Articles from the May 2, 2014 edition

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 News    May 2, 2014

Orlando JCC wins four JCC Excellence Awards at JCCs of North America Biennial

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando was honored with four prestigious awards at the JCCs of North America Biennial held March 28-April 1 in San Diego, Calif. Nearly one thousand people... Full story


On Yom Ha'atzmaut, falafel takes a back seat to barbecue

For one day in the spring, the humble falafel is all but forgotten as Israelis fire up their grills for some serious meat-eating. In that way, Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day), which falls on... Full story

 By Chris DeSouza    News    May 2, 2014

RAISE launched with its first 5 employees

Most programs begin with a dream, a wish, a need. The seeds of RAISE-Recognizing Abilities & Inclusion of Special Employees-were planted when Loren London and her husband provided a membership to... Full story

 By Chris DeSouza    News    May 2, 2014

Swastikas on walls of UCF housing

This past weekend, several UCF students discovered swastikas carved into a wall of the off-campus private apartment complex where they reside. While the complex houses UCF students, it is not part of... Full story

 By Maayan Jaffe    Features    May 2, 2014

Yom HaZikaron: Israeli families discuss what it means to lose a soldier, a son, a sibling

Some 22,000 Israeli soldiers have died since the establishment of the Jewish state, including 40 soldiers between March 2013 and March 2014, according to the Israel Defense Forces. "We in Israel are... Full story

 News    May 2, 2014

Rabbi Grossman new CEO of UF Hillel

GAINESVILLE—The Board of Directors of the University of Florida Hillel have appointed Rabbi Adam Grossman as the agency’s next executive director and CEO. Grossman, currently the associate rabbi of Temple Israel in Memphis, will begin the... Full story

 News    May 2, 2014

Prayer march for persecuted Christians at Lake Eola

A 2014 Pew Study reports Christians are the most persecuted group in the world. In 2013, a Vatican spokesman reported 100,000 Christians are murdered each year. Churches are regularly burned in Nigeria, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Iraq.... Full story

 News    May 2, 2014

Arty-party at Ohev Shalom

Ohev Shalom will be hosting a unique event open to the community. Join fellow art lovers for a little wine and browsing at "Art For Art" on Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. This event gives anyone... Full story

 News    May 2, 2014

Take a 'sampling' of the Jack & Lee Rosen J

This Sunday, May 4, the Jewish Community Center's Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus will host the fifth annual "Taste of the J" at the southwest campus from 2-5 p.m. The event will... Full story


My Tea With 'Dudi'

Watching a first-rate documentary a few weeks ago on Showtime about David Steinberg, the controversial but loveable Canadian-born comedian, actor, writer and director, brought back a flood of memories for me. Called “Quality Balls,” the... Full story

 By Ira Sharkansky    Opinions    May 2, 2014

The Kerry charade

Let’s call it what it is. The U.S. has used its muscle to get Israelis and Palestinians to discussions that neither of them wanted. Both sides speak and deal with one another all the time. It’s part of living side-by-side, with pockets of one... Full story


Dear esteemed editor...

n 1906, Abraham Cahan was looking to boost the circulation of the Forward, the Yiddish daily that he edited. Warheit, a rival for the affections of Yiddish-speaking immigrants, had begun to publish letters from readers seeking advice. Not to be outdo... Full story

 By Jay Tcath    Opinions    May 2, 2014

The irony of enduring hate

CHICAGO—It is a familiar mantra following a hate crime: Representatives of both the targeted and other minority groups decry the attack as being not just against the victims, but “against all Americans.” At a moment when a particular community... Full story


Brandeis's dishonor diaries

Imam Suhaib Webb was a happy man last Wednesday. The radical Islamist leader of Boston’s Saudi- funded mega mosque boasted that his Muslim community persuaded Brandeis University President Fred Lawrence to withdraw a Brandeis honorary degree from... Full story


G-d gave the land to His people Israel, believe it or not

Dear Editor: I read with interest your article entitled ‘Take the J-Street Challenge, it is an eye opener’. Every person out there has an opinion on this touchy/controversial subject—and here is mine. First, the biblical covenant made by G-d... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, May - Friday, May 9

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.... Full story

 News    May 2, 2014

Law passed that bars Iranian U.N. envoy from entering U.S.

( President Barack Obama, whose administration already said it would deny a visa to newly appointed Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Hamid Aboutalebi, signed a law that bars Aboutalebi from entering the U.S. The U.N. headquarters is... Full story



Bernard Berman of Lake Mary, passed away on Friday, April 18, at Florida Hospital—Orlando. He was 86 years old. Mr. Berman was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 23, 1928, to the late Max and Sophie Levitsky Berman. Following high school he joined th... Full story



Ivan H. Echelson of Winter Park, passed away on Thursday, April 24, at Winter Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Winter Park. He was 83 years old. Mr. Echelson was born on Feb. 2, 1931, in New York to the late Morris and Rachel Fenster... Full story



Jean Kaufman of Longwood, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. at Chambrel at Island Lake. She was 96 years old. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., she was born on March 9, 1918, to the late Samuel and Ida Hittman Puckman. Mrs. Kaufman was a homemaker,... Full story


Obituary - LEO J. LICHTEN

Leo J. Lichten of Longwood, passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014, at Village on the Green Healthcare Center. He was 94 years old. Mr. Lichten was born on Nov. 1, 1919, to the late Leo F. and Eunice Seiss Lichten in Alexandria, La. He enlisted in the... Full story



Belle S. Pfeffer of Sanford, North Carolina, passed away on Tuesday, April 22, at her residence. She was 98 years old. Born in Monroe County, New York, on July 31, 1915, to the late Samuel and Kate Rosenberg Schoenberg, she lived for many years in... Full story

 News    May 2, 2014

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando presents 'BillionGraves and Beyond'

ORLANDO-Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) on May 6, from 7 p.m. to 9.m., for a program featuring BillionGraves' chief technology officer, Brian Moncur, "BillionGraves... Full story

 News    May 2, 2014

Behind the scenes with the Jewish Pavilion

If a loved one was placed in a senior facility 10 years ago, there were sure to be great parties for Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter, but there would be seen virtually no Jewish presence. No... Full story

 News    May 2, 2014

Paint the town with JNF's Women for Israel at the Scarlet Easel

ORLANDO—Jewish National Fund (JNF)’s Women for Israel (WFI) will host a fun-filled class of entertaining art instruction at The Scarlet Easel on Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. The evening will combine step-by-step painting instructions with music and... Full story


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