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 News    June 14, 2019 

Graduates of Jewish Academy find success in local private and public schools

On May 30, Jewish Academy of Orlando celebrated the class of 2019 with acceptances to their top-choice middle schools, including a 100 percent acceptance rate at both Trinity Preparatory School and...

 
 News    June 14, 2019 

Looking for future leaders

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Program is accepting applications for its fall 2019 class. Co-chairs Rhonda Forest and Abby Nelson opened the Bornstein Program’s application period in a...

 
 News    June 14, 2019 

Little Free Library comes to Winter Springs

Temple Israel installed a Little Free Library on Sunday, May 19, outside the synagogue facing Moss Road. The installation event took place during a worldwide Little Free Library weekend celebrating th...

 
 By Julie Levitt    News    June 14, 2019 

That's a wrap!

All good things must come to end. Thankfully the monthly musicals at Brookdale Lake Orienta will continue in September. What a wonderful "season" it had been with some of the most wonderful entertaine...

 
 News    June 14, 2019 

The Israeli Friendship Caravan returns to Brevard County

Ten Israeli high school student performers will present a high-energy song and dance performance on Tuesday, June 18 from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., at Temple Israel, 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Viera,...

 
 News    June 14, 2019 

Do a mitzvah, be a volunteer!

The Jewish Pavilion is an organization that connects Jewish seniors with their heritage and roots. A large number of senior living facilities have ongoing Shabbat and holiday programs while other residences have visitations by staff and volunteers...

 
 By Lisa Levine    News    June 14, 2019 

Entertaining evening benefitted Jewish Pavilion

A sellout crowd of 225 Jewish Pavilion supporters and Citrus Club members gathered in early June for a fun and relaxed networking and social event in the Citrus Club's opulent downtown setting. The...

 
 News    June 14, 2019 

Florida enacts law barring anti-Semitism, religious discrimination in schools

(JNS)—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Wednesday, May 29, barring anti-Semitism and other religious discrimination in the Sunshine State’s public schools. The Florida state legislature unanimously passed the legislation in both...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    June 7, 2019

JFGO speaks out against anti-Israel rant

A recent Orlando Sentinel guest commentary by Zaina Alsous, a Palestinian-American organizer with the Dream Defenders in Miami and Donna Nevel, a community psychologist and educator and a Jewish social justice activist living in South Florida,...

 

Scenes from sold-out JAO performance of 'Junie B. Jones'

It's too bad there could be only one performance of "Junie B. Jones-The Musical" by Jewish Academy of Orlando students, because they wowed the audience at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center....

 

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...

 

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,...

 

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...

 

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 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 Christine DeSouza    News    May 24, 2019

Algae bloom be gone! says Israeli company

Last July, then-governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in seven South Florida counties because of the algae bloom all across Florida's west coast. The pea-green, thick film covering the fre...

 
 By Christine DeSouza    News    May 24, 2019

Nonstop EL AL flights from Orlando

Those who are planning to go to Israel this year, consider scheduling flights between July 2 and Aug. 27. This is when EL AL will have once-a-week flights out of Orlando International Airport. This...

 

Growing strong in southwest Orlando

Orlando Torah Academy was founded in 2010 to bring the light of Torah to the thousands of Jews living in Central Florida. In less than 10 years, under the leadership of Rabbis Yehuda Schepansky...

 

JAO director of academics receives full scholarship to Harvard summer program

Jewish Academy of Orlando director of academics, Nikki Buyna, was recently accepted to Harvard Graduate School of Education’s summer program titled “Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership....

 

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,...

 

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