Articles from the April 20, 2018 edition

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Happy anniversary, Israel! 70 years of Israeli achievement

(ISRAEL21c)-Take a journey through the last 70 years to discover how Israel has become one of the most creative and innovative countries in the world. Israel was founded on May 14, 1948. In the...

 

Congratulations to the Yom HaShoah Creative Arts Contest winners

Each year the Holocaust Center sponsors a student creative arts contest that's open to all students (public, private, and home schools) in Central Florida. All students who enter the contest receive...

 

S.C. 1st to define anti-Semitism laws

(JNS)—South Carolina became the first state to pass legislation to protect students from anti-Semitic acts. The State Senate overwhelmingly approved the legislation, H3643, in a 37-4 vote on Thursday as part of a larger spending package. The bill...

 

Heritage Human Service Award

It is that time of year once again when Heritage Florida Jewish News is putting out feelers for one outstanding person in the Jewish community who has given his or her time or talent or monetary gifts to better the Orlando Jewish community....

 

MAGAL students celebrate Mitzvah Day and support community

Kindergarten through second-grade students in the Meitin Alliance for Growth and Learning (MAGAL), Temple Israel and Temple Shir Shalom's collaborative religious school, participated in their first...

 
 By Marilyn Shapiro    News    April 20, 2018

Rep. Soto-a modern-day Mordechai for Florida and Israel

In early winter 2017, Sheri Morton, a thirty-year resident of Osceola County and a political activist, was very concerned about the upswing in anti-Semitic incidents that were occurring throughout...

 

Why did the Jewish people rejected the Christian Messiah?

There's the old joke about the Jewish atheist who refused to send his son to a Jewish school but wanting a private school education for his child, he sent him to Trinity School, despite its...

 

Contributors to the U.S.-Israel relationship

Leon Uris (Embassy of Israel in Washington via JNS)-JNS is proud to partner with the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., to celebrate 70 of the greatest American contributors to the U.S.-Israel...

 

2,000-year-old rare coins discovered in Jerusalem cave

A trove of rare bronze coins, the last remnants of a four-year Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, has been discovered in a cave near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. During the digs at the Ophel ex...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    April 20, 2018

Analysis: Latest Israeli airstrike in Syria likely stopped new Iranian threat

(JNS)-The recent missile strike on a military airbase deep in the central Syrian desert looks like the latest installment in a long-standing Israeli campaign to police its red lines against highly dan...

 

Chemical attack shows world cannot stop another Holocaust

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The latest alleged chemical attack on a town in Syria by government forces shows that the international organizations established after the Holocaust to prevent genocides have failed, a Yad Vashem official said. Avner Shalev,...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    April 20, 2018

On Zionism, progressives take page out of socialist playbook

(JNS)—There is a tragic account of the last moments of Grigori Zinoviev, the veteran Russian Bolshevik leader of Jewish descent who was executed by Stalin in 1936. According to the historian Donald Rayfield, on the journey from his prison cell to t...

 

Harvard's Jewish students flunk 'Israeli History 101'

(JNS)—Radical Jewish students at Harvard University are planning to hold a late “Liberation Seder” to “protest the continuing occupation by Israel.” On Thursday, April 5, six days after all other Jews around the world held their Passover se...

 

Progressive Jews playing a dangerous game

Despite the incredible contributions the Jewish people have made to civilization throughout history, envy and irrational hatred continue to plague them. It is one of the ironies of history that we have never had the luxury to not be concerned with...

 

Our time is desperate for civic education

I should have read “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglasss, an American Slave” before I turned 50, in high school or college, as it is as vivid a portrait of American slavery, the almost immutable triumph of greed over conscience, and the...

 

Trump repeats Obama's mistakes on Syria

(JNS)—After eight years of dealing with an American president who considered establishing more “daylight” between the United States and Israel, the last 15 months has been a whole lot easier for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....

 

Don't let hate stop you from being human!

(JNS)—Being a Jew on left has become more and more difficult, and the apparent mainstream acceptance of Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic lies, rooted in hate, rightfully enraged our community. But as I learned by joining the Zioness Movement—a...

 

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...

 

Adoption sought for two-month-old girl with special needs

Spence-Chapin is currently seeking a loving family for baby Emma. Emma is an adorable, two-month-old baby girl with light brown hair and blue eyes who was recently diagnosed with Down syndrome. Emma’s parents are looking for a loving, Jewish home....

 

Birthright from the 'sabra' side: The Israeli perspective

(JNS)-While it is well known that Birthright trips provide American participants with a transformative, often life-changing experience, it is perhaps less known that the young Israelis who accompany t...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 20, 2018

Israel/Russia no longer cozy

(JTA)-Israel attacked Syria, just like it (reportedly) has countless times before. The difference now is that Russia is angry about the strike-and showing it. Russia has called out Israel publicly,...

 

Retired players being shortchanged by MLB pensions

Stephen Hertz, who managed the Tel Aviv Lightning in the Israel Baseball League after playing for the Houston Colt .45s and coaching nearly three decades at Miami-Dade Community College, is one of 644 retirees who do not receive Major League...

 

Bar Mitzvah - JONATHAN DAVID EICHENHOLZ

Jonathan David Eichenholz, son of Robyn Eichenholz and Jason Eichenholz of Winter Park, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood....

 

Scene Around

A reflective thought... What ever happened to "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free"? (Just saying.) I received a letter... The letter I received was sent from DA...

 

Urgent action needed to help remaining Holocaust survivors

NEW YORK—The Blue Card, the only organization in the United States with the sole mission of providing ongoing support for medical care, rent subsidies, food and other basic needs to indigent Holocaust survivors, is urging that at the same time we...

 

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