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 By Lazer Cohen    News    March 30, 2018

UCF students honor Parkland victims at Mega Shabbat-Champion of Shabbats

Five hundred and fifty students, faculty and community members partook in the largest Shabbat dinner ever held at UCF on Feb. 23 in the Pegasus Ballroom. The annual Mega Shabbat was called "Shabbat...

 

Gov. Scott signs anti-BDS bill at Orlando Torah Academy

When Gov. Rick Scott arrived at the Orlando Torah Academy last week, he leaned down and asked every child their name. Scott wasn't there just to meet the children, he came with a two-fold purpose....

 

RAISE employee of the month

Every month, RAISE chooses one employee to honor as employee of the month in the RAISE program. This month Ashley Magill was chosen. Magill works at Hillel one day a week helping to set the tables...

 
 By Julie Capps    News    March 30, 2018

JP honoree full of enthusiasm

It is often said that enthusiasm can be contagious. It is the enthusiasm exemplified by volunteer Carina Gerscovich that has been contagious, and, likewise, successful with furthering the work of The...

 

Orlando well represented at International CTeen Shabbaton

"I had a really good time and it was very impactful," shared Lexi Landa, a teen of CTeen North Orlando who was referring to the 10th annual International Shabbaton, organized by the Chabad Teen...

 

MAGAL students support local community and Pearlman Pantry

Each month, students in Temple Israel and Temple Shir Shalom’s collaborative religious school, the Meitin Alliance for Growth and Learning, participate in collecting food for the JFS Orlando Pearlman Food Pantry based on a fun theme. The theme for...

 

Todah Rabah to Harriet Moldau

Is there a feminine form of the word 'mensh'? What about menschah or menschat? The name which comes to mind is Harriet Moldau.  To know Harriet is to know enthusiasm, knowledge, sincere kindness,...

 

Celebrating Passover with the Jewish Pavilion

The observance of Passover has begun at facilities serviced by The Jewish Pavilion. During the next four weeks there are over 29 opportunities to help program directors host a seder table for our...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    March 30, 2018

Training for Gaza, where the enemy lurks in tunnels and towers

(JNS)-Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip more than a decade ago, it has built, trained, and armed a terrorist-army and guerilla force, and planted it in high-rise buildings, underground...

 

Spending bill includes big boost for Jewish groups seeking security money

By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)—An omnibus spending bill approved by Congress more than doubles spending for security grants that have been overwhelmingly tapped by Jewish institutions. The $1.3 trillion bill approved Thursday includes $60 million...

 

Trump picks John Bolton, 'true friend of Israel,' as national security adviser

Charging ahead with the dramatic remaking of his White House, President Donald Trump announced the ouster of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, to be replaced by former Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, a foreign policy hawk entering a White...

 

'Nobody is talking about anti-Semitism.' You're kidding, right?

NEW YORK (JTA)—Slate podcaster Mike Pesca has a theory that whenever President Donald Trump says “everybody” it means “almost nobody,” and when he says “nobody” or “anybody” it means “almost everybody.” Try it: When Trump...

 

Palestine?

Is this another occasion to sit shiva for the idea of a Palestinian state? Or yet another indication that the idea is well within the realm of dreamland, not to die, but not to achieve anything real? Several events qualify for the label of...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    March 30, 2018

We are all tribal

Our Torah tells us of a man named Abram who probably lived in what is now Iran. He was head of a small “Clan”—also identified as a “Tribe.” The Tribe consisted of a group of loosely connected family members: sons, daughters (of which Abram...

 
 By David Sacks    Opinions    March 30, 2018

Cleaning our hearts for Passover

Let’s focus on two qualities that make the biggest messes: anger and jealousy. How do I clean my heart of those? Cleaning the house for Passover is an opportunity to do a tremendous soul cleansing as well. On a spiritual level, bread products, or...

 

The smearing of Mike Pompeo

(JNS)—After more than a year of pretending that President Donald Trump was fomenting anti-Semitism, it’s been a bad month for some on the left. The fact that supporters of Louis Farrakhan lead the Women’s March, the movement organizing...

 

The Trump administration just doesn't get Gaza

(JNS)—The Trump administration’s conference on the situation in the Gaza Strip this week “focused on the need for the Palestinian Authority to take control over Gaza,” a White House official told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. If that report...

 

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...

 

Conversing generation to generation

The Jewish Pavilion's Inter-generational program was at Village on the Green with students from Congregation Ohev Shalom. They all gathered together to discuss Passover at a deeper level. From...

 

How matzah became a household item for non-Jews in the Netherlands

ENSCHEDE, Netherlands (JTA)-For most matzah bakeries, Passover is their lifeline and only claim to financial viability. After the weeklong holiday, during which Jews are commanded to consume matzah...

 

Dayanu! That would suffice

Browsing recently at a Denver airport store on my way home to Orlando, I was greeted by the clerk. Exchanging pleasantries, I asked him how his day was going. “Counting the hours, ma’am. Just counting the hours.” “It can’t be that bad,...

 
 By Jake Suster    Features    March 30, 2018

The Jewish people are not what happened to them

The Jewish Community at UCF hosted a one-of-a-kind event on campus on Feb. 22. Sami Steigmann, a Holocaust survivor and motivational speaker addressed a gathering of over 50 people. The audience was...

 

An afternoon in Paris with The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah recently held the Bunny Rosen Women's Heart Health Fashion Show Luncheon at the Alfond Inn in Winter Park. This year's event was a fundraising triumph, amassing record...

 

Scene Around

South American Holocaust Museum... I read this in the World Jewish Congress digest and pass it along to you in part: "As reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, The Holocaust Museum of Buenos...

 

From generation to generation, Jews celebrate the gift of freedom at Passover time

(JNS)-Passover is called the holiday of freedom for good reason. Every year for the last 3,000 or so years-wherever we are and in whatever form of bondage we find ourselves-we manage to celebrate our...

 

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