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Venturing out beyond exercise into movie productio

Many people in the Jewish community know Bethanne Weiss as an accomplished physical fitness guru and author of the book "Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank," which garnered her the...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    August 16, 2019 

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Over 3,000 years ago... I received this information from StandWithUs. "An indigenous people developed a thriving civilization and culture in their ancestral homeland. "Over time they were conquered by...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    August 16, 2019 

Netflix's 'The Red Sea Diving Resort' misses the real story of Ethiopian Jews

(JTA)-Out of all of the unrealistic scenes in "The Red Sea Diving Resort," the most absurd one might be when Ben Kingsley, playing a supposedly gritty Mossad agent, shows up in the desert wearing a su...

 

Memoir by friend of Dylan's reveals details about musician's Jewish roots

(JNS)-A new memoir written by Bob Dylan's best friend gives readers a glimpse into parts of the music icon's Jewish side that have previously fallen under the radar. In "Dylan & Me: 50 Years of...

 

Gymnast Agnes Keleti survived the Holocaust to win 10 Olympic medals-at 98, she's as feisty as ever

BUDAPEST (JTA)-When journalists ask Agnes Keleti about her health, she gently smiles and slowly extends her right hand in apparent gratitude for the question. Keleti yanks anyone who is foolish...

 
 By Emanuelle Lee    Features    August 16, 2019 

Pashtida with zucchini, corn and tomatoes: A colorful celebration of summer produce

Pashtida (a crustless quiche) is beloved and common in Israel, where it is enjoyed at everything from potlucks, school events, shivas and everything in between. It's also commonly prepared for...

 

Aah, what memories...

Back in 1959, Stephen Tyng Mather High School was built in the West Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Ill. The student population, at that time, was 95 percent Jewish. Some of the Mather alumni...

 

Meet Buddye Laub, a senior resident at Cascade Heights

Isabelle (Buddye) Laub does volunteer work at Cascade Heights running their little store. She is always busy crocheting gifts for family and friends. Often people forget that the senior residents at assisted-living facilities had exciting lives in th...

 

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"Getting old is not for Sissies"... (Betty Davis quote) Despite what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go together: A nose ring and bifocals. Spiked hair and bald...

 

Book Review: Israel's 2007 decision to attack a Syrian nuclear facility is history and warning

By Edwin Black Jerusalem Post editor Yaakov Katz probably had no way of knowing that this would be a perfect time to release his briskly-selling “Shadow Strike—Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power” (St. Martin’s...

 

Is there anything Jewish mama Rain Pryor can't do?

This article originally appeared on Kveller. Rain Pryor Vane may be the daughter of the controversial late comedian Richard Pryor, but she has never lived in her father's shadow. A singer, actress,...

 

Dick Weiner, a 'mensch's mensch,' recipient of Human Service Award

Do you remember the “most interesting man in the world” beer commercials? The creators of that ad got it all wrong because the most interesting man, at least in Central Florida, is Dick Weiner,...

 

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A True American Hero... A wonderful talented man who served his country honorably, has passed away. Elliott Golub served as concertmaster of Chicago's Music of the Baroque since its inception in 1972...

 

Almond Horns for the Jewish Pavilion

On Friday, July 19, the residents of Cascade Heights participated in a wonderful tradition that has been ongoing for several years now, baking with the Jewish Pavilion. This year Ben Breslauer, a local pastry chef who used to own Ben’s Bakery in...

 

Greek Salad with Fried Halloumi Cheese: An explosion of flavors and textures

Cheese lovers who haven't tried halloumi, meet your new obsession. Halloumi is a semi-hard cheese originating in Cyprus. Made from sheep's milk, the briny yet mild cheese is popular in Greece and the...

 

'Glee' was actually pretty Jewish

As a former theater kid, "Glee" was my favorite show in my adolescent years and-admittedly-I still listen to its covers of classics and newer pop songs to this day. So as someone who now...

 

JWed announces free trip to Israel contest

(JNS)—JWed will celebrate its 3,300th marriage by offering one Jewish couple two free tickets to Israel. The online dating website will host a contest from July 23 to Aug. 16, asking engaged or married couples who met through the online dating...

 

Why cold soups are really Jewish

When my 7-year-old son and I traveled to Budapest in 2002, we arrived at my friend Katalin's flat at 11 a.m. It was already over 90 degrees F. and there was no air conditioning. We could barely make...

 
 By Steve North    Features    August 2, 2019

Jewish comedians aim to deflate modern anti-Semitism with laughs

MONTREAL (JTA)-As long as there have been Jews, there have been two unwavering constants: anti-Semitism and Jewish jokes about anti-Semitism. Like the one told about the assassination of Czar...

 

A most unusual reunion 75 years later

In the middle of June, Heritage received an email from a French man named Jean-Frederic Voltz. The email stated that the writer had found a helmet that belonged to Private First Class George...

 
 By Jeff Jacoby    Features    July 26, 2019

How the Bible molded America

The Hebrew Bible indelibly molded the American founding, and its influence remains a part of its national story. The Continental Congress in Philadelphia approved the final text of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July, but it wasn...

 

Touring Israel-our homeland

Temple Israel's recent tour of Israel in June included 18 participants. The trip was carefully planned by Natan Brener, who defined the goal of the trip as providing a great opportunity for people to...

 

Philip Roth's possessions are being auctioned-here are 9 of the most interesting ones

NEW YORK (JTA)-There are fans of Philip Roth who enjoy his books. Then there are the fans who want to own his typewriters. The latter have their shot: Some of the late Jewish author's typewriters...

 

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Bulgaria's Tolerance March... "The World Jewish Congress and its affiliate, the Organization of Jews in Bulgaria Shalom, recently drew more than 1,500 people from across Bulgarian society onto the...

 

Reading Anne Frank helped me start learning about Jews-and understand my own Native American history

RÜSSELSHEIM, Germany (JTA)-Growing up on my small Indian reservation in Montana, I enjoyed a sense of security I wouldn't fully appreciate or understand until adulthood. Surrounded by friends and...

 

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