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Jewish candidate Tracey Kagan aims to break the glass ceiling in Seminole County

Two years ago, Tracey Kagan ran for office for the first time. Now she's running again - but this time, "it's a whole different ballgame," said Kagan. "I have learned so much in the past two years...

 

It's Moira for tax collector

Radio personality Moira is running for Seminole County Tax Collector. "This is the bravest thing I've ever done," she told Heritage. "I'm stepping off that cliff and hope to leave this place better th...

 

ECLC fundraiser surpasses goal

This community rocks when it comes to fundraising challenges. On Sept. 9 the Roth Family JCC held a 36-hour fundraiser for the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center, which has experienced a decline in enrollment because of the COVIC...

 

Mendelsohns lose their home in Montana to fire

Maitland residents Jason and Ronni Mendelsohn have a home in Bozeman, Montana, which they recently lost to a fire that destroyed 28 homes in the area. The NBC television station in Montana...

 

You can still get Ben's Challah

Like other nonprofits, the Jewish Pavilion is cancelling their gala for 2020. Their ungala will consist of a silent online auction from Oct. 18-23. Instead of donning your annual Gems and Jeans...

 

Stepping up remote learning with technology and dedicated faculty

Jewish Academy of Orlando has upgraded the school's remote learning offering by investing in new technology and by naming Emily Watson, a veteran teacher as remote learning coordinator. Twenty...

 
 By Sophie Katz    News    September 18, 2020 

SOJC prepares for 'High Holy Days unlike any other'

For the last several months, the Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation has held Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services over Zoom, in a well-received effort to keep the community both safe and connected in the unprecedented times created b...

 

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. This year due to COVID-19, services during...

 

Sharing hope and light during times of uncertainty

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began in March, sisters Janna (a 24-year-old University of Central Florida employee) and Maya (a 17-year-old student at Lyman High School) have been making cards to send...

 

The show must go on at the Jewish Academy of Orlando

Jewish Academy of Orlando presents Disney's Alice in Wonderland on video. The play, previously scheduled for May, and then rescheduled for October, will now be produced as a video production....

 

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. This year due to COVID-19, services during...

 

Summary of the JFGO annual meeting

Announced at the annual Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando meeting were the new board officers: president - Ming Marx; vice president - Danielle Krise; treasurer - Diane Jacobs; secretary - Rhonda...

 

Local artist wins E-Lit Award

Joni Okun's debut audiobook, "To Hold the Throne: A Novel of the Last Maccabee Princess and King Herod the Great" won the gold medal in the E-Lit Awards 2020 religious fiction category. E-Lit is an...

 

JFS High Holiday Hope Drive

During the COVID-19 pandemic, families across Greater Orlando are in need of hope now more than ever. Hope that can only be found through relief services like JFS Orlando’s Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry. Over the past few months, the Pantry has...

 

Orlando educators participate in 'Hidden Sparks' program

Teachers from Orlando Torah Academy are taking part in an elite training program to better address the social and emotional needs of their students whose academic year will start off differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hidden Sparks, a...

 

High school students can earn 2 credits studying Judaism

A unique opportunity is coming to Jewish high school students in Orlando this fall: The chance to earn two private college credits while exploring the tenets of Judaism. The course is being offered by CTeen U, a collaboration of Yeshiva University...

 

Two upcoming events sponsored by JFGO

There are two upcoming programs that the Federation is providing as New Year’s Gifts to the community, made possible by our generous sponsors. On Monday night Sept. 14, along with 24 other Federations around the country there will be a special...

 

Online auction to help the Jewish Pavilion

The Jewish Pavilion seeks to enhance the lives of our elders, of all faiths, in long term care. They provide festive holiday programs and arrange friendly visits so that our aged know that they are no...

 
 By Ashley Fisak    News    September 4, 2020

Volunteers: Essential to helping the Jewish Pavilion

No one wants to be forgotten. At the Jewish Pavilion our mission is "Enriching the lives of residents in elder-care facilities" and our purpose is "To see smiles on the faces of seniors!" This is the...

 

Jewish Academy of Orlando welcomes new "BEES"

Jewish Academy of Orlando welcomed many new "BEEs" this school year.  Here are a few photos before the start of school. Jewish Academy of Orlando serves central Florida students of all faiths from...

 

Hank Katzen receives Human Service Award virtually

It was the most unusual Jewish Federation annual meeting, and not just because Heritage publisher Jeff Gaeser did not have to wear a coat and tie to present the Human Service Award to Hank Katzen....

 

Orlando Senior Help Desk is there to help with needs

As the pandemic continues, the phone is ringing off the hook at the Orlando Senior Help Desk at the Jewish Pavilion. Seniors are in need of low–rent housing, assisted living, home care, emergency...

 

Compassion has no boundaries

Kudos to Amy from Texas and hundreds of other wonderful people across the nation who have sent cards to the Jewish Pavilion for our elders in long-term care. Isolation and loneliness often define the...

 

It's back to school and seeing friends at the Jewish Academy of Orlando

Jewish Academy of Orlando's students loved heading back to school with their friends.  Here are a few peeks from the first day of school....

 

Congregation Ohev Shalom welcomes new youth director, Jayme Epstein

The leadership of Congregation Ohev Shalom is pleased to announce the hiring of Jayme Epstein as youth director.  Epstein grew up between Westchester, New York, and Dallas, Texas, and has been in...

 

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