Articles from the February 16, 2018 edition

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BBYO hosts International Convention in Orlando

ORLANDO-At a time when young people are socializing more online and interacting less in person, thousands of teens converged on Orlando Thursday, Feb. 15 for the BBYO International Convention, which... Full story


Orlando Hadassah presents 'Un après-midi à Paris'

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah presents "An afternoon in Paris," the annual Bunny Rosen Women's Heart Health Luncheon and Fashion Show, on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The Bunny Rosen Women's Heart Health... Full story


The truth behind the Pulse massacre

Twenty months after the terrorist attack at Pulse Nightclub, three courageous women-a Muslim reformer, a Jewish feminist and an ex-Muslim-each of whom have first-hand experience with the trauma... Full story


Annual J Ball will be rockin'

On March 14, The Roth Family JCC will host the biggest party of the year-its annual JBall. Rock the night away from 6:30-9:30 p.m. to the music of Michael Andrew and the J Life Magazine Swing Band at... Full story


New entrance at JCC

Beginning Monday, Feb. 12, The Roth Family JCC’s preschool entrance was permanently relocated to within the JCC, no longer allowing for direct access from the parking lot. The exterior facing preschool doors that open to the parking lot will b... Full story


Mossad agent tells story of capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida, in partnership with the Florida Holocaust Museum, will sponsor a conversation with Mossad agent Avner Avraham on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at... Full story


Congregation Sinai annual golf tournament

Congregation Sinai, a nonprofit organization serving the community in and around Clermont, often holds food drives to help those in need and interfaith services and activities to promote better understanding among different cultures. The annual golf... Full story


Rollins College presents a lecture on legacies of Jewish women

The Jewish Studies Program at Rollins College is pleased to announce a lecture by Professor Laura Levitt of Temple University titled "Jewish Women, American Feminism: Political, Religious, and... Full story


Kids Mega Babka-llah Bake braids together fun and tradition

Jewish children from across Orlando are joining together with the task of mixing, kneading and making blessings at Orlando’s first-ever Mega Babka-llah Bake on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., at the Chabad of Greater Orlando, lcated at 708 Lake Howell R... Full story


Tot Shabbat at Beth Am

Join Cantor Nina Fine as she leads a Tot Shabbat and Family Shabbat service on Friday, Feb. 23, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. The Tot Shabbat begins at 5:30 p.m. and is followed by dinner at 6... Full story


Poland defies US, Israel by signing law 'whitewashing' Holocaust

(JTA)-Polish President Andrzej Duda signed and finalized a law limiting rhetoric about the Holocaust, leading to a rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The United States is... Full story


Debate over Polish Holocaust law prompts an anti-Semitic media backlash

WARSAW, Poland (JTA)-Debate over a Polish law that proposes to outlaw rhetoric blaming Poland for Nazi crimes has prompted a wave of anti-Semitic comments in the Polish media. RMF, one of the largest... Full story


NASCAR's first Israeli driver

Israeli native Alon Day was recognized by The Algemeiner newspaper as among "The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017." The accolade caps an incredible year for Day, which included... Full story


JCC bomb hoaxer briefly escapes Israeli police custody

(JTA)—The American-Israeli man charged with making hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish community centers in the United States, including The Roth Family JCC in Maitland, and elsewhere briefly escaped from police custody in Israel. The computer h... Full story


Israel built a 'wall' and is deporting illegal aliens-America can learn

A decade ago, Israelis gave little thought to the issue of illegal immigration. In 2006, there were 2,766 illegal migrants in Israel, nearly all of them from Eritrea and Sudan, who had entered Israel through its then-open, 150-mile border with... Full story


Preserving the integrity of our Jewish institutions

By Mel Pearlman Not everyone in the Jewish community is happy with two recent announcements concerning respectively, the Jewish Academy of Orlando and the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center. I participated in the organizational... Full story



There’s a question mark alongside the title of this note, insofar as the issues involved in assessing what is described as Palestine raise a host of questions and few clear answers. The problems are normative, i.e., what should be, as well as p... Full story


Why everyone should care about the fate of Z Street

(JNS)—Justice was finally done last week for a Jewish activist organization. After nearly eight years of stalling, disingenuous excuses and outright lies, the Internal Revenue Service finally admitted wrongdoing in preventing Z Street—a pro... Full story


A very bad Polish joke

It’s like the beginning of a bad Polish joke: A group of Polish politicians go into a room to debate their role in the Holocaust... The problem is there’s no funny punch line, except to underscore all the other funny punch lines of many more Pol... 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 a.m... Full story


L'Oréal's boundary-breaking Muslim model steps aside

(JTA)-L'Oréal made history last week when it became the first major cosmetics firm to feature a Muslim woman wearing a head covering in a mainstream international ad campaign for hair products. The... Full story


Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort to host gala for Israel's 70th

(JTA)—An event marking Israel’s 70th year will be held at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. The event scheduled for late March is organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which is selling ticke... Full story


A nature park in Kedumim built by Jews and Christians

Just after Passover last year, Fellowship Church in Winter Springs began fundraising for its annual work trip to Israel. Since 2006, members of the congregation have spent a week or more each year... Full story


Kinneret Council on Aging Readies for the 8 over 80 Gala

The Kinneret Council on Aging is in final preparation for the 2018 8 over 80 Gala to be held on Sunday, Feb. 25th, 2018. Committee members Lynn Fenster, Carol Feuerman, Phyllis Kamanoff, Mollie Savage and Geanne Share along with Kinneret Director of... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Rebecca Hayaliah Kira

Rebecca Hayaliah Kira, daughter of Debra and Sef Kira of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Rebecca is in the seventh grade at Milwee Middle School where she is a... Full story


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