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Israeli flag made of cookies in Atlanta breaks Guinness World Record

(JTA)-The Atlanta Jewish community broke a Guinness World Record after creating an Israeli flag out of edible cookies. The flag assembled by volunteers on Sunday used about 117,000 cookies and...

 
 By Edwin Black    Features    June 15, 2018 

'Judaism, Zionism and the Land of Israel' fills a void

For decades, Rabbi Yotav Eliach, esteemed principal of Rambam Mesivta High School in Long Island, has accumulated his teachings, writings, and those of many other scholars and rabbinical authorities,...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 15, 2018 

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About Sephardic Jews... My late spouse was Sephardic. His ancestry dates all the way back to Barcelona, Spain, and his family spoke Ladino (Spanish). This article from the World Jewish Congress...

 
 By Oren Peleg    Features    June 15, 2018 

Capt. Elgen Long-last surviving member of flight crew that saved Yemenite Jews in 1949

(JNS)-With city lights dotting the night behind her, Dr. Dee Gaines, a neuropsychologist, sat for good reason-she's very pregnant. But when Capt. Elgen Long, the last surviving member of a commercial...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    June 15, 2018 

As night falls, Jerusalem's old-school Jewish market transforms into a hipster hangout

JERUSALEM (JTA)-In another life, Kobi Frig would have been sitting behind vats of spices in Jerusalem's bustling, labyrinthine Mahane Yehuda market, hawking paprika, zaatar and cinnamon like his...

 
 By Chaya Rappoport    Features    June 15, 2018 

Frozen Limonana: The Israeli slushie your summer needs

(The Nosher via JTA)-Limonana is a classic Israeli drink that combines freshly squeezed lemon juice and mint leaves for a unique Israeli-style lemonade treat that's beloved throughout the country....

 

To Michael Chabon, from biblical Hebron

(JNS)—At a recent graduation of Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, novelist Michael Chabon berated the Jewish community of Hebron: “I abhor an enclave, too, a gated community, a restricted country club, or a clutch of 800 zealots lodged in illu...

 
 By Steve North    Features    June 8, 2018

Elaine Holstein, last surviving parent of the four Kent State shooting victims, dies at 96

(JTA)-For nearly half a century, Elaine Holstein was periodically confronted with one of the most haunting images in modern American history: the bone-chilling picture of Kent State University student...

 
 By Shannon Sarna    Features    June 8, 2018

Seinfeld would love this S'mores Babka

(The Nosher via JTA)-Babka is an Eastern European yeasted cake with deep Jewish roots and also great American popularity. One of babka's most notorious moments was in an episode of "Seinfeld":  Jerry...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 8, 2018

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Important to every Jew, every lover of Israel... I received this letter from the World Jewish Congress. I pass it along (with my personal comments): "Israel must continue to thrive, now and always....

 
 By Shannon Sarna    Features    June 8, 2018

How to make a Georgian cheese boat (Khatchapuri)

(The Nosher via JTA)-I first fell in love with adjaruli khatchapuri, also known as Georgian cheese bread or cheese boat, at Marani Restaurant in Queens, New York. This cheesy-carby deliciousness is...

 
 By Manny Strumpf    Features    June 8, 2018

The 'No.1 fan' of Israel's national airline has over 40,000 pieces of memorabilia

NEW YORK (JTA)-Walking into Marvin Goldman's apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side is like entering a museum dedicated to El Al, Israel's national airline. In one room, shelves and tables display...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    June 8, 2018

These Jewish camp counselors want to teach their kids about the occupation

(JTA)-When Aviva Schwartz started praying publicly for Palestinians at her Jewish summer camp, she knew it would be controversial. Schwartz had grown up ensconced in the Conservative movement, had att...

 
 By Pamela Ruben    Features    June 1, 2018

Cyclist Andy Reiff is spinning his wheels for a cause

By Pamela Ruben How far would you go to help a worthy cause? So far, no distance is too great for Orlando real estate attorney Andy Reiff. Over the past 26 years, Reiff has logged over 4,000 miles on...

 

Prominent Israeli artists to teach at top US universities

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Now beginning its second decade, the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program will bring 10 prominent Israeli artists for residencies at top universities across the United States...

 

This past Memorial Day, a Stalag 17-B POW was remembered

Melvin Weissman didn't have to fight in World War II.  As a machinist for an essential industry, he needed permission from his company to even enlist. He was first rejected by the army as he had...

 
 By Lisa Levine    Features    June 1, 2018

Local veteran recalls his World War II service

George Braunstein is a member of a storied group whose numbers dwindle as each Memorial Day passes: Jewish American veterans of World War II. As he approaches his 95th birthday, the Kinneret resident...

 

Everything bagel bourekas recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-These bourekas are a mix of New York Jewish and Middle Eastern Israeli food cultures. It sounds a little crazy, but it's incredibly good: The flavorful seasoning blend, slightly...

 

Angels in the sky over Israel

I never met Mitchell "Mike" Flint, but before I had even heard of him, I knew about him and his legendary sense of being on the right side of history in the establishment of the State of Israel. When...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 1, 2018

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Finally, some justice... I read this in a current issue of the World Jewish Congress digest and pass it along: "Polish Deputy Prime Minister PIOTR GHLINSKI has personally informed the WJC that the...

 

'My Mother's Son' holds readers in its grip to last page

In the spirit of Philip Roth's The Plot Against America and Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay comes this meticulously-crafted novel, "My Mother's Son" by David Hirshberg...

 

'Bashert' delves into relationship beyond death

How far does bashert extend? Does it reach beyond the grave? And if so, would you recognize your soul's complement in another? Beyond the bliss of actually finding your soul mate, there is a belief th...

 

Israel tackle football is growing-and needs your help here in Central Florida

Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, and Andre Dobson, PE coach at Faith Christian Academy in east Orlando, have a lot in common. They both are passionate about football and love Israel....

 

Elders experience social issues

Whether living independently or with assistance, elders often experience social issues and anxiety. Here are just a few examples of what they may be feeling: • Loneliness from losing a spouse and friends. • Inability to independently manage the...

 

The 'Titanic Fanatic' tells his tales of the unsinkable ship

On March 28, 1956, nine-year-old Steven Mattis sat mesmerized in his living room in Philadelphia as Kraft Theater's adaptation of "A Night to Remember" unfolded. Based on the nonfiction book of the...

 

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