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Mandell made her mark in Orlando

Submitted by the family On Dec. 13, 2021, Sonia Margolis Mandell (known to friends as "Sunny" or family as "Ma"), a beloved wife, mother, and Jewish community leader, passed away peacefully surrounded...

 

IAC summit delivers Israeli spirit and unity

(JNS) - For a few days beginning Dec. 9, a high-rise beachfront resort became what many guests described as "little Tel Aviv" as thousands of Israeli Americans, Israelis and American Jews attended...

 

A staunch pioneer in Hebron dies

Israel lost a fearless warrior last Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, when Rabbi Eliezer Waldman, founder and president of the Hesder Yeshivat Nir Kiryat Arba and one of the pioneers of the renewed Jewish...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    December 24, 2021

Jewish groups provide relief, physically and emotionally, after tornado

(JNS) - The last time Rabbi Shlomo Litvin, co-director of Chabad of the Bluegrass, had been in Hopkinsville, Ky., he was joined by thousands of other people to see a total eclipse. He returned to the...

 

Learn the Jewish history of coffee

"Do you love coffee? Do you love history? If the answer to any of those questions for you is "yes" as it is for me, then you don't want to miss this unique event," said Rabbi Yanky Majesky of...

 

Stetson puts its 'shekels' where its mouth is

Stetson University spent the last four years growing its Jewish community. As shared before, Stetson now offers a Jewish studies minor, Kosher grab and go food on campus, and a thriving Jewish community at Stetson University Hillel. This investment...

 

JFS hosts inaugural Michael McKee Award

On Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando presented the Inaugural Michael McKee Volunteer Award. Held at the Winter Park Farmers' Market, the event recognized and...

 

An 'mmm-mmm good' Chanukah party

A wonderful time was had by all on Friday, Dec. 3rd at the Cascade Heights Chanukah Shabbat party hosted by Jewish Pavilion. Residents and volunteers were dressed up in their Chanukah best. It was...

 

CAIR backs leader after 'virulently anti-Semitic' speech attacking mainstream Jewish entities

(JNS) — The Council on American Islamic Relations is backing an organizational leader following a speech that national Jewish organizations are calling virulently antisemitic. During a speech at the American Muslims for Palestine’s 14th annual...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 24, 2021

AIPAC will now fundraise for politiciansAIPAC will now fundraise for politicians

WASHINGTON (JTA) — It has been for decades a recurring confusion for some in Washington: does AIPAC, the country’s largest pro-Israel lobby, have a PAC? Not until today. The PAC in AIPAC stands for Public Affairs Committee, not political action...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 24, 2021

House committee debates antisemitism as it moves forward a bill to create an Islamophobia monitor

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bill that would create an Islamophobia monitor in much the same cast as the State Department’s antisemitism monitor cleared its first hurdle on Friday, after a House committee debate about antisemitism. The bill, whose lead...

 

Future Jewish leaders, how are you using your voice?

(JNS) — On an average day in December 2015, Rabbi Reuven Biermacher finished teaching Torah to his students in Aish Yeshiva’s Spanish program in the Old City of Jerusalem. He walked out of the building and through the Jaffa Gate. While on his way...

 

The Orlando Jewish community lost one of its most influential matriarchs

With the passing of Sunny Mandell z’l the Orlando Jewish community has lost one of its most significant matriarchs. I would guess that the vast majority of Jews living in Orlando today did not know Sunny. For sure, most never met her. I wish that...

 

Gantz was warning Washington, not Tehran

(JNS) — The loudest Israeli message to the Biden administration was sounded by Defense Minister Benny Gantz during his appearance last week at the Israeli-American National Council Summit in Hollywood, Fla. Gantz said that he had notified his...

 

Zahra Billoo criticizes 'polite Zionists,' the ADL responds

(JNS) — ADL national director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt deserves credit. On Dec. 7, he posted two tweets. He urged CAIR to condemn their San Francisco Bay area executive director Zahra Billoo for her “textbook vile, #antisemitic,...

 

Double-edged antisemitism

B(JNS) — The Oct. 9, 1982, Palestinian terrorist attack on the Great Synagogue of Rome, in which two-year-old Stefano Gaj Tachè was killed, and the blood of 37 others who were wounded flowed on the stones of the building that should have been the...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, some minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m....

 

Obituary goes viral

(JTA) — “A plus-sized Jewish lady redneck died in El Paso on Saturday.” It’s considered poor journalistic form to begin an article with a quotation. But journalists are also supposed to show, not tell, and there’s no better way to explain...

 

Business Update: This organization thought of health safety long before covid

Back in 2018, public adjuster Francine Fox noticed that during a conversation with one of her clients, Marvin Erickson, was frustrated and upset. A Vietnam veteran with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Erickso...

 

Business Update: Congratulations in order for Diamond family

Mazel tov to David Diamond who was elected Chair, Florida Board of Medicine on Dec. 3, 2021. Among his several duties as chair, is to oversee the professional activities of some 89,000 medical...

 

Henry Orenstein went from Holocaust survivor to Transformers toys inventor to poker star

(JTA) - Henry Orenstein, a Holocaust survivor who went on to invent the Transformers toys and became a major donor to Jewish and Israeli causes, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, at the age of 98. Orenstei...

 

Iranian paper publishes 'map of Israeli targets'

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - "An intensification of Israeli military threats against Iran seems to suggest that the Zionist regime has forgotten that Iran is more than capable of hitting them from...

 

Scene Around

I know I've said this before, but WHAT TALENT! ... An EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony ) winner (and well deserved! ) I refer to singer, actress, etc. BARBRA STREISAND, from Brooklyn like me, a...

 

Hundreds rally against anti-Jewish coverage by BBC following bus incident

(JNS) — As many as 250 Britons stood outside of the headquarters of the publicly funded British Broadcasting Corporation in London on Monday night to demand that it take accountability for...

 

ADL report: Anti-Israel student groups top drivers of anti-Semitism on campus

(JNS) — In the last academic year, pro-Israel college students have felt vilified and ostracized as anti-Israel and anti-Zionism sentiment proliferates at schools nationwide, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League. Findings included...

 

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