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The amazing Orlando Jewish community crushed it!

The amazing Orlando Jewish community crushed it!

Due to the added costs resulting from the recent bomb threats that JCCs have received since Jan. 4, The Roth Family Jewish Community Center took a risk. In order to raise the needed monies to cover...

SPARK ignites empowerment for Orlando's Jewish women

What do you get when 100 Jewish women spend the weekend together learning and laughing in luxury? A SPARK! The weekend of Feb. 24-26 was the first SPARK Women's Retreat, where all of the women...

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

At least 7 JCCs receive bomb threats on Purim (JTA)—At least seven Jewish community centers in the United States and Canada received bomb threats while they were hosting Purim events. The threats, either called in or emailed, were reported Sunday...

Proud to be Jewish at Lake Brantley High

In light of recent incidents of anti-Semitism, students at Lake Brantley High School's Club L'Chaim joined a discussion about anti-Semitism and Purim, and what they could do to make a difference. The ...

A day in the life of MAGAL

The Meitin Alliance for Growth and Learning (MAGAL) is a collaborative religious school between Temple Israel and Temple Shir Shalom. MAGAL, the name by which the school is known, is the Hebrew word...

Upset that Trump criticized an ally? France should look at its own record on Israel

French President François Hollande is disturbed that President Donald Trump criticized a U.S. ally, describing the terrorism that has plagued France in recent years as the product of an open border policy. Yet it is Hollande who should...

J Street cheers a terror backer

An extremist Arab Knesset member who endorses violence and has been condemned by the Likud and Labor parties alike was cheered at the recent J Street national conference. For an organization that supposedly promotes peaceful coexistence, they sure...

Battling hate in the spirit of Queen Esther at any time

(JTA)—Shots fired into a classroom window at an Indiana synagogue. Cemeteries desecrated in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and New York. Swastikas scrawled on Jewish buildings. More than 100 bomb threats called in to Jewish community centers. History...

JCC bomb threats are weapons of fear

(JTA)—The “fear itself” thing? FDR was on to something. The rash of JCC bomb threats and cemetery desecrations, combined with a general sense that the country is becoming more intolerant, has Jews on edge in ways they haven’t been in years....

The surge in anti-Semitism? Here's how to stop it

(JTA)—Almost daily accounts of vandalized cemeteries, spray-painted swastikas and bomb threats to JCCs and other Jewish agencies have naturally evoked considerable alarm. Clearly, we must never reconcile ourselves to an America where this is...

Nothing to fear but panic and partisanship

American Jewry is under assault. A wave of bomb threats called into Jewish community centers and schools, cemetery desecrations and vandalism aimed at other identifiable targets such as synagogues has created an atmosphere of fear about...

Why former US envoy Dan Shapiro keeps staying in Israel

RAANANA, Israel (JTA)-Dan Shapiro can't seem to leave Israel. Before stepping down as the U.S. ambassador to the country in January, he said he would stay long enough for his daughters to finish...

AIPAC Policy Conference

March 26 through 28 over 18,000 pro-Israel activists will come together in Washington, D.C. for AIPAC's Policy Conference, the largest annual gathering of America's pro-Israel community. Through...

Scene Around

Sure N Begorrah... I probably spelled that all wrong but I wrote it like I pronounce it... It is the only Irish sound I can make. (Today is St.Patrick's Day after all. And last week I was dressed as ...

Nominations for 2017 Sherman Prize now being accepted

The Bruce and Cynthia Sherman Charitable Foundation today announced that online nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Sherman Prize, the first prize of its kind created to honor outstanding individuals who go above and beyond to make...

Obituary - ELLEN BITTON

Ellen Dorfman Feldschreiber Bitton passed away the morning of Feb. 13th, 2017, in Ramat Gan, Israel. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 12, 1952, the daughter of Hyman and Natalie...

Celebrating the life of a dear friend

Lovingly remembering and honoring the 11+ years we shared at numerous holiday celebrations together. May Gitles, z"l, shown here with her devoted, loving and compassionate daughter, Toni. The Jewish...

Obituary - ROBERT KLEIN

Robert Klein, age 79, of Groveland, passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Born in Bronx, New York, on Sept. 27, 1937, he was the son of the late Samuel and Claire Berger Klein. Following his high school...

Obituary - FLORENCE WEINER

Florence Weiner, age 94, of Orlando, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017, at Cornerstone Hospice at ORMC. She was born in New York City on Sept. 24, 1922, a daughter of the late Emil and Rose Vogel Markus. Florence was a high school and nursing...

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