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Jewish Academy of Orlando students observe Tashlich

On Friday, Sept. 10, students at Jewish Academy of Orlando observed Tashlich. While the younger grades attended a service on campus, grades 3-5 observed Tashlich at Lake Lily. The program, attended by...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    September 17, 2021 

Looking back and ahead: Analyzing US, Jewish security concerns post-9/11

(JNS) As Americans gathered this year to remember the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, they did so amid a landscape that is increasingly divided domestically, where hate crimes are at a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 17, 2021 

US and Israel have set up joint team

(JTA) - In a significant move, Israel and the United States have set up a joint team at the national security adviser level to contain Iran, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told U.S. Jewish leaders in...

 

JAO completes leadership team

Jewish Academy of Orlando (JAO) announces Theresa Evans as executive director. Evans completes the leadership team of Amy Polacek, principal and Emily Watson, director of Jewish Life. As executive dir...

 

Losing a loved one

Losing a loved one can be very challenging and during the pandemic it has been even worse. Families are often unable to bury their loved ones or get together with friends and family for Shiva. While...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    September 17, 2021 

Elazar Stern aims to promote Jewish unity, identity and solidarity in Diaspora

(JNS) "Israel is your home away from home," Israeli President Isaac Herzog said in a message on Sept. 2, ahead of the Jewish New Year. His address was aimed at "the people of Israel and the Jewish...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    September 17, 2021 

Could Gilboa Prison escape help spark another intifada?

(JNS) The dramatic escape of six Palestinian terrorists from Gilboa Prison in northern Israel last Monday carries the potential of a broader security escalation, a former defense official has cautioned. Col. (res.) David Hacham, a former...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    September 17, 2021 

Hasidic rabbi created a Shabbat jacket for carrying guns in synagogues

(JTA) - Rabbi Raziel Cohen doesn't want you to have to draw a gun in synagogue. But if you must, he doesn't want you to waste precious time unbuttoning your kapota, a type of jacket worn by men in...

 

These Jerusalem sukkahs are nicer than yours

JERUSALEM (JTA) - Amit Zakoon's flower business started with a seed - literally - but it quickly grew into one of Jerusalem's premier purveyors of luxury sukkahs. "We work for all the rich and...

 

How Israel is being drawn into the Algerian-Moroccan feud

(JNS) Algeria’s decision last week to sever diplomatic ties with its neighbor, Morocco, put the spotlight on the strengthening Israeli-Moroccan relations that were born out of the Abraham Accords. Prof. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, an expert on North...

 
 By JNS    News    September 17, 2021 

Arizona first state to divest from Unilever over Ben & Jerry's

(JNS) Arizona moved to divest from Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s, over the ice-cream maker’s decision to stop selling its products in the West Bank and parts of Jerusalem, becoming the first state to take such action. Arizona...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Birthright trips to resume in October without quarantines for the vaccinated By Gabe Friedman (JTA) — Birthright Israel is resuming its trips after a month of cancellations over Israeli COVID-19 quarantine rules, the organization announced...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 17, 2021 

Josh Mandel, Jewish Ohio Senate candidate, compares Biden's vaccine mandate to the Gestapo

(JTA) — The latest politician to compare government vaccination efforts to Nazi Germany is Josh Mandel, a Jewish Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio. In a video last Thursday protesting President Joe Biden’s upcoming requirement that a...

 

Israel's consulate in New York honors 9/11 victims on 20th anniversary of attacks

(JNS) - Acting Consul General of Israel in New York Israel Nitzan and the Port Authority Police Department gathered at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday...

 
 By JTA    News    September 10, 2021

How Israel is leading the world in reviving bee colonies - in the middle of the desert

The Arava Desert in Israel's south is "abuzz" with activity - and it is all thanks to one important six-legged critter: the humble honeybee.  In a world where scientists acknowledge the important...

 

Hadassah picks next CEO

(JNS) — Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America has picked a veteran Jewish and nonprofit communal leader as its new CEO. Naomi Adler, most recently the president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, will...

 

JFS Orlando 2021 Hope Challenge

Shana Tova! Join Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando (JFS Orlando) in celebrating the Jewish New Year by raising hope through tzedakah (charity). During the Hope Challenge, from September 1st...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    September 10, 2021

Florida makes strides in Holocaust education after new standards prioritize source material

(JNS) The Florida State Board of Education adopted new civics and Holocaust-education standards for Florida’s public schools in July, which had been pushed by the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis. The new social-studies standards spell out what...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 10, 2021

Biden calls for 'swift confirmation' of Deborah Lipstadt

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In a Rosh Hashanah call last Thursday with a thousand rabbis across the denominational spectrum, President Joe Biden rededicated his presidency to combating hate and extremism and called on the Senate to swiftly confirm his...

 

Mideast terror groups energized by Taliban victory, but not rushing into battle

(JNS) — The shockwaves from the Taliban’s lightning-quick takeover of Afghanistan are continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, and Islamist forces are feeling energized by the U.S. withdrawal. But according to Prof. Eyal Zisser, a...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    September 10, 2021

FBI reports drop in number of antisemitic crimes in 2020 amid rise in total hate crimes

(JTA) — The FBI recorded the largest number of hate crimes last year since 2008, including spikes in the number of anti-Black and anti-Asian hate crimes. Anti-Jewish hate crimes dropped from 953 in 2019 to 676 last year, a decrease of 29 percent....

 

Diego Schwartzman wins US Open then meets his fan Ben Stiller

(JTA) — On a night that brought weather of biblical proportions to the U.S. Open in New York City, Jewish tennis star Diego Schwartzman prevailed over his opponent Kevin Anderson. But that wasn’t the only highlight of his night. Schwartzman’s R...

 

Canadian Jewish News restarts, again, eyeing a younger audience

(JTA) - Reports of the demise of the Canadian Jewish News have been, not for the first time, greatly exaggerated. On Sept. 1, the publication - the largest Jewish news organization in Canada - will...

 
 By Asaf Shalev    News    September 10, 2021

Fire antisemitic blogger, 70 State Department employees demand in letter to Blinken

(JTA) — Six months after his internet posts attacking Jews came to light, a U.S. Foreign Service officer remains employed by the State Department while at least 70 of his co-workers sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken demanding his...

 

Synagogue Service Schedule

The following synagogues provided information about their High Holiday services to the Heritage by press time. For information about services at other local synagogues, contact the individual congregations. For tickets or information, contact the...

 

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