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  • Celebrating Shabbat lunches at Brookdale Lake Orienta

    Aug 4, 2017

    Twice-monthly Shabbat afternoons have recently turned into monthly Shabbat lunches at Brookdale Lake Orienta. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Brookdale for working diligently with the Jewish Pavilion staff and volunteers to recognize changing needs. The 4 p.m. afternoon Shabbats had been a staple event at this community for many years. But recent changes in the Jewish consensus, as well as the late afternoon attendance being less attended, created a restructure of the program. Pictured are... Full story

  • American Jews vs. American Muslims: How do they compare?

    Ben Sales|Aug 4, 2017

    NEW YORK (JTA)-Since it came out in 2013, the "Pew study"-a landmark survey of American Jewish demographics, beliefs and practices-has been at the center of American Jewish scrutiny and handwringing. Now it's American Muslims' turn. On Wednesday, the Pew Research Center released a survey of American Muslims focusing not only on numbers and their way of life, but also on how the community has responded to the election of President Donald Trump. Comparing the two studies shows a Muslim sector in A... Full story

  • The summer that Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill took over mainstream comedy

    Gabe Friedman|Aug 4, 2017

    NEW YORK (JTA)-In history books, the summer of 2007 will go down as the official start of one of the worst financial crises in American history. It started in July, when Bear Stearns announced that two of its hedge funds had lost all their value-and from there, as we know, panic, chaos and lots of mortgage defaults ensued. But to my 15-year-old self-and to thousands of other teenage boys of my generation-the summer of 2007 will be remembered for an entirely different reason: It was a season... Full story

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

    Aug 4, 2017

    Jewish camp apologizes for flying Palestinian flag (JTA)—A Jewish camp in Washington state apologized after flying a Palestinian flag “as a sign of friendship and acceptance” to visiting Palestinian Muslim and Christian students. Last week, Camp Solomon Schechter hosted members of Kids 4 Peace, a group that includes Christian and Muslim Palestinian children. In a letter sent to parents and supporters following the visit, the camp wrote: “For the sake of a teachable moment, we did raise the Palestinian flag as a sign of friendship and accepta... Full story

  • The time Israeli security strip-searched me at their embassy in Jordan

    Uriel Heilman, First person|Aug 4, 2017

    (JTA)-"Drop your pants" The order came curt and clipped, and it caught me by surprise. What?! "Drop your pants," he repeated sternly. I had been subject to the indignities of Israeli security before, but never this. I was in a holding area of the Israeli Embassy in Amman, Jordan, on my way to a meeting with a senior Israeli official in the building. I had been thoroughly vetted: They knew I was a journalist, I had an appointment with a senior embassy official to talk about Israeli-Jordanian... Full story

  • Soon there will only be one Judaica store left in Manhattan

    Ben Sales|Aug 4, 2017

    NEW YORK (JTA)-Yaakov Seltzer remembers a different world, when he would sell his customers prayer books, then hand them an invitation to his daughter's wedding. When they would come in to Seltzer's store to order a kippah for their new grandson, then ask him to attend the bris. Or they would stop in on a Friday afternoon with nothing to buy, just to wish him a good Shabbat. But though the Upper West Side of Manhattan is still heavily Jewish, the world Seltzer longs for has disappeared. And... Full story

  • Harissa honey roast chicken recipe

    Aug 4, 2017

    By Shannon Sarna (The Nosher via JTA)-There's a reason chicken is a bit of a Friday night staple: Before Jews came to America, red meat simply wasn't abundantly available and therefore saved for special occasions. But also, chicken is a relatively easy dinner to prepare, especially when you roast a whole chicken. This honey harissa and lemon chicken is as easy as any other roast chicken recipe, with a slightly sweet, slightly spicy twist. You may be asking, what the heck is harissa? Harissa is... Full story

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