Jewish groups join effort to end federal death penalty

Washington, D.C. — More than 200 local, state and national organizations are calling on Congress to examine issues arising from the current spate of federal executions, and ultimately to abolish the federal death penalty. A growing number of...

Decorating jars to hold honey for a sweet new year

Jewish Academy of Orlando students prepared for the High Holidays by creating artwork on jars to hold the honey that they would dip their apples into, anticipating a sweet year (let us hope it will...

With HIAS changing longtime focus, supporters question some of its priorities

(JNS) - The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, better known as HIAS, was for the better part of a century responsible for helping settle generations of Jewish refugees in their new homes in the United...

The Red Cross is aiding hundreds of Jewish pilgrims who have amassed at Ukraine's closed borders

(JTA) - On the border of Belarus and Ukraine, Avremi Vitman tried to shake off the morning chill as he prayed earlier this week. Vitman was hungry and uncomfortable after yet another night sleeping...

White House ceremony celebrates new era for Israel, UAE and Bahrain

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Benjamin Netanyahu has complained for years about Arab leaders telling their people one thing in Arabic and diplomats saying another to Western audiences in English. Not on...

I was on a plane hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. Why did a public university invite one of them to speak?

(JTA) — As my calendar announced the approach of September, I began to relive an event that took place exactly 50 years ago. On Sept. 6, 1970, my mother, my four siblings and I were on a plane that was hijacked by terrorists. TWA flight 741 was...

A tale of two White House signing ceremonies

Attending the White House signing ceremony on Tuesday of the Abraham Accords – which normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain – was both moving and jarring. Standing at the South Lawn, just meters from the...

Why this is the ideal time for a Zionist Spring

Israel-haters must not be very happy these days. All of a sudden, the big lie that nourished their anti-Zionist venom for so long is slipping away. For more than 50 years, diplomatic geniuses kept telling the world that “the key to peace in the...

So long, Jack's

There’s a whole long list anyone can come up with that marks, for them, the clock of their lives ticking away. Leaves change color in the fall (at least some do further north). Crow’s feet appear...

Time 'dimensions' and the Jewish People

The strength and survivability of the Jewish people has always been their ability to simultaneously exist in three time “dimensions.” Not un-coincidently, the Torah’s narrative also speaks to us in the past, the present and the future. The...

The 'Conversation'

So, I was in the gym at my Sports Club one day, getting dressed next to my locker mate, nice guy named Jay. Jay is head of technology at a large hospital chain in our town. I know he’s got two boys just entering middle teens. I know this because...

President Trump is best for America, Israel, and the Jews

Dear Editor: I am amazed that some Jewish people do not appreciate all that our President has done for us.  I attribute that to several entities that malign the President constantly. These entities are NYTimes, MSNBC, and CNN. Whatever the...

Scene Around

How lucky I am! ... The music, the performers of my time ... thank goodness I grew up in the 40s, 50s and 60s. The great American songbook is the BEST! The performers were the BEST! (If you are...

Ancestry completes Arolsen Archives Collection, launches new partnership with USC Shoah Foundation

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, has completed a significant philanthropic initiative to digitize and make searchable millions of Holocaust and Nazi persecution-related records. Building on its commitment to...

Surviving against all odds - 14 Israelis tell their stories in 'ISResilience'

“ISResilience: What Israelis can Teach The World” is a collection of riveting true stories about people who survived against all odds and the lessons they impart to us all. Written by Michael...

Never too old to learn how to blow the shofar

Proof positive that Jewish learning is a life-long commitment as Kinneret resident, Michael Blaher, decided to learn how to blow the shofar this year and did so on the second day...

Obituary - LEONARD GOLDMAN

Submitted by the family Leonard Goldman, age 83, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at AdventHealth Orlando Hospital after surgery and a heroic fight to keep spending more days with his best friend and love of his life, Marilyn D Goldman....

Ginsburg dies at 87

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court and a tireless advocate for gender equality, has died at 87. A fierce jurist known for her outsized...

Obituary - RUTH MARGARET WALLACE

Submitted by the family Ruth Margaret Wallace passed away on Sept. 11, 2020. Ruth was a very special person. She was smart, kind and loving. She loved her children, grandchildren, her brothers, her brothers’ spouses, children and their children,...

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