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Alan Sagner, NJ developer who backed liberal and Jewish causes, is dead at 97 WHIPPANY, New Jersey (New Jersey Jewish News via JTA)—Alan Sagner, a former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a major benefactor of Jewish...

Reflections on 100 Years of Congregation Ohev Shalom

For the past 100 years, Congregation Ohev Shalom has been important in the lives of many Orlando Jews, celebrating their milestones, comforting them when they are sick or in mourning, uplifting their ...

Happenings at JFS Orlando

Coffee Connections at JFS Orlando returns Jan. 25 JFS Orlando invites the community to sip some coffee, nosh on a bagel and see/hear new and exciting developments at the facility. Learn about the positive impact JFS Orlando is having in the...

Jewish Academy of Orlando opens its doors to students of all faiths

Just as it celebrates its 40th anniversary, the Jewish Academy of Orlando will open enrollment to students of all faiths offering the benefits of the independent school's academic and cultural...

Jewish-themed plays coming to Mad Cow Theatre

Laura Hodos, Cynthia Beckert and Matt Horohoe are in "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" at the Mad Cow Theatre in downtown Orlando from Jan. 19 through Feb. 18. The comedy about an Upper West Side...

The New York Times ignores Israel's protection of LGBT rights

The New York Times closed 2017 with a parting shot at Israel. A Dec. 30 feature (“Coming Out in Lebanon”) in The Times identifies Lebanon as perhaps the “one exception” in a region hostile to its gay, lesbian and transgender citizens. The...

Panicky critics of Israel push fake 'one state' threat

You know that critics of Israel are getting panicky when they start trotting out the old “one state” bogeyman. “As a 2-State Solution Loses Steam, a 1-State Plan Gains Traction,” a New York Times headline announced on Jan. 5, above an...

Fading memories

Some years ago, the French actor Robert Clary appeared on a television interview. He was famous for another television program—Hogan’s Heroes, a comical take on a prison camp in Germany during the Second World War. In the interview, Clary, for...

Win or lose, Iranians want regime change

For the first time in nearly a decade, one dares to believe that the Islamist clerics who have ruled Iran since 1979 will not be in power by the time the 40th anniversary of their revolution rolls around in 2019. The nationwide protests are a...

Why Trump's Palestinian aid cut threat makes sense

We didn’t need the publication of a new book filled with behind-the-scenes gossip to know that Donald Trump is an unconventional and, at times, inappropriate president. His use of Twitter provides many examples of this fact.  But amid another...

Remembering Aharon Appelfeld, from charnel house to whorehouse to a home in Israel

NEW YORK (JTA)—Arguably the world’s greatest writer of fiction about the world’s foremost nonfiction atrocity, the Holocaust, died Thursday in Israel. Aharon Appelfeld, a Holocaust survivor himself and one of the icons of Israel’s first...

What Martin Luther King Jr. learned on a visit to Jerusalem

(JTA)-On Easter Sunday in 1959, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rose in the pulpit of his Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, to deliver a sermon that focused on his just-completed...

Scene Around

Deeply disturbing... I received the following letter from Ambassador RONALD S. LAUDER, of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and pass it along in part: "Every day, it seems, we hear another report of an ...

A Broadway veteran joins Amy Schumer in Steve Martin's Jewy new play

NEW YORK (JTA)-It's a recurring theme in the career of actor Jeremy Shamos: extravagant praise for playing some less-than-extravagant characters. In reviews for "Meteor Shower," the new Broadway...

Winter camping and fighting addiction at America's first Jewish wilderness therapy program

When Jory Hanselman was a high school student, she found herself struggling on multiple fronts. A family member was wrestling with addiction and mental illness. And two friends died suddenly, one...

Gal Gadot, Harvey Weinstein among top 10 most mispronounced words for 2017

(JTA)—The names Gal Gadot and Harvey Weinstein were among the top 10 mispronounced words of 2017, according to Babbel Magazine Gadot, who played Wonder Woman in the film by the same name and in “Justice League,” was fifth on the list put out...

Trees-a poem for Tu B'Shevat

By Joyce Kilmer  I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer...

Obituary - OPAL CLAIRE BENSON

Opal Benson, age 95, of Winter Park, passed away peacefully at her residence on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, two weeks shy of her 96 birthday. She was a daughter of the late A.E. and Mary Alice Lowe Wilson, of Sarasota, and was born on Jan. 21, 1922. An...

Obituary - ZVI CHAMU

Written by Lenaya Rotklein, his daughter. Steve Chamu, Hebrew name Zvi, died Jan. 1, 2018, at the age of 65 from heart complications. He is survived by his wife, Dawn, and his two daughters, Lenaya...

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