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  • Take the 5781 edition of the Rosh Hashanah Jewish pundit quiz

    Jonathan S. Tobin|Sep 18, 2020

    (JNS) — A year ago, Jews looked back on 5779 and wondered, after the Pittsburgh and Poway synagogue shootings and a resurgence of anti-Semitism on the right as well as the left, how things in the United States could get any worse. As I do every year, I cautioned that such a turn of events is always a possibility. But 5780 proved me more right on that score than I could have ever imagined. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t have a worldwide deadly coronavirus pandemic that would send a thriving global economy into a near-depression as one of m...

  • Obituary - RUTH GOLDHAR

    Sep 18, 2020

    Submitted by family Ruth “Billie” Goldhar, 96, of Longwood, Fla., passed away on Aug. 29, 2020. She was born on Sept. 28, 1923 to the late Joseph and Naomi Lehman in Chicago. She was married to the late David Goldhar for 61 years. Ruth and David moved to the Orlando area in 1956. She worked for the State of Florida for 30 years as an administrative assistant, where she helped many people with spinal chord and brain injuries rehabilitate so they were able to work. Ruth was very proud of her Jewish heritage and supported many Jewish age...

  • Obituary - JACK CHUDNEY

    Sep 18, 2020

    Jack Chudney, age 88, of Oviedo, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at Savannah Court of Oviedo, following a brief illness. Mr. Chudney was born on Sept. 10, 1931, in Sosnowiec, Poland, to the late Harry and Sara Hershkowitz Chudney. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Jacqueline Portnoy Chudney. They retired to the Orlando area in 2010 and he was a retired electrical engineer. Mr. Chudney is survived by his loving children: sons, David (Jay) Chudney of Orlando; Steven (Ralph) Chudney of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; daughter, Donna...


    Sep 18, 2020

    The following synagogues provided information about their High Holiday services to the Heritage by press time. For information about services at other local synagogues, contact the individual congregations. This year due to COVID-19, services during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will be completely different from those in years past. One of the basic tenets of Judaism is Pikuach Nefesh (the principle in Jewish law that the preservation of human life overrides virtually any other religious rule). Most synagogues will be hosting a choice:...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Sep 18, 2020

    Danish parliament to debate bill that would ban non-medical circumcision By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The Danish parliament is scheduled to consider a bill proposing a ban on non-medical circumcisions. Henri Goldstein, the president of the Jewish Community in Denmark, says the measure represents “the worst threat since World War II” to the country’s Jews, who traditionally circumcise baby boys on their eighth day of life, a ritual known as brit milah. The Danish parliament is set to vote sometime during its next session on the bill filed last mo...

  • Why Jews dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashanah and why vegans say the custom is a problem

    Josefin Dolsten|Sep 18, 2020

    NEW YORK (JTA) - The truth is, there is no commandment in Judaism to dip an apple in honey on Rosh Hashanah. But what would the Jewish New Year be without the custom? It's a question that bedevils vegans, many of whom won't eat honey because it's an animal product. So what's a mock chopped liver/seitan brisket/vegetarian stuffed cabbage kind of Jew to do? Jeffrey Cohan, the executive director of Jewish Veg, explains all the ways that honey production is problematic. In order to produce as much h...

  • How Rosh Hashanah became New Year's Day

    Michele Alperin|Sep 18, 2020

    The effort to strike a balance between a particularistic loyalty to Jewish religion and nationhood and a more universalistic commitment to the human community played itself out in the struggle to set a date for the beginning of the Jewish calendar year. The two possibilities were Nisan, the month of Passover, and Tishrei, the month of what is now known as the festival of Rosh Hashanah . In the Torah, the beginning of the year was clearly set at the first of Nisan, in the context of a description of the first Passover. “The Lord said to Moses a...

  • Sixth & I to fill seats with celebrities (sort of) for virtual High Holiday services

    Sep 18, 2020

    (JNS) - Members of the historic Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, D.C., will be able to sit next to Jewish celebrities, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, during High Holidays services. Kind of. The synagogue's virtual High Holidays services will feature its members next to cardboard cutouts of Jewish celebrities - something members can get for contributing $36 to the synagogue's "You in a Pew" fundraiser, which was launched on Wednesday. Other celebrities include, but...