Articles from the April 1, 2016 edition

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UCF students loved the AIPAC Conference

UCF students take a break under the beautiful Cherry blossoms after lobbying on Capital Hill while attending the AIPAC Policy Conference.... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 1, 2016

AIPAC's plans to 'come together' undone by Trump

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Hear out Donald Trump. Ignore Donald Trump. There were two distinct approaches to the Trump moment last week at AIPAC's annual conference here, and there were mutual warnings that one... Full story


JFGO launches Pomegranate Society

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) recently inaugurated a new "sisterhood" for women's philanthropy in Central Florida: the Pomegranate Society. The Pomegranate Society recognizes women w... Full story


Protestors outside AIPAC Conference

During the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, hundreds of protestors, including representatives of the Students for Justice for Palestine, gathered outside the Convention... Full story


Magic carpet ride to completion-plight of the Jews of Yemen

From 1947 to September 1950, 48,818 Yemenite Jews-almost the entire Jewish population in Yemen-flew to freedom in Israel through Operation On Wings of Eagles, better known as Operation Magic Carpet... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 1, 2016

Can Belgium protect its Jews? A community has its doubts

ANTWERP (JTA)—The hundreds of rifle-toting police and soldiers who patrol Isaac Michaeli’s neighborhood have done little to improve his sense of safety. “When the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, the soldiers might as... Full story

 By Caleb R. Newton    News    April 1, 2016

Netanyahu calls for unity after Brussels attacks

Political leaders around the globe, including United States presidential candidates from both major parties and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, all had words to say as to what they perceived as the best response to the suicide bombings... Full story


Bat mitzvah project entertaining and beneficial to the IDF

Got talent, drive and a strong desire to help the IDF? Miriam Crane does! As her bat mitzvah project Crane produced, directed and served as MC for a talent show held on March 6, 2016 at Temple Israel... Full story


Man Cave' to feature Jewish Whisky Company president

In February, the women of the Greater Orlando Jewish community enjoyed the spotlight for Choices; now it's the men's turn. The JFGO will present Man Cave 2016, a men's event in support of... Full story


Early-bird pricing for the Community Passover Seder

This year come and join Temple Israel’s family to discover the taste of freedom and experience spiritual liberation. Temple Israel will be hosting its annual second night Passover Seder led by Rabbi Joshua Neely on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. To... Full story


Grant helps JFS deliver more meals

JFS Orlando will receive a $2,000 grant from The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando that will enable JFS to deliver more holiday meals this year. With the $2,000 grant they will be able to purchase... Full story

 By Isi Leibler    Opinions    April 1, 2016

The fallout of the Obama doctrine: Global chaos and its implications for Israel and the Jewish people

President Barack Obama’s determination to downgrade U.S. international power has generated massive global instability and chaos with especially ominous implications for Israel. The Obama policies have undermined longstanding alliances within the... Full story


AIPAC turns Trump into politician

By David Suissa  How powerful is AIPAC? It did what no one else in America has come close to doing: It tamed the wild verbal beast of Trump. For nearly 30 minutes Monday night in front of close to 18,000 raving Israel fans at the Verizon Center in W... Full story


AIPAC and the perils of bipartisanship

WASHINGTON (JTA)—I am trying to imagine a conversation between Donald Trump’s people and a delegation of Reform rabbis and lay leaders. Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the Reform movement’s man in Washington, told me that Trump’s people have agreed to a... Full story


Academic statement would ensure no place for anti-Zionism

The Regents of the University of California (UC) are preparing to issue a policy statement that could be a major advance in the battle against campus anti-Semitism. In response to anti-Semitic incidents throughout the UC system’s 10 campuses, the... Full story


When Brussels meant freedom from fear for an Israeli

(JTA)—Growing up, trips to stay with my Jewish family in Brussels were a taste of freedom. In my native Israel, waves of Palestinian terrorist attacks kept me under constant maternal surveillance. Fear of regular bus bombings limited my excursions... Full story


AIPAC must apologize for condemning Trump's speech

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein released the following statement: On Monday evening, at AIPAC’s invitation, Donald Trump presented his views on the Arab war against Israel at AIPAC’s policy conference. It is... 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... Full story



Leon Chaskes, age 90, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016, at Florida Hospital—Winter Park. Mr. Chaskes was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, on Jan. 20, 1926, to the late Samuel and Fanny Mattis Chaskes. He served honorably in the U.S. Army,... Full story


Meeting of the minds with Rep. John Mica

While attending the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C., the UCF Hillel delegation met with Congressman John Mica. The 31 UCF Hillel students who attended were the second largest delegation to AIPAC... Full story

 By Gloria Green    Features    April 1, 2016

Meet Sasson Bechor, native of Iraq

As a Jewish Pavilion program director visiting Jewish residents in nursing homes/independent and assisted living/rehabilitation facilities in Southwest Orlando, I am fortunate to have gotten to know S... Full story


Scene Around

April Fool?... Not on your life. There is no fooling around here in spite of the date April 1st (April Fool's Day)! All of us know (or should know) that many advances in medicine, science and... Full story


OJO launches 'Coffee Talk'

Our Jewish Orlando, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's young adult division, held its inaugural "Coffee Talk" on March 22 at Stardust Video & Coffee in Orlando. OJO's Coffee Talk is an... Full story


Seeking Kin: At an Israeli moshav, filling in the blanks on a WWII rescue effort

The Seeking Kin column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. NIR GALIM, Israel (JTA)-On a recent afternoon in a museum in this moshav community near the port city of Ashdod, Hodaya... Full story


Purim party fun for seniors

The Jewish holiday Purim began early for seniors at a number of facilities in Southwest Orange County with parties sponsored by The Jewish Pavilion. Featured at each was a Purim skit retelling the... Full story


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