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Mazel Tov to twins' 70th bar mitzvah anniversary

Twins Herbert and Martin Siegel celebrated their 83rd birthday on Oct. 24, followed by a 70th anniversary of their bar mitzvah at Congregation Beth Sholom in Leesburg. The twins were bar mitzvah'd in...

 

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Nightmares and memories... I'm referring to my childhood filled with anti-Semitic incidents. Until my family got off welfare and moved from the Red Hook Projects in Brooklyn, N.Y., I was spit at,...

 

Judaism and death: Five surprising ideas

By Rabbi Benjamin Blech (Aish Hatorah Resources)—Your days are numbered, but it’s not the end. On some level of awareness we all know that our days are numbered. How to cope with that recognition is perhaps the greatest challenge of life. For...

 

In unprecedented move, American Jewish media issue joint editorial: #WeAreAllJews

More than a dozen of America’s leading Jewish media organizations took the unusual step today of publishing a joint editorial expressing solidarity in the wake of the deadly attack on worshippers in a Pittsburgh synagogue, and calling upon...

 

Five fab films and two shorts coming to the Jewish Film Festival

The 20th annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival brings five special movies and two shorts to the Enzian Theater Nov. 10-12. The opening features, "Wig Shop" and "Heading Home: The Tale of Team...

 

Fighting cancer with help from Jewish Pavilion 'family'

Jewish Pavilion program directors touch many lives, and many in the community reacted with shock and concern upon learning recently that Walter Goldstein, the program director for south Orlando, was...

 

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A great loss... I'm referring to the passing of Ruth Mogul, a member of our Jewish community who I've known for more than half a century. She was one of the most beautiful people I've ever had the...

 

The story of a Jewish boy's struggle during WWII told in music video

The song ‘101 Jerusalem’ is about a Jewish boy who barely dodged Auschwitz as World War II raged. The music video, written, arranged and sung by Lazar Wall, founder of the rock band One Man Mambo, is based on the real-life story of Freddy...

 

Gaza rocket hit close to home, too close

(JNS)—I lost my brother, Gabriel, five years ago to an accidental overdose. At his funeral, I told a story about his extraordinary generosity. Gabe was coming home from a night out with friends on the Upper West Side when a homeless man approached...

 

Football, food, synagogues and a museum in a whirlwind trip

By Marilyn Shapiro Simchas and celebrations are wonderful, but New Orleans celebrates every day of the year. A city brimming with restaurants, clubs, and street musicians, it was clear to see why The...

 

Want to teach your dog Yiddish? There's a class for that

By Josefin Dolsten NEW YORK (JTA)-Dogs and their owners are a common sight in Central Park on the weekend, but there was something different about the group gathered on the grass on a recent Sunday mo...

 

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Not a surprise to me... In my opinion, some of the smartest brains on earth belong to Israelis, especially when it comes to medicine and science. For instance, they are so advanced in the cures for...

 

Netflix film 'The Angel' spotlights Egyptian spy who helped Israel

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-In 1993, filmmaker Ariel Vromen was part of an Israeli air force rescue unit sent in to Lebanon to evacuate both Jewish and Arab soldiers wounded during a battle. During the fightin...

 

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says she had 'a very strange Jewish upbringing'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, appearing at a Jewish day school in Brooklyn, spoke about her Jewish background and how her family jumped from synagogue to synagogue. "I had a very s...

 

Film on Nazi turned Austrian President Kurt Waldheim draws parallels to modern rise of the right

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-Kurt Waldheim managed an impressive feat: After serving as a soldier and intelligence officer in the Nazi army during World War II, he was twice elected secretary-general of the Unit...

 

Good reads

Semi-autobiography novel weaves a timeless tale 'Love, Faith and a pair of Pants: A Novel in Stories,' by Herb Freed; Bellrock Press; released October 2, 2018 Ben Zelig thinks he has his life...

 

Twins honor their 70th bar mitzvah anniversary

Twins Herbert and Martin Siegel, will be celebrating their 83rd birthdays on Oct. 24, 2018. What is more significant about this date is that it is also the 70th anniversary of their bar mitzvah. To...

 

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Something to think about... From Hezbollah's terrorist army in Lebanon to Iran's growing military presence in Syria, Israel's northern border separates its citizens from one of the most dangerous...

 

The tragic tale of Superman's Jewish creators, told in graphic novel form

(JTA)-When Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel created the Superman character in the early 1930s, they were still living at their parents' homes. Of course, the character and his story-the arrival from...

 

Cleveland Browns sign (Jewish) place kicker Greg Joseph

(Cleveland Jewish News via JNS)-The Cleveland Browns have signed kicker Greg Joseph, who played football and soccer at Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton, Fla. Joseph, a rookie, was previously...

 

Here at home, Christians celebrated Sukkot too

While more than 6000 Christians celebrated Sukkot in Israel, Central Florida Christians celebrated the feast with a replica of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, also called the Tent of Meeting,...

 

Babka French Toast recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-This is one of those recipes that sounds super complicated but is actually so simple. Using store-bought babka will make this Babka French Toast Loaf as easy as 1-2-3, but if you...

 

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Some good news from the UN... "The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has published a new guide to addressing anti-Semitism through education. The manual, introduced by...

 

When an 'unruly' crowd defied the Nazi boycott

Shortly after the Nazis assumed power, discussions within the German Ministry of the Interior led to proposals of a new citizenship law that would distinguish between formal "state citizenship" and a...

 

A Chicago teacher showed her grandfather was a Nazi collaborator-Lithuania is paying attention

By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA)-Barring unexpected delays, Silvia Foti is months away from fulfilling an old promise that's become her life's work: to write a biography of her late grandfather, who is a...

 

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