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 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 14, 2021

Important community-wide event: Let's get educated together about the dangers of drugs in our own back yard

Within a year, in the Orlando area several of our beloved Jewish young adults died due to an accidental drug overdose. Statistically, it is likely that someone close to you will suffer from a...

 

The Book of Ruth: A Zionist story for Shavuot

The duality of Shavuot is undeniable: the yom tov exists, or rather coexists, with distinctly different facets. On the one hand is its status as an agricultural festival marking the wheat/barley...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 14, 2021

Antisemites protest at JCC

On Thursday, May 6, an antisemitic group called the Goyim Defense League stood across the street from The Roth Family JCC with signs and megaphones, ranting their propaganda to protest against the...

 
 By JNS    News    May 14, 2021

Rivlin taps Yair Lapid

(JNS) - Israel's President Reuven Rivlin has announced that Yair Lapid will now receive the mandate to form the country's next government. Rivlin made the announcement in a televised statement from...

 

A request to help the homeless

Last December, the Seminole County's Sheriff's office held a Toy Drive for neglected children in partnership with Chabad of North Orlando. Following on the success of that campaign, Sheriff's Deputy...

 

Remembering the largest mass arrest of rabbis in St. Augustine

The Eighth Annual Commemoration of the largest mass arrest of rabbis in U.S. history will take place outdoors at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bayfront, 32 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, at noon, Friday,...

 

Orlando CARES rental assistance program accepting new applications

JFS Orlando CARES, the emergency COVID-19 rental assistance program of Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, officially re-opened on May 1, 2021 and is accepting new applications. Dedicated to providing relief to those severely impacted during...

 

War in Israel?

Tensions are rising and rocket fire is constantly changing as Sderot, Ashkelon and Tel Aviv are under fire. In Jerusalem, the Temple Mount riots are escalating. The central Israeli city of Lod was...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    May 14, 2021

Biden administration 'dead set' on re-entering Iran deal, despite high price

(JNS) — In recent days, conflicting reports have emerged over the ongoing negotiations in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, leading to questions over to what extent the United States will undo Trump-era sanctions against Tehran. Richard...

 

My son was at the Mount Meron disaster

First person On Thursday evening, as I was just about to close my computer, I saw the news alert from The New York Times: “Breaking News: At least 15 people are dead and dozens are injured after a stampede at a religious celebration in Israel....

 
 By Yori Yalon    News    May 14, 2021

Ahead of 54th Jerusalem Day, capital's population nears 1 million

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — In the runup to Jerusalem Day, which this year falls on May 9, the city continues to be Israel’s largest, with a population nearing 1 million, according to a study by the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research. The...

 
 By Jeff Seidel    Opinions    May 14, 2021

Mount Meron: A personal account

(JNS) — As ecstatic songs rang through the hills, I tried to enter the stadium around the grave of the Mishnaic sage and spiritual luminary, Shimon bar Yochai. It was packed rock-solid with people. “That’s OK, let’s listen outside,” I...

 

Likud backstabbers

I was at a social gathering recently. In Israel, social events can easily become political events, or even indistinguishable from one another, especially in the turbulent period in which we find ourselves, hovering on the verge of a potential broad...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    May 14, 2021

Mr. Biden's Folly

The word “folly” has become associated with only one policy decision in all of our nation’s history. That policy decision was to purchase Alaska from Russia immediately after the end of the Civil War. The primary advocate of the purchase for...

 

Take it from a fat rabbi: Nobody needs your dieting advice

(JTA) — Do you want to know one small but powerful way we could make Jewish life more inclusive? Stop telling fat people about your diet and asking if they’d like to join you. Last year I launched Fat Torah, with the aim of confronting weight sti...

 
 By Sam Glaser    Opinions    May 14, 2021

A Shavuot revelation

Shavuot is a mysterious holiday. This commemoration of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai isn’t given a specific date for its celebration; instead we are told in the Book of Exodus to schedule it seven weeks from the second night of Passover. The...

 

'Never again' starts in school - Time to update Holocaust curriculum in Florida

Once only found on the extreme fringes of society, Holocaust denial, revisionism and antisemitism have seeped into our communities, houses of worship and, sadly, into our schools. When the principal of a public school in Boca Raton told a parent...

 

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. a...

 

Mass grave of Holocaust victims uncovered in Logoza, Belarus

(JNS) — A mass grave of Holocaust victims has been discovered near the village of Logoza in Belarus, the Daily Mail reported on Friday. Photos from the excavation site show that officials uncovered bone remains, full skeletons (some with bullets...

 

Clarification and correction

In the April 16 Heritage article “Laurie Cardoza-Moore: Get Holocaust education into schools, anti-Semitism out,” the source of Chairwoman of the Florida Holocaust Education Task Force Barbara Goldstein’s quotes was not included. She made...

 
 By Joe Baur    Features    May 14, 2021

This Hungarian coffee cake is even better than babka

One morning, my wife suggested I look into making a different kind of bread. Not necessarily to replace my weekly challah habit, but just to try something new. I asked what she had in mind and she...

 

Business Update: Small businesses supporting and empowering each other

Last year revealed that the 31.7 million small businesses in America can truly make a difference when they support and rally around other local businesses. By working together, small businesses kept...

 

Business Update: Find Your Fabulosity donates 65K lipsticks to domestic abuse victims

When Sheryl Kurland of Longwood, Fla., began traveling around the country doing interactive speaking engagements for college women on the topics of healthy relationships and sexuality, she was...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 14, 2021

Scene Around

Sad and disturbing ... Our own wonderful KEITH DVORCHIK, head of our Federation and Roth Family JCC, posted the following on computer: "Being Jewish is so much more than individuality. It is a commun...

 

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...

 

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