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Don’t speak badly of the dead… My parents taught me that lesson…but it is hard to follow when the deceased is Hugo Chavez. The following information comes directly from The World Jewish Congress...

 

Passover forecast: sultry green stalks and heavenly fruit

SAN FRANCISCO—When local asparagus and rhubarb start showing up in your market, can Passover be far behind? These harbingers of spring always appear on my seder table, as they did on my mother’s table and her mother’s. You can get asparagus...

 
 By Linda Gradstein    News    March 15, 2013

Locusts invade Israel as enterprising cooks offer new recipes

Last week’s invasion of locusts from Egypt offered adventurous home cooks an opportunity to try something new for dinner last week—locusts, which most rabbis say are kosher, can be prepared many different ways. “You can sauté them like shrimp...

 

Walking away from back pain

Tel Aviv—Lower back pain is a common complaint, and treatment often requires many hours of physical therapy over multiple weekly clinic visits—a costly commitment. Now Dr. Michal Katz-Leurer of Tel Aviv University’s Stanley Steyer School of...

 
 By Gil Shefler    News    March 15, 2013

On Caracas streets, fear and eerie quiet as Venezuela mourns

CARACAS, Venezuela (JTA)—Students at the Ma’or HaTorah yeshiva in Caracas knew something was afoot Tuesday [March 5] afternoon when bodyguards driving bullet-proof vehicles started showing up...

 
 By Uriel Heilman    News    March 15, 2013

Long the bane of Venezuelan Jews, Chavez is gone. Now what?

(JTA)—For more than a decade, Venezuelan Jews have been holding their breath, subject to the whims of a mercurial president who used his bully pulpit to intimidate, rail against Israel and embrace...

 

6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup

Spielberg to lead Cannes jury NEW YORK—Snubbed at the Oscars for best director, perhaps Steven Spielberg will see this as some sort of consolation prize: The Cannes Film Festival named the...

 

Seeking Kin: A friend's Holocaust trauma sparks a Jewish soul

BALTIMORE (JTA)—Recalling her childhood friendship with the girl across the street fills Rozanne Dittersdorf with immense sadness but also deep gratitude. More than six decades later, the pain her...

 

Boy on 'Girls' is also a 'restless' filmmaker

You might only know Alex Karpovsky as Ray Ploshansky, the caustic barista who fitfully romances the naïf Shoshanna on HBO’s zeitgeist-y hit, “Girls.” But while shooting that show, Karpovsky...

 

Weekend roundup of world briefs from JTA

App to track Obama’s Israel visit JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office launched an app to follow President Obama’s visit in real time. The app, which is available though...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 15, 2013

As Syrian conflict rages, Druze loyalty to Assad persists

MAJDAL SHAMS, Israel (JTA)—At first glance, the identification cards of young Druze men looked identical to those of any Israeli, with a number, photo, name and address. The only difference is the...

 

Acclaimed filmmaker turns camera on his own Holocaust experience

BOSTON (JTA)—When he was 5 years old, Marian Marzynski’s parents hatched a plan to smuggle him out of the Warsaw Ghetto. It was 1942, and Marzynski and his family were among the 400,00 Jews...

 
 By Adam Nicky    News    March 15, 2013

Will Jordan become the next Dubai?

AMMAN, Jodan—There’s more to the Red Sea city of Aqaba than pristine waters and breathtaking coral reefs. The liberalized duty-free area is seeking to become the gateway of commerce in the region, Jordanian officials say. The Aqaba Economic Zone...

 

'The Retrospective' hinges on ideas about artistic integrity, moral commitment

GIVATAYIM, Israel—“The Retrospective” is a work of art inspired by another work of art, a novel with roots in a painting. A few years ago, A.B. Yehoshua and his wife were visiting Santiago de Compostelo, Spain, and he saw a graying...

 

Israeli breakfast all day long

The bountiful buffets that have made “Israeli breakfast” famous among tourists usually include shakshouka, a spicy North African concoction of eggs poached in a tomato-pepper-onion sauce. So it...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 15, 2013

As Palestinian riots fizzle, fears of third intifada die down

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Palestinians were marching, rocks were flying, tires were burning and prisoners were hunger-striking. Prompted by accusations that Israel was responsible for the death of a...

 

Broward pitcher to play for Maccabi baseball team

Benjamin J. Feinman, a 6’ 3”, 225lb, senior right hand pitcher for West Broward High School has been appointed as one of 16 U.S. team members to play for the United States Junior Maccabi Baseball Team and will be representing the United States...

 

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