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JAO's gala was a wonderland of fun

Jewish Academy of Orlando hosted its annual gala with much fanfare.  This year's theme, Wonderland Gala, paid homage to the school's upcoming musical and highlighted the wonders of JAO: the...

Amid a spate of Palestinian attacks, Israel's security forces seek to prevent an explosion of violence

(JNS)-The quick succession of Palestinian attacks on Israeli security forces in the past 24 hours appears to be a chain reaction of unorganized incidents, each one forming the "inspiration" for the...

Amid chaos, UC Berkeley student government delays vote against terrorist display

(JNS)-The student government at the University of California, Berkeley, erupted into chaos on Monday, delaying a vote on a measure to censure a display by a pro-Palestinian student group. The...

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Yad Vashem apologizes for ‘unfortunate errors’ in films screened at Auschwitz commemoration By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)—Yad Vashem apologized for what it said were inaccuracies in some Holocaust films shown at a ceremony it hosted last month. The...

Elizabeth Warren says she will skip the AIPAC conference

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Sen. Elizabeth Warren indicated she would skip the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC's conference next month and did not push back against questionable assertions about the lobby from a...

Giving the Palestinians a dose of 'reality therapy'

By Sarah N. Stern (JNS)—Sitting in the East Room of the White House last week, I experienced an emotion as close to euphoria as I have ever experienced perhaps in my lifetime. I was finally beginning to witness that moment in history when some...

I've been an Israeli settler for 30 years-Trump's peace plan puts our communities in danger

KFAR TAPUACH, West Bank (JTA)—Put simply, President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” is bad news for Israel. In a historic event last week, Trump revealed his vision for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he says has been...

Trump's peace plan won't work-but it could strengthen relations

TEL AVIV (JTA)—President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan will probably not achieve its stated goal of bringing peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but it might just bring about peace between Israel and more of its Arab neighbors....

Two nights in Aqaba - Part I

A few years back when my son was working toward his MBA at Tel Aviv University, he and I decided to do a father/son trip around Israel over a break in his studies. It was about this time of the year when the temperature was mild and Israel was...

Waking up the children... and us!

I do believe we woke up the children. You think the Flower Children of the 1960s were revolutionary? Just wait!  Full confession. Outside of wearing bell-bottom pants and trying marijuana once, I was not a flower child. My first vote for a...

Arabs are in an uproar (over the prospect of living in Palestine)

(JNS)—Leave aside, for the moment, the deepening rows about U.S. President Donald Trump’s “vision” for ending the Middle East conflict. Leave aside the question whether the plan’s lead author, Jared Kushner, and the U.S. ambassador to...

Time for change among Israelis and Palestinians

In the past 100 years, there has been an ongoing conflict between Jews and Arabs who claim the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, each as their national homeland. With the...

The National Archives got Ford to sponsor an Auschwitz exhibit-Henry Ford's role in the Nazi machine was not mentioned

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The three-week exhibition at the National Archives showcased documents, video and a marquee sponsor, announced in large font on the banner at the National Archives: "This exhibit is...

Scene Around

Never, ever forget... "Atrocious" isn't a harsh enough word to describe the Holocaust! I read the following recently and pass it along to you: "In his remarks at the opening back in October,...

Director Quentin Tarantino talks about living in Israel

(JNS)-Film director Quentin Tarantino spoke to Yediot Achronot in a full-length interview published last week about his new "wonderful" life in Israel with his wife, Israeli singer and model...

Super Bowl champ scores big as Jewish community role model

With the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl win on Sunday, its Jewish lineman Mitchell Schwartz is shining as bright as the giant menorah he lights each Chanukah at Kansas City's Chabad House. "He's very...

Chickpeas are set for world domination in 2020

The 2010s saw chickpeas rise to fame in the manner that God always intended. The king of chickpea dishes, hummus, turned from a hippy health food to a fridge staple. This was great in terms of...

Data whiz predicts the Oscar winners

(JTA)-In 2012, the first year that Ben Zauzmer made Oscar predictions based on mathematical modeling, he received an email from a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body...

You are going to crave this easy Israeli quiche

Americans don't have nearly the appreciation that Israelis do for quiche. In the States, it's an unimaginative brunch addition that never really shines. But in Israel, it's the star of many lunch...

Green shakshuka with feta: Even better than the original?

If I'm hosting brunch, it's a pretty sure bet that I'll make shakshuka. Saucy, spicy and runny with egg, it's a universally beloved dish that, to its credit (and my eternal disappointment), never...

Kirk Douglas dies at 103

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-Kirk Douglas, the legendary actor who portrayed legions of tough guys and embraced his Jewish heritage later in life, died at his home in Beverly Hills on Wednesday. He was 103....

Obituary - LESLIE HALPERN

Leslie Halpern died suddenly on Dec. 19, 2019. A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Rollins College Masters of Liberal Studies program, she was an author, journalist, teacher, and poet. She wrote for The Hollywood Reporter, Daily...

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