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Biden snub amplifies Obama administration's tension with Israel

Biden snub amplifies Obama administration's tension with Israel

The latest episode in a history of tension between the Obama administration and Israel has escalated to a new level, with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden opting out of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Senior Orthodox rabbis resign in wake of Australia’s sex abuse probe SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – Three senior Orthodox rabbis have resigned in the wake of Australia’s Royal Commission into the child sex abuse scandal at two Chabad institutions....

CRJ hosts Masquerade Gala to support community programs

A Masquerade Gala celebration featuring fabulous food, drink, auction items and entertainment on Feb. 28 will begin 7 p.m. at the Congregation of Reform Judaism, 828 Malone Drive, Orlando, Florida....

The secrets about family history publishing

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) on March 3, at the Roth JCC, for a program featuring IAJGS President Marlis Humphrey, who will speak on "What they don't tell you about ...

Orlando Chapter of Hadassah is 67 years young and still growing

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah was founded in 1948 by a group of Jewish women, new to the area, who desired a connection with Israel and the community. According to a long-time member, the meetings were initially held in Temple Israel where the...

Bibi reads writing on White House wall

I once met a woman who was born and raised in Iran and lived under the Shah, and later, under Ayatollah Khomeini. I remember how she spoke passionately, in her broken English, about just how terrible the Shah of Iran actually was. When I asked her...

President Obama's Jewish point of reference

One cannot help but wonder what it is about Obama that (a) makes him seemingly so hostile to Israel, (b) gives him so much trouble identifying killings such as those in the Hyper Cacher market in Paris last month as anti-Semitic and (c) impels him...

Schabas resignation means it's high time to address U.N. bias on Israel

A few months ago I asked William Schabas, the Canadian academic who this week resigned as head of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s probe into last summer’s war in Gaza because of a conflict of interest involving his work for the...

Reflections on a Jewish Federation's solidarity mission to Paris

My early days as a Jewish Federation professional were at a time when our system was evolving away from reliance on messages of combating anti-Semitism and statements of “never again,” to one of strengthening our communities through education...

Are anti-vaxxers' religious exemption claims grounded in actual religious laws?

As the debate on vaccination heats up again in the U.S., some “anti-vaxxers” are requesting exemptions from vaccinating their children on religious grounds. But what do their faiths, including Judaism, actually say about the issue? The recent...

Are voluntary dues enough to get people to join synagogues?

MINNEAPOLIS (JTA)—Michael Paulson reported in The New York Times on the “Pay What You Want” model that some synagogues are implementing to reduce the financial barrier to membership. Paulson estimated that about 30 synagogues across the...

Le'Or aims to put marijuana legalization on the Jewish agenda

(JTA)-"You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them?" That...

Bridges for Peace donates ambulance to Heart to Heart

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Israeli and U.S. dignitaries gathered at the Israeli Embassy on Thursday, Feb. 5, as Bridges for Peace, a Christian outreach of unconditional friendship to Israel and the Jewish...

Expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel's leading literary prize

(JTA)-Israel's biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery. The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an...

Three Israeli pals take shakshuka to Manhattan's streets

By Shannon Sarna NEW YORK (JTA)-Just over a year ago, Israeli friends Josh Sharon, Solomon Taraboulsi and Gabriel Israel moved to New York to pursue professional dreams: Sharon and Taraboulsi to...

Remembering Holocaust historian Sir Martin Gilbert and his 'two Londons'

He didn't have to be helpful. He didn't know me or anything about me, only that I had an idea for a novel about the last living survivor of the Holocaust, and wanted to speak to him. He was...

After losing his legs, U.S. veteran Brian Mast gets his 'hands dirty' to support Israel

Never in the 23 years of Natan Glassman's volunteering at an Israel Defense Forces army base has he seen anything like the outpouring of love and respect garnered by American veteran Brian Mast....

Scene Around

Global Warming? Are you kidding? It's still snowing!... I've had people actually say things like this to me when I mention the threat of global warming. I received a letter from the president of the...

In Sundance drama, Silverman puts her darkness on display

PARK CITY, Utah (JTA)-The Sarah Silverman that the world knows and loves is a loudmouthed, foulmouthed, ribald comedian who tramples on the boundaries of social decency with sharp purpose and...

King Cake challah

(The Nosher via JTA)-I have always had a love of affair with the city of New Orleans. I have traveled there nearly 10 times since my early 20s for work a few times, but more often to visit our...

B'nai Mitzvah - Carly Rayman and Joshua Rayman

Carly Rayman, daughter of Bonnie and Evan Rayman of Orlando, will be called to the Torah as a b'nai mitzvah together with her brother, Joshua, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Southwest Orlando Jewish...

Obituary - ANITA HERSHKOWITZ STEELE

Anita H. Steele of Longwood, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at Brookdale at Island Lake. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Steele was born on Jan. 15, 1923, in New York City, to the late Samuel and Bertha Cohen Hershkowitz. She relocated to the...

Obituary - IRA HENRY HELMAN

Ira H. Helman of Oviedo, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Florida Hospital – Orlando. He was 84 years old. Mr. Helman, a native of New York, was born on July 28, 1930 to the late Jack and Shirley Noah Helman. After earning his Bachelor...

 
 
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