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Hillel names Berger as senior adviser

WASHINGTON—In furtherance of the strategic “Drive to Excellence” plan, Hillel International today announced the addition of Matthew E. Berger as senior adviser for strategic communications. He assumed his post on April 20. Berger joins...

Obama meets with Jewish leaders

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Jewish leaders expected President Barack Obama to sell them hard on the Iran nuclear deal. Instead, participants in two White House meetings on Monday said he offered a softer pitch...

Hillary Clinton announces presidential candidacy

(JNS.org) Former U.S. senator, secretary of state, and first lady Hillary Clinton on Sunday announced that she will run for president in 2016. She lost to President Barack Obama in the 2008...

Noted author to speak at Hadassah

On Tuesday , May 5, The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah will host author Zieva Konvisser, PhD. She will review her book "Living Beyond Terrorism." Konvisser's diverse career has evolved from...

Tour of the new Orange County Genealogy Library

Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) on Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m., for a walk-through tour of the Orange County Library System’s new genealogy library, located at 1821 East Silver Star Road, Ocoee, FL 34761. This is one...

Hillary's fingerprints on three threats to Israel

Hillary Clinton is hoping for a “new tone” in the U.S.-Israel relationship, one Jewish leader recently claimed. But in the meantime, Israel is stuck dealing with the deadly consequences of her policies as secretary of state. Russia this week...

Thomas Friedman promotes Obama's spin on Iran and Israel

Leave it to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to shill shamelessly for President Barack Obama. In a lengthy interview about the Iran nuclear framework, the ever-sycophantic Friedman gives us new insight into the banality of...

Sanitizing Iran, demonizing Israel

As expected, the Obama administration is having a hard time selling the American public on the feeble understanding—it’s not a “deal,” since nothing was signed—that was recently reached with Iran over its nuclear program. Let’s start...

Politics and its limits

The two countries I know best are both immersed in political frenzy. In the United States it is the onset of the 2016 presidential campaign. In Israel it is sorting out the goodies and the claimants after last month’s election. Both are marked by...

Identifying Israel

I found out something a few weeks ago that I should have known for decades. When the Roman Legions left Israel, having slaughtered thousands and sent thousands more out into what would become known as the Diaspora; they left behind dozens of Jewish...

What's wrong with March of the Living

NEW YORK (JTA)—The evening before we visited Auschwitz, over pizza with a group of young people in Oswiecim, the town on whose outskirts lies that infamous symbol, one of my students approached me with tears in her eyes. Tears are hardly uncommon...

Scene Around

"Depressed" isn't a strong enough word... With the increase in anti-Semitism in Europe and yes, even here in the United States, I am feeling extremely down and frankly scared. I keep remembering the ...

The March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau

Thousands of people walked from the Auschwitz to Birkenau in Poland on Thursday, April 16, as part of the annual March of the Living on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Each year, marchers commemorate more ...

The Duggar family now includes an 'Israel'

(JTA)—It’s no secret that non-Jews are into Jewish names. Sarah Palin named her dog Hadassah. Gwyneth Paltrow (that perennially “almost” Jewish actress) and Chris Martin named their son Moses. In recent years, the name Cohen...

Hats off to another fabulous Choices

One would have thought she was entering Churchill Downs on the evening of April 14 as several hundred women donned colorful, flowery hats for Choices 2015. It was an evening for the women who are...

'Star Trek' and Great American Songbook meet the Jews

(Jewniverse via JTA)—What happened to the classic songs of the 1930s and ’40s? The standards of the Great American Songbook crooned by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee or Ella Fitzgerald (and later made unforgettable by Data of “Star Trek”)?...

Seeking kin: Remembering her mother's Holocaust agony, daughter rekindles a search

The Seeking Kin column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)-The pain of losing close relatives in the Holocaust is so acute that it has afflicted multiple generations ...

Photos of the soon-to-be gone Streit's matzah factory

NEW YORK (JTA)-As the Streit's matzah factory on the Lower East Side gets set to close, Jews in New York City and beyond are feeling the nostalgia. The last family-owned matzah company in the...

The other Spielberg tells story of American pilots who fought for Israel in 1948

Not as famous as director Steven Spielberg is his sister Nancy, the filmmaker. Lesser known than the Israelis who fought for their country's independence were the American pilots who secretly joined...

France's Jewish community: top-ranked schools

(JTA)-When mainstream French media report about Jewish schools, it's usually not good news. Sometimes, the reports are about controversies surrounding public funding of such institutions in a country ...

Al Rosen, Cleveland Indians MVP in 1953, dies at 91

Albert Leonard Rosen of Rancho Mirage, Calif., passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015, of natural causes at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. He was 91 years old. Two of his sons, Jim Rosen...

Bar Mitzvah - David Edward Coultoff

David Edward Coultoff, son of Daniel and Caryn Coultoff of Heathrow, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. David is in...

Bat Mitzvah - Aubrey Leah Stern

Aubrey Leah Stern, daughter of Ronald and Nancy Stern of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Temple Israel in Winter Springs. Aubrey is in the seventh...

Bat Mitzvah - Ashley Leah Weinstein

Ashley Leah Weinstein, daughter of Suzanne and Eric Weinstein of Apopka, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Ashley is in the...

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