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Articles from the September 15, 2017 edition

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New beginnings with RAISE

Seated at a wide, long table in a room at Jewish Family Services in Central Florida are seven young adults (over the age of 18) with special needs, each accompanied by one parent who has agreed to... Full story


Spending Rosh Hashanah in Europe

As we are in the midst of the Jewish High Holidays, I can't help but remember where my husband and I were last year at this time. We had embarked on a Gate 1 Travel guided tour of Central and Eastern... Full story


Repair the World to observe 'A Different Kind of Service'

Repair the World, the largest Jewish service organization, invited young adults to Act Now for a Different Kind of Service with the 2017 Jewish High Holidays chapter of its service and education campaign. Repair the World also announced that the... Full story


Jewish Pavilion's 2017 High Holiday Schedule

Please join Jewish Pavilion program directors and volunteers for a high holiday service at any of these locations. The services are open to all. If you are looking for an address, please visit The Jewish Pavilion website, www.jewishpavilion.org and... Full story


Celebrate a new Rosh Hashanah second day Reform service with Cong. Sinai

Joseph and Lynn Goldovitz, the multi-talented spiritual leaders of Congregation Sinai Minneola will blow the shofar and play the harp as well as conduct the upcoming High Holidays. All holiday events are celebrated and commemorated for 2 days.... Full story


How we can upstage Billy Joel in the New Year

In the wake of the awful events in Charlottesville, Billy Joel’s fans got an inspiring surprise toward the end of his recent concert in Madison Square Garden. The singer, who does not wear his Jewish upbringing on his sleeve, came out for his encor... Full story


Just do it: A High Holidays call to action

(Rabbis Without Borders via JTA)—As the High Holidays tides approach and soon over-wash with their poignant waters of joy, awe, solemnity and introspection, it’s tempting to imagine that this season is only for emotional and spiritual internals.... Full story


Self-hatred: It's not just for self-haters! 

(JTA)—I used to joke that I am not a self-hating Jew: It’s all those other Jews I can’t stand. Like I said, I used to tell that joke. In the current political climate, self-hatred is no laughing matter. Calling another Jew “self-hating” is... Full story


Fear and trembling about High Holidays services

(Rabbis Without Borders via JTA)—Fear and trembling make a triumphant return to the Jewish calendar with the month of Elul and the initiation of the holiday countdown that leads to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. As a rabbinical colleague wrote,... Full story


How can we forgive the unforgivable?

(Rabbis Without Borders via JTA)—The month of Elul is the season of repentance and forgiveness that culminates with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. In the rabbinic imagination, Elul is an acronym for “Ani L’Dodi V’dodi Li”—“I am m... Full story


SPLC should rename 'Hate Map' to 'Groups We Hate Map'

The Southern Poverty Law Center admitted its fault and removed a town from its “Hate Map” this week. That map irresponsibly mixes religious organizations with violent hate groups, and this time it included the town of Amana because an unknown... Full story


What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) 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. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday—Friday, 7:30 a.... Full story



Bernice "Rusty" Sulman was the only child of Ceila and William Frost of Brooklyn, New York. She became a model at the prestigious John Powers Modeling Agency in N.Y. at an early age where she earned... Full story


Lifecycles 5777

B'nai Mitzvah Chloe Nicole Cayado Samuel James Cooper Alexa Coultoff Robert Lewin Dorman Rachel Marie Hart Marc Homburger Jacobs Daniel Bernard Kaprow Caleb Yosef Oxborough Benjamin Joseph Perreault Jacob Warren Robinson Delaney Jill Rosenblatt... Full story


Looking forward to another great year at Central Florida Hillel

It is a convenient occurrence (philosophically at least) that the Jewish New Year comes each year so close to the start of a new year on campus. Each year we get prepared to greet the New Year filled... Full story


A new year with great expectations

Shalom, friends, The staff and Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando wish you and your family a sweet New Year 5778! We enter a new year filled with great promise and great... Full story


JFS continues into the new year meeting the needs of community

As we prepare to enter our 40th year of serving those in need in Central Florida and the Jewish New Year, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando reflects on the lives we changed and the impact we h... Full story


2017-18 High Holiday greetings from the Jewish Pavilion

Transitioning to an independent, assisted or skilled nursing facility can be challenging for many seniors, as it is never easy to lose a lifetime of independence. However, Jewish elders face a host... Full story


Scene Around

I am so proud... I really am very proud of all the strides in medicine made by scientists at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev Center of Medical Innovation. That's why I write about it so often... Full story


Many new happenings at the Roth Family JCC in the new year

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year and the start of new things. With the turn of the seasons from summer to fall, it's a great time for thoughts and introspection. This time of year also happens to... Full story


May the Jewish Academy of Orlando grow 'meChayil El chayil'

The number 40 has great significance in the Torah and throughout rabbinic literature. The number 40 usually designates a time of radical transition or transformation. Consider the following: It... Full story


'Submission'-A book that is shaking public opinion in Europe

Few books in the last decade have aroused the controversy and public debate, at least in Europe, as Michel Houellebecq's "Submission." Still at the top of the charts in France, the novel,... Full story


Five new kids' books for the High Holidays

(JTA)-A challah-baking Jewish giant, a young baseball champ and an endearing boy in a pumpkin patch are among the stars of five delightful new books for kids published just in time for the High Holida... Full story


Apple and honey pie pops

Like most Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah brings to mind certain traditional food customs-the most well-known being the dipping of apples in honey. And while a classic apple pie or cake is a lovely... Full story


How to make Shakshuka for a crowd

By Shannon Sarna (The Nosher via JTA)-I think we can all agree that shakshuka is probably one of the greatest dishes ever created. It's easy, simple and you can usually make it from stuff you already... Full story


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