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  • Danon to UN: Iran spends $7 billion a year on terrorism

    Feb 1, 2019

    (JNS)—Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon warned the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday about Iran’s terror network in the Middle East, spending $7 billion annually to threaten Israel. “Iran is exploiting the regime to conduct military operations against Israel, but we will respond with force and remove any threat to our people,” he said at a special session on the latest developments in the Middle East. “The Iranian regime’s obsession with Israel is not just well-known. It is expensive. Seven billion dollars annually ar...

  • Obituary-LANA FINK

    Feb 1, 2019

    Lana Fink, age 78, of Clermont, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at Quality Health Care Center Hospice in Winter Garden. A native of Baku, Azerbaijan, she was the only daughter and one of four children born to the late Lazar Khodorkovsky and Bertha Brodetskaya. Lana earned her pharmaceutical degree and worked initially as a pharmacist in an independent pharmacy and later as a hospital pharmacist before leaving the Soviet Union. The family made their way to the United States, arriving in New York on Sept. 11, 1975, and going...

  • An in depth look at Israel's upcoming national election

    Jonathan Feldstein|Feb 1, 2019

    This is part 1 of a four-part series. Just after Christmas it was announced that Israel will be holding early elections on April 9. In the coming months there will be heavy campaigning, countless polls, stunts, pundits’ predictions, and endless projections. Many friends have asked, what will be with Prime Minister Netanyahu, politically and legally, and what should they pray for? Before sharing some of the things to watch and pray for, let me make one projection that is not unique and that all polls are projecting: that the Likud party under P...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Feb 1, 2019

    Israel takes 5th place in Bloomberg ranking of world’s most innovative nations By Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel moved up to fifth place in the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index, an annual ranking of the world’s 60 most innovative countries. The index, unveiled Tuesday, reviews dozens of criteria using seven metrics, including research and development spending, manufacturing capability and concentration of high-tech public companies. Israel was ranked 10th in 2018. The United States finished eighth after being 11th last year. South Korea...

  • 40 years later, the 'Holocaust' miniseries returns to Germany

    Toby Axelrod|Feb 1, 2019

    BERLIN (JTA)-For Sigmount Koenigsberg, the most searing scene in the U.S.-made "Holocaust" miniseries broadcast here 40 years ago was when a German child throws photos of a Jewish family into a fireplace. The pictures curl up and melt in the flames. The moment "somehow burned into me," recalls Koenigsberg, 58, a Jew who lives in Berlin. In fact, the four-part series starring a young Meryl Streep and James Woods-first shown in the United States in 1978-burned itself into the consciences of many...

  • Welcome to Wawa-and Shabbat Shalom!

    Stephen Silver|Feb 1, 2019

    PHILADELPHIA (JTA)-There's something uniquely American about an event that combines secular ritual with actual religion. In six states and the District of Columbia, but especially in Pennsylvania, shopping at Wawa is very much a ritual. It's the convenience store where you grab your morning coffee, your lunchtime hoagie and your overall feeling of regional pride. Performance artist Brian Feldman had the idea to combine this secular religion with his real one, Judaism. The result was Wawa...

  • How a Jewish brother and sister are making political history

    Josefin Dolsten|Feb 1, 2019

    (JTA)-Only days after being sworn into the Illinois House of Representatives on Sunday, Rabbi Yehiel Kalish paid a visit to Israel. The father of six said he needed guidance from rabbis in the Jewish state to serve in his new role. "The immediate reaction of the Chicago political world was 'Orthodox rabbi chosen for seat in state legislature,'" he told JTA on Wednesday in a phone interview from Jerusalem. "So that immediately put a microscope on me, and I felt pressure taking the position to...