Articles from the September 19, 2014 edition

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B'nai B'rith disturbed by anti-Israel animosity

B’nai B’rith is troubled that a gathering in Washington, D.C., to support Christians persecuted by radical Islamists has been overshadowed by a display of animosity toward Israel. During the “In Defense of Christians” (IDC) summit, Sen. Ted Cruz (R... Full story


Congregation Sinai prepares for the High Holidays

For over 10 years Congregation Sinai, a full-service progressive congregation, which considers itself “a little bit Conservative and a little bit Reform,” has been holding services, social events, adult education classes, Torah study, and youth educa... Full story


Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly converting to Judaism

( Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow is "quietly converting to Judaism," The New York Post reported. The outlet's gossip column, Page Six, reported that Paltrow is converting after... Full story


Temple Israel's High Holidays and Yizkor for the unaffiliated

Rabbi Joshua Neely will be leading services at Temple Israel throughout the High Holidays. The theme of his messages this year is to find your core within Judaism's core. You can live superficially... Full story


Bernstein new congregational life coordinator at Temple Israel

President Eric Hoffman is pleased to announce that Susan Bernstein has been hired as Temple Israel's congregational life coordinator. Bernstein brings to Orlando a wellspring of experiences and... Full story


Hands-on High Holiday children's workshop at Temple Israel

The Ritual Committee chairman at Temple Israel, Natan Brener, has announced there will be a hands-on High Holiday workshop for school-aged children and their family members on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Roth Social Hall.... Full story


Charles' Challenge

Charles Schwartz, of blessed memory, was a challenging man. On first impression the words many people chose to describe him were often couched in cautious criticism. Reserved. Opinionated. Controlled.... Full story


The danger of depending on Turkey

By Ben Cohen Here’s the good news: the Obama administration has finally grasped that the onslaught of the Islamic State terror group through Iraq and Syria needs to be defeated and destroyed. Sixty-one percent of Americans, according to a W... Full story


A century on, we're still at it

Wednesday morning we woke to our neighborhood in the headlines. My inbox included two notes from overseas inquiring about our safety. “Activists” (“terrorists” is on the other edge of the politically correct; “thieves’ or “vandals” may be correct in... Full story


Popular rabbi's parting shot

When I asked Rabbi Andy Bachman what he plans to speak about in his sermons during this, his last, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services as senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim, I thought he would bring up the importance of closing the gap... Full story


Reflections on Rosh Hashanah 5775

As we mark the end of another year with the advent of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, we pause to take stock of the year that has passed, to learn from ourselves, our experiences and our mistakes as we move forward to build a better future. This... Full story


Students for Justice in Palestine arrives on UCF campus

Anti-Semitism is rising at an alarming rate across the United States, especially on college campuses. A group such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is not interested in engaging in civil conversations with pro-Israel students. They would... Full story


What's Happening - Friday, September 19 - Friday, September 26

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Con... Full story


Rosh Hashanah greetings from Central Florida Hillel

The Jewish New Year is a time for starting anew, for leaving the past behind us and crafting a better future for ourselves and our community. It is a time for courage when we take a look at ourselves... Full story



Madaleen Kamenoff passed away, Tuesday, Sept. 9. She was 88 years old. Madaleen was the daughter of Lillian and Harry Schulman. She was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and came to Florida with her family when she was 3 years old. She grew up in... Full story


Synagogue Service Schedule

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. Most synagogues require tickets for... Full story


Scene Around

"Can we talk?"... My heart is breaking (and many of you feel as I do) at the news that Joan Rivers passed away recently. I loved her and have followed her career for more that half-century, stealing... Full story


Jewish Federation Rosh Hashanah message

On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, we want to express our best wishes to you and your family for a sweet New Year 5775. According to Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah is the... Full story


Life after 40

At the start of 5774, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando embarked on a new chronological chapter-having just celebrated our 40th anniversary. And while the number 40 has major... Full story


Jewish Academy of Orlando Rosh Hashanah Message

One of the unique aspects of the High Holidays is that the focus is on the past, present and future all at the same time. We reflect on the year that has just come to an end and ask our family and fri... Full story


Escapegoat app returns: Enables users to offload sins to a virtual goat

In 2013, G-dcast, a San Francisco-based new media studio, launched the eScapegoat app, encouraging users to engage in deeper Jewish learning and to prepare for Yom Kippur by offloading their sins to a virtual goat, in an echo of an ancient... Full story


KosherFoodieBox delivers kosher trends to foodies' doorsteps

NEW YORK-KosherFoodieBox (, introduces the tastiest way to discover the latest kosher food introductions without shopping or traveling from store to store. The web-based... Full story


Sheryl Kashuk joins the Friedman Team

The Friedman Team (Jeff and Barbara) with Fannie Hillman & Associates is pleased to welcome their new team member Sheryl Kashuk. Sheryl joins the team with many years of both sales and interior... Full story


.Com Marketing acquired by EdgeCore

Hillary S. Bressler is one of the nation’s authorities on online marketing and an industry innovator. She is founder and CEO of .Com Marketing (, a result-driven digital marketing agency with a track record of proven success. T... Full story


How are things at the Jewish Academy of Orlando? Shofar, so good!

The students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando begin each morning during the Jewish month of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanah, by blowing the Shofar in anticipation and preparation for the New... Full story


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