Articles from the January 4, 2019 edition

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Lois Fisher Garner, age 61, Saint Cloud, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2018, at her residence. She was born on Dec. 17, 1986, in Houston, Texas, to Samuel and Ina Marilyn Grossman Fisher. Lois received her Bachelor of Nursing degree and worked... Full story



Larrie I. Greene, age 79, of Maitland, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at Quality Health Care Center in Winter Garden. He was born in Waterbury, Conn., on Nov. 10, 1939, to the late James and Anne Jacobs Greene. Larrie attended college and... Full story



Robert M. “Robbie” Pitt, age 29 of Winter Garden, passed away on Dec. 3, 2018, at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He was born on May 17, 1989, in Boynton Beach to Lawrence B. Pitt and Renee E. Posner Pitt. The family relocated to the Orlando... Full story


Cyclists put pedal to the metal to raise record $3.5 million for sick kids

(JNS)—Madonna, Cher, Michael Bublé and Kathleen Turner were among well-wishers for the annual bike ride dubbed “Wheels of Love,” which broke records for Israel’s leading pediatric... Full story

 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 4, 2019

Patriots star Julian Edelman wears cleats with Hebrew on them to honor Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

(JTA)—New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman wore special cleats in honor of the victims of the shooting attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.... Full story


Weekly roundup of world news briefs

Chabad House in Maryland files federal lawsuit By Marcy Oster (JTA)—A Chabad House serving Towson University in Maryland filed a federal lawsuit against Baltimore County alleging religious discrimination and defamation after a judge affirmed an... Full story


Amos Oz's fiction is forever, while reality left his politics behind

By Thane Rosenbaum (JTA)—The young nation of Israel has witnessed in recent years a dwindling of its founding generation—from the passing of statesmen like Shimon Peres to the death last week of novelist and political activist Amos Oz. Oz was... Full story


Pompeo: Syria pullout 'in no way changes' commitment to Israel's security

(JNS)—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised that the United States would stand by its commitment to Israel’s security amid a planned withdrawal of American forces from Syria. “The decision by the president on Syria in no way changes... Full story


Fun fact about new year's celebration in Israel

For a significant majority of Israeli Jews (78 percent), Dec. 31st is considered a “completely ordinary day.” Only 2 percent say that they conduct “soul searching” on the New Year, and only 6 percent say that Dec. 31st feels like their... Full story


The classic, but tricky, Apple Strudel

By Chaya Rappoport (The Nosher via JTA)-My bubbe is Swiss and one of the best bakers I know. My childhood memories are filled with visions of her glazed schnecken (Swiss buns like rugelach), her rich... Full story


Felicity Jones on playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg before she was the 'Notorious RBG'

(JTA)-The young attorney seems unsure of herself. As a law professor, she is unaccustomed to appearing in court, so she hesitates at first, unable to begin her summation. But once she gets going,... Full story


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