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Seeking Kin: Joan Nathan cookbook brings families together

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA)-When Brazil native Fabio Rosenfeld brought up launching a search for his grandfather's sister who had survived the...

 

Bar Mitzvah - Logan Brett Intro

Logan Brett Intro, son of Curt and Leslie Intro of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at Congregation Beth Am of Longwood. Logan is in the seventh grade...

 

Top 7 perks of being Jewish in December

NEW YORK (Kveller via JTA)—Growing up, ours was the only house on the block with a menorah glowing in the window. This should have put me onto the fast track to Christmas envy, but it didn’t. I respected Christmas, but was never jealous of those...

 

Scene Around

Anti-Semitism is alive and well and HERE!... I received mail from Hillel International President and CEO ERIC D. FINGERHUT, and in the wake of the anti-Semitic flyers posted around the campus of our...

 

German Muslim leader helps complete writing of Torah scroll

BERLIN (JTA)—A new Torah scroll in a German city was completed with interfaith help, including from a Muslim leader. Bilal El-Zayat, president of the Islamic Community of Marburg placed his hand atop that of Torah scribe Rabbi Josef Chranovski as...

 

For Chanukah, breakfast latkes 2 ways

(JTA)-I first tasted latkes for brunch at a trendy eatery on the Lower East Side about six years ago. Since then, I've seen them across the country on brunch menus everywhere from diners to Michelin...

 

Boy Scouts of America seeking more Jewish troops

WASHINGTON (Washington Jewish Week via JTA)-With the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay employees lifted this summer, it's a good time to be pitching scouting to the liberal American Jewish streams. S...

 

Jewish Pavilion Chanukah parties

Several Chanukah parties are scheduled around town at various Assisted Living facilities. The following is the schedule: Dec. 11 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Brookdale Dr. Phillips, 8001 Pin Oak Dr., Orlando 11 a.m. - noon Island Lake Center, 155 Landover...

 

Who was the greatest Portuguese? (and why?)

When Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, Portugal's authoritarian ruler since 1932, finally was unable to rule effectively and his regime subsequently deposed by a military coup in 1974 (The Carnation...

 

Teaming up, Welch's and Manischewitz challenge kosher grape juice monopoly

SECAUCUS, N.J. (JTA)-Welch's is coming to seder this year. For decades, America's kosher grape juice market has been dominated by Kedem, whose sweet libations come in concord, blush, white, peach,...

 

What Americans had to say about Jewish war refugees

NEW YORK (JTA)-They were called "so-called" refugees, told they were alien to American culture and warned against as potential enemies of the United States. This heated anti-refugee rhetoric in...

 

Avis refuses to rent car over businessman's Israeli identity

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Avis car rental agency refused to provide an Israeli businessman with a rental vehicle because of his Israeli identity, the New York Observer reported Sunday. Dov Bergwerk, a senior executive at Israeli phar...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Netanyahu: Palestinian refusal to recognize Jewish state ‘core’ of conflict WASHINGTON (JTA)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish...

 

Why I hired a Belgian butcher to circumcise my son

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-They warn you that parenting means doing a bunch of stuff you never imagined yourself doing. I had always assumed this applied to saying to children things like, "You watch your tone...

 

The rise of the menorah bong, and how Chanukah became a 'high' holiday

(JTA)—The menorah bong is having a moment. By now, you may have seen the year-old YouTube video of a bearded guy in a blazer lighting all eight bowls of the Grav Menorah—a cross between a glass bong and a traditional hanukiah—and taking one...

 

The 'Kate Middleton effect' on synagogue fashion

NEW YORK (JTA)—The so-called “Kate Middleton effect”—by which anything the Duchess of Cambridge wears becomes an instant best-seller—seems to know no bounds. She has graced the covers of countless magazines; entire blogs are devoted to...

 

How a Jewish trans father inspired a hit series

(JTA)-Writer and director Jill Soloway grew up in what she calls a "somewhat normalish, upper middle class Jewish household" in Chicago. Her mom was a public relations consultant (she worked for...

 

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