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Remembering the largest mass arrest of rabbis in St. Augustine

The Eighth Annual Commemoration of the largest mass arrest of rabbis in U.S. history will take place outdoors at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bayfront, 32 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, at noon, Friday,...

Biden administration 'dead set' on re-entering Iran deal, despite high price

(JNS) — In recent days, conflicting reports have emerged over the ongoing negotiations in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, leading to questions over to what extent the United States will undo Trump-era sanctions against Tehran. Richard...

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Important community-wide event: Let's get educated together about the dangers of drugs in our own back yard

Within a year, in the Orlando area several of our beloved Jewish young adults died due to an accidental drug overdose. Statistically, it is likely that someone close to you will suffer from a...

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A request to help the homeless

Last December, the Seminole County's Sheriff's office held a Toy Drive for neglected children in partnership with Chabad of North Orlando. Following on the success of that campaign, Sheriff's Deputy...

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JFS Orlando helps those with drug-related problems

The CDC showed that the final 2020 overdose deaths in the United States exceeded 90,000, compared to 70,530 in 2019. It is the highest annual number on record, and the largest single-year percentage...

'Never again' starts in school - Time to update Holocaust curriculum in Florida

Once only found on the extreme fringes of society, Holocaust denial, revisionism and antisemitism have seeped into our communities, houses of worship and, sadly, into our schools. When the principal of a public school in Boca Raton told a parent...

Mount Meron: A personal account

(JNS) — As ecstatic songs rang through the hills, I tried to enter the stadium around the grave of the Mishnaic sage and spiritual luminary, Shimon bar Yochai. It was packed rock-solid with people. “That’s OK, let’s listen outside,” I...

Mr. Biden's Folly

The word “folly” has become associated with only one policy decision in all of our nation’s history. That policy decision was to purchase Alaska from Russia immediately after the end of the Civil War. The primary advocate of the purchase for...

A Shavuot revelation

Shavuot is a mysterious holiday. This commemoration of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai isn’t given a specific date for its celebration; instead we are told in the Book of Exodus to schedule it seven weeks from the second night of Passover. The...

Take it from a fat rabbi: Nobody needs your dieting advice

(JTA) — Do you want to know one small but powerful way we could make Jewish life more inclusive? Stop telling fat people about your diet and asking if they’d like to join you. Last year I launched Fat Torah, with the aim of confronting weight...

Likud backstabbers

I was at a social gathering recently. In Israel, social events can easily become political events, or even indistinguishable from one another, especially in the turbulent period in which we find ourselves, hovering on the verge of a potential broad...

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The Book of Ruth: A Zionist story for Shavuot

The duality of Shavuot is undeniable: the yom tov exists, or rather coexists, with distinctly different facets. On the one hand is its status as an agricultural festival marking the wheat/barley...

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Business Update: Find Your Fabulosity donates 65K lipsticks to domestic abuse victims

When Sheryl Kurland of Longwood, Fla., began traveling around the country doing interactive speaking engagements for college women on the topics of healthy relationships and sexuality, she was...

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Business Update: Small businesses supporting and empowering each other

Last year revealed that the 31.7 million small businesses in America can truly make a difference when they support and rally around other local businesses. By working together, small businesses kept...

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Scene Around

Sad and disturbing ... Our own wonderful KEITH DVORCHIK, head of our Federation and Roth Family JCC, posted the following on computer: "Being Jewish is so much more than individuality. It is a...

My son was at the Mount Meron disaster

First person On Thursday evening, as I was just about to close my computer, I saw the news alert from The New York Times: “Breaking News: At least 15 people are dead and dozens are injured after a stampede at a religious celebration in Israel....

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All dressed up and some place to go

The Jewish Pavilion 2021 fashion show attracted a sellout crowd this year and made more money than ever before. Chairwomen Marci Gaeser and Sharon Littman explained that women were looking for a fun...

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This Hungarian coffee cake is even better than babka

One morning, my wife suggested I look into making a different kind of bread. Not necessarily to replace my weekly challah habit, but just to try something new. I asked what she had in mind and she...

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