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As 'Broad City' bids farewell, is an era of peak Jewish TV ending?

(JTA)-Yas, queen-it's all coming to an end. "Broad City," the hit Comedy Central series created by and starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, aired its series finale on March 28 after five seasons....

 

Bregman signs one of the largest-ever contracts for a Jewish athlete

(JTA)-Alex Bregman has agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract with the Houston Astros-one of the largest deals ever for a professional Jewish athlete. Bregman, who turns 25 at the end of the...

 

Story of creation captured in illustrations

Review by Eleanor Bukowsky, librarian In her delightful picture book, “Creation Colors,” writer and illustrator Ann D. Koffsky reimagines the story of creation from an artist’s perspective. At first, the world was bleak and devoid of...

 

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Enough nightmares... (Honestly, if it wasn’t for my children, my grandchildren, and someday, their children, I wouldn’t be so upset, because how much longer do I have on this earth? But I must...

 

Purim festivities

The Jewish Pavilion celebrated Purim in over 50 senior communities including Brookdale Dr. Phillips. All festivities included a Purim spiel, hamantashen and music. Special thanks to the Orlando Torah Center and the Orlando Torah Academy for bringing...

 

Why a Bible-toting, onion-eating British officer remains a hero in Israel 75 years after his death

HOF HACARMEL, Israel (JTA)-Few non-Jews and even fewer British soldiers are regarded as highly in Israel as Orde Charles Wingate, a senior officer who became a legend here by shaping Israel's...

 

Fair Trade Values and Jewish ethics

Each year, Susan Bernstein, Jewish Pavilion program director, travels to Guatemala to visit with Mayan women artisans who have been trained to use their skills in weaving, beading, and crocheting to...

 

On this Spanish island, Purim used to be the biggest holiday for persecuted Jews

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (JTA)-On this island south of Barcelona, Jews celebrate Purim these days pretty much as they do most anywhere else in Europe. There's the reading of the Book of Esther at the...

 

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Climate change?... I received a report from the Environmental Defense Fund recently. It said in large red letters, “WE ARE A PLANET IN DANGER! I pass it on to you: “United Nation Secretary-General, ANTONIO GUTERRES said,’ This report by the...

 

Meet the Jewish artist behind the haunting Purim puppets of Paris

(JTA)-Though he may be one of France's best-known puppet makers, Michel Nedjar insists he does not really create the acclaimed and haunting figures that he calls his "Purim puppets." A former...

 

The Romans tried to ban wild Purim parties in 408 CE

(JTA)—Every year before Purim, my inbox and social media fill up with dire exhortations from rabbis and yeshivas warning against the dangers of celebratory excess—as if drunkenness on the holiday were something new. In reality, the after-Purim...

 

Jewish 'Bubbies' do matchmaking, share their dating wisdom in new TV show

(JNS)-In each episode of "Bubbies Know Best," which premiered Feb. 11 on JLTV, S.J. Mendelson, Linda Rich, and Bunny Gibson interview three potential suitors before picking one to go on a date with...

 

Being Jewish in Alaska

When Dr. Liz Ross joins her fellow women congregants at Congregation Shalom Aleichem on the bima for the blessing over the candles, she pulls the hood of her kuspuk, her traditional Native Alaskan snow dress, over her head. And on her neck, her gold...

 

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Shocking new levels of anti-Semitism... A recent FBI report showed that hate crimes against American Jews rose by 37 percent in 2017. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights released a compre...

 

Special times for OTC fathers and sons with I Am Jewish

Every single week, all winter long, many fathers and sons had a unique opportunity to spend special time together. About one hour after Shabbat every Saturday night, Orlando Torah Center together...

 

A selfie in space

SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries shared today that Beresheet's camera took a selfie photo for the first time, from a distance of 37,600 km (23363.5 miles) from Earth. The spacecraft...

 

Local teens connect with others at the CTeen International Shabbaton

Thousands of teens from around the world celebrated Jewish unity, heritage, and pride at the 11th annual CTeen International Shabbaton. The convention, which drew in over 2600 participants, was the...

 

Guy Nattiv wins Short Film category, first Israeli to win Academy Award in 41 years

(JNS)-Israeli government officials congratulated Israeli director Guy Nattiv for winning the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film on Sunday-the first Israeli Oscar in 41 years. "Skin," a...

 

By comparing it to Anne Frank, this man nails the problem with Oscar winner 'Green Book'

When "Green Book" won the Academy Award for best movie, arguably the most coveted prize of the ceremony, "BlacKkKlansman" and "Do The Right Thing" director Spike Lee stormed to the back of the...

 

Business Update: FASTSIGNS® of Orlando-Central receives recognition and several awards

Owned by Renee Friedman-Goldstein, FASTSIGNS of Orlando-Central, now entering its 33rd year as a business, was recently recognized at the 2019 FASTSIGNS International Convention for various...

 

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Growing alarm... I recently heard from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and pass their message along to you: "You and I have watched with growing alarm as Israel has been targeted by Hamas with a new wave...

 
 By Leanne Shore    Features    March 8, 2019

Pomegranate roasted carrots with sumac is an easy and impressive side dish

This article originally appeared on The Nosher. Roasting vegetables is one of the easiest ways to prepare vegetables, not to mention the most delicious. Roasting at a high heat caramelizes veggies, creating such an amazing depth of flavor and natura...

 

Cabbage Schnitzel Recipe

Schnitzel is one of the ultimate comfort foods. It’s hard not to like a food that is fried and golden brown. Schnitzel is commonly made from chicken or veal, but you’ll also find vegetarian versions made from celery root or, in this case,...

 

Pink pickled turnips taste as good they look

Pink pickled turnips are a fixture of Middle Eastern cuisine, and it’s hard to find a restaurant shawarma plate without them. Their rose-like magenta color makes you forget that these pickles are in fact made from an often overlooked root vegetable...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    March 1, 2019

Meet the Jewish DACA UCF student

ORLANDO (JTA)-He's not just a student at the University of Central Florida, he is the student president. Growing up, Josh Boloña was just like a lot of kids in South Florida: He was a Latino...

 

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