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Temple Israel of DeLand is 66 and steadily growing

There is a thriving Jewish community in DeLand, Florida and it's growing by leaps and bounds. Temple Israel of DeLand has been in existence since the late 1940s, not to be mistaken for Temple Israel...

The Hadassah Foundation awards $330,000 to organizations in Israel promoting gender equality

NEW YORK, NY—The Hadassah Foundation, a nonprofit organization that awards grants to social change programs that empower women and girls in Israel and the United States, is pleased to announce $330,000 in new grants. The recipients are six...

The Holocaust Center presents the heralded Vedem Underground exhibition through April 3

MAITLAND, FL—The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida is honored to feature Vedem Underground: The Secret Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto (1942-1944) from Jan. 13 through...

After six-hour debate, University of Illinois student government passes BDS resolution

(JNS)—After more than six hours of deliberation, the student government at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign passed a BDS resolution in the early hours on Thursday morning that calls on the university to divest from “companies that...

Lebanon poses acute threat to Israel with Hezbollah, Iran controlling its government

(JNS)-The last several months have not been good for Lebanon, as it's been wracked by economic and political instability. Protesters upset over years of government mismanagement, sectarianism and...

Breaking down the UNHRC blacklist

(JNS)—In the halls of the United Nations, they’re calling it a “database,” but it’s more commonly and accurately known as a “blacklist.” It’s a list of more than 100 companies conducting business activities with Jewish communities...

ZOA tells AIPAC to retract apology for calling out Jew-haters

By Morton A. Klein and Chairman Mark S. Levenson, Esq. In our view, AIPAC made a serious mistake when it retracted and apologized for its recent ads expressing the accurate concern that radical, Jew-hating Israelophobes in the Democratic Party are...

Viewpoint: Concerns raised about Heritage content

Since 1976, the Heritage has been the only regularly published Jewish newspaper in our community. It was “founded with the purpose of helping to unify a scattered community by focusing on Jewish issues. It is published independently of any...

Twisting Israeli and Palestinian history

In Donna Nevel’s Feb. 7 op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel (“Bloomberg’s ‘kibbutz’ comment brings to mind Zionist history”), the self-styled “social justice activist” author capitalizes on an opportunity to convert a simple sentence on...

Arabs are in an uproar (over the prospect of living in Palestine)

(JNS)—Leave aside, for the moment, the deepening rows about U.S. President Donald Trump’s “vision” for ending the Middle East conflict. Leave aside the question whether the plan’s lead author, Jared Kushner, and the U.S. ambassador to...

History will remember Abbas as peace rejectionist

(JNS)—Even before the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan was revealed earlier this month, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas was planning his trip to New York City, where he plans to address the United Nations and protest the...

Scene Around

We need protection!... I heard from the ADL and pass it along: "The end of year explosion of anti-Semitic violence in New York and New Jersey is cause for deep concern. A couple of months ago...

Taika Waititi's big win & 5 other Jewish moments from the 2020 Oscars

(JTA)—When Adam Sandler was shut out of this year’s Academy Award nominations for “Uncut Gems,” the Oscars lost out on the chance to have an acceptance speech as hilarious as the one Sandler delivered Saturday at the Independent Film Spirit...

15th-century prayer book fully restored

(JNS)—Restoration of the National Library of Israel’s renowned Moskowitz Mahzor has been completed with the manuscript online for the first time. It was created on parchment in the 15th century...

Obituary-DR. NEAL GOLDBERG

Submitted by the family Neal Goldberg, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and dedicated neonatologist, died in his home on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. He had just turned 67 years...

Obituary - STANLEY SHEVITZ

Stanley Shevitz, age 74, of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at AdventHealth-Altamonte. A Brooklyn native, he was born on Jan. 17,1946, the son of the late Milton and Celia Dorf Shevitz. Stanley was a high school graduate...

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