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  • Netanyahu wins narrow victory

    Ben Sales|Apr 19, 2019

    (JTA)-Benjamin Netanyahu appears likely to win a fifth term as Israel's prime minister as right-wing parties apparently have maintained their majority in the nationwide elections held Tuesday. With more than 95 percent of the vote counted, Netanyahu's Likud party and the opposition Blue and White party are virtually tied with more than 1 million votes apiece. According to Israeli news websites, each party is likely to win 35 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, or parliament. Despite the tie, Netanyah...

  • Beresheet space craft crashes on the moon

    Christine DeSouza|Apr 19, 2019

    The Israeli SpaceIL spacecraft Beresheet-Hebrew for Genesis-is on the moon, but not in the way that was hoped. Beresheet snapped its first "selfie," with the help of NASA, as it was landing, 22 kilometers (13.67 miles) from the surface. Then it was over. Apparently it crashed on the moon's surface after traveling 47 days and 6.5 million kilometers (4,038,912.75 miles) through space. In the last few moments before it was to land, communication was lost, then recovered. Then the main engine failed...

  • Airbnb will cancel ban on West Bank

    Ben Sales|Apr 19, 2019

    (JTA)—In a reversal of a 2018 policy announcement, Airbnb will not remove West Bank settlement listings from its website. The policy change came after two federal court settlements Monday between the vacation rental company and two groups of American Jewish plaintiffs who had sued the company. One was organized by Shurat Hadin-Israel Law Center, a pro-Israel law organization, and the other was represented by lawyers Marc Zell and David Schultz. A copy of the Shurat Hadin settlement obtained by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency says that Airbnb w...

  • JFS rededicates Wolly Center

    Apr 19, 2019

    On Sunday, March 31, JFS Orlando hosted A Brunch for Madeline. This was a special event held in honor of the late Madeline Wolly and all of her love and support of JFS over the years. George and Madeline Wolly, long-time supporters and great friends of JFS, worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate in the community. They began their Jewish communal work in 1985 when they both joined the JFS Board of Directors. George served as Board President from 1987 - 1989 and...

  • Jewish Pavilion fashion show was a 'runway success'

    Lisa Levine|Apr 19, 2019

    More than 100 women enjoyed a morning of food, fashion and fun at the annual Jewish Pavilion Spring into Fashion show at Bloomingdale's department store in The Mall at Millenia on April 9. Volunteer models walked the runway dressed in the latest trends for spring as Bloomingdale's public relations manager Jennifer Bentson offered advice on mixing and matching, accessorizing, and wardrobe must-haves for the season. The morning began with a mimosa brunch, generously sponsored by the event's...

  • Our future innovative engineers will come from JAO

    Apr 19, 2019

    Jewish Academy of Orlando students develop problem solving and creative skills in the Innovation Lab, an elementary Makerspace, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) enrichment center. As part of the school's curriculum, students learn the Design Thinking process, complete engineering challenges and pursue passion projects, using Computer Aided Design, Robotics, 3D printing, and coding. Through Design Thinking, JAO students learn to problem solve using an iterative process....

  • JCC hosts '5th Commandment Shabbat' for Families

    Apr 19, 2019

    In a celebration that stressed the importance of all family structures, The Roth Family Jewish Community Center on April 5 hosted its first-ever 5th Commandment Shabbat for families of its Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center. The event was a fusion of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Shabbats and created memories that will be cherished for years to come. The school, which is participating in the JCC’s national Sheva Center Leadership Institute for Early Childhood Professionals, is focusing on the seven best practices of early child...

  • JFS Orlando 2019 Restock Challenge ends April 30

    Apr 19, 2019

    The Jewish Family Services' 2019 Restock Challenge deadline is fast approaching. Make sure to give your donation by April 30 in order to make it stretch further. During the Restock Challenge, The Weiner Family and The Winter Park Wealth Group will generously match $0.50 for every $1 or pound of nonperishable food donated to restock JFS Orlando's Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry, with a total match up to $10,000. Pick up paper collection bags or drop off donations in boxes at food drive partners,...

  • ZOA head tells congressional committee that New Zealand shooter was 'left-wing' terrorist

    Marcy Oster|Apr 19, 2019

    (JTA)-The head of the Zionist Organization of America, Morton Klein, told a congressional committee that the New Zealand mosque shooter was a "left-wing" terrorist, basing his assessment on the killer's discursive 74-page manifesto. Klein testified on Tuesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism." "The New Zealand mosque murderer was actually a left-wing self-described 'eco-Fascist' who also published a manifesto praising Communist China...

  • Anti-Semitism lawsuit against Newton schools expanded to include violation of First Amendment

    Apr 19, 2019

    NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS—Taxpayers suing to stop anti-Israel and anti-Semitic history lessons in Newton Public Schools have added to their lawsuit new claims under the First Amendment’s religion clauses. The amended complaint alleges that instructional and educational materials used to teach about the religion of Islam in NPS ninth-grade world history classes have no secular purpose, advance religious beliefs, and coerce participation in religious exercises. As detailed in the extensively-documented 495-page complaint, public school students in...

  • Engineers explain why Beresheet crashed into the moon

    Apr 19, 2019

    YEHUD, Israel—Preliminary data supplied by the engineering teams of SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries suggests a technical glitch in one of Beresheet’s components triggered the chain of events yesterday that caused the main engine of the spacecraft to malfunction. Without the main engine working properly, it was impossible to stop Beresheet’s velocity. Beresheet overcame the issue by restarting the engine. However, by that time, its velocity was too high to slow down and the landing could not be completed as planned. Preliminary techn...

  • Badgered into submission

    Jonathan Rosenblum|Apr 19, 2019

    Jewish Media Resources www.jewishmediaresources.org In the political realm, power is roughly divided between Democrats and Republicans in the United States. But the cultural realm—mainstream media, the entertainment industry, and higher education—tilts dramatically left. And the latter is likely to be far more determinative of the environment in which Orthodox parents raise their children, as Stephen Prothero documents in Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections). That pattern applies even as the left grows ever mor...

  • Jewish high school students face emboldened anti-Semites

    Mitchell Bard|Apr 19, 2019

    When Democrats failed to explicitly rebuke Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her anti-Semitic remarks, they sent a disturbing message beyond the Beltway—namely, that it is acceptable to use anti-Semitic tropes without facing any consequences. This was the latest sign of the normalization of anti-Semitism, which is also reflected in the tolerance of anti-Semitism on college campuses, and the effect that it is beginning to have on younger Jews. I recently met with a group of high school students, and asked if any of them had experienced a...

  • Passover's powerful message

    Mel Pearlman, Everywhere|Apr 19, 2019

    As the sun goes down this evening, Jewish people in our own community and throughout the world will be sitting down with their families and friends to participate in the ancient Jewish ritual of a free people known as the Seder, the traditional feast and story telling that ushers in the Passover holiday. Unlike most festive meals in the Jewish holiday calendar, this festive meal unfolds in a specific order and ritual. Food and tradition are inextricably bound up in the story and commemoration of the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt, an e...

  • Viewpoint: A mission and legacy that endures: A new era for HMREC

    Ellen Wise Lang|Apr 19, 2019

    My mother, Tess Wise, a Holocaust survivor and an indomitable force in Central Florida, founded the Holocaust Center in the early 1980s, along with my father, Abe. Today I lead that same organization as board president at a pivotal time when we have a chance to imagine a new museum, reinvigorate our mission and significantly broaden our impact. It is an extraordinary opportunity and one that we are meeting with thoughtful deliberation, widespread community input and deep respect for our roots. Our mission is to use the history and lessons of...

  • ISRGC now classified as a terrorist organization, and rightfully so

    Apr 19, 2019

    Dear Editor; The American Jewish Congress applauds the Trump Administration’s decision to classify Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. This marks a dramatic step forward in properly identifying the Iranian threat. Until now, the U.S. has never named an entire entity of a foreign government as a Foreign Terrorist Organization; it is entirely fitting and necessary that Iran is the first. Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism goes far beyond that of any other country on Earth, in scale, ambition, and blata...

  • UNC alumus speaks out against the anti-Semitism conference sponsored by UNC/Duke

    Apr 19, 2019

    Ryan Stone, adult son of Mark and Susie Stone, attended the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, where he earned his master’s degree. He shared on Facebook a letter he wrote to the school and wanted to share it with Heritage readers. I’m so sad to have to write this post. Wanted to share a letter I just wrote on why I’m stopping recurring donations to the school. To whom it may concern, Please stop my recurring gift to UNC, specifically the Penny Oslund EMBA Fellowship Fund. Several recent events at UNC have me BE...

  • What's Happening

    Apr 19, 2019

    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...

  • Passover Chicken Schnitzel recipe

    Shannon Sarna|Apr 19, 2019

    (The Nosher via JTA)—Schnitzel is one of my family’s favorite dishes throughout the entire year, but it is especially loved during Passover. With very small changes (as in, use matzah meal and almond flour instead of bread crumbs), this dish is 100 percent Passover-friendly. And it’s so satisfying as the week of Passover eating lags on and you crave some serious eats—not just matzah slathered in whipped cream cheese for, like, the 20th time. Schnitzel tips! • When dredging anything (like chicken or eggplant), set up a work station before yo...

  • Passover rainbow cookie recipe

    Shannon Sarna|Apr 19, 2019

    (The Nosher via JTA)—I love rainbow cookies. Love. And they are a serious obsession for my entire family. So when I made this recipe Passover-friendly last year, it was a wonderful, delicious game-changer for our Passover celebrations. Simply replace the regular flour with 1/2 cup matzah cake meal and 1/2 cup almond flour (note: not almond meal). To make this recipe non-dairy, simply replace the 1/2 cup butter with 1/2 cup nondairy shortening or margarine. You will need three 8-by-8-inch square pans to make this recipe (you can buy d...

  • I celebrate Passover because my parents couldn't

    Olga Chernov-Gitin, First Person|Apr 19, 2019

    (Kveller via JTA)-My son is 4 1/2, a delightful age when he is still full of sometimes grammatically incorrect sentences that provide a glimpse into the magical and unique way that children see the world. In everything, my husband and I look for teaching moments. Our policy is to tell the truth, even if we need to simplify it a little bit. Like most first-generation Americans, he hears the words "when I was little..." from us a lot. It's followed by a comparison of how different his American...

  • 'Old school' Passover popovers make a comeback

    Sonya Sanford|Apr 19, 2019

    Passover popovers fall into the category of "old school" Jewish food. Like mandel bread or matzah brei, they're one of those dishes my grandmother always made during the holiday. These recipes were popular in a time when every baked Passover dish seemed to be made of matzah meal and before there was an abundance of grain-free flours and quinoa. You'll find recipes for these popovers in classic Jewish cookbooks, and I think they deserve some renewed attention. The batter for these popovers is...

  • A Passover seder for Holocaust survivors brings joy, food and some good ol' kvetching

    Josefin Dolsten|Apr 19, 2019

    OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (JTA)-Nine years ago, Ellen Grossman wanted to do something special for her birthday. "I said we've had enough parties and enough pocketbooks and enough jewelry-do something different," the Great Neck resident recalled. So she decided to organize a Passover seder for Holocaust survivors, many of whom who had no actual seder to go to during the holiday. That was in 2011. When the first seder was a success, Grossman decided to keep going. On Wednesday, some 85 guests-Holocaust...

  • Scene Around

    Gloria Yousha|Apr 19, 2019

    First... let me wish all of you a happy Pesach. May you and yours face the coming year in good health and with much happiness. Sadly, our family faces a tragedy this Passover. The young South Carolina college student, Samantha Josephson, who thought she was getting into an Uber, but was murdered and raped (in that order) is a member of my family through marriage. Lord give us strength. It's about time... I read this in the World Jewish Congress digest under the heading "In Wake of Pittsburgh...

  • Celebrate Israel with The Roth Family JCC

    Apr 19, 2019

    Yom HaZikaron/ Israeli Memorial Day Ceremony Tuesday, May 7, 2019 7 p.m.- 8 p.m. Join us at The Roth Family JCC to remember Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. The program will be in English and Hebrew. There will be a sing-a-long after the ceremony. Babysitting will be available 6:45-8 p.m. Please email register@orlandojcc.org to reserve your spot. Must register by Friday, May 3. Israeli Cooking with Idit Wednesday, May 8, 2019 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Learn how to make easy and delectable Israeli cuisine with the Idit Lotringer! Idit will g...

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