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Local author brings poetry reading back in style

Local author Lenore Richman Roland has just finished writing a book of poems for children, titled "Under Granna's Poetry Tree, Birthday Poems for her Grands." Her inspiration for this book has been he...

 

Give to OTA's online matching campaign

Orlando Torah Academy will launch its annual 36-hour online matching campaign on Dec 13 at 10 a.m. OTA has grown to almost 170 children from more than 70 families this year. The OTA campus has grown as well and now includes 2 buildings. The growth...

 

Congratulations to RAISE Employee of the Month, Max

Max Curtis is a valuable employee at both Dick and Dottie’s Cafe and Kinneret Senior Living Apartments. At Dick and Dottie’s Max has learned how to be a barista making a variety of delicious hot...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    December 9, 2022

A Zionist paragon is honored, four years after his heroic death

(JNS) - On September 16, 2018, Israel lost one of its fiercest defenders when a knife-wielding Arab stabbed Efrat resident Ari Fuld in the back at the Gush Etzion Junction, south of Jerusalem. Fuld...

 

No Thanksgiving in Israel - instead, more terror

What a dichotomy. Life in Israel vs. life in the U.S. Being a Jew has its challenges and rewards in both places...but being an American Jew vs. being an Israeli Jew is vastly different. I was just...

 

Jewish passengers booted off Lufthansa flight in May are getting $20,000 payouts

(JTA) — Nearly seven months after they were denied boarding in Frankfurt, a group of more than 100 Hasidic Lufthansa passengers are getting paid for their troubles. The airline is paying each passenger $20,000 plus giving them $1,000 to reimburse...

 

What happened to the 1947 UN Partition Plan?

(Palestinian Media Watch via JNS) — Nov. 29 is the 75th anniversary of the 1947 U.N. Partition Plan, General Assembly Resolution 18, which divided the geographical area west of the Jordan River into two states: a Jewish state and an Arab state. In...

 

Trump must make amends to the Jewish community

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — Donald Trump went too far. From the outset of his political career, he has been accused of supporting the racist right and some of his statements in this regard have come under harsh criticism from his Democratic rivals....

 

Yup - Life used to be simpler

I have written before about my dad. A two-fisted fighter who fought and fought hard for what he believed in. One thing he fell short on in his younger years was his Judaism. As I have said, his paternal grandfather was a nasty, bitter old man. He...

 

Israel does not need anyone's permission to exist

(JNS) — This November, Iraq is hosting a celebration to honor 90 years since the British gave it independence. Iraq will be joined by Jordan, which will mark 76 years since the British Mandate for Transjordan ended. In attendance at these...

 

Donald Trump may be unfit for office, but is not an antisemite

(JNS) — Much is being made of Donald Trump’s recent dinner at Mar-a-Lago with celebrity antisemite Kanye West (now known as “Ye”) and Ye’s friend Nick Fuentes, who is an outspoken white supremacist, Holocaust denier and neo-Nazi. Much of...

 

Regime change in Iran is a distinct possibility

(JNS) — My Iranian Jewish friends who live in the United States are telling me that regime change in Iran is a distinct possibility. Could the Biden administration do more to make this happen? You bet it could. The continued attempts to salvage a...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. 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....

 

He said, Ye said: Shapiro, West clash over Trump dinner

(JNS) — Conservative American commentator Ben Shapiro on Sunday tacitly condemned U.S. President Donald Trump for hosting a dinner last week attended by Ye and Holocaust denier and white supremacist Nick Fuentes, sparking a Twitter war-of-words...

 

8 Chanukah traditions from around the world

Many of the most well-known Chanukah traditions are universal. Whether you're in Argentina or Zimbabwe, Jews will mark the eight-day festival by lighting a menorah, eating fried foods and recounting...

 

The feminist Chanukah story I didn't know I needed

This story was originally published on HeyAlma. Most of the women in the Bible fall into a few distinct categories. There are the wise wives and mothers like Sarah, Rebecca and Yocheved, required to...

 

Counting down to the Festival of Lights

For children, the days leading up to Chanukah are always filled with anticipation. Here is a small children’s bedtime book that teaches little ones about Chanukah during the 10 days before the...

 

Scene Around

This Scene Around is dedicated to "Yours Truly" Gloria Yousha, who passed away Nov. 18, 2022. Gloria Yousha started working at the Heritage in April 1980. That was 15 years before I became her editor....

 

As more Israelis choose pure olive oil, counterfeiters see an opportunity

(JTA) — In a supermarket here, Ohad David made a beeline for the most expensive olive oil in the store.  He took three bottles of the award-winning Midnight Coratina brand, which goes for about $3...

 

ZOA responds to Pres. Trump, Kanye West, Fuentes issue and calls out Democrat leaders who embraced Farrakhan, 'Squad'

Q. Does the Zionist Organization of America still believe that President Trump deserved ZOA’s Theodore Herzl Gold Medallion Award for being the best president ever towards Israel and the Jewish people? A. Absolutely, yes. He earned it and...

 

Meet the Jewish founder of the world's only bobblehead museum, and his Chanukah bobbles

(JTA) - A crochet museum in Joshua Tree, California, features countless crochet animals that appear in airport ads worldwide. The National Mustard Museum in Wisconsin was founded by a Jewish...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

IRONMAN Israel competition draws 2,500 competitors (JNS) — Patrick Lange of Germany took first place in the IRONMAN Israel-Middle East Championship in Tiberias on Friday, with a personal best time of 07:42:00. In the women’s pro category, Ruth...

 

America's most unapologetic Jewish band is back - and ready to rock

The Dictators are back. We're not talking about the nefarious, autocratic ones that rule too many of the world's countries - though they're back, too. But here, in the land of pop culture, we're...

 

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