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Why infertility is a Jewish issue-and what we can do about it

COS welcomes the community to BINGO

The entire community is invited to a fun evening of BINGO on Thursday, Aug. 4 at Congregation Ohev Shalom. The event is open to anyone 18 and older and will take place at Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Pkwy SMaitland from 7-9 p.m. Rabbi...

Pence's support for Israel rooted in faith

After a selection process that more closely resembled a reality television show than the usual political appointments, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that his choice...

Donald Trump Jr.'s call for school choice splits Jewish groups

CLEVELAND (JTA)-An issue of historical concern to American Jews drew waves of applause when Donald Trump Jr. preached about it Tuesday night from the stage of the Republican National Convention. It...

New beginnings for Jewish Academy

There is a new excitement at the Jewish Academy of Orlando. The Head of School, Alan Rusonik, shares, "It's a new year. A new beginning. A new excitement!" "The staff is gearing up for the new year," ...

Can a hobbled EU live up to its promise to combat anti-Semitism and racism?

(JTA)-When the late Austro-Hungarian aristocrat Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi attended church on Good Friday, his father would famously cause a scene, storming out when the liturgy came to the ...

Time was

When he was younger, our son Adam (now in his 50s) asked me “Dad, what will happen when the last old Jewish guy dies?” What he meant, metaphorically, was what do he and his generation do when they no longer have access to the stories, the...

Counter-Point: Pursuing peace and straightening the record

The recent op-ed by Yair Sheleg, “Israel’s battle for peace between religion and state,” is troublesome in several ways. While he portrays himself as a dispassionate analyst, it is clear that Sheleg’s essay intends, on the contrary, to...

Nothing radical about GOP's shift on Palestinian statehood

The omission of Palestinian statehood from this year’s Republican Party platform is neither a radical change nor a departure from immutable U.S. policy, as some critics are claiming. In fact, both parties’ platforms have repeatedly changed...

Higher stakes in Lebanon

A decade after fighting the Second Lebanon War against the Islamist terror militia Hezbollah, Israel is once again facing a build-up on its northern border, with the prospect of fresh hostilities looming The 2006 conflict, waged over a month during...

Point: Israel's battle for peace between religion and state

The relationship between religion and state in Israel is stormy. Lately, it seems the ultra-Orthodox have launched a new offensive on several fronts. First, representatives of the ultra-Orthodox community went back on their Western Wall compromise...

When everything has changed, but nothing really has

(JNS.org) Exactly six years ago, when I was just 18 years old, I wrote as my Facebook status, “Doesn’t want to go home tomorrow :( I live in America but my heart is in Israel.” It was only my second time in Israel and I just knew. I knew that...

Why I converted to Judaism while seven months pregnant

(Kveller via JTA)—I was pregnant with my first daughter when I stood above the steps leading into the mikveh. After years of study, private and at a synagogue, and months of preparation, I was converting to Judaism. Naked and heavily pregnant,...

Seven books to make your summer more 'Jewishy'

(JTA)—Summer’s here, and whether from the heat or the humidity or the harrowing election cycle, we bet you could use an escape. So take our advice: Whether you’re lucky enough to be lazing on a beach or packed in like a pickled herring on a...

Why infertility is a Jewish issue-and what we can do about it

MIAMI (JTA)-Growing up, I always dreamed of being a mom. Even as a kid I would brainstorm baby names, tell my dolls bedtime stories and swear that I would be a cool mom and let them eat cookies for...

Facial recognition-first line of defense?

At around 1 p.m. on a cloudy day in April 2014, Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., 74, pulled into the rear parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and opened fire. Shouting...

When you love/hate your crazy Jewish hair

(Kveller via JTA)—It took 42 years, 4 months and 18 days, but I think I may actually now like my hair. No, not the hair I was born with, but rather a finely tuned version that has taken years to attain. Too long. Too short. Too straight. Too...

Russian synagogue with dark past invites Pokemon hunters to toast its revival

(JTA)-As the Pokemon Go phenomenon grows, some institutions connected to European Jewry's darkest hour have taken precautions against it. The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum in Poland...

Scene Around

Oh no! Who broke in?... (Remember, I write way in advance.) In the early morning yesterday, maybe 2 a.m. or so, I heard a loud boom which sounded like someone kicked in my front door. Not only did I ...

Seeking Kin: In Little Rock, a woman finds her true faith and Jewish family

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA) – Discovering a Jewish past of which she was wholly unaware, Danette Devlin of Little Rock, Arkansas, has also...

Brandeis U's new president: 'Discomfort is an important element of education'

BOSTON (JTA)-After 32 years at Middlebury College, the last 11 as its president, Ron Liebowitz is calling Brandeis University his new academic home. On July 1, the 59-year-old New York native took...

COS mourns the loss of Vered Tzur

Congregation Ohev Shalom’s clergy assistant, Vered Tzur, was hit from behind by a car on July 18, as she was riding her bicycle in Maitland. She died instantly. Tzur was born in Israel on May 14, 1966. She was buried in Israel where her family...

Obituary-STANLEY GORDON

Stanley Gordon, age 83, of Clermont, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at Health Central Park in Winter Garden. A native of Bronx, New York, Stanley was born on July 2, 1933, to the late Charles and Ethal Nalbak Gordievsky and was a graduate...

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