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‘Schindler’s List’ waffle fries taken off Aussie restaurant’s menu By Marcy Oster (JTA)—A restaurant in Australia removed “Schindler’s List” waffle fries from its menu following a complaint by a Jewish customer. The manager of The...

Iraq war veteran, grandson of Holocaust survivors Elan Carr tapped as anti-Semitism envoy

(JNS)-After a 21-month-long vacancy awaiting the appointment of the U.S. State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, the Trump administration has picked Iraq War veteran and...

MAGAL Purim carnival getting bigger and better

The Meitin Alliance for Growth and Learning, a Collaborative Religious School by Temple Israel and Temple Shir Shalom, presents its annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 10 from 10:30 a.m. to...

How anti-Israel bias in a Boston suburb's public schools is a case study of emerging nationwide trend

(JNS)—Over the past decade, the Boston suburb of Newton has been beset by controversy over how the conflict in the Middle East is being taught in its public schools. The concern over anti-Israel bias in the school system began in 2011, when a...

Jewish, Christian and Muslim students plant trees for peace

Jewish Academy of Orlando fifth grade students partnered with Muslim peers from Leadership Preparatory School and Christian peers from Geneva School in, “Trees for Peace,” a multifaith tree...

The latest anti-Israel smear at 'The New York Times'

(CAMERA via JNS)—Reflecting a total lack of self-awareness, the trite headline to Michelle Alexander’s 2,281-word op-ed, online and in print on Jan. 19, in The New York Times says it all: “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine.” The...

Palestinian Arabs never received 'right' to statehood

(JNS)—As part of the Palestinian Authority’s latest ploy to avoid direct negotiations with Israel, it is now absurdly claiming that United Nations Resolution 181, passed by the U.N. General Assembly in November 1947, gave Palestinian Arabs a...

Hadassah mourns the passing of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein z''l

Dear Editor:  Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden and untimely passing of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein z”l, founder and director of the International Fellowship of Christians & Jews....

BDS bill debate is about anti-Semitism, not speech

(JNS)—Is the effort to combat the BDS movement much ado about nothing? Given the abject failure of the campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israel to harm the economy of the Jewish state or even to get American universities to endorse their...

Israel's Electoral process A cross between Divorce Court and Survivor

This is part 3 in a four-part series. Unlike American two-party politics, Israel is more like a multi-dimensional chess game. People make moves in parallel planes that affect not only the game they are playing (their own political considerations)...

J Street's phony poll

(JNS)—More than three-fourths of American Jews want Israel to be reduced to just miles wide—narrower than Washington, D.C., or the Bronx. How can that be? The answer, of course, is that it can’t be. But J Street is now making that claim...

Why Henry Ford's anti-Semitism still matters

DEARBORN, Mich. (JTA)—On Jan. 31, we at the Dearborn Historical Commission adopted a resolution objecting to Mayor John O’Reilly’s refusal to allow the distribution of the new edition of The Dearborn Historian, which featured an article by...

UCF students show support for Israel's lone soldiers

Lone soldiers in Israel are going to be less lonely due to support from UCF students. Back in November, a group of like-minded University of Central Florida students conceived of an idea to raise...

Scene Around

Israeli special needs youth... I read this in the World Jewish Congress digest (WJC) and share it with you: "The WJC recently brought a first-of-its-kind delegation of special needs youth from across...

All the Jewish moments and ads from Super Bowl LIII

(JTA)—It would be hard to defend the Super Bowl as a “Jewish” event. However, this year, the big game had an unusually Jewish pop culture feel: both the game’s Most Valuable Player and its main halftime performer were Jewish, and Jewish...

Matchmaker, matchmaker, who wants a match?

Ruth Ort is passionate about hooking people up with a good match. A retired speech pathologist, she has been doing it for years in South Beach and since moving up to Central Florida, she has already found two people’s “soulmate.” In fact, she...

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month

Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month is a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them.  JDAIM is observed each February....

Jewish Patriots fans, from seventh-graders to senior citizens, celebrate yet another Super Bowl win

CANTON, Mass. (JTA)-At a kickoff party Sunday night at the Orchard Cove senior home in this suburb about 25 miles from Boston, boisterous cheers erupted from a small ballroom. Dozens of residents...

Rabbi Eckstein, IFCJ founder, dies

(JTA)-To the many employees and partners of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who died Wednesday at the age of 67, he was a man of vision whose enormous drive to succeed both facilitated and complicated his...

Obituary - HARRIET GROSS KATZ

Harriet G. Katz, age 98, of Lake Mary, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Oakmont Village at Lake Mary. A New York native, she was one of twin daughters born on Oct. 19, 1920, to the late Abraham and Cecelia Kaufman Gross. Harriet...

Obituary - MARION DAITZMAN

Submitted by the family Marion Daitzman, predeceased by her husband, Ira Daitzman of Orlando, Fla., passed away peacefully on Jan. 27, 2019, at the Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, Florida. She was 84. Marion was born April 30, 1934,...

Obituary - ELAINE STARN

Written by her nephew, Joel Kresner Elaine Rose Regenstreich Starn, 89, passed away on Jan. 12, 2019, after a long Illness. She was a patient at La Posada Memory Care Unity, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Elaine was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on Nov. 14,...

Obituary - HARRY STARR

Harry Starr, age 96, of Lake Mary, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. Mr. Starr was born in Kansas City, Kan., on Oct. 10, 1922, the only child...

Obituary - THERESA BRAUN

Theresa Braun, age 56, of Orlando, passed away at her residence on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, surrounded by her family. A native of New York, she was born on Feb. 16, 1962, to Jack and Josephine Panullo Gehebe. Theresa graduated from high school and...

Obituary - RITA H. WEISSMANN

Rita H. Weissmann, age 88, of Lake Mary, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. A native of New York City, she was the daughter of the late Solomon and Ruth Bloom Grober. Rita was a accomplished...

Obituary - LOUIS ROCHE BRANDES

Louis Roche Brandes, age 94, of Orlando passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Dr. Brandes was born in Bacau, Romania on Dec. 9, 1924, to the late Joseph and Ioila Brandes. He complete his medical studies initially...

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