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Kinneret Board approves plan to sell the apartments

The Board of Directors of the Kinneret Apartments announced on Friday, April 23, that it has approved a plan to sell the Kinneret Apartments located in downtown Orlando to a qualified buyer. The...

 

90-year-old gets her own day in Maitland

Maitland resident Pearl Metz celebrated her 90th birthday in a very unique way. As a birthday present, Maitland Mayor John Lowndes presented her with a proclamation declaring April 22, 2021, “Pearl...

 

Orlando resident sues JetBlue

A $13,000,000.00 lawsuit has been filed against Jetblue Airways by a Jetblue flight attendant and former Orange County, Florida firefighter/paramedic for economic and emotional injuries plus attorneys’ fees, costs and disbursements. The complaint a...

 

A close call for Israel

A Syrian surface-to-air missile fired at an Israeli Air Force fighter jet that had been involved in airstrikes on targets in Syria exploded in Israel’s southern Negev region early on Thursday. Warning sirens went off in the region of the Bedouin vi...

 

COS Men's Club resumes blood drives

From December 1999 until early 2020, the Congregation Ohev Shalom Men's Club has sponsored three blood drives a year. Due to restrictions because of Covid-19, no blood drives were held in 2020. Mark S...

 

In My Own Words with Judith Rapp Hara

Join the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center for a live virtual conversation with Judith Rapp Hara, who will discuss her short book, "Journey: The Story of Ernest and Sylvia Rapp."...

 

Temple Israel hosts Zoom talk with Rabbi Mikie Goldstein

Temple Israel is proud to host a Zoom talk from Rabbi Mikie Goldstein, titled "Halachic Challenges and Responses for LGBT People in the 21st Century" on Sunday, May 2, at 10 a.m. The Zoom meeting ID...

 

JFS Orlando's Restock + Restore Challenge surpasses goal

Thanks to all who “stepped up to the challenge” by donating to JFS Orlando’s Restock + Restore Challenge, which raised more than $23,000. That means, with every $1 matched $0.50 by The Weiner Family and The Winter Park Wealth Group (up to...

 

Walter Mondale dies at age 93

(JTA) - Walter Mondale, the former vice president who represented a time in American history when being pro-Israel and progressive were often synonymous, has died at 93. He passed away Monday at his...

 

Jewish groups react to guilty verdict for Chauvin, saying 'justice has been served'

(JNS) — Jewish groups reacted to the verdict on Tuesday of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, touched off massive...

 

Israeli lawmakers eye direct vote for prime minister as way out of gridlock

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — The Shas Party is pushing for a vote to reform Israel’s electoral system to enable a special election for prime minister, Israel’s Channel 12 reported on Sunday. The plan was the result of a meeting between Shas...

 

Why is HIAS seeking to make America's border crisis even worse?

(JNS) — Over the weekend, President Joe Biden finally conceded that what was happening at America’s southern border is a “crisis,” a word that his administration had consistently refused to use when referring to the situation there which...

 

Extraordinary feedback from a previous column

I have been writing my Everywhere column for the Heritage Florida Jewish News for almost 20 years. It began in the early 1980s and continued until just after the High Holidays of 1997, when I suspended writing the column in favor of devoting more tim...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    April 30, 2021

BLM and the Jews

Jews and Blacks or Jews and African-Americans or Jews and voting. Plenty of causes. And Jews have been there. Time and time again. Are we ready for another rally to another cause? This one is right down our alley — but … are we up for it? This...

 

Sorry, but Zoom Judaism just isn't the real thing

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — For more than a year now, synagogues around the world have managed to continue their activities during the COVID pandemic with Zoom and similar services. There is, however, a problem. Zoom Judaism is not working.... Full story

 

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....

 

Warren urges US to explore conditioning aid to Israel

(JNS) — U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) urged the Biden administration to consider conditioning military aid to Israel in order to help the Jewish state “adjust course.” “We should talk about the elephant in the room—America’s mi...

 
 By Howard Blas    Features    April 30, 2021

ESPN host/basketball star Rosalyn Gold-Onwude describes Israel's impact on her career

(JNS) - When Rosalyn Gold-Onwude was a college student at Stanford University, she participated on Birthright Israel. Several years later, she went on her second trip-this time, as a staff member on...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    April 30, 2021

Jews in the Land of Disney: 'Last of the Jewish Rednecks' fills father's shoes in the orange industry

Part 2 of 2 Laurence Morrell's father passed away right after he graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. "I came back home immediately and had to take over the running of my father's business. My...

 

Jewish leaders react to death of Prince Philip, praise his 'affection' for community

(JNS) — Buckingham Palace announced on Friday the death of Prince Philip, 99, the Duke of Edinburgh — husband to Queen Elizabeth and father to Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Leaders of the United Kingdom’s...

 

Scene Around

"It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world"... Yes! That's the name of a movie I watched on television recently. It starred many, many, many, many (I got carried away) Jewish comedians. To name but a few,...

 

Free screening of award-winning film 'The Lost Key' with live panel discussion afterwards

“The Lost Key,” the first and only film ever to explore bedroom intimacy endorsed by leading rabbis worldwide, invites everyone seeking closeness amid our currently disconnected society to screen the film for free beginning on May 22, and then...

 

The Jewish Pavilion celebrates Israel Independence Day

The bitter and sweet of life's experiences is felt through the celebrations and commemorations that occur during the period between Passover and Shavuot. The deeply somber days that mark Holocaust... Full story

 

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...

 

JFS Orlando welcomes new pantry assistant

JFS Orlando gives a warm welcome to their new Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry Assistant, Cameron Saldate. As JFS Orlando's Pantry assistant, Saldate comes in three times a week to assist with the... Full story

 

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