Around

Enough nightmares... (Honestly, if it wasn’t for my children, my grandchildren, and someday, their children, I wouldn’t be so upset, because how much longer do I have on this earth? But I must wor... Full story


Purim festivities

The Jewish Pavilion celebrated Purim in over 50 senior communities including Brookdale Dr. Phillips. All festivities included a Purim spiel, hamantashen and music. Special thanks to the Orlando Torah Center and the Orlando Torah Academy for bringing... Full story


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