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  • Almond Thin Cookies

    Myrna Ossin|Oct 20, 2023

    These cookies can be made ahead. This recipe makes 24 cookies and these are perfect for dunking! Line an 8x4 bread loaf pan with plastic wrap, allowing it to overlap the sides for easy removal. Ingredients: 1 1/2 tsp. ground cardamon 1/2 tsp. baking soda 2 cups flour or 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour 1/2 tsp. salt 8 T. butter, cut in tiny pieces 1/3 cup water 1 T. fresh orange zest 1 1/2 cups turbino sugar or part turbino (large crystals) and part brown sugar 1 tsp. almond extract 1 cup sliced...

  • To address feelings of isolation and loneliness among older adults, NY group creates innovative approach

    Bonnie Azoulay|Oct 20, 2023

    PLAINVIEW, N.Y. - Nora Leeds had lived alone for many years in her Long Island home, but it wasn't until the pandemic that she started to feel isolated. She was used to working in a large office with coworkers, but then her work went fully remote. For four months, Leeds, now 69, could not see her daughter. She became increasingly depressed. "I felt like my whole world was falling apart, like I no longer had the skills to interact with people because we were told to stay at home," Leeds said....

  • Alice Shalvi pioneered religious feminism in Israel

    Elana Sztokman|Oct 20, 2023

    (JTA) - I first met Alice Shalvi, the mother of religious feminism in Israel, in the mid-1990s during a meeting of ICAR, the International Coalition of Agunah Rights, a coalition that she founded to advocate for women denied a religious divorce by their husbands. She was in her early 70s at the time and had been fighting for agunah rights for 20 years. I was in my mid-20s, and new to the cause. I was there as co-chair of Mavoi Satum, which a group of us founded in 1995. This coalition was meant...

  • Obituary - SHEILA M. COOPER

    Oct 20, 2023

    Sheila M. Cooper, age 72, of Oviedo, FL (formerly of Randallstown, MD) passed away on Oct. 9 in Altamonte Springs. Mrs. Cooper was born in Baltimore, MD, on Nov. 27, 1950, to the late Karl and Adele “Gert” Friedman. She moved to the Oviedo area in 1990 with her husband of 44 years, Thomas Cooper, of blessed memory. She is survived by her loving children: David (Daun) Cooper and Nicole (Ben) Knapp, both of Oviedo, FL, sisters; Joyce Bell of Maryland and Janice (Jeffrey) Frieman of Tampa, Florida;... Full story

  • Obituary - IRVIN M. LEVIN

    Oct 20, 2023

    Irvin M. Levin, 82, loving father and grandfather, peacefully passed away on Oct. 3, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Evelyn (Blum) and Abraham Levin in Philadelphia, PA. He grew up in Philadelphia, PA and Atlantic City, N.J. Irvin honorably served in the United States Air Force for four years. After marrying, Sandra Levin, he raised his family in Philadelphia, PA. He spent most of his career as a postal carrier for the United States Post Office and working other jobs to... Full story


    Oct 20, 2023

    Major Paul Lilling, United States Air Force, Retired, 89, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, at his Maitland, Florida home surrounded by his family. Major Lilling was born Jan. 11, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York to the late Herman and Winifred Lilling. Major Lilling served over 20 years in the United States Air Force with 2 tours in the Vietnam War and flew the B 47 during the Cold War. Major Lilling is survived by his devoted wife, Lois (Messinger) Lilling of Maitland, Florida; son;... Full story

  • Obituary - RICHARD M. TOLPIN

    Oct 20, 2023

    Mr. Richard M. Tolpin, 75, Orange City, Florida passed away Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023, at Majestic Oaks Healthcare Center following a brief illness. Mr. Tolpin was born May 20, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois to the late A. Richard and Shirley (Cohn) Tolpin. He and his wife moved to Orlando area in 1972 from Mobile, Alabama. Mr. Tolpin is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Sheilah (Bercov) Tolpin of Orange City, Florida. In keeping with Mr. Tolpin’s wishes he will be cremated and his cremated remains scattered at sea. May he rest in peace and m... Full story

  • Israeli coalition parties back unity government

    Oct 20, 2023

    (JNS) — The leaders of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government endorsed the establishment of an “emergency national government” during a meeting of the party heads on Tuesday. “Every head of the coalition parties, without exception, supported the establishment of an emergency national government and authorized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to act to create it,” a spokesperson for the ruling Likud Party announced. Local media reported that an agreement for Benny Gantz’s National Unity Party to join the coalition is...

  • Argentina, Canada, other countries plan airlifts to help their citizens leave war-torn Israel

    Juan Melamed|Oct 20, 2023

    (JTA) — Argentina is launching an airlift to evacuate its citizens from Israel, four days after Hamas attacked Israel, killing and wounding thousands of people and spurring a war that could be long-lasting. The Foreign Ministry opened a hotline on Saturday, the day of the attack, for Argentinian citizens to request repatriation. Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero said on Tuesday that more than 713 requests had been received. Now, the “Safe Return” program will allow up to 625 people to leave the country. A military Hercules airplane and a Boein...

  • ​​Biden's new book ban czar is a longtime progressive Jewish leader

    Andrew Lapin|Oct 20, 2023

    (JTA) – The Biden Administration’s new point person for combating book bans at school districts and public libraries across the country is a gay, Jewish progressive activist who has served as a government liaison to the Jewish and LGBTQ communities. The appointment of Matt Nosanchuk comes as the thousands of book challenges nationwide have focused on books with LGBTQ as well as Jewish themes, in addition to works about race. Nosanchuk was named a deputy assistant secretary in the Department of Education’s civil rights office earlier this month...

  • World leaders pledge support for Israel after Hamas attack

    JTA Staff|Oct 20, 2023

    (JTA) — Political leaders from around the globe have condemned Hamas’ sweeping attack on Israel and pledged their support for Israel. U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following earlier conversations between National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Israeli National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi. The United States “unequivocally condemns the unprovoked attacks by Hamas terrorists against Israeli civilians,” National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a statement. There is neve...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Oct 20, 2023

    Pro-Hamas activists call to ‘gas the Jews’ at Sydney protest (JNS) — Hundreds of pro-Hamas protesters on Monday chanted “gas the Jews” at an anti-Israel rally in Australia. The mob outside the Sydney Opera House also chanted “F*** the Jews” and “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is Great,” as they waved Palestinian flags. The Sydney rally came a day after the Democratic Socialists of America held a similar “pro-Palestine” rally in New York City’s Times Square. Several hundred protesters attended, chanting, “From the river to the sea, Palestine wil...

  • Experts weigh in on advantages and risks of Saudi deal

    Shimon Sherman|Oct 20, 2023

    (JNS) — The Israeli Defence Forces launched a study this week to analyze the security implications of a normalization deal between Israel and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The study is being administered by a number of IDF branches, including intelligence, strategic planning, the Iran department and the air force. It seeks to clearly outline the advantages of the deal, including possible opportunities for partnership, along with the security risks of potential concessions that may be required of Israel to secure such an agreement. The f...

  • Haredi coalition partner: close Temple Mount to Jews

    Oct 20, 2023

    (JNS) — After more than 3,000 Jewish pilgrims visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem during the first days of the week-long Sukkot holiday, one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s key ultra-Orthodox coalition partners on Wednesday demanded that the holy site be closed to Jews. “The ascension to Temple Mount involves a severe prohibition of karet,” tweeted United Torah Judaism Party MK Moshe Gafni, using the Hebrew religious term for divinely-inflicted premature death. “It pains my heart that 3,000 Jews violated this severe prohibiti...