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Two decades before Cleveland's first NBA title, LeBron James walked onto a JCC court

How Israel stays a 'well-regulated militia' with so many guns

(JTA)-Dirty, hot and exhausted Israeli soldiers waiting for their bus home from the army base tend, understandably, to be in a hurry to get on board. But when I was living in Israel during the first ...

ADL Audit: Anti-Semitism in Florida

According to the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents released today, there were 91 verified incidents of anti-Semitism in Florida in 2015, marking a significant...

Rubio decides to run for reelection

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Sen. Marco Rubio cited his intention to kill the Iran nuclear deal in his decision to run for reelection to the Senate. The Florida Republican, first elected in 2010, opted out of...

JFGO convenes security briefing for agency, synagogue leaders

In the wake of last month’s deadly terror attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando (JFGO) convened a community security briefing on the Maitland Jewish Community Campus. JFGO organized the June 16...

Cardoza-Moore to speak in Altamonte

"We are in a war for the future of our country and the State of Israel!" says Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN). She will be speaking in Central Florida at ...

Orlando atrocity highlights America's divisions

In the days since the massacre of 49 people and the wounding of hundreds more by an Islamist gunman at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, America’s political leadership has sounded more discordant than ever. Never mind the absence of a bipartisan...

World organizations, RIP

The headline of this note, letting aspirations for an organized work rest in peace, may reflect more cynicism than reality. Colonialism began its demise with World War I, when the European powers that could carve up the world and color the maps as...

Supporting BDS: Anti-BDS laws don't perpetuate discrimination; they prevent it

This is the second of two contrasting views on laws that prevent state agencies from doing business with companies that support a boycott of Israeli products. CHICAGO (JTA)—On June 16, the New Jersey Assembly is expected to have a final vote on...

Palestinian mom goes off script

Suhair Halabi is very proud of her son, Muhannad. Mrs. Halabi is so proud, in fact, that she recently displayed her pride by visiting the site where Muhannad became famous. We know about her visit because she posted, on Facebook, a photo of herself...

Opposing BDS: Anti-BDS law can't be 'pro-Israel' if it tramples on free speech

NEW YORK (JTA)—If you’re a supporter of Israel and of the Jewish community, you should be very worried about a new executive order issued by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 5. While billed as an initiative to prevent New York state from...

Two decades before Cleveland's first NBA title, LeBron James walked onto a JCC court

The seed for the city of Cleveland's first professional championship in a major sport in 52 years may have been planted at the Shaw Jewish Community Center on White Pond Drive in Akron, Ohio, nearly...

Anti-Semitism or pro-Semitism?

(Kveller via JTA)—It’s a truth universally acknowledged that if you have a child, random strangers will talk to you. They will comment on your child’s looks or behavior or on your parenting skills, or they’ll tell you about their own...

Scene Around

About Israeli boycotts... I read this in a recent issue of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and will share it with you: "The World Jewish Congress welcomed a decision by the British government...

Love letters of the Holocaust

This is a story about the power of letters to span both years and miles, and to unite the hearts of children and their parents when powers they can't control force them apart. More than a dozen years ...

Community-to-Community Relationships

Since our last column, our Central Florida community has been changed indelibly. While the horrific attack at the Pulse nightclub brought immense grief and anger to our City Beautiful, the resulting collaborations to promote inclusion and unity...

Falafel wars in Paris: Who's got the better balls?

PARIS (JTA)-On a crowded sidewalk in the French capital, Yomi Peretz exchanges jokes and backslaps with customers who are waiting in a 20-yard queue in the rain to enter his falafel shop. This chummy ...

Roasted chicken with fresh pineapple

(The Nosher via JTA)-I make chicken so often that my kids once told me we were all going to grow feathers and start clucking. But they never complained that it was the same old chicken because it...

Russian-Jewish 'Star Trek' actor crushed to death by car in freak accident

(JNS.org) Russian-Jewish actor Anton Yelchin, known for playing the Russian starship navigator Chekov in the rebooted series of "Star Trek" movies, died Sunday after being accidentally crushed by...

Obituary - ALEXANDER S. GREENSPOON

Alex Greenspoon, age 91, of Maitland, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at his residence. He was born on April 5, 1925, in Danzig, Poland, to the late Leon and Bella Goldstein Greenspoon. A survivor of World War II and the DP Camps, Alex and...

Obituary - RAMOLA "BO" BANDER

Ramola “Bo” Bander, age 88, of Fern Park, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at The Commons at Orlando Lutheran Towers. “Bo”, a native of Providence, Rhode Island, was born on Nov. 11, 1927, to the late Harry and Alma Gederman Diamond....

Obituary - STEVEN H. SALZMAN

Steven H. Salzman, age 67, of Ocoee, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016, at Shands Memorial Hospital in Gainesville. A Brooklyn native, he was born on June 24, 1948, to the late Leonard and Nora Kaplan Salzman. After completing two years of...

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