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 News    May 29, 2020 

Preschool delivers pomp despite circumstances

Schools across the nation have had to get creative with their commencement ceremonies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center in Maitland is no exception....

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 29, 2020 

Unhindered by lockdown, RAISE continues on the road to growth

Even though the RAISE employees were furloughed along with everyone else during the COVID-19 lockdown, Loren London, RAISE director, and Rachel Slavkin, director of Employment and Education, decided...

 
 News    May 29, 2020 

A timely bar mitzvah project

Even though his bar mitzvah isn't until October, Mason Moses, son of Andrew and Wendi Moses of Orlando, Fla., has been working hard on his Bar Mitzvah Project - ear savers to use with facemasks. Just...

 
 News    May 29, 2020 

Heritage accepting nominations for Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2020 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando in August. “For more than 30 years, individuals who have...

 
 News    May 29, 2020 

RAISE accepting applications for fall employment

The RAISE program for adults with special needs is now accepting online applications for a limited number of fall positions. RAISE is a 6- to 12-month work and social skills training program offered through the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando...

 
 News    May 29, 2020 

Caring for the mental and physical wellbeing of those most vulnerable

Something was different. On Tuesday, May 19, in the spot where the Kinneret bus is generally parked, the Toasted truck took its place. By 10:30 a.m. there was the distinct scent of grilled cheese...

 
 News    May 29, 2020 

JAO presents a virtual Living History museum

Jewish Academy of Orlando fifth graders presented the Living History museum during the school's remote assembly. The Living History museum concludes the students' study of colonial times and the...

 
 News    May 29, 2020 

Facemasks galore

Jill Goldsmith and her friendly seamstresses made and delivered many bags of facemasks to the Jewish Pavilion to be distributed to seniors in elder-care communities....

 

The Roth Family JCC to reopen June 1

With great excitement, The Roth Family JCC CEO, Keith Dvorchik announced that the JCC will begin a step-by-step reopening on Monday, June 1. “We extend a heartfelt thank you to everybody who was able to help support us during the past two months...

 

A community celebration during COVID-19

Lag B'Omer, a minor Jewish holiday, is traditionally celebrated with major fanfare. Parades, picnics, bonfires, music and displays of Jewish pride mark the occasion that falls 25 days after the end...

 

RAISE continues remotely with sessions and a RAISE reunion

RAISE, Recognizing Abilities & Inclusion of Special Employees, has some heartwarming and uplifting updates to share, Rachel Slavkin, RAISE director of Employment and Education, told the Heritage. First, RAISE was featured as a Community Champion on...

 

Heritage accepting nominations for Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2020 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando in August. “For more than 30 years, individuals who have...

 

2020 Kobrin Family Scholarship deadline extended

Due to the new US tax deadline and school closures during COVID-19, the application deadline for the 2020 Kobrin Family Scholarship has been extended to July 15. The scholarship is available to a qualified, full-time student of the Jewish faith from...

 

RosenCare COVID-19 Response Plan

Experts from the company’s RosenCare healthcare program partnered with a task force and created a comprehensive plan that applies specifically to the Rosen Hotels’ eight Orlando hotels. The COVID-19 Response Plan incorporates all...

 

Teaching the whole child during COVID-19

Jewish Academy of Orlando (JAO) continues to promote positive education remotely as part of the school's core value of teaching to the whole child. Positive education combines traditional education...

 

Celebrating graduation in 2020

Many graduating seniors will not be able to observe their graduations at graduation ceremonies this year because of the coronavirus. Heritage would like to recognize all high school graduates in the paper. If there is a graduating student in your...

 

Parking lot participation in a masked meeting of the minds

Like other nonprofits, the Jewish Pavilion has moved to virtual meetings on Zoom. However, not everything can be discussed in a stilted format. The leadership of the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion...

 
 By Ashley Fisak    News    May 15, 2020

Just a phone call away; How the Jewish Pavilion is continuing to stay in contact with our seniors

The Jewish Pavilion's main goal is to help our seniors stay connected to their culture. No one wants to be left behind and we have always helped our seniors by going to them. We are approaching...

 

Federation helps community cope through virtual programming

When our community and society were faced with the life-changing challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando stepped up to fill the void brought on by the loss of our normal active lives. At the onset of the...

 

Yael Diamond commissioned as an Army 2nd Lt.

On May 1st, Yael Diamond of Winter Park received a commission as an officer in the United States Army. Due to social distancing the ceremony took place at the Orlando Veterans Memorial Park online...

 

Heritage accepting nominations for Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2020 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando in August. “For more than 30 years, individuals who have...

 

The superheroes of the Jewish Academy of Orlando

Jewish Academy of Orlando teachers are superheroes. During Teacher Appreciation Week, teachers were celebrated with yard signs. Here is a peek of some of JAO's beloved teachers. Jewish Academy of...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

Dictor qualifies for Tax Collector race

Not even a lockdown could stop the campaign of Lynn Dictor, known by her radio listeners as Moira, a first-time candidate for Seminole County Tax Collector. Dictor, a Democrat, always intended to...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

JFS Challenge surpasses goal

Thanks to the community’s generous contributions, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando collected $18,742 and 4,930 lbs. of food in this year’s Restock Challenge. With every $1 and pound of food matched $0.50 by The Weiner Family and The...

 
 News    May 8, 2020

Marc Homburger Jacobs earns Eagle Scout rank

Marc Homburger Jacobs, son of Brad Jacobs and Eve Homburger, has just earned the rank of Eagle Scout, completing his Board of Review via video conference. Since Marc's Boy Scout Troop 641 meets at...

 

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