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NASCAR's first Israeli driver

Israeli native Alon Day was recognized by The Algemeiner newspaper as among "The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017." The accolade caps an incredible year for Day, which included...

 

L'Oréal's boundary-breaking Muslim model steps aside

(JTA)-L'Oréal made history last week when it became the first major cosmetics firm to feature a Muslim woman wearing a head covering in a mainstream international ad campaign for hair products. The s...

 

A nature park in Kedumim built by Jews and Christians

Just after Passover last year, Fellowship Church in Winter Springs began fundraising for its annual work trip to Israel. Since 2006, members of the congregation have spent a week or more each year...

 

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Very Disturbing... I recently received a letter from ALAN KORNMAN about (I repeat) a very disturbing happening at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. I pass it along: “The Young Democrats of Orange County and Council on American-Islamic Relations...

 

Water-saving device clinches first prize for Robotics

A promising, prize-winning electronic device designed to save water has been conceived, designed, programmed and produced in Israel. A search for the inventors' boardroom and laboratory leads not to...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    February 16, 2018 

The youngest Schindler's list survivor is still telling her story

NEW YORK (JTA)-Eva Lavi's earliest memories are of the Holocaust. She remembers how her mother made her hide outside in below-zero weather, clutching a standing pipe, as Nazis searched her home in...

 

Summer camps offer kids an immersion in Israel's tech prowess

CHICAGO (JTA)-Sam Rosen, a 10-year-old Minecraft player, builds virtual castles at his computer and protects himself from monsters. His mother, Carrie, a high school math teacher, knows the game...

 

The best vegetarian matzah ball soup recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Let's face it: There's just something wonderfully soothing about seeing a steaming bowl of matzah ball soup with its pillowy-plump dumplings swimming in a bath of golden broth....

 

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Not "fake news"... Recently, I watched the movie "Fiddler on the Roof" (for the third time) on television. This time was particularly strange as I felt that I was in Russia and Ukraine while watching....

 

A present-day Shabbos goy in Kissimmee

As I settled into my chair at the Shalom Club table at Solivita Club Expo, I put my pocketbook on the empty chair from the Bellisimo Hair Salon which was next us. A few minutes later, a young Hispanic man asked me to move it so he could sit down. ...

 

Nevada welcomed this Israeli marijuana scientist- US immigration threw him out of the country

NEW YORK (JTA)-It shouldn't have been complicated. Shimon Abta, an expert Israeli cannabis agronomist, was sent by his employer to consult with American companies in states where medical marijuana is...

 

Meet the 90-year-old great-grandmother who is the new face of JDate

WHIPPANY, N.J. (New Jersey Jewish News via JTA)-If Bea Slater had ever been a shrinking violet, her sudden celebrity might be uncomfortable. At 90, the great-grandmother has her image plastered on...

 

Fifth annual Kosher Halftime Show during Super Bowl

NEW YORK-On Feb. 4 millions of people will gather around the world to watch the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots play in Super Bowl LII. One of America's favorite annual events is the...

 

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How upsetting... I read this not too long ago in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along to you: "As reported recently by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, two kippah-wearing brothers...

 

Making the world a 'bit better' place

On Jan. 31, Jews will celebrate Tu B'Shevat, the day in which it is believed "trees come of age." For those of us who live in Central Florida, there is no more fitting a place to honor the Jewish...

 

A son of refuseniks chronicles the slow dissolve of Russia's Jews

(JTA)-When Maxim Shrayer traveled to Moscow for a five-day visit at the end of October 2016, his itinerary included a trip to the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. Shrayer, who emigrated from...

 

Diet slimming down Sherman the overweight hedgehog

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Sherman the overweight hedgehog, who was put on a diet at a zoo in Israel, has lost about one-tenth of his body weight. Sherman weighed 3.5 pounds, double the average weight of a...

 

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Three cheers... I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along to you: "World Jewish Congress President Ambassador RONALD S. LAUDER welcomed the European Court of...

 

Turkish Coffee Brownies with Cinnamon Caramel

(The Nosher via JTA)-I was first introduced to Turkish coffee in Israel. Prepared in the traditional copper cezve, it was served piping hot and in beautiful, delicate cups. I quickly became enamored...

 

Tidbits from the Sandwich Generation: Why we need a national day of hugging

Like you, I was tempted to roll my eyes when I first learned that the calendar for late January declares a National Day of Hugging amongst its notable monthly holidays. Then, I thought back to all...

 

What 'The Sound of Music' Taught My 3-Year-Old About Nazis

(Kveller via JTA)-"The Nazis were bad people who didn't like Jews," I heard myself saying to my 3-year-old. I immediately questioned this rather disappointing explanation. Bad people? What does that...

 

For Tu B'Shevat

When I am among trees By Mary Oliver When I am among the trees,  especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks, and the pines,  they give off such hints of gladness. I...

 

For student with unique circumstances, new Jewish two-year college program is a godsend

NEW YORK-Yechiel Malik was born and raised an hour's drive from New York City, but until age 10 he spoke only Yiddish. He grew up in an all-Hasidic village in New York's Hudson Valley, and for most...

 

Pulled Pork Kugel and other transgressive traditions from the ultimate treif banquet

SAN FRANCISCO (J. the Jewish News of Northern California via JTA)-"Az men est khazer, zol es shoyn rinen ibern moyl" goes an old Yiddish saying: "If you're going to eat pork, eat it until your mouth...

 

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...

 

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