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Articles from the June 3, 2016 edition

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Zerivitz receives highest academic recognition a university can confer

Not only was Marcia Jo Zerivitz awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters-Honoris Causa, as was noted in the May 20 issue, but Heritage recently discovered that this award was an... Full story


Rawiszer accepts position at ACC

Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer has been elected by her colleagues to the position of vice president of Member Relations and External Partnerships of the American Conference Cantors (ACC), the largest prof... Full story

 By Christine DeSouza    News    June 3, 2016

Hillel hires new assistant director

On the heels of his return from his trip to Poland to participate in the March of the Living, then on to Israel where he spent two weeks traveling all over the Land, Sam Friedman learned on May 23 tha... Full story


Hamas leader's son urges the world to unite against Islam

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) praised Mosab Hassan Yousef (a/k/a “the Green Prince”), the son of a Hamas leader, for his courageous, important, and insightful speech at the Jerusalem Post conference in New York on May 22, 2016),... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 3, 2016

Pro-Israel heavyweights press hard for 2 states

WASHINGTON (JTA)-In a rare and sharp split with Israeli government policy, a group of Jewish community leaders want to get a proposal for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on th... Full story


JBN gets to know Lion Nation

Heineken flowed on tap, purple was in abundance, and new business connections took root at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Jewish Business Network's May 19 meeting, hosted by Orlando City... Full story


'A night in Napoli'-Temple L'Chayim's anniversary

The Clermont Temple L’Chayim M&M Club of Clermont will be hosting a special Night In Napoli! as a fundraiser to celebrate their second anniversary. The entire community is invited to enjoy an evening of Italian cuisine, music and entertainment at... Full story


Learning about Lag B'Omer at Kinneret Coffee and Conversation

Kinneret residents learned about Lag B'Omer at the monthly Coffee and Conversation held on Wednesday, May 25, hosted by Cantor Kim Singer of Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo. The period of the Omer is a... Full story


Torah study and cheesecake bliss

Temple Israel will be celebrating the holiday of Shavuot by hosting an evening of study, known as Tikun Leil Shavuot. This year the congregation will be honoring Ruth Goldhar for her 50-plus years as Orlando educator along with other Jewish Studies... Full story

 By Marli Porth    Opinions    June 3, 2016

Ideas and strategies abound at Cleveland

What a thrill it was to be in Cleveland, Ohio! You may not hear that sentence too often, but it was truly thrilling for me, your JCRC staff director, to attend the Jewish Council on Public Affairs (JCPA) annual conference there in mid-May. For three... Full story


Bibi is us

Bibi (Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu) is a caricature of Israel, both as viewed from within and without. He is loved and hated, admired and loathed, perhaps in about the same proportions among Israelis and those who watch Israel. Being the... Full story

 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    June 3, 2016

Refugee or terrorist

There is a worldwide Syrian refugee crisis. The numbers are staggering. Homeland Security chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul, confirmed that ISIS is targeting the U.S. Refugee program to attack America from within. Peter King, chairman of the... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    Opinions    June 3, 2016

Warmonger or humanitarian?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Yes, there’s the Avigdor Liberman who wants to behead bad guys, mandate loyalty oaths and pay Arabs to leave the country—the one who makes fun of the disabled and who dodged a fraud charge. But Israel’s onetime foreign... Full story


Helping Kosovo become fertile ground for religious pluralism

HOBOKEN, N.J. (JTA)—Kosovo is a “newborn” country, a majority Muslim state that fought for its independence from Serbia only eight years ago. Yet it has erected a Holocaust memorial outside its parliament, elected a female president, held... Full story


We should be concerned about Muslim on Muslim violence

Dear Editor: In response to the May 20, 2016, Lexi Goldstein letter to the editor, ‘Registered student organizations have a right to exist on campus,’ is really about shutting down free speech. Ms. Goldstein makes the argument that the UCF... 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


We need to put the Yizkor back into Memorial Day

By Jerry Silverman NEW YORK (JTA)-In Israel, when the two-minute siren sounds at 11 a.m. on Yom Hazikaron, the Jewish state's Memorial Day, the nation comes to a halt. As we saw just two weeks ago,... Full story

 By Ronnie Fein    Features    June 3, 2016

How to Make Perfect Cheesecake 5 Ways

You know Shavuot is coming when you begin to see cheesecakes everywhere. Countless variations in the bakeries and supermarkets. Endless numbers of recipes in the media. Cheesecake is the iconic... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    June 3, 2016

Dems' panel drafting platform includes critics of Israel, friends of Israel-and a BDS backer

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The Democratic Party platform drafting committee is top heavy with veterans of political battles over Israel-some friendly, some critical, and including at least one major backer of t... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 3, 2016

Scene Around

As I write this... I am getting ready to fly to Chicago from Orlando International Airport in a few days. (Of course when you read this, I will have hopefully already returned.) My grandson, ZACH is... Full story


Why scientists are fighting about the origins of Yiddish-and the Jews

(JTA)-Science has finally provided evidence of what Jewish "Star Wars" fans long suspected: Yoda is a member of the tribe-or at least he speaks like one. The bad news is the science has been widely... Full story

 By Debra Kamin    Features    June 3, 2016

At Museum of the Jewish People, an iconic exhibit of miniature synagogues breaks new ground

TEL AVIV (JTA)—In 1978, when Beit Hatfutsot-Museum of the Jewish People opened, it did something big. But it did it in the smallest way possible. Among the museum’s first exhibits was a gallery filled with 18 miniature synagogues, each as... Full story


O Mother, where art thou? Understanding memory loss after surgery

By Pamela Ruben When my 76-year-old mother had recent back surgery, my siblings and I had a zillion questions and concerns that we shared with her orthopedic surgeon. It turns out we should have saved a few of those questions for the... Full story



Tziona Ben-Aharon, age 58, of Merritt Island, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the VITAS In-Patient Unit in Merritt Island. Mrs. Ben-Aharon, a native of Haifa, Israel, was born on Dec. 21, 1957, to Laziz and Ester Revivo. A homemaker, she...



Herbert Rubin, 91, of Boynton Beach, Florida, passed away May 20, 2016, at his home. Herb, known as Poppy to his family and friends, was a devoted husband to his wife, Irma, for 63 years and loved his entire family wholeheartedly. Herb was a... Full story


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