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Articles from the May 13, 2016 edition

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Am Israel Chai!

Israel Independence Day was celebrated with an outpouring of fun and gaiety by many members of the community at the Roth Family JCC on Thursday, May 12. Attendees enjoyed hearing Israeli pop singer... Full story


Yom Hazikaron is over, but it's still important to remember the victims

In January 2016, an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Manpower Directorate report revealed that 36 Israeli soldiers died in 2015, marking the lowest single-year death toll the Israeli military has... Full story

 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 13, 2016

Building bridges in a divided world

Grace means beauty or charm of form, movement, expression; a sense of what is right and proper, decency; thoughtfulness toward others; and it is the perfect description of Grace Nelson, wife of U.S. S... Full story


Holocaust teacher training June 13

In May 1994 the Florida legislature passed a statute requiring all schools to provide specific Holocaust education to their students. The statute states that it should be taught "in a manner that... Full story

 By Max Gelber    News    May 13, 2016

Hamas terror tunnel expert captured by Israel spills the beans

Israel’s security forces have captured a veteran Hamas terrorist who has been providing a treasure trove of information on Hamas’ terror tunnel network, the Shin Bet (Israel’s Security Agency) stated. The Shin Bet’s statement came the same... Full story


Pew survey finds sympathy for Palestinians over Israel up sharply among younger Americans

NEW YORK (JTA)—Democrats are more than four times as likely as Republicans to say they sympathize more with the Palestinians than with Israel, according to a survey published Thursday, and sympathy for the Palestinians among Americans overall is... Full story


Israel discovers oil near the Dead Sea

An Israeli partnership announced that an oil field they have been surveying north of the Dead Sea is estimated to hold seven million barrels of oil, worth NIS 1.2 billion ($321 million). The reservoir, known as Hatrurim, is estimated to contain 7... Full story


'I remember' series features guest speaker Harry Lowenstein

The Holocaust Center's series, I Remember: Eyewitnesses to the Holocaust, will continue on Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. The event will feature survivor Harry Lowenstein speaking at the Center in... Full story


Game on with Super Smash Bros. tournament

On June 5th, Temple Israel, located at 50 S. Moss Road in Winter Springs, will host a Super Smash Bros. Tournament for Wii u & GameCube. This event seeks to unite the community through an exciting all day event. The tournament will run from 11a.m.... Full story


Why is this course different from all others?

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute is offering a new course, beginning this month at three Chabad locations. The upcoming JLI course is titled Strength and Struggle: Lessons in Character from the Stories of Our Prophets? “It’s not (just) a... Full story


Heritage nominations for Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2016 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando on Aug. 17. “For almost 30 years, individuals who have made... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    May 13, 2016

Anti-Semitism, George Orwell, and the U.K.'s Labour Party

“It is generally admitted that anti-Semitism is on the increase, that it has been greatly exacerbated by the war, and that humane and enlightened people are not immune to it. It does not take violent forms (English people are almost invariably... Full story


The good news in the bad news

I’ve hesitated to write this for some time because every time I think there might be a lull in the plague of terror attacks to which Israel has been subjected these past several months, there’s another attack. This past week alone there was a... Full story


Ideals and reality

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin are at opposite poles. One comes from a long tradition of idealism, speaking about great values, and usually ending up a long way from what was promised. The other represents the essence of realpolitik, or “if I can... Full story


Survivors' welfare is a public, private and community responsibility

(JTA)—They survived unimaginable horrors, yet went on to live productive lives, despite the haunting memories, the profound loss and physical scars from years of deprivation. Now many Holocaust survivors need our assistance so they may live their... Full story

 By Irwin Cotler    Opinions    May 13, 2016

The lessons of Nuremberg: Stand up to hate, and remember hate's victims

MONTREAL (JTA)—Yom Hashoah arrived this year on the eve of two historic anniversaries: the 80th anniversary of the coming into effect of the Nuremberg Race Laws, which served as prologue and precursor to the Holocaust, and the 70th anniversary of... Full story


You might just be a war criminal

Have you ever bought a slice of pizza in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem? Have you visited friends at the Hebrew University dormitories in the city’s French Hill section? Or taken the Jerusalem light rail train to the Neve Yaakov stop? Guess... 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


11 Israeli companies to watch in marketing technology

ISRAEL21c—Think of marketing as a way of moving potential customers through a funnel: enticing them to enter at the top, to stay inside until making a purchase, and to go back inside for future purchases. Think of marketing technology (mar-tech)... Full story


Bringing smiles and laughter to many seniors

Magician Illene Miller is again visiting senior facilities and the VA, bringing smiles and laughs with her jokes and magic tricks. Recently she performed at Brookdale - Dr. Phillips at the request of... Full story

 By Curt Schleier    Features    May 13, 2016

In new film, Yitzhak Rabin narrates his autobiography 

(JTA)-"Rabin in his Own Words," which opened last Friday in New York, Los Angeles and South Florida, is more than a tribute to the two-time Israeli prime minister tragically gunned down in 1995. Th... Full story


Want to volunteer somewhere? Check out JFS Orlando

JFS Orlando is in need of volunteers for the following: Centerpieces for tzedakah Events Food Drives Handyman services Holiday meal delivery JFS Orlando Historical Project Office projects Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry Reception The R.I.D.E. Program... Full story


Give the gift of a Heritage subscription to a senior citizen

Jewish Pavilion Program Director Gloria Green saw a need among the residents of assisted living facilities she visits regularly. “I have an Independent Living facility on South OBT with four Jewish residents who ache for anything Jewish,” she... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Dara Cohen

Dara Cohen, daughter of Mike and Joanna Cohen of Winter Springs, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Dara is in the seventh... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 13, 2016

Scene Around

Fala Portuguese... Which means I speak Portuguese. And I do! Portuguese, as you know, is the language spoken in Brasil. (Americans spell it Brazil with a Z) My entertainment agent, ROBERTO DRATCU, is... Full story


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