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Jewish Academy of Orlando launches inaugural Transitional Kindergarten

Jewish Academy of Orlando has launched a new academic program to serve the community. The school welcomed students to its new Transitional Kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year. TK is a grade that...

Jason Greenblatt steps down

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's top Middle East peace negotiator, is leaving the White House. Although the "ultimate" deal he helped craft has yet to be fully announced,...

Jewish groups provide emergency help to the Bahamas in wake of Dorian

(JTA)-The Israel-based humanitarian group IsraAID, B'nai B'rith International and Chabad are among those pitching in to help the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian's devastation, which has...

Premier comedian headlines Men's Night Out

The third annual Men's Night Out, to be held Nov. 7 at Congregation Ohev Shalom, features not only great steak and a top-shelf cocktail hour, the comedic entertainment is top notch. The Orlando...

The New York Times exposé

(JTA)—As of this writing, Israel has not bombed Iran’s nuclear program. But according to an exposé in The New York Times that dropped Wednesday, it could still happen. And nearly did. The 10,000-word story details how close Israel came to...

Will Netflix make a joke of Israel's most legendary spy?

Netflix’s “The Spy” is a six-episode series about real-life Israeli Mossad hero Eli Cohen. “The Spy” stars Sacha Baron Cohen, most famous for his 2006 adult-oriented comedy movie “Borat,” as the legendary Mossad agent. “The...

AIPAC needs to live up being the 'pro-Israel lobby'

(JNS)—The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, commonly known as AIPAC, recently made headlines in almost every major media outlet when it wrongly and publicly criticized Israel’s just and proper decision to refuse to admit Jew-hating...

J-Street trippers have a skewed view of Israel

Dear Editor: Your discussion of the J-Street version of Birthright trip to Israel records at length the impressions of three young ladies of their visit to the Holy Land (see “3 participants share what they learned on J Street’s first...

What the Jewish left needs to understand about working people

By Jonathan S. Tobin (JNS)—For the overwhelming majority of Americans, Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer. But like other federal holidays, such as Memorial Day, which were once rooted in specific historical experiences such as the...

Hebron's Jewish history is bloody-and Zionists still need to embrace it

JERUSALEM (JTA)—On Sept. 4, Israel commemorated the 90th anniversary of the 1929 Hebron massacre, during which Arab residents slaughtered their Jewish neighbors, leading to a Jewish exodus for the next half century.  Since then, Hebron has been...

Emancipation, empathy and America

(JNS)—In an interview with my colleague Benjamin Kerstein last week, Rabbi Eli Cohen, the executive director of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council in Brooklyn, N.Y., said something about the state of anti-Semitism in America today...

Expel them now or defeat them at the polls

Congressional Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) along with two other freshman democratic congresswomen, have now been collectively tagged with the moniker, “The Squad.” The descriptive name for the four was quickly and...

At summer conference, pro-Israel students learn tools to respond to hostile campus environment

(JNS)-Universities have long been one of the toughest environments for pro-Israel students. They have battled stilted curriculums when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more recently,...

The guys behind the movie 'Good Boys' are ready for their close-up

(JTA)-Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky have careers that many people in Hollywood dream of. Not long after graduating from college and moving to Los Angeles, the duo joined the writing staff of...

A Jewish family sold this Kandinsky painting to survive the Nazis and Amsterdam is keeping it

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—Following a protracted legal fight, the family of Irma Klein last year finally got Dutch restitution officials to recognize that the Nazi occupation forced Klein to sell her...

How Valerie Harper's Rhoda embodied a very Jewish type

(JTA)-Theater folk in England are debating a recent revival of the musical "Falsettos," asking whether non-Jews should be playing its Jewish characters. In an open letter, critics of the...

Scene Around

An idol and a landsman... I'm referring to Ella Fitzgerald, a long time idol of mine and Sammy Davis Jr., a friend and also a fellow Jew. While watching the Ed Sullivan show on television recently,...

Bar Mitzvah - Joseph Roif

Joseph Roif, son of Dr. David and Orly Diamond of Winter Park, was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Thursday morning, June 20, 2019, at Congregation Ahavas Yisrael in Winter Park with his...

Obituary - JOHN S. BLUM

John Salomon “Johnny” Blum, age 69, of Winter Garden, passed away peacefully at AdventHealth Hospice in Altamonte Springs on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Johnny was born on Nov. 13, 1949, in Sousa, Dominican Republic, the son of Hella Dora Codik...

Obituary - IVA ROSILAND BAUMSTEIN

Iva Rosiland Baumstein (nee Bernstein), known to her family and friends as "Roz" or "Rozie," passed away quietly on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at the age of 92. She was born on March 16, 1927, in St....

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