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Articles from the May 8, 2015 edition

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Celebrating Israel's independence with icy cups and big smiles

Shown here (l-r): Shiri Shisgal, Yahli Shisgal, Noa Elliott and Ori Shisgal know how to have fun at the Roth JCC's Israel Independence Day celebration on April 23. There was a good turn out of people... Full story


After 31 years, JCC preschool team supervisor retires from job she loves

It was April 23, Marcy Rosenbaum's birthday, and the day Heritage was interviewing her about the 31 years she has worked at the JCC Preschool, as it was called when she first started working there par... Full story

 News    May 8, 2015

Thank you lunch for Beth Schafer

The community is invited to join Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo to say thank you to cantorial leader Beth Schafer for the years of service, guidance, music and friendship that she has brought to this... Full story


Did Kimlat fool Penn & Teller?

Central Florida's local magician, Kostya Kimlat, www.kostyakimlat.com, recently filmed in Las Vegas for Penn & Teller's "Fool Us" television program. The season starts airing July 6 on the CW... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    News    May 8, 2015

BDS movement infiltrates the Virginia State Bar

For just more than a month now, the Virginia State Bar (VSB)-which, it should be noted, is a state body working with the legal profession in Virginia-has been embroiled in a nasty political row over... Full story

 News    May 8, 2015

WJC president warns history appears to be repeating itself

LOHHEIDE, Germany-In a keynote address at the 70th anniversary ceremony for the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder condemned world silence during the... Full story

 News    May 8, 2015

A writing project about Jewish history of Orlando

Many years ago, Gene Starn, former publisher, now editor emeritus of the Heritage Florida Jewish News, and Joe Wittenstein started gathering information for the beginnings of a book about the Jewish history of Orlando. Personal circumstances... Full story

 News    May 8, 2015

Zionistas host 'Survival and Promise' presentation

The Zionistas invite the community to attend a presentation titled "Survival and Promise" by Pastor Blake Lorenz. The presentation will be held at Encounter Global Outreach, 62 S. Orange Ave., Suite... Full story

 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 8, 2015

Catch 'Fiddler' before it ends

It's so nice to have live performances at the JCC again. Theater at the J has brought a talented cast together to bring its audiences a familiar rendition of "Fiddler on the Roof" and it was a... Full story

 News    May 8, 2015

JFS Orlando hires new development director

Mary Lee Walker has been hired as JFS’ development director. Walker brings her years of fundraising experience to the JFS team and is a certified fund raising executive. She is active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central... Full story

 News    May 8, 2015

Hadassah of Williamsburg meeting

Hadassah of Williamsburg is having a general membership meeting on Wednesday, May 13, at 1 p.m. at Parkview Pointe Village Clubhouse, in Williamsburg. This is the last meeting of this season and will be the installation of officers for the coming... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    May 8, 2015

Yemen may just be the start of a devastating Middle East war

Back in Roman times, Yemen went by the name “Arabia Felix”—Latin for “Happy Arabia.” It’s hard to think of a greater misnomer for this Arab state on the southern tip of the Persian Gulf, a few miles across the water from the Horn of Afric... Full story


Sharing the well: 'Resource for Jewish-Muslim Engagement'

WHOA! This really got my attention. The recent article in the United Synagogue’s Spring issue of “CJ-Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism” on page 9, titled “Resource for Jewish-Muslim Engagement.” From the headline, this seemed like it... Full story

 By Ira Sharkansky    Opinions    May 8, 2015

Wandering Jews

A number of individuals from my hometown of Fall River have traveled to Ponta Delgada in the Azores to commemorate the refurbishing of a synagogue that they had financed. They also met with the one Jew still living in the islands. Jews had once been... Full story


One plus one equals one united front

A combined JCC and Federation? It isn’t a new idea. Tampa’s Jewish Community Center and Federation merged 20 years ago. It’s also happened in Austin, Texas and up in Connecticutt and in more than 25 other communities across the United States. N... Full story


Who gets to pray on the Temple Mount?

It pains me that I can’t pray there. But it’s not an Arab woman who is preventing me. So the Arab women, calling themselves the army of Muhammad, stand guard at the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif, Noble Sanctuary, whatever you call it, depending... Full story

 By Bernice Lerner    Opinions    May 8, 2015

70 years later, recalling the liberation of Bergen-Belsen

On April 15, 1945, the British Second Army entered Bergen-Belsen. One week later, prisoners in the concentration camp beat Rachel Genuth (my mother) until she lost consciousness. The 15-year-old had managed throughout the war to evade punishment at... 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

 News    May 8, 2015

Nominate a mensch for the Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2015 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando. “For more than 25 years, individuals who have made major,... Full story


Art Beautique opens In Clermont

Larry Oskin announces the launch of Art Beautique as a new virtual art gallery and a professional fine art photography service. For years, home and business owners have been challenged with how to... Full story


Bat Mitzvah - Anne Lyla Botwinik

Anne Lyla Botwinik, daughter of Steven and Nikki Botwinik of Orlando, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Anne has been... Full story

 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 8, 2015

Scene Around

Mother's Day is coming... So I will refrain from the stories of anti-Semitism for awhile and write about upbeat things. For one, though a little early, my spouse presented me with my favorite parfum... Full story

 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 8, 2015

First founded Jewish fraternity closed on UF campus for misconduct toward military vets

The University of Florida chapter of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity was closed last Tuesday, April 28, after a misconduct investigation by the university was started in light of reports that ZBT members attending a spring formal yelled at, spat on, and... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    May 8, 2015

After Nepal quake, Israelis stick together and try to calm their parents

TEL AVIV (JTA)-When the ground began to shake, Inbar Irron was among a dozen Israelis in Nepal who ran outside the building where they had been sitting-and straight into a cloud of dust. When their... Full story


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