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PBS 'Finding Your Roots' host highlights genealogy conference

Next week, July 23 to 28, a thousand or more avid Jewish genealogists will gather for the annual International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies conference at the Swan Resort in Orlando....

Journalist removed from reporting

An award-winning journalist who broke the story of the group of Jewish women ejected from an LGBTQ march in Chicago last month has been reassigned to non-journalistic duties at the paper which ran...

Fun, food and friends at Temple Israel's Fourth Annual Sha-Ba-BQ

Savor the last bit of summer at Temple Israel's fourth annual Sha-Ba-BQ on Friday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. at 50 South Moss Road in Winter Springs. This special indoor and outdoor celebration features great ...

SodaStream gets more bang for its buck with new spokeswoman

Mayim Bialik, a star on the CBS hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," launched a witty new video campaign this week for SodaStream, succeeding actress Scarlett Johansson as the official pitchwoman for...

Cool off with Shabbat Sababa at Ohev Shalom

It's been a long, hot summer so far. But don't let the dog days get you down-there's a chance to cool off. On Friday evening, July 28, at 7:30 p.m., Congregation Ohev Shalom will host Shabbat Sababa, ...

Intersectionality excludes and includes-Jews must learn the difference

(JTA)—Last year, I wrote an opinion piece for JTA about a term and a trend few Jews over the age of 30 had ever heard of: intersectionality. Coined in the late 1980s, intersectionality posits that various forms of oppression—racism, sexism,...

U.S. consul in Israel erases Jewish history

The U.S. consul general in Jerusalem recently set off on the first leg of a 200-mile hike that will simultaneously promote one pro-Palestinian myth while inadvertently exploding another. That’s quite a “twofer!” Consul General Donald Blome is...

Vietnam, Palestine and Israel

Malcolm Gladwell’s “Saigon 1965,” a chapter in his podcast Revisionist History, brought me back to the University of Wisconsin 1968-75. I participated in campus discussions on Vietnam, and smelled the tear gas used against mass protests. ...

The chief rabbinate's blacklist undermines Judaism

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Over the weekend, JTA and others reported on a “blacklist of rabbis” maintained by Israel’s chief rabbinate. The list contains the names of more than 160 rabbis whom the rabbinate does not trust to confirm the Jewish...

Trump's important message on radical Islam

Donald Trump made an important speech on May 21at the Arab Islamic Summit in Saudi Arabia that was quickly forgotten in the cacophony of tweets, accusations and other news surrounding the president. It is worth looking at that address more...

An R&R camp for kids with serious illnesses

Dear Editor: As a member of the Jewish community, I would like to bring exposure to Kids of Courage because I feel this organization is essential and so many people can benefit from their services. Kids of Courage is a Jewish innovative...

Tasman and Halikman prove their skill in water polo

Ian Tasman traveled to Israel with his brother, Ory Tasman, to watch the 20th Maccabiah Games. The following article is exclusive for the Heritage.The Games were over July 18. Ory Tasman played for...

Clarification

In the July 14 issue of The Heritage, the article about Sgt. Richard R. Hall, Jr., (Holocaust Center welcomes Tuskegee airman on July 23, page 2A) stated that he received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. The medal was awarded to the Tuskegee...

Alan Gross, after spending 5 years in a Cuban prison, is starting over in Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Alan Gross contacted me a couple of months ago over Facebook Messenger. There was something he thought I should know. I was pleasantly surprised. I’d only exchanged pleasantries with Gross in the several times I’d seen him...

Scene Around

"Whoever saves a single life is as if one saves the entire world"... This magnificent saying comes from the Talmud. I received the following from the Southwest Outreach, a newsletter of the Southwest ...

Chinese-Jewish chef finds inspiration on a North Dakota farm

(JTA)-Not much could have prepared Molly Yeh for moving from New York City to Grand Forks, North Dakota-a city of a little over 50,000 residents near the state's eastern border with Minnesota. At the ...

Finding my mother alive again by watching her Holocaust tape

(Kveller via JTA)—On June 28, 1998, my mother sat down to be interviewed for the Shoah Foundation. It was her 68th birthday. The interview took two days. She and the interviewer sat comfortably in my mother’s living room, her pride and joy....

Obituary - STANLEY BRENNER

Stanley Brenner, age 92, of Kissimmee, passed away on June 24, 2017, at his residence in Solivita. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was born on May 17, 1925, a son of Morris and Tillie Bolitzer Brenner. A widower, Stanley was a college...

Obituary - RICHARD JOHN FADER

Richard J. Fader, age 88, of Longwood, passed away on July 5, 2017, at his residence. Richard was born in Philadelphia on May 8, 1929, to Maxwell and Rose Abrams Fader. He was a college graduate and serviced in the U.S. Air Force. During his...

Obituary - HARVEY SALE

Harvey Salz, age 87, of Boynton Beach, passed away on July 4, 2017, at his residence. He was born on April 27, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of the late Morris and Betty Rosenberg Salz. Harvey received his degree in electrical engineering...

Obituary - AILEEN E. BERK

Aileen E. Berk, age 95, of Longwood, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at her residence. Aileen was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Sept. 19, 1921, the daughter of the late Charles and Ethel Greenstein Kaiser. She was a homemaker and the widow of...

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