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The joys and sorrows of genealogy searches

The Genealogy Success Story in this issue tells the sad story of young Froim (on right, in the white hat), a newly arrived immigrant, who died 10 days after his fifth birthday. This was discovered...

 
 By Anna Selman    Features    June 23, 2017 

The untold story of the Jewish effort to pass the G.I. Bill

On June 22, the United States celebrated the anniversary of the G.I. Bill, a historic act that was the first major piece of legislation dealing with the postwar era challenges to come. With veterans...

 

The Sephardim-Part II Three sources of Hispanic civilization

The arts, sciences, technology, literature, architecture, navigation, mapmaking, mathematics, astronomy, philosophy and art that flourished in Medieval Spain are often credited to Islam but this is a...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    June 23, 2017 

Touring with 'The World's Most Dangerous Band'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Paul Shaffer, sporting a gray T-shirt and a one- or two-day-old beard, is sitting in the living room of his spacious Manhattan apartment near Lincoln Center. The walls are crammed with music memorabilia, including a signed Curtis...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 23, 2017 

Scene Around

"This is my town"... That is the name of the newest BARRY MANILOW album. It refers to New York City, of course. (This is also my town!) Although I have been living here in Central Florida for more...

 
 By Elissa Einhorn    Features    June 23, 2017 

My special-needs daughter's tallit is her superhero cape

(Kveller via JTA)—Being the parent of a child with a disability can be lonely. Being the single parent of a child with a rare disability that is estimated to affect a mere 1 percent of the population can feel like being sentenced to solitary...

 
 By Gloria Green    Features    June 23, 2017 

Genealogy Success Story: Where's Froim? The sad story of a mystery solved

This old picture from the early 1900s was a family enigma for many decades, until the mystery was solved earlier this year. I have stayed in touch throughout the years with cousins who are the son and...

 
 By Giovanna Paz    Features    June 23, 2017 

Israeli Arab transgender beauty queen opens up about her story

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JTA)—The Israeli Embassy marked LGBT Pride Month with a reception for Jewish and Israeli activists and leaders. About 100 people attended the event, which featured an address by Talleen Abu Hana, an Arab Christian from Nazareth...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    June 23, 2017 

This outdoor preschool in the Negev is shaking up Israeli education

MITZPE RAMON, Israel (JTA)-It sounds like a Jewish mother's nightmare: a preschool class held outdoors in the desert. But parents in this remote Israeli town drop off their children at Gan Keshet...

 

Commemoration of largest mass arrest of rabbis

The fifth annual commemoration of the largest mass arrest of rabbis in U.S. history, an event that took place in St. Augustine in June 1964, will be held on Monday, June 19, at 12:30 p.m. at the historic Columbia Restaurant, 98 St. George...

 

Could Gal Gadot become the biggest Israeli superstar ever?

(JTA)-Try to think of the most famous Israelis in history. Not necessarily the most consequential or "important" ones-like any number of Nobel Prize winners or behind-the-scenes Middle East peace deal...

 

The Sephardim-Part I Their Heritage

Many American Jews, who are at least 95 percent Ashkenazi by origin, also find it hard to relate to those Jews in Israel whose cultural background is so different. By origin, approximately 50 percent...

 

Scene Around

(When you read this column I will still be in Chicago visiting with children and grandchildren.) Oh my aching back... I read this in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along to you:...

 

My Shabbat weekend in the Heights

Throughout my life, I have traveled to New York to visit relatives or go to the theater, but there was a borough that I had always wanted to visit my parents or travels had never taken me. I had...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 9, 2017

Scene Around

About cancer... I have written often about Israel's cancer cure breakthroughs. Here is another. I received this letter from the Weizmann Institute of Science and pass it on in part to you: "Each...

 

Good Reads: How Hank Greenberg took on Hitler in the summer of 1938

WHIPPANY, N.J. (New Jersey Jewish News via JTA)-With a lifetime of loving and writing about sports, Ron Kaplan has many topics he can sink his teeth into. Add to that passion his time working for the...

 
 By Paul Miller    Features    June 9, 2017

Good Reads: New book disarms Israel's revisionist detractors

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," wrote philosopher George Santayana in 1905. Today, Western civilization's impaired memory is only part of a bigger problem.  From the...

 
 By Tom Tugend    Features    June 9, 2017

Good Reads:Kirk Douglas: How the 100-year-old found true love

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-When movie star Kirk Douglas married Anne Buydens in Las Vegas, the justice of the peace asked Anne to raise her hand and repeat after him, "I take thee, Kirk, for my lawful...

 

Mark Zuckerberg's prayer

No matter how financially blessed, we all need to call upon a higher power to help us make our lives a blessing. At age 32, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest of the world's ten richest people. His fortu...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    June 9, 2017

An Israeli's alphabet combines Hebrew and Arabic to promote understanding

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Middle East peace may remain out of reach, but at least the Hebrew and Arabic languages have found a compromise. Israeli typography designer Liron Lavi Turkenich has created a stylized...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    June 9, 2017

This Israeli film about Orthodox Jews is a surprise hit overseas

(JTA)-It's safe to call the Israeli film "The Women's Balcony" the opposite of a Hollywood blockbuster. The movie, directed by Emil Ben-Shimon, is a sensitive, slice-of-life story that focuses on the...

 

African-American Jew uses cooking to fuse his two identities

NEW YORK (JTA)-When Michael Twitty dressed in the outfit that slaves wore in the American South-wool stockings, waistcoat and kerchief tied around his neck-to cook meat in an open-hearth oven on a...

 

Let's go to the movies this weekend

Here's a romantic, feel-good movie about a Jewish woman looking for love with a deadline of 30 days. The wedding is planned, but there is no groom. Will she find him? Will there be a groom on her...

 

Never a stranger in a foreign land

This past December, Linda Kost, president of Congregation Beth Sholom in Leesburg, received a telephone call from a man named Norman Siegel, who, with his wife, Frankie, were ex-pats in Costa Rica...

 

Genealogy Success Story: A special branch: The tale of a cherry leaf

I became involved with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando (JGSGO) for several reasons. As a second generation American, I heard my father's Polish accent and wondered what happened to...

 

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