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'The Samuel Project' reveals how one man's story becomes art

With the growing popularity of "The Samuel Project," a heartwarming story that re-connects three generations of family, the film is returning to Florida theaters for an encore release March 1, 2019...

 

Revisiting the Catskills from the staffs' perspective

In the classic movie "Dirty Dancing," Jack Weston's character Max Kellerman, the owner of the fictional Catskill resort, laments the changes down the road. "[I]t all seems to be ending. You think...

 

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One of my greatest fears... I know getting old is not the greatest, but at least I want to grow old gracefully, and I want to recognize my loved ones and friends. You guessed it. One of my greatest fe...

 

Jewish women launched challah baking businesses

NEW YORK (JTA)-Mandy Silverman remembers being scared of the kitchen as a child. "There was a constant joke in my house growing up that I would mess up instant iced tea," she recalled in a phone inter...

 

14 must-read books about Israel

In this advanced digital age sometimes it's still nice to receive a good book that can be held in your hands, flipped through, and used as a learning tool in your household. The following 14...

 

A collection of Yiddish songs was thought lost forever-now they've been nominated for a Grammy

BOSTON (JTA)-In the despair of the Soviet Union's fierce World War II battles against the Nazis, a 42-year-old Jewish man from Odessa wrote a song in Yiddish poking fun at Hitler's failures to seize...

 

In 'To Dust,' a Hasidic cantor and a biology teacher played by Matthew Broderick are quite the odd couple

(JTA)-A Hasidic cantor and a jaded community college biology teacher don't seem like two individuals who would be fast friends. In "To Dust," the debut film from director Shawn Snyder, they make a...

 

Sarah Silverman opens up on 'Finding Your Roots'

(JTA)—“I was the hairy Jewish monkey in a sea of blond kids.” That’s not Seth Rogen or Jonah Hill—it’s Sarah Silverman talking about her upbringing in Bedford, New Hampshire, on an upcoming episode of  “Finding Your Roots,” the...

 

UCF students show support for Israel's lone soldiers

Lone soldiers in Israel are going to be less lonely due to support from UCF students. Back in November, a group of like-minded University of Central Florida students conceived of an idea to raise...

 

Matchmaker, matchmaker, who wants a match?

Ruth Ort is passionate about hooking people up with a good match. A retired speech pathologist, she has been doing it for years in South Beach and since moving up to Central Florida, she has already found two people’s “soulmate.” In fact, she s...

 

February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month

Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month is a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them.  JDAIM is observed each February....

 

Jewish Patriots fans, from seventh-graders to senior citizens, celebrate yet another Super Bowl win

CANTON, Mass. (JTA)-At a kickoff party Sunday night at the Orchard Cove senior home in this suburb about 25 miles from Boston, boisterous cheers erupted from a small ballroom. Dozens of residents had...

 

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Israeli special needs youth... I read this in the World Jewish Congress digest (WJC) and share it with you: "The WJC recently brought a first-of-its-kind delegation of special needs youth from across...

 

All the Jewish moments and ads from Super Bowl LIII

(JTA)—It would be hard to defend the Super Bowl as a “Jewish” event. However, this year, the big game had an unusually Jewish pop culture feel: both the game’s Most Valuable Player and its main halftime performer were Jewish, and Jewish...

 

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Anti-Semitism in sports... I read this in the current issue of the World Jewish Congress digest and pass it along: "The WJC and Chelsea Football Club recently held the final competitions of a global...

 

Is Julian Edelman the best Jewish football player ever?

(JTA)-The day after the New England Patriots beat the favored Kansas City Chiefs to reach their third straight Super Bowl-their amazing ninth in less than 20 years-CBS Sports analyst Boomer Esiason ma...

 

George R.R. Martin discovers he's nearly a quarter Jewish

(JTA)—PBS’ celebrity genealogy show “Finding Your Roots” has had plenty of Jewish guests—Bernie Sanders, Larry David, Paul Rudd and Scarlett Johansson—and the occasional guest, like Paul Ryan, who learn they have a Jewish ancestor on...

 

Shluchos from Orlando attend International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Women Emissaries

Last weekend, 10 representatives from Orlando joined more than 3,000 women leaders from all 50 U.S. states and 100 countries, hailing from as far away as Laos and Angola, Ghana and Uzbekistan, at the...

 

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Another great loss to our Jewish community... I'm referring to Max Mogul, a longtime member of our Jewish community... for more than half a century at least. I wrote recently about the unfortunate pas...

 

40 years later, the 'Holocaust' miniseries returns to Germany

BERLIN (JTA)-For Sigmount Koenigsberg, the most searing scene in the U.S.-made "Holocaust" miniseries broadcast here 40 years ago was when a German child throws photos of a Jewish family into a...

 

Welcome to Wawa-and Shabbat Shalom!

PHILADELPHIA (JTA)-There's something uniquely American about an event that combines secular ritual with actual religion. In six states and the District of Columbia, but especially in Pennsylvania,...

 

Rafi Layish is a book illustrator on his way to the movies

Almost every year during Passover, Rafi Layish's family would watch "The Prince of Egypt," an animated movie about the Exodus. He loved it. "It was a really cool movie all around for animation, soundt...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    January 25, 2019

Illinois governor opens up about his family's immigrant past

(JTA)—J.B. Pritzker’s great-grandfather slept in a train station on his first night in Chicago. Now his billionaire descendant is about to become the governor of Illinois. Pritzker, a Jewish venture capitalist and Democrat, defeated the Republica...

 

Intertwined as one-a story of the past and the present

What if a dismembered corpse was discovered underneath your treasured family vacation home? How would you react? For one woman, this really happened to her family. Deborah Vadas Levison, an...

 

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Bigotry at its worst... I read this recently and pass it along: "Following outrage from the World Jewish Congress and other leading Jewish groups, the online streaming giant Netflix cancelled the...

 

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