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Beth Sholom dedicates a new Ark of the Torah

Congregation Beth Sholom, Lake County’s oldest synagogue, will celebrate the holiday of Shavuot on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. On Shavuot, we celebrate the gift of Torah. The Torah, a history and a guide to our every step through life, was...

 
 By Eliana Rudee    News    June 7, 2019

American and Israeli college presidents unite to oppose academic boycotts

(JNS)-Professor Melvin L. Oliver, president of Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., who defied pressure to boycott Israeli academia by vetoing the vote by a Pitzer governance body to suspend the...

 

International Fellowship raises $275,000 for moshav that lost homes to fire

(JNS)-The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has mobilized to raise more than 1 million shekels (about $275,000) in emergency assistance for residents of moshav Mevo Modi'im, a small...

 

Florida International, Tel Aviv universities to test social-anxiety treatment for kids

(JNS)-Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday a $5.2 million National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grant to fund a collaboration between researchers at Florida International University...

 

Calling all bakers, tasters, and learners!

Temple Israel has brought back their cheesecake bake-off as part of a community-wide Tikkun Leil Shavuot. The night of studying and learning will take place in the Rein Sanctuary on Saturday, June 8, at 9:30 p.m., with cheesecake tasting and judging...

 

Congregation Beth Sholom June 2019 Schedule

Join Congregation Beth Sholom for a very special Shavuot Shabbat Service, led by Rabbi Karen Allen, on June 14, at 7 p.m. The congregation’s beautiful new Ark will be officially dedicated during the service. Socialize with members and enjoy...

 

Heritage Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2019 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando on Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. - noon. “For more than 29 years,...

 

Miss Iraq to receive Ambassador for Peace award in Geneva for promoting tolerance

(JNS)-Geneva-based non-governmental organization United Nations Watch has announced that Sarah Idan, who as Miss Iraq in 2017 faced death threats for posting a photo of herself with Miss Israel,...

 

Congratulations to the graduate!

Andrew Burnstine, son of proud mom Karen Burnstine, recently graduated with honors from Florida State University College of Law. He is interviewing with firms here in Orlando where he plans to pursue...

 

Business Update: ShuffieldLowman attorney Dan Harris elected vice-chair of Central Florida Hillel, Inc.

ShuffieldLowman attorney Daniel B. Harris was recently elected as vice-chair of the Central Florida Hillel, Inc., effective July 2019 for a one-year term. Harris has been an active supporter and leader of Central Florida Hillel. He currently serves...

 

Business Update: RVW Wealth launches The Jerusalem PortfolioTM to empower investors to own a stake in Israel's thriving economy

LOS ANGELES-RVW Wealth LLC has announced the launch of The Jerusalem PortfolioTM, a new investment vehicle that will empower individuals, foundations and institutions to carve out a portion of their...

 

Adviser for Sanders meets with PLO official

(JNS)—Hanan Ashrawi, longtime aide to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, met on Monday with Matthew Duss, the foreign-policy adviser for the presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), according to a statement released by...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    June 7, 2019

Israel's not-so-subtle message to Iran that it is watching and poised to strike

(JNS)-The Israeli satellite imagery company, ImageSat International (ISI), released photographs in recent days showing what it described as "Iran's land bridge from Tehran to the Mediterranean." The i...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 7, 2019

Jewish lawyer representing clients at immigration court

(JTA)-Most of the year, Marty Rosenbluth lives alone in a small house in Lumpkin, a Georgia town with 2,000 residents and one restaurant. It's 500 miles away from his wife and community in North...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Boy learns to shoot at Jews in PA TV Ramadan special By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik (PMW via JNS)—During the month of Ramadan, official Palestinian Authority TV is broadcasting a series called “Children of the Village Chief. The...

 

JAO dedicates student-inspired Kindness Garden

The Jewish Academy of Orlando dedicated its new Kindness Garden on Friday, May 17.  The garden, which is a segment of the campus playground, was created by the 2019 graduating class and funded by a...

 
 By Rebecca Braun    News    May 31, 2019

Patriots' Robert Kraft and Chelsea's Roman Abramovich team up to fight anti-Semitism

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.-When the New England Revolution and England's Chelsea Football Club took the field on a chilly evening in mid-May at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL's Super Bowl champion...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    May 31, 2019

Friedman fires back at New York Times

(JNS)-U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman fired back at The New York Times on Wednesday over an article castigating him for claiming that Israel was "on the side of God" while speaking about...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    May 31, 2019

Netherlands wins song contest

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The Netherlands won the Eurovision song contest 2019 and earned the right to host the international event next year. Duncan Laurence sat behind his keyboard and sang his ballad "Arcade...

 
 By Lisa Levine    News    May 31, 2019

Celebrating Israel's independence in words and song

Seniors at The Mayflower in Winter Park were treated to a very special program of Israeli folk and Jewish music that focused on themes related to the founding and history of the Jewish state. Paul Stenzler, a Jewish Pavilion board member and past...

 

RAISE employee and job coach applications open for the fall

The RAISE program for adults with special needs is now accepting online applications for RAISE employees as well as opportunities to volunteer as a job coach. RAISE is a 6- to 12-month work and social skills training program for adults with special...

 

A gathering of past Beth Am presidents

Sunday, May 19, 2019, was the first 'official meeting' of Congregation Beth Am Past Presidents. One thing in common among all is their past and, for many, current dedication and contributions to...

 
 By Rachel Neiman    News    May 31, 2019

Didn't anyone notice Israel had an earthquake last week?

On May 15, as social media was weighing in on the first round of Eurovision finals and readying for the second round, a series of posts started to appear around 8 p.m. “Did anyone feel an earthquake?”; “Earthquake in Israel—who felt it?”;...

 

UCLA guest lecturer compares Zionists to white supremacists

(JNS)—A guest lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, last week labeled Zionists as white supremacists, reported Jewish Journal on Tuesday. A Jewish student in the class, Shayna Lavi, recalled to the Journal that San Francisco State...

 
 By Penny Schwartz    News    May 31, 2019

Fire at Chabad center investigated as possible hate crime

BOSTON (JTA)—A fire outside the suburban Boston home of a rabbi that serves as a Chabad center is being investigated as a possible hate crime. Police in Arlington, Massachusetts, have asked for the public’s help in identifying a person caught on...

 

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