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  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

  • Beginning Sunday, May 3, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present Judaism Decoded: The Origins and Evolution of Jewish Tradition, a new six-week spring course which will uncover the unique formula that has sustained Jewish tradition for millennia. Rabbi Yossi Hecht, director of The Chabad Jewish Center of Ocala and The Villages, will conduct the six course sessions in Ocala for six Sundays, starting May 3, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The Chabad Jewish Center and in Lady Lake, for six Tuesdays, starting May 5, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at The Lady Lake Public Library.

  • By Patricia Woodbury RN MSN

  • By Rev. James Snyder
    I was rearranging some bookshelves to make room for a few new books when it happened. I was in for a surprise and did not quite know it. There behind some books on my bookshelf was an old family photo album I had not seen in years.
    When I say old, I mean these were pictures taken when cameras were really cameras with film in them. Nobody knows what those cameras were like today.

  • By Patricia A. Woodbury

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

  • By Dick Frank

    General elections have been over for about a month. Results show that theRepublican Party had sweeping gains in the Senate, House, and in numerousgubernatorial, state, and local races. Yet, one politician claims that the Democrats actually won. Other political pundits have made any number of disparaging comments about congress and voters. Such opinions have been around for a long time proving that nothing is new and, perhaps, nothing has changed.

     

    Mark Twain’s opinions

  • By Dick Frank

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • Matthew Murray knew life would change a bit when he moved to Ocala last fall. As a 27 year-old with down syndrome, his options are somewhat limited. What he didn’t expect was how many new friends he would make through an organization called Transitions Life Center.
    “When Matt moved here, I was really concerned about how he would adjust,” says his mom Diane Murray. “We were so glad we found TLC (Transitions Life Center). He went to the summer camp and loved it. To have the friendship and camaraderie he has found means so much to me.”

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

  • The SPCA of Marion County’s Gone Bunco
    It may have been rainy and dreary outside on Friday evening, May 2, but it was all sunshine and smiles inside the Klein Center at the College of Central Florida for the SPCA’s gala fundraiser, “The SPCA of Marion County’s Gone Bunco.”

  • By Maria Devine

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Dick Frank

  • By Mike Roppel
    The H&R department scheduled a horse farm bus trip for OTOW residents for Feb. 28.

  • It’s the same old question akin to the proverbial: “What came first, the chicken or the egg”? When one of my readers in Citrus County posed it to me, I thought it would make for a provocative column. So here it is, the question everybody loves to ask: Are Jews a people or a religion?
    The answer, my dear Watson, is not so elementary. There are many factors at play here and of course with two Jews you get three opinions but from my humble point of view of a liberal Jewish woman living in the State of Florida, I wish to offer the following.