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Maitland Public Library hosts Calling Our Culture

The Maitland Public Library was awarded a $900 grant from the Florida Humanities Council in support of a Florida Talks Speaker Series titled Calling Our Culture. This series will bring three high-quality humanities programs to Maitland in September,...

 

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. For tickets or information, contact the...

 

JAO students score two grade levels ahead of peers

For the sixth straight year, on average, students at Jewish Academy of Orlando are performing at least two grade levels ahead of their peers nationwide. The test scores, from April 2021, were taken...

 

Temple Israel welcomes Cantor Andrés Levy for High Holidays

Temple Israel is excited to have Cantor Andrés Levy leading us in High Holiday services in September, as well as Shabbat services and special programs between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. On Sunday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m., Cantor Levy will...

 

JFS Orlando awarded United Way grant

JFS Orlando is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Heart of Florida United Way. This grant will support JFS Orlando’s FAMILY of services, including their Counseling services, RIDE (Reliable Independent Drivers for the...

 

Grief Support group to resume meetings in October

Grief is a noun that means deep sorrow especially caused by someone’s death. Are you coping with the loss of a spouse, parent, child or loved one? Join a free grief support group run by Rabbi Maurice Kaprow who serves on the Board of Directors...

 

Happy anniversary to the Heritage!

Forty-five years ago on Aug. 27, 1976 the lead story in the first issue of the Heritage Central Florida Jewish News was about the land optioned for Kinneret II that the Central Florida Jewish Community Council had secured. The Council accepted a...

 

5781 Community Year in Review

Photos in Special Issues Section September 2020 The country was still under COVID-19 mandates and Jewish organizations were getting creative in how to continue some programs. One such program was the Jewish Academy of Orlando’s performance of...

 

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. For tickets or information, contact the...

 

Pam Kancher to step down

Submitted on behalf of the Holocaust Center's Board Officers The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida announced on Aug. 12, 2021, that Executive Director Pam Kancher, who has...

 

Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties provides 7,000 backpacks and school supplies to children in need

Nathan Velez, 16, received one of the 7,000 backpacks filled with school supplies that were recently provided for economically disadvantaged children by the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler...

 

Are you a 'new bee' or an 'old bee'?

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...

 

New preschool in Altamonte Springs

Rabbi Mendy Bronstein is excited to announce that this October, right after the holidays, Chabad of Altamonte Springs will be opening a new preschool called Jewish Beginnings Early Learning Center....

 

The role of Jews in the Civil War

Dr. David Bortnick will explore the role of Jews in the U.S. Civil War at a gathering of the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society to be held at the St. Johns County Library Main Branch, 1960 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd. St. Augustine, Fla., 32084 on...

 
 By Shula Brysky    News    August 13, 2021

Chabad UCF to break ground  for new student center

When Chabad of Greater Orlando, under the leadership of Rabbi Sholom and Devorahleah Dubov, saw the need for a Chabad House to service the Jewish student community, they asked Rabbi Chaim and...

 

SOJC introduces new interim rabbi

Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation will hold a Meet and Greet for its new part-time interim rabbi, David Shmidt Chapman, on Aug. 22, 2021. Rabbi Chapman has served as rabbinic intern at Sutton Plac...

 

Gould family donate and dedicate library to OTA

Amid surging enrollment at Orlando Torah Academy, the school welcomed a new beautiful library.  Jean Gould, together with her children Bruce Gould and Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Gould and joined by many fr...

 

COS welcomes Rabbi Murray Ezring

On the first Shabbat of August, Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th, Congregation Ohev Shalom welcomes a new rabbi on its Bima. Rabbi Murray Ezring will serve as spiritual leader of COS, guiding the...

 

A roof over head and food on her plate thanks to JFS Orlando

Eve has always been determined and motivated to find a better situation for herself and her two sons. "You just can't give up," she said. She has always believed that good things are supposed to happe...

 

COS surprises Rabbi Kay with a special day

During a special breakfast meeting, Rabbi David Kay of Congregation Ohev Shalom was surprised when he was told that the City of Maitland was honoring him with Rabbi David Kay Day, which was Saturday,...

 

Rabbi David Kay Day in Maitland

This Saturday, July 31, is Rabbi David Kay Day in Maitland, and especially at Congregation Ohev Shalom. The City of Maitland proclaimed Rabbi David Kay Day in honor of Rabbi Kay's 17 years of dedicate...

 
 By Dexter Van Zile    News    July 30, 2021

Anti-Israel trouble in Orlando

(The Algemeiner) - Alan Kornman is a documentarian who records what takes place at anti-Israel rallies in and around the city of Orlando, Florida. He keeps a low profile, and aside from asking a quest...

 

The Jewish Pavilion serves under-served seniors

This past year, in bringing gift bags to all Jewish seniors in facilities, occasionally there were a few bags left over. Director Nancy Ludin requested those bags go to Jewish seniors not in these...

 

Hebrew reading crash course in Orlando

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, only half of American Jews (52 percent) can read Hebrew. To fill this gap in Jewish education, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute has developed Read it in Hebrew, an innovative Hebrew reading course...

 
 By Ashley Fisak    News    July 30, 2021

The Jewish Pavilion's first Summer Soiree at Dillards

Sunday night, July 11, the Jewish Pavilion had its first Summer Soiree fundraiser at Dillards department store. The night was full of wonderful conversation, food, and shopping, and a great way to...

 

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