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Happy Thanksgiving... From me, my family and especially from my grandson, ZACHARY, a great guy. He is so kind and helpful to his "aging" granny and also very musically talented. (Forget the aging...

 

Students Supporting Israel: A group for pro-students by pro-Israel students

(JNS)-After Israeli and Armenian flags were torn down and other items were thrown to the ground by anti-Israel protesters at an event in May at the University of California, Los Angeles, the school's...

 

Anxious? Angry? Here's why we have to keep going

(Kveller via JTA)—“I’m so scared for your synagogue,” my (non-Jewish) mother said to me as we were driving the other day. We were talking about my daughter’s schedule—religious school was on the agenda for that afternoon—and she had...

 

What I learned about my heart

"Tears come from the heart and not from the brain." -Leonardo da Vinci When I was 21 years old, I had a very personal spiritual experience. While contemplating a greatest power and imagining it above,...

 

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A frequently asked question... "How could God have allowed the Holocaust?" A good answer according to Rabbi ALAN LURIE, "We can be mad at God for the Holocaust or for other human tragedies, but this i...

 
 By Zev Stub    Features    November 16, 2018

This Jewish teen is helping underprivileged kids apply to college

When Daniel Zahn was applying to college, he felt very stressed. The essays, the questions, the decisions he had to make – it all seemed overwhelming. But Zahn had two older siblings who had gone...

 

Egyptian Golden Potato Soup Recipe 

(The Nosher via JTA)-Egyptian Jews comprise one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. There have been waves of Jewish immigration to Egypt over centuries: Sephardic Jews arrived during the...

 

Cult classic 'Dr. Phibes' may live forever

Horror fans who were in or near Santa Monica, California, on Oct. 26, had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Halloween Double Feature at the Aero Theater. "The Abominable Dr. Phibes," a cult...

 

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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