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Canada has a Chanukah stamp

(JNS)-Canadians hoping to add a little Hanukkah decor to their envelopes or gift packages this year are in luck, as Canada Post has issued a new holiday stamp to its roster this year. The new stamp...

 

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I can't tolerate Holocaust deniers... I read this recently and repeat the article for you: "YouTube has adopted a new policy to crack down on hate speech, including neo-Nazi glorification and Holocaus...

 
 By Leanne Shore    Features    December 6, 2019 

Lemon ricotta fritters: Easier and just as delish as jelly doughnuts

I know that sufganiyot-jelly doughnuts-are traditional and beloved for Chanukah. But I feel confident that once you try these easy and incredibly delicious ricotta fritters, you will be converted to...

 
 By Jake Emen    Features    December 6, 2019 

I travel the world getting tattoos and I'm Jewish-it's not a contradiction

SAN DIEGO (JTA)-I'm lying on my side on the first floor of a nondescript low-rise residential tower in Tokyo meditating on the fact that pain is finite. There's an odd sound in the air, reminiscent...

 

I'm so glad I'm raising my kids in Israel-here's why

Back when I lived in America, I wouldn’t have called myself a helicopter parent. I would have said that I was vigilant. I would have told you that my husband and I were “boundaried” as parents,...

 

Kanye West created an opera based on a Babylonian king who enslaved Jews

(JTA)-Love him or hate him, rapper Kanye West has done nothing if not evolve over the course of his career. He has cycled through mainstream hip-hop, auto-tuned singing, soulful sampling, epic...

 
 By Josh Hasten    Features    December 6, 2019 

'We're here to save lives,' stress those associated with Israel's Rescuers Without Borders

(JNS)-It was the year 2000, at the beginning of the Second Intifada, and Arab terror attacks were being carried out against Israelis on a nearly daily basis throughout the country, and particularly...

 

Sacha Baron Cohen calls social media 'the greatest propaganda machine in history'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Sacha Baron Cohen has made a career out of playing absurd comedic characters, from the dopey Brit Ali G to the Kazakh journalist Borat to the Israeli veteran Erran Morad. He rarely...

 

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I know Veteran's Day has past but... I wanted to salute all of our servicemen and women, and veterans. I also want to salute their families who have prayed and worried for their loved ones. (I've...

 

We are thankful to have children living in beautiful places

When my daughter Julie headed out to Colorado in 2003, it was originally planned as a nine-month adventure teaching environmental science. Soon, however, Julie fell in love with the mountains, Colorado, and Sam, not necessarily in that order. They...

 

Anne Frank's childhood friend tells the story of the German official who saved her family

(JTA)-At age 92, Laureen Nussbaum is one of the few people still alive who personally knew Anne Frank. Nussbaum's family lived in the same Amsterdam neighborhood as the Franks, and Anne's father, Otto...

 

Maximize your charitable impact with a Jewish National Fund Donor Advised Fund

The stock market has been great the last several years, reaching near historical levels. If you’re an investor in common stocks, it may be a good time to think about your options as the end of the calendar year approaches. If you are looking to...

 

Stories from the Orlando Help Desk

Beth's mother (names have been changed). Beth's mother fell again. This was the third time this month she had to drive the 2-1/2 hours from Longwood to St. Pete to make sure her mother was OK. Her...

 

Hillel offers college scholarships

WASHINGTON—To help ease the financial burden on Jewish college students and their families, Hillel International, the largest global Jewish campus organization, this week launched two scholarships available to students attending college anywhere...

 

The Actors' Temple: Inside the synagogue where Broadway's biggest stars used to pray

NEW YORK (JTA)-On a recent Friday night, about 20 people gathered for Shabbat services at the Actors' Temple, a synagogue just a few blocks from Times Square. Rabbi Jill Hausman greeted each one by...

 

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YES! I agree... I read this in the World Jewish Congress digest and pass it along to you: "WJC President Ambassador RONALD S. LAUDER welcomed the U.S. House of Representatives' resolution condemning...

 

My encounter with al-Baghdadi's victims

An intriguing request showed up on the e-bulletin board of our community in the Old City of Jerusalem a few months ago: Dear Neighbors, Professionals from a foreign country that does not have diplomatic relations with Israel are quietly being brought...

 

These Jews made Time magazine's new list of 'rising stars'

(JTA)—Time magazine is building on its list of the most influential people of the year by releasing a list of “rising stars,” or what it calls the Time 100 Next. The list features what the publication says is an increasing number of...

 

Yapchik (potato kugel with meat): The 'Hungarian cholent'

Yapchik is made up of two layers of golden, crispy potato cake-very similar to a kugel-that sandwich a layer of meat. As the fall days get colder, it will welcome you and your guests home like a hug,...

 

Fish and chips' surprising Jewish history

You may be surprised to learn that fish and chips, though wildly popular in England for what seems like an eternity, actually was a specialty of the Portuguese Sephardic Jews who fled the Inquisition in the 16th century and found refuge in the Britis...

 

A Holocaust survivor who inspires all he meets

"I am not what happened to me, I am what I chose to be." This is Holocaust survivor Sami Steigmann's own words by which he lives. With an everlasting smile on his face, Steigmann shares his message of...

 

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I'm shocked (and delighted!)... I learned this recently and share it with you: "The Dutch National Railway, Nederlandse Spoorwegen has announced its intention to offer financial compensation to the...

 

What the fall of the Berlin Wall meant for Eastern European Jews

By Liam Hoare VIENNA (JTA)-"Neither ox nor donkey can block the path to socialism," the East German leader Erich Honecker boldly declared on Aug. 14, 1989. Less than three months later, on Nov. 9,...

 

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Let's tell it like it is... DENNIS MILLER is a well-known comedian. He had this to say about the Middle East situation. I don't agree with all he says but I pass it along in part anyway: "A brief over...

 

The Jewish Film Festival is back with more thought-provoking movies

For 21 years The Roth Family JCC's Jewish Film Festival in partnership with Maitland's Enzian Theater has been entertaining the community with exceptional films. This year's crop of films continues...

 

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