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 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 14, 2021 

Important community-wide event: Let's get educated together about the dangers of drugs in our own back yard

Within a year, in the Orlando area several of our beloved Jewish young adults died due to an accidental drug overdose. Statistically, it is likely that someone close to you will suffer from a... Full story

 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 14, 2021 

Antisemites protest at JCC

On Thursday, May 6, an antisemitic group called the Goyim Defense League stood across the street from The Roth Family JCC with signs and megaphones, ranting their propaganda to protest against the... Full story

 By JNS    News    May 14, 2021 

Rivlin taps Yair Lapid

(JNS) - Israel's President Reuven Rivlin has announced that Yair Lapid will now receive the mandate to form the country's next government. Rivlin made the announcement in a televised statement from... Full story

 News    May 14, 2021 

A request to help the homeless

Last December, the Seminole County's Sheriff's office held a Toy Drive for neglected children in partnership with Chabad of North Orlando. Following on the success of that campaign, Sheriff's Deputy...

 News    May 14, 2021 

Remembering the largest mass arrest of rabbis in St. Augustine

The Eighth Annual Commemoration of the largest mass arrest of rabbis in U.S. history will take place outdoors at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bayfront, 32 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, at noon, Friday,...

 News    May 14, 2021 

Orlando CARES rental assistance program accepting new applications

JFS Orlando CARES, the emergency COVID-19 rental assistance program of Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, officially re-opened on May 1, 2021 and is accepting new applications. Dedicated to providing relief to those severely impacted during...

 News    May 14, 2021 

War in Israel?

Tensions are rising and rocket fire is constantly changing as Sderot, Ashkelon and Tel Aviv are under fire. In Jerusalem, the Temple Mount riots are escalating. The central Israeli city of Lod was...

 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    May 14, 2021 

Biden administration 'dead set' on re-entering Iran deal, despite high price

(JNS) — In recent days, conflicting reports have emerged over the ongoing negotiations in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, leading to questions over to what extent the United States will undo Trump-era sanctions against Tehran. Richard...

 By Yori Yalon    News    May 14, 2021 

Ahead of 54th Jerusalem Day, capital's population nears 1 million

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — In the runup to Jerusalem Day, which this year falls on May 9, the city continues to be Israel’s largest, with a population nearing 1 million, according to a study by the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research. The...

 News    May 14, 2021 

Mass grave of Holocaust victims uncovered in Logoza, Belarus

(JNS) — A mass grave of Holocaust victims has been discovered near the village of Logoza in Belarus, the Daily Mail reported on Friday. Photos from the excavation site show that officials uncovered bone remains, full skeletons (some with bullets...

 News    May 14, 2021 

Clarification and correction

In the April 16 Heritage article “Laurie Cardoza-Moore: Get Holocaust education into schools, anti-Semitism out,” the source of Chairwoman of the Florida Holocaust Education Task Force Barbara Goldstein’s quotes was not included. She made...

 News    May 14, 2021 

Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2021 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando this summer. “For more than 30 years, individuals who have...

 By Ed Borowsky    News    May 14, 2021 

JFS Orlando helps those with drug-related problems

The CDC showed that the final 2020 overdose deaths in the United States exceeded 90,000, compared to 70,530 in 2019. It is the highest annual number on record, and the largest single-year percentage...

 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 14, 2021 

A Democratic pro-Israel group calls Jewish leader an enabler

(JTA) — Tensions among Jewish groups allied with the Biden administration blew into the open this week when a Democratic pro-Israel group briefly called a longtime Jewish leader an enabler of antisemitism — a sign of how potent a debate over a...

 News    May 14, 2021 

In Seattle, a Jewish school turned mosque is bringing Jews and Muslims together

By Emily Alhadeff (The Cholent via JTA) - Nearly 100 years after Seattle's first Jewish school opened, an effort is underway to restore its crumbling building - as a multi-faith center that can unite...

 News    May 14, 2021 

AJC releases latest edition of most common antisemitic terms and expressions

(JNS) — The American Jewish Committee released on Tuesday an updated and expanded edition of Translate Hate, the group’s widely used glossary of common antisemitic terms and tropes. According to AJC, the date of the 2021 edition’s release...

 News    May 14, 2021 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

In Jewish Heritage Month proclamation, Biden recognizes Emhoff and Schumer — and the rise of antisemitism By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — In his proclamation marking Jewish American Heritage Month, President Joe Biden cited the precedents set...

 By Ben Sales    News    May 14, 2021 

Despite COVID restrictions, antisemitism barely decreased in US in 2020

(JTA) — Despite COVID-related restrictions that kept Americans inside for significant portions of last year, the number of reported antisemitic incidents barely decreased in the United States in 2020, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The nu...

 News    May 14, 2021 

Teachers appreciated at Rosen JCC

Teacher Appreciation Week was May 3rd- 9th. The Rosen's JCC's Early Childhood Learning Center honored their teachers every day to help celebrate.  The week kicked off with breakfast for the teachers...

 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 7, 2021

Antisemites protest at JCC

On Thursday, May 6, an anti-Semitic group called the Goyim Defense League stood across the street from The Roth Family JCC with signs to protest against the Holocaust Center, according The Jewish...

 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 7, 2021

A walk in the park supports mental health awareness

May is National Mental Health Awareness month, and at the end of April, members of the Jewish community participated with about 400 others in a NAMI walk at Crane's Roost Park in Altamonte Springs....

 By Ben Sales    News    May 7, 2021

At least 45 people dead in stampede at mass Lag b'Omer holiday celebration in Israel

(JTA) - At least 45 people were crushed to death and at least 150 wounded Thursday night in a stampede during a celebration that drew tens of thousands of haredi Orthodox Jews to the northern Israeli...

 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 7, 2021

COS hires interim rabbi

The Congregation Ohev Shalom Rabbinic Search Committee offered the position of interim rabbi to Rabbi Murray Ezring, who accepted the position. He will begin officially on Aug. 1 and serve for one or...

 By Ben Sales    News    May 7, 2021

Did Netanyahu just lose?

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to form a government by the deadline imposed by Israeli law, thrusting the country into uncertain political territory yet again. This could mean that after more than 12 years as...

 News    May 7, 2021

'Star Warts: The Umpire Strikes Back'

The Jewish Academy of Orlando is thrilled to present the U.S. premiere of the new musical "Star Warts: The Umpire Strikes Back." This will be presented as a feature film and will be released Sunday,...


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