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Don't miss the Central Florida premier of 'The Bigot'

"How can you hate someone you have never even met?" was a question frequently pondered by 6-year-old Eva Mor, as a young child growing up in Poland in the year's following World War II. Often...

Artists-in-Residence event at Temple Israel

Sam Glaser, one of America's foremost composers, performers and interpreters of Jewish music will be visiting Central Florida Jan. 19-21 as the Artist-in-Residence at Temple Israel and Temple Shir...

Congregation Beth Sholom January Schedule

Celebrate Shabbat with the synagogue that feels like family. The Shabbat evening service led by Rabbi Karen Allen is on Friday, Jan. 12th at 7pm. The service will honor the members of our board of directors. An Oneg Shabbat will follow the service....

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Barbra Streisand slams Golden Globes for not giving award to women directors JTA—Barbra Streisand criticized the sexism of Hollywood while presenting an award at the Golden Globes, pointing out that she is the only woman to have received its best...

American immigration to Israel takes a new turn in 2017

TEL AVIV-As a group of well-wishers waved tiny Israeli flags and shouted "Welcome home," Diane Hewitt of Hoboken, New Jersey, stepped off the El Al jet that had just flown her to Tel Aviv from New...

Lorde is swimming in anti-Semitic waters

On Dec. 14, the star singer-songwriter Lorde tweeted, not uncharacteristically, “my cutie tour mate covered the heart song.” A week later, she was taking a crash course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By Christmas Eve, she had acquired...

US threats to end aid unlikely to revive peace talks

The Palestinians say “no” ties with the US, “no” meetings with US peace emissaries, and a big “no” to Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. All of these negatives have combined to turn President Donald...

Iranian unrest can bring peace for Israel and beyond

By Daniel Krygier Like all empires and despotic regimes, the Iranian Mullah regime has a shelf life that it desperately seeks to prolong. The renewed popular protests in Iran against the regime and the deteriorating living conditions in the country...

How do you define anti-Semitism? It's complicated.

NEW YORK (JTA)—JTA doesn’t give out Person of the Year honors, but if we did I’d be tempted to nominate Michael Kadar, the Israeli-American teenager accused of making hundreds of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in early 2017....

Saying 'thank you' to our Christian friends

President Donald Trump’s recent announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and declaring that the U.S. will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem did not happen in a vacuum or come out of nowhere. It did not happen solely...

We need to stop using the phrase 'more Jewish'

(Kveller via JTA)—My family joined a synagogue a few months ago, and overall it’s been wonderful for us. But after our first family Shabbat service, I realized I had a lot to learn. And I wanted to learn. I wanted to be a good example for both...

Fake news then and now

More than a generation ago, the passion to be the first to report the news led to the Chicago Tribune's banner headline of Nov. 3, 1948: "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN!" President Truman delighted in posing...

Ringo Starr to Israel: 'I want to hold your hand'

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has announced that he will perform in Israel next June with his band as part of a 2018 European tour. Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band includes fellow rock...

Scene Around

Museum of Jewish heritage... The Museum of Jewish Heritage is a living memorial to the Holocaust. I recently received a letter from them and pass it along in part: "Who will share the truth about the ...

Jewish families killed in Costa Rica crash remembered for passionate social justice work

NEW YORK (JTA)-Members of two families killed in a plane crash in Costa Rica were being remembered for their involvement in Jewish and philanthropic causes. The Steinberg family of Scarsdale, New...

Aharon Appelfeld, renowned Israeli author, dies at 85

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Aharon Appelfeld, an Israeli author who published more than 45 books in Hebrew and won his country's top prize for literature, has died. Appelfeld, a Holocaust survivor, died early...

Obituary - JONATHAN GREENBERG, M.D.

Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, age 67, passed away on Jan. 1, 2018, at Florida Hospital-Orlando. Originally from Fall River, Mass., Dr. Greenberg graduated from Columbia University Medical and Law Schools....

Obituary - DR. HARRY J. KAPLAN

Dr. Barry J. Kaplan, age 67, of Sorrento, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2017, at his residence. A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, he was born on April 3, 1950, to the late Harold Kaplan and Lenore Vilensky Kaplan. Dr. Kaplan graduated from...

Obituary - HOWARD MARK GOLDSTEIN

Howard M. Goldstein, age 74, of Orlando, passed away on Dec. 30, 2017, at Health Central in Ocoee. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he was born on Nov. 25, 1943, to the late Jacob and Nancy Weiss Goldstein. Howard was a graduate of New York...

Obituary - ELAINE R. MARKOWITZ

Elaine Markowitz, age 75, of Bartow, passed away on Dec. 17, 2017, at Bartow Regional Medical Center. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Feb. 25, 1942, to the late John and Diane Gabler Rappaport. Elaine was a high school graduate and attended...

Obituary - NETTIE NEWBURGER

Nettie Newburger, age 100, of Apopka, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 30, 1917, to the late Charles and Fanny Marks Barnett. Nettie was the widow...

Obituary - IRA KIRSCH

Ira Kirsch, age 64, of Reisterstown, Maryland, passed away in Orlando on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Florida Hospital—Orlando. A native of Baltimore, he was born on March 29, 1953, to David and Beverly Lieberman Kirsch and was an executive in the...

Obituary - DAVID JACK EPSTEIN

David Jack Epstein, age 88, of Orlando, surrounded by family, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. He was born Nov. 23, 1929, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Belle and Emil Epstein. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1953 with a...

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