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American Hebrew Academy Honor Society inducts seven local students

The American Hebrew Academy recently extended invitations to a select number of students worldwide for admittance into the esteemed American Hebrew Academy Honor Society. Now in its sixth year, the American Hebrew Academy Honor Society, modeled... Full story


Choices is off to the races this April

In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Women's philanthropy event, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is shaking things up again at this year's Choices. On Tuesday, April 14, at Congregat... Full story


Anti-Semitism on USF campus

Recently, the Heritage received a phone call from the mother of a young woman attending the University of South Florida. She was alarmed at what her daughter was telling her about the bullying tactics of the campus chapter of Students for Justice in... Full story


Rosen JCC comes of age-ready to grow

The Jack and Lee Rosen Jewish Community Center, Inc., is now officially a legal entity of its own. This marks a change in direction from the Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando and a renewed focus on... Full story

 By Paul Miller    News    March 6, 2015

New study: Over half of Jewish students face anti-Semitism in U.S. colleges

Originally published in Breitbart.com. A study titled "National Demographic Survey of American Jewish College Students 2014," conducted in the spring of 2014 by Trinity College in Hartford,... Full story


Scene Around

Unity in Paris, France... I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with my spouse in Paris a few years ago, although a single glass of diet coke at a Paris sidewalk café cost us $9 American. (Oy vay.) It might be higher today. I recently received this... Full story

 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 6, 2015

Speaking to Congress, Netanyahu slams 'bad deal' with Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech, in the end, was about reminding Americans that the enemy of your enemy may still be your enemy. He may have lost some friends... Full story


Former defense chief Rumsfeld blasts White House rhetoric on Netanyahu

Ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's much-debated March 3 address to a joint session of Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat, former U.S. secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld... Full story


1972 Munich Olympics survivor comes to Lake Mary

On Monday, March 16, Chabad of Lake Mary will host an evening with Dan Alon, one of five Israeli athletes who survived the Munich Massacre over 40 years ago during the Olympics of 1972. The event... Full story


UCF Distinguished Lecturers Series presents Dr. Zev Garber

"Teaching the Historical Jesus: A Teaching Lesson" will be the topic of the March 24, lecture by Prof. Zev Garber at UCF as part of the Judaic Studies Distinguished Lecturers Series. Dr. Zev Garber,...


Federation launches business networking program

This month, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando will launch its new Jewish Business Network. JBN is a group of Jewish business and professional men and women who are dedicated to this community and want to make it stronger. JBN meetings will... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 6, 2015

A dream deal with Iran

Love, as the song goes, is in the air. If the latest media reports are accurate, the United States and the Iranian regime are rapidly closing in on a deal over the mullahs’ nuclear ambitions. Admittedly, the source of this nugget of hope was... Full story

 By Ed Zeigler    Opinions    March 6, 2015

In danger: Free speech

Freedom of speech. What is it worth? Without it we can lose everything including our lives. Imagine what life would be like if radical Islam eliminates free speech. You will not be able to express your opinion. According to Wikipeda the Pakistan... Full story


If it walks like a duck...

Barack Obama is not a Muslim, but he shows signs of a Wannabe.  He emphasizes his middle name and his father’s origins when talking to Muslim audiences. That’s not a sin, but an effort to establish identity. He’d be a lousy politician if he... Full story


UJA Federation president donates to pro BDS organization, and has extremist positions on Israel

Alisa Robbins Doctoroff, president of the UJA-Federation of New York, the largest local philanthropy in the world leads an organization whose mission is to “care for people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jew... Full story


Why I spoke to Congress

Why did I go to Washington? Because, as prime minister of Israel, it’s my obligation to do everything in my power to prevent the conclusion of a bad deal that could threaten the survival of the State of Israel. The current proposal to Iran would... Full story


For 'taquyia,' Shibly gets an 'A'

Dear Editor: I found the recent interview with Mr. Hassan Shibly in the Orlando Sentinel dated Feb. 11, 2015, to be quite enlightening and informative. I was interested in what Mr. Shibly had to say. However, I was much more interested in what Mr.... Full story


What's Happening

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.... Full story


Rabbi's Torah roundtable and Friday night service at Congregation Beth Sholom

Rabbi Karen Allen of Congregation Beth Sholom in Leesburg will lead a Torah roundtable on Thursday, March 12 at 1 .pm. at the Sumter County Administration Building (with the golden dome) at 7375 Powell Road (near Pinellas Plaza and 466A), Wildwood.... Full story


The medical benefits of creative art therapy

JFS Orlando will host its ongoing Sharsheret programming to help raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer at an interactive seminar hosted by local art therapist, life coach, and professor, Marietta Miller. Participants will learn how to... Full story



Morty Foxson of Orlando, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at Health Center of Windermere. He was 90 years old. Mr. Foxson was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 26, 1924, to the late William and Sarah Pianin Foxson. He was a high school... Full story



Mildred T. Sokolow passed away peacefully in Tallahassee, Fla., on Jan. 31, 2015, with her son, Gary, daughter-in-law, Wendy, and grandson, Andrew, at her bedside. She was 87 years old. Mrs. Sokolow went to join her husband, David, and daughter,... Full story


Obituary - ROBERT E. L. TALLEY

Robert Talley passed away on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at Florida Hospital – Orlando. He was 85 years old. Mr. Talley was born on July 2, 1929, at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, to the late Benjamin and Grace Lattner Talley. In... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    Features    March 6, 2015

A Jewish Pavilion Gala by the numbers

On Sunday, Feb. 22, ESP entertainer and mentalist, Mark Stone, wowed the crowd at the Jewish Pavilion Gala with a jaw-dropping demonstration of mental gymnastics. Stone entertained the packed... Full story


Holocaust Center's Education Forum: Using political cartoons

On Thursday, Feb. 12, the Holocaust Center hosted an education forum titled Using Political Cartoons to Teach about Human and Civil Rights. More than 30 teachers and local residents joined with Mitch... Full story


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