Articles from the June 1, 2018 edition

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HMREC receives tourist-tax funds

On May 22, the Orange County commissioners approved $1.2 million in tourist-tax grants that were recommended by Orange County's Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Council, to the Orlando Science... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    Features    June 1, 2018

Cyclist Andy Reiff is spinning his wheels for a cause

By Pamela Ruben How far would you go to help a worthy cause? So far, no distance is too great for Orlando real estate attorney Andy Reiff. Over the past 26 years, Reiff has logged over 4,000 miles on... Full story

 By Christine DeSouza    News    June 1, 2018

Orlando to get anti-terror funds

Since 2014, Orlando has been excluded from the list of cities that receive federal funding for security protection against terrorism-even after the Pulse Night Club terror attack and the numerous... Full story


Heritage 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


Prominent Israeli artists to teach at top US universities

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Now beginning its second decade, the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program will bring 10 prominent Israeli artists for residencies at top universities across the United States... Full story


This past Memorial Day, a Stalag 17-B POW was remembered

Melvin Weissman didn't have to fight in World War II.  As a machinist for an essential industry, he needed permission from his company to even enlist. He was first rejected by the army as he had... Full story

 By Lisa Levine    Features    June 1, 2018

Local veteran recalls his World War II service

George Braunstein is a member of a storied group whose numbers dwindle as each Memorial Day passes: Jewish American veterans of World War II. As he approaches his 95th birthday, the Kinneret resident... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 1, 2018

Feinstein blasts Haley for stopping UN Gaza query

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D- Calif., said she was "deeply disappointed" in Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, for stopping the U.N. Security Council from... Full story

 By JTA Staff    Life Cycles    June 1, 2018

Philip Roth, peerless chronicler of American Jewish life, is dead at 85

(JTA)—Philip Roth, whose notorious novels about the sex drives of American men gave way to some of the most probing examinations of the American Jewish condition in the 20th and 21st centuries, has died. He was 85. His death was confirmed to The... Full story

 By World Israel News    News    June 1, 2018

Paraguay opens embassy in Jerusalem after US, Guatemala

Paraguay made history on Monday when it moved its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, just days after the US and Guatemala made the same move. Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes, Prime Minister... Full story


One Jewish people, two dissonant tribes

(JNS) What do you do about a relative who loves you but won’t listen to your concerns? That’s the likely American Jewish reaction to news about a new poll of Israeli opinion that signals both good and bad news to those who care about the... Full story


ZOA shocked that ADL mourns deaths of Hamas terrorists

It’s painfully shocking that Anti-Defamation League head Jonathan Greenblatt recently wrote on ADL’s website: “it is a horrific tragedy that so many people have been killed and wounded at the Gaza border.” (“ADL Statement on Violence at... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 1, 2018

Another leading Iranian export? Religious persecution

(JNS)—In a welcome statement issued this week, the U.S. State Department drew attention to the continuing persecution of the small Baha’i religious minority in Yemen by Iran-backed Shi’a rebels. The rebel Houthis “have targeted... Full story


Why we invited a critic of Israel to speak at a Jewish university's graduation

By David Ellenson and Joshua Holo (JTA)—At the 2018 commencement of the Skirball Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, graduation speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon spoke out... Full story

 By Ben Sales    Opinions    June 1, 2018

Philip Roth showed me how to be an American Jew

(JTA)—I never did anything like that with liver, but when I read “Portnoy’s Complaint,” I knew it was about me. Not the actual me, because I would never do any of the things that Alexander Portnoy confesses in the 274-page rant about lust,... Full story


Accessories to terror at the Gaza border

(JNS)—The Gaza border conflict is being fought on two battlefields simultaneously. One is the battle at the border fence, where the aggressors use Molotov cocktails, pipe bombs, rocks, sling shots, burning tires and flaming kites. The other is the... 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


Join the JGSGO for 'DNA: Panel Discussion and Q&A'

The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Orlando is holding its meeting at the Roth Jewish Community Center Senior Lounge in Maitland, on Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. Three presentations will summarize Y-DNA, mtDNA and autosomal DNA, their strengths and... Full story


Everything bagel bourekas recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-These bourekas are a mix of New York Jewish and Middle Eastern Israeli food cultures. It sounds a little crazy, but it's incredibly good: The flavorful seasoning blend, slightly... Full story


Jerusalem pro soccer team to rename itself after Trump

The Beitar Jerusalem soccer team has announced that it has begun the process to add President Donald Trump's name to its club title in honor of his actions on behalf of Israel and his recognition of... Full story


Angels in the sky over Israel

I never met Mitchell "Mike" Flint, but before I had even heard of him, I knew about him and his legendary sense of being on the right side of history in the establishment of the State of Israel. When... Full story


Amateur Radio 'Field Day'

Members of the Flagler Palm Coast Amateur Radio Club, Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Association, St. Augustine Amateur Radio Society, Flagler Emergency Communications Association, American Legion Amateur Radio Club 5th District and Flagler County... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 1, 2018

Scene Around

Finally, some justice... I read this in a current issue of the World Jewish Congress digest and pass it along: "Polish Deputy Prime Minister PIOTR GHLINSKI has personally informed the WJC that the... Full story


Federation offering JTEN grants, planning workshop for educators

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando has announced the fifth year of the Jewish Teen Education grant program and is accepting grant requests for the 2018-19 academic year. Through its JTEN (Jewish Teen Education Network) program, the... Full story


'My Mother's Son' holds readers in its grip to last page

In the spirit of Philip Roth's The Plot Against America and Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay comes this meticulously-crafted novel, "My Mother's Son" by David Hirshberg... Full story


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