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The Roth Family JCC to receive JCC Excellence Awards for Marketing

The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando will receive three awards in the marketing category at the JCCs of North America Biennial to be held May 15-18 in Baltimore, Maryland. More than 700 people from...

 

SOJC welcomes the Maccabeats

A concert that began just as an idea almost a year ago is finally becoming a reality. On Sunday afternoon, April 10 at 4 p.m., the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation (SOJC) will bring to Central...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    March 25, 2016

The Jewish life of Merrick Garland

(JTA)-Americans have heard a lot about Merrick Garland since President Barack Obama nominated him to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court. But there's a lot we still don't know. What are...

 

JAO to focus on K - 5th grade

With parental support, Jewish Academy of Orlando announced March 18 that they are suspending enrollment for middle school and will focus on kindergarten through fifth grade. Board President Jordan Steinberg stated, “We had to make some tough...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 25, 2016

With Trump's latest wins, will Jewish conservatives finally embrace him?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Has Donald Trump's time come, and will Jewish political conservatives embrace him? Trump, the real estate magnate and front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination,...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    March 25, 2016

With the Russian drawdown in Syria, Israel seeks reassurances

On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise announcement that he would withdraw the “main part” of Russian forces from Syria, in an announcement that shocked many of the countries concerned about the ongoing conflict in the...

 

Former American Idol contestant makes aliyah, plans to join IDF

(JNS.org) Brett Loewenstern, who competed on the talent-seeking reality show "American Idol" in 2011, made aliyah and plans to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) after falling in love with...

 

'The Fabulous Lipitones' to open at Theater at the J

When a barbershop quartet loses their lead singer to a heart-stopping high "B-Flat" and they are expected to perform at the National Barbershop Convention and annual meeting of the SPEBSQSA (Society...

 

Experience the 5th biennial Jewish Heritage Festival

On April 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Riverside Drive in Ormond Beach will be all in a flurry for the fifth biennial Jewish Heritage Festival. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. There will be nationally acclaimed entertainment,...

 

Researching Holocaust profiles beneath white stars

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando will present local Holocaust author and educator Holly Mandelkern at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, on Tuesday, April 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m....

 

Zionistas present Dateline: Jerusalem

Zionistas invite the community to a unique opportunity to be informed on the latest behind-the-scene news from Israel. Alan Kornman, contributing editor for Family Security Matters and the regional coordinator of The United West-Uniting Western...

 

Kerry to world: let's gang up on Israel

John Kerry has a new strategy for achieving Mideast peace: mobilize the international community to gang up on Israel. That was the essence of the secretary of state’s disturbing remarks in Paris on March 13. Kerry declared that the Obama...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    March 25, 2016

It's not the P.A.

Joe Biden visited Israel in the past few weeks. He had a little better dinner with Bibi—last time he left before dinner was served because the Shas Housing minister decided to stick his thumb in the eye of Israel’s number one ally by announcing...

 

Worries

By Ira Sharkansky One of the more problematic stories associated with the present wave of Palestinian violence is that of an attack on a security guard at a shopping mall in Maale Adumim. A video shows repeated blows with an ax, directed at the head...

 

Mob mentality at Vassar BDS vote typical of school's climate

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (JTA)—At many colleges and universities today, Jewish students are often pitted against students of color when it comes to Israel. In my three years at Vassar College, I have been told—by a Jewish student leader, no...

 

Understanding the American Jews who support Trump

NEW YORK (JTA)—America’s political system is broken, and the last thing the country needs is another career politician at the helm. With money more than ever a corrupting influence in politics, the White House should be occupied by someone who...

 
 By Meir Yuspa    Opinions    March 25, 2016

Save the Israeli embassy in Belarus

Belarus has a Jewish heart. This country used to be home to millions of Jews for centuries. It used to be the only country in the world that had Hebrew and Yiddish as two of the state languages. Many extraordinary people have Jewish roots in...

 

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...

 

JFS Orlando hosts a grief support group

In cooperation with Hospice of the Comforter, JFS Orlando will offer a grief support group for anyone interested on the following Tuesdays: April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3 and 10. The six sessions, led by JFS Orlando therapist Stacey Greenberg, LCSW, and...

 

Interfaith Dialogue: Dalai Lama, Jews, and Cultural Survival

On March 30, Dr. Yudit Greenberg, Cornell endowed professor of religion and director of the Jewish Studies Program at Rollins College, is pleased to invite the community to a stimulating evening of dialogue with a presentation by Dr. Nathan Katz,...

 

Obituary - JOSEPH MARMO

Joseph Marmo, age 61, of Winter Park, passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Florida Hospital—Orlando. Mr. Marmo, a native of Natoma Heights, Pennsylvania, was born on March 13, 1955, to Carmen and Marian Marmo. During his working career he...

 

Obituary - FREDA ELIZABETH ROSEN

Freda Elizabeth “Mimi” Rosen, age 78, passed away peacefully and comfortably with family by her side in San Marcos, California. She was born in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 1937, to the late Sophie and Mike Weber and was the oldest of four...

 

Obituary - LENA BENMAYOR SAMI

Lena Sami, age 94, of Maitland, passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Florida Hospital—Altamonte Springs. Mrs. Sami was born in New York City on Jan. 24, 1922, to the late Albert and Mollie Abolafia Benmayor. She was married to her beloved...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    March 25, 2016

Honorees and guests cherish senior community at Jewish Pavilion Gala

On Sunday, March 13, honorees and guests of The Jewish Pavilion Gala demonstrated the impact that just one person can make on an entire community. Friends Board President Faye Novick delivered...

 

Orlando's progressive Jewish preschool to host open house

On Sunday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to noon, Chai Preschool's expansive grassy hills will be home to an array of farm animals, horses, and ponies, as the center hosts its annual Family Fun Day and Open...

 

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