Articles from the January 30, 2015 edition

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Bat Mitzvah - Sivan Tayer

Sivan Tayer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Etan Tayer was called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Jan. 24, 2015 at Congregation Sinai in Minneola, Fla. Sivan is in the sixth grade at East Ridge Middle... Full story


Scene Around

I've never been to Cuba... Let's see... in South America I've been to Puerto Rico, Mexico, The Bahamas, Brazil (a few times as I record and perform there and my agent is Brazilian), and other Latino... Full story


Attacks on Jews doubled in London area

(JTA)—Hate crimes against Jews in London more than doubled last year, according to the Scotland Yard. Last week, the police headquarters for metropolitan London reported 299 hate crimes against Jewish people between the start of April and the end... Full story


Wix posts teasers of first Super Bowl ad

By Viva Sarah Press ISRAEL21c-It's all about pigtails and humble pie: Five NFL legends star in Israeli DIY website builder's $4.5 million commercial. Super Bowl XLIX is nearly here, and that means... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    January 30, 2015

Peres to JTA: France doesn't 'need assistance' from Israel

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Former Israeli President Shimon Peres said he is confident in France's ability to fight anti-Semitism on its own soil. Immigration to Israel, he said, should be encouraged for positive... Full story


Let's go fly a kite!

Earlier this month, Shalom Families met to fly kites in Winter Park. After a week of rain and storm clouds, the weather brightened up for a beautiful day of sunshine and would you believe it? Wind!... Full story


Reflections on the Paris attacks

(KVELLER/JTA)-I grew up in a public school that had enough Jewish kids that I felt represented. I went to Hebrew school twice a week and had a chavurah, or fellowship, through my Reform synagogue... Full story


A child survivor recalls the liberation of Auschwitz

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Soviet army’s liberation of Auschwitz, an event that freed over 7,000 remaining prisoners. Among them was Roman Ferber, who, at 12 years old, was one of the youngest Jews on Schindler’s list, and a... Full story


Meet Stefan Zweig, the Jewish novelist who inspired 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

(JTA)-Wes Anderson's whimsical film "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was nominated for nine Academy Awards last week, just days after winning the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical. Named one of the... Full story


A simcha to remember at Temple Israel

The evening of Dec. 6, 2014, in the Roth Social Hall at Temple Israel proved to be festive, elegant and memorable as congregants and guests gathered to celebrate the synagogue’s 60th anniversary. The double theme of this diamond celebration... Full story


The Nachum Segal Network to host Kosher Halftime Show

The Nachum Segal Network has announced the 2015 Kosher Halftime Show. Hosted by Jewish radio icon, Nachum Segal, the Kosher Halftime Show is the family oriented alternative to the pop culture musical and dance performance on broadcast television.... Full story


Bread machine challah

(THE NOSHER/JTA)-When my husband and I first married and started to host Shabbat dinners, making my own challah felt like a rite of passage. But I have a little trick that keeps it from being quite... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Journalist who first reported Nisman’s death flees Argentina BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA)—The Argentine-Israeli journalist who first reported the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman has fled to Israel following threats to his safety.... Full story


After king's death, status quo expected for Saudi relations with Iran and Israel

The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah last Thursday shouldn't change how the Gulf nation treats its relations with Iran and Israel, experts say. Saudi Arabia remains determined in its opposition... Full story


Travels to Cuba in 2006-Part II

In January 2006, Pearl Lefkowitz organized a "mission" trip to Cuba. The following is her husband, Howard's, journal of this trip. He sent Heritage these impressions in light of the recent renewal... Full story


Experience Jewish Cuba this coming May

Howard Lefkowitz visited Cuba in 2006 and his journal about the trip (Travels to Cuba in 2006) gave readers a vision of what the Cuban Jewish community was like back then. Now a licensed religious trip supporting Jewish Cuba is being planned,... Full story


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