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Articles from the April 6, 2018 edition

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  • Annual Yom HaShoah commemoration at CRJ this Sunday

    Apr 6, 2018

    The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland invites the community to its annual commemoration of Yom HaShoah, A Day of Remembrance on April 8, at 2 p.m. at the Congregation of Reform Judaism. The event commemorates the millions of Jews who suffered during the Holocaust and honors the liberators who fought to defeat Nazi Germany. Each year, the Holocaust Center hosts Yom HaShoah, A Day of Remembrance, to remember the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. On... Full story

  • Remembering Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902–1994)

    Apr 6, 2018

    JNS is proud to partner with the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., to celebrate 70 of the greatest American contributors to the U.S.-Israel relationship in the 70 days leading up to the State of Israel's 70th anniversary. (JNS)-Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson was without question a great Jewish figure, and one of the greatest Jewish leaders of the 20th century. A talented and charismatic scholar, he was known across the world as simply "The Rebbe." As the seventh Rebbe of the... Full story

  • Sam Friedman as Hillel director

    Apr 6, 2018

    DELAND-Sam Friedman has been selected to be Stetson University's first Hillel director. In this position, Friedman will help shape Hillel as the center of Jewish student life on campus and engage students in Jewish life, learning and Israel. "We are thrilled to have Sam join us at Stetson University," said Joel Bauman, vice president of Enrollment Management and Interim Hillel adviser. "He is a nationally recognized leader at Hillel International and in the wider Jewish community in Florida.... Full story

  • Trump honors Lubavitcher Rebbe

    Apr 6, 2018

    (JNS)—The White House published a proclamation by U.S. President Donald Trump honoring the memory of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, stating that March 27 is recognized as “Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.” An event was scheduled on March 27 in the Oval office with Chabad-Lubavitch representatives. The date marks the Jewish calendar birthday of the Rebbe on 11 Nissan, which fell on Tuesday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also marked the day, posting on Facebook a link to a Hebrew article (English version here)... Full story

  • Last call for tickets to the Citrus Club's Toast of The Jewish Pavilion

    Apr 6, 2018

    Come join members of the Citrus Club as they honor The Jewish Pavilion at the April 16 "United For a Purpose" event. Hosted by the Club's Leadership Alliance and held in the Club's scenic downtown location, attendees to this exciting happy hour have the opportunity to enjoy fabulous food, beautiful sunset views and enhanced networking opportunities, all while learning more about the important community work of The Jewish Pavilion. This is the second year in a row the Club is hosting The Jewish... Full story

  • COS Youth Players present 'Feathers in the Wind'

    Apr 6, 2018

    Congregation Ohev Shalom Youth Players present "Feathers in the Wind," April 15 and 18 at the synagogue. "Feathers in the Wind" is a comedy and musical based on the whimsical characters of the Wise Men Of Chelm. The story takes the audience on a journey to try and understand what God's plan is for the people of Chelm. Through a series of mishaps and poor decisions they finally realize what they need to do. The performance promises to leave the audience laughing and smiling. The cast includes... Full story

  • Enhancing membership at Temple Israel

    Apr 6, 2018

    Temple Israel, a progressive Conservative synagogue, prides itself on its lay leadership during services and Torah readings. This egalitarian model ensures that congregants will experience services led by people who are just like them on most occasions. This has proven very popular and a powerful spiritual model which is becoming more common around the country. Although Jewish cantorial professionals have amazing skills, the bimah should be a place where all can lead. On the other hand, Temple Israel recently had a wonderful weekend with the re... Full story

  • When taxes are done, it's time to have fun

    Apr 6, 2018

    Congregation Ohev Shalom Men’s Club is celebrating the post-tax deadline recess on Tuesday, April 17 at Miller’s Ale House in Winter Park Village, 1251 Lee Road, Winter Park. Enjoy some post-tax season relief—a beer and good conversation with friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Michael Asher at 407-401-3522. Please RSVP to Asher at michaeldasher3@gmail.com.... Full story

  • Anyone want to be in a road race?

    Apr 6, 2018

    Make this a race to remember and win one of the top male or female awards in your age bracket. The 34th Annual 5K Road Race starts at 8 a.m., Sunday, April 29, at The Roth Family JCC in Maitland and finishes at 1 p.m. at the JCC. The cost to enter is $25, which includes entry into the race, a race t-shirt, and post-race bagels, bananas and pool party. Register at www.orlandojcc.org/calendar/5k Registrations after 6 p.m., April 24 will be $35. Race packets will be available at the JCC beginning... Full story

  • Who says Federation events are serious?

    Apr 6, 2018

    That's Federation's leadership-(back row) Rhonda Forest, Ed Bromberg, Geanne Share, Jeannie Leavitt, Michael Soll and Ming Marx; (front row), Danielle Kris and Brad Jacobs-cutting loose at Choices 2018; and a group of the women attending Choices just having fun. See the story about Choice 2018 on page 8A.... Full story

  • At Mar-a-Lago, Christians and Jews celebrate Israel, unity and a strong partnership

    Shiryn Solny|Apr 6, 2018

    (JNS)-As many as 500 evangelical Christians and Jews from around the world gathered on March 25 at U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.-otherwise known as the "Winter White House"-for a one-of-a-kind event celebrating Israel's upcoming 70th anniversary, as well as the unity of Christians and Jews supporting the Jewish state. Hosted by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (also known as "The Fellowship"), the "Together In Fellowship" gala raised... Full story

  • Alan Dershowitz on Israel at 70: 'A Light Unto the World'

    Eliana Rudee|Apr 6, 2018

    (JNS)-Ahead of Israel's 70th birthday in May, longtime Harvard University law professor, attorney and author Alan Dershowitz announced that he is donating an ambucycle to Israel's volunteer medic organization, United Hatzalah, in honor of his 80th birthday. JNS interviewed Mr. Dershowitz about this gift and to hear his thoughts on Israel at 70-and what the next seven decades might look like. Q: What prompted you and your friends to donate an ambucycle to United Hatzalah for Israel's 70th? A:... Full story

  • John Bolton's appointment is an 'America First' move

    Caroline Glick|Apr 6, 2018

    President Donald Trump’s decision to appoint former UN Ambassador John Bolton to serve as his national security adviser is arguably the most significant single step he has taken to date toward implementing his America First foreign policy since taking office. The news hit America’s enemies and competitors—from Pyongyang to Teheran to Moscow to Beijing—like a wall of bricks Thursday night. Early criticisms on the political right of Bolton’s appointment have centered on two points. First, it is argued that Bolton, who has been involved in U.S. f... Full story

  • Swedish meatballs for Palestinian terrorists

    Stephen M. Flatow|Apr 6, 2018

    (JNS)—Have you ever read a news report about a Palestinian Arab who starved to death? Even one? Of course not, because it never happens. Yet the foreign minister of Sweden is now claiming that the Palestinian Authority must provide salaries to terrorists and their families because otherwise, they will “starve.” Sweden, which was the first country in the European Union to recognize the P.A.-occupied territories as the “State of Palestine,” has given the Palestinians more than $700 million in aid since 1993. The Swedes are now in the middle of... Full story

  • Terror here and elsewhere

    Ira Sharkansky, Letter from Israel|Apr 6, 2018

    A Palestinian used his car as a weapon and drove into a cluster of soldiers alongside an IDF base in the West Bank. He killed two and injured two others. A few days later, a Palestinian stabbed a security guard in Jerusalem’s Old City. Those were the third, fourth, and fifth deaths so far in 2018 attributed to Palestinian terror. That equals the number of American Jews that we know were killed by gunfire. Four Jewish students and one Jewish teacher were killed in the school shooting at Parkland, Florida. The number of Israeli deaths from t... Full story

  • Why AIPAC can literally count on support

    Jonathan S. Tobin|Apr 6, 2018

    (JNS)—At this year’s AIPAC conference, a great deal of attention was given to organizational efforts to present Israel as an attractive cause for Democrats and liberals to continue to embrace. As I noted earlier this month, while perils are associated with any attempt to “rebrand” the Jewish state without addressing the core issues of the conflict, the group got generally good reviews for working hard to address major concerns for the pro-Israel community. Fueling those worries was a recent Pew Research Center poll that highlighted the growing... Full story

  • Israel, don't shut the door in the faces of asylum seekers like me

    Monim Harun|Apr 6, 2018

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel, don’t shut the door in our faces. My name is Monim Harun, an asylum seeker from Sudan. I was born in a small village nested between mountains and forests, where we lived together as one big family. At a young age I was separated from my family and the people I loved most in the world when the militia forces attacked our village. They went through the village killing every man and boy in sight, but by a miracle I survived. My mother wanted me to live in a safer place and have the opportunity to study, so in 2001, at the... Full story

  • The end of the era of Palestinian deception

    Sarah N. Stern|Apr 6, 2018

    (JNS)—For a quarter of a century, the Palestinian Authority has cynically wrapped itself inside a fig leaf dubbed as the “Peace Process.” The naked truth, however, is that it has been using every means available to incite for, incentivize and reward terrorism. With Friday’s passage of the Taylor Force Act, which aims to deduct payments to Palestinian prisoners and martyrs, fissures are finally emerging in its iron wall of deception. The phrase “Peace Process” served as an ingenious linguistic sedative, lulling the international community i... Full story

  • What's Happening

    Apr 6, 2018

    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.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona—Monday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904-672-9300. Congregation Ohev Shalom—Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of Orlando—Monday—Friday, 7:45 a.m.—8:30 a.m. Temple I... Full story

  • Congregation Beth Sholom April 2018 schedule

    Apr 6, 2018

    Celebrate Shabbat with the Synagogue that feels like family. Shabbat evening service will be led by Rabbi Karen Allen on Friday, April 13th at 7 p.m. This special service will include a commemoration of Yom Hashoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. Socialize with our members and enjoy refreshments at the Oneg Shabbat following the service. The Rabbi’s Torah Roundtable Discussion Group with Rabbi Karen Allen of Congregation Beth Sholom will be held on Thursday, April 19th at 1 p.m. at the Sumter County Administration and Library B... Full story

  • 'GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II' on WUCF

    Apr 6, 2018

    The new PBS Documentary “GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II,” based on a book by the same name, will be shown on PBS networks on April 11 at 10 p.m. This film explores the profound and unique story of 550,000 Jewish men and women who served in World War II. These soldiers fought for their nation and their people—changing their lives forever.... Full story

  • 'We march today because it's what we have to do to sleep tonight'

    Ron Kampeas|Apr 6, 2018

    WASHINGTON (JTA)-The organizers of the March for Our Lives, almost all of them under 20, had a gun control agenda packed with specifics. They were able to get 800,000 people on and off of this city's Pennsylvania Avenue in three hours. They attracted A-list celebrities. They turned out marchers at more than 800 satellite events held around the world. But the politics and logistics of the weekend often paled next to the simple, and harrowing, stories of the students who were inside Marjory... Full story

  • Choices 2018: Celebrations and transformations

    Apr 6, 2018

    More than 350 women and men converged on the Maitland Jewish Community Campus on the evening of March 26 for Choices, a community tradition that took on a bold, new look for its 24th year. Themed "Women Transforming Lives," this year's fundraiser in support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando was all about transformations, starting with the venue, the Roth Family JCC gymnasium, which was draped, staged, decked out and lighted in dramatic fashion to create a formal yet intimate... Full story

  • Israeli food for thought: 33 percent of its eats goes to waste

    Apr 6, 2018

    (JNS)-A new report presents, for the first time in Israel, a detailed model for the estimation of food loss in the retail and distribution sectors: in retail chains, open markets, local grocery stores and small retailers. Leket Israel, in partnership with BDO, released its "Third National Report on Food Waste and Rescue in Israel" at a press conference on Tuesday. It reveals that food loss in Israel this year amounts to 2.3 million tons with a market value of NIS 19.3 billion ($5.6 billion). A... Full story

  • Scene Around

    Gloria Yousha|Apr 6, 2018

    FBI reports uptick on anti-Semitism... I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest (got upset as usual) and pass it along: "According to hate crime statistics recently released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States rose slightly over the previous year and each year. Following Jews, Muslims were the targets of the second-largest number of hate crimes." (No surprise to me. Anti-Semitism seems to be back and just as... Full story

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