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  • Jewish programs working together works

    May 12, 2023

    In her true spirit of community-mindedness, Abby Nelson - owner of the Abby Nelson Group at RE/MAX 200, which is a silver sponsor of the Jewish Pavilion - included Kenya Matthews, a RAISE graduate, to welcome everyone at her end of April client appreciation party. Matthews, who has been working for Nelson for about 7 years, was the perfect person to greet attendees. Her vivacious personality helped kick off the fun event. Over 100 Real Estate clients and colleagues of all ages joined the Nelson...

  • Hava Nagila's long, strange trip

    Dr. James Loeffler|May 12, 2023

    If there is one Jewish song known by Jews and non-Jews alike, it is undoubtedly Hava Nagila, which is Hebrew for "let us rejoice." From its obscure origins in early 20th-century Palestine, the song has gone on to become a perennial favorite at weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs and Jewish and non-Jewish cultural events around the world. With its short lyrics and simple yet distinctive melody, Hava Nagila has been recorded hundreds of times by musicians ranging from Neil Diamond, the Barry Sisters,...

  • Israeli archaeologists recover artifact from 'The Battle of the 35'

    May 12, 2023

    (JNS) - It's easy for archaeologists to detach themselves from ancient finds, but the discovery of a brass compass from a massacre of 35 Israeli soldiers in 1948 left two researchers feeling like they received a "punch in the stomach." The Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Monday the discovery of the compass from what Israeli history calls "The Battle of the 35" during the War of Independence, known in Hebrew as the story of the Lamed Heh (35 in Hebrew alphabetic numerals). The story of...

  • Obituary - RICHARD GREENHUT

    May 12, 2023

    Mr. Richard Greenhut, 73, Clermont, Florida, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at Mike Conley Hospice House following a brief illness. Mr. Greenhut was born May 21, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Adolph and Rosalind (Fisher) Greenhut. He and his family moved to the Central Florida area in 1987 from Connecticut. Mr. Greenhut is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Marilyn (Smoot) Greenhut of Clermont, Florida; daughters, Debra Greenhut and Amy Greenhut both of Apopka, Florida;... Full story

  • Obituary - GERRI KILBER

    May 12, 2023

    Gerri Kilberg, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and cherished friend, passed away on April 25, 2023, at the age of 98, in Orlando, Florida, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Philadelphia, Gerri lived through the Great Depression and was a product of that era. At the age of 24, she married the love of her life, Milton Kilberg, with whom she shared 70 years of marriage before his passing in 2019. Together, they had one daughter, Dr. Ilene Wilkins, and seven grandchil... Full story

  • Obituary - ILEEN SUSAN RAMOS

    May 12, 2023

    Ms. Ileen Susan Ramos, 59, Kissimmee, Florida passed away Sunday, April 23, 2023, at Osceola Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. Ms. Ramos was born Sept. 10, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Ramos is survived by her beloved sons, Chris (Tricia) Ramos of Haines City, Florida and Ryan Ramos of Kissimmee, Florida; devoted mother, Joan Siegel of Kissimmee, Florida, and dearest sister, Janet Hidalgo of Kissimmee, Florida. In keeping with Ms. Ramos wishes she was cremated and a graveside service will be held at a later date in Temple... Full story

  • Obituary - JORDAN IRA ZAMORE

    May 12, 2023

    Mr. Jordan Ira Zamore, 39, Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away Monday, April 17, 2023, at Sunrise Medical Center following a brief illness. Jordan was born Nov. 27, 1983, in Danbury, Connecticut. Jordan was a graduate of Full Sail University and a Audio Lighting Producer. He is predeceased by his father Michael Stuart Zamore. Jordan was always traveling around the world, working gigs with bands such as Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Imagine Dragons and Bad Bunny to mention a few. Jordan was very much into music and often went to music festivals.... Full story

  • How American Jews created the comic book industry

    Arie Kaplan|May 12, 2023

    Jews built the comic book industry from the ground up, and the influence of Jewish writers, artists, and editors continues to be felt to this day. But how did Jews come to have such a disproportionate influence on an industry most famous for lantern-jawed demigods clad in colorful tights? First Comic Books The story begins in 1933. During that year, the world experienced seismic changes in politics and pop culture. An unemployed Jewish novelty salesman named Maxwell Charles "M.C." Gaines (née...

  • 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' author to write horror film based on the golem of Prague

    Jackie Hajdenberg|May 12, 2023

    (JTA) - The Jewish author of best-selling children's book series "A Series of Unfortunate Events" has been tapped to write a horror film based on the legend of the Golem of Prague. Daniel Handler, known by his pen name "Lemony Snicket," will write the movie for independent Jewish production company Leviathan Productions, from veteran film producer Ben Cosgrove and Josh Foer, a freelance journalist, the co-founder of the adventure travel brand Atlas Obscura and co-founder of Sefaria, the...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    May 12, 2023

    State funds $1.5 million of Florida Holocaust Museum’s $7.5 million request (JNS) — Having requested $7.5 million to improve security, among other things, the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg received $1.5 million in funding from the state senate for 2023-24. In 2022, it received $5 million for the same reasons. The money is for “facility improvements, remediation and related costs to expand, preserve and secure the museum’s environment, and resources for students, teachers, scholars, descendants and visitors.” Per the museum’s approp...

  • ESPN profiles Maryland high schooler who doesn't race on Shabbat

    May 12, 2023

    (JNS) - After a Jewish high school athlete petitioned the Maryland cross-country championship director to reschedule the race slated for Shabbat, April 8, the state moved the competition to Sunday, April 9. Oliver Ferber, a student at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md., was the subject of an April 7 feature penned by Sam Borden, a senior writer at ESPN. "I could either race at states, which would fall during Shabbat, and violate all of my religious beliefs, or I could observe...

  • A new destination for troubled Jewish youth trying to kick drug dependency: Cyprus

    Larry Luxner|May 12, 2023

    TEL AVIV - Young people with substance-abuse dependencies often face a stark challenge when trying to overcome their problem: Any kind of lapse is seen as a failure, and if they backslide even occasionally they start to see themselves as hopeless recidivists. "This 12-step idea says that once you're an addict, you're always an addict - that as soon as you touch drugs, you're off the wagon," said psychologist Tamir Rotman. "But it's very detrimental to teens at such an early stage of their lives...

  • Barbra Streisand is getting the next 'Jewish Nobel,' in prize's return to celebrity tradition

    Jackie Hajdenberg|May 12, 2023

    (JTA) — The prize dubbed the “Jewish Nobel” will be going to Barbra Streisand later this year, in a return to its tradition of honoring Jewish celebrities for their lifetime of achievements. The iconic actor and singer is getting the Genesis Prize, which has been awarded since 2013, in recognition of her contributions to a number of fields, including the arts and philanthropy. The prize was endowed by a group of Russian Jewish billionaires, three of whom stepped down from the board of a related foundation, the Genesis Philanthropy Group, after...

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