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Did you enter a Jewish building, event or program this year?

When Jewish summer camps unexpectedly had to cancel their summer programs two years ago after the COVID-19 pandemic hit and before vaccines became available, they faced sudden financial ruin. Jewish...

 

A day in the life of a Muslim EMT

(JNS) - My name is Ramzi Batesh and I live in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Safafa. I work at the dispatch center of United Hatzalah and as one of the organization's volunteer EMTs and ambucycle...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk What Medicare doesn't cover

A number of people call the Orlando Senior Help Desk at the Jewish Pavilion and ask me whether Medicare will cover their independent, assisted or killed, living and the answer is “no.” They are shocked and often angry. Most people pay into...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

As the High Holidays approach, so does the time of self-betterment, healing, and repentance. When asking for forgiveness, take time to reflect on what you are specifically sorry for. Remember that...

 

Documentary 'Four Winters' recounts the hell and fury of Jewish partisans who fought the Nazis

(JTA) - In 1944, Faye Schulman, a young Jewish partisan, emerged from the forest into her hometown of Lenin, Poland, on a mission to burn houses the Nazis were using as their wartime offices. One of...

 
 By Tom Tugend    Features    September 30, 2022 

The sky's no limit for this Jewish 14-year-old who broke a national high jump record

LOS ANGELES (JTA) - JJ Harel, newly 14 years old and standing at 6-foot-2, expects to face some tough competition when the Olympics return to Los Angeles in 2028 and the starting pistol for the track...

 

Zimtsterne: German star cookies for the Yom Kippur break-fast

When people deny themselves food for an extended period of time they're usually ravenously hungry and find themselves thinking about consuming huge amounts of food. But it's not a good idea to pack...

 

The best foods to eat before fasting

Fasting on Yom Kippur is not easy, nor is it for everyone - some people cannot fast because they are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a medical condition. Some simply do not function well while abstain...

 

An Israeli comic book hero is appearing in a Marvel movie - excitement - and backlash - have come quickly

(JTA) - In a move that is already thrilling some Jewish audiences and stirring controversy among other international fans and activists, Marvel Studios announced that an Israeli comic book hero will...

 

Unetaneh Tokef: Do we control our fate?

If there’s one word that is closely connected with the High Holiday season, it’s teshuvah, repentance. It’s a part of the vocabulary taught to even young religious school children: looking at one’s behavior and then taking steps to make...

 

For Jews with eating disorders, new traditions aim to make Yom Kippur a safer experience

(JTA) — Shonna Levin is an Orthodox Jew, but she didn’t spend last Yom Kippur in a synagogue. The Brooklyn activist had planned to set up camp in Prospect Park, where she was going to host an all-day gathering for Jews with eating disorders for...

 

ESPN documentary focuses on Holocaust and Munich massacre survivor Shaul Ladany

(JTA) - Frank Saraceno has worked for ESPN since 1994 and has produced hour-long documentaries on some of the biggest stars in sports for the cable channel's Emmy Award-winning "E:60" series. But he thinks working on the episode airing Tuesday night...

 

Rosh Hashanah Message from the HMREC of Florida

As we approach Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish High Holy Days, the staff and board members at the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida wish you and your family a healthy 5783....

 

5783 - a time for reflection

The month leading up to Rosh Hashanah is the month of Elul. In Hebrew, the letters that spell Elul are Alef, Lamed, Vav and Lamed. Those same letters are the first letters of the binding of a couple...

 

Shana tova from JFS Orlando

As we enter this special time of reflection and renewal, we at Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando would like to thank all who have supported us this past year as we continue to grow in our...

 

The Rosen JCC is home to all Jews

With Rosh Hashanah approaching, the Rosen JCC is excited to update the community on what we believe will be a very busy year ahead. The Hebrew word "shanah" means "year," but is also the root for the...

 

Welcome to a sweet new year

The Israeli American Council of Central Florida wishes you happy Jewish New Year, Shana Tova Umetuka! May the year 5783 bring joy, light, health, love, and growth to our community. May we continue to be united and love one another endlessly.  Idit...

 

Jewish Pavilion is stronger than ever

Kudos to the Jewish Pavilion management team - our board, staff, sponsors, supporters and volunteers. The Jewish Pavilion has been a pillar in the community for over 20 years, and we intend to remain...

 

JAO prospers in the new year

Jewish Academy of Orlando welcomed 34 new students into the 2022-2023 school year. Our motto this year is "Every Child Counts," and we have prepared a rich curriculum in both Hebrew/Judaic and...

 

The American people were against saving more Jews from the Nazis' clutches

Why didn’t the United States do more to help Europe’s Jews during the Holocaust? This question haunts the history of the United States and the Holocaust, and lurks behind practically every storyline in the new film on the subject from Ken Burns,...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Empowering patients and their loved ones

When visiting a doctor or hospital bring along a notebook or tablet and take notes. It is important to ask question of your healthcare provider about the benefits and side effects of medications or procedures. I suggest that you, or a loved one,...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Do you have the feeling that someone you know or care about isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem a bit off, unsettled, or solitary? Try to engage them in conversation. But...

 

5782 Community Year in Review

September 2021 Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation started the year off with a new student rabbi, Rabbi David Chapman. Before he became a rabbi, he had a successful year in the theatre. His first...

 

Rare First Temple-period document repatriated to Israel

(JNS) - The Israel Antiquities Authority has successfully repatriated a rare First Temple-period document from the United States, the IAA announced on Wednesday. The papyrus document is written in...

 

Rare First Temple period ivories discovered in Jerusalem

(JNS) — Archaeologists are describing as “extraordinary” the discovery of a collection of ivory plaques from the First Temple period recently unearthed in Jerusalem. They are among only a few ever found and the first to be unearthed in the...

 

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