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A heartfelt thank you

For you Heritage Florida Jewish News readers who have been following my heart saga that began some 16 months ago, I wanted to give an update. As you might recall, I am the one who had a heart attack while playing chess, and ended up having quintuple...

 

Pursuing our community's dreams in the year to come

Shalom, I wish you a sweet New Year 5780 on behalf of the JFed Alliance, a collaborative partnership between The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando and the Jewish Federation of...

 

The new year is a time to stand up and be counted

An alarming story was recently in the news about a Palm Beach County parent who wrote her child's principal asking if the Holocaust was being taught at the high school. She was stunned by his...

 

Positive education for a positive New Year

This year, Jewish Academy of Orlando has embarked on a new initiative that focuses on Positive Education, an approach to education that draws on positive psychology's emphasis on individual strengths...

 

JFS Orlando offers everyone a path to a sweet year

As the new executive director serving Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando it is with great joy that I offer l'shana tova tikateyvu to our Central Florida community. A new year, a potentially...

 

'May we be the Head and not the Tail'

The IAC Family thanks the Orlando community for your friendship and support of our events and programs for the Jewish community. Thanks to you, we can continue to lead, engage and build community for...

 

Scene Around

Three cheers for Israel... Actually, Israel has earned more than three cheers, especially with all the breakthroughs in cancer research and Alzheimers... and so much more that Israel has achieved!...

 

Here's to 5780 and an opportunity for a new lease on life!

The Jewish New Year will soon be here and we will wave "goodbye" to 5779 and welcome in 5780. For many of us, there will be plenty of reasons to close out the year and eagerly anticipate 5780...

 

A time of re-dedication to 'do better'

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are almost here. All across our community the High Holiday momentum is building, with treasured family recipes pulled from bookshelves and thought given to building new...

 

2019-2020 High Holiday Greetings from the Jewish Pavilion

Sylvia Stein has celebrated the high holidays for the past 80 years at synagogue. After services, she joined her adult children and grandchildren for a traditional meal. When Sylvia fell this year...

 

Reflecting on the past and looking to the future

The Jewish month of Elul is a time for personal reflection and spiritual preparation. We are called to use Elul to take a cheshbon hanefesh-an accounting of the soul, at the end of which we will be...

 

A High Holy Day love story

The High Holidays are a special time, but it is even more special when family—and a little romance—are part of the season.  In 1951, Larry’s father, Ernie, a World War II veteran, was called back into the U.S. Army. Larry’s mother, Doris,...

 

Rosh Hashanah is a time for change

As we look to the start of the Jewish New year 5780, we always ask ourselves "How can we change for the better?" It's not a coincidence that in Hebrew, the word for the holiday-Rosh Hashanah-shares...

 

Hillel paved the way to my calling

I never planned to be a disability advocate. I just wanted to get through the day. Now it’s my calling. I have been chronically ill since day one. At 18 months of age, I underwent major surgery for a life-threatening abnormality in my renal...

 

5 hacks for the best Rosh Hashanah ever

By Beata Abraham (JTA via Kveller)-I can't help but wonder why Hallmark and the retail world at large haven't co-opted the Jewish New Year. True, while there may "only" be some 5 million to 7 million...

 

Match-It: Jewish Edition

Match-It is a game that is pretty self-explanatory. There are a set number of tiles that each have a picture on them with each tile having a match. You flip them over, scramble them, set them into...

 

Persian Upside-Down Cake with Dates and Cardamom: A sweet tribute to a Rosh Hashanah tradition

This recipe appeared originally on The Nosher. As a kid in Hebrew school, I learned that my classmates would have apples and honey and round challah at Rosh Hashanah to bring in the Jewish New Year,...

 

A Jewish family sold this Kandinsky painting to survive the Nazis and Amsterdam is keeping it

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—Following a protracted legal fight, the family of Irma Klein last year finally got Dutch restitution officials to recognize that the Nazi occupation forced Klein to sell her...

 

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An idol and a landsman... I'm referring to Ella Fitzgerald, a long time idol of mine and Sammy Davis Jr., a friend and also a fellow Jew. While watching the Ed Sullivan show on television recently, (Y...

 

At summer conference, pro-Israel students learn tools to respond to hostile campus environment

(JNS)-Universities have long been one of the toughest environments for pro-Israel students. They have battled stilted curriculums when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more recently,...

 

How Valerie Harper's Rhoda embodied a very Jewish type

(JTA)-Theater folk in England are debating a recent revival of the musical "Falsettos," asking whether non-Jews should be playing its Jewish characters. In an open letter, critics of the...

 

The guys behind the movie 'Good Boys' are ready for their close-up

(JTA)-Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky have careers that many people in Hollywood dream of. Not long after graduating from college and moving to Los Angeles, the duo joined the writing staff of "The...

 

Scene Around

Don't you dare!... Change Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty? NO WAY! That poem (as it is) is part of our beloved country's history. Please let your feelings be known about this. Write to...

 

Israeli Couscous Pilaf: A toasty, fragrant and fresh side dish

Israeli couscous, known in Israel as ptitim, which means "flakes" in Hebrew, is a pearl-shaped, pasta-like product with a delicious toasted wheat flavor. It was invented in Israel's early years as an...

 

Veggie shwarma pita sandwich: A meat-free alternative for lunch or dinner

This recipe originally appeared on The Nosher. Pita bread is often stuffed with spiced, shaved shwarma meat or crunchy, deep-fried falafel. But my version of a pita sandwich is a hearty vegetarian alt...

 

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