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No water, no electricity, and whole families living in cars

(ISRAEL21c)-Michal Bar, head of emergency operations for Israeli humanitarian NGOIsraAID,  doesn't mince her words. "The level of destruction is shocking," she says. "Since we arrived in the Bahamas...

JFS Orlando kicks off 5780 High Holiday Food Drive

L'shana Tova! The Jewish Family Services' High Holiday Food Drive is here once again (Sept. 15-Oct. 31, 2019). This new year, better your community and celebrate your tzedakah by feeding the hungry...

5779 Community Year In Review

September 2018 Kehilat Yonatan, a Reform congregation in Hod HaSharon, Israel, finally won the right to build their shul. Land was allocated to the congregation in 2013 and they raised the necessary funds to build, just had to wait for the OK....

Rabbi on ground in battered Bahamas organizes supplies, volunteers for relief efforts

(Chabad.org)—As Hurricane Dorian was unleashing its unimaginable devastation on the Bahamas earlier this week, Rabbi Sholom and Sheera Bluming, co-directors of Chabad of the Bahamas, hunkered down in the capital city of Nassau, making phone...

Jewish Academy students write and produce newscast

Each morning, Jewish Academy of Orlando students produce a daily 15-minute kid-friendly news program. The students share fun news stories, as well as highlight students and events happening in the...

Our Man in Damascus

A few months ago, there was a slew of hopeful chatter in Israel that Eli Cohen would finally be coming home. This followed the return of remains of an Israeli soldier killed in battle in Lebanon in 1982 with help from Russia. The country couldn’t...

What Israel still needs to learn from Ariel Sharon

WASHINGTON (JTA)—With the new election in Israel, it is worth reflecting on the last Likud leader, Ariel Sharon, and the decisions he made on the Palestinian issue. Sharon, the 11th prime minister of Israel, was a large man who did not think...

Why Israelis have never forgotten their 9/11

(JNS)—On the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, government officials and institutions throughout America commemorated the horror of that day. But after all these years, there is a sense that—other than for those who lost family...

Jewish Democrat or democratic Jew?

Dear Editor: 1. A Jewish Democrat—you are Jewish and vote Democrat regardless of the democratic party’s discriminations against you. 2. A democratic Jew—you are a dedicated Democrat. Being a Jew doesn’t matter. By these two definitions,...

Here's to 5780 and an opportunity for a new lease on life!

The Jewish New Year will soon be here and we will wave "goodbye" to 5779 and welcome in 5780. For many of us, there will be plenty of reasons to close out the year and eagerly anticipate 5780...

A heartfelt thank you

For you Heritage Florida Jewish News readers who have been following my heart saga that began some 16 months ago, I wanted to give an update. As you might recall, I am the one who had a heart attack while playing chess, and ended up having...

Positive education for a positive New Year

This year, Jewish Academy of Orlando has embarked on a new initiative that focuses on Positive Education, an approach to education that draws on positive psychology's emphasis on individual strengths...

The new year is a time to stand up and be counted

An alarming story was recently in the news about a Palm Beach County parent who wrote her child's principal asking if the Holocaust was being taught at the high school. She was stunned by his...

2019-2020 High Holiday Greetings from the Jewish Pavilion

Sylvia Stein has celebrated the high holidays for the past 80 years at synagogue. After services, she joined her adult children and grandchildren for a traditional meal. When Sylvia fell this year...

Scene Around

Three cheers for Israel... Actually, Israel has earned more than three cheers, especially with all the breakthroughs in cancer research and Alzheimers... and so much more that Israel has achieved!...

Reflecting on the past and looking to the future

The Jewish month of Elul is a time for personal reflection and spiritual preparation. We are called to use Elul to take a cheshbon hanefesh-an accounting of the soul, at the end of which we will be...

5 hacks for the best Rosh Hashanah ever

By Beata Abraham (JTA via Kveller)-I can't help but wonder why Hallmark and the retail world at large haven't co-opted the Jewish New Year. True, while there may "only" be some 5 million to 7 million...

JFS Orlando offers everyone a path to a sweet year

As the new executive director serving Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando it is with great joy that I offer l'shana tova tikateyvu to our Central Florida community. A new year, a potentially...

A High Holy Day love story

The High Holidays are a special time, but it is even more special when family—and a little romance—are part of the season.  In 1951, Larry’s father, Ernie, a World War II veteran, was called back into the U.S. Army. Larry’s mother, Doris,...

Obituary - DR. MARK S. COOPERSTEIN

Mark Steven Cooperstein, 73, of Orlando, passed away on Sunday morning, Sept. 8, 2019, at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. Dr. Cooperstein was born on Sept. 1, 1946, in Philadelphia to the late Charles and Beatrice Rosen Cooperstein. He was raised in...

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