Articles from the April 15, 2016 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 15, 2016

Caught between White House and its critics, lawmaker pledges to renew Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The top Democrat handling foreign relations in the Senate says he will endeavor to get Congress to reauthorize Iran sanctions before year's end, a key goal of pro-Israel activists.... Full story


Missing high school girls found alive in Orlando swamp

Two high school girls from Miami who went missing Saturday afternoon during a weekend trip to Orlando, Fla., with their school were found by search teams on Sunday and were on the way to a local hospital, where they will be reunited with their... Full story


New Hanukkah stamp for 2016

The United States Postal Service describes the stamp. The 2016 Hanukkah stamp features a holiday menorah in the window of a home. Artist William Low added visual interest to the scene by highlighting... Full story


Orlando Torah Academy purchases new 1.5 acre campus

With a few strokes of the pen, Wednesday, April 6, the landscape of Orlando was profoundly altered as Orlando Torah Academy (OTA) closed on their building. OTA is now the proud owner of a 17,000 sq.... Full story


Chabad of North Orlando dedicates Nate's Shul 

By Jane Edelstein More than 200 people recently attended the grand opening of Nate's Shul-the new home of Chabad of North Orlando. While dark clouds remained overhead, sunshine and smiles prevailed... Full story


Barbara Sofer, to speak at Hadassah special event

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah presents "A Visit with Barbara Sofer" on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the multi-purpose room at Congregation Ohev Shalom. The event is open to the public and... Full story


Luck be a lady for the Jewish Academy

The Jewish Academy of Orlando will throw the ultimate girls night out party-"Lady Luck" on Wednesday, May 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Women from all around Central Florida will be joining one... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    April 15, 2016

Scholars against anti-Zionism

Over the years, I’ve spoken at or attended a number of academic conferences on the subject of rising anti-Semitism. Parleys like these are essential for boosting our understanding of why, seven decades after the end of the World War II, the taboo a... Full story


President's party endorses stabbings?

No, the headline doesn’t refer to America’s president. I’m referring to the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas. But let’s keep President Barack Obama’s party, the Democrats, in mind as we examine the latest developme... Full story



A recent visit with a young Japanese friend, a paratrooper in the IDF, provided an insight into the nature of Israel and other places. He said that fellow soldiers take him for Chinese or Korean, even though he explains that he comes from Japan.... Full story


How to not be silenced by 'Breaking the Silence' on campus

For some, the members of the Israeli NGO calling itself Breaking the Silence (BTS) are “whistleblowers” and human rights activists; for others, they are a tiny group of dangerous messianists who tour the world promoting anonymous and false all... Full story


Do we go overboard with Passover observance?

(Rabbis Without Borders via JTA)—There are two funny images I like to circulate this time every year as we approach the Passover holiday. The first is a cartoon of a truck with large text on the side reading Morty’s Passover Cleaning. On the dri... Full story


Can we no longer discuss the morality of incidents?

Yesterday a group of students from New York University came to visit Karnei Shomron. They were on a semester in Israel program and as part of a course on religion and politics, they were interested in how religious beliefs affected the settlement... Full story


Liberals stuck in the desert of political correctness

Dear Editor: The Heritage issue of April 1 was particularly interesting notably for the various columns dealing with the presidential elections and AIPAC. After reading all of these columns, of course, I had my own thoughts and decisions on these... 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... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    April 15, 2016

Hats off for the Pavilion Golf Society Tournament tee off

On a typical weekday, Emily Newman, Orlando's Senior Help Desk specialist, can be found scribbling notes at her desk at the Jewish Pavilion office, phone glued to her ear. Thanks to funds raised by... Full story


A stimulating evening with Israeli-supporting Druze

Please join We’re With You on April 16 at 8 p.m. for an evening of dialogue with four Druze families who lost their children defending Israel while serving the IDF. There will be an open dialogue about their culture, traditions and loyalty to I... Full story



Joyce S. Goldstein, age 78, of Winter Springs, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at Cornerstone Hospice at Winter Park Hospital. Mrs. Goldstein was born in Boston, Massachusetts on Jan. 8, 1938, to the late George and Betty Calish Snyder.... Full story



Adele Rosenbaum, age 98, of Orlando, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont. Mrs. Rosenbaum, a native of Germany, was born on Feb. 3, 1918, to the late Seymour and Bessie Anfong Franklin. On Aug. 1, 1921, at... Full story


A roadmap mission to see first-hand JNF's projects in Israel

This past March, a group of 100 Jewish National Fund (JNF) donors, including Central Floridians Bruce Gould and Jim and Jill Riola, experienced something unique as they all traveled to Israel with... 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 at Passover. The following is... Full story


Scene Around

"Is it time for the Jews to leave Europe?"... I received this letter from the World Jewish Congress recently and pass it along to you in part: "They called us 'dirty Jews' and said 'You don't need... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 15, 2016

North of Paris, a beleaguered Jewish community dares to seder

SAINT-DENIS, France (JTA)-After three firebombs hit the synagogue of this poor and heavily Muslim suburb of Paris, municipal authorities advised the local Jewish community to lower its profile. Like... Full story


Connecting young and old through letters from home

The Jewish Pavilion program directors often go over and beyond the "call of duty" in the course of any given day. Take Gloria Green, who is the program director for assisted living facilities in... Full story


Lighting up the lives of elder-care residents

By Pamela Ruben Ruth Darvin is a woman of firsts. In the 1960s the Philadelphia native was an early female systems engineer with IBM and then Westinghouse at a time when she recounts "one computer... Full story


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