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B'nai Mitzvah - Daniel and Jason Franzel

Daniel and Jason Franzel, sons of Steven and Karen Franzel of Maitland, will be called to the Torah as b’nai mitzvah on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 and Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Daniel is in the eighth grade at Quest K...

 

Bat Mitzvah - Jenna Marie Richman

Jenna Marie Richman, daughter of Scott and Gwen Richman of Gotha, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Congregation of Reform Judaism. Jenna is in the seventh...

 

'Son of Saul': Oscar nominee was a big gamble

BERLIN (JTA) - Set amid a 1944 prisoner uprising at Auschwitz, "Son of Saul" stood out as a long shot when its producers first applied for funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims...

 

Hamas terror tunnels reach deep into Israel

Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org)—A senior Hamas official warned Wednesday that the Palestinian terrorist group’s efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip’s terror tunnel grid are advancing rapidly, and that some tunnels dug under the border already...

 

French Jews, struggling to find work in Israel, consider going home

RAANANA, Israel (JTA)-Before she traded her native France for Israel, Catherine Berdah ran a successful drug store in an affluent suburb on the eastern edge of Paris. A 50-year-old pharmacist with a...

 

Between a Jewish mother and daughter, the cheesesteak that binds

(Kveller via JTA)-My first transgression was a cheesesteak. I was 6 years old, maybe younger, staring down the gateway to deviance. If my dinner plate were the back page of Highlights for Children, I...

 

New Holocaust-denying video released by Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei

(JNS.org)- On International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei published a video titled "Are The Dark Ages...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Knesset foreign affairs chief: Ex-settler leader will not be Israel’s envoy to Brazil JERUSALEM (JTA)—Former settler leader Dani Dayan will not become Israel’s ambassador to Brazil, a top Israeli government official reportedly said. “We...

 

Jews built this city on rock and roll (and klezmer)

By Cnaan Liphshiz KAZAN, Russia (JTA)-When the six members of the Simcha klezmer band hauled their instruments into a dilapidated rehearsal space, no one suspected they were about to hijack a governm...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 12, 2016

Five questions Jews should ask after Iowa

(JTA)—The Iowa caucuses are over—and the first real test of the presidential candidates’ viability gave us more questions than answers. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, won the Republican caucus on Monday night, relegating Donald Trump, the real...

 

Alaska Airlines and the Jews of Yemen

The story of the modern exodus of "Beta Israel" the Jews of Ethiopia during Operations Moses and Solomon, which together airlifted some 22,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel, is well known. Less well known...

 

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