Articles from the May 27, 2016 edition

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Kibbitzing over the Heritage

"We had an enjoyable Koffee and Kibbitz session at Plantation Oaks this morning, highlighted by three weeks of Heritage publications!" said Gloria Green, Jewish Pavilion program director for the... Full story


Aaron Gorovitz named one of the top fundraisers in U.S.

Aaron Gorovitz named one of the top fundraisers in U.S. Orlando, FL –Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed is pleased to announce that long-time partner Aaron J. Gorovitz has been honored with a n... Full story


Mackler: a most inspiring rabbi

Rabbi Shana Goldstein Mackler, the daughter of Samuel Goldstein of Altamonte Springs, has been named one of the 32 Most Inspiring Rabbis in the U.S. by the Jewish Daily Forward. Mackler is rabbi of... Full story


JFGO represented at JCPA Conference

The Jewish Council on Public Affairs (JCPA), which serves as the umbrella organization for the American Jewish community relations field, held its annual conference in Cleveland on May 15-17. In... Full story


113-year-old Jewish woman now oldest person in the U.S.

(JTA)-The oldest American is now a 113-year-old Jewish woman named Goldie. After the death of 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt-Jones two weeks ago, the New York Daily News reported that Goldie Michelson... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 27, 2016

House passes bill protecting circumcision as religious freedom

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A bill unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives would extend religious protections to advocates of circumcision and ritual slaughter as well as atheists, addressing what its sponsors describe as an increase in r... Full story


Belgium declines Israeli teens' aid request after parents killed in museum attack

(JTA)—Belgium has turned down a request for financial assistance from the daughters of an Israeli couple killed in an attack a year ago on the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Shira and Ayelet Riva were 15 and 17 at the time of the attack in May 2015. M... Full story


Auschwitz museum staffers discover jewelry in false bottom of victim's mug

WARSAW, Poland (JTA)—Staffers at the Auschwitz museum found a gold ring hidden in a false bottom of one of the cups on display in the main exhibition. During conservation work on one of the enamel mugs, a double, or false, bottom was discovered, t... Full story


No horsing around for this young woman's mitzvah project

Amanda Jacobson, 13-year-old daughter of Jason and Jennifer Jacobson of Ocoee, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on June 18, 2016, at Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation (SOJC). A... Full story


Join JFS Orlando's Life Transitions Support Group

Everyone goes through transitions at some point in their lives. Transitions are part of life, whether it be divorce, losing a loved one, empty nesting, retirement, aging or any number of life changing events. Jewish Family Services is offering a... Full story


Genealogical resources and techniques to use this summer

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando program for June features Tom Hirsch who will be presenting "Genealogy Resources and Techniques to Try Out This Summer" on Tuesday, June 7, from 7... Full story


Nominations for Heritage 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 m... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    May 27, 2016

Don't give Japan a free pass on its wartime record

Despite leaving the world an unsafer place than when he found it, President Barack Obama isn’t shying away from busting those foreign policy taboos. The president who brought us a nuclear deal with the Iranian mullahs, and who gave Cuba’s fos... Full story

 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    May 27, 2016

Follow the money

There is a war going on in the United States. It is being fought on college campuses across the nation. This battle is not about Affirmative Action or the ridiculous costs of a college education. Not even about Bernie and Hillary—that’s a dif... Full story


America's future

‘Sometimes there’s a stink you just can’t wash off, kinda like a venereal disease... That’s the problem Trump’s got.” It can’t get much worse than that, a quotation in The Economist attributed to a Republican Congressman. Polls are showing that... Full story

 By Rafael Medoff    Opinions    May 27, 2016

Are profits everything? The 2016 race and a Jewish businessman's lament

The current American presidential campaign features candidates who seem all too willing to set aside ethics for the sake of greater profits. One presumptive nominee proudly made large donations to politicians “so they would do what I want” to fac... Full story


Why Jewish day school students should recite the Pledge of Allegiance

PITTSBURGH (JTA)—As a U.S. immigrant and a parent, I’m somewhat fanatical about my kids’ appreciation for their citizenship. Last year I organized what I hope will be an annual second-grade field trip to our local swearing-in ceremony for new Ameri... Full story

 By Eli E. Hertz    Opinions    May 27, 2016

This land is my land

Ever ask yourself why during the 30 year period-between 1917 and 1947- thousands of Jews throughout the world ‘woke up’ one morning and decided to leave their homes and go to Palestine? The majority did this because they heard that a future Nat... 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 Pamela Ruben    News    May 27, 2016

Pavilion Golf Society Tournament keeps the ball rolling for Orlando Senior Help Desk

The Fourth Annual Pavilion Golf Society (PGS) was marked by friends, fairways, food, family, and the many fans of honoree Carol Feuerman. More than 80 golfers were in full swing at Alaqua Country... Full story

 By Uriel Heilman    Features    May 27, 2016

Beating health scares, Jonathan Sarna seals status as rock star Jewish historian

WALTHAM, Mass. (JTA)-When Jonathan Sarna was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 1999 at the age of 44, it changed his life. Already a highly regarded historian at Brandeis University, Sarna was in... Full story


In pro-Israel victory, Methodists to withdraw from BDS coalition

(JTA)—Just days after rejecting four resolutions calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s control of the West Bank, the United Methodist Church recommended withdrawing from the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. In a n... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 27, 2016

Scene Around

I repeat myself because I'm old?... I'm NOT old. (Oh shut up!) I don't repeat myself. I don't repeat myself. (Okay, I do. Especially last week's joke. Sorry.) Speaking of dementia, I once asked my... Full story

 By Ben Sales    Features    May 27, 2016

Kids' soccer leagues aim to bridge Israel's religious divide

PARDES HANNA, Israel (JTA)-When Yoel decided, at age 8, to begin observing Shabbat, there was one problem: It meant he couldn't join most of Israel's youth soccer teams, which played games on... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    May 27, 2016

What Liberman could learn

TEL AVIV (JTA)—He was an outspoken politician with little military experience, appointed by a rival and promising to bring a new approach. Current and former officials at the Defense Ministry called his appointment an “enigma,” fretting that “it w... Full story


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