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Articles from the April 18, 2014 edition

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Enjoying the past, present and future of our Jewish heritage

Ancient Hebrew scrolls were on display at the Jewish Heritage Festival held in Daytona Beach on April 6. These scrolls were created as early as the 16th century and were compiled from countries all... Full story

 By Jenni Frazer    News    April 18, 2014

'Pies against lies'-grassroots movement counters BDS protesters

In August 2012, a Christian and a Jew bumped into each other in Brighton, the languid seaside resort on Britain's south coast that has become the hub of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    April 18, 2014

Jewish Pavilion to honor Gamson

"Elaine Gamson is an extraordinary woman who has tirelessly supported the Orlando Jewish community over the past 50 years," said Nancy Ludin, executive director of the Jewish Pavilion. "We are... Full story


Commemoration at SOJC

The Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation (SOJC) will honor the lives and memories of victims and survivors of the Holocaust at a Yom Hashoah commemoration open to the public on Sunday, April 27, at 1... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    April 18, 2014

Brandeis University accused of double standard after pulling honorary degree award to Hirsi Ali

After facing growing pressure from faculty members, students, and an outside Muslim advocacy group, Brandeis University said that it is rescinding its decision to award an honorary degree to Ayaan... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 18, 2014

Kansas City shootings highlight threat of 'lone wolf' attacks

WASHINGTON (JTA)— The suspect in deadly shootings at two Jewish institutions in suburban Kansas City made no secret of his hateful views, but nobody anticipated the attack that claimed three lives on April 13. The shooter was identified as Frazier... Full story

 By Joshua Levitt    News    April 18, 2014

Vassar alums strike back at anti-Israel movement on campus

(The Algemeiner)—Alumni of Vassar College, an elite, liberal arts school in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., struck back against the rising anti-Israel tide on campus, protesting in a widely-read letter to the campus newspaper against recent moves by a group... Full story


COS holds Hebrew school open house for prospective families

The best way to decide if a Hebrew school is the right fit is to see it in action. Congregation Ohev Shalom Hebrew school will be holding an open house for any prospective Hebrew school families on... Full story


Roth JCC introduces VPK this fall

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando will begin offering a voluntary pre-K program as a part of its Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning C... Full story


Nominate a mensch for Heritage Human Services Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2014 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented in August at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. “For more than 25 years, individuals who have... Full story


A carwash for Scout T-shirts

Congregation Ohev Shalom's Men's Club and Boy Scout Troop 641 joined together in hosting a carwash fundraiser for the benefit of the Troop on Sunday, April 6. The donations received will be used to... Full story


When giants ruled

Giants did exist, at least at one time. Trust me, I know. And I’m not referring to dinosaurs, or childhood fantasies or fairy tales or even NBA players. I’m talking about giants. I grew up with... Full story


Post mortem, perhaps a bit early

John Kerry’s peace process is dying. Or it was born dead, despite having parents who praised its prospects. The fault is not Israel’s, nor Palestine’s, but John Kerry’s. Or maybe Barack Obama’s, due to his appointing a visionary for a job... Full story

 By Ed Ziegler    Opinions    April 18, 2014

Islamic enclaves in America

Many Islamic leaders have repeatedly stated loud and clear that Islam will dominate the world. To achieve this goal, where Muslims migrate, frequently their leaders foster isolation from the native population. In these enclaves, or zones, they look... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    April 18, 2014

Iran's new U.N. ambassador: Will the U.S. take action?

As its next ambassador to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Iran has appointed a man who participated in the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. The decision has been met with outrage—and rightly so. “Unconscionable,... Full story

 By Hen Mazzig    Opinions    April 18, 2014

My unpleasant evening with 'Breaking the Silence'

On March 31, I attended a disturbing lecture at Washington University in St. Louis. It was co-sponsored by St. Louis Hillel at Washington University and J Street U. The speaker, a former Israeli soldier with the group “Breaking the Silence... Full story


Harvard students make time for Arafat, but not for Harvard terror victims

The controversy over the Harvard University students who recently posed, smiling, at Yasser Arafat’s grave sent a shot of pain through every one of us who has lost a loved one in the terrorist attacks that Arafat and his allies have waged over the... Full story


Wesleyan U Jewish students reject Hillel International's Israel guidelines

(JNS.org) A group of 12 current and former Jewish student leaders at Connecticut-based Wesleyan University announced that the Hillel International-affiliated Wesleyan Jewish Community has rejected the Jewish campus umbrella’s Israel guidelines.... Full story


Installation of officers at Hadassah of Williamsburg

Hadassah of Williamsburg is having an installation of officers on Wednesday, May 14, at Montpelier Clubhouse, 10500 Mormon Drive, in Williamsburg. Susan Livingstone will be the installing officer. Members, associates and guests are cordially... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, April 18 - Friday, April 25

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.... Full story


Phil Baum, AJCongress crusader, dies at 94

Phil Baum, who joined the American Jewish Congress after college and helped steer the advocacy organization’s growth in membership and influence until he retired as executive director in 2002, died in his sleep on March 27 at his Riverdale home.... Full story


Army liberators speak at Temple Shalom's Holocaust remembrance event

Four U.S. Army liberators who were at Buchenwald, Dachau and nearby camps, as well as the Gardelegen massacre of Jews; Christian political prisoners and Christian Allied POWs will speak as part of Temple Shalom by the Villages’ annual Interfaith... Full story


Jewish soul and rock 'n' roll with Congregation Sinai

Joe and Lynn Goldovitz and company will present a concert in conjunction with Congregation Sinai. “Do you Remember?, A little bit of Jewish Soul A Whole Bunch of Rock and Roll—Music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s” will be held at the...


Basking in our heritage

On a balmy Sunday afternoon, hundreds of folks made their way to the Jewish Heritage Festival, held at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach. There were children’s activites, Noah’s Landing petting zoo, Masada rock climbing wall, matzoh...


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