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 By Jake Suster    Features    November 17, 2017 

Illusory Beauty: Using photography to help keep the Dead Sea afloat

The great wonder known as the Dead Sea is shrinking at an alarming rate. This calamity has brought Dead Sea explorer and researcher Noam Bedein to lecture halls across the U.S. with the hope of...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    November 17, 2017 

How Mark Zuckerberg embraced his Judaism

(JTA)-Mark Zuckerberg wrote last December on Facebook that for him, "religion is very important." Looks like he meant it. The Facebook co-founder has been invoking Judaism a lot lately. In May, he...

 

The history of the $1 bill and who was Haym Solomon?

Do you know the history of the $1 bill? And do you know who Haym Solomon was? You may be in for quite a surprise! Looking at the backside of the One Dollar bill, you will see two circles. Together,...

 

Scene Around

How sweet it is (or isn't)... Wow! What can't Israel do? They are leading the world in cures for many diseases, coming up with fabulous inventions that make our lives easier... and now... a new App...

 

Chocolate Quinoa Cake Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-I had heard the myth of chocolate cakes made with cooked quinoa and didn't quite believe they would actually be tasty. This cake is surprisingly moist and delicious. Note: This...

 

A girl's pendant found at Sobibor reunites a Jewish family spread across the globe

BERLIN (JTA)-In late 1943, the Germans were desperate to cover all traces of their death camp in Sobibor, Poland. They demolished buildings, bulldozed the evidence, planted trees. More than 70 years...

 

A Jewish-themed beard balm for hipsters and Hasids

(JTA)-On a recent Friday, Eitan Press stood in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Market offering to apply balm to the beards of passers-by. Press was hoping they would get hooked on his product, an ointment...

 

What was the Jewish role in 1917 Russian Revolution? Moscow museum gives a full picture

(JTA)-Of all the many loaded issues tied to the bloody history of Jews in the former Soviet Union, none is as sensitive today in that part of the world as their role in the 1917 revolution that brough...

 

Israeli chef wants to shake up the way you think about spices

NEW YORK (JTA)—For many home cooks, spices are an afterthought, sprinkled on a dish lacking in flavor. Israeli-born, French-educated chef Lior Lev Sercarz wants to change that. “If you want to make good food and beverages you need to know about s...

 

The latest craze in Israel: pole dancing

TEL AVIV (JTA)-As Hebrew pop music blares, a half-dozen young Israelis swing around stripper poles. Clad in skimpy spandex outfits, the men and women dance, twirl and flip above the hardwood floor....

 

A soldier, a Jewish boy, and a photographer

A body of an American solider lying peacefully in the snow in a battlefield in Belgium. A Jewish boy in Brooklyn orphaned twice by World War II. And the world-renown photographer who connected the...

 

Balfour Declaration Centenary

One hundred years ago, on Nov. 2, 1917, the British Government issued the Balfour Declaration. This month, British Prime Minister Theresa May stated, "we are proud of the role that we played in the cr...

 

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried isn't a cranky loudmouth, as documentary about him shows

(JTA)-"It was very peculiar," said Gilbert Gottfried, 62, about becoming the subject of the aptly named bio-documentary, "Gilbert." "The filmmaker, Neil Berkeley, came to me and said he'd always...

 

Jewish family learns they are related to Scarlett Johansson by watching PBS show

By Curt Schleier (JTA)-Turns out you don't actually have to be a guest on Henry Louis Gates' PBS show "Finding Your Roots" to, well, find your roots. Gili Rozenfeld, 29, a video editor who lives in...

 

Scene Around

I'm starting this column with some shout-outs... As many of you already know, I was in Florida Hospital-South, for 10 days due to my needing surgery for a heart valve. I am okay now (I hope) and I...

 

Russian Cabbage Soup Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Shchi, or Russian cabbage soup, is among the more well-known soups in Russia. It is usually made with white or green cabbage, but some versions are made with other green leafy...

 

Books review: 'Jewish South Florida'-a history and guide to everything Jewish

Written by Paul Kaplan, Pelican Publishing Company, $24.95 Beyond the stereotype of elderly Jews visiting sunny beaches and stopping in at New York-style delis lies a rich history and Jewish cultural...

 

Book review: The real history of 'The Jews of Key West'

Written by Arlo Haskell, Sand Paper Press, $24, release date Nov. 15, 2017. A little further south of Miami is the dramatic story of South Florida’s oldest Jewish community and a major addition to the history of this unique island city. Long...

 

Rob Reiner on Judaism, movies and his experience 'home shuling'

(JTA)-By his own admission, Rob Reiner was not the right person to direct "LBJ," a film biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States. "I had a lot of trepidation," he...

 

'SupermanHPV' is on his way to conquer HPV-related cancer

It all goes back to April 2014 when Jason Mendelsohn, now 48, received the heart-stopping news that he had squamous cell carcinoma on his right tonsil. He was shocked. He didn't smoke, it was just a...

 

Poor Israeli soldiers earn cash by taking on rich colleagues' guard duty

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The Israel Defense Forces takes pride in its status as a "people's army." More than just a military, the IDF embraces its reputation as an equalizing force in Israeli society. Every...

 

A mother's tears

According to my 93-year-old father, Arthur, the Witkov family had a ritual of sorts each time a son would go off to war. There would be a sendoff party of brave-faced family members, a new gift...

 

Israeli researchers discover Alzheimer's trigger

Israeli researchers have discovered that a specific protein is severely reduced in the brains of people with Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's is a neurodegenerative disease caused by brain cell death....

 

Scene Around

Gloria Yousha could not write her Scene Around column this week because she recently had heart surgery. She wanted to let everyone know she is doing fine in her recovery, and thanks all her well wishers. Her column will return next...

 

The Torah crown

"That doesn't belong here." Peter Gutensohn stared at the large tarnished sterling silver piece almost hidden in a dusty corner of Lanier's Historic Downtown Marketplace. Peter had come in to the...

 

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