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 News    March 27, 2020 

Mega Shabbat brings UCF Jewish community together as family

The smell of matzo ball soup and the sound of chattering voices traveled through the hallways of the UCF Student Union Friday night. Feb. 21, as the UCF community gathered to celebrate Judaism's day...

 
 News    March 27, 2020 

Roth Family JCC closes temporarily, majority of employees laid off

On March 24, Keith Dvorchik, CEO of The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, issued a statement to all JCC members that the JCC Board of Directors made the decision to temporarily cease operations, effective the end of business on...

 
 News    March 27, 2020 

Jewish Academy goes remote

Jewish Academy of Orlando (JAO) transitioned to remote learning on Wednesday, March 18, missing only one day of school as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. After much faculty preparation and...

 
 By Ashley Fisak    News    March 27, 2020 

What's in a card? The Jewish Pavilion's response to the corona virus

By Ashley Fisak I always opened my birthday card from my grandparents with gusto because I knew it would have a $5 bill inside. I can remember that excitement and now I see it in my own children when...

 
 News    March 27, 2020 

2020 Jewish Heritage Festival rescheduled for April 25

DAYTONA BEACH—The 2020 Jewish Heritage Festival scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 2020 at The Casements in Ormond Beach, Florida, has been postponed until April 25, 2021 due to the pubic health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus....

 
 By JFS Orlando staff    News    March 27, 2020 

JFS Orlando here to help during COVID-19, but needs your help to do it

With the world shutting down around us during the COVID-19 virus outbreak, JFS Orlando continues to operate to make sure people who are hungry get food, elderly who have to travel get a ride, folks who look for spiritual guidance can speak with the...

 

Federation, JCC closes for 2 weeks

Keith Dvorchik, executive director of the Federation and The Roth Family JCC, made the decision to close both facilities for two weeks, beginning last Monday, March 16. They currently plan to reopen on Monday, March 30. This was a result of the...

 

Jewish Academy kindergarteners support Pearlman Pantry

Jewish Academy of Orlando kindergarteners raised funds at the school for the Pearlman Food Pantry at Jewish Family services by operating a healthy snack store. The annual program at JAO begins with a...

 

The Roth Family JCC events canceled, postponed or waiting to see

If you have purchased tickets to an event, we will email you with details about refunds. Saturday, March 21: The Tribe at Magic game CANCELED Wednesday, March 25: 35+ Basketball League start to season POSTPONED Thursday, March 26: 50+ Basketball...

 

A hard worker for the Jewish Pavilion

Brenda Fisher Wetmore uses her talents in many ways. An avid supporter of The Jewish Pavilion, Wetmore has been on the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion Board for many years. She actively helps plan...

 

Seniors connect with their heritage through the holidays

The programs offered by the Jewish Pavilion provide Jewish residents at senior living facilities opportunities to connect with their heritage as they share their holidays and Shabbat with their...

 

The J Ball at the new Harriett's Ballet Center

The Roth Family JCC's biggest gala of the year, The J Ball, is coming up shortly. On Thursday, March 26, from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The Cohen and Presser Family and Shayna's Village Director Karen...

 

Standing against anti-Semitism

“Let us unite, and stand for what is right” is the battle cry of the Jewish community members who will be gathered at Lake Eola on Sunday, March 15 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate their diverse and growing community and stand against growing...

 

Jewish Academy celebrates Purim with much fanfare

Jewish Academy of Orlando celebrated Purim with a megillah reading, celebration, performances, delivery of mishloach manot (Purim baskets), and grogger sculpture creations.  Third and fourth-grade...

 

Jewish Pavilion plans 'Seders for Seniors'

Julie Levitt, Susan Bernstein and Hope McCormack, Jewish Pavilion program directors, are planning "Seders for Seniors" to celebrate Passover in elder-care communities throughout the greater Orlando...

 

Drowning out Haman's name with groggers

Jewish Academy of Orlando fifth graders made a whole lot of noise on Purim with their homemade grogger sculptures....

 

Federation, JCC closes for two weeks

Keith Dvorchik, executive director of the Federation and the Roth Family JCC, made the decision to close both facilities for two weeks, beginning March 16. They currently plan to reopen March 30. This was the result of the Florida Department of...

 

JFS kicks off 2020 Restock Challenge

The Jewish Family Services’ Restock Challenge food drive is here once again (through April 15, 2020). JFS Orlando challenges you to make your donation stretch further! During the Restock Challenge, The Weiner Family and The Winter Park Wealth...

 

Unsung hero of Entebbe hostage rescue focus of new film

(MELBOURNE, FL)-The world held its breath for seven days In 1976, after an Air France airplane carrying 250 passengers to Paris from Tel Aviv was hijacked by terrorists. The Israeli mission to rescue...

 

Dr. Ken Hanson's dose of history at Temple Israel

Back by popular demand, Dr. Ken Hanson returns to Temple Israel on Saturday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. to bring the Dead Sea Scrolls to life. and Dr. Hanson's entertaining presentation, followed by...

 

Coming up at The Roth Family JCC

World War II novelists are next visiting authors The Roth Family JCC will present novelists Jan Eliasberg and Kristin Harmel at the next visiting author event on Thursday, March 12, from 7 p.m.-9...

 

Pre-registration is open for the annual Cong. Sinai golf tournament

The Annual Congregation Sinai Men’s Club Golf Tournament is open to the entire community. It will take place on Sunday, March 29, in Clermont, Florida. This scramble format golf tournament will start at the Green Valley Golf Course at 8 8.m....

 

Bereavement through a Jewish lens

The need was evident. When looking for a grief support group, every group listed was held at a church. If you are Jewish, churches are not necessarily comfortable surroundings. Seeing a cross or statue of Jesus is not comforting. The Jewish Pavilion...

 

Jewish Academy of Orlando supports Habitat for Humanity

Jewish Academy of Orlando second-graders raised funds in the grade's annual Fun Run to benefit a Habitat for Humanity house. The students later visited the house and presented the check to the...

 

Jewish Pavilion Fashion Show exceeds all expectations

No successful event is ever accomplished alone. It takes organization and attention to every detail. The Jewish Pavilion Fashion Show held on Feb. 26 was one of those well-coordinated events. Honoree Penny Goldstein and her husband, Steven,...

 

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