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Mover and shaker Hank Katzen recipient of Heritage Human Service Award

The interview for this year's Heritage Human Service Award winner was unprecedented. Since an "in person" interview was not possible, Heritage requested a bio and this chosen recipient obliged with...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    July 31, 2020 

Jews in the Land of Disney: The Share family volunteerism passed down l'dor v'dor

Adrian and Geanne Share came to the Orlando area in 1998. "My husband's an engineer whose passion is to see high-speed rail built in the U.S., and we came to Florida for that purpose. He's spent 20 ye...

 
 By Marilyn Shapiro    Features    July 31, 2020 

A bolt out of the blue

When I was six years old, I loved summer storms. As the sky turned dark, the thunder clapped, and the lighting shot across the sky, I would watch from the safety of our living room window. My mother...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    July 31, 2020 

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Sad news ... As I've said before, I write this column almost two weeks in advance of publication so I just learned of the death of Congressman John Lewis yesterday. What a great loss! I had so much...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    July 24, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Entrepreneur Les Neumann, racecar driver at 60+

How does a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx grow up to become a racecar driver? Meet Les Neumann. He now lives in DeLand, is semi-retired and races on the Vintage Race Car Circuit. This is no small...

 

Could this Mediterranean takeout brand named for an Arabic Israeli TV show be the restaurant of the future?

(JTA) - As a child in Israel, Amir Nathan dined at Sami VeSusu, an innovative restaurant in Beersheba named after a popular children's television show from the 1960s and '70s. So when it came time...

 

How a Holocaust survivor's book helped this Rohingyan refugee survive brutal detention

Jaivet Ealom is the only known person to have ever escaped the notoriously brutal Australian-run refugee detention center on Manus Island. As a Rohingyan refugee fleeing Myanmar's campaign of...

 

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Just Saying... I write this column almost 2 weeks in advance, so if this problem is solved correctly, forget I wrote about it: As the mother of three grown adults and two grown grandchildren, this...

 
 By Joel Haber    Features    July 24, 2020

The forgotten history of Jews in the alcohol industry

This may be surprising, but Jews have a long and very influential history in the alcohol industry spanning Europe, Israel and North America. For most of the 1800s, Eastern European Jews held a...

 

The Yiddish song that kicked off the Swing Era is due for a comeback

Printed in black and white and bigotry all over, Nazi official Hans Severus Ziegler's brochure for his public exhibit in Dusseldorf featured an African-American jazz musician with a Star of David on...

 

These 10 Yiddish words will get you through quarantine

We’ve been self-quarantining for more than 40 days and 40 nights and, quite frankly, we’re running out of steam. Still, we can’t escape all the social media posts and articles (and our mother’s voices in our heads) telling us to make good...

 
 By Larry Luxner    Features    July 24, 2020

This Jewish college offers a fast track to careers in medicine and health

Eitan Glucksman often wakes up at 4:30 a.m., putting in 15-hour days as a first-year urology resident at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. The father of two has a grueling schedule...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    July 17, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Wendy B. Libby, first Jewish president of Stetson University

In 2009, Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn, became the ninth and first female president of Stetson University. Founded in 1883, Libby is also the first Jewish president. She offi...

 

'Whose Holy Land?' - an excerpt

By Kenneth Hanson, Ph.D. Jerusalem, July, 2011 C.E. A tiny bell. A tiny golden bell. Might this be the "signal" for which a small sect of faithful Israelites have waited for two millennia, declaring...

 

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Can't get this tune out of my head... I refer to "A Fine Romance." Maybe it's because I'm a professional vocalist? Maybe it's because I'm a proud Jew and have the privilege of writing this column for...

 

Summer corn and zucchini latkes

By Shannon Sarna (The Nosher via JTA) — Who says latkes are just for Chanukah? Well, it’s not me. And summer is a great time to try using seasonal produce to make some crispy, delicious latkes. I...

 

The life and art of Marc Chagall

Images of flight pervade much of the painter Marc Chagall's work. Some of Chagall's works depict people and objects defying the earth's gravity, hovering over a scene below. These images reflect the...

 

Les Kramer inducted into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

Les Kramer, Ph.D., designed and developed a prosthetic foot that is more flexible than any other prosthetic on the market. Because of this unique prosthetic, Kramer recently was inducted into the...

 

Schafer captures cry of racial injustice in 'I Can't Breathe'

Many in the community remember Beth Schafer as the former cantor at Congregation of Reform Judaism and Temple Shir Shalom. She now resides in Atlanta and is the Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair at Temple...

 
 By Marc Brodsky    Features    July 10, 2020

With a nod to Carl Reiner, 'My Favorite Year' recalls the infancy of TV sketch comedy

(JTA) - With the passing of Carl Reiner, who passed away of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills on June 29, 2020, at the age of 98, we lost one of the comedy greats, Jewish or otherwise. His o...

 
 By Marc Brodsky    Features    July 10, 2020

Quarterback Kirk Cousins wishes a 'mazel tov' to Jewish students

(JTA) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins scored a touchdown with his congratulatory message to the graduates of a Jewish student program. Cousins wished the graduates of the Jewish Student Union, a program of the Orthodox Union’s youth...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    July 10, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Dr. Joseph Berrios' long road to self-discovery

This is the fourth article in a four-part series about the Puerto Rican Jews living in Central Florida and their history. In an attempt to atone for the Inquisition, Spain has been offering...

 

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My first story is about Italy. I went to Italy a few years back. It was one of my favorite places. I visited Pisa, Venice, Florence, Rome, etc. I loved the scenery, the people, the culture... and...

 

Here's a fresh take on whitefish salad: Make it with labneh and lemon

Few things are more reminiscent of classic Jewish deli fare than whitefish salad. And while buying it by the pint is a weekend morning luxury, making your own whitefish salad might be even better beca...

 

A Jewish camp is opening - on the video game Minecraft

By Ben Sales (JTA) — This was going to be Jake Offenheim’s 14th straight summer at Camp Ramah in Canada. Then camp was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Offenheim, who was set to be a counselor for the fifth year, couldn’t bear a...

 

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