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Bat Mitzvah - SHIRA REBECCA WEISS

Shira Rebecca Weiss, daughter of Kevin and Rona Weiss of Winter Park, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando....

 

Beth Israel of Ocala holds Shabbaton

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala will sponsor a Shabbaton the weekend of May 10-11. The event will be a Reconstructionist approach to Judaism and the various ways of experiencing Judaism as seen...

 

40 seders for Jewish Pavilion

It is traditional for Jews to have two Passover seders during the first and second night of the holiday. The Jewish Pavilion of Central Florida, a nonprofit, held 40 seders over the course of a...

 

Roth JCC offers watercolor painting for beginners

Among the adult enrichment classes offered at the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is watercolor painting for beginners. For six weeks, adults of all ages have met each Thursday...

 

Scene Around

Shades of Mel Gibson… The following information comes directly from the Simon Wiesenthal Center with asides by me: “Vicious attacks on the memory of the Holocaust…from denial to distortion…to...

 

Multifaith Education Project and city of Winter Park plant trees for peace

On Tuesday, April 9 the city of Winter Park and the Multifaith Education Project got together for the 10th annual Trees for Peace Interfaith Tree Planting Project at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park....

 
 By Ami Eden    Features    April 19, 2013

Remembering Jackie Robinson's fight with black nationalists over anti-Semitism

NEW YORK (JTA)—Moviegoers who head to “42” will see the story of how Jackie Robinson displayed legendary courage, class and talent in the face of immense pressure and racial hatred as he...

 

6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Jonah Hill’s deadly date NEW YORK—Jonah Hill has been on the market since his split from Ali Hoffman (Dustin’s daughter), and following a recent date it looks like the dry spell will continue a...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    April 19, 2013

Israel under the radar

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Here are some stories out of Israel that you may have missed: A better bomb shelter app An app that helps Israelis locate the nearest bomb shelter was updated in response to the...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Abbas accepts Fayyad’s resignation JERUSALEM (JTA)—Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad after an internal power struggle. Abbas acc...

 

Seeking Kin: From an Anatevka-like village to a family reunion in Florida

BALTIMORE (JTA)—Visiting his late father’s ancestral village of Pavoloch in 2011 confirmed some of the images Lew Priven had long held of the place as a real-life Anatevka, the fictional shtetl...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    April 19, 2013

Does Egyptian religious violence under Morsi point to an impending collapse?

In an unprecedented move, the head of Egypt’s 2,000-year-old Coptic Christian Church, Pope Tawadros II, recently slammed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi for what he called a weak response to violence that left several Christians dead and its...

 

Women victimized by Yemeni 'exchange marriages'

SANA’A—Women living in areas of rural Yemen are increasingly losing their say regarding whom they marry as they become caught-up in the widespread phenomenon of ‘exchange marriages,’ in which money and family ties outweigh romance. The...

 
 By Larry Brook    Features    April 19, 2013

Rabbi Grafman, Dr. King and the letter from Birmingham jail

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—“Are you still a bigot?” Every year for the rest of his life, students studying the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” would call Rabbi Milton Grafman, knowing little of the situation in 1963...

 
 By Dina Atallah    News    April 19, 2013

Palestinian women face growing cyber-crime threat

RAMALLAH—While use of the Internet and social media is growing in the Palestinian territories, some experts warn it has also brought with it the danger of cyber crime—especially against women—more harmful and at a greater rate than it is...

 
 By Jacob Kamaras    News    April 19, 2013

ADL downplays controversy over anti-Israel texts in curriculum of Newton, Mass

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) are at odds over the presence of anti-Israel materials in the public school system of Newton, Mass. APT—a Boston-based nonprofit “dedicated to promoting peaceful...

 
 By Linda Gradstein    News    April 19, 2013

Israel trumpets fair treatment in prisons

Ofer Prison, West Bank—The long strings of blue and white Israeli flags, set up for Israel’s upcoming Independence Day, flap incongruously against the background of barbed wire and tall gray watchtowers. Inside, some 710 Palestinian prisoners,...

 
 By Dan Pine    Features    April 19, 2013

Poker pals in Philippines took gamble, saved 1,200 Jews

SAN FRANCISCO—Mary Farquhar’s earliest memory is of flame. Specifically, the flames of war in the last months of World War II, when Japanese forces battled the Americans in a fight to reclaim Manila, Farquhar’s city of refuge. She was a toddler...

 
 By Rebecca Spence    News    April 19, 2013

For Los Angeles investigator, exposing kosher meat fraud was a 'mitzvah'

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—A semi-automatic weapon sits propped beside the front door of the ranch-style home that Eric Agaki shares with his wife, a couple of goats, some chickens and a horse. Only it’s n...

 
 By Bob Jacob    News    April 19, 2013

Boston Marathon bombings: Jewish runner recounts 'gruesome day'

Kevin Goodman’s second Boston Marathon will be one he will never forget. That’s because just about 60 minutes after he concluded the race, two explosions rocked the finish line. “It’s a gruesome day,” Goodman, who lives in Cleveland, told...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 19, 2013

Plagiarism scandal finally fells France's celebrity chief rabbi

(JTA)—“When Gilles Bernheim speaks, France listens.” That’s how Avraham Weill, the chief rabbi of Toulouse, describes what he believes was the main appeal of his charismatic mentor, who on...

 
 By Paul Foer    News    April 19, 2013

Arab Spring, Israel and Bahrain's 38 Jews in the eyes of Jewish ambassador to U.S.

Tiny Bahrain consists mainly of a 34-mile island connected to Saudi Arabia by a causeway, but aside from having modest oil and gas reserves, a booming market-based economy and lots of tourism, it...

 

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