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 By Julian Voloj    Features    July 22, 2022

How a Holocaust survivor helped make Bayern Munich a soccer powerhouse

(JTA) - In May, the Bundesliga, Germany's top soccer league, concluded its season on what has become a familiar note: the Bayern Munich club won its 10th straight league title, an unprecedented feat...

 

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My heart hurts ... Exactly three months ago today, my darling dog, Chloe was put down because she had cancer. RIP Chloe. We love you dearly and always will. (She was my darling child as far as I was...

 
 By Jacob Henry    Features    July 22, 2022

Pop artist Peter Max's court battles are a clash between children of Holocaust survivors

(New York Jewish Week) - The latest chapter of the surreal saga over who is making decisions for the aged pop artist Peter Max is pitting two children of Holocaust survivors against each other. One...

 

Israel's favorite no-bake chocolate balls

Kadorei shokolad (chocolate balls) are one of Israel’s most popular desserts. Like many of the world’s most comforting foods, these sweet treats can typically only be found in home kitchens....

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    July 22, 2022

Andrew Garfield, Julia Garner and Adrien Brody make this year's long list of Jewish Emmy nominees

(JTA) — Jewish TV shows and performers are well represented on the list of 2022 Emmy nominations, with actors including Seth Rogen, Julia Garner, Andrew Garfield and Henry Winkler making the cut. It was a particularly good year for Jews in comedy,...

 

German museums return five Nazi-looted artworks to heirs of Jewish banker

(JNS) - Several German museums have handed over five artworks to the heirs of a Jewish banker who was forced to sell them when he faced persecution by the Nazis during World War II. The Nazi-looted pieces of art were returned to the family of Carl...

 

12 Great Introduction-to- Judaism Books

Looking for a Judaism 101 book to start your Jewish learning? The most frequent emails we receive at My Jewish Learning are variations of this: “Help! I want to learn about Judaism, and I know almost nothing. Where do I start?” Although we joke...

 

NYC's Holocaust museum uses personal objects to tell the story of lives lived and lost

(New York Jewish Week) - A young child's diary, a favorite doll, a cookbook of family recipes, a report card, a Torah scroll smuggled to the United States and a silver spoon found among the rubble at...

 

Going for gold at Maccabiah Games

The World Maccabiah Games, first held in 1932, are an international Jewish and Israeli multi-sport event now held every four years in Israel. The Games were declared a "Regional Sports Event" by...

 

Tidbit about the 'Candy Man'

In the article "10 big Jewish inventions," published June 17 in the Heritage, the third entry, "Sam Born, the Candy Man," is about my grandfather. I recently retired as CEO of Just Born Quality...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Are you hearing "I'm bored" already from children this summer break? Try to have one to two things for them to look forward to each week. Don't worry, these don't have to be big lavish trips. They...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    July 8, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Exercising our brains

Most people notice changes in their thinking and memory as they grow older. Neurologists tell us that some older adults develop dementia, most memory changes are age related and normal. Staying...

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    Features    July 8, 2022

Toronto rabbi dishes on being in a Drake music video

(JNS) - If he isn't already, Rabbi Ari Sitnik will soon be the most-seen rabbi in the history of the internet, all because of a single video. The Brazil-born Sitnik, 52, appears at the beginning of D...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    July 8, 2022

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What a surprise!... I’m referring to the late, great Madeline Albright who passed away at the end of March. She was brought up as a Christian, but her parents converted from Judaism to Christianity, which is understandable since they (and...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    July 8, 2022

A new documentary gives 'Hallelujah' back to Leonard Cohen, and to Judaism

(JTA) - Leonard Cohen wrote around 150 verses to "Hallelujah," or so the scholars claim.  The beloved Canadian folk singer, who fused Jewish mysticism with pop mythology for a global audience, wrote...

 
 By Jordyn Haime    Features    July 8, 2022

Folk dance is a national pastime in Taiwan - Israeli songs are a big part of the tradition

YILAN, Taiwan (JTA) - It was a cool spring day in Yilan, a town on Taiwan's northeast coast known for its picturesque rice fields and delicious spring onions. On a concrete clearing beneath a bridge...

 

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...

 

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

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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...

 

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