Articles from the April 25, 2014 edition

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Boy Scout Troop 641 cheer on cyclists

Boy Scouts from Troop 641 in Maitland volunteered their time April 12 to support the cyclists in the MS150 Bike Ride. Scouts and their leaders cheered on the hundreds of riders as they came across... Full story

 By Avi Weiss    Features    April 25, 2014

Jacob Birnbaum was the unsung father of Soviet Jewry freedom

NEW YORK (JTA)-May 1 will mark the 50th anniversary of the first Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) demonstration on behalf of Soviet Jews. The man who inspired the demonstration and became the... Full story


JAO board names new head of school

MAITLAND-After completing an extensive seven-month search, the Jewish Academy of Orlando has named Alan G. Rusonik as its new head of school, the JAO Board of Directors has announced. Rusonik had... Full story


Nominations now accepted for the Heritage Human Services Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2014 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented in August at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. “For more than 25 years, individuals who have m... Full story


Netanyahu, Jewish leaders send condolences to families of Kansas City victims

(JTA)-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent condolences to the families of the three people killed by a gunman at two Jewish facilities in suburban Kansas City, Kan. "We condemn the murder... Full story


Israeli man killed in terror attack near Hebron

(The Algemeiner)-A 40-year-old Israeli man was killed and his pregnant wife was wounded on Monday in a shooting attack near Hebron, Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot reported. The couple were driving near... Full story


Israeli government to allot $289 million for Holocaust survivors

(—The Israeli government is expected to approve an additional annual budget of $289 million in aid for the 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel. The finance and social services ministries are expected to present within a month the a... Full story


Machaneh Ohev 2014, the happiest Jewish place on Earth

Machaneh Ohev 2014 invites all Jewish children entering Pre-K through 8th grade in the fall to come to "The Happiest Jewish Place on Earth-Machaneh Ohev Land," June 9-13. The popular, one week,... Full story


Yom Hashoah observance at Temple Israel, Daytona Beach

Temple Israel of Daytona Beach will hold a community-wide Yom HaShoah candlelight service on April 27 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, this will be a day of remembrance of those who perished in the... Full story


Rabbi Hickman receives honorary doctorate

Temple Israel of Brevard is proud to announce that Rabbi Patricia Ernest Hickman will receive her honorary doctorate of Sacred Music from the HUC-JIR on Thursday, May 8 in New York City. Rabbi... Full story

 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    April 25, 2014

Anti-Semitism labeled 'apartheid'

There are many reasons why it is utterly ridiculous for any slightly reasonable person to consider Israel an apartheid state. If, for no other reason, Webster’s Dictionary defines apartheid as “segregation by race.” Israel does not segregate anyone i... Full story

 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    April 25, 2014

A matter of age

In 1977 we had been living in Orlando for less than two years. We had moved from Cleveland and seen a great city begin its slow slide out of greatness. We were active Zionists, frequent visitors to Israel and personal friends of one of the founders... Full story


The costs and benefits of no solution

Guess what? There is another proposal for solving Israel’s problem with the Palestinians. Michael Oren, recently Israeli ambassador to the US, has proposed that Israel recognize the impossibility of reaching a deal with the Palestinians, define i... Full story


Point: The West Bank is under military occupation, and that's a fact

JERUSALEM (JTA)—According to press reports, the crowd at a recent Republican Jewish Coalition conference “noticeably gasped” when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie referred to the West Bank as “occupied territories.” Christie promptly apologize... Full story

 By Alan Baker    Opinions    April 25, 2014

Counterpoint: 'Occupied territories' is a flawed and biased term

JERUSALEM (JTA)—When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized to Republican donor Sheldon Adelson for using the term “occupied territories” to refer to the West Bank, critics pounced. Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” ridiculed the apology, insisting... Full story


Arab League rejects Israel as Jewish state So, who is the Arab League?

It is illuminating to examine the record of the League of Arab States since the founding of the League in 1945, which is hardly a model for peaceful settlement of disputes in the spirit of the United Nations. Prior to the establishment of the Jewish... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, April 25 - Friday, May 2

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday and Thursday, 8 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. Con... Full story


Irving Kolin, M.D., made the world a better place

Irving S. Kolin, M.D., of Winter Park, died on April 15, 2014, at the age of 74 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a doctor whose greatest joy was to give people the ability and skill... Full story



Melvin Siskind, beloved husband of Zelda Kolodner Siskind, passed away on April 15, 2014. Melvin, the son of Al and Mollie Siskind, was born April 2, 1925 in Lawrence, Mass. He graduated from Valdosta (Georgia) High School and attended the... Full story

 By Ari Rudolph    Features    April 25, 2014

American Jewry must reclaim Hebrew

NEW YORK (JTA)-A key component that unifies a people or nation is a common language. The Jewish people are no exception; the Hebrew language is an essential element of what constitutes the Jewish... Full story


Teen heroes: Jacob Gardenswartz takes to the stage to beat bullying

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Sitting through an eighth-grade assembly as a police officer spoke of the dangers of bullying, Jacob Gardenswartz thought there had to be a better way to teach these important... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Alexandra Jade Grossman

Alexandra Jade Grossman, daughter of Karin and Gary Grossman of Winter Park, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland, Fla.... Full story


Hag Sameach all over town!

With matzah, charoset, Haggadot and parsley in tow, the students and teachers arrived with enthusiasm and Chag Pesach Sameach on their minds. It is no surprise they were bringing three... Full story


Scene Around

Anti-Semitism is alive and well... Sad to acknowledge, but we must keep our eyes open to such hate and we must always remember the slogan, "Never Again." FRAZIER GLENN CROSS (also known as Glenn... Full story


Festive 'Shabbat rocks' and Shabbat dinner at Congregation Sinai in Clermont

More than 150 members and the community members enjoyed an inspiring and fun time at Cong Sinai Friday night services when spiritual leaders, Joe and Lynn Goldovitz accompanied by two others played their musical instruments and sang Hebrew prayers... Full story


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