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Jews in the Land of Disney: From 'Fingers Zambeeze' to cantor, Allan Robuck brings the beauty of music to the community

At eight years of age, Allan Robuck, cantor of Congregation Ohev Shalom, “didn’t have an option” about playing music. “I grew up in a musical family and my two brothers and younger sister had...


Jews in the Land of Disney: With family and friends, Debbie Meitin has lived a wonderful life

"I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the only child of Rosalind and Irving Dorsky. My grandparents came from Belarus and Ukraine to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. My paternal...

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    July 31, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: The Share family volunteerism passed down l'dor v'dor

Adrian and Geanne Share came to the Orlando area in 1998. "My husband's an engineer whose passion is to see high-speed rail built in the U.S., and we came to Florida for that purpose. He's spent 20 ye...

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    July 24, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Entrepreneur Les Neumann, racecar driver at 60+

How does a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx grow up to become a racecar driver? Meet Les Neumann. He now lives in DeLand, is semi-retired and races on the Vintage Race Car Circuit. This is no small...

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    July 17, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Wendy B. Libby, first Jewish president of Stetson University

In 2009, Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn, became the ninth and first female president of Stetson University. Founded in 1883, Libby is also the first Jewish president. She offi...

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    July 10, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Dr. Joseph Berrios' long road to self-discovery

This is the fourth article in a four-part series about the Puerto Rican Jews living in Central Florida and their history. In an attempt to atone for the Inquisition, Spain has been offering...

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    July 3, 2020

Jews In the Land of Disney: Pilar Basrawi-Marrero has come home to Judaismo

This is the third article in a four-part series about the Puerto Rican Jews living in Central Florida and their history. "Grito de Lares," a revolt protesting Spanish rule over Puerto Rico began on...

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    June 26, 2020

Jews In the Land of Disney: Stolen identities now restored - Enrique Montanez' story

This is the second article in a four-part series about the Puerto Rican Jews living in Central Florida and their history. Following the Spanish-American War, in 1898, Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the...

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    May 22, 2020

RosenCare-a new paradigm in healthcare

By Ed Borowsky Rosen Hotels & Resorts currently employs more than 4,000 associates, all of whom owner Harris Rosen considers part of his extended family. In 1974, Rosen purchased his first...

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    May 8, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Meet a mainstay in the Jewish community

Dr. Bernard Kahn is one of the 36 percent who call themselves native Floridians. Born in Orlando in 1951, Bernie has lived and worked in the Orlando area his entire life and has seen the growth of... Full story

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    April 10, 2020

Spotlight on Rabbi Sholom Dubov, chief rabbi Chabad, Orlando

The prevalent thinking in 1972 was that the seventh Chabad Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, on his 70th birthday, was going to reveal his retirement plans. Rather, he laid down a challenge. He was... Full story

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    March 27, 2020

The temple of Zoom (Video Conferencing) is upon us

The new coronavirus, aka COVID 19, is upon the world. It happened so quickly that our Jewish leaders had to react: No coming to temple. Adhere to the guidelines limiting gatherings to 10 people or less. Exercise social distancing. The following is... Full story

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    March 20, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Meet the multi-talented Rabbi David Kay

Born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago, Rabbi David Kay of Congregation Ohev Shalom grew up in an area rife with anti-Semitism. This was the late 1960s, early '70s. Surrounding their tiny Je... Full story

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    March 6, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Spotlight: FOJA-Future Old Jews of America

The window is opened in the room... some believe that opening a window allows the soul to depart. A candle lit, a prayer said, “Blessed are you, Lord our God, Master of the Universe, the True Judge.” Psalm 51 is read... It’s the Jewish way.... Full story


Spotlight on local author Joni Okun

"I have written all my life," said Joni Okun, Maitland resident and author of the historical fiction "To Hold the Throne." I've written several children's books that are currently off the market, but... Full story

 By Ed Borowsky    News    February 21, 2020

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... Full story


Jews in the Land of Disney

Spotlight: Rabbi Joshua Neely, Temple Israel, Winter Springs, Florida "The past is never dead. It's not even past."-William Faulkner "My passion is teaching," Rabbi Joshua Neely told me as we talked... Full story


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