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Republican Jewish Coalition conference kicked off the 2024 primary

LAS VEGAS (JTA) - For Republican Jews looking for an alternative to Donald Trump in 2024's presidential race, Ted Cruz presented a tantalizing choice on Saturday - at least for a few minutes. "When I...

Addressing Jewish Republicans, Kevin McCarthy promises to yank Ilhan Omar from House Foreign Affairs Committee

LAS VEGAS (JTA) — Kevin McCarthy, the likely next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said he would remove Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democrat, from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in part because of her criticism of Israel. He also...

Thousands of Chabad rabbis convene in New York

(JTA) — It was unseasonably cold on Sunday morning when thousands of rabbis crowded on risers in front of Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Brooklyn to snap a photograph. The group photo is a signature moment during any gathering of the Orthodox...

A Jewish group's tip led to arrest of suspects who wanted to 'shoot up a synagogue'

(New York Jewish Week) — A tip from a Jewish security organization helped lead to the arrest of two suspects Saturday in connection with online threats to attack a New York City synagogue.  The Community Security Initiative, a group created by...

US Birthright participants 160 percent more likely to marry Jews

(JNS) — U.S. Jews who participated in Birthright trips to Israel are more highly identified and engaged in communal life than their peers who did not, according to an analysis of the Pew Research Center’s 2020 survey of American Jews conducted...

It's time for Israel to untie the American apron strings

(JNS) — Can Israel break its dependency on the United States? The question has always been widely dismissed as unthinkable. But recent events are prompting it to be raised with increasing urgency. The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden...

The exhausting, never-ending job of debunking antisemitic conspiracy theories

(JTA) — A few days after the comedian Dave Chappelle appeared to justify the never-ending appeal of Jewish conspiracy theories, this sentence appeared in the New York Times: “Bankman-Fried is already drawing comparisons to Bernie Madoff....

The 'two-state-solution' danger

(JNS) — Since there is no chance of implementing the two-state solution, why support it? It has some advantages, but it is also dangerous. The idea of a two-state solution was created by Israeli politicians Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin as part...

Biden's 'objections' to Israeli policy and ministerial choices are undemocratic interference

(JNS) — “Democracy is at stake” was a major theme voiced by President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party throughout the recent U.S. midterm elections. For instance, during a Nov. 2 speech entitled “On Standing Up for Democracy,” in which...

When I heard Dave Chappelle's monologue, all I could think about were my classmates' Holocaust jokes

(JTA) — I don’t find Dave Chapelle’s “Saturday Night Live” monologue funny, unlike my classmates who draw inspiration from him. About a year ago, in my eighth-grade English class, I was listening to my classmates talk about Holocaust...

Birthright budget problems are a communal emergency

(JNS) — A curious thing occurred at the end of 2020. A program that had been promoted by the organized American-Jewish community was proven to be a tremendous success. But not everyone was happy about it. So, the news that this program is now...

Jodi Kantor opens up on the 'She Said' movie's Jewish moments

(JTA) - When the New York Times journalist Jodi Kantor was reporting the 2017 Harvey Weinstein sexual assault story that earned her a Pulitzer prize, the powerful Hollywood producer and his team...

Robert Clary, Holocaust survivor, dies at 96

(JNS) - Robert Clary, a Holocaust survivor best known as the French actor who starred in the CBS-TV series "Hogan's Heroes," died at his home in Los Angeles on Nov. 15 at age 96. Family members...

The stories of our past

One of the ongoing events at Oakmonte Village, hosted by the Jewish Pavilion, is a Lunch and Learn presentation. There have been a wide variety of topics covered in the past which have included...

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Managing medication

According to the American Geriatrics Society, more than 80 percent of older adults are living with multiple health conditions. With each new health problem, things may become exponentially more complicated! A senior may see multiple doctors. There...

21st-century Zionism on the shores of the Sea of Galilee

(JNS) — The Start-Up Nation is returning to its agricultural roots. The country once famed for Jaffa oranges and Jordan Valley dates, and later cherry tomatoes, is coming full circle, with century-old agricultural know-how meeting 21st-century...

There's no beer at the World Cup in Qatar, but there are kosher bagels

(JTA) - Qatar may have caused an uproar by banning alcohol at the World Cup soccer tournament in Doha this month, but for religious Jewish fans, some kosher offerings will be available, thanks to...

All the Jewish players and storylines to watch in the 2022 World Cup

(JTA) - It's a World Cup like no other in recent memory - starting in late November. That's because it'll take place in Qatar, where temperatures won't usually fall under 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The...

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Share your gratitude with others. We often assume people already know we're grateful, but are you sure? Sometimes it might be helpful for them to hear you say it out loud. Using words that express...

Obituary - ELLIOTT JORDAN LAYISH

Elliott Jordan Layish, Hebrew name Chaim Moishe Dov Ben Daniel Tzvi, age 22, died in Lake Mary, Fla., on Nov. 26, 2022 - 10 years to the day of his bar mitzvah, according to the Hebrew calendar. Born... Full story

Engagement Announcement: Violeta Palombo Levy and Derek Grant Silver

Stephen Silver and Sandy Grant of Winter Park, Fla., are pleased to announde the engagement of their son, Derek Grant Silver, to Violeta Palombo Levy, daughter of Isaac and Silvia Palombo of Mexico...

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