Articles from the March 31, 2017 edition

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 By Sean Savage    News    March 31, 2017

Arrest made in connection with JCC bomb threats

A Jewish teenager with dual Israeli and American citizenship living in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon was arrested March 23 in connection with the wave of more than 100 bomb threats against... Full story


UCF students and community welcome Miss Israel 2013 

Jewish National Fund and Media Watch International brought former Miss Israel Titi Aynaw to the U.S. for a speaking tour on college campuses in Florida, New England, and Upstate New York. Aynaw, a top... Full story


New counselor at JFS Orlando

JFS Orlando welcomes Ashlyn Douglas-Barnes, a licensed clinical social worker and qualified clinical supervisor, to the Counseling, Growth and Development Program as a clinical therapist supervisor.... Full story


A community briefing from ADL

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation will host an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Community Briefing on Tuesday, April 4th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 31, 2017

Deeply divided Senate confirms Friedman as envoy to Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The U.S. Senate confirmed David Friedman, a confidante of President Donald Trump who outraged some Jewish groups with his broadsides against liberal Jews, as ambassador to Israel. The... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    March 31, 2017

Jewish bomb threat suspect undermines groups' narrative on anti-Semitism

NEW YORK (JTA)—Many Jewish groups blamed white supremacists, emboldened by Donald Trump’s campaign, for the bomb threats that have plagued Jewish institutions since the beginning of this year. It appears the groups were wrong. The news that one Jew... Full story


More Palestinians in Jerusalem seek Israeli citizenship

JERUSALEM—More Palestinians in east Jerusalem are applying for Israeli citizenship in hopes of swapping their vulnerable status as mere city residents for the rights and ease of travel that come with an Israeli passport. But after long touting its o... Full story


Trivia on Tap with Temple Israel

Temple Israel's membership committee invites the community to its next scheduled event, Trivia on Tap, at Red Cypress Brewery, 855 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs, on April 6. Whether you're a... Full story


Jewish Pavilion Passover Seder schedule

The Jewish Pavilion program directors and volunteers make sure that every Jewish person in elder-care facilities around Central Florida has a place at the seder table during Passover. All are welcome to attend any of the seders, with the exception... Full story


One-man play to benefit Jewish Historical Society

Actor-Playwright Lee Weaver will present his one-man play “The Secret- The Spanish Inquisition in Old St. Augustine” at The Corazon Cinema and Cafe 36 Granada Street, St. Augustine, on Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. The performance is, in part, a ben... Full story


Second night community seder at Temple Israel

Discover the taste of freedom and experience spiritual liberation at Temple Israel on Tuesday evening, April 11, 6:30 p.m., at a second-night community Seder led by Rabbi Joshua Neely. Enjoy matzo ball soup, gefilte fish loaf, choice of brisket,... Full story


Is Trump owed an apology after the JCC bomb threat arrest? Is anybody?

NEW YORK (JTA)—Literally within seconds of the news of the arrest in Israel of an Israeli-American teenager for the bulk of the JCC bomb threats, Twitter lit up with Jewish anxiety. “[I] fear the inevitable backlash from haters who we whipped [in... Full story


Richard Gere's stunning pro-Palestinian hypocrisy

Diplomats never pretend to be experts on acting, yet for some reason actors constantly present themselves as experts on international affairs. Hollywood award ceremonies are now dominated by awardees delivering pretentious political diatribes. The... Full story

 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    March 31, 2017

It's real, it's here-face it

You would think by this point in the 21st century we would have learned. But we delude ourselves into thinking it doesn’t exist. It does. Anti-Semitism is alive and well and growing—right here in the good old U.S. of A. There was a wave of positive e... Full story


Notes from a journey through a divided people

Blame it on President Donald Trump and Fox News. Perhaps it’s the fault of the mainstream liberal media and its leading outlets like The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC. Or maybe the problem is Facebook. But no matter which scapegoat you pick, t... Full story


Ohio State Hillel is anti-BDS, not anti-LGBT

(JTA via the Forward)—Last week, Ohio State University Hillel was accused of being anti-LGBT because it was forced to disassociate with a Jewish LGBT campus group, B’nai Keshet, after the group decided to co-sponsor a fundraiser for queer ref... Full story


The most dangerous terrorist in Israel is someone you've never heard of

Which terrorist did the most damage to Israel’s security in the course of the “stabbing intifada” that began in the fall of 2015? About 40 Israelis were murdered during the spate of knife attacks, yet the most successful terrorist did not kill any o... 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.; S... Full story


Genealogy success story: DNA finds a surprise family member

“My Jewish Roots” Workshops, sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Orlando continue in April with the workshop: “Analyze Your DNA Results.” In February of 2015, my husband Mitch decided to search for his birth mother. Adopted as an infant,... Full story


Running for the health of it

If everyone's lifestyle was like Jules and Elyse Baclar's, doctors and hospitals would soon be out of business. This vibrant young Oviedo couple -Elyse is 69 and Jules is 71-love to spend their time... Full story


Jewish Academy kindergarten runs 'Awesome Snack Store'

The Jewish Academy Kindergarten students proved to be successful entrepreneurs last Friday as they ran the Kindergarten "Awesome Snack Store." The store was a culminating activity to two fantastic... Full story


Scene Around

Words of wisdom... I heard this expressed on the television program "Undercover Boss." It referred to someone who was very poor in early life and yet moved on trying to make things better and succeede... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    March 31, 2017

Trump era prompts Jewish donors to step up giving to liberal causes

ATLANTA (JTA)—For decades, the Lippman Kanfer family has focused its philanthropy on local Jewish communities and national initiatives to teach Torah—funding causes from the Anshe Sfard Congregation in Akron, Ohio, to a Jewish day school net... Full story


Recognizing stroke: Acting 'FAST' saves lives

Saving lives takes more than a 'stroke' of luck... While National Stroke Awareness month takes place in May, for my family it takes place all year-round... My mother's stroke was diagnosed by her... Full story


These two non-Jews are stars of Yiddish theater

NEW YORK (JTA)-Veteran actor Shane Baker has performed in three productions of "God of Vengeance," Sholem Asch's Yiddish classic about a brothel-owning family and their daughter's lesbian... Full story


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