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How lucky I am! ... The music, the performers of my time ... thank goodness I grew up in the 40s, 50s and 60s. The great American songbook is the BEST! The performers were the BEST! (If you are...

 

Never too old to learn how to blow the shofar

Proof positive that Jewish learning is a life-long commitment as Kinneret resident, Michael Blaher, decided to learn how to blow the shofar this year and did so on the second day of Rosh Hashanah to...

 

Surviving against all odds - 14 Israelis tell their stories in 'ISResilience'

“ISResilience: What Israelis can Teach The World” is a collection of riveting true stories about people who survived against all odds and the lessons they impart to us all. Written by Michael...

 
 By JTA    Features    September 25, 2020 

Ancestry completes Arolsen Archives Collection, launches new partnership with USC Shoah Foundation

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, has completed a significant philanthropic initiative to digitize and make searchable millions of Holocaust and Nazi persecution-related records. Building on its commitment to...

 

A guide to the High Holidays prayers

(My Jewish Learning via JTA) - The High Holidays prayer book, or machzor, emphasizes the themes of the Days of Awe - introspection and repentance. Rosh Hashanah as the opening day of a court trial "Th...

 

Rosh Hashanah cover photo

The cover of last week’s Rosh Hashanah issue was of Rabbi Jason Weiner who planned to put a mask on his shofar during the High Holidays. Many others have followed suit to ensure that they do not spread the coronavirus when blowing the ram’s...

 

Unified, despite political divide

Heritage Jewish News employee Gil Dombrosky is a devout Democrat. Central Florida Publishing employee Johnny Johnson is a devout Republican. Johnson delivers the weekly paper from the printer to the...

 

Scene Around

Iran's ban on Israel ... I read this in the World Jewish Congress digest, said to myself "oy vay," and pass it along to you: Iranian President HASSAN ROUHANI issued an implementation order of a law...

 

Take the 5781 edition of the Rosh Hashanah Jewish pundit quiz

(JNS) — A year ago, Jews looked back on 5779 and wondered, after the Pittsburgh and Poway synagogue shootings and a resurgence of anti-Semitism on the right as well as the left, how things in the United States could get any worse. As I do every yea...

 

Why Jews dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashanah and why vegans say the custom is a problem

NEW YORK (JTA) - The truth is, there is no commandment in Judaism to dip an apple in honey on Rosh Hashanah. But what would the Jewish New Year be without the custom? It's a question that bedevils...

 

How Rosh Hashanah became New Year's Day

The effort to strike a balance between a particularistic loyalty to Jewish religion and nationhood and a more universalistic commitment to the human community played itself out in the struggle to set a date for the beginning of the Jewish calendar...

 

Blowing the shofar during Rosh Hashanah

One of the unique mitzvot of Rosh Hashanah is hearing the sound of the shofar. The tradition of sounding the shofar every morning during the month of Elul, the Hebrew month before Rosh Hashanah is rea...

 

Shana Tova from Jewish Family Services!

Shana Tova! Annually, the Jewish New Year gives us the opportunity to reflect on the lives we have changed and the impact that we have in our community. Through Jewish Family Services of Greater...

 

Facing change with courage into the new year

This year's High Holidays promise to be like no other in anyone's living memory. As the "People of the Book," we have celebrated the Jewish New Year under a myriad of circumstances and in nearly every...

 

Rosh Hashanah greetings from Chabad at UCF

As Rosh Hashanah approaches campus life is in full swing. Mezuzahs are going up in the dorms, the smell of Chabad's weekly BBQ wafts through the air, and students across campus look forward to...

 

Meaningful engagement at Stetson Hillel

Like most of our peer institutions, Stetson began fall 2020 in a hybrid model. Some students were on campus, some were at home, and all of them were online in some capacity. As the person charged...

 

It is a time for standing up and being counted

Within weeks of closing the doors to the Holocaust Center because of COVID, we hosted our first virtual event - our Yom HaShoah commemoration for an audience of over 500 people. Professional...

 

High Holiday greetings from the Jewish Pavilion

We miss our moms and dads! This has been an especially challenging year for everyone, but even more so for our seniors in elder-care communities who have not received any physical contact in months....

 

Scene Around

A scary, uneasy time ... I received the following from the World Jewish Congress and I pass it along to you: "There is no doubt that we are living through a tumultuous time of profound unrest and...

 

The Roth Family JCC is a bright community spot in the new year

As we enter the new year of 5781, The Roth Family JCC has many new programs and opportunities for people to take advantage of. As a community center in the era of Covid, things look very different how...

 

Shana Tovah U'Metuka from the JFGO

As we enter 5781, the Federation is excited about what our community has been doing and is excited to bring even more to Central Florida during the coming year. Our Jerome J Bornstein Leadership Devel...

 

Here are some special gifts for your Rosh Hashanah hosts

(My Jewish Learning via JTA) - Invited to someone's house for a Rosh Hashanah meal and looking for an appropriate gift? In addition to the always appreciated flowers or bottle of wine, here are some...

 

5780 Community Year in Review

By Christine DeSouza What a year of surprises 5780 was — and that is stating it in a good light. Everything was going along sort of smoothly. There was an Israeli presidential election that made half of the country very happy and half of it very up...

 

Wishing you a happy and healthy 5781 from Rollins Hillel

What a year 5780 has been. Who would have thought that a year ago, as we were gearing up for the holidays, that we would soon be faced with one of the strangest periods that any of us have ever...

 

We are stronger when we work together

It is the last day of Moses' life. He has one final opportunity to speak to the Children of Israel. He gathers everyone and says, "You are all standing today before your G-d: the heads of your tribes,...

 

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