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Holocaust Center says exhibit does not honor George Floyd

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center is hosting an exhibit titled "Uprooting Prejudice: Faces of Change." The exhibit is a collection of 45 photographs by photographer John Noltner,...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    December 4, 2020

In hard-hit New Jersey, group seeks to boost small businesses

(JNS) A minor league baseball stadium in Lakewood, N.J., served as the outdoor meeting ground for some 500 participants in the JBiz 2020 COVID-19 Business Expo and Conference sponsored by the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce. The event held on Nov...

 

It's time to light up the Chanukiah!

Chabad of Greater Orlando is hosting several Chanukiot lightings around town. Chabad and The Roth Family JCC will kick off the holiday by lighting a menorah in front of the JCC building at 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 10. Every event will include music,...

 

Update on the car parade for Chanukah

One more stop has been included in the Jewish Pavilion and Chabad North Orlando Chanukah Car Parade on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 12:30 p.m. Beginning at the gate before Oakmonte Village (1021 Royal Gardens Cir., Lake Mary), the parade will continue on to...

 

Israel opens tenders for construction of 1,257 housing units in Givat Hamatos

(JNS) - Israel moved ahead on Sunday with plans laid out in February to build 1,257 housing units in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Hamatos. The Israel Lands Authority opened...

 

European Research Council awards $11.5 million grant to Israeli, German researchers

(JNS)— The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded its prestigious €9.7 million  ($11.5 million) Synergy Grant jointly to researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and Charité–Universitätsmedizin Berlin, according to a statement from the...

 

Quebec to allow gatherings during Christmas, but not Chanukah

(JTA) — Jewish groups in Quebec are expressing dismay after the province announced a plan to allow small gatherings at Christmas but said gatherings during Chanukah would remain prohibited. The plan would permit Quebecers to have gatherings of up t...

 

Anti-Semites combating anti-Semitism: An Orwellian farce

(JNS) — If George Orwell is spinning in his grave these days, he’s likely rolling so hard with laughter that it’s bringing him and the rest of us to tears. An upcoming webinar on Jew-hatred is but one of many recent examples of phenomena that e...

 

It's time to be a Maccabee

Aish Hatorah Resources  The Chanukah battle isn’t over. Close your eyes and picture it: Greek soldiers, more than the eye can count, marching toward Jerusalem. They easily take Jerusalem and the entire land of Israel and impose harsh rules and...

 

Black and Jewish communities stand together against hate

(JNS) — You don’t have to look far to see hate and division tearing apart our communities. But it’s our own fault. We otherize people who appear different from ourselves. People who look differently, speak differently, vote differently ...

 

The Chanukah challenge for young Jews

(JNS) — Chanukah’s popularity with American Jews was largely the result of a futile though determined effort to compete with Christmas. While enjoying freedom, prosperity and influence that was unprecedented in the history of the Diaspora,...

 

When will Jewish refugees from Arab nations get the justice they deserve?

(FLAME via JNS) — When the mainstream media and United Nations refer to refugees in the context of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, they’re usually referring only to the so-called Palestinian refugees. While much can be said about the...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    December 4, 2020

China wants to blind the world

(JNS) — American democracy may be immersed in crisis at the present time, but the various claims of its death are, as Mark Twain might have quipped, greatly exaggerated. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said on the other side of the world. “We...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, some minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of North Orlando is holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset;...

 

A hallmark Chanukah

Even though the pandemic has altered our world, my husband Larry and I will still maintain many of our traditions this Chanukah. Eating potato pancakes with applesauce. Lighting candles each night. “Betting” on which candle lasts the longest....

 

Jeremy Greenbaum is a 'huggable' mensch

Jeremy Greenbaum is a writer, illustrator singer, dancer, model and Broadway actor in New York City who has family ties to Central Florida through his beloved aunt and uncle, Billie and Larry Parker,...

 

Tired of Chinese fried rice? Try cauliflower fried rice

Chinese food is the choice of many during the holiday season. The following is a twist on the standby fried rice, created by local resident Myrna Ossin. Cauliflower Fried Rice Ingredients 1 medium...

 

Bar Mitzvah - William Joseph McNarney

William Joseph McNarney, son of Lauren Roth and Michael McNarney of Orlando, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland.... Full story

 

Scene Around

I am sooo proud ... I know I've said this before, many times: "Much of the American Songbook (no rap) was composed by Jews. The greatest songs of all time, in my opinion!" The other night while...

 

Volunteering with the Jewish Pavilion

It didn't take long for Susie Stone to get involved with the Jewish Pavilion. She and her husband, Mark, first came to Orlando in 1974 for a brief visit for few years. They eventually moved back for...

 
 By Curt Schleier    News    December 4, 2020

Chanukah photography exhibit offers a window into Hasidic Jewish life

When the Yiddish New York Festival kicks off on the first night of Chanukah, the coincidence of the weeklong celebration of Yiddish culture, food, music and dance with the Festival of Lights will be...

 

Chabad North Orlando holds Toy Drive with Sheriff's Office

When the Torah tells us about the Jewish holidays, it reminds us that while we are celebrating our blessings, we must remember the less fortunate "you shall rejoice before the Lord, your God, you,...

 

Obituary - CHARLOTTE KAYE (GEARTNER) KALEKY

Submitted by the family Charlotte Kaye (Geartner) Kaleky passed away on Nov. 25, 2020. Charlotte was born in Baltimore, Md., on Feb. 9, 1932, and resided in West Orange, New Jersey. In the 1960s, Charlotte ventured off with her four children to live... Full story

 

Public displays of Chanukiot

Not every commandment is given a rabbinical justification as clear as that of the mitzvah (commandment) of lighting the Chanukah lights (whether they are candles or oil, which are both...

 

Disney's 'Elena of Avalor' Chanukah episode is a win for representation

When Disney first announced that it would be airing a Chanukah episode of its popular series "Elena of Avalor" featuring a Latina Jewish princess, the Jewish internet was abuzz with anticipation. I...

 

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