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 Features    March 24, 2017 

Ready to sing at The Met

HaZamir Orlando Charter members (l-r) Alexa Schein, Hannah Schenkel, Harrison Burke, Vicki Geismar and Maya Milsom prepare to take the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House with 400 other Jewish teen...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    March 24, 2017 

At 10, egalitarian yeshiva wants to expand learning among Jews in the pews

NEW YORK (JTA)-In the upstairs sanctuary of a Manhattan synagogue, a group of rabbis is studying Jewish texts on pluralism and community. One floor below, 22 students are sitting in pairs poring over...

 
 By James Lowenthal    Features    March 24, 2017 

Birthright Israel with Israel Experts

"Are you Jewish?," the hopeful Chabad rabbi asks me as I walk past the weekly Mitzvah "Tank" on the corner of William and Wall St. on my way to work. It's considered a good deed in Chabad to help...

 
 Features    March 24, 2017 

Hadassah is winning the battle with MS

March is Multiple Sclerosis Month and Hadassah leads the world in the stunning success and implementation of the research at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Malia is just one of the many stories of...

 
 Features    March 24, 2017 

Scene Around

Talk about "salt of the earth"... I read this recently in a science and technology bulletin from Israel and I (who is not very health conscious) thought I could, at least, do something healthy for...

 
 Features    March 24, 2017 

What can you do with all that matzah for Passover?

Myrna Ossin loves creating recipes using matzah! She has been holding food demos all over town, and this Sunday, March 26, (3 p.m.) she will be at the Maitland Library making lasagna, bagels and walnut toffee all made from matzah! Here is just one...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    March 24, 2017 

At Jewish schools hit by bomb threats, trying to teach students just enough to cope

NEW YORK (JTA)-On the morning of March 7, Rabbi Beth Naditch found out that two of her three children's schools had received bomb threats. The anonymous calls placed to the MetroWest Jewish Day...

 
 By Cindy Sher    Features    March 24, 2017 

Billy Crystal on being Jewish, playing ball and more

(JUF News via JTA)-The inimitable Billy Crystal is back on the road. The six-time Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, producer, director and writer-most recently of a book of essays, "Still Foolin'...

 
 By Abigail Pickus    Features    March 24, 2017 

Miracle drug with Israeli roots saves Jewish hockey player hit with cancer

CHICAGO-Hockey had been the focal point of Sam Fields' life for almost as long as he can remember. A Chicago native who got into the sport at the age of eight, Fields had been playing professional...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    March 24, 2017 

Groundbreaking TV comedy introduces Israelis to their Ethiopian neighbors

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Last week, Israelis for the first time saw a black lead character on a homegrown, primetime television show. "Nevsu," a half-hour comedy, focuses on an Ethiopian man who is married to...

 
 By Jennifer Stempel    Features    March 24, 2017 

Slow cooker pot roast recipe

(Nosher via JTA)-Because I am someone who runs her life a million miles per minute, but still value the fruits of a home-cooked meal, the slow cooker is certainly a mainstay in my kitchen. Because of...

 
 Features    March 17, 2017

AIPAC Policy Conference

March 26 through 28 over 18,000 pro-Israel activists will come together in Washington, D.C. for AIPAC's Policy Conference, the largest annual gathering of America's pro-Israel community. Through...

 
 Features    March 17, 2017

Nominations for 2017 Sherman Prize now being accepted

The Bruce and Cynthia Sherman Charitable Foundation today announced that online nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Sherman Prize, the first prize of its kind created to honor outstanding individuals who go above and beyond to make...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    March 17, 2017

Scene Around

Sure N Begorrah... I probably spelled that all wrong but I wrote it like I pronounce it... It is the only Irish sound I can make. (Today is St.Patrick's Day after all. And last week I was dressed as a...

 
 By Andrew Tobin    Features    March 17, 2017

Why former US envoy Dan Shapiro keeps staying in Israel

RAANANA, Israel (JTA)-Dan Shapiro can't seem to leave Israel. Before stepping down as the U.S. ambassador to the country in January, he said he would stay long enough for his daughters to finish...

 
 By Rabbi Benjamin Blech    Features    March 10, 2017

Judaism and life on other planets

Hello... Anybody else out there? For us here on earth it is certainly one of the most intriguing and far-reaching questions imaginable. Are we alone in the cosmos or are there others-perhaps like us...

 
 By Shannon Sarna    Features    March 10, 2017

Compost Cookie hamantaschen recipe

(Nosher via JTA)-If you've never made compost cookies, but you love desserts that are a little salty and a little sweet, this cookie (and hamantaschen) are for you. Do a quick Google search for...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    March 10, 2017

Scene Around

Finally, getting down to work... Being a recent widow, I kept putting off looking over things and donating or throwing away things. It took me more time than it should have because parting with...

 
 Features    March 10, 2017

Safety guide for having a happy Purim

Every year on Purim children and as well as adults suffer from a variety of injuries relating to their costumes, makeup and improvised gunpowder explosives such as caps and cap guns. The most common i...

 
 By Hillel Kuttler    Features    March 10, 2017

A Cuban pitcher gets a firm grip on life in Israel

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Unlike the dangerous maritime escapes attempted by some of his fellow Cuban baseball players, the worst Alejandro Eskenazi endured to leave the island nation was a mountain of...

 
 By Rachel Luce-Hitt    Features    March 10, 2017

Genealogy success story: Pop, Uncle Ben and St. Louis cemetery desecration

A few years ago, I became increasingly interested in learning about my family history and genealogy. As is the case with many people, I never thought to ask questions while my grandparents were...

 
 By Rhonda Des Islets    Features    March 10, 2017

Cuba-What a country

My husband, Scott, and I like to travel to the Caribbean and when we saw that Jet Blue Airlines had inexpensive $59 nonstop flights to Cuba from Orlando, which was recently opened for Americans to tra...

 
 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...

 

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