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 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 7, 2021

Antisemites protest at JCC

On Thursday, May 6, an anti-Semitic group called the Goyim Defense League stood across the street from The Roth Family JCC with signs to protest against the Holocaust Center, according The Jewish...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 7, 2021

A walk in the park supports mental health awareness

May is National Mental Health Awareness month, and at the end of April, members of the Jewish community participated with about 400 others in a NAMI walk at Crane's Roost Park in Altamonte Springs....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 7, 2021

At least 45 people dead in stampede at mass Lag b'Omer holiday celebration in Israel

(JTA) - At least 45 people were crushed to death and at least 150 wounded Thursday night in a stampede during a celebration that drew tens of thousands of haredi Orthodox Jews to the northern Israeli...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 7, 2021

COS hires interim rabbi

The Congregation Ohev Shalom Rabbinic Search Committee offered the position of interim rabbi to Rabbi Murray Ezring, who accepted the position. He will begin officially on Aug. 1 and serve for one or...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 7, 2021

Did Netanyahu just lose?

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to form a government by the deadline imposed by Israeli law, thrusting the country into uncertain political territory yet again. This could mean that after more than 12 years as...

 
 News    May 7, 2021

'Star Warts: The Umpire Strikes Back'

The Jewish Academy of Orlando is thrilled to present the U.S. premiere of the new musical "Star Warts: The Umpire Strikes Back." This will be presented as a feature film and will be released Sunday,...

 
 News    May 7, 2021

JFS Orlando announces changes to its counseling program

JFS Orlando's Counseling, Growth and Development Program provides individual, couples, family and group mental health counseling in a trusting, reassuring and healing atmosphere. Their clinical...

 
 News    May 7, 2021

Camp J is more than just a camp

The Rosen JCC Camp J is an Orlando summer camp dedicated to children’s happiness, growth and well-being. Camp J is open to children of all faiths and backgrounds providing a diverse camp...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 7, 2021

The violent clashes rocking Jerusalem last week

(JTA) — The videos circulating out of Jerusalem — of beatings, stone throwing and racist chants — are shocking. Reporters say it’s some of the worst fighting the contested city has seen in years.  But the tensions that fueled the violence...

 
 News    May 7, 2021

GOP senators to Blinken: UNRWA has outlived its mandate

(JNS) — Saying that the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees has outlived its mandate, a group of Republican members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sent a letter last week to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken...

 
 News    May 7, 2021

Florida scholarships to increase for private-school students

(JNS) — A bill passed on Thursday by the Florida Senate will significantly increase state-provided scholarships for private-school students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Senate Bill 48 was passed in a 24-15 partisan vote and now goes to...

 
 By Mitchell Bard    Opinions    May 7, 2021

J Street and Abbas deserve each other

(JNS) — It was telling that J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby, would invite to its annual conference Mahmoud Abbas, the anti-Israel, anti-peace, Holocaust-denying president of the Palestinian Authority. The lobby, whose hallmark is...

 

Dealing a blow to Zionism

(JNS) — Left-wing American Jewish groups are crowing about their success in postponing a vote on whether the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund can purchase private land from Arabs in Judea and Samaria. What they are celebrating is the...

 
 By Kenneth Levin    Opinions    May 7, 2021

Confronting antisemitism among the 'educated'

(JNS) — A March 29 article in the online news magazine Tablet titled “Are Educated People More Antisemitic?” reported that a carefully crafted survey of Americans by authors Jay P. Greene, Albert Chang and Ian Kingsbury found that the more...

 

If rabbis can't talk about public policy, what's the point of Torah?

(JTA) — When do you call the rabbi? Sometimes to complain. But usually, a life-cycle event has taken place. A birth, thank God. An impending wedding. An illness. Too often in the last year, a death. Over the past 13 months, tragedy has demanded...

 

Tehran's eyes on Washington, D.C.

Iranian eyes will be on Washington, D.C., while looking over their shoulder at home. The Iranians are looking over their shoulder because a series of attacks attributed to them and their puppets in the Middle East are targeting Israeli commercial...

 

Why aren't we fighting back against antisemitism?

Dear Editor: I once had a discussion with someone in the leadership division of Chabad, the world wide Jewish organization. I asked about Kabala, the Jewish mysticism part of Judaism, which has great powers. I asked this person, “Why didn’t the...

 

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....

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    May 7, 2021

Steven Spielberg launches foundation to fund Jewish-themed documentaries

(JTA) — Steven Spielberg has launched a film foundation called Jewish Story Partners to fund documentaries that “tell stories about a diverse spectrum of Jewish experiences, histories, and cultures.” It’s funded by the Righteous Persons...

 

We have the power to change the world

This is a speech given by Hope Adelson at her bat mitzvah at the Congregation of Reform Judaism. At school, before we start our lesson, my class usually talks and jokes a bit. It's a way of getting...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 7, 2021

Jewish groups welcomed Biden's designation of an Armenian genocide

WASHINGTON (JTA) — One Wednesday in October 2007, seven Jewish lawmakers on the House Foreign Affairs Committee did something extraordinary: They ignored the pleas of the Jewish establishment. Jewish politicos were often happy to advance the...

 

Leave a Will to ensure a Jewish burial

A few days before Pesach, Rabbi Yanky Majesky of Chabad North Orlando got a very disturbing phone call. A relatively young Jewish woman had passed away all alone with no known next of kin. The woman...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 7, 2021

What is Israel's Mount Meron and why were so many Orthodox Jews gathered there for the Lag B'Omer holiday?

(JTA) — “If you haven’t seen the joy of Lag b’Omer on the grave of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, you haven’t seen joy at all,” wrote the author Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israel’s first Nobel Prize laureate. That description reflects an aspect of...

 
 News    May 7, 2021

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 Gloria Yousha    Features    May 7, 2021

Scene Around

More super talents ... Sure, sure ... you knew MAURY POVICH was Jewish. (I didn't). I knew he was married to CONNIE CHUNG, and she converted to Judaism. What I didn't know, is they are both super...

 

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