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Jewish Academy honors the Steinberg family and Dr. Edward Zissman at annual gala

Jewish Academy of Orlando announced it will be honoring Nathalie and Dr. Jordan Steinberg and giving a lifetime achievement award to Dr. Edward Zissman at the school's annual gala, Sunday, Dec. 17...

Israel's emerging underground wall is latest round in 'competition' with Gaza terrorists

Within two years, a deep underground wall, equipped with advanced sensors, will cut through Hamas’s ability to tunnel into Israel. That will lead southern Israeli villages and towns to breathe a collective sigh of relief. But the Gazan terrorist...

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Geraldo Rivera apologizes to Bette Midler for alleged sexual assault (JTA)—Television host Geraldo Rivera apologized to Bette Midler for an incident in which she says he groped her. “Although I recall the time @BetteMidler has alluded to much...

UN votes 151-6 against Israel, an 'occupying power'

The United Nations General Assembly in New York passed six resolutions on Thursday, Nov. 30, affirming Palestinian rights and condemning Israeli violations of international law, Middle East...

Tyler Gaeser earns Scouting's highest rank-Eagle Scout

A Boy Scout doesn't just become an Eagle Scout. He has to earn the rank through a series of requirements, including: earn 21 merit badges-13 of which are required; perform a service project that he...

I'm glad they are enjoying college... but

“It’s great to hear that your children are loving college, and not experiencing much anti-Semitism or anti-Zionism. They deserve to enjoy their time at school, just like everyone else!” That was my answer to a parent who recently...

France's Socialist Party shows the right way to respond to anti-Semitism

It has been a long time since I’ve heard anyone say anything positive about the French Socialist Party (PS), once the giant of that country’s post-war politics, but trounced into fifth place in this year’s presidential election, with just 6...

An unlikely bedfellow delivers a wake-up call

It’s difficult for Americans to sympathize with the rulers of Saudi Arabia. Though a longstanding ally of the U.S., the oil-rich theocracy has helped foment extremism around world by funding fundamentalist mosques and madrassas. That 15 of the 19...

NY Times article shows how not to write about neo-Nazis

NEW YORK (JTA)—Did The New York Times just normalize an American neo-Nazi? That’s the charge being flung at The Newspaper of Record over its Saturday profile of Tony Hovater, 29, a “polite,” “low key” Ohio man who is a “committed...

It was a good story, however...

The article that ran in the Nov. 17 issue titled “The history of the $1 bill and who was Haym Solomon?” was a great story, but it wasn’t entirely true, unfortunately. I had a very enlightening conversation about the piece with Murray...

Trump rescues the Palestinians

The most prominent Jewish leader in America did not mince words when it came to the question of whether the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) should have an office in Washington, D.C. In a telegram to the president, he wrote, “Our country...

'The MeshugaNutcracker!' shown one night only in Orlando

An "enchanting festival of light-hearted glee and meaningful warmth" (Los Angeles Times) arrives in celebration at the end of Chanukah when the musical comedy, "The MeshugaNutcracker!," debuts in...

From Israel to America: Sephardi inspiration for Chanukah

(Jewish& via JTA)—For many years, I worked in the most special place I could imagine. It’s a radical beit midrash (house of study) in Jerusalem, Memizrach Shemesh, the Social Action Beit Midrash, inspired by the traditions of Jews from Arab...

The hidden history of 'I Have a Little Dreidel'

(JTA)-Within the Jewish musical canon are several songs that seem to have always existed-tunes we all know and pass down from one generation to the next. One example is the Hanukkah favorite "I Have...

At Chanukah, finding light in a time of illness and darkness

NEW YORK (JTA)-It is the "the witching hour," around 4:30 p.m., when darkness descends swiftly on the streets of New York, and exhausted children and their parents tend to quarrel. But my son Joel,...

It's always Chanukah in this picture-perfect Italian town

CASALE MONFERRATO, Italy (JTA)-It's always Chanukah in this picturesque town in northern Italy's Piedmont region. Jews have lived in Casale Monferrato for more than 500 years, with the community...

Chanukah gift ideas for newcomers to the tribe

(MyJewishLearning via JTA)-Do you have friends or family members who are new to the tribe? Maybe they recently converted, married a Jew or became newly interested in their Jewish roots? Or maybe...

Judah Maccabee went to the doctor...

(JTA)-Like any self-respecting author, Ann D. Koffsky checks her Amazon rankings on a regular basis. "A little bit ridiculously," she acknowledged. Yet when she noticed the rating for her most...

Answering some oft-asked Chanukah questions

(My Jewish Learning via JTA)—How do you pronounce Chanukah? Is there a correct spelling for the holiday? Why does Chanukah last eight days? These are just some of the frequently asked questions about the Festival of Lights. Here are the answers...

Scene Around

(I'm still upset about the Nazi march in Charlottesville some time ago. To think that our country's Commander in Chief said some of them were good people, makes me beyond angry!) And speaking of...

Blue Crinkle Cookies recipe for Chanukah

(The Nosher via JTA)—In many homes, there is a tradition to bake Hanukkah cookies this time of year. Whether it’s the sugar and butter mixing in the mixer, the blue and white sprinkles, or the festive menorah cookie cutters, there is...

Obituary - FRANCES BERCOV

Frances Bercov, age 105, of Longwood, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Brookdale—Island Lake. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 17, 1912, to the late Louis and Sadie Worth Sharon. Frances worked as an administrative assistant...

Obituary - GOLDA DANSKER

Golda Dansker, age 90, of Orlando, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at LifeCare of Altamonte Springs. Mrs. Dansker was born in Uman, Ukraine on Nov. 3, 1927, to the late Herschel and Malka Gefon Greenberg. She and her late husband, Semyon,...

Obituary - SUSAN MURFIN GREENE

Susan Cecelia Murfin Greene, age 91, of Orlando, passed away at Sutton Homes in Altamonte Springs on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. Born in Detroit, Michigan, on July 27, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Kalman and Jenny Sugelsky Gross. Susan relocated...

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