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Federation General Assembly examines Israel-Diaspora relations

JERUSALEM-The changing nature of the American Jewish community has been a much-debated topic ever since the release of the recent Pew Research Center survey, whose findings revealed rising assimilation and intermarriage rates. The Jewish Federations... Full story


Federation General Assembly examines Israel-Diaspora relations

JERUSALEM-The changing nature of the American Jewish community has been a much-debated topic ever since the release of the recent Pew Research Center survey, whose findings revealed rising assimilation and intermarriage rates. The Jewish Federations... Full story

 By Zach Pontz    News    November 15, 2013

South African Jews: Immigrate to Israel before 'it's too late'

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman recently urged South African Jews to immigrate to Israel, following incendiary comments by that country’s international relations minister. Writing on his Facebook page, Lieberman said the South Afr... Full story


Roth JCC's new speech program

Beginning in January, children between the ages of 18-36 months with speech and language challenges will benefit from a traditional, yet enhanced, preschool experience at the Roth Jewish Community... Full story


Ausmus catches MLB manager job

BALTIMORE (JTA)-Almost from the moment they met him, several officials and players with Israel's national baseball team said they saw manager Brad Ausmus headed for the major leagues. They cited his... Full story


Hillel at 90: Jewish campus umbrella's past, present, and future

When recent rabbinical school graduate Rabbi Benjamin Frankel began a part-time clerical position in 1923 working with students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), little could h... Full story


At-home testing kits available for Jewish genetic screening

One in four Jews is a carrier of one or more of the 19 known preventable Jewish genetic diseases, according to the Center for Jewish Genetics. Although Sephardic Jews and non-Jews can carry these... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    November 15, 2013

Israeli companies aim to zap brain diseases

JERUSALEM (JTA)—It looks like a futuristic salon hair dryer. Connected to a computer by a bright orange strip, the half-cube with rounded corners sits comfortably atop the head, a coil of wires resting on the skull. As a doctor stands at the... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    November 15, 2013

The anatomy of a wish from New Hope for Kids

Three years ago my 15-year-old daughter, Jennifer (Jenny), was granted a wish by New Hope for Kids Wishes for Kids Program in Maitland. Jenny chose to visit a medical center in the Los Angeles area.... Full story


Thirty-five days of Chanukah

While Jews across the globe celebrate Chanukah for eight nights, the part-time program directors at the Jewish Pavilion celebrate for more than a month. Visit the Pavilion's new website... Full story


A night at the museum in Orlando

Jewish National Fund (JNF)’s Women for Israel (WFI) will host “A Night at the Museum” at Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, located at 1000 Holt Avenue, 2765 in Winter Park, on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Ena Heller, director of the gallery,... Full story


Iran nuclear program: We only have ourselves to blame

One of the most irritating aspects of the international efforts to deal with Iran’s nuclear program lies in the unrealistic expectations that negotiations create, even among those—like the American Jewish advocacy groups who met with the White Ho... Full story


Losing an empire

America’s loss of dominance was inevitable. Its standing from the late ‘40s through the ‘50s could not last. The power derived from being the sole country on its feet after the most destructive war in history. The American economy thrived as a... Full story


Should we believe them?

Should you be fearful of someone who demands you convert to his religion or he will kill you? What if there were 100s of such fanatics demanding you convert or they will kill you? What if you learned that they have killed thousands who refused to... Full story


Best. Site. Ever.

It’s common these days to micromanage what information we receive. Many of us have a list of favorite Web sites and blogs we regularly go to, as well as Facebook pages and mobile apps that reflect our individual tastes and ideologies. It’s a way... Full story


Painful anatomical symptoms

A new book published in the United States this week reveals that President Obama considers the prime minister of Israel to be a pain in the tuchus. For those Yiddishly challenged this translates as a pain in the posterior. No doubt the diplomatic... Full story


Palestinians' failure to counter their own incitement a major impediment to peace

The subject of incitement as an impediment to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may finally be getting the attention it deserves. But even now, discussion of the issue glosses over a deeper problem. Israel has been complaining for... Full story


What's Happening -Friday, November 15- Friday, November 22

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


From Chabad at UCF to the New York City Shabbaton

The weekend of Oct. 24-27 I was granted a wonderful opportunity to attend the Chabad on Campus Shabbaton in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I haven't had an experience like this since I was a part of B'nai... Full story



Shirley A. Wolfe of Orlando, passed away on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Florida Hospital – Altamonte. She was 81 years old. A native of Essex, England, she was born on March 23, 1932, to the late Michael and Rachel Godfrey Myer. Mrs. Wolfe studied in... Full story


Examination of good and evil in the Holocaust

As part of Central Florida's Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Orlando's Adventist University of Health Sciences' presented its University Colloquium series with an inspiring... Full story


Comedy Club Night at the JCC

A night filled with laughter will be the Roth Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando's goal on Saturday, Dec. 7. That night, the Roth JCC will be hosting its a Comedy Club Night. The event will... Full story


Scene Around

Out with a bang... What is happening? I'm beginning to wonder if those mental cases who desire suicide, choose grand-standing shoot-outs in very public places like movie theaters, navy bases, malls, a... Full story


Trips to Israel help U.S. vets recover

He suffered from nightmares and had U.S.ed alcohol to blot out depression. After leaving Iraq as a wounded soldier in 2004, Harrison Manyoma of Humble, Texas, remained haunted by his experiences, which had culminated in a roadside car bomb... Full story


Jewish Pavilion and Atria host Chanukah celebration

Bringing the joys of Chanukah to local seniors is what the Jewish Pavilion is planning for the coming weeks and months. Atria Senior Living and the Jewish Pavilion are planning a community-wide... Full story


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