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Mendelsohns lose their home in Montana to fire

Maitland residents Jason and Ronni Mendelsohn have a home in Bozeman, Montana, which they recently lost to a fire that destroyed 28 homes in the area. The NBC television station in Montana...

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Jewish candidate Tracey Kagan aims to break the glass ceiling in Seminole County

Two years ago, Tracey Kagan ran for office for the first time. Now she's running again - but this time, "it's a whole different ballgame," said Kagan. "I have learned so much in the past two years...

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Stepping up remote learning with technology and dedicated faculty

Jewish Academy of Orlando has upgraded the school's remote learning offering by investing in new technology and by naming Emily Watson, a veteran teacher as remote learning coordinator. Twenty...

SOJC prepares for 'High Holy Days unlike any other'

For the last several months, the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation has held Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services over Zoom, in a well-received effort to keep the community both safe and connected in the unprecedented times created...

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Sixth & I to fill seats with celebrities (sort of) for virtual High Holiday services

(JNS) - Members of the historic Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, D.C., will be able to sit next to Jewish celebrities, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, during High...

Orwellian Cancel Culture comes to the Jewish world

(The Jewish Advocate) — The relentless, previously failed attempts of extremist groups J Street and New Israel Fund to demonize, silence, and “cancel” strong defenders of Israel and the Jewish people, is now being repeated by JCRC (“JCRC...

Shofar sounds and Jewish unity

The shofar sounds that we blow on the High Holidays take on a new meaning this year as we enter the holiday.  Traditionally, the notes tekiah, shevarim, and teruah represent different notes of cries. This idea of crying is meant to stir our...

President Trump: Pandemic warrior

Just before Donald Trump was sworn in as our 45th president, outgoing president Barack Obama told him his biggest problem would be North Korea.  Obama was wrong! North Korea, though problematic, proved less troublesome than expected, due to...

Why I am not voting for Donald Trump

This article is in response to “Donald Trump: Social Justice President” (Rabbi Sanford Olshansky, Heritage, Aug. 28, 2020).  The High Holy Days will be very different this year for all of us. Rather than meeting fellow congregants in our...

Are we reduced to ineffectual 'guests' in this country?

Dear Editor: There is a hypocrisy of the highest order when major media giant Facebook and its “I’m no longer a Jew” founder Mark Zuckerberg can allow Holocaust deniers open access to Facebook and not remove them. Tell that to the 7 million...

Not silent and not still

(JNS) This week’s Torah portion is Deuteronomy 29:20-30:9, which calls upon Israel to be faithful to the covenant in the land God has given them. God promises that even if Israel is scattered among the nations and the land lies desolate, He will...

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Why Jews dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashanah and why vegans say the custom is a problem

NEW YORK (JTA) - The truth is, there is no commandment in Judaism to dip an apple in honey on Rosh Hashanah. But what would the Jewish New Year be without the custom? It's a question that bedevils...

How Rosh Hashanah became New Year's Day

The effort to strike a balance between a particularistic loyalty to Jewish religion and nationhood and a more universalistic commitment to the human community played itself out in the struggle to set a date for the beginning of the Jewish calendar...

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A guide to the High Holidays prayers

(My Jewish Learning via JTA) - The High Holidays prayer book, or machzor, emphasizes the themes of the Days of Awe - introspection and repentance. Rosh Hashanah as the opening day of a court trial...

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Unified, despite political divide

Heritage Jewish News employee Gil Dombrosky is a devout Democrat. Central Florida Publishing employee Johnny Johnson is a devout Republican. Johnson delivers the weekly paper from the printer to the...

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Scene Around

Iran's ban on Israel ... I read this in the World Jewish Congress digest, said to myself "oy vay," and pass it along to you: Iranian President HASSAN ROUHANI issued an implementation order of a law...

Take the 5781 edition of the Rosh Hashanah Jewish pundit quiz

(JNS) — A year ago, Jews looked back on 5779 and wondered, after the Pittsburgh and Poway synagogue shootings and a resurgence of anti-Semitism on the right as well as the left, how things in the United States could get any worse. As I do every...

Rosh Hashanah cover photo

The cover of last week’s Rosh Hashanah issue was of Rabbi Jason Weiner who planned to put a mask on his shofar during the High Holidays. Many others have followed suit to ensure that they do not spread the coronavirus when blowing the ram’s...

Obituary - RUTH GOLDHAR

Submitted by family Ruth “Billie” Goldhar, 96, of Longwood, Fla., passed away on Aug. 29, 2020. She was born on Sept. 28, 1923 to the late Joseph and Naomi Lehman in Chicago. She was married to the late David Goldhar for 61 years. Ruth and...

Obituary - JACK CHUDNEY

Jack Chudney, age 88, of Oviedo, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at Savannah Court of Oviedo, following a brief illness. Mr. Chudney was born on Sept. 10, 1931, in Sosnowiec, Poland, to the late Harry and Sara Hershkowitz Chudney. He was...

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