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Bar Mitzvah - Jordan Michael Weiss

Jordan Michael Weiss, son of Kevin and Rona Weiss, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Jordan attended Jewish Academy...

 

Moving onward: University of Central Florida

Onward Israel, a follow-up experience to Birthright Israel and other peer-trips to Israel, provides students with an immersive, transformative experience in Israel to both deepen their connection...

 

Hasidic village makes parents choose: Smartphone or children's education

(JTA)—Most schools forbid the use of cellphones by students during class, but in the Hasidic Jewish village of Kiryas Joel, New York, it’s the parents who are being required to power down. At the end of July, a notice was sent to families in the...

 

Scene Around

I'm really getting nervous... According to a new report from the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest, "Violent anti-Semitism in Europe rose dramatically in 2014." This is very disturbing to me and...

 

United Church of Canada votes in favor of BDS

(JTA)—The general council of a large Canadian church network voted in favor of promoting a boycott against institutions complicit in what it called the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. At its 42nd annual gathering, the council of the United...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 21, 2015

Ten years after Gaza disengagement, hundreds still without permanent homes

NITZAN B, Israel (JTA)-Ask Aviel Eliaz and Itzik Wazana about their evacuation from Gaza 10 years ago this month and both will tell you it's like a tree. For Eliaz, it's an olive tree sitting in a...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 21, 2015

Can the U.S. trust Europe to punish Iran should it violate nuclear deal?

(JTA)-Among his rationales for opposing the nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said that he did not trust the three European Union partners to punish Iran should it violate the terms...

 

Positions available in the RAISE program

The RAISE program for young adults with special needs is now accepting online applications. There will be a limited number of positions available. RAISE is also looking for volunteers willing to become Job Coaches. RAISE is a 6- to 12-month work...

 

NPR's Nina Totenberg reclaims dad's stolen violin, now worth millions

(JTA)-Jewish violin virtuoso Roman Totenberg enjoyed a long life, making it to the ripe old age of 101. But that wasn't quite long enough to be reunited with the prized instrument that was stolen...

 

Snooze in comfort in bed-like seats on EL AL Biz class

Business Class on EL AL Israel Airlines now features newly upgraded bed-like seats and Economy Class Plus offers more comfort for excellent value. Both of these offerings are available on EL AL flights departing the U.S. “We continuously strive to...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Matisyahu ousted from Spanish festival for not endorsing Palestinian state (JTA)—Matisyahu was disinvited from a Spanish music festival because he would not publicly endorse Palestinian statehood. The Jewish-American reggae singer was scheduled to...

 

In Jennifer Weiner's hit novels, it's a (Jewish) woman's world

By Suzanne Pollak (Washington Jewish Week via JTA)-Jennifer Weiner wasn't funny during our telephone interview, and she never once asked me about my weight. Could the author of a dozen very...

 

For French, resort town of Deauville doubles as a safe haven

DEAUVILLE, France (JTA)-This seaside community situated 125 miles west of Paris boasts windswept beaches, turquoise-water marinas, a grand casino, a race track and an Olympic-size swimming pool....

 

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