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Remembering Ezra Schwartz: 'He made our lives better and happier'

By Penny Schwartz BOSTON (JTA)-For some 2 1/2 hours, Ezra Schwartz was remembered for his unbridled joy and passion for life, his deep and ever-widening circle of friends, and his athletic prowess as... Full story


Jerusalem chosen among 'Best Cities in the World'

ISRAEL21c-Israel features in 11 categories in the Condé Nast Traveler's 28th annual Readers' Choice Awards. Jerusalem, El Al, and select Eilat, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv hotels were chosen as among... Full story


Former Longwood resident shot stopping abduction

(JTA)—A Jewish Tulane Medical School student was shot in the stomach while trying to stop the attempted abduction of a woman on a New Orleans street. Peter Gold, 25, a fourth-year medical student, and the son of Gail and Dr. Robert Gold of Longwood... Full story


Update: mahjong 'scandal' goes viral

Who would have thought that an article about four ladies being cut off from playing their beloved mahjong in their condo community clubhouse would become international news? The Heritage’s website... Full story


Chabad North and South celebrate Chanukah

Chanukah is a very festive time for Chabad of South Orlando. There is fun for all ages, starting with the Grand Family Festival on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Chabad Center of Jewish Life, 7347 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando. The... Full story


An ordinary man's extraordinary experiences

Temple Israel's Adult Education Committee will host Dr. Harry Rein who will discuss his new book titled "From Stethoscope to Gavel: Of becoming a Doctor, Lawyer and Judge" on Dec. 13, at about 11:15... Full story


Rosen JCC hosts The Great Latke Cookoff

The Rosen JCC, located at 11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, will be hosting its second annual Great Latke Cookoff on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. It will feature aspiring chefs preparing latkes to be... Full story


Take a lesson from Chabad

Charles Bronfman and the other kings, queens, princes, dukes, duchesses, lords and ladies of the American Jewish community need to wake up to the impressive accomplishments of the passionate, strategic, creative and loving serfs and vassals of... Full story


Amnesia on settlements afflects Martin Indyk

A form of amnesia must be affecting the Obama administration’s former chief Mideast negotiator, Martin Indyk. It is, however, a very selective kind of amnesia—he forgets only concessions that Israel has made. Speaking recently at a conference in... Full story



Routines are everywhere, with everyone. Almost all our waking hours we are employing one or another. How we brush our teeth, fix our breakfast, drive to where we’ve been before, get ready for bed. They are crucial for government and politics. Just... Full story


How to honor Ezra Schwartz

A memorial ceremony was held at Ben Gurion Airport just before the body of 18-year-old Ezra Schwartz was flown to the United States for burial last Saturday night. William Grant, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, was in attenda... Full story


A tragic war with no end in sight

Our revulsion at the Paris attacks and subsequent Isis violence was palpable, and our reaction almost universal. We want action. But are we prepared to accept the difficult truth? The only answer to brute force by evil and depraved fanatics is brute... Full story


Double standards and selective sympathy

From the attacks in Paris to the deadly toll of terror in Israel, events of the past week have reminded us of the wide gap between Jews and the rest of the world. As if we needed any reminding. Following the rampage in Paris, which left over 140... Full story


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... Full story



Anita Lowitz, age 86, of Clermont, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont. She was the devoted wife to the true love of her life, Bernie, for 65 ½ years, until his death in December 2014. She was born in... Full story



Richard E. Miskin, age 88, of Orlando, passed away on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at Florida Hospital—East Orlando. Mr. Miskin, a native of Akron, Ohio, was born on Nov. 25, 1926, to the late Demeter and Elizabeth P Rusinko Miskin. He attended Purdue... Full story



Leone B. Needleman, age 91, of Orlando, passed away at Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont, on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Mrs. Needleman was born in Philadelphia, on Dec. 28, 1923, to Abraham M. Benn z”l and Esther Stirman Benn z”l. A high school... Full story



Goldie Weinstein, age 89, of Clermont, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at Springs of Lady Lake. She was born on Dec. 30, 1925, in London, England, to the late Simon and Katie Clara Taylor Hecht. She lived bravely through the Blitz and met the... Full story

 By Pamela Ruben    News    December 4, 2015

Yiddishe maven, Joan Pohl, honored at Jewish Pavilion Volunteer Luncheon

The Jewish Pavilion will host its Annual Volunteer Luncheon, JP Connections, at the Altamonte Hilton on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Altamonte Hilton at 11 a.m. The luncheon will honor volunteers Joan... Full story


Scene Around

Have you ever heard of JDC?... I hadn't until now, actually not until I received this info in the mail last week. JDC stands for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Their main... Full story


Go 'Over the Rainbow' with Theater at the J

You may know the names Gershwin, Porter, Lennon and McCartney, but do you know the name Arlen? That’s what motivated Kerry Giese, director of The Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando’s Theater at the J to stage The Wonderful Wizard of Song: An Even... Full story


At Chanukah, how do we kindle the lights within ourselves?

JERUSALEM (JTA)-There is nothing cuter than my 5-year old daughter coming home from kindergarten with an overly decorated menorah in hand singing "Ner li Ner li, ner li dakik," the Israeli version of... Full story


Chanukah karma? A miracle cancer recovery for Baruch Nissan Snyder

William (Baruch Nissan) Snyder is a vibrant 12-year-old boy. He loves baseball, football, swimming, riding his bike, and playing video games. He laughs heartily, his gigantic sense of humor shining th... Full story


'Avi the Ambulance Goes to School'

Inspired by the lifesaving work of Magen David Adom, Avi the Ambulance brings young readers along on exciting adventures in emergency training and rescue. This picture-book series also helps young... Full story


Ten tips for an accessible Chanukah party

WASHINGTON (JTA)—With Chanukah on the way, it’s easy to hold a party where all guests—disabled and not—feel welcomed, respected and have fun. All it takes is some planning. Here are some tips to ensure you are being inclusive, thoughtful and... Full story


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