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Statement from Shalom Orlando

In response to the Mapping Project of Boston, Sam Friedman, chief development officer of Shalom Orlando, gave a statement on behalf of the now-merged Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and The Roth Family JCC. “Shalom Orlando stands in...

 

SWC grants pope letter by Hitler

(JNS) - A 30-member Simon Wiesenthal Center international delegation met with Pope Francis on Wednesday to present a facsimile of an original four-page 1919 document authored and signed by Adolf...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    July 1, 2022 

A movie about kidnapped Italian Jew Edgardo Mortara is moving forward without Steven Spielberg

(JTA) – For years, Steven Spielberg intended to direct a movie about Edgardo Mortara, a 19th-century Italian Jew who was kidnapped by the Catholic Church and raised Christian, eventually becoming a...

 

Romance, intrigue, pragmatism, activism: For A.B. Yehoshua, Israel encompassed all

(JNS) - When it comes to novelist A.B. Yehoshua, who died on June 14 at the age of 85, it's difficult to separate his romances from his political activism. Despite his extreme views on Jewish...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    July 1, 2022 

Which European countries are best for Jews? A new study offers unexpected answers

BUDAPEST (JTA) — Antisemitic sentiment is especially prevalent in Italy and Hungary, according to multiple surveys. But a first-of-its-kind index combining different measures of Jewish experience found that they are also the best countries in...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    July 1, 2022 

Scene Around

I never cease to be amazed … I refer to Jewish people — so talented! How about John Garfield. (Those of you who are as old as me will remember him and what a fine actor he was!) He always played brooding, rebellious characters. He was active from...

 

The SpongeBob SquarePants theme song is now in Yiddish

(JTA) - Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? ShvomBob Kvadrat-hoyzn, of course. And now the Jewish world knows how to say "SpongeBob SquarePants" in Yiddish, thanks to a translation of the...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    July 1, 2022 

Billy Crystal performs 'Yiddish scat' at the Tony Awards

(JTA) - "Ella Fitzgerald, wherever you are, I apologize in advance." Billy Crystal gave this year's Tonys a jolt of Jewish shtick when he coaxed the audience into a call-and-response "Yiddish scat"...

 

Next up for Adam Sandler's production company: A YA bat mitzvah novel adaptation

(JTA) - Last month, Adam Sandler threw his daughter a star-studded bat mitzvah party.  Now it looks like his production company is making a bat mitzvah-themed film. The casting site Backstage has...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    Features    July 1, 2022 

Sandy Koufax honored with a statue at Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES (JTA) - For Jewish sports fans around the world, Sandy Koufax has for decades occupied an unmatched legendary status.  Now, 57 years after the Hall of Fame pitcher sat out a World Series...

 

Happy birthday, Tess!

On June 6, Tess Wise, founder of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, celebrated her 99th birthday. Tess always challenged everyone to examine the past in order to learn from it;...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    June 24, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: 10 tips for living with someone who has dementia

Agree, never argue. Divert, never reason. Distract, never shame. Reassure, never lecture. Reminisce, never say "remember..." Repeat, never say "I told you..." Do what they can do, never say "You...

 

TV review: Bar Mitzvah on 'The Wonder Years'

The pleasant, heart-warming re-incarnation of ABC's "The Wonder Years" has offered a bar mitzvah episode, as did the original series in 1989. The setting is Montgomery, Alabama, during the late1960s,...

 

This Israeli dish will be the highlight of summer

Pashtida (a crustless quiche) is beloved and common in Israel, where it is enjoyed at everything from potlucks, school events, shivas, and everything in between. It's also commonly prepared...

 

Folk band Big Thief won't play in member's native Israel

(JTA) - Days after defending their decision to play in Tel Aviv, the hometown of their bass player, the indie folk rock band Big Thief canceled two scheduled Israel shows, writing that they "oppose...

 

The benefits of volunteering

The Jewish Pavilion takes pride in the many volunteers who offer compassion, skill and understanding to hundreds of seniors living in Central Florida. Along with helping to enrich these lives, a volunteer is able to benefit in a variety of ways. Volu...

 

Scene Around

The music I love … If you’re like me, you too will consider that “Rap is Crap”! I love and perform the good stuff, the music of the 30s and the 40s…not rock and roll & (heaven forbid) rap! Maybe the music I love will live on… or maybe,...

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    Features    June 24, 2022

Back in blue: Hit Jewish rock group of decades ago is reuniting

(JNS) - It's not quite New Kids on the Block getting back together, but it's still meaningful. When Blue Fringe released "My Awakening" in 2003, frontman Dov Rosenblatt had no idea that it would sell... Full story

 

The tattoo taboo in Judaism

The Jewish world has a longstanding aversion to tattoos. Even among largely secular Jews, the taboo against body ink remains powerful - a disinclination attributed both to the tattooing of...

 

Non-gendered language for calling Jews to the Torah gets approval

(JTA) - Five years ago, Rabbi Guy Austrian made a small but powerful change at the synagogue he leads: He wrote down the language his community used to call non-binary members to the Torah. That...

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    Features    June 24, 2022

'Tehran' pumps up the adrenaline for a show worth watching

(JNS) - Being a Mossad operative in Iran isn't a job for the faint of heart. Viewers get a sense of such intensity watching "Tehran" on Apple TV+, a show that will keep them on the edge of their...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    June 17, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk Seniors who hoard

No one likes a dirty house, where stuff is chaotically piled on top of each other just like in a flea market. The situation isn’t helped by the fact that retirees can turn into ‘hoarders’, filling every free space of their home with old junk...

 

10 big Jewish inventions

We can thank members of the tribe for many wacky, wonderful, important, life-changing inventions of the past 120 years. 1. The Teddy Bear Did you know that the teddy bear owes its existence to a Jewish couple? Morris Michtom, a Brooklyn candy shop...

 

The Jewish history of cheesecake

(The Nosher) — While cheesecake may seem as American as, well, apple pie — and as Jewish as the New York deli — the truth is that cheesecake has been around for nearly 3,000 years and has...

 

This classic Jewish American dish is always a crowd-pleaser

Blintz souffle is synonymous with easy, classic Ashkenazi-Jewish-American comfort food. The ingredient list isn't long, the steps are very simple but the result is pure, creamy indulgence. Plus, this...

 

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