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Oscars 2020: Scarlett Johansson enters elite company, Adam Sandler snubbed

(JTA)—The 2020 Oscar nominations are out, and unsurprisingly, they’re already causing a firestorm on social media. The list, announced early Monday morning, didn’t do much to quell longstanding concerns that the awards have issues with race...

 

Meet the Jewish travel blogger who soon will have visited every country

By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)-In 2012, Drew Goldberg spent part of his junior year of college studying abroad in Prague. It was only his second time leaving the United States-the other time was for...

 

No small potatoes: Rep. Russ Fulcher says Idahoans used to culture that 'appreciates' Israel

(JNS)-Rightly or wrongly, the first thing that comes to mind when most Americans think of Idaho is potatoes. Yet the northwestern state, which is also known for vast natural beauty and resources, is...

 

Jews in the Land of Disney

Spotlight: Rabbi Joshua Neely, Temple Israel, Winter Springs, Florida "The past is never dead. It's not even past."-William Faulkner "My passion is teaching," Rabbi Joshua Neely told me as we talked...

 

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Anti-Semitic violence in 2019... So far, 2019 seemed to be the worst year for anti-Semitism throughout the world. Let's hope 2020 is not as bad (or worse)! I've listed some of the incidents by month...

 

Quentin Tarantino's Hebrew and other Jewish moments

(JTA)-As always, the Golden Globes was a coming together of some of Hollywood's biggest Jewish talents. There weren't many Jewish award winners at the glitzy ceremony on Sunday night, but here are...

 

Congratulations to this year's '8 Over 80' honorees

Kinneret's 10th annual 8 Over 80 Gala honors eight remarkable people in our community, each over 80. Shown here are (top row, left to right): Barney Chepenik, Jes Baru, Henry Schilowitz, Harry...

 

Life continues to bring changes

Stories from the Orlando Senior Help Desk Sidney was in a panic. He had taken his wife, Helen, to the mall to go shopping and have some lunch. He paid the bill at the restaurant and turned around. Helen had disappeared. He franticly looked around...

 

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Never Again?... Who knew that many years later, despite our efforts and the efforts of others, "Never Again" has morphed into "again and again and again! (I thought that present and future...

 

'Uncut Gems' is Adam Sandler's Oscar moment

NEW YORK (JTA)-As soon as I got out of a recent screening of "Uncut Gems," I had to share the feelings of sheer cinematic bliss I had just experienced nonstop for two hours. "Just got out of 'Uncut...

 
 By Avi Feygin    Features    January 3, 2020

Anti-Semitism is alive and well at York University in Canada

(JNS)—I found myself locked in a room listening to Israel Defense Forces’ veterans tell their stories while people outside chanted for my blood. For several hours, the protesters chanted, pounded on the walls and doors of the lecture hall, and...

 

Remembering Mr. Rogers

The murder of eleven Jews while they were observing Shabbat occurred in the heart of Mister Rogers's Neighborhood. The Reverend Fred Rogers and his wife Joanne owned a home and raised their two sons i...

 

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Wishing all my readers a very "HAPPY NEW YEAR"! The Holocaust????... I read this recently. It was very disturbing. I pass it along to you: "The New Zealand Jewish Council, an affiliate of the World...

 
 By Adi Eshman    Features    January 3, 2020

The almost forgotten Jews who helped make the American West

NEW YORK (JTA)—A new documentary about the Wild West covers everything you would expect – gunslingers, cattle barons, lawmen and wide-open spaces. And one thing you wouldn’t: Jews. “Jews of...

 

The meat-stuffed pita that's taking Israel by storm

I first read about arayes-grilled pita sandwiches filled with ground lamb mixed with chopped onions, parsley and spices that are crispy on the outside and juicy within-a few years ago. The mentions...

 

Was 'The Man in the High Castle' good for the Jews?

This article originally appeared on Alma. Significant spoilers for all four seasons of “The Man in the High Castle” contained below. When I started watching “The Man in the High Castle,” the...

 

'Jews of Florida-Centuries of Stories' brings the past to life

"What Macaulay was to the history of the English, Marcia Jo Zerivitz is to the history of Florida Jewry. She has salvaged the records of the past and turned the struggles and successes of the dead...

 

Golden Globes 2020: The Jewish nominees

(JTA)-The 2019 Golden Globe nominees were announced Monday morning, and the film "Marriage Story," written and directed by Noah Baumbach, leads the pack with several nominations. Here are the other...

 

When will 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' deal with Midge's privilege?

Critics have long called out “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” co-creator Amy Sherman-Palladino for the lack of diversity in her shows about pushy, fast-talking white ladies. This outcry probably...

 

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OH NO! HERE WE GO AGAIN! ... The following is part of a letter sent to Hillel from a parent: "I never thought I would have to write anything like this. When you send your child off to college, you...

 

The top 10 Jewish stories of 2019

(JTA)—For many Jews around the world, there’s probably no love lost for 2019. As the year draws to a close, the Jewish community continues to grapple with the continued rise of global anti-Semitism—one major community in Europe is facing the...

 

Kay's story

An anniversary is typically a happy occasion with fond memories. This week, Kay observes an auspicious anniversary, one which she's just grateful to be alive to experience, despite the many...

 

Mel Brooks gets serious in HBO special-but there's plenty of shtick, too

(JTA)-Mel Brooks' new HBO special is a departure from the comedian's typical belly-laugh fare. In place of the slapstick gallows humor-though there's plenty of that, too, in "Mel Brooks Unwrapped"-is...

 

Celebrating Chanukah at the Jewish Academy of Orlando

Jewish Academy of Orlando's students loved celebrating Hanukkah with their friends.  Here are a few peeks from the week's activities. Jewish Academy of Orlando serves central Florida students of all...

 

Momentum Men's trip to Israel-Part II

I recently returned from the annual Momentum Men's Trip to Israel. It was my third trip-the first with a friend more than two decades ago and the second for a bar mitzvah in 2018 with a bunch of 13...

 

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