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  • Whistle, Gotham City's latest superhero, is Jewish

    Julian Voloj|Sep 24, 2021

    (JTA) - It turns out that Batman's hometown of Gotham City has a historically Jewish neighborhood, complete with a synagogue. And for this year's High Holidays, at least one masked superhero will be worshipping there. Her name is Whistle, a.k.a. Willow Zimmerman, and she's a Jewish superhero - DC Comics' first to be explicitly created as Jewish in 44 years. She's an activist-turned-masked-crusader who draws inspiration from Jewish teachings; she develops the ability to talk to dogs; and she's...

  • The six Palestinians who escaped an Israeli prison have all been recaptured

    Ron Kampeas|Sep 24, 2021

    (JTA) - Israel captured the remaining two Palestinian prisoners of the six who riveted the country with their escape from a maximum facility two weeks ago. Israeli police and army troops surrounded a building in Jenin in the West Bank on Saturday night. The two remaining prisoners emerged and surrendered. They were Iham Kamamji, 35, who was convicted in the 2006 murder of Eliyahu Asheri, an Israeli 18-year-old who had asked Kamamji for a ride near the West Bank settlement of Ofra, and Monadal...

  • Max dead at 80

    Clayton Park, The Daytona Beach News-Journal.|Sep 24, 2021

    By Gloria Max, the driving force behind the annual drive to provide school supplies to thousands of students in Volusia and Flagler counties as well as the Jerry Doliner Food Bank, died last Friday afternoon after a six-year battle with cancer. She was just a few days shy of her 81st birthday. Max was the longtime executive director of the Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties, where she and her husband Ray also ran the federation's food bank and started an annual Operation Backpack...

  • Muslims and Jews join in Congress

    Ron Kampeas|Sep 24, 2021

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — A congressional letter backed by Muslim and Jewish groups is urging the federal government to make kosher and halal meat available to observant Jews and Muslims through an emergency food program. Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., initiated the letter sent Wednesday to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Forty-eight Democrats have signed the letter, which was obtained exclusively by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “As the United States continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, as many as 29 million Americans continue to face foo...

  • Temple Israel is bringing in the fall

    Sep 24, 2021

    The lazy days of summer are over, and Temple Israel is bringing in the fall with both favorite and fresh activities for everyone. "Talking to the Tribe" virtual Q&A with community members on Zoom and "Nosh & Know" meet-ups in person with Rabbi Neely have been popular events that will continue every month or so. For children five and under, Tot Shabbat on the third Saturday of each month includes songs, stories, a Torah parade, blessings, and snacks. All are welcome, but please RSVP to...

  • Kosher restaurants fear losing customers over NYC vaccine mandate

    Lauren Hakimi|Sep 24, 2021

    (New York Jewish Week via JTA) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last month that beginning Sept. 13, restaurants would have to ask customers for proof that they received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in order for them to dine indoors or else be fined. As the deadline approached, some kosher restaurants in New York City were still debating the consequences of complying — or not. “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Miriam Lebovitz, the manager of Milk N Honey in Borough Park, Brooklyn, said last week. “I think it’s go...

  • Meet, greet & eat (and shop!)

    Sep 24, 2021

    Meet Greet & Eat...Dillard's Altamonte Springs is partnering with the Jewish Pavilion (a non-profit that enhances the lives of our elders) by offering a networking breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 14 beginning at 8:15- 11:15 a.m. This is a private event (the store will be closed to the public). Please bring your friends and colleagues to this amazing day of food, fun and lots of sales. This event will be similar to the Summer Soiree held in July where 200 people enjoyed delicious foods and...

  • Effort to recall California's governor fails, but scrutiny on Dianne Feinstein could be lasting effect

    Philissa Cramer|Sep 24, 2021

    (JTA) — Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom easily survived a recall election last Tuesday, putting to end the possibility that a right-wing Republican could take over as the state’s top executive. But one effect of the bruising political fight appears likely to endure: scrutiny over whether America’s first Jewish woman senator is still fit to serve. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s name was not on the ballot, but in some ways the election was about who should replace her. Feinstein is 88 and, according to some reports, increasingly infirm. Her curr...

  • Naftali Bennett made the Time 100 list - it's because of 'courage,' his Arab-Israeli coalition partner writes

    Ron Kampeas|Sep 24, 2021

    (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has made Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, and his Arab-Israeli coalition partner Mansour Abbas thinks he knows why. “It all comes down to courage,” Abbas, the leader of the first Arab party to join an Israeli governing coalition, writes in the accompanying blurb explaining why his political opposite was recognized on the list published Wednesday. “After four elections in two years, a bold act was needed to unite a country frayed by political stalemate and brought...

  • New Anne Frank statue in Guatemala features famous quote from her diary

    Sep 24, 2021

    (JNS)- A statue honoring Holocaust victim and teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank was unveiled in Antigua, Guatemala, earlier this month, reported the San Diego Jewish World. The Anne Frank Children's Human Rights Memorial, which was dedicated on Sept. 3, rests in the San Sebastian Park across the street from the National School for Girls No. 2, Antonio Castro y Escobar. Saint Sebastian was murdered as a youngster by the Romans for being Christian. The site for the statute was chosen by Antigua...

  • A year later, the Abraham Accords draw a rare show of unity from Trump and Biden officials

    Ron Kampeas|Sep 24, 2021

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jared Kushner had plenty of folks to praise at an event here last Tuesday marking the first anniversary of the Abraham Accords, the deals he brokered normalizing relations between Israel and four Arab countries. There were the ambassadors from Israel and two of the Arab lands, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. There were his Trump administration colleagues who worked through the agreement. There were even some Democrats. “I also want to thank Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida for being here today as well as Acting Assista...

  • No one lost their Jewish last name at Ellis Island

    Andrew Silow Carroll|Sep 24, 2021

    (New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Shortly before he died, my dad gave me a trove of family documents, some dating to the 19th century. For the first time I had confirmation of what our family name was before a great-uncle changed it to Carroll when he and his brothers immigrated to America. My father’s parents moved from Russia to Paris before coming to the United States. Among the papers is a yellowed French immigration document signed by my grandfather on March 13, 1913; there he spells his last name Karoltchouk. On my grandmother’s “Perm...

  • Sirhan Sirhan, the forever terrorist

    Mel Pearlman, Everywhere|Sep 24, 2021

    It was a warm summer day in June 1968 when California Democrats went to the polls in the presidential primary and delivered a resounding victory to Senator Robert F. Kennedy over democratic rival and then vice president Hubert H. Humphrey and Minnesota Senator Eugene J. McCarthy. America was well on its way, moving toward the presidential conventions, to select the respective Republican and Democrat nominees who would face each other in November in the 1968 presidential election. The no nonsense senator from New York was in a close national...

  • What is 'Kosher/Cajun?'

    Jim Shipley, Shipley Speaks|Sep 24, 2021

    So, here I am in New Orleans, Louisiana — NOLA. The Big Easy. This is where the people eat more fish than meat. This is where if it isn’t spicy it doesn’t pass muster. So, what’s a guy in search of a good bowl of chicken soup or, oy vey: Kosher cooking, to do? Well, Thank God and providence and a good Yiddisha Kup, I found it. It’s a restaurant/grocery store/chochkie shop called: The Kosher Cajun. The Kosher Cajun is the creaion of an Orthodox Southern Jew named Joel Brown and his family. New Orleans, Louisiana is not what you would call a Je...

  • The Oslo lie

    Caroline Glick|Sep 24, 2021

    (JNS) — Faisal Husseini, who held the Palestinian Authority’s Jerusalem portfolio, gave an interview shortly before his death in the summer of 2001 in which he exposed the fraud at the heart of the Oslo process. Speaking with Al Araby newspaper, Husseini said that Yasser Arafat, his deputies and henchmen never saw the “peace process” as a way of achieving peace with Israel. Oslo, for them, was a means to advance their goal of destroying Israel, “from the river to the sea.” Husseini described the Oslo process as a “Trojan Horse.” Arafa...

  • COVID has turned South Florida into a promised land for Orthodox New Yorkers

    Shira Hanau|Sep 24, 2021

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (JTA) — When Orthodox Jewish clients approach local real estate agent Sharon Brandt looking for a home in this South Florida area, she tells them to make sure they have spots for their children in school before they buy. When Rabbi Yoni Fein, head of school at the Brauser Maimonides Academy in Hollywood, gets inquiries from prospective parents from out of state, he asks them to make sure they can find a house before enrolling their children. This Catch-22 of a simultaneous housing shortage and waitlists at area schools is no c...

  • What's Happening

    Sep 24, 2021

    MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, some minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael — Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona — Monday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904-672-9300. Congr...

  • Ida Nudel, the face of Jewish persecution, dies at 90

    Ron Kampeas|Sep 24, 2021

    (JTA) — Ida Nudel, the Russian Jewish refusenik whose 16-year effort to leave the Soviet Union moved figures as diverse as Republican Secretary of State George Schultz and activist actress Jane Fonda, has died. The Jerusalem Post reported that she died Tuesday and was buried the same day in Tel Aviv. Nudel, an accountant, began her activism in the 1970s after her request to emigrate to Israel was turned down. She supported Jews imprisoned for their activism and their families, delivering needed supplies and making representations on their b...

  • At least 150 sex abuse lawsuits filed against NY Jewish institutions under Child Victims Act

    Asaf Shalev and Ella Rockart|Sep 24, 2021

    (JTA) - At least 150 child sex abuse lawsuits were filed against Jewish institutions in New York over the past two years under a special law that temporarily lifted the statute of limitations barring old claims, according to an analysis of the New York court system by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. This look-back window for reviving allegations was created by the Child Victims Act of 2019 and it led to a dramatic wave of lawsuits that peaked just ahead of the Aug. 14 deadline. Survivors took...

  • Dungeons & Dragons has united a diverse group of rabbis - but their commitment to social justice has faced a challenge

    Andrew Esensten|Sep 24, 2021

    (JTA) - The adventurers arrived at Morgur's Mound, an archaeological site ringed with dragon bones. There they stumbled upon some treasure: a fire giant's gold-plated tooth. They grabbed the tooth and tried to leave the site, but suddenly the ground began to shake. "Four animated thunder beast skeletons erupt from the mound and attack you," the dungeon master said. "You desecrated a holy site, and these are the guardians of the holy site. Everybody roll initiative." "Are you allowed to roll on...

  • Scene Around

    Gloria Yousha|Sep 24, 2021

    How could we ever forget?... I’m sure (at least I hope) we will never forget what happened to our country on September 11th, especially to my beloved New York City. I refer to the World Trade Center, of course. (Since I write this column about 2 weeks in advance of publication. I am writing it on September 11th, a day and tragedy that will live on in infamy.) I lost my cousin, Alan Feinberg, in tower one of the Twin Towers that day. He was a firefighter with the 9th battalion in Manhattan. He was bravely rescuing people when the building c...

  • Jewish History in Film: Poland's broken Jewish past in 'The Hourglass Sanatorium'

    Zachary Aborizk|Sep 24, 2021

    'Sanatorium pod klepsydra' ('The Hourglass Sanatorium'), directed by Wojciech Has and starring Jan Nowicki and Tadeusz Kondra, is one of the most imaginative films to come out of the 1970s. It is both an adaptation and an "anti" adaptation of the Polish Jewish author Bruno Schulz' short story collections, 'The Street of Crocodiles (1934)' and 'Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass (1937)'. Although most of the dialogue is ripped directly from the page, it is arranged in a way that is both...

  • Synagogue threat, cemetery vandalism shake Twin Cities Jewish community

    Lonny Goldsmith and Lev Gringauz|Sep 24, 2021

    (TC Jewfolk via JTA) — A suburban Minneapolis synagogue closed in the early hours of last Friday morning after receiving what its managing director deemed “a specific threat of violence” — about one day after 32 headstones were knocked down at a nearby Jewish cemetery. Although local officials do not believe at this time that the two incidents are linked, their timing and close proximity has prompted worry among Jews in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area during the High Holidays. “People are certainly asking about the situation and talking a...


    Sep 24, 2021

    Submitted by the family Dorothy Jean Lazaro Berg was Jewish. Born April 1, 1941, in Detroit Michigan. Graduate of Oak Park High School in 1958. Dorothy completed three years of teaching education at Eastern Michigan University. She married Dr. Albert Berg in 1960. She had four children. In 1974, she moved her family to Winter Springs FL. For many years she was a stay at home mother. Later on, she became a bank teller for Sun Bank. Her final job was as a mobile visiting home health aide for the elderly. She was kind to all and loved by all.... Full story

  • Obituary - CLIFFORD S. PINE

    Sep 24, 2021

    Clifford (Cliff) S. Pine, age 77, passed away peacefully on Sept.12, 2021 at his home in Eustis, Florida. Cliff was born on July 5, 1944 and was a long time Central Florida resident. He attended and graduated Edgewater High School in 1962. Cliff worked for many years at WFTV Channel 9 and other television stations during his lifetime before finally retiring from Grainger in Atlanta, GA. He was heavily involved with Easter Seals many years ago, as well was a regular blood donor, reaching signific... Full story

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