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  • Honoring slain journalist Sotloff in his Florida hometown

    Dina Weinstein, JTA|Jul 10, 2015

    (JTA)-It's been eight months since Jewish freelance journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded by ISIS. Still shaken by the loss, his hometown of Pinecrest, Florida-an upscale community of some 20,000 people, just south of Miami-continues to find new ways to honor his memory. The tributes to Sotloff range in scale from local tributes to programs global in reach. "Temple Beth Am Day Day School wants you to know that your sacrifice will not be forgotten," fifth-grader Zachary Marcus wrote in a... Full story

  • Fifty years after Freedom Summer, civil rights volunteers reflect

    Dina Weinstein, JTA|Sep 5, 2014

    (JTA) - At the Freedom Summer anniversary conference in Jackson, Miss., the activists who registered black voters and taught in Freedom Schools under the threat of violence 50 years ago stood up to introduce themselves. It took three hours to hear what they did in the Magnolia State back in 1964 and have gone on to do in the half-century since. "Almost everyone had a social justice connection," said Heather Booth, who went to Mississippi as a college freshman from New York before moving on to a... Full story

  • 50 years later, rabbis jailed in civil rights protest return to St. Augustine

    Dina Weinstein, JTA|Jul 11, 2014

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (JTA) — For Rabbi Richard Levy, it was an emotional return to this historic northeastern Florida city. The first time Levy came to St. Augustine 50 years ago, he and 15 other rabbis and a Reform Jewish leader endured taunts from segregationists armed with broken bottles and bricks. They were jailed along with other civil rights activists after taking part in protests at a segregated motel. “As I came here and saw the sign that said St. Augustine, I was stunned,” the Los Angeles resident told a standing room only crowd of ov... Full story

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