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Lighting the sixth candle at Providence

Congregation Ohr Chayim held a Chanukah celebration at Providence Independence Living at Wildwood on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 before Shabbat services. There were 16 attendees, including some guests....

 

Students visit with senior citizens

Each month of the school year, students from Temple Israel's Meitin Religious School visit the residents at Brookdale Island Lake Assisted Living Facility in Longwood bringing songs, stories,...

 

Speaking on behalf of Israelis with disabilities

Major General (Res.) Doron Almog was recently in Orlando for a series of events to speak about Jewish National Fund's efforts to improve the quality of life for Israelis with disabilities. Shown here...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    January 1, 2016

From flotilla to friends? Turkey-Israel reconciliation not so simple

Israel and Turkey are close to signing a deal to normalize diplomatic ties following a secret meeting in Switzerland between senior officials. Reports indicate that incoming Israeli Mossad chief...

 

Jews on Mars?

Yes, he has seen the recent film “The Martian.” But unlike the other millions who have seen that movie, Barak Stoltz went much closer to Mars. Stoltz spent Hanukkah in the Utah desert, in a few cramped capsules that make up the Mars Desert...

 

More Christian-Arab Israelis enlisting in Israeli military than ever before

Amid increasing discrimination-and even violence-against Christian minorities across the Middle East, a small program in Israel is dramatically increasing the number of Christian-Arab Israelis who...

 
 By Hillel Kuttler    News    January 1, 2016

For ex-baseball players, Israel is a place to learn and teach

(JTA)—Out of baseball after four years playing in the minor leagues, Brent Powers, a Christian from Texas, took a tour of Israel last year with his wife. He was smitten with the country and considered how to return. The Masa Israel Journey will...

 

Adelson largest funder of Jewish news service

(JTA)-Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is the largest single funder of JNS, a U.S.-based Jewish news service that is the sole distributor of content from his right-wing newspaper Israel...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

US Orthodox rabbis slam wedding video calling for revenge against Palestinians (JTA)—The main modern Orthodox rabbinical group in the United States expressed its “outrage” over a video that shows Jewish revelers at a wedding celebrating the...

 

Road improvements, research buck stereotype of dangerous Israeli driving

Honk. Honk. Hoooonk. It’s the sound of the Israeli street. Israelis have a reputation for aggressive driving, no doubt. But according to the 2014 Road Safety Annual Report, 263 people lost their lives on Israel’s roads in 2012, a 40-percent decre...

 

Seven things Miriam Adelson does-besides back GOP candidates

(JTA)-Miriam Adelson and her husband, Sheldon, reportedly are at odds over which Republican presidential candidate deserves backing. But this isn't a typical marital spat-it's about which candidate...

 

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