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 By Christine DeSouza    Features    February 24, 2017 

Putting his best foot forward for others

Dr. Les Kramer of Longwood was a man "behind" his times-that is to say he is a man who finds technical solutions to meet national needs during changing times. He was a flexible person, and adjusted...

 
 Features    February 24, 2017 

Local teens to sing in NYC

Last September, HaZamir Orlando, the international Jewish High School choir, launched its inaugural season with auditions for teens from all over the Orlando area. Congregation of Reform Judaism...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    February 24, 2017 

Scene Around

Thinking of the "So-called" ban... Most of you are too young to remember when Jews were turned away from our shores, because they were not accepted as immigrants. (What ever happened to "Give us your...

 
 Features    February 17, 2017

SodaStream proud to be Israeli

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israel-based beverage carbonation company SodaStream has decided to feature an Israeli flag on all its products, which are sold in 45 countries. "The company...

 
 By Shannon Sarna    Features    February 17, 2017

Healthy Jewish Side Dish: Lightened-Up Kasha Varnishkes

(The Nosher via JTA)-Kasha varnishkes is a much beloved Ashkenazi comfort food dish. Traditionally made with bow tie pasta, onions, schmaltz and kasha (buckwheat), it is filling, comforting...

 
 By Shannon Sarna    Features    February 17, 2017

Easy Jewish dessert: Two-ingredient Rugelach Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Everyone enjoys a good recipe hack, and I think you will love this one: two-ingredient rugelach! That's right: just a package of puff pastry, filling and that's it. You can make...

 
 By John Anderson    Features    February 17, 2017

Genealogy Success Story: Surname mystery

"My Jewish Roots" Workshops, sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Orlando (JGSGO) continue in March with the workshop: Using Ancestry.com for Jewish Research. What's in a name? Apparently,...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    February 17, 2017

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It's about time... The Great Synagogue of Pilsen is returned to the Jews of the Czech Republic. With all the anti-Semitism that seems to be re-appearing in the world (including the United States) it...

 
 Features    February 17, 2017

Onward Israel receives $8 million to expand and enhance Israel experiences

NEW YORK—Onward Israel, which has engaged more than 4,200 young adults in multi-week, immersive, resumé-building experiences in Israel, has received an $8 million investment from the San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation to expand its...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    February 17, 2017

With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible

NEW YORK (JTA)-For centuries, studying a page of the Talmud has come with a bevy of barriers to entry. Written mostly in Aramaic, the Talmud in its most commonly printed form also lacks punctuation...

 
 Features    February 17, 2017

Book Review: This book is like the best dinner party you never went to

'Being There: Journalism 1978-2000' by Tom Teicholz Award-winning journalist, Tom Teicholz's book "Being There" features interviews with several pre-eminent Jewish artists and figures from the 80s...

 
 By Curt Schleier    Features    February 17, 2017

Try not to cry during this Oscar-nominated film

(JTA)-Filmmaker Kahane Cooperman hasn't written an Oscars acceptance speech yet, but she likely will before the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 28. Not to jinx things or appear overconfident, Cooperm...

 
 By Richard H. Schwartz    Features    February 10, 2017

Questions that can be considered at Tu B'Shevat seders

It is hoped that the questions below will be helpful to people leading Tu B'Shevat seders, as a way to increase audience participation. Suggested responses are given following the questions. Please se...

 
 By Michael Brown    Features    February 10, 2017

For Tu B'Shevat, 5 of Israel's must-see trees

(JTA)-Trees have stories, and Israel's trees have lots of stories. Scattered throughout the country, scores of ancient and historic trees help shed light on fascinating aspects of Israeli history,...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    February 10, 2017

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I am conflicted... The following comes from Rabbi ALAN LURIE, author of "Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace and Fulfillment at Work.": "Rabbis hear variations on the following...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    Features    February 10, 2017

Experiencing a 'virtual tidbit' of dementia or walking a mile in ill-fitting shoes...

My feet are absolutely killing me, and it's not from the 10,000 steps I have been walking daily to kick the New Year off on the right foot. The spring in my step has been hampered by the...

 
 By Richard H. Schwartz    Features    February 10, 2017

Lessons From Trees: A Tu B'Shevat message

Some of my most important lessons in life I learned from Jewish verses about trees. From the following I learned that I should be an environmental activist, working to help preserve the world: In the hour when the Holy one, blessed be He, created...

 
 By Allison Levine    Features    February 10, 2017

JNF's first-ever water mission looks at Israel's successes

The first-ever Jewish National Fund (JNF) Israel water mission, titled IsraelH2O: A Tour on the Trail of Israel's Water Solutions, attracted participants for many different reasons, but ultimately, al...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Features    February 3, 2017

Mary Tyler Moore turned the world on to fully imagined Jewish characters

(JTA)-There are plenty of paradigms in the history of humor for how Jews and non-Jews get along, or don't: as persecutors and victims, as saviors and saved, as allies against a common oppressor. All...

 
 Features    February 3, 2017

From chauffer to entertainer

Several years ago Stewart Bloom would drive his son, Andrew, who at the time was preparing for his bar mitzvah, to the monthly musicals at Brookdale Lake Orienta in Altamonte Springs. Andrew would...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    February 3, 2017

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Delayed Bar Mitzvah celebration... I read this recently and think you will enjoy reading it as well: "YISRAEL KRISTAL, II3 years old, a survivor of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau who is...

 
 By Noah Lederman    Features    February 3, 2017

Uncovering my family's hidden Holocaust stories

(JTA)-Growing up, I had always heard the names Otwock and Karczew. Both are neighboring towns near Warsaw. Before the Holocaust, Otwock was home to some 14,000 Jews. Karczew had about 500 Jewish...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    February 3, 2017

At Auschwitz, a Jewish journalist confronts his anti-Polish bias

OSWIECIM, Poland (JTA)—I did a shameful thing on my first visit 20 years ago to the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In a guestbook outside an Auschwitz museum exhibit featuring information on 70,000 Polish non-Jews who were murdered...

 
 Features    February 3, 2017

Super Bowl celebrations on a budget

(StatePoint) It’s that time of the year to gear up for the Super Bowl. But hosting a great football-watching party doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With these helpful money saving tips from the retail experts at Dollar General, you can easily thro...

 
 Features    January 27, 2017

Hands touching hands

We need touch. We need the comfort, the connection and the security. Touch has powerful emotional benefits. The power of touch is profound. It is the first language that we learn and our first sense...

 

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