Articles from the April 5, 2013 edition

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 By Ben Sales    News    April 5, 2013

African-Israeli personalities hoping to change community's image

TEL AVIV (JTA) — When Yityish Aynaw immigrated from Ethiopia to Israel at age 12, she was thrust into an Israeli classroom. An orphan lacking Hebrew skills, Aynaw says she relied on other kids and h... Full story

 By Rafael Medoff    News    April 5, 2013

'Hatikvah' in the Holocaust: A song of hope in a time of despair

A national anthem written more than 50 years before the birth of the state for which it was composed, “Hatikvah” has served as a source of hope and inspiration for Jews who have found themselves in th... Full story

 By Johanna Ginsberg    News    April 5, 2013

Klein is first gay man to head group

Growing up in Montclair, N.J., Jason Klein found a role model in Rabbi Perry Rank of Congregation Shomrei Emunah. “He really had a way that was very charismatic and warm and connected with children a... Full story


10th Annual 'Trees for Peace' event

WINTER PARK—The City of Winter Park and the Multifaith Education Project announced the 10th annual Trees for Peace Interfaith Tree Planting Project, Tuesday, April 9, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1050 W. Morse Blvd. Mayor Kenneth Bradley will beg... Full story

 By Toby Axelrod    News    April 5, 2013

For Holocaust survivor, Siemens was a roadblock to his story

BERLIN (JTA)—I was 23 when I first met my cousin Gilbert Michlin. He was sitting at a brasserie near his office in Paris wearing a dark suit with a folded handkerchief poking out of the breast p... Full story

 By Peter L Rothholz    News    April 5, 2013

Tale of the '50 children' to debut this Holocaust Remembrance Day on HBO

Journalist Steven Pressman first learned of the 50 children rescued by Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus in 2002 from his wife Liz Perle, the Krauses’ granddaughter, who had possession of a formerly hidden a... Full story

 By Edmon J Rodman    News    April 5, 2013

Adding a new dimension to Holocaust testimony

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—In a dark glass building here, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter shows that his memory is crystal clear and his voice is strong. His responses seem a bit delayed—not that dif... Full story


Nominate a mensch for the Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2013 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented in August at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. “For more than 25 years, individuals who have m... Full story


Israeli politics next topic in 'Conversations With the Rabbi' series

Rabbi Joshua Neely of Temple Israel continues his series of community discussions entitled, “Conversations With the Rabbi,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at the SoNapa Grille. This month’s topic is “Israel’s New Government: Where Do We Go From Here... Full story


Loving the music means loving the memories

Music directly accesses the emotional part of the brain. Music is a language that hearts and souls can speak. The holidays are a time when individuals want to get into an emotional and spiritual... Full story


'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' at COS

The 11th annual Youth Theatre production of Congregation Ohev Shalom is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” It will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14 and 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Apr... Full story



Some months back, Charles and Roz Schwartz were coming home from a trip to Israel when they found themselves surrounded by young adults who were returning from a Birthright Israel mission. Charles... Full story


Obama, Israel, and Palestine

We did not intend to flee Jerusalem when the great man arrived, but we saw no reason to change our plans when we heard about his trip. On the basis of previous presidential visits, we knew that the city would be dysfunctional. Our visit to Greece... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    April 5, 2013

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2013

As we mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on April 8 for the 60th consecutive year—this somber day was first placed onto the Jewish calendar in 1953, at the instigation of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion—we again ask ourse... Full story


Let's speak honestly to the Palestinians

There is a narrative that has been gaining adherents in America, that it is within Israel’s control to make peace with the Palestinians. If only it were so. The story says that the issue is territorial, and the “occupation” and/or settlements are t... Full story


Jews should work to reduce fossil fuels, not ally with gas and oil companies

NEW YORK (JTA)—Three weeks ago, JTA reported on a new alliance between Jewish leaders and domestic gas and oil companies. Called the Council for a Secure America, the alliance is based on a “common interest” between American Jews and domestic energy... Full story


The funny thing is…

Every now and then I like to take a break from dissecting the Jewish world’s problems and solving the Middle East crisis by writing a humor piece. I can’t remember the serious columns I write from one week to the next, but I’ll never forget havin... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, April 5 - Sunday, April 14

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Gre... Full story


Spring-breakers take a break to lead Shabbat at Chambrel

Robert Kaplan, seventh grader and July Crawford, third grader, join together to lead Adon Olam for close to 40 residents at the weekly Shabbat service. Kaplan was recently a bar mitzvah at... Full story


Mayflower hosts its 1st Shabbat

“You could literally feel the warmth and joy in the room” at the first Shabbat service conducted by the Jewish Pavilion at the Mayflower says Judy Procell, program director. “The residents conti... Full story


Gala draws more than 200 to honor 8 over 80

More than 200 guests attended the recent Kinneret Council on Aging’s 2013 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner at Kinneret Apartments to honor Claire Mercer; Anita Hara; John Lowndes; Bunny Rosen; Gloria N... Full story


Scene Around

See something? Say something… This saying really doesn’t apply here… but if the following email (or photo) I recently received, rings a bell in any way… do say something to someone, please. Especia... Full story

 By Maxine Dovere    News    April 5, 2013

Rand Paul straw poll win means continued Jewish debate on Israel aid opponent

The foreign policy positions of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), which have already generated some concern in the Jewish community, might remain a topic of debate among Jews for another several years after... Full story

 By Arno Rosenfeld    News    April 5, 2013

Exhibit recalls Jewish refugees and Nazi prisoners held together in Canadian prisons

VANCOUVER, Canada (JTA)—When Austrian and German Jews escaped Nazism by fleeing to Britain during the 1930s, the last thing they expected was to find themselves prisoners in Canada, interred in c... Full story

 By Ron Kaplan    Features    April 5, 2013

At bat with Matt

A generation ago, kids Matt Nadel’s age would be content collecting baseball cards. But in 2013 Matt is making baseball news. Making and reporting it. At 14, Matt is the youngest “pro blogger” on, writing not about his favorite conte... Full story


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