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  • Polish TV host mocks Jewish critics of new law by suggesting use of term 'Jewish death camps'

    Feb 9, 2018

    WARSAW, Poland (JTA)—The debate over a Polish law that would criminalize the use of the term “Polish death camps” in referring to Auschwitz and other sites took a nasty turn when a television host joked that they should be called “Jewish camps.” The comment comes amid tensions between Poland and Israel over the legislation, which is meant to assign sole responsibility for atrocities on Polish soil to the German Nazis who occupied the country. Author Rafal Aleksander Ziemkiewicz, during the TVP2 show TVP Info, mocked critics of the legislati... Full story

  • Democratic-Republican split on Israel

    Feb 9, 2018

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—The gap between how Republicans and Democrats view Israel is widening, a Pew Research Center poll found. The poll posted Tuesday showed 79 percent of Republicans sympathize with Israel over the Palestinians whereas 27 percent of Democrats sympathize with Israel over the Palestinians. Pew said this was the widest divide since 1978. The poll showed that 42 percent of Independents sympathize with Israel more than Palestinians. The drop among Democrats was especially sharp in recent years; in April 2016, 43 percent of Democrats s... Full story

  • Jewish Pavilion's Gems & Jeans Gala shines light on seniors

    Pamela Ruben|Feb 9, 2018

    On Sunday, Jan. 28, honorees and guests of The Jewish Pavilion's Gems & Jeans Gala demonstrated the impact that just one person can make on an entire community. Co-chairs Marci Gaeser, Sharon Littman, and Susie Stone delivered opening remarks and warmly welcomed the more than 200 guests who had gathered at the Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland to celebrate gala honorees, and to make a difference in the lives of residents of senior living communities served by the Pavilion. Littman commended... Full story

  • A present-day Shabbos goy in Kissimmee

    Marilyn Shapiro|Feb 9, 2018

    As I settled into my chair at the Shalom Club table at Solivita Club Expo, I put my pocketbook on the empty chair from the Bellisimo Hair Salon which was next us. A few minutes later, a young Hispanic man asked me to move it so he could sit down. “Hope you don’t mind,” he said. “No problem!” I said, “it’s your chair.” And I put the bag on the floor. “It would be a “shanda” to put that nice bag on the floor!” he exclaimed. I took a closer look at the speaker. He certainly looked Hispanic, not someone who is familiar with the Jewish word for sha... Full story

  • Obituary - HERMAN M. DISLER

    Feb 9, 2018

    Written by the family Herman Milton Disler, age 88, of Lake Mary, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, surrounded by his family and friends. One of four children, he was born on Feb. 18, 1929, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to Myer and Mary Forman Disler, of blessed memory. An educator for many years, Herman served in the US Army, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserves. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Providence College. On June 23, 1955, in Boston, he married the former Elaine Palman, his wife of o... Full story


    Feb 9, 2018

    Jack B. Goldman, age 84, of Altamonte Springs, passed away at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. Born in Queens, New York, he was one of two children born to the late Herman and Bertha Davis Goldman. Following high school, Jack attended technical schools earning several certifications. He was married to the late Barbara Goldman who passed away in 1990. The family lived for many years in South Florida where Jack owned and operated a telecom business, Unitel of South Florida. He relocated to the Orlando area... Full story


    Feb 9, 2018

    Gerald William Steinfeld, of Orlando, Florida, passed away on Jan. 28, 2018, following a short illness. He was born on March 11, 1937 in Jersey City, N.J., to the late Ruben and Rose Steinfeld. Jerry graduated from Snyder High School in Jersey City, N.J., and received his bachelor's degree from New Jersey State Teachers College and his master's degree from Lehigh University. Jerry began a long and rewarding career in education as a teacher in Rockaway Township Public Schools where he met the... Full story

  • JFS seeks committee and board members for the 2018

    Feb 9, 2018

    JFS Orlando Executive Director Eric Geboff, announced that the nearly 40-year-old social service agency is seeking volunteers to serve on its committees and Board of Directors for the 2018 program year. Annually, JFS Orlando replenishes its committees and Board of Directors with new members who bring knowledge, expertise, passion and experience to help the agency attain its mission of providing services to stabilize and enhance the quality of life for individuals and families in crisis, available to all people in the Central Florida community.... Full story

  • Nevada welcomed this Israeli marijuana scientist- US immigration threw him out of the country

    Debra Nussbaum Cohen|Feb 9, 2018

    NEW YORK (JTA)-It shouldn't have been complicated. Shimon Abta, an expert Israeli cannabis agronomist, was sent by his employer to consult with American companies in states where medical marijuana is legal. He was living in Las Vegas and met an American Jewish woman on JDate. They married last year and together started becoming more religious. Both in their 30s, they are eager to start a family. But on Jan. 8, U.S. immigration officials told Abta to withdraw his application for permanent... Full story

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

    Feb 9, 2018

    Republican Party in Illinois rejects Holocaust denier nominee for Congress (JTA)—A Holocaust denier, anti-Semite and white supremacist is about to become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat. Arthur Jones, a perennial candidate since the 1990s for the 3rd Congressional District representing parts of Chicago and its southwestern suburbs, in a political fluke is the only Republican candidate on the ballot, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday. The primary will be held on March 20. Jones, 70, is a retired insurance s... Full story

  • Meet the 90-year-old great-grandmother who is the new face of JDate

    Elaine Durbach|Feb 9, 2018

    WHIPPANY, N.J. (New Jersey Jewish News via JTA)-If Bea Slater had ever been a shrinking violet, her sudden celebrity might be uncomfortable. At 90, the great-grandmother has her image plastered on billboards and bus shelters up and down Manhattan and in Brooklyn. There's even one on the roof above Junior's, the famous cheesecake place. Along with three other women nearly as old as she, she has become the face of JDate, the Jewish matchmaking site. They're not poster girls for senior dating.... Full story

  • Winter Olympics 2018: 5 Jewish storylines to watch

    Gabe Friedman|Feb 9, 2018

    (JTA)-The world is about to revolve around PyeongChang, a mountainous county in the northern half of South Korea, for the upcoming Winter Olympics. Jewish fans won't have quite as many standout athletes to cheer for this year as they did in 2016, when multiple American members of the tribe won medals at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. But there are several compelling Jewish stories to catch up on before the action starts. Israel is sending its largest team ever. Before this year, the largest... Full story