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White House: Trump staffer’s Western Wall comment do not reflect administration policy WASHINGTON (JTA)—Reported remarks by a Trump administration official rejecting Israel’s claim to the Western Wall were “unauthorized” and do not...

President-elect Macron and his French Jewish supporters may be on a collision course

PARIS (JTA)-French Jews may have voted en masse for Emmanuel Macron in the final round of France's presidential elections, but that doesn't make him their dream president. Like many other supporters...

James Comey, fired by Trump and reviled by Democrats, had admirers among Jewish defense officials

WASHINGTON (JTA)-"You make us better," James Comey told the Anti-Defamation League in his final public speech as FBI director. Judging from the applause in the conference room at the venerable...

Israel's justice minister says Trump peace plan won't go anywhere-and she's happy about it

NEW YORK (JTA)-Ten days before Donald Trump was inaugurated, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked visited the Jewish settlement in Hebron. A community of several hundred ensconced in a city of...

French election winner Macron again rules out Palestinian statehood recognition

By Adam Abrams JNS.org As French citizens voted Sunday, their eventual president-elect reiterated previous statements ruling out unilateral French recognition of Palestinian statehood and committing to support for a two-state solution. On the eve...

Your tax dollar funding Palestinian terrorism

On March 8, 2016, American Taylor Force was murdered along the Tel Aviv beach. Bashar Masalha stabbed Force and wounded 12 others, including a pregnant woman. Sadly, Force was not the first, and will ...

Jewish community awakens to California state school's 'institutional anti-Semitism'

San Francisco State University has been a hotbed of anti-Semitism for decades. During this time, Jewish community leaders either ignored the hostile campus environment or worked quietly behind the scenes, failing to alleviate the problem.  But a...

Washington Post reporter justifies paying Palestinian terrorists

The Washington Post’s chief correspondent in Israel has discarded all pretense of objectivity and is now openly lobbying for a political cause—and it’s one of the most distasteful causes imaginable: justifying the Palestinian Authority’s...

Trump's tragic mistake

www.carolineglick.com By all accounts, U.S. President Donald Trump is a friend of the Jewish state. It is due to Trump’s heartfelt support for Israel and the U.S.-Israel alliance that his meeting with PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas at the White House is...

Genealogy Success Story: Wrestling one's way out of the Holocaust

About two years ago, I flew to Israel for the annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, held that year in Jerusalem. While in Jerusalem, I toured Yad...

Did you know that May is Jewish American Heritage Month?

(JTA)-Only one religious group in the U.S. has a federally proclaimed month celebrating their history: the Jews. In 2006, President George W. Bush officially declared May as Jewish American Heritage ...

Lake Brantley alum is 'winningest' tennis coach in Cleveland

Former Heritage editor, Mike Etzkin, is a proud uncle. His nephew, Brian Etzkin, is the "winningest" head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams in history at Cleveland State University....

Israeli paratroopers re-create photo on 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War

JERUSALEM (JTA)-David Rubinger's iconic photograph of three paratroopers at the Western Wall is the defining image of the 1967 Six-Day War. The men in the photo-Dr. Yitzhak Yifat, Tzion Karasenti...

A son's recollection of his father's heroism at Ammunition Hill

Over the course of three days, beginning June 5, more than 182 Israeli soldiers fell along the Jerusalem front fighting against Jordanian forces in what is ingrained in Israel's collective memory as...

How to make cold borscht

(The Nosher via JTA)-I can't eat borscht that comes from a jar that's been sitting on a supermarket shelf for who knows how long. So sue me. Tell me I'm a snob. I just can't. It's the wrong color,...

Scene Around

I never knew of this true hero... Tuvia Bielski (May 8, 1906-June 12, 1987) was the leader of the Bielski group, Jewish partisans who set up a camp for Jews fleeing the Holocaust during World War ...

How the Six-Day War changed American Jews

NEW YORK (JTA)-On the morning of June 5, 1967, as Arab armies and Israel clashed following weeks of tension, Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg sat anxious amid his congregants at daily prayers-fearful...

Obituary - Remembering Arlene Phyllis Sommers

We are mourning the passing on April 4, 2017, of a beloved wife, mother and gramma. Born Arlene Silverman on Nov. 7, 1928, she was tall and slender, elegant and stylish. Arlene leaves her husband of 66 years, Bernie, whom she met when he took a...

Obituary - PETER A. WEISBERG

Peter A. Weisberg, age 61, of Longwood, passed away at home surrounded by his family of Saturday, May 6, 2017. A native of Boston, he was born on Feb. 5, 1956, to Jean Lieberman Weisberg of Delray Beach and the late Robert Weisberg. Peter graduated...

Obituary - FREDERICK 'FRED' BECKER

Fred Becker, age 81, of Poinciana, passed away at his residence on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Born in Chicago, Ill., on April 8, 1936, he was a son of the late Arthur and Sally Telson Becker. Fred graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from...

Obituary - DORA ACKERMAN

Dora Ackerman, age 97, of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Brookdale Island Lake in Longwood. Mrs. Ackerman was born in Romania on Oct. 14, 1919, to the late Usher and Esther Seltzer Siries. She was the widow of the...

Obituary - ROBERT CHARLES KLEIN

Robert C. Klein, age 73, of Maitland, passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017, at VITAS at Orlando Lutheran Towers. Born in New York City on May 23, 1943, he was the son of the late David and Sylvia Weiser Klein. A college graduate, he came to the...

Obituary - IKE FALLAS

Ike Fallas, age 95, passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017, at Brookdale at Island Lake in Longwood. Ike was born in New York on March 9, 1922, to the late Abraham and Molly Menaged Fallas. He spent his working career in textile manufacturing and...

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