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 By Ben Sales    Features    August 11, 2017 

Why more Israelis are moving to the U.S.

NEW YORK (JTA)-Six years ago, the Israeli government released a series of controversial ads to show its expatriates that they would never feel at home in the United States. But last year, Israeli Cabi...

 

Connecting your past to the present through genealogy

A beginner in the Jewish genealogy search, Jane Edelstein recently attended the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conference held in Orlando. This is the first article in a...

 
 By Erika Dreifus    Features    August 11, 2017 

How 'The Red Tent' invented a new kind of fiction

(JTA)-Twenty years ago this summer, Anita Diamant-a freelance writer and author of several nonfiction books about Jewish practice, including "The New Jewish Wedding"-was awaiting the publication of...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    August 11, 2017 

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Do you remember?... The following (in part) was sent to my editor from LAURENCE MORRELL and was passed on to me. (The original author is unknown). Growing up Jewish... If you are Jewish, and grew up...

 
 By Tom Tugend    Features    August 11, 2017 

Tchaikovsky's Jewish problem

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – While researching his latest one-man show, "Our Great Tchaikovsky," Hershey Felder-a playwright, actor and composer who has brought the loves, torments and soaring music of some...

 

From the Juniors to the Grands, tennis players medaled at the Maccabiah Games

The 20th Maccabiah Games have ended, and the Central Florida Jewish community is proud to have two very talented tennis players among the USA Team who medaled. Aviva Diamond, daughter of Laura Felson...

 

The story behind the Hillel under the sea photo

A photo the Heritage ran last week of Hillel staff displaying their banner underwater was more than just a cool picture. These Hillel members are focused on "tikkun hayam"-repairing the seas-and are...

 

Jewish athlete barred from 1936 Berlin Olympics dies at 103

(JTA)-Margaret Bergmann Lambert, a high jumper who was barred from the 1936 Berlin Olympics because she was Jewish, died in New York at 103. Her niece, Doris Bergman, confirmed that Lambert died...

 

Iconic Einstein 'tongue' photo brings $125,000 at auction

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-A famous photo of Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue at a photographer and signed by the renowned scientist has been sold for $125,000. The Nate D. Sanders auction house in...

 

Why you might find bacon flavors next time you go to a kosher restaurant

NEW YORK-Tuna poke nachos marinated Hawaiian style. Lightly smoked duck breasts with quinoa and turnips. Hormone- and antibiotic-free USDA prime angus steaks. The kosher restaurant scene today has com...

 

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In Memoriam... Ruth Gruber, a photojournalist and author who documented Stalin's gulags, life in Nazi Germany and the plight of Jewish refugees intercepted by the British on the infamous passage of...

 

Collecting life histories: Asking simple questions can get Olympic-sized results

"Collecting family stories not only benefits the senior-storyteller, but can add to the richness of their relationship with their family members and caregivers," said Emily Newman of the Orlando...

 

How Tisha b'Av can help us understand the refugee experience

NEW YORK (JTA)—For many Jews, Tisha b’Av is centered around mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. But that interpretation misses out on an important lesson that is made more relevant by recent events, Rabbi David...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 4, 2017

American Jews vs. American Muslims: How do they compare?

NEW YORK (JTA)-Since it came out in 2013, the "Pew study"-a landmark survey of American Jewish demographics, beliefs and practices-has been at the center of American Jewish scrutiny and handwringing....

 

The summer that Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill took over mainstream comedy

NEW YORK (JTA)-In history books, the summer of 2007 will go down as the official start of one of the worst financial crises in American history. It started in July, when Bear Stearns announced that...

 

The time Israeli security strip-searched me at their embassy in Jordan

(JTA)-"Drop your pants" The order came curt and clipped, and it caught me by surprise. What?! "Drop your pants," he repeated sternly. I had been subject to the indignities of Israeli security before,...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 4, 2017

Soon there will only be one Judaica store left in Manhattan

NEW YORK (JTA)-Yaakov Seltzer remembers a different world, when he would sell his customers prayer books, then hand them an invitation to his daughter's wedding. When they would come in to Seltzer's...

 

Harissa honey roast chicken recipe

By Shannon Sarna (The Nosher via JTA)-There's a reason chicken is a bit of a Friday night staple: Before Jews came to America, red meat simply wasn't abundantly available and therefore saved for...

 
 By Adam Abrams    Features    July 28, 2017

Maccabiah Games yield 'positive connections' to Israel for athletes worldwide

Some 7,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries prepared to head back to their home countries this week following the 20th Maccabiah Games, a two-week event that is being praised for helping create...

 

Hillel is all over-and all under-the place!

Assistant Director of Hillel Sam Friedman, Danielle McKinstry and Andrew Max took to the sea and took this banner for Hillel with them, displaying it on the bottom of the ocean. Hillel CEO Aaron...

 

Mazel tov to award-winning scholar Rachel Levine

Rachel Serena Levine of Orlando graduated at the top of a class of more than 5,000 bachelor's degree candidates during the 134th Commencement at the University of Southern California held in May. A...

 

Three Italian brothers try to find the cave they lived in during the Holocaust

(JTA)-Renting a house in the Italian countryside and eating loads of pasta is about as blissful a vacation as they come. For the three Anati brothers, however, such a trip is a reminder of the horrors...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    July 28, 2017

The billionaire who founded Birthright has a private zoo

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. (JTA)-When Michael Steinhardt strolls around his 55-acre backyard for 90 minutes every morning, one of his favorite animals to see is the scimitar-horned oryx, whose antlers sweep...

 

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The surge... I recently heard from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about the surge in anti-Semitism. The subject was addressed in an article written by DANIEL ELBAUM and MARC D. STERN. I pass it along...

 

Israeli-inspired avocado toast, three ways

(The Nosher via JTA)-Avocado toast has been "trendy" for several years throughout the U.S. In fact, avocados have been so trendy, an entire avocado restaurant opened earlier this year in Brooklyn. And...

 

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