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COS honors Cantor Allan Robuck

Congregation Ohev Shalom honored soon-to-retire Cantor Allan Robuck on March 6, 2022, at a gala event. Over 315 congregants and friends paid tribute in recognition of Cantor Robuck's 30 years of...

 

Ancient wine with vanilla?

(Israel21c via JNS) - Researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University were surprised to discover remnants of vanilla in 2,600-year-old wine jars unearthed in the City of...

 

Judaic Studies' first endowed scholarship

UCF's Department of Judaic Studies recently received a $52,000 gift from Temple Shalom of Deltona. A combination of current-use and endowed funds, the donation establishes the Temple Shalom of...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    April 15, 2022

Israel's coalition in crisis

(JTA) - Of all the issues facing Israel - violence within the country, how to handle Russia's war on Ukraine, Iran - the one that appears to have put the country's delicate governing coalition at...

 

JFS Orlando Pearlman Pantry van pop-ups

As part of Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando’s increased community engagement, the JFS van has been making special appearances at local community events, in addition to picking up food...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Read daily. When we were in school, reading textbooks and assignments might have seemed like a chore, but try reading for fun in your free time. Reading is a great stress reducer and can help...

 

Update: 2022 Kobrin Family Scholarship test score requirement

Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando is pleased to announce that the Kobrin Family Scholarship minimum test score requirements have been lowered for the SAT to 1210 and ACT to 25, effective immediately. The scholarship committee hopes this...

 

Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2021 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando this summer. “For more than 30 years, individuals who have...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    April 15, 2022

Israel's Yair Lapid condemns 'horrific images' emerging from Bucha, as Israeli balancing act on Ukraine continues

(JTA) — Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has joined an international chorus condemning what appears to be mass civilian casualties in areas of Ukraine where Russian troops are pulling out. Lapid’s comments came hours after his ministry...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 15, 2022

Amnesty USA chief to lawmakers who criticized him: 'I regret' speaking for US Jews about Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The director of Amnesty International’s U.S. branch apologized to Jewish lawmakers for claiming to speak on behalf of American Jews. “I regret representing the views of the Jewish people,” Paul O’Brien said in a March 25...

 

March of the Living resumes in person

(JNS) — The International March of the Living will resume in person for the first time in two years but with a reduced capacity, due to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, and only eight Holocaust survivors participating. Organizers made the...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    April 15, 2022

JFGO members witness to shooting at Miami-Dade JCC

(JTA) — A woman was killed at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in Florida’s Miami-Dade County on Sunday in what police are calling an act of domestic violence. Police said the woman was killed by her husband while she attended her...

 

Biden's weakness on the Ukraine-Russia war is a threat to America

Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine under Obama in February 2014 and Biden in February 2022. The invasions eight years apart to the month are not a coincidence. Both times Putin was facing a lame duck Democrat who had just flinched away from a military...

 

Kicking Russia off the UN Human Rights Council is an empty gesture

(JNS) — After the recent revelations of war crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine, the world is looking for ways to make life harder for President Vladimir Putin’s regime and to express its outrage. So when America’s ambassador to the United...

 

Suppressing pro-Israel views at the University of Chicago

(JNS) — The suppression of pro-Israel views on campus has been a troubling development in the ongoing cognitive war against Israel. Now, the silencing of pro-Israel voices even appears in college newspapers. This week, the University of...

 

They're pro-Israel, 'Dayenu'

(JNS) — I know many Jews from the older (than me) generation whose response to political issues was: “Is it good for the Jews?” The younger generations viewed this as myopic and anachronistic. Elderly Jews were particularistic; the younger...

 

Why it is OK for Arabs to kill Israelis

I had not even left the parking lot of Ben Gurion airport Thursday when I learned there had just been another terrorist attack that morning. The fourth in a week. This one took place near my home, on a bus that my kids use often. A Palestinian Arab...

 

There is a Pharaoh and Moses inside each of us

Are we perpetually enslaved to our inner doubts, despair and anger? It is hard to sing the song of freedom when we do not feel free. So often it feels as though the sea will never split. Because inside every one of us there is a Pharaoh and he will...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, some minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m....

 

First-ever Virtual Passover Film Festival

(New York Jewish Week) — This Passover, the New York Jewish Week is partnering with the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan for their first-ever Virtual Passover Film Festival. The online-only event will feature eight Jewish and Israeli films that...

 

RAISE March Employees of the Month

Michael - the JCC Welcome Center and Jewish Academy of Orlando At the JCC, Michael's upbeat personality and gregarious nature make him the perfect fit for working in the Welcome Center. Michael...

 
 By David Hellerman    News    April 15, 2022

Two Tel Aviv terror victims were childhood friends, another was an olympian

(World Israel News) - Two of the fatalities from Thursday's terror attack in Tel Aviv were identified as childhood friends Tomer Morad and Eytam Magini. They had arrived early at Ikla Bar on Tel...

 

From matzah tortillas to spicy gefilte fish, Passover food in Mexico is a mashup of cultures

PACHUCA, Mexico (JTA) - Like other Jews around the world, Alegra Smeke turns to traditional foods during Passover. For her that means Syrian dishes with a side of salsa. Smeke is a chef and former...

 

Season 2 of 'Russian Doll' promises to be even more Jewish

In a few short weeks, the excruciating, pandemic-prolonged wait will be over: Season two of "Russian Doll" is finally dropping on Netflix on April 20, 2022. According to some new and exciting...

 

Growing up in Iran, I thought the whole country celebrated Passover

(JTA) - Growing up in Iran, I never truly appreciated the difference between spring cleaning, New Year's and getting ready for Passover. The Jewish holiday takes place almost simultaneously with the...

 

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