Articles from the May 19, 2017 edition

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Did you know that May is Jewish American Heritage Month?

(JTA)-Only one religious group in the U.S. has a federally proclaimed month celebrating their history: the Jews. In 2006, President George W. Bush officially declared May as Jewish American Heritage... Full story

 By Andrew Tobin    Features    May 19, 2017

Israeli paratroopers re-create photo on 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War

JERUSALEM (JTA)-David Rubinger's iconic photograph of three paratroopers at the Western Wall is the defining image of the 1967 Six-Day War. The men in the photo-Dr. Yitzhak Yifat, Tzion Karasenti... Full story


Eliscu's newest book published

ORLANDO-Medical marketing specialist and author Andrea T. Eliscu, BS, RN, just released "It's Personal: The Art of Building Your Practice," her latest book on how to successfully market medical... Full story


Huge win secured for Jewish schools

Teach Florida, a project of the Orthodox Union, secured a historic victory for Jewish schools in the 2017-18 Florida state budget, which allocates $645,000 to enhance security in Jewish day schools. This is the first time that the state of Florida... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 19, 2017

James Comey, fired by Trump and reviled by Democrats, had admirers among Jewish defense officials

WASHINGTON (JTA)-"You make us better," James Comey told the Anti-Defamation League in his final public speech as FBI director. Judging from the applause in the conference room at the venerable... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    May 19, 2017

Israel's justice minister says Trump peace plan won't go anywhere-and she's happy about it

NEW YORK (JTA)-Ten days before Donald Trump was inaugurated, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked visited the Jewish settlement in Hebron. A community of several hundred ensconced in a city of 150,0... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    News    May 19, 2017

Israeli soldiers tell activist he is lying in hard-hitting video

An Israeli veterans organization has released a hard-hitting new video attacking Breaking the Silence—an Israeli NGO that publishes what it says are the anonymous testimonies of Israeli soldiers who participated in abuses against... Full story


Lake Brantley alum is 'winningest' tennis coach in Cleveland

Former Heritage editor, Mike Etzkin, is a proud uncle. His nephew, Brian Etzkin, is the "winningest" head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams in history at Cleveland State University. Etzkin's... Full story


Genealogy workshops and IAJGS Intl. Conference

Do you have unanswered questions about family lost during the Holocaust? Attend the free upcoming JGSGO Workshop “Holocaust Research,” presented by Marlis Humphrey, president of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Thur... Full story


Heritage 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


Book launch and signing at the Holocaust Center

Featuring narrative poetry about real people from the Holocaust, author Holly Mandelkern will launch her first book, "Beneath White Stars: Holocaust Profiles in Poetry," at The Holocaust Memorial... Full story


Your tax dollar funding Palestinian terrorism

On March 8, 2016, American Taylor Force was murdered along the Tel Aviv beach. Bashar Masalha stabbed Force and wounded 12 others, including a pregnant woman. Sadly, Force was not the first, and will... Full story


Washington Post reporter justifies paying Palestinian terrorists

The Washington Post’s chief correspondent in Israel has discarded all pretense of objectivity and is now openly lobbying for a political cause—and it’s one of the most distasteful causes imaginable: justifying the Palestinian Authority’s (PA)... Full story


Trump's tragic mistake By all accounts, U.S. President Donald Trump is a friend of the Jewish state. It is due to Trump’s heartfelt support for Israel and the U.S.-Israel alliance that his meeting with PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas at the White House is... Full story


Jewish community awakens to California state school's 'institutional anti-Semitism'

San Francisco State University has been a hotbed of anti-Semitism for decades. During this time, Jewish community leaders either ignored the hostile campus environment or worked quietly behind the scenes, failing to alleviate the problem.  But a... 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

 By June Glazer    Features    May 19, 2017

A son's recollection of his father's heroism at Ammunition Hill

Over the course of three days, beginning June 5, more than 182 Israeli soldiers fell along the Jerusalem front fighting against Jordanian forces in what is ingrained in Israel's collective memory as... Full story

 By Gloria Green    Features    May 19, 2017

Genealogy Success Story: Wrestling one's way out of the Holocaust

About two years ago, I flew to Israel for the annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, held that year in Jerusalem. While in Jerusalem, I toured Yad... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 19, 2017

Scene Around

I never knew of this true hero... Tuvia Bielski (May 8, 1906-June 12, 1987) was the leader of the Bielski group, Jewish partisans who set up a camp for Jews fleeing the Holocaust during World War... Full story


JFGO's Brennan attends Federation- organized security conference

Andy Brennan, security director of the Maitland Jewish Community Campus, was among more than 40 security directors from across the nation who convened in early May for a security summit in... Full story

 By Jane Edelstein    News    May 19, 2017

69 reasons to love Israel shared at inter-generational program

"When I was so young, I didn't recognize the significance of Israel's becoming a state." So said one of the mature adults at Village On The Green senior community in Longwood, speaking of her... Full story


Jewish Academy presents Living History Museum

The students of the Jewish Academy of Orlando took a step back in time as all grades visited the fifth grade Living History Museum. This interactive program is the culminating project of their... Full story


Obituary - Remembering Arlene Phyllis Sommers

We are mourning the passing on April 4, 2017, of a beloved wife, mother and gramma. Born Arlene Silverman on Nov. 7, 1928, she was tall and slender, elegant and stylish. Arlene leaves her husband of 66 years, Bernie, whom she met when he took a... Full story



Dora Ackerman, age 97, of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Brookdale Island Lake in Longwood. Mrs. Ackerman was born in Romania on Oct. 14, 1919, to the late Usher and Esther Seltzer Siries. She was the widow of the... Full story



Fred Becker, age 81, of Poinciana, passed away at his residence on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Born in Chicago, Ill., on April 8, 1936, he was a son of the late Arthur and Sally Telson Becker. Fred graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from... Full story


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