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JFS Orlando receives grant for Family Stabilization Program

JFS Orlando receives grant for Family Stabilization Program

JFS Orlando recently received a $40,000 grant through the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The grant will support the organization's Family Stabilization Program. The Family ...

Hundreds participated in Orlando's first Mitzvah Day

On Sunday, May 1, volunteers came together to serve the greater Orlando community and to perform tikun olam, "repair of the world." Mitzvah Day, a first-time, large-scale, community-wide event was...

Israeli Memorial Day

Israelis standing beside the graves of Israeli soldiers at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on Memorial Day, May 11,...

March of the Living involves youth from around the world

KRAKOW, Poland-More than 10,000 young adults from 42 countries participated in the 28th Annual March of the Living through Auschwitz-Birkenau, the world's largest Holocaust commemoration. The March...

How the 2016 election is upending pro-Israel orthodoxies

WASHINGTON (JTA)—When it comes to Israel, Democrats and Republicans simply do not see eye to eye, and for all their love of Zion, evangelicals will turn out for a candidate who is less than 100 percent on the issue. Welcome to the 2016...

Season 3 of 'Trump': reasons to be nervous about foreign policy

The last time I wrote about Donald Trump in this column was back in December 2015, when the Republican presidential primary race was in full swing. Then, I voiced concern about what the Middle East policy of a Trump administration might look like,...

At March of the Living, learning how to live

Sophie Wortsman. 16. Toronto. Student. Benji Zoller. 18. Dallas. Student. Sam Peltz. 83. Florida and New York. Survivor. Jacob Kamaras. 30. Houston. Journalist. We all shared the same experience on May 5—the 28th annual March of the Living, a...

Registered student organizations have a right to exist on campus

Islamophobia: dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force. When UCF students walk toward the Student Union, they are greeted by a cacophony of music and welcomed by tables of students. Among the student...

Nakba: Victims of their own doing

As the British began to dismantle their Mandate (The British Mandate) and leave western Palestine, Israel’s War of Independence began (November 30, 1947‑ May 14, 1948). During the war, Palestinian Arabs became belligerents in the conflict, and...

Donald and Hillary

It seems appropriate to call these two contenders for the world’s most powerful office by their first names. Even this far away from their campaigns, where the news is usually about something else, we’ve been listening for more than a year to a...

Standing in unity with Israel, flaws and all

Israel’s Yom Ha’atzmaut—Independence Day—is particularly meaningful to my family. My uncle brought his family to the country from Poland in 1936, and he and my aunt fought on the streets of Tel Aviv in the War of Independence in 1948. My...

Anthony Weiner lets it all hang out in new documentary

(JTA)-It's just before Rosh Hashanah in 2013, and New York City's mayoral campaign is heating up. Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, who in a surprise move had thrown his hat in the ring a ...

I get it now...

Tonight, at 8 o'clock, the sirens around Israel were sounded.  Everywhere.  Not for rockets from Gaza, or Lebanon, or any other place of hate in the Middle East.  For the soldiers who died...

What about the Jewish prayer for those with mental illness?

(Kveller via JTA)-Traditionally, we say the Mi Sheberach prayer for those who are ill and those recovering from illness or accident. For example, I added the name of my friend's daughter to the list ...

'Not Just a Game,' by Dr. Doug Zipes

INDIANAPOLIS-A noted Indiana University cardiologist, Dr. Doug Zipes, has published his third novel, a historical thriller titled "Not Just a Game."  The book follows three generations of Olympic...

No victims here

Speaking through her tears it was not clear whether Eliana, 15, was crying tears of sadness because of her loss, or tears of joy because she was in a place where she could express herself, and cry...

Scene Around

"Heeeeeere's Johnny"... Just recently I watched a two-hour special on the life of television Tonight Show host for 30 years, Johnny Carson. Not only am I missing all the years of watching him and his ...

Chocolate, Halva and Tahini Swirl Buns

(The Nosher via JTA)-I had my first proper halva experience at The Halva Kingdom in the Machane Yehuda shuk in Jerusalem. I'd never really liked halva before that-the one or two times I had tasted...

Holocaust commemoration begins at home

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (JTA)-After Yvonne van Gennep-Bouma discovered that Holocaust victims used to live in what is now her home, she began to think about them constantly. At night, van...

Obituary-ELAINE BLOOM

Elaine Bloom, age 84, of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. Mrs. Bloom was born in Bronx, New York, on Feb. 14, 1932, to the late Chaim and Ethel Greenberg Steinwurzel. She...

 
 
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