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 By Lisa Levine    Features    January 18, 2019 

Helping caregivers understand Jewish residents

By Lisa Levine If you are an American Jew, chances are good that you have encountered many non-Jews who know little or have misconceptions about Jewish religion or culture. So if you or a loved one...

 

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What a loss... The World Jewish Congress and its affiliated community in Lithuania recently marked the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of the Vilnius Ghetto, alongside Pope Francis and other...

 

Reactions pour in following death of Moshe Arens

(JNS)-Reactions and memories from the Jewish and pro-Israel community have filled news pages and social media following the death of Moshe Arens, former Israeli Defense Minister and mentor of...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Features    January 18, 2019 

Ginsburg's personal trainer on how he keeps her healthy

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Bryant Johnson says pressure creates diamonds, and I think I just upped the carat level. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer did not know that his two other clients on the Supreme Court—Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan—are...

 

Nelly Ben-Or risked all to play the piano-it helped her survive the Holocaust

LONDON (JTA)-Like countless world-class pianists, Nelly Ben-Or began playing piano at the age of 5 and never stopped. That discipline helped Ben-Or, 86, became an international concert pianist and...

 

Remembering the Holocaust

In commemoration of International Holocaust Day, on Jan. 27, there will be a presentation by Holly Mandelkern, author of "Beneath White Stars-Holocaust Profiles in Poetry" at the Winter Park Public...

 

Kosher cop tells all

In his new book, “We Want Mashgiach Now—Tales From A Kosher Cop,” Allan Lieberman tells what’s really going on behind the kitchen doors in the Kosher food service business. Lieberman, a South...

 

Butterflies surround me

Butterflies. Beautiful butterflies. Blue. Yellow. Even black and white. I am so enthralled by them. But butterflies have a greater meaning to me than just their beauty. In 1993, I read a book called...

 

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Memories... Back in 1964, when my husband, Irv, and I moved to Orlando, one of the finest restaurants in Central Florida was Al and Linda's La Cantina. More than half a century has past, yet, after...

 

A Dutch couple find forgotten Holocaust history in their countryside home

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Despite its rustic charms, the dream home that Roxane van Iperen and her partner bought nearly ruined their marriage. Van Iperen, a 42-year-old novelist, underestimated the amount of...

 

'Clueless' creator Amy Heckerling on her Jewish roots and how men have it much easier in the film industry

(JTA)-Officially and for the record, despite her Jewish-sounding name, Cher Horowitz is not a member of the tribe. In fact, the Valley Girl heroine of the iconic 1995 film "Clueless" was never...

 

Artist Stephen Gamson gets his own day in Miami Beach

Ask people in the Miami area if they have heard of Stephen Gamson, and the majority will say a resounding "Yes!" He is so well known that Dec. 3, 2018, was proclaimed Stephen Gamson Day by City of...

 

Genetic study finds Sephardic genes in Latin America

(JTA)—In a genetic study of 6,589 people from five Latin American countries, about a quarter displayed traces of what may be Sephardic Jewish ancestry. Geneticist Juan-Camilo Chacón-Duque and his colleagues published their findings last week in...

 

Of miracles and gratitude: 'Make new friends but keep the old...'

Two years ago, Peter and Margaret Hunter, friends from England, visited us in our home in Kissimmee, Florida. They brought two bottles of Moet Chandon Brut Champagne, which we tucked away for a...

 

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My Canadian roots... My mom was born in Montreal, Canada, and I'm sure I have some relatives still living there. I've been to western Canada, performing at the Calgary Stampede with the Jimmy Dorsey...

 

2,000-year-old ring found in the City of David

A 2,000-year-old ring with a solitaire gemstone was uncovered in archaeological excavations in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem. The ring was found by Israel Antiquities Authority...

 

7 of the most heartwarming Jewish stories of 2018

(JTA)-This year hasn't been an easy one. From shootings that claimed many innocent lives, including at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, to political turmoil in the United States and abroad, there have been...

 

Hundreds of gap-year students gather in Jerusalem to explore futures in Israel

(JNS)-Here Next Year, in partnership with Nefesh B'Nefesh, hosted its fifth annual Israel Fair on Saturday night in the center of Jerusalem. The fair is designed to help young potential new...

 

Cyclists put pedal to the metal to raise record $3.5 million for sick kids

(JNS)—Madonna, Cher, Michael Bublé and Kathleen Turner were among well-wishers for the annual bike ride dubbed “Wheels of Love,” which broke records for Israel’s leading pediatric...

 

Amos Oz's fiction is forever, while reality left his politics behind

By Thane Rosenbaum (JTA)—The young nation of Israel has witnessed in recent years a dwindling of its founding generation—from the passing of statesmen like Shimon Peres to the death last week of novelist and political activist Amos Oz. Oz was...

 

Fun fact about new year's celebration in Israel

For a significant majority of Israeli Jews (78 percent), Dec. 31st is considered a “completely ordinary day.” Only 2 percent say that they conduct “soul searching” on the New Year, and only 6 percent say that Dec. 31st feels like their...

 

The classic, but tricky, Apple Strudel

By Chaya Rappoport (The Nosher via JTA)-My bubbe is Swiss and one of the best bakers I know. My childhood memories are filled with visions of her glazed schnecken (Swiss buns like rugelach), her rich...

 

Felicity Jones on playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg before she was the 'Notorious RBG'

(JTA)-The young attorney seems unsure of herself. As a law professor, she is unaccustomed to appearing in court, so she hesitates at first, unable to begin her summation. But once she gets going,...

 

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"Ach Tung"... Oy Vay... Do you remember the phrase that accompanied "Sig Hail," the Nazi salute? (It haunts my dreams!) Anyway, I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress digest and pass it...

 

New Age guru Marianne Williamson talks about her Jewishness and 2020 presidential run

NEW YORK (JTA)-Had she received a better Jewish education, Marianne Williamson says, she might have become a rabbi. Instead, Williamson has become one of the country's best-known New Age self-help...

 

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