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  • House passes a dozen pro-Israel, anti-Iran bills

    Andrew Bernard|Apr 26, 2024

    (JNS) — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a dozen pro-Israel and anti-Iran bills and resolutions this week, in the wake of the Islamic Republic’s missile attack against the Jewish state on Saturday. Lawmakers passed two bills on Monday that target Iran’s finances and a third that would deny tax-exempt status to U.S. charities that fund foreign terrorist organizations. The House passed nine bills and resolutions on Tuesday designed to support the Jewish state and combat Iran. Most of the bills passed overwhelmingly, facing oppos...


    Apr 26, 2024

    Zelda Kolodner Siskind passed away on April 22, 2024. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 65 years, Melvin Siskind. For anyone who has ever listened to Zelda's phone answering message, you know that Zelda lives on in the "home of the angels." Zelda, the daughter of Morris and Belle Cohen Kolodner, was born Nov. 27, 1928 in Macon Georgia. She graduated from Miller High School and attended the University of Georgia. Married on Nov. 14, 1948, Zelda and Melvin moved to Sanford where they...

  • Obituary - ARNOLD ZAREK

    Apr 26, 2024

    Written by Mike and Helaine Zarek It is with deep sadness that we let you know that our deeply loved father, Arnold Zarek, passed away on April 14, 2024 at the age of 94. Born in 1929 to Herman and Rose of Lafayette, Ind., his favorite subject in school was math and the relatively new technology of radio and electronics. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953, attaining the rank of corporal and entering the Signal Corps (Radio School). He completed his tour of duty at the Pentagon. After...

  • In the 1800s, New York's Jewish elite dined at 'The Kosher Delmonico'

    Scott D. Seligman|Apr 26, 2024

    (New York Jewish Week) — When downtown steakhouse Delmonico’s opened in 1827, it was the first fine dining restaurant in New York City. Famous for its eponymous ribeye steak and Lobster Newburg, Delmonico’s boasted high-profile customers like Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain. Among them, however, were few Jews. Though New York was home to some 40,000 Jews by the eve of the Civil War, most of them were Spanish, Portuguese or German-speaking immigrants — or their descendants — who strictly adhered to Jewish law. These Jewish New Yorkers kept kosh...

  • Rachel Goldberg-Polin, Alex Edelman among Jews on Time's 2024 'Most Influential' list

    Jackie Hajdenberg|Apr 26, 2024

    (JTA) — The mother of 23-year-old Israeli-American Hersh Goldberg-Polin, who was taken hostage by Hamas on Oct. 7, is one of nearly a dozen Jews on Time Magazine’s 100 “Most Influential” list, couched among comedians, writers, music producers, athletes, business executives, and politicians. Since Oct. 7, Rachel Goldberg-Polin has become one of the most prominent and indefatigable voices advocating for the release of Israeli hostages held captive in Gaza. She has attended an audience with Pope Francis, Zoomed with President Joe Biden and spo...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Apr 26, 2024

    IAF strike in Lebanon kills senior Hezbollah terrorist (JNS) — An Israeli Air Force strike in Southern Lebanon on Tuesday killed a senior Hezbollah terrorist responsible for firing rockets and missiles at the Jewish state, the Israel Defense Forces said. Since the Iranian terrorist proxy joined the war against Israel in support of Hamas on Oct. 8, Ismail Baz, who commanded Hezbollah’s coastal sector, “organized and planned various terrorist plots,” the IDF said. The military added, “Ismail served in several positions as a senior and veteran off...

  • USC Shoah Foundation distances itself from pro-Palestinian valedictorian whose speech was canceled

    Andrew Lapin|Apr 26, 2024

    (JTA) – A Holocaust research center founded by Steven Spielberg has gotten embroiled in a drama over campus Israel speech that is dividing the University of Southern California, where it is housed. The USC Shoah Foundation is downplaying its role in the school’s academics after the university’s valedictorian, a pro-Palestinian student who earned a minor in “resistance to genocide,” touted her ties to the center. After USC announced last week that Asna Tabassum would be the valedictorian, pro-Israel groups mounted a campaign against her, citi...

  • Herzog: World must work 'decisively and defiantly' against Iran

    Charles Bybelezer and Akiva van Koningsveld|Apr 26, 2024

    (JNS) — Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Wednesday urged the international community to confront Iran, as Jerusalem prepares a response to the Islamic Republic’s massive drone and missile attack over the weekend. “The whole world must work decisively and defiantly against the threat posed by the Iranian regime, which is seeking to undermine the stability of the entire region,” Herzog said after meeting the foreign ministers of Britain and Germany in Jerusalem. Herzog reiterated the Jewish state’s “unequivocal” commitment to defending its...