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Here's to a promising new year with the Jewish Federation

Shalom, friends, On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, I wish you a sweet New Year 5779! Just over a month ago, I was elected president of the Federation, and during our annual meeting I discussed...

 

L'shana tova u'metukah from the Rosen JCC

5778 was another spectacular year for the Rosen JCC. We saw continued growth in our early childhood, summer camp and senior adult programs, and increased membership, event rentals and community reach....

 

Overcoming 'otherness' makes the High Holy days even sweeter

Since the year that we met, my husband, Larry, and I attend Rosh Hashanah services. We hear the shofar, listen to melodies that we only hear on the High Holy Days, and greet our friends with L'Shana...

 

Let's eat cake at Rosh Hashanah

Date Honey Cake recipe Ronnie Fein (The Nosher via JTA)-As a kid I would shiver at the prospect of eating honey cake, which I thought was too sticky, too pungent and too spicy. My mother served it eve...

 

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Who knew? department... When I was younger and much better looking (oh quiet!), I loved to wear the latest fashions and I adored the famous fashion designers. My favorite was RALPH LAUREN. I just...

 

Before her suicide, a Dutch Holocaust scholar saw deep threats to her life's work

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-On July 19, Evelien Gans, one of the Netherlands' foremost scholars on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, jumped to her death from her fourth-story Amsterdam apartment, where she lived...

 

Ben Kingsley carried a photo of Elie Wiesel with him while filming 'Operation Finale'

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-Ask Ben Kingsley about why he was keen to portray Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann in the new film "Operation Finale" and he describes the traumatic childhood incident in which he first...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 31, 2018

Here's how JTA covered the real-life story of 'Operation Finale' and Eichmann's capture

(JTA)-When undercover Israeli agents captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1960, JTA's reporters were just as surprised as everyone else. An article dated May 23 of that year described an...

 

Let USPS know we want a Hanukkah stamp every year

The 2018 Hanukkah stamp will be issued sometime in late September or early October. The word "Hanukkah" is not on the stamp. The explanation given by the USPS is "Though the word Hanukkah is not on th...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 24, 2018

Hydrox, the original kosher sandwich cookie, is accusing Oreo of sabotage

(JTA)-You know what Oreos are. They're two delicious chocolate cookies sandwiched around a creme filling. Oreos also come in Double Stuff, vanilla, birthday cake and pumpkin spice (really). There is d...

 

Why Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' is a cautionary tale for 21st-century Jews

Spoilers for "BlacKkKlansman" below. NEW YORK (JTA)-In 1965, two young Jewish men, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were murdered along with black activist James Chaney by Ku Klux Klansmen in...

 

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Anti-Semitism in France... As recently reported in the La Croix International, (and passing it along to you), some 300 leading French public figures signed a manifesto denouncing what they see as the...

 

Myrtle's story-walking through 105 years of life

This article ran in the Nov. 18, 2016 issue of the Heritage shortly before Myrtle turned 106. She passed away on Aug. 18, 2018. As I pulled into Myrtle Rutberg's driveway at the house she has lived...

 
 By Pam Ruben    Features    August 17, 2018

Taking stock in children's lives

When Longwood's Vicky Countess sent her third and youngest son off to college in 2013, the full-time mom and part-time educator/office manager felt she had more to give. Fortunately, her husband,...

 

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Jerusalem, the true capital... I read this in a current issue of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along to you: "BETTY EHRENBERG, executive director of the WJC, North America, joined...

 

Gal Gadot nears deal to portray actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr

(JTA)-Gal Gadot is close to a deal to star in a limited series about Hedy Lamarr, the film actress who also was an inventor. The Israeli star of the 2017 megahit "Wonder Woman" also will executive pro...

 

Comedian Orny Adams talks about his Jewish background (just not on stage)

(JTA)-Despite a career of more than two decades kvetching incessantly about life's absurd little annoyances, comedian and actor Orny Adams insists he's an optimist who's always been an early riser,...

 

A kosher cheeseburger is now possible-well, almost

TEANECK, N.J. (JTA)-For many Americans, no hamburger is complete without cheese. Whether a slice of no-fuss American or something fancier, the cheese melds the beef patty with the bun into...

 

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Praise for Israel... I read this recently in a copy of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest and pass it along: "Speaking at a meeting organized by the Israel Council on Foreign Relations,which...

 

Orthodox cantor snags role on 'Orange Is the New Black'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Cantor Philip Sherman gives me a call after having finished two circumcisions before noon on Tuesday. That's a light day, he explains. On Thursday, he will be performing circumcisions...

 

Chocolate Babka Challah recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-There's nothing more comforting than a slice of babka and a glass of milk to break a long fast on. In my family, it's pretty much all we eat. But I don't always make babka, and I...

 

How the cast of a new 'Fiddler' learned their Yiddish in only a month

By Josefin Dolsten NEW YORK (JTA)-The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's new production of "Fiddler on the Roof" enacts a familiar story in an unfamiliar language. The actors sing about joy and...

 

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Life goes on... Today, Aug. 3, would have been Irv's and my 58th wedding anniversary. He passed on Aug. 20, 2015, after marking 55 years of marriage, and being blessed with three wonderful sons. When...

 

How a Holocaust survivor started this super-trendy parenting philosophy

(Kveller via JTA)—It’s possible you haven’t yet heard about RIE, the hottest new parenting trend, but trust us: You will. RIE is an acronym for Resources for Infant Educarers (and, no, that’s not a typo). It’s a parenting philosophy that...

 

One-pot paprika chicken with orzo and olives 

This one-pot paprika chicken is a take on my mom's memorable paprika chicken recipe. I have very fond memories of cleaning the whole bird and then rubbing it down with loads of paprika for weeknight dinners. The spice gives a deep rich color and...

 

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