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Jewish moms on fire to impact the Jewish Community

Want to change the Jewish community or even the world? Inspire a Jewish mother. No offense meant toward men. However, if a woman who has young children is inspired, she inspires her family. If enough... Full story


Inspiring book gets readers off their 'soft seat' and on to their 'zany feet'

Back in the 60s, American band Sly and the Family Stone got everyone on their feet with their hit song "Stand!" ("You've been sitting much too long"). Today Bethanne Weiss, aka the Asset Queen, is... Full story


JFS honors Robert Petree

The Board of Directors of Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando (JFS Orlando) has established the Robert G. Petree Memorial Fund, in honor of Robert "Bob" Petree, who passed away earlier this... Full story


It's a 'Generation Celebration'!

The Jewish Academy of Orlando invites grandparents, relatives and special friends to join them for their annual Generation Celebration to be held on Friday, Dec. 18 from 7:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The... Full story

 By Sean Savage    News    December 11, 2015

Where do Israeli interests fit in the Russia-Turkey-Syria puzzle?

The Syrian civil war continues to fester and has now drawn in nearly every major world power, including the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Syria's neighbor of Turkey, who all... Full story


Time to woo the Jews, maybe: Israel issues at the RJC Presidential Candidate Forum

Part 1 of a 3-part series. The Republican Jewish Coalition held on Dec. 3, 2015, their 2016 Presidential Candidates Forum, with 13 of the remaining 14 Republican candidates in “one location to talk about the most important issues in the 2016... Full story

 By Eli E. Hertz    News    December 11, 2015

Did you know? There has never been a sovereign Arab State in 'Palestine'

The artificiality of a Palestinian identity is reflected in the attitudes and actions of neighboring Arab nations who never established a Palestinian state. The rhetoric by Arab leaders on behalf of the Palestinians rings hollow, for the Arabs in... Full story


Seven courses offered this spring at UCF Judaic Studies

The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Central Florida will offer seven courses in the upcoming fall semester, which begins January 2016. The courses to be offered are as follows: Elementary Modern Hebrew I, Elementary Modern Hebrew II,... Full story


Cong. Sinai restores Torah and will fulfill mitzvah 613

Congregation Sinai of Minneola is embarking on a Torah restoration project and will also be fulfilling Mitzvah 613, (as written in Deut:31:19): "The 613 Mitzvah of the Torah is the obligation of... Full story


The end of an era, at least at the current location

The rumors, sad to say, are true. Ben's Bake Shop is closing on Dec. 24. "As it stands, that's the plan," Ben Brenslauer, owner of the bakery told the Heritage in a phone interview. However, "the... Full story


Cong. Beth Shalom Chanukah party

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, will be celebrated on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. at Congregation Beth Sholom in Leesburg. Songs, stories, games, puzzles, and menorah lightings will be featured, with families lighting their channukkiot (menorahs)... Full story


Responding to hatred with IsrAction on Dec. 13

I was telling a friend this week that of all the topics I write about, the global campaign against Israel’s very existence is the one that just won’t go away, no matter how much I might wish otherwise. After all, it’s an issue that’s consumed... Full story


An open letter to Imam Ahmad

Dear Imam Abdul Rahmam Ahmad: I read the text of the condolence letter that you wrote the Jewish community of Boston following the recent murder of 18-year-old Ezra Schwartz by Palestinian terrorists. As the father of a young woman who was murdered... Full story



It’s not exactly the story of Sisyphus, with Israel always pushing a stone but never getting it to the top of the hill, but it’s close. Currently we’re at another of the upticks in violence. We’ve lost count as to how many of these have occur... Full story


Jonathan Pollard's final punishment

He cannot move to Israel for at least five years. The reason reeks of hypocrisy. After 30 long years of imprisonment, unprecedented punishment for the crime of spying on behalf of an American ally, Jonathan Pollard is at last a free man. Almost.... Full story


Syrian refugee advocates are using the wrong Holocaust analogy

Examining America’s response to the Holocaust can help us avoid repeating the mistakes of that era, so applying the lessons of the Nazi years to contemporary concerns—including the plight of the Syrian refugees—certainly is appropriate. But... Full story


No, Mr. Kerry, the Palestinians are not in 'very dire' straits

Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertion that the Palestinian Arabs are in a “very dire situation” is not only absurd but also very revealing--about the fantasies that guide the Obama administration’s Middle East policy. Emerging from a... 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


Beth Sholom continues Rabbi's Roundtable Series

Congregation Beth Sholom has announced that the next meeting of Rabbi Karen Allen’s Roundtable Discussion will be held on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. The Rabbi’s Roundtable series explores individual expressions of belief and how it affects our thoughts,... Full story


Chanukah fun at Daytona Beach this weekend

The 3rd Annual “A December to Remember Daytona Beach” will continue Sunday, Dec. 13 with a Chanukah celebration at the Daytona Beach Bandshell located behind the Hilton and Ocean Walk Shoppes. The fun will begin at the Daytona Beach Bandshell... Full story



Florence Kuppe, age 87, of Lake Mary, passed away at Florida Hospital-Orlando, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she was born on Aug. 31, 1928, to the late Joseph and Diana Schuster Goodman and relocated to the Orlando area... Full story



Loretta Pomerantz of Southfield, Mich., died on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. She was 83 years old. Interment was held out of state with a private family graveside service. Mrs. Pomerantz was the beloved wife of the late Leo Pomerantz; cherished mother of... Full story



Marcell Scarlett, age 27, of Davenport, passed away on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Sebring. A native of Livingston, New Jersey, he was a son of Floyd A. Scarlett and Yvonne Scarlett. Marcell relocated to the Orlando area with his family in 2003 and... Full story



Suzan Lynda Shader passed away at Orlando Regional Medical Center on Nov. 29, 2015, from pulmonary emboli at age 61. Suzan was a long time resident of Orlando who was born at the same hospital in which she passed. Suzan was an active volunteer with... Full story



Bernard Siegel, age 93, of Altamonte Springs, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Born in New York City on Feb. 21, 1922, he was the son of the late Harry and Anny Krupar Siegel. Following high school he entered the United... Full story


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