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JCRC show support at MLK interfaith ceremony

The Jewish Federation Jewish Community Relations Council members were among more than 100 people who participated in a march through downtown Orlando that culminated with an interfaith ceremony at...

 

Rafi Layish is a book illustrator on his way to the movies

Almost every year during Passover, Rafi Layish's family would watch "The Prince of Egypt," an animated movie about the Exodus. He loved it. "It was a really cool movie all around for animation, soundt...

 

Rosen JCC names Romirowsky as CEO

Dr. Reuben L. Romirowsky, an accomplished executive with three decades of leadership roles at Jewish community organizations in New York and New Jersey, has been named chief executive officer of The...

 

Jewish pros, cons regarding Barr

(JNS)-U.S. President Donald Trump's pick to become attorney general has elicited mixed reviews from Jewish groups. William Barr, who served in the same role under the late President George H.W. Bush,...

 

The Central Florida Jewish Book Festival comes in February

The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando and Writer's Block Bookstore of Winter Park present the Central Florida Jewish Book Festival on Feb. 10 and 12. These events are part of a...

 

Israeli guest speaker at annual Sister City (Cocoa and Beit Shemesh) gala

Workers busy with new road construction in Beit Shemesh, Israel, have uncovered remains of a city from the time of the first Temple. The Sister City program of Cocoa, Florida and Beit Shemesh invites...

 

Genealogical Society helps you learn genealogy software

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando presents, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Family Tree Maker, But Were Afraid to Ask: A Discussion with Mark Olsen.” Olsen is Family Tree Maker’s representative, and he will speak to the...

 

I love the '90s, how about you?

The Jack and Lee Rosen JCC is hosting a Decades "I love the '90s" Party on Feb. 2 from 7:30 p.m.- 11 p.m. There will be live music by Anti-Idol, a silent auction, food and drinks and free...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 25, 2019

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said state will sanction Airbnb for delisting Jewish settlements

(JTA)—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida would take action against Airbnb for its decision to remove listings of rooms and homes for rent in West Bank Jewish settlements. Airbnb announced in November 2018 that it would remove the listings of...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 25, 2019

Groups leave national Women's March

(JTA)—The Southern Poverty Law Center and a major Reform synagogue in New York have disassociated themselves from this year’s Women’s March. Top leaders of the main organization have been accused of engaging in or condoning anti-Semitism, of...

 

Carol Channing, the original star of 'Hello Dolly!,' dies at 97

(JTA)-Actress Carol Channing, who originated the starring role in "Hello Dolly!" on Broadway and won a Tony Award for her portrayal of the boisterous widow, has died. She was 97. Channing was the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    January 25, 2019

Robert Luck named to Florida Supreme Court

(JTA)-A Jewish judge in Miami was named to the Florida Supreme Court at the Jewish day school where he attended kindergarten, finishing the ceremony by reciting a Jewish prayer. The appointment of...

 

Context is key: It was a riot, not a protest

(JNS)—Over the past several weeks, much discussion has been made about the events last spring on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Many have equivocated the actions of violent rioters inspired by Hamas (a terrorist organization) and...

 

Shabbat on the high seas -Part II

As I mentioned in my column two weeks ago, whenever my wife and I travel overseas we always listen for the sounds of Jewish. In that column I described how, upon boarding our cruise ship on the Friday afternoon before Christmas, I was hoping to have...

 

Answering #ifnotnow

Civility. It was something basic to our society. We were taught at home to be respectful of other people, specifically those older than ourselves. We were taught to listen to other peoples’ opinions, not interrupt and then offer our own take on...

 

Israel and the argument about Trump's wall

(JNS)—It may be that supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump and those who back the Israeli government led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are now so closely aligned that the latter have no qualms about the Jewish state being...

 

The Forward's woes deal the Jewish world a blow to the kishkes

NEW YORK (JTA)—My dad, who grew up in a time and place where his Judaism only marked him as an outsider, never really got my professional fascination with all things Jewish. That all changed when nearly 20 years ago I got a job with the Forward, th...

 

The era of 'never again' is ending

(JTA)—Filmmaker Steven Spielberg told NBC News he thinks society must take the possibility of genocide more seriously now than it has in the past generation. In an interview marking the 25th anniversary of “Schindler’s List,” Spielberg...

 

There have been Jewish presidential candidates

Dear Editor: In the Dec. 28th edition, Jim Shipley states in his column that “So far, no Jew has run for president.” Anyone who is not living under a rock would immediately recognize the error of that statement. Several Jews have run for U.S....

 

What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) 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. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30 a....

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    January 25, 2019

Illinois governor opens up about his family's immigrant past

(JTA)—J.B. Pritzker’s great-grandfather slept in a train station on his first night in Chicago. Now his billionaire descendant is about to become the governor of Illinois. Pritzker, a Jewish venture capitalist and Democrat, defeated the Republica...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 25, 2019

Five Jewish things to know about Kamala Harris

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Kamala Harris, the junior senator from California, is reportedly set to announce her bid for the Democratic presidential nod. Harris, 54, is a progressive on most issues who draws...

 
 By Paul Lefton    News    January 25, 2019

Choices 2019: Empowerment on display

For its 25th installment, Choices, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's signature women's philanthropy event, returned to the simple elegance that marked its beginning, with a festive cocktail...

 

Intertwined as one-a story of the past and the present

What if a dismembered corpse was discovered underneath your treasured family vacation home? How would you react? For one woman, this really happened to her family. Deborah Vadas Levison, an...

 

Scene Around

Bigotry at its worst... I read this recently and pass it along: "Following outrage from the World Jewish Congress and other leading Jewish groups, the online streaming giant Netflix cancelled the...

 

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