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Articles from the April 8, 2016 edition

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Infants and toddlers to experience a multisensory Passover

As the Jewish world gears up for the annual Matzah crunch and Seder festivities, Orlando's Progressive Jewish Preschool is focusing on the youngest demographic.  On Sunday, April 17, at 4 p.m., infan... Full story


Campus 2020 takes aim at Maitland campus debt

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) has formally launched an ambitious campaign aimed at retiring $4.5 million in debt that saddles the Central Florida Jewish community's core asset, the... Full story


Hillel naming in honor of Ginsburgs

Local philanthropist and entrepreneur Alan Ginsburg and his family honored his late son and daughter-in-law with the creation of the Jeffrey & Diane Ginsburg Center for Jewish Student Life at Central Florida Hillel. Jeffrey Ginsburg was one of the... Full story


Singer installed as spiritual leader

Temple Shir Shalom, Oviedo, will officially install Cantor Kim Singer as its spiritual leader in a Shabbat celebration on Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. Cantor Singer started as the spiritual leader... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 8, 2016

Belgians protect Israeli flag at Brussels attacks memorial

(JTA)-In the wake of last week's terror attack in Brussels, Belgians transformed a central square in the capital into an impromptu memorial for the victims. Thirty-five people died Tuesday in a... Full story

 By Marcus Sheff    News    April 8, 2016

Muslim textbooks in North America teach tolerance-and demonize Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)-It might appear churlish to criticize the teaching of Islamic studies in America. After all, "Between Sharia and Democracy: Islamic Education in North America," a just-released... Full story


33 NY officials demand suspension of SJP from CUNY

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), joined by Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Queens) and Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), called for the “immediate suspension” of Students for Justice in Palestine from City University of New York college campuses... Full story

 By Caleb R. Newton    News    April 8, 2016

JNFutures Central Florida continues to gather steam

Greater Orlando’s Chapter of the Jewish National Fund’s Young Professionals Group, JNFutures, continues to grow, now having held their second installment of “Hands-on Hebrew,” a highly interactive and social Hebrew language and culture... Full story


March for persecuted Christians and Jews

Martin Luther King once said “In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Jews, Christians and Muslims are being killed all around the world at an alarming rate. Reports of beheadings, rape,... Full story


A night to remember with Rabbi Jonathan Hausman

Following on the heels of the march for persecuted Christians and Jews and the Round Table Discussion held the weekend of April 16, Concerned Citizens of Central Florida will host free speech... Full story


JFGO needs a few good voices!

Super Sunday, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s annual phone-a-thon in support of the Annual Campaign is April 17. The Federation needs volunteers to help reach out to members of the Jewish community with both calling and non-calling... Full story


The decade of denial

For the past 10 years I have been living in a state of constant denial. “I’m still cool,” I’d tell myself. “I can go to rock concerts and fit right in.” “I haven’t lost a step on the... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    April 8, 2016

From Bosnia to Brussels, Europe fumbles

The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic finally received a modicum of justice this week, when a United Nations court in The Hague sentenced him to 40 years in prison for his monstrous war crimes. The 10 charges Karadzic was convicted of... Full story



An American friend, who is almost as old as I am, can’t remember a presidential election with worse choices. An internet friend wrote about a bumper sticker, “I hate them both.” Another likes ABC, Anybody but Clinton. The latter recalls a... Full story


Not your bubbe's Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society-not even 'Hebrew' anymore

In parts of Europe, Jews have been warned that wearing anything that identifies them as Jewish means putting a target on their back. In Stockholm, Jews were asked to stay away from the Kristallnacht remembrance ceremonies for fear of sparking violenc... Full story


If you're happy and you know it, live in Israel

There are a few paradoxes as the World Happiness Report was published this month by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), ranking Israel as the 11th happiest country in the world. As summarized in the daily Yisrael Hayom, “Israel is... Full story


Why are we giving Ayatollah access to our financial system just as Justice Department indicts Iranian hackers? 

We have just finished celebrating the Jewish Holiday of Purim. It is the one day in the Jewish calendar where merrymaking and drinking are sanctioned to the point where you can’t tell the difference between the bad guy (Haman)and the good guy... Full story


Kafir soldier is innocent of wrongdoing

Dear Editor: In reference to the Kafir soldier who fired on a Palistinian knife attacker: The soldier saw the knife attacker on the ground, not moving. The soldier shot the bullet to finish him off. Dear Commanding officer, These two attckers were... 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

 By Caleb R. Newton    News    April 8, 2016

Former Russia Today news agency journalist comes to UCF

American journalist Liz Wahl was welcomed by the University of Central Florida pro-Israel student group Knights for Israel on the evening of March 28, where she discussed the seriousness of world... Full story



Marjorie Schiffman Henley, age 67, of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. She was born on March 8, 1949, in New York, to the late Sidney and Beulah Heusler Schiffman.... Full story



Joan M. Somers, age 89, of Longwood, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. A native of Brighton, England, she was born on April 9, 1926, to the late Percy and Nellie Whalen Seagrave. Mrs. Somers... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    April 8, 2016

Why three videos of a West Bank shooting are roiling Israel

TEL AVIV (JTA)-It began as an all-too-common story: A Palestinian assailant in the contested West Bank city of Hebron stabs and wounds an Israeli soldier. Israeli forces shoot him dead. But hours... Full story


Relive the Passover Exodus with Chabad Jewish Center

OCALA—Few Jewish holidays evoke the same warm sentiments as Passover. Memories of family and friends gathered as the four cups of wine are poured, the four questions asked and the Matzah served, all contribute to Passover’s popularity in the... Full story


Beth Sholom to host Community Seder

Congregation Beth Sholom invites the community to celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover at a second night Seder on Saturday, April 23. The Seder, led by Rabbi Karen Allen, re-tells the story of the Exodus with the reading of the Haggadah and... Full story


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