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Haredi dropouts battle Orthodox extremists in a divided Israeli city

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (JTA)-Built in the 1990s in part to ease crowding in haredi Orthodox neighborhoods elsewhere in Israel, Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet is both an Orthodox boom town and a site of ongoing...

Hamas is taking the region to the brink of war

(JNS)-The security escalation in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip over the last 24 hours shows that Hamas is prepared to take the region to the brink of war, and that it believes it can force new...

Congratulations to the 2018 Bornstein Leadership graduates

The Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando's Annual Meeting served as a graduation ceremony for the 10 newest members of the Jerome J. Bornstein Leadership Development Program, which is designed to...

150 rockets from Gaza hit Israel

As of early Thursday morning, Hamas has fired about 150 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, the IDF stated. The IDF retaliated by targeting a number of sites used by the Hamas and other terror...

Palestinian disinterest in negotiations with Israel

(JNS)—A new poll of Palestinians shows that more than 60 percent agree that the Palestinian Authority should not engage in negotiations with Israel mediated by the United States, according to results published on Monday. Overseen by the Jerusalem...

Yes, Israeli police should ask questions

(JNS)—In recent weeks, a handful of American Jews have loudly complained about being questioned by the Israeli police over their contacts with Palestinians. They would have us believe that the Israeli authorities are a bunch of iron-fisted...

Reflections on the Nation-State Law... Once again bad planning

I think I have read almost every commentary on the Nation-State Law that the Knesset passed last week by a slim margin (62 in favor, 55 against). Most of the commentary has been by people with more experience than I have in analyzing such laws and...

The non-misogynist, non-hypocritical case for Jewish continuity-with music

(JTA)—This is Leonard Bernstein’s centennial summer, and the Tanglewood Music Center in the Berkshires is staging a series of outdoor performances to celebrate its favorite son. I’m not saying that everyone who goes to Tanglewood is Jewish,...

Jews in self-destruct mode

(JNS)—Increasingly, I perceive Diaspora Jewish communities inexorably moving into a self-destruct mode on several fronts. David Rothkopf, a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, has published...

New Israel Fund's undemocratic meddling in Israel's democratic process

(JNS)—A recording that aired on Israeli TV channel Arutz 20 this past week revealed the tactics employed by the New Israel Fund when it disapproves of legislation proposed in the Knesset, such as the recently passed nation-state law. In the...

Love is not the antidote to hate

By Mel Pearlman When did the idea take hold in public policy conversations that every American was at first morally bound, and now legally required to love every other American? “Love” is not a legal term and as best I can tell, not being a...

Taking stock in children's lives

When Longwood's Vicky Countess sent her third and youngest son off to college in 2013, the full-time mom and part-time educator/office manager felt she had more to give. Fortunately, her husband,...

Scene Around

Jerusalem, the true capital... I read this in a current issue of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along to you: "BETTY EHRENBERG, executive director of the WJC, North America,...

Gal Gadot nears deal to portray actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr

(JTA)-Gal Gadot is close to a deal to star in a limited series about Hedy Lamarr, the film actress who also was an inventor. The Israeli star of the 2017 megahit "Wonder Woman" also will executive...

Comedian Orny Adams talks about his Jewish background (just not on stage)

(JTA)-Despite a career of more than two decades kvetching incessantly about life's absurd little annoyances, comedian and actor Orny Adams insists he's an optimist who's always been an early riser,...

Mel Goldstein bid farewell his way

He loved. He loved to sing. An accomplished vocalist before his teens, he sang his whole life. He loved his Sigma Rho brothers at Miami High School. He loved his fellow congregants at the Lindenhurst...

Bar Mitzvah - JONAH RUBEN PODBERESKY

Jonah Ruben Podberesky, son of Daniel and Lesley Podberesky, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland, Fla. Jonah is in the...

Obituary - ALBERT ELMAN

Written by family Albert Elman, age 84, of Longwood, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Florida Hospital Altamonte. Al was the beloved and adored husband of Cyndie Elman (nee Cynthia Tulip) for only 46 years, and step-father to Beth...

Obituary - CELIA FELDMAN

Celia Feldman, age 95, of Bexley, Ohio, passed away at Bickford Assisted Living in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, July 30, 2018. She was born in Cleveland on Nov. 28, 1922, to the late Louis and Ethel Goldenberg Fierman. A homemaker, she was the widow...

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