Articles from the April 24, 2015 edition

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The March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau

Thousands of people walked from the Auschwitz to Birkenau in Poland on Thursday, April 16, as part of the annual March of the Living on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Each year, marchers commemorate more... Full story


Noted author to speak at Hadassah

On Tuesday , May 5, The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah will host author Zieva Konvisser, PhD. She will review her book "Living Beyond Terrorism." Konvisser's diverse career has evolved from... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 24, 2015

Obama meets with Jewish leaders

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Jewish leaders expected President Barack Obama to sell them hard on the Iran nuclear deal. Instead, participants in two White House meetings on Monday said he offered a softer pitch... Full story


JFS receives $20K grant

JFS Orlando’s Executive Director Eric Geboff has announced that JFS Orlando has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation. “We are very thankful for the support of the William J. and Dorothy K.... Full story


Hillary Clinton announces presidential candidacy

( Former U.S. senator, secretary of state, and first lady Hillary Clinton on Sunday announced that she will run for president in 2016. She lost to President Barack Obama in the 2008... Full story


Sen. Marco Rubio joins Republican field

( U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told donors that he is joining the field of Republican candidates running in the 2016 presidential election, The Associated Press reported Monday. Sens. Ted... Full story


Hillel names Berger as senior adviser

WASHINGTON—In furtherance of the strategic “Drive to Excellence” plan, Hillel International today announced the addition of Matthew E. Berger as senior adviser for strategic communications. He assumed his post on April 20. Berger joins Hillel... Full story


New course explores the origins of Judaism

Beginning this May, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present Judaism Decoded: The Origins and Evolution of Jewish Tradition, a new six-week spring course which will uncover the unique formula that has sustained Jewish tradition for mille... Full story


JFS hires new licensed mental health counselor

JFS Orlando Executive Director Eric Geboff is pleased to announce that Daniel Fisher has joined the JFS Orlando family as a licensed mental health counselor. Fisher attended the University of Florida'... Full story


Tour of the new Orange County Genealogy Library

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) on Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m., for a walk-through tour of the Orange County Library System’s new genealogy library, located at 1821 East Silver Star Road, Ocoee, FL 34761. This is one... Full story


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... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    April 24, 2015

Sanitizing Iran, demonizing Israel

As expected, the Obama administration is having a hard time selling the American public on the feeble understanding—it’s not a “deal,” since nothing was signed—that was recently reached with Iran over its nuclear program. Let’s start... Full story


Politics and its limits

The two countries I know best are both immersed in political frenzy. In the United States it is the onset of the 2016 presidential campaign. In Israel it is sorting out the goodies and the claimants after last month’s election. Both are marked by... Full story

 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    April 24, 2015

Identifying Israel

I found out something a few weeks ago that I should have known for decades. When the Roman Legions left Israel, having slaughtered thousands and sent thousands more out into what would become known as the Diaspora; they left behind dozens of Jewish... Full story


Thomas Friedman promotes Obama's spin on Iran and Israel

Leave it to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to shill shamelessly for President Barack Obama. In a lengthy interview about the Iran nuclear framework, the ever-sycophantic Friedman gives us new insight into the banality of mediocrity—Obama... Full story


What's wrong with March of the Living

NEW YORK (JTA)—The evening before we visited Auschwitz, over pizza with a group of young people in Oswiecim, the town on whose outskirts lies that infamous symbol, one of my students approached me with tears in her eyes. Tears are hardly uncommon... Full story


Hillary's fingerprints on three threats to Israel

Hillary Clinton is hoping for a “new tone” in the U.S.-Israel relationship, one Jewish leader recently claimed. But in the meantime, Israel is stuck dealing with the deadly consequences of her policies as secretary of state. Russia this week... 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... Full story


Al Rosen, Cleveland Indians MVP in 1953, dies at 91

Albert Leonard Rosen of Rancho Mirage, Calif., passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015, of natural causes at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. He was 91 years old. Two of his sons, Jim Rosen... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    April 24, 2015

Jewish Pavilion on the move with LYNX public service bus

In late March it was announced that the Jewish Pavilion was one of nine winning organizations chosen to have its logo placed on the LYNX public service bus. On Wednesday, April 15, staff and... Full story


Bar Mitzvah - David Edward Coultoff

David Edward Coultoff, son of Daniel and Caryn Coultoff of Heathrow, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. David is in... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Aubrey Leah Stern

Aubrey Leah Stern, daughter of Ronald and Nancy Stern of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Temple Israel in Winter Springs. Aubrey is in the seventh... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Ashley Leah Weinstein

Ashley Leah Weinstein, daughter of Suzanne and Eric Weinstein of Apopka, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Ashley is in the... Full story


Scene Around

"Depressed" isn't a strong enough word... With the increase in anti-Semitism in Europe and yes, even here in the United States, I am feeling extremely down and frankly scared. I keep remembering the... Full story


Israeli gov't minister: Migrants' deaths justify border fence

JERUSALEM (JTA)—In the wake of the drowning death of hundreds of migrants from Libya trying to reach Italy, an Israeli government minister justified his country’s building of a fence to keep out migrants. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz in... Full story


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