Articles from the February 27, 2015 edition

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Ever wonder what happens to the notes in the Western Wall?

ISRAEL21c-Twice a year, before the Passover festival and the Jewish New Year in the fall, employees at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem get out their dustpans, brushes and brooms for a... Full story


French chief rabbi rejects Netanyahu's call for emigration

NEW YORK (JTA)-France's chief rabbi, Haim Korsia, rejected Israeli Prime Minister's Benjamin Netanyahu's recent call for European Jews to move to Israel. At a news conference Thursday following a... Full story


New kosher catering coming to town

Harris Rosen, president and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, announced plans to create a kosher catering service at Rosen Plaza Hotel. The new venture will include the building of two new,... Full story


Boehner's goal: Keep Obama out

WASHINGTON (JTA)-House Speaker John Boehner said he kept the White House out of the loop on his invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "to make sure that there was no interference."... Full story


In 'progressive' Madison, Wisconsin, an outbreak of anti-Semitic hate

Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit reported on a Ha’aretz article on an outbreak of anti-Semitic screed spray painted on garage doors in liberal Madison, Wisconsin, “Thirty Madison, Wisconsin Homes Spray Painted With Anti-Semitic Slurs.” However,... Full story


Denmark synagogue attack seen as 'wake-up call'

By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)-From the window of the Jewish Community of Copenhagen's crisis center, Finn Schwarz can see his country changing before his eyes. Hours after the slaying of a guard outside... Full story

 By Shana Medel    News    February 27, 2015

UCF Hillel gets its first taste of 'Birthflight'

If you looked to the skies between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 4, you would have seen a banner plane over UCF displaying the message: "Free Israel Trip #UCFHillel ISRL@GOHILLEL.ORG." This latest piece... Full story


Happenings at Tri County Hadassah in The Villages

The Tri County Hadassah in The Villages recently hosted a fashion show in the beautiful dining room at Providence Independence on Wednesday, Feb. 11. "It was a wonderful social and fundraising event... Full story


Congregation Sinai hosts fourth annual golf tournament

All golfers are invited to Congregation Sinai’s fourth annual golf tournament on Saturday, March 14, at the Green Valley Golf Club in Clermont. Registration, breakfast and putting contest start at 8 a.m. Shotgun begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch and... Full story


Swing a golf club for Jewish Academy of Orlando

Jewish Academy of Orlando is hosting its 10th annual golf tournament. Titled “Take a Swing for Education,” this golf classic’s proceeds will go toward academic programming and the scholarship fund. The tournament will be on Sunday, March 22 at... Full story



Some years ago, just as social media began to explode in popularity, a sensitive young man living in New York City had a decision to make. Every day he was bombarded by people’s acts of unkindness.... Full story


Obama and J Street trading on lies

In his book on politics in the Arab world, “Cruelty and Silence,” the Iraqi intellectual Kanan Makiya made a telling point about the opposition to the first Gulf war of 1991, when a U.S.-led coalition ejected Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime... Full story


No more silent Jews

I am a member of the first post- “Sha, Still” generations. Those were the generations of Jews in the United States who wanted to remain quiet. “Don’t make a fuss.” That was there mantra. The Jews who came in waves during the latter part of... Full story


Anti-Israel BDS movement is fashionable in academia, but far from invincible

While the global anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has officially hit America’s scholarly associations over the last two years, even considering academic boycotts is a dramatic rupture with the past.  In 2005, the... Full story


You can't fight radical Islam with radical Islamists

The White House’s announcement of its conference on “Countering Violent Extremism” names Boston as one of the pilot cities where law enforcement officials have developed partnerships with Muslim community leaders. Unfortunately, to counter... Full story


Time for the death penalty for terrorists

Dear Editor: After reading the article in the Feb. 13 edition of The Heritage by Stephen Flatlow, “How to respond to honors for Palestinian killer,” I would like to make a suggestion. In the article, he notes that the terrorist Hussain Fayadh... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, February 27 - Friday, March 6

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


Scout Shabbat well-represented by Scouts of all religions

Scouts from all over Central Florida attended Scout Shabbat on Feb. 13. This successful event was sponsored by Troop 641 of Maitland. Held at the JCC auditorium in Maitland, Cub Scouts and Boy... Full story


Universal Studios succumbs to Kadimaniks and USY'ers

Seventy Congregation Ohev Shalom Kadimaniks and USY'ers spent the day at Universal Studios on Feb. 15 as part of the Regional Hanegev "Yom Universal." Approximately 600 Kadimaniks and USY'ers from... Full story


Party it up at the J Ball

The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's biggest fundraiser of the year, the J Ball, is set for Saturday, March 7, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel and will honor Susie and Ed Kleiman and... Full story


Engagement Announcement - Robin Eleanor Aransky and Sean David Finnegan

Lisa Mindick and Mark Nuccio of Milton, Mass., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Robin Eleanor Aransky, to Sean David Finnegan, son of Stacey and Gerard Finnegan of Greer,... Full story


Jewish Academy students participate in Rube Goldberg machine contests

The students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando recently presented their Rube Goldberg projects. A Rube Goldberg project challenges participants to make a complicated machine perform a simple task. The projects were designed to use common household... Full story


Purim poser: What is our fascination with villains?

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-Who is the Haman in your life? The person, like the bad guy in the Megillah Esther that we read on Purim, schemes to bring you down. When we get to the place in the Megillah where... Full story


Scene Around

Israel and world affairs... Once again, Israel is "right there" when needed, helping with crisis after crisis, as well as medical breakthroughs. This article comes directly from the World Jewish... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Jacqueline Anne Gerber

Jacqueline Anne Gerber, daughter of Douglas and Dori Gerber of Altamonte Springs, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Congregation of Reform Judaism. Jacqui is... Full story


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