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Haredim look to Trump as a pro-Israel, traditionalist tough guy

NEW YORK (JTA)-American Jews are likely to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, but American Jewry's fastest-growing community is likely to go the other way. A solid majority of haredi Orthodox...

BBYO international teen president visits Orlando Jewish community

Ellie Bodker, the international president (N'siah) of BBYO, the world's leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement, visited the greater Orlando Jewish community over Sept. 15-18. Bodker, of Overland...

Five Orlando women attend JWRP Global Leadership conference

Five Jewish mothers from Orlando participated in the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project (JWRP) Leadership Conference in College Park, Md. The JWRP Leadership Conference, held in collaboration with...

JFS Orlando's Chef Challenge puts the fun in fundraiser

If you have ever watched any of the television shows on the Food Network-shows like "Chopped," or "Cutthroat Kitchen"-you have a glimmer of an idea as to what JFS Orlando's Pantry to Plate Chef's...

More retired U.S. generals and admirals line up for Trump

The number of retired U.S. military generals and admirals endorsing Donald Trump in an open letter has grown from 90 to 162, says the only Holocaust survivor signing it, retired Green Beret Maj. Gen. ...

Going to war against a Movement

I wrote some thoughts down, posted them on my Facebook page and wrote a truncated version to the Orlando Sentinel, which was printed as a letter to the editor. So, here are some further ramblings. 9/11 was a tragedy. We have had a few in our...

Israel haters excel in disruption

It has become standard practice among those who hate Israel to accuse the Jewish state’s supporters of suppressing speech. These so-called progressives piously charge Israel advocates of crying anti-Semitism whenever Israel is criticized, and...

At a time of Jewish introspection, Donald Trump offers hope

By Jason Dov Greenblatt NEW YORK (JTA)—As my family and I prepare for Rosh Hashanah, we look back with grateful hearts for the brachot, blessings, in our lives. We take time to reflect on the joys and the challenges, the ups and downs, that we...

Adjusting to American life with the help of JFS Orlando

Dear Editor: I recently relocated to Central Florida from Israel, and I want to take this opportunity to tell members of the Jewish Community about a wonderful program that helped me in my adjustment to life in America in Orlando. JFS Orlando’s...

Clinton has the temperament to be commander-in-chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA)—I support Hillary Clinton for president because I have seen her work up close—as first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state. She has the temperament, experience and judgment to be commander-in-chief and our...

UCF students perpetuate spirit of cooperation

It was heartening to see on the front page of The Heritage the powerful image of a table representing UCF’s Knights for Israel literally under the same tent as a table belonging to the Muslim Student Association (MSA). This is a testament to the...

We're all from the same planet

Can a children's book about the Jewish High Holidays help advance world peace? A new edition of an award-winning children's book author thinks so-and National Geographic agrees. "Celebrate Rosh...

Eight 'Jewish' shows to watch this fall

(JTA)-Fall is here, and with it comes cooler weather, earlier sunsets and an end to whatever magical spell or temporary insanity that possessed us to spend our free time outdoors rather than in...

Having that 'aha' moment in genealogy research

Gene Starn was the founder of the Heritage and also of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando. He wrote this article in 2005. I am about to have zenith moment! Many of us who are tracing our family history often hit a brickwall. When we...

A Sephardic seder, of sorts, for Rosh Hashanah

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-For Rosh Hashanah, many of us eat an apple dipped in honey as an auspicious sign for a sweet new year. The symbolism is clear, and the ritual as easy to pull off as squeezing a...

From matzo balls to footballs, two Jewish brothers recall their journey to the NFL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (JTA)-At 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, veteran NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz isn't just a force of nature, but a product of good ol' Jewish nurture. "My size comes from a childhood ...

Scene Around

France's Jewish community... I read this in the World Jewish Congress Digest (WJC), and pass it along to you: "France's Jewish community, the largest in Europe, has elected a Sephardic Jew as its new ...

Obituary - ABBY LEE SELMAN-PAIT

Abby Selman-Pait, age 57, of Orlando, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. One of three daughters of the late Barnett and Beatrice Millman Selman, Abby was born in Suffern, New York, on Nov. 22, 1958. Educated in...

Obituary - ESTHER LINDA HALFON

Esther Halfon, age 69, of Lake Mary, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Esther was born on May 17, 1947, to the late Jack and Rachel Capouya Halfon. Following high...

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