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Articles from the September 18, 2020 edition

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A guide to the High Holidays prayers

(My Jewish Learning via JTA) - The High Holidays prayer book, or machzor, emphasizes the themes of the Days of Awe - introspection and repentance. Rosh Hashanah as the opening day of a court trial "Th...

 

Jewish candidate Tracey Kagan aims to break the glass ceiling in Seminole County

Two years ago, Tracey Kagan ran for office for the first time. Now she's running again - but this time, "it's a whole different ballgame," said Kagan. "I have learned so much in the past two years...

 

It's Moira for tax collector

Radio personality Moira is running for Seminole County Tax Collector. "This is the bravest thing I've ever done," she told Heritage. "I'm stepping off that cliff and hope to leave this place better th...

 

ECLC fundraiser surpasses goal

This community rocks when it comes to fundraising challenges. On Sept. 9 the Roth Family JCC held a 36-hour fundraiser for the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center, which has experienced a decline in enrollment because of the COVIC...

 

Mendelsohns lose their home in Montana to fire

Maitland residents Jason and Ronni Mendelsohn have a home in Bozeman, Montana, which they recently lost to a fire that destroyed 28 homes in the area. The NBC television station in Montana...

 

Rosh Hashanah cover photo

The cover of last week’s Rosh Hashanah issue was of Rabbi Jason Weiner who planned to put a mask on his shofar during the High Holidays. Many others have followed suit to ensure that they do not spread the coronavirus when blowing the ram’s...

 

You can still get Ben's Challah

Like other nonprofits, the Jewish Pavilion is cancelling their gala for 2020. Their ungala will consist of a silent online auction from Oct. 18-23. Instead of donning your annual Gems and Jeans...

 

Unified, despite political divide

Heritage Jewish News employee Gil Dombrosky is a devout Democrat. Central Florida Publishing employee Johnny Johnson is a devout Republican. Johnson delivers the weekly paper from the printer to the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 18, 2020

This map shows the 20 congressional districts with the most Jews

(JTA) - About one-third of American Jews live in just 20 of the country's congressional districts. Nearly half of those districts are in New York, and all but one of them is represented by a...

 

Hamas, Fatah have agreed to join forces against Israel

(Israel Hayom and JNS staff via JNS) — Hamas deputy political chief Saleh al-Arouri said on Monday that due to recent events in the region, the terrorist organization and its political rival, Fatah, had agreed to join forces. In an interview with...

 

Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in wake of Israel-UAE deal

(JNS) — U.S. President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, in part for helping to broker the treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, dubbed the “Abraham Accord.” He was nominated by Norwegian Parliament...

 

Orwellian Cancel Culture comes to the Jewish world

(The Jewish Advocate) — The relentless, previously failed attempts of extremist groups J Street and New Israel Fund to demonize, silence, and “cancel” strong defenders of Israel and the Jewish people, is now being repeated by JCRC (“JCRC...

 

Not silent and not still

(JNS) This week’s Torah portion is Deuteronomy 29:20-30:9, which calls upon Israel to be faithful to the covenant in the land God has given them. God promises that even if Israel is scattered among the nations and the land lies desolate, He will...

 

President Trump: Pandemic warrior

Just before Donald Trump was sworn in as our 45th president, outgoing president Barack Obama told him his biggest problem would be North Korea.  Obama was wrong! North Korea, though problematic, proved less troublesome than expected, due to...

 

Why I am not voting for Donald Trump

This article is in response to “Donald Trump: Social Justice President” (Rabbi Sanford Olshansky, Heritage, Aug. 28, 2020).  The High Holy Days will be very different this year for all of us. Rather than meeting fellow congregants in our...

 

Shofar sounds and Jewish unity

The shofar sounds that we blow on the High Holidays take on a new meaning this year as we enter the holiday.  Traditionally, the notes tekiah, shevarim, and teruah represent different notes of cries. This idea of crying is meant to stir our...

 

Are we reduced to ineffectual 'guests' in this country?

Dear Editor: There is a hypocrisy of the highest order when major media giant Facebook and its “I’m no longer a Jew” founder Mark Zuckerberg can allow Holocaust deniers open access to Facebook and not remove them. Tell that to the 7 million...

 

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....

 

Jewish professor who made false claims about her ethnicity resigns

(JNS) - Jessica Krug, a Jewish professor at George Washington University who falsely identified as a black person, has resigned, announced the Washington, D.C.-based university on Wednesday. The uni...

 

Stepping up remote learning with technology and dedicated faculty

Jewish Academy of Orlando has upgraded the school's remote learning offering by investing in new technology and by naming Emily Watson, a veteran teacher as remote learning coordinator. Twenty...

 

Saving Jacob's Sheep

Jenna Lewinsky is panicked, rightly so. She's facing eviction. But it's not a bank that is forcing her to give up her home. She's not done anything wrong. In fact, she's done everything right. Many pe...

 
 By Sophie Katz    News    September 18, 2020

SOJC prepares for 'High Holy Days unlike any other'

For the last several months, the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation has held Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services over Zoom, in a well-received effort to keep the community both safe and connected in the unprecedented times created b...

 

Performance artist goes on international virtual tour LIVE from his apartment in D.C.

In the midst of a 12-city, 4-country, 64-show international virtual tour during a global pandemic, award-winning performance artist Brian Feldman brings the online version of one of his signature...

 

Scene Around

Iran's ban on Israel ... I read this in the World Jewish Congress digest, said to myself "oy vay," and pass it along to you: Iranian President HASSAN ROUHANI issued an implementation order of a law...

 

6 months into pandemic, Jews prepare for a High Holiday season of rupture and resilience

(JTA) - For many Jews, a high point of services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is the Unetaneh Tokef prayer, which wonders who will live and who will die in the year ahead. This year, that question...

 

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