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Summary of the JFGO annual meeting

Announced at the annual Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando meeting were the new board officers: president - Ming Marx; vice president - Danielle Krise; treasurer - Diane Jacobs; secretary - Rhonda...

 

Local artist wins E-Lit Award

Joni Okun's debut audiobook, "To Hold the Throne: A Novel of the Last Maccabee Princess and King Herod the Great" won the gold medal in the E-Lit Awards 2020 religious fiction category. E-Lit is an...

 

From annexation to normalization

(JNS) — Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said on Thursday that his government has moved away from plans to extend sovereignty to the Jordan Valley, and Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, in the wake of the recent U....

 

JFS High Holiday Hope Drive

During the COVID-19 pandemic, families across Greater Orlando are in need of hope now more than ever. Hope that can only be found through relief services like JFS Orlando’s Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry. Over the past few months, the Pantry has...

 

Orlando educators participate in 'Hidden Sparks' program

Teachers from Orlando Torah Academy are taking part in an elite training program to better address the social and emotional needs of their students whose academic year will start off differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hidden Sparks, a...

 

High school students can earn 2 credits studying Judaism

A unique opportunity is coming to Jewish high school students in Orlando this fall: The chance to earn two private college credits while exploring the tenets of Judaism. The course is being offered by CTeen U, a collaboration of Yeshiva University...

 

Two upcoming events sponsored by JFGO

There are two upcoming programs that the Federation is providing as New Year’s Gifts to the community, made possible by our generous sponsors. On Monday night Sept. 14, along with 24 other Federations around the country there will be a special...

 

Online auction to help the Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion seeks to enhance the lives of our elders, of all faiths, in long term care. They provide festive holiday programs and arrange friendly visits so that our aged know that they are no...

 

Progressive scholars release statement supporting Ritch, other Zionist college students

(Jewish Journal via JNS) — The Alliance for Academic Freedom, which describes itself as a group of more than 120 progressive and liberal academic scholars, have announced their support for Rose Ritch, who resigned from her position as USC student...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 4, 2020

Kamala Harris tells Jewish supporters aid to Israel will not be conditional in a Biden administration

(JTA) — Kamala Harris, the California senator who is the Democratic vice presidential nominee, told Jewish supporters that Joe Biden, the presidential nominee, would not place any conditions on US aid to Israel. “Joe has made it clear he will not...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 4, 2020

Nikki Haley cites Trump's Israel policies in convention speech

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, highlighted President Donald Trump’s Israel policies to make the case he has advanced a robust foreign policy. Haley depicted Joe Biden, the former vice president,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 4, 2020

Father of daughter killed at Parkland, praises Trump at RNC

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was among the victims of a gunman who attacked a high school in Parkland, Florida, delivered remarks at the opening night of the Republican convention. Pollack, who voted for Donald Trump in...

 

Did the Charlottesville quote define Donald Trump?

(JNS) — Three years later we’re still quoting, discussing and debating it. If there is a defining moment of the presidency of Donald Trump, it took place at a press conference on Aug. 15, 2017, when he allegedly called the neo-Nazis who...

 

CAIR 'exposes' itself

(JNS) — The Florida branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations started livestreaming a series of events on Aug. 16 under the title “EXPOSED” — described as “a compelling series of interviews with former political prisoners and...

 

The vaccine for Covid-19 must touch the heart

One by one, countries are scrambling to sign billion dollar contracts to buy nonexistent vaccines to Covid-19. At the moment, the development of an effective vaccine is highly questionable, at least according to WHO Secretary General António Guterre...

 

Defund the government

(JNS) — The police aren’t policing and the teachers aren’t teaching. While many vital services aren’t functioning, the useless machinery of the bureaucracy grinds on with no one to pay for it. Locked-down businesses don’t generate revenues...

 

Flying high over peace between Israel and the UAE

The truth is, I saw something coming this week, but not this. I never expected that “it” would be peace with another Arab country. “It” was the subject of speculation on a webinar I hosted this week about what was going on. But I thought...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, all minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) 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....

 
 By Ariel Kahana    News    September 4, 2020

'I hope sovereignty is a matter of when, not if,' says former US envoy

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — Former U.S. Special Representative for Middle East Affairs Jason Greenblatt on Wednesday called on those who oppose the suspension of Israel’s sovereignty initiative in favor of peace with the United Arab Emirates to...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 4, 2020

Lee Zeldin, one of the 2 Jewish Republicans in Congress, is in a dead heat in his House race

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Lee Zeldin, the Jewish Long Island Republican congressman, made the case for President Donald Trump by talking up his own service to his constituents and telling a harrowing...

 

Israel's COVID-19 task force director apologizes for asking Ukraine to ban Uman visits

(JNS) - Israel's national coronavirus project coordinator Ronni Gamzu apologized on Thursday for bypassing the country's political echelon and directly contacting Ukraine's President Volodymyr...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    September 4, 2020

Despite limits on Uman pilgrimage, some hold out hope to visit for Rosh Hashanah

(JNS) — Each year, tens of thousands of Jews from across the world make a pilgrimage to Uman, Ukraine, to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, at the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. The leader of the Breslov Chassidic dynasty, Rabbi...

 
 By Ashley Fisak    News    September 4, 2020

Volunteers: Essential to helping the Jewish Pavilion

No one wants to be forgotten. At the Jewish Pavilion our mission is "Enriching the lives of residents in elder-care facilities" and our purpose is "To see smiles on the faces of seniors!" This is the...

 

Scene Around

The Simon Wiesenthal Center ... I received a letter recently from Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the SWC. It started off like this: In 1977, I made a sacred vow to Simon Wiesenthal that the...

 

Jewish Academy of Orlando welcomes new "BEES"

Jewish Academy of Orlando welcomed many new "BEEs" this school year.  Here are a few photos before the start of school. Jewish Academy of Orlando serves central Florida students of all faiths from...

 

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