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Ready to sing at The Met

HaZamir Orlando Charter members (l-r) Alexa Schein, Hannah Schenkel, Harrison Burke, Vicki Geismar and Maya Milsom prepare to take the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House with 400 other Jewish teen...

 

Meet the new rabbi in town

Rabbi Mendy Bronstein with his wife, Mussie, and three children (Yaakov, Batya and Bina ka"h) hit the ground running, so to speak, when they arrived in Altamonte Springs last September. They came...

 

New JAO director of academics

This past week, Jewish Academy of Orlando invited its new director of academics to speak to the parent body. Alan Rusonik, head of school, announced that Nikki Buyna will start in June. As director...

 

Israel not apartheid state

(JTA)—A United Nations affiliate removed a report accusing Israel of apartheid from the Internet following a request from the secretary-general of the international body. Antonio Guterres asked the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    March 24, 2017

At 10, egalitarian yeshiva wants to expand learning among Jews in the pews

NEW YORK (JTA)-In the upstairs sanctuary of a Manhattan synagogue, a group of rabbis is studying Jewish texts on pluralism and community. One floor below, 22 students are sitting in pairs poring over...

 

Birthright Israel with Israel Experts

"Are you Jewish?," the hopeful Chabad rabbi asks me as I walk past the weekly Mitzvah "Tank" on the corner of William and Wall St. on my way to work. It's considered a good deed in Chabad to help...

 
 By Gila Green    News    March 24, 2017

Israeli tech revolutionizes heart attack detection

Just one drop of blood can tell within minutes if a patient has had a heart attack thanks to a revolutionary kit developed in Israel that is already saving hospitals time and money. More important, it can save lives. A health professional needs only...

 

Strong pro-Israel presence on campus chases away BDS activists

Standing up non-violently to anti-Israel activists on the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) campus in South Africa had a positive effect during “Israeli Apartheid Week” (IAW), and BDS demonstrators folded up their flags and didn’t even...

 

The next 'My Jewish Roots' workshop roadshow: Analyze your DNA results

The April “My Jewish Roots” workshop, “Analyze Your DNA Results” is for anyone with an autosomal DNA test from any of the three major testing companies, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, or Ancestry.com. You likely have a very long list of potential...

 

Learn what's going on with I-4 at the next J-Lunch

The I-4 Ultimate project is the largest infrastructure project in Florida history. The public-private partnership is completely reconstructing 21 miles of the interstate in Orange and Seminole counties, including 15 major intersections and 140...

 

Passover cooking and Matzah Ball drop at COS

Congregation Ohev Shalom invites the community to participate in two enjoyable events that mark the weeklong celebration of Passover. Around the Jewish table cooking on Sunday, April 2, at 12:30 p.m. and the Matzah Brei Brunch and Matzah Ball drop...

 

Orlando Hadassah brings Cuban author to town

The Orlando Chapter Hadassah presents "Lunch with Cuban-born author Marisella Veiga" on Tuesday, April 4, at Congregation Ohev Shalom at 11:30 a.m. She will present her book, "We Carry Our Homes With...

 

Money sought for Jewish schools

The Florida House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously approved a measure setting aside $1.5 million to enhance security at all Jewish day schools in Florida. Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, said there had been 154 bomb threats reported at Je...

 

COS Men's Club and Sisterhood sponsor art auction

On Sunday evening, April 2, the Men’s Club and Sisterhood of Congregation Ohev Shalom will be sponsoring an art exhibition and auction featuring art in all media and price ranges. Approximately 160 pieces of art, memorabilia. and glass will be...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 24, 2017

North Korea, king of the rogues

The prospect of all-out conflict between the U.S. and the North Korean regime has loomed large over the last fortnight, as a consequence of the latest round of provocations from Pyongyang.  It’s always a competition between the world’s rogue...

 

There has never been a sovereign Arab State in Palestine

The artificiality of a Palestinian identity is reflected in the attitudes and actions of neighboring Arab nations who never established a Palestinian state themselves. The rhetoric by Arab leaders on behalf of the Palestinians rings hollow. Arabs in...

 

Thomas Friedman lied about the Saudis

For the past 15 years, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has been promoting the so-called “Saudi Initiative,” a plan he says proves that Saudi Arabia sincerely wants peace with Israel. But this week, a senior Palestinian leader revealed...

 

Synagogues can't be sanctuaries from the law

At a time when much of American Jewry is opposed to the immigration policies of the nascent administration of President Donald Trump, it was probably only to be expected that a growing number of synagogues would declare themselves “sanctuaries...

 

When protesting the JCC bomb threats doesn't help

(Kveller via JTA)—When a friend, cause or institution we support has been hurt or under attack, it’s human nature—and admirable—for people to want to “do something” to be helpful. Unfortunately, onlookers’ idea of being helpful is not...

 

Kind support makes such a difference

Dear Editor: My mother-in-law passed away in January. While she had been suffering from poor health, her death was unexpected and our family was in shock. In the early morning hours that followed, we started doing the activities that all Jewish...

 

What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30...

 

Hadassah of Williamsburg upcoming meetings

The Hadassah Chapter of Williamsburg will have their monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 26 at 1 p.m., at the Parkview Point Clubhouse in Williamsburg, which is near Sea World. The speaker for the meeting will be Sandy Berkowitz, who’s topic will...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    March 24, 2017

Got sneakers? Please share for the homeless

It's not hard to be moved by an article that shares the story of struggling families, whether they are dealing with homelessness, hunger, or underemployment. What is hard is taking that desire to...

 

Hadassah is winning the battle with MS

March is Multiple Sclerosis Month and Hadassah leads the world in the stunning success and implementation of the research at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Malia is just one of the many stories of...

 

Bat Mitzvah - Danielle Faith Shenkman

Danielle Faith Shenkman, daughter of Lisa and Jason Shenkman of Sanford, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Danielle is in...

 

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