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Re-create Jerusalem in your own backyard sukkah

This sukkah, created by Andy "Eliyahu" Alpern, has a panoramic view of the Western Wall. It's a way "of sharing Eretz yisrael with people all over the world who can't be here," he told...

 

Central Florida Jewish Book Festival coming Oct. 29

The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando is partnering with the Writer's Block Bookstore of Winter Park to host an inaugural Central Florida Jewish Book Festival on Sunday, Oct. 29...

 

Rubinger: 'Good time for a change!'

It started with a two-year contract back in August 1990, and now, 27 years later, Rabbi Aaron Daniel Rubinger is laying down the mantel of senior rabbi at Congregation Ohev Shalom and assuming the...

 

Men's night out

The women of the Orlando Jewish community have for years been very successful at raising money for the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando through Choices, the women's philanthropy division. Each...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    October 6, 2017

Don't miss the Jewish Pavilion's 'toe-tapping, finger-snapping' Music Fest

Have you given much thought to the power of music? Paul Stenzler, bandleader of Orlando's Rhythm Release and current president of the Jewish Pavilion Board of Directors, thinks about it each time he...

 

Beth Sholom October schedule

Congregation Beth Sholom will celebrate Sukkot with a Pot Luck Meal and Service on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. Ater the meal, the service will begin with the mitzvah of shaking the lulav and the Etrog in the sukkah, then move into the sanctuary to conti...

 

Threats to Israel discussion

The Jewish Community Relations Council will present “Connecting the Dots: North Korea, Iran and Israel,” a discussion led by Professor Eytan Gilboa of the Israel Public Diplomacy Forum, on Monday, Oct. 16 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Professor Gilboa...

 

Want to master Maj?

Always wanted to learn mahjong but never knew how? The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando will be offering Beginner Mahjong Classes for five straight Tuesdays beginning Oct. 17,...

 
 By Ben Cohen    News    October 6, 2017

At UN, Abbas deplores creation of State of Israel

Attacks on Israel's legitimacy were in full flow at the UN General Assembly session in New York City on Wednesday, as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the 1917 Balfour...

 

Son of Hamas leader calls out PA at UN Watch

It took less than 90 seconds for Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, to make the Palestinian delegation to the UN Human Rights Council squirm in their seats. Just...

 

Israel and the American Jewish Crisis

As the New Year 5778 begins, 88 percent of Israeli Jews say that they are happy and satisfied with their lives. This makes sense. Israel’s relative security, its prosperity, freedom and spiritual blossoming make Israeli Jews the most successful...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 6, 2017

On becoming an American

This week, I became an American citizen. As I intently studied my naturalization certificate after the oath-taking ceremony, it struck me how fortunate I am to be accepted into this nation on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, of all occasions. I should...

 

Conan and 'Transparent' give Israel the normalcy it craves

(JTA)—“It looks just like L.A.” A character in the Amazon series “Transparent” says this as she gets her first glimpse of Tel Aviv, and if you work for the Israeli government, or any of a number of pro-Israel groups, you probably...

 

The blessing of failure

If we learn from an experience, there is no such thing as failure. Harvard University is perhaps the most prestigious academic institution in the world. Oprah Winfrey has often been called one of the most successful women in the world. So it was...

 

Liberal choice: honor Obama's legacy or get tough with Iran?

Is there anything that would entice liberal Jews to stand with President Donald Trump or to join with him in trashing former President Barack Obama’s legacy? The obvious answer is nothing. In the wake of Charlottesville, disgust with Trump is at an...

 

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...

 

This panoramic sukkah re-creates Jerusalem in your backyard

JERUSALEM (JTA)-When it comes to Sukkot, the weeklong festival in which Jews live and eat in temporary huts known as sukkahs, no place does it better than Jerusalem. City schools and plenty of...

 

JTEN students and seniors enjoy each other's company

After a postponed start (Irma), the seniors at Village on the Green were happy to see the students return as the Jewish Pavilion kicked off the second year of its intergenerational programming. As...

 

Figuring out what Shemini Atzeret is-finally

(Kveller via JTA)-I know something about most Jewish holidays. I can tell you that Chanukah is about miracles, Passover is about slavery and freedom, and Shavuot is about cheesecake. (I have no idea w...

 

Scene Around

A salute to the righteous... "They risked their lives to save Jews"... according to The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, "Now they need our help." This is just one example of a righteous family:...

 

Got electricity? Neighbors of all ages 'lighten' blow of hurricane Irma

What could be the reason behind a 'slumber party' with guests ranging from ages 77 to 19? Hurricane Irma, of course. When Hurricane Irma came storming through, she created 'strange bedfellows' all...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 6, 2017

Professor says she was fired for being pro-Israel

(JTA)-Days after joining a pro-Israel group, Melissa Landa knew something had gone wrong: She said her mentor stopped working with her, pulling out of a conference presentation just days in advance....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    October 6, 2017

Puerto Rico's Jews turn to helping neighbors ravaged by Hurricane Maria

(JTA)-After he managed to bribe three van drivers to load their vehicles with aid supplies and drive him and his crew from the San Juan airport, Eli Rowe felt his humanitarian mission was off to a...

 
 By Alan Grabinsky    News    October 6, 2017

In Mexico City, this Jewish NGO is the go-to agency for earthquake relief

MEXICO CITY (JTA)-I was on the 11th floor of an office building here when the ground started moving. There had been a mock evacuation that same day in remembrance of the 1985 earthquake that killed...

 

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