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Articles from the April 11, 2014 edition

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Not your average spring break

While all of my friends were spending their last spring breaks of college on cruises or going to the beach, I chose a different path. Through the Jewish National Fund, I signed up for Alternative... Full story


Remembering loved ones this coming Passover

The Jewish Pavilion caters to the Jewish community's most vulnerable population-the frail and the elderly. Passover photos from 2013 bring to mind many friends no longer here to enjoy the Passover... Full story


Brown's Deli will be open and kosher for Passover

Yes... that's right. Brown's Deli will be open throughout Passover serving from a special Kosher for Passover menu. Obviously there will be no bread for deli sandwiches, but all the house specialties... Full story

 By Chris DeSouza    News    April 11, 2014

Take the J-Street challenge, it is an eye opener

It's important to be well-informed about current events-especially events concerning Israel. Since day one of Israel's independence, this little nation that inhabits only one percent of the Middle... Full story


Hollywood screenwriter David N. Weiss coming to Orlando

Award-winning screenwriter, David N. Weiss ("Shrek 2," "The Smurfs" movies, and "Rugrats") will present an entertaining evening of personal and professional stories in "From Hollywood to Holy Hood."... Full story


Abandoned by faith

I came in on the middle of an interview on National Public Radio recently. I didn’t catch the name of the interviewee, but he did catch my attention. “Religions,” he said, “are too beautiful... Full story


On blaming them or us: a multi-cultural perspective

Israelis have been seeking accommodation for decades, depending on when you start counting, first with Arabs and later with Palestinians. It is common, and perhaps justified, for Israelis and our friends to blame the Arabs for intransigence as well... Full story


Passover and Jewish personhood

Who are Jewish Americans and what do we really believe? The approach of Pesach offers an especially good opportunity to raise that question. The seder, after all, is the single most widely observed ritual among Jewish Americans. Why might that be?... Full story


A message for Passover: Should the people of Israel become the Jews of silence?

Fifty years ago, Elie Wiesel, then a little known Israeli news correspondent in the U.S. wrote a book that shook the soul of a generation: “The Jews of Silence.” Wiesel described two kinds of of silence: Jews in Galut who were silent about the... Full story

 By Paul Golin    Opinions    April 11, 2014

Kosher bacon? Passover bagel? What's the point?

There is a unifying credo every American can agree upon, regardless of generational, racial or red-state/blue-state divide: Everything is better with bacon. Bacon-infused alcohol. Bacon ice-cream sundaes. Even bacon toothpaste. I’m pretty sure the... Full story


Mikvah 1 launched in memory of two shluchot

To our dearest ladies here in town whom we truly cherish: Coming out of Purim and the month of Adar there is lots of joy in the air, yet we write to you with a heavy heart. This past month our dear colleague, Rashi Minkowitz, 37, a fellow shlucha... Full story


A 60-minute seder-or for those in a hurry, keep it at 30

Haggadah means “the telling,” and since a story is only as good as the person telling it, the one you pick can spell the difference between an engaging seder or one where grandpa falls asllep in the matzah-ball soup. The authors of the... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, April 11 - Friday, April 18

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. Congregatio... Full story


Israeli film night brings out the hope in people

On March 22, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando hosted an Israeli Film Night screening, "A Bottle in the Gaza Sea," at the Orlando Science Center. More than 90 locals gathered to watch the... Full story


Southwest JCC's gardening chalutzim

The JCC's Jack and Lee Rosen Southwest Campus has launched a new program to educate its children about environmental responsibility, sustainability and healthy eating. The centerpiece of the program i... Full story


Southern supermarket giant Winn-Dixie bets big on kosher

BOCA RATON, Fla. (JTA)-Stroll past the kosher section of most large supermarkets in America and you could be forgiven for thinking that Jewish diets consist mainly of jarred gefilte fish, unsalted... Full story


Engagement Announcement - Katlyn Noel Tissue and William Blake Kachman

Edward and Pauline Tissue of Plum, Pa., announce the engagement of their daughter Katlyn Noel to William Blake Kachman. The future bridegroom, Blake, is the son of William and Kelly Kachman of... Full story


Scene Around

I never cease to be amazed... Last column I spoke about Israel and all its breakthroughs in medicine. Well... here is another. I recently received a letter from Rabbi ANDREW SKLARZ of Greenwich... Full story


Millions skimmed from Milan Jewish community

(JTA) – The Jewish community in Milan is confronting an apparent case of embezzlement in which millions of dollars were removed from the community bank accounts. “Over the course of the past few months, all the accounts of the community have... Full story


Immigrants to Israel don't regret dropping extra Passover seder

Rather than feeling a sense of loss, leaving the second Passover seder behind in the U.S., or France, or Turkey, or any other country of origin is touted as a perk of living in Israel that new... Full story


Aviv vodka from Israel introduced at Miami Beach fundraiser for Israeli soldiers

MIAMI-AVIV 613 Vodka, a new vodka from Israel, and the only certified kosher vodka in the luxury category, was a part of the celebration at the Friends of the Israeli Defense Force (FIDF) Annual... Full story


Revel in chocolate desserts resonating with Passover themes

(JTA)-Toss the potato starch and matzah meal-serve delectable desserts this Passover made from chocolate. These desserts, especially if using fair trade or organic chocolate, further awareness of the... Full story


Considering 'Next year in Jerusalem'

NEW YORK (JTA)—On a recent trip to Jerusalem, my son decided that his favorite color was gold. Whenever he’s asked why, he replies with a wry smile befitting a 5-year-old. “Jerusalem is the city of gold, of course,” he says. When we told him... Full story


Passover books for children

By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA)-Frolicking frogs and magical matzah balls are featured in this season's crop of new Passover books for children that are sure to engage, inform, entertain and inspire.... Full story


Taglit-Birthright Israel announces new program

Taglit-Birthright Israel announces the establishment of a unique training program for an elite cadre of American trip leaders through a partnership with the iCenter, a North American organization dedicated to Israel education. Taglit-Birthright... Full story


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