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 By Christine DeSouza    News    March 17, 2017 

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...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    Features    February 24, 2017

Putting his best foot forward for others

Dr. Les Kramer of Longwood was a man "behind" his times-that is to say he is a man who finds technical solutions to meet national needs during changing times. He was a flexible person, and adjusted...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    February 3, 2017

Swastika-wearing man at UF

Michael Dewitz, 34, walked around on the University of Florida campus dressed in black and wearing a swastika armband. On Jan. 26, he stopped by the potato statue on Turlington Plaza and stood there...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    January 27, 2017

Dr. Ken Hanson uncovers the resurgence of anti-Semitism

There is a “new” anti-Semitism in the world, Dr. Ken Hanson stated at a meeting sponsored by the Zionistas on Jan. 17. One could say that anti-Semitism has been in the world since Isaac and Ishmael. It grew in strength throughout Christian...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    Features    January 20, 2017

Business Update: Home-style good eats in Casselberry

If you do a search for The Coffee Shop in Casselberry, Fla., you will read that it is "romantic, cozy, casual." Casual for sure, but a breakfast-and-lunch restaurant that is described as romantic?...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    January 13, 2017

Multiple bomb threats to Central Florida Jewish communities

In just one week, four bomb threats were called in to two Jewish centers here in Central Florida, three were called into the Tampa JCC pre-school and Federation, and one was called into Jewish...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    January 13, 2017

Evan Dvorchik, a top long snapper

Perhaps one day, Winter Park High School long snapper Evan Dvorchik's name will be listed with wide receiver Julian Edelman of the Patriots or quarterback Jay Fiedler or offensive tackle/guard Kyle...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    Features    January 13, 2017

The Orlando Cat Café is the (adoptable) cat's meow

Love cats? Then the Orlando Cat Café is the place to visit and possibly adopt a cat (or just play with them). It is the first of its kind to open in Florida, and owner Sandra Cagan is thrilled with...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    January 6, 2017

Two bomb threats to Central Florida Jewish community

Wednesday morning, Jan. 4, the Jewish Academy of Orlando received a phone call stating that there was a bomb in the building. The specific message from a distorted voice said "There is a bomb in the...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    December 30, 2016

Ruth Darvin meets memory care patients on their terms

The Jewish Pavilion will honor two exemplary volunteers, Geanne Share and Ruth Darvin, at its Gems and Jeans Gala-an evening of gourmet dining, live music, silent auction and inspiring motivational sp...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    December 30, 2016

Jewish Family Services Orlando has a new look

JFS Orlando, also known as the George Wolly Center, has had some major renovations, thanks to the generous grants the agency has received over the past several months, and E2 Homes, the general...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    December 2, 2016

Meet the cast of 'Out of the Apple Orchard'

The first person cast for the Orlando premiere of "Out of the Apple Orchard"-which opens Dec. 19 at the Orlando Repertory Theatre-was Jeremy Kleckner in the lead role of Adam Bieman, the 12-year-old...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    November 25, 2016

Bringing the story from page to stage

First it was a book, written by local award-winning author Yvonne David in 2005. It won an honorable mention in the Independent Publisher Book Awards a year after publication, and was then adapted for the stage in the form of a concert reading by...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    November 25, 2016

Sunday in the Park chairwoman to be honored at JP Connections

The Jewish Pavilion exists because of its vast amount of volunteers. For this reason, every year the Pavilion recognizes all its volunteers and honors two specifically at the annual JP Connections. Th...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    November 25, 2016

Jews and Christians join together to support Israel

Bereishit - Genesis 12:1-3-And the Lord said to Abram, "Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you. And I will make you into a...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    Features    November 18, 2016

Myrtle's story-walking through 105 years of life

As I pulled into Myrtle Rutberg's driveway at the house she has lived in for 30-some years, her son, Gerald, greeted me at my car. "My mother likes visitors to come in through the front door," he...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    November 4, 2016

A venue for Christians and Jews to stand with Israel

With the recent passage by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) of the controversial resolutions that deny Jewish and Christian ties to the Temple Mount, and...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    November 4, 2016

Jewish Film Festival review

The Roth Family JCC's annual Jewish Film Festival, presented in partnership with the Enzian Theater, is showing five films and one short Nov. 12 through Nov. 14. The first film, "Fanny's Journey,"...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    Features    October 28, 2016

Former Orlandoan opens IVF concierge in Israel

Recently, Israeli lawmaker Merav Ben-Ami disclosed that she is pregnant. Although this is not unusual news, Ben-Ami, a Knesset member for the centrist Kulanu party, is 40, single, and having a baby...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    October 14, 2016

RAISE enters its third year of successful achievements

Now in its third year, many people might still think of RAISE (Recognizing Abilities & Inclusion of Special Employees) as a Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando program to train individuals with s...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    September 30, 2016

JFS Orlando's Chef Challenge puts the fun in fundraiser

If you have ever watched any of the television shows on the Food Network-shows like "Chopped," or "Cutthroat Kitchen"-you have a glimmer of an idea as to what JFS Orlando's Pantry to Plate Chef's...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    September 16, 2016

Which 'Bye, Bye Birdie' will you like-the movie, the play or both?

Theater at the J is presenting the rock-and-roll hit musical "Bye, Bye Birdie" on Thursday Sept. 29. As a lead up to the opening, producing director Kerry Giese wanted to do something different-and...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    September 9, 2016

The ACCoRD Project is growing

Recently someone asked me “What ever happened to that group that advocated cooperation and civility?” That group is the ACCoRD Project (Advocate for Civility, Cooperation, Respect & Dignity). I told her that I was attending a meeting that very...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    Life Cycles    September 2, 2016

Pearlman, a strong support to SOJC

Most people know Lou Pearlman as the creator of the best-selling boy band of all time, Backstreet Boys, and *NSYNC, whose recordings sold over 55 million records globally. They also know him as the perpetrator of one of the biggest Ponzi schemes...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    August 19, 2016

Two separate congregations create klal Israel under one roof

It started with a bar mitzvah. A Temple Shir Shalom (TSS) family using Temple Israel's facilities for their son's bar mitzvah commented to fellow members of their congregation how spacious the...

 

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