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Cathy Cotter is music to children's ears

By Christine DeSouza There are many dedicated people at The Roth Family JCC. How does one select just one to receive the Harriet Weiss JCC Legacy Award? This award was established last year to...

Texas House says no to BDS

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Texas House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill banning state entities from dealing with businesses that boycott Israel or its settlements. The bill approved Thursday follows the state Senate’s approval of a...

JFS Orlando hosts annual Spring Brunch

Celebrating 39 years of commitment to serving the community, JFS Orlando is hosting its annual Spring Brunch on Sunday, May 21, 11 a.m. The event will be held at the historic Dubsdread Ballroom, located at 549 W. Par Street in Orlando. Individual...

Trump says Iran 'not living up to the spirit' of nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Iran is not living up to the “spirit” of the nuclear deal, President Donald Trump said, the latest in a flurry of mixed messages on the deal his administration has relayed in recent days. “As far as Iran is concerned, I...

Veterans affairs emerges as new frontier in US-Israel military relationship

While U.S.-Israel military ties have long been known for foreign aid packages, intelligence-sharing and jointly developed missile defense technology, veterans affairs could be a major new frontier in ...

The American pastor at Erdogan's mercy

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan assumed near-dictatorial powers following his dubious victory in a constitutional referendum April 16, Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina, was marking his sixth month of incarceration...

There must be limits to Jewish Community's 'Big Tent'

What is the one value that the Jewish community should care most about? To listen to many who run Jewish organizations and communal philanthropies, the answer is inclusion. At a time when it is difficult to engage young people, maintaining a...

Where is the pride?

YouTube is one of the marvels of the Electronic age. You can play eight hours of the singers and jazz artists of the 1940s. You can take a Friday and play Yiddish and Israeli music all the way up to Shabbat. And then there are the other sites....

The fight against lung cancer

In 1998, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. After chemotherapy and the removal of my left lung, have been cancer free for 19 years. Luckily, I am able to say that I am a lung cancer survivor. I am one of the lucky ones, because in our country, every...

Pushing Death

Recently, I had a chance to spend a day with one of my closest friends from law school. Near the end of our time together, he shared the story of the passing of his mother whom I had the pleasure of meeting many decades ago. Towards the end the end...

Minorities and the IDF-The IDF Sword Battalion

Two non-Jewish minority communities in Israel, the Druze (a deviant Shi’a Muslim group) and Circassians (Sunni Muslims whose ancestors were exiled to Palestine from the Caucasus), are subject to mandatory conscription to the IDF. Additionally,...

Chastain on playing Holocaust heroine in 'The Zookeeper's Wife'

(JTA)-Strong women are right in actor Jessica Chastain's wheelhouse. There's Maya, the fictional CIA agent in "Zero Dark Thirty," whose work led Seal Team Six to Osama bin Laden; Melissa Lewis, the...

Scene Around

Oy vay department!... I watched an entire four hours of Nazi stories on television the other day. So much of it reminded me of Twitler... oops, I meant Hitler. Anti-Semitism all over again?... I...

A timeless, universal wish

In the Czech language, Poslední prání translates to last wish. Seventy-five years ago today, in Nazi-occupied Bohemia my Jewish grandfather Arnošt Holzer sat down at his desk in Prague and wrote his Poslední prání in a letter to my father...

Good reads: Within the context of the Holocaust, new book explores legal, moral duties of bystanders

"The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust," by Amos N. Guiora Consider this dilemma: You are a bystander and witness to a crime. Should your intervention in an attempt to prevent that...

Good reads: Viewing the Six-Day War through the eyes of children

"The Six-Day War" by Tammar Stein In 1967, Israel teetered between existence and annihilation. By winning the Six Day War, it averted annihilation ... and began the modern dilemma of the Israeli...

Genealogy Success Story: A sister discovered for my cousin Jessica 

My second cousin Jessica was 2 years old when her parents, Brenda and John, had a second child, Richard. Sadly, the day Richard was born was also the day Richard died. It wasn’t long after that Jessica’s father left her mother. He was pretty...

Rebbetzin 2.0: With co-equal role, young Orthodox women breaking mold of 'rabbi's wife'

CHICAGO-Every Friday morning for a month, rebbetzin Ariel Pardo has been meeting with three female Jewish students at Brandeis University for deep conversations that wind their way from Jewish ...

Bat Mitzvah - Delaney Jill Rosenblatt

Delaney Jill Rosenblatt, daughter of Seth and Jessica Rosenblatt of Altamonte Springs, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood....

Obituary - ARLENE P. SOMMERS

Arlene Sommers, age 88, of Longwood, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the Mayflower Health Care Center. Arlene was born in Yonkers, New York, on Nov. 7, 1928, to the late Abraham and Celia Brickman Silverman. She married Bernard D....

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