Articles from the May 11, 2018 edition

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Honoring mothers this Mother's Day and on all days!

Late in the afternoon, an intimate gathering was hosted by the Jewish Pavilion and an assisted-living facility. There, Women of Faith gathered around the simple and beautifully adorned table to usher in and welcome the Sabbath. Prayers were recited... Full story


Life through the eyes of the 'normal' child

Local resident and Congregation of Reform Judaism member Cindy Halpern's family memoir is unlike any other book I have ever read. Not only does Halpern tell her story of being the only "normal child"... Full story

 By Yaakov Lappin    News    May 11, 2018

Middle East braces for a tense May

(JNS)-The coming month of May looks set to contain an unusual number of potential escalation points that could converge to create a highly explosive month. The Israeli defense establishment is dealing... Full story


Community Erev Shavu'ot service

Compared to the week-long Festivals of Sukkot and Passover, and the grandeur or Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Shavu’ot can easily get overlooked. But, not only is it one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals set down in the Torah (although with Sukkot a... Full story


New board installed at Congregation Ohev Shalom

Congregation Ohev Shalom has installed its new officers and Board of Trustees for the 2018–2019 fiscal year. Steven Hornik will serve a 2-year term as president; he is a professor at University of C... Full story


ZOA gets active in Central Florida

Instrumental in the formation of the Zionist Organization of America local chapter are (from l-r), David Meltzer, Dr. Daniel Layish, Executive Director of the ZOA Florida Chapter Sharona Whisler, and... Full story


Accepting nominations for 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.... Full story


There's a new PR person at the Pavilion

Lisa Levine has joined the Jewish Pavilion as publicity director. A longtime writer who has served as editor of Seminole Magazine and managing editor of Orlando Magazine, Levine looks forward to... Full story


Grief Support offered year round

The Jewish Pavilion in partnership with Jewish Family Services and VITAS Healthcare will offer year-round grief support. The Jewish Pavilion's next sessions will be on Wednesdays May 9 -June 13 at... Full story

 By World Israel News    News    May 11, 2018

Netanyahu updates world leaders on Iran's threatening nuclear program

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday spoke by telephone with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel regarding the sensational revelations obtained by Israel's... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    May 11, 2018

ZOA accused of defamation

NEW YORK (JTA)-Three Jewish organizations are accusing the Zionist Organization of America of inappropriately criticizing them. And the ZOA is accusing one of them right back. On Wednesday, the... Full story


Jewish author Michael Twitty wins James Beard award

NEW YORK (JTA)-Michael Twitty won the James Beard Foundation's 2018 Book of the Year award for his book on African-American Southern food. The James Beard Foundation announced last week that Twitty,... Full story


Father of Jewish Parkland victim sues shooter and deputy

(JTA)-The father of Meadow Pollack, one of the 17 students and teachers killed in the shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school in February, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the gunman... Full story


The ADL's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

(JTA)—Last week, Shabbat couldn’t come soon enough for the Anti-Defamation League. On Wednesday, Starbucks announced that the Jewish group’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, seemed to have been demoted from top adviser to a supporting role in the coffe... Full story


'No,' Mr. Schindler, there is no 'occupation'

(JNS)—A Pennsylvania high school teacher, who says he was deprived as a teenager, is now taking it out on his students—by lying to them about Israel. Sam Schindler, co-founder and history teacher at the Stone Independent School, a private school in... Full story

 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    May 11, 2018

U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem

This coming week the United States of America will officially move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The selected date, May 14, 2018, comes exactly 70 years after the declaration of the establishment of the modern state of Israel with its... Full story


Iran's lies matter

(JNS)—To Obama administration alumni and other detractors of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there was nothing all that new or noteworthy in his presentation of a treasure trove of Iranian nuclear intelligence obtained by the Mossad. While... Full story


Concerning Iran: America needs to 'do the right thing'

Dear Editor: The American Jewish Congress is very concerned by the emerging allegations that Iran historically continued to expand its nuclear weapons program and may continue to do so, despite its claims otherwise. We remain concerned that the... Full story


One more word about Henri Landwirth

Dear Editor: Thank you for including a quote from me about Henri (“Henri Landwirth dies at age 91,” April 27, 2018 issue). I had the honor of knowing and working with him for the years we spent in Orlando, and for some time afterwards. He WAS a uni... Full story


Don't believe what you read coming out of Gaza

Dear Editor: Have you ever noticed that it appears all of the reporting about the goings on in Gaza all come from the Gaza Strip? Also, all of the reporters seem to have Arabic names. Are you aware that there is no freedom of the press in Gaza?... 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

 By Toby Axelrod    News    May 11, 2018

Berlin volunteers hand out 6,000 kippahs at public parks in solidarity with Jews

BERLIN (JTA)-In an unusual sight, the people lazing about or strolling down the paths in several parks here on a sun-drenched Sunday were wearing gleaming white kippahs. Seventy volunteers handed out... Full story


Engagement Announcement - Elana Rachel Rosner and Max David Katzen

Mr. and Mrs. Harry (Hank) Katzen of Orlando are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Max David Katzen to Elana Rachel Rosner, daughter of Cantor and Mrs. Eugene Rosner of Havertown, Pa.... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 11, 2018

Will Europe's Jews stop wearing kippahs? Most already have.

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-The debate about wearing a kippah in Western Europe returned only a decade or so ago, but it has nonetheless come to follow a rigid pattern even in that short period of time. The cycle... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 11, 2018

Scene Around

I recently heard from the Simon Wiesenthal Center... The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced a political cartoon in Volkskrant, a major Dutch newspaper, for depicting Israel as a murderous bully... Full story


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