Heritage Florida Jewish News - Central Florida's Independent Jewish Voice


New biblical Dead Sea scrolls discovered, other astonishing finds

For the first time in approximately 60 years, archaeological excavations have uncovered fragments of a biblical scroll. The scroll, which is written in Greek, includes portions of the Book of the...


Who is Joel Greenberg? Meet the Jewish Florida politician at the center of the Matt Gaetz scandal

(JTA) — Matt Gaetz, the Florida congressman known for his firebomb rhetoric, is in big trouble — in part because of the alleged foibles of a Jewish buddy, Joel Greenberg, who has earned criticism...


Facing recall, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has Jewish caucus in his corner

(J. the Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) - Calling California Gov. Gavin Newsom a "friend and ally" to the Jewish community, members of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus spoke out...

PBS postpones debut of 'Til Kingdom Come' documentary on evangelicals and Israel for 'editorial review'

(JTA) — PBS has decided to postpone airing the documentary “Til Kingdom Come,” which examines the close relationship between American evangelicals and Israel, in the light of accusations that the film misleadingly spliced together two...

Steven Spielberg to donate his Genesis Prize winnings

(JTA) — Steven Spielberg is donating his Genesis Prize earnings to Jewish and non-Jewish groups working to promote racial and economic justice. The prize’s foundation on Thursday announced that the film director would double the $1 million...

The Iran-China deal is cause for Israeli concern

(JNS) — While Israel was busy with the domestic political imbroglio surrounding last week’s Knesset elections, a strategic threat that could threaten the country’s very existence was developing. If the Iranian-Chinese alliance reaches its... Full story

Time is on Tehran's side

(JNS) — Iran announced this week that the severe economic sanctions imposed by former U.S. President Donald Trump will force it to close the long-running Bushehr nuclear power plant, which produces electricity. The official explanation noted U.S....

Colin Kahl is not an anti-Semite

Dear Editor: There is a lot to like in the Heritage Florida Jewish News. The paper does an excellent job of keeping us up to date on the activities of Jewish organizations in central Florida, such as the Jewish Federation and the JCCs. Especially... Full story

Campus group urges rejection of IHRA definition of anti-Semitism

(JNS) — The Palestine Society at SOAS University of London released an open letter earlier this year demanding that the university’s academic board reject the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism...

How many American Jews are there, and does it really matter?

(JNS) — Two weeks ago, the White House Passover seder was hosted by America’s Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-born lawyer is the first Jew to be a spouse of a vice president, as well as the first male to occupy the role. Being...

Why aren't 'white people' interested in racial discussions?

I would like to respond to AP’s Deepti Hajela’s article “White People Seem Uninterested in Racial Talk” in the Daytona Beach News Journal’s Sunday, March 28, edition. I have no problem discussing racial questions in a country that has... Full story


The Jews who call Florida's massive retirement community The Villages home

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. (JTA) - When Ellen Faulkner told her friends that she was moving to The Villages, the sprawling senior community in Central Florida, they cautioned her: There was no Jewish life... Full story


A fight to save Jewish history

*Mattan Segev-Frank is a man with a mission. And while he has singlehandedly already begun making an impact, he knows that the issues he is concerned about are much larger than any single person.... Full story


Bruce Gould produces Menachem Begin film to be shown virtually April 14-29

Long-time philanthropist, community leader and dedicated Zionist, Bruce Gould has a new role - producer of a documentary portraying the complex and consequential life of the late Israeli prime...


How to make pampushky, the Ukrainian garlic bread rolls that dreams are made of

Pampushky are fluffy, soft Ukrainian garlic bread rolls. Ukraine was known as the "breadbasket" of the Soviet Union, and both garlic and bread are staples of the cuisine. These rolls are... Full story

How to count the omer - a guide to the ritual that occurs between Passover and Shavuot

The omer refers to the 49-day period between the second night of Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. This period marks the beginning of the barley harvest when, in ancient times, Jews would bring the first sheaves to the Temple as a means of...


Sami Steigmann crashes Clubhouse

(JNS) - On a blustery day in late January, Holocaust survivor *Sami Steigmann, 81, made his debut on Clubhouse - the buzzy, audio-based, social-media platform that launched in the venture capital...


'Donny's Bar Mitzvah' wants to be the raunchiest Jewish movie ever

(JTA) - There's never been a great, definitive American movie about a bar mitzvah. And after "Donny's Bar Mitzvah," a new movie that arrived this week on Amazon Prime and iTunes, there still hasn't...


Scene Around

There is no end... I am surprised (and delighted) one after another, as I look up famous people and find that they are Jewish! For instance, actress GWYNETH PALTROW, Academy Award and Golden Globe...

Virtual event marking Israel's 73rd anniversary

On Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m., EDT, The Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Hayesod and additional partners will host a one-hour virtual event to mark Israel’s 73rd Independence Day. The event will begin...


Folk guitarist Nathan Salsburg makes experimental soundscapes

(JTA) - Folk musician and record archivist Nathan Salsburg lives on a 40-acre former tree farm in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, with fellow songwriter Joan Shelley. Shelley is not Jewish, but...

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