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First 'Man of the Year' event brings four synagogues together

On Nov. 23, 2014, four Conservative Congregation's Men's Clubs came together to honor an individual from each synagogue for their outstanding leadership in their efforts to provide service to their...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 26, 2014

Gross' release, and changes in diplomatic ties, signals new day for Cuban Jews

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba's isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much...

 

Meitin president of JNF Board

ORLANDO-Jewish National Fund (JNF) is proud to announce the appointment of Debbie Meitin as president of JNF's Board of Directors in Orlando. "Debbie is a strong leader for JNF and for the Jewish comm...

 

A celebration for Rabbi Kay at COS

On Feb. 8, 2015, Rabbi David Kay will be honored at Congregation Ohev Shalom's annual gala. This year's event, Java and Jazz, will commemorate Rabbi Kay's 10 years of service with not only...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 26, 2014

At White House Chanukah party, Obama emphasizes freedom and food

WASHINGTON (JTA)-I've been JTA's Washington bureau chief for 11 years, but this was the first time I scored a coveted invitation to the annual White House Chanukah party. A Washington tradition...

 

Concern over Castro for Cuban Jews in U.S.

(JTA)-For many Cuban Jews-the majority of whom now live in the United States-it has been a bittersweet week. Like countless Jews around the world, they cheered the release of Alan Gross, the American...

 

Tzedakah boxes reinforce giving

This holiday season, a philanthropist best known for giving out free books to children is mailing a quarter of a million tzedakah boxes to the same children-and more-to encourage and spread the...

 

Celebrate 'Shabbat Unplugged' at Cong. Sinai

On Jan. 9, 2015, Congregation Sinai will celebrate Shabbat with a new concept—Shabbat Unplugged, a folk music Shabbat. On this Shabbat, the congregation will have a short Kabbalah Shabbat service followed by folk music and songs from the 1960s,...

 

Three cheers for Boy Scout Troop 641

It was not just another Camporee for Boy Scout Troop 641. One hundred and forty-two Boy Scout Troops from around Central Florida attended the Camporee at Camp LaNoche in Paisley in December....

 

Resolving To Live

We live in an age of clichés. They surround us, influence us, often controlling the way we speak and think. They are nefarious in their ability to suck meaning out of important statements and...

 

An old threat in a new time

In the 1920s, Vladimir (Zev) Jabotinsky traveled through Eastern Europe trying to warn Jewish communities of a coming disaster. His was a lone voice in the wilderness. Jews knew of pogroms under the czar of Russia who was now gone. They were aware...

 

Israel and the Diaspora

Jews have had a Diaspora at least since the middle of the sixth century before the Common Era. During the time of the Second Temple, a substantial number, perhaps even a majority, lived outside of the Judean homeland. The Jerusalem-centered Diaspora...

 

Ominous clouds over French Jewry

It’s an article that’s more than 10 years old now, but I still maintain that anyone who wants to get an insight into the dynamics of anti-Semitism in France would do well to consult “France’s Scarlet Letter,” published by the journalist...

 

To end Palestinian incitement, first define it

(JTA)—A former Clinton administration envoy has let the cat out of the bag on the issue of Palestinian incitement, putting him squarely at odds with Secretary of State John Kerry. Shibley Telhami was one of the Clinton administration’s...

 

Obama: 'I'm Jewish in my soul'

“What will you tell the president when you see him?” was my daughter Eva’s first reaction when I told her I’d been invited to the White House Chanukah party (Actually, it was her second reaction. Her first was, “Take me!”). Kids are...

 

What's Happening - Friday, December 26 - Friday, January 2

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) Chabad of South Orlando—Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500....

 

Jewish Academy of Orlando students celebrate Chanukah!

Chanukah celebrations at the Jewish Academy of Orlando began on Tuesday, Dec. 16 with an outstanding Chanukah play presented by the fifth-grade students, who did an excellent job telling the Chanukah...

 

Obituary - BERNARD LOWITZ

Bernard Lowitz of Clermont, passed away on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at the Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont. He was 90 years old. Mr. Lowitz was born on Dec. 13, 1924, in Brooklyn, to the late Louis and Dora Goldberg Lowitz. Following high school,...

 

Obituary - SHIRLEY IRENE ROBBINS

Shirley Robbins of Oviedo, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at her residence. She was 90 years old. Mrs. Robbins was born in New York, New York, on Oct. 11, 1924 to the late Louis and Rose Hoffman Chaiet. After high school in New York, she...

 

Obituary - ELEANOR ROSENMAN

Eleanor Rosenman of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Florida Hospital—Orlando. She was 90 years old. Mrs. Rosenman, a native of London, England, was born on May 9, 1924, and was one of four children born to the late...

 

Clermont Chanukah party celebrated with an array of story-telling, music, opera and comedy

CLERMONT-The Jewish Friends Club of Kings Ridge and Temple L'Chayim hosted a Clermont Chanukah party that was open to the entire community on the first night of Chanukah. There was a special Chanukah...

 

Bat Mitzvah - Erin Alexa Yoffee

Erin Alexa Yoffee, daughter of Randi and David Yoffee of Altamonte Springs, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on January 10, 2015, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Erin is in the...

 

Scene Around

"Sand in my shoes... " "Sand from Havana... " Remember that song? (I used to perform it.) Mazel tov to ALAN GROSS on his recent release (after 5 years) from Cuba. Surely it was a Chanukah miracle!...

 

My Holocaust Revenge-Part I

The following is excerpted from "Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor" (Regnery) by Martin Greenfield with Wynton Hall. Greenfield, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor, owns...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    News    December 26, 2014

Jewish Pavilion celebrates 50+ Chanukah nights

While most Jews joined in the celebration of the eight days of Chanukah (which fell between Dec. 16 and Dec. 24 in 2014), the Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers celebrated more than most....

 

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