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AIPAC brings acclaimed film 'Above and Beyond' to Orlando

Laurie and Marc Smith, Orlando co-chairs of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, have announced that in honor of the 67th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel,...

 

A spiritually rockin' Scholar-in-Residence weekend at COS

The entire community is invited to the Edward S. Ackerman Scholar-in-Residence Weekend at Congregation Ohev Shalom, April 24 and 25, featuring Dan Kaufman and his group Barbez, avant-garde rock...

 

'Fiddler' opens at Theater at the J

The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando has revived its longtime theater program, staging a 50th anniversary production of "Fiddler on the Roof" from May 2-10. Since 1980, the JCC...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    April 17, 2015

Pavilion honors Susan Livingstone

On Wednesday, May 6, the Jewish Pavilion will host its annual fashion show at Bloomingdales in Orlando, where giving back to the senior community is always in style, honoring Pavilion Friends Board...

 
 By Ben Harris    News    April 17, 2015

U.S. and Israel escalate war of words over Iran

By (JTA)-Israel and the Obama administration have stepped up their war of words over the framework agreement that aims to limit Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for a gradual rollback of...

 

Criticism by U.S. lawmakers mounts on Iran deal

JNS.org—Criticism by US lawmakers of the Iran nuclear framework deal announced on Thursday is mounting as President Barack Obama faces a possible showdown with Congress over its role reviewing the agreement when it returns from recess on April...

 

Passover seder at the White House

On Friday night, for the seventh year in a row, President and Mrs. Obama hosted the annual White House seder. The seder provides an opportunity for the First Family to join in retelling the story of...

 

Brevard hosts unique traveling Holocaust exhibit

A unique traveling Holocaust exhibit created and staffed by schoolchildren will arrive in Brevard County for a five-day visit beginning Sunday, April 19. These students, from grade school through high...

 

Open House at Temple Israel's religious school

The Meitin Religious School at Temple Israel is holding an Open House for all children entering kindergarten, first and second grade in the fall on Sunday, April 26 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. The Meitin School is blessed with outstanding teachers...

 

Happy 67th birthday to Israel

Maddie Weiss leads the Jewish Academy of Orlando choir in a performance at last year's celebration of Israel's birthday held at the Roth Family JCC. This year's celebration will again be held at the...

 

The net of doubt

Let me state this up front. I am not a big fan of Benjamin Netanyahu. I believe his hard line approach to continuing the development of settlements and building in East Jerusalem is counterproductive....

 
 By Ed Zeigler    Opinions    April 17, 2015

Lay Holocaust to rest?

By Ed Ziegler Do you really think that World War II’s Holocaust has taught the world a lesson? I think not. It clearly appears, to me, that much of the world has not learned. If we do not honestly face facts now, in this nuclear age, we are doomed...

 

Good deal/bad deal

It isn’t yet a deal, but an oral recitation of principals. That there isn’t something to be signed is potentially significant, to be tested over the next 80 days or so during which the agreement is supposed to be finalized. Among what we hear is...

 

The Palestinian statehood idea begins to crumble

(The authors are president and chairman, respectively, of the Religious Zionists of Philadelphia, and candidates on the Religious Zionist slate (www.VoteTorah.org) in the World Zionist Congress elections.) A sea change began within hours of the...

 

Do my children really need formal Jewish education to be good Jews?

(Kveller via JTA)—I want to raise my children with a strong sense of spirituality and connection to their Jewish heritage. But I’m struggling with the reality that my children do not like going to religious school, and have only a passing...

 

Just buy Iran's nukes

Last month, the Iranian mission at the United Nations wrote the International Atomic Energy Agency an “explanatory note” protesting resolutions by the organization had questioned Iran’s nuclear aims. The document asserts that “nuclear...

 

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....

 

Obituary - LEIGH EDWARDS BAUM

Leigh Edwards Baum, age 61, passed away in Israel, on Thursday, April 2, 2015. She was born in New Zealand and most recently lived in Israel with her husband, Jonathan Baum, who survives her. She was the owner/operator of a successful art supplies...

 

Obituary - LORY S. LABENSKY

Lory Stouffer Labensky, age 63, of Lake Mary, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at her residence with her family and loved ones by her side. Mrs. Labensky fought a courageous battle with cancer over the past four and a half years. She was born...

 

Obituary - MYRON L. POLLACK,

Myron Pollack, age 69, of Ocoee, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont. He was born on Nov. 26, 1945, in Mount Vernon, New York, to Al and Ethel Blass Pollack. He graduated college with a Masters in Science, s...

 

Second-generation survivor sees 'remarkable window' into past

The Seeking Kin column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. TEL AVIV (JTA)-A few blocks from Sylvia Selvas' home here near the Mediterranean Sea is the apartment where she last saw...

 

Bat Mitzvah - SAMANTHA (SAMI) KUPERBERG

Samantha (Sami) Kuperberg, daughter of Justin and Nicole Kuperberg of Heathrow, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, April 25, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Sami is in the...

 

Scene Around

Okay, you talked me into it... I'm running for president! Is it any more ridiculous than Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Donald Trump? (Never mind. I'm not going to write about politics.) What I...

 

Lecturer's Series at UCF

Professor Zev Garber of Los Angeles Valley College addresses the UCF Judaic Studies Program's Distinguished Lecturer's Series on March 24, on the subject of "Teaching the Historical Jesus: A Teaching...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    April 17, 2015

Hostesses with the mostest

In late March Julie Levitt of Orlando hosted a Passover seder for somewhere between 10 and 50 guests. Like most experienced hostesses, she prepared the traditional Seder plate, set a festive table, an...

 

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