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 By Marilyn Shapiro    Features    June 14, 2019 

Remembering my dad-boats, bugs, bats, and all

Ten years ago this week, my father and I spent our last Father's Day together. My mother and he had moved up to an independent living facility in Upstate New York four miles from me. Two years later,...

 

A little Lebanese-American Christian defends Israel at the UN

It only took Brigitte Gabriel 14 minutes to make her point as she gave a keynote speech addressing the rise of global anti-Semitism before the United Nations in September 2014. She received a...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 14, 2019 

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Today, June 14th is my birthday... (Do NOT ask the year!). When I was little, my mother said that people were flying their American flags in honor of my birthday. I believed her! 'Anti-Semitism is no...

 

Shavuot commemorates the spring harvest and the giving of the Torah

Shavuot, the "Feast of Weeks," is celebrated seven weeks after Passover (Pesach). Since the counting of this period (sefirat ha-omer) begins on the second evening of Passover, Shavuot takes place...

 

A ray of sunshine

Any room that Susie Stone walks into becomes warmer and brighter in an instant! This dedicated volunteer helps regularly at Jewish Pavilion programs at Westchester of Winter Park and Savannah Court...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    June 7, 2019

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Long, long, long (long) ago, when I was young... Just before World War II (I said it was long, long, long !) and we were poverty stricken and living in the Red Hook Projects of Brooklyn, New York,...

 

Sweet cheese buns perfect for Shavuot

You've probably heard of cheesecake or blintzes as traditional foods to enjoy for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, but get ready to fall in love with a cheese-filled carb treat you have never heard of:...

 

Gluten-free brownie cheesecake for Shavuot

It is customary to eat dairy food on Shavuot (June 9-10)) for a number of reasons. One reason is that Shavuot is linked to the Exodus from Egypt into the Promised Land, and it is written “From the misery of Egypt to a country flowing with milk and...

 
 By Sarah Gold    Features    June 7, 2019

For lactose intolerant Jews, Shavuot's dairy diet is a test of intestinal fortitude

(JTA)-Many modern-day Jews aren't all that familiar with Shavuot, which celebrates the day when the Israelites first received the Torah from God and falls seven weeks after Passover marked their...

 
 By Emily Burack    Features    May 31, 2019

All the 2019 Jewish Tony nominees

NEW YORK (JTA)-The Tony Award nominations announced Tuesday were dominated by "Hadestown," a musical about the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice that garnered 14. One among the "Hadestown" nods was...

 

Good reads: Clues surrounding Six-Day-War ambush surface in 'Blood In The Water'

On June 8, 1967, the USS Liberty, an unarmed intelligence ship reporting to the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the auspices of the National Security Agency, was ambushed by unmarked jet planes. Rockets and machine gun fire erupted, napalm hit the deck,...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    Features    May 31, 2019

Why so many Jews love the band Phish

(JTA)-Gary Stein remembers the first time someone played a Phish song for him in high school. It was "Divided Sky," an intricate 11-minute tune that shows off the group's diverse jam rock chops. Stein...

 
 By Shannon Sarna    Features    May 31, 2019

How to make the best falafel at home

(JTA)-If you've never made falafel from scratch, I'm here to say: It's possible, and it's delicious. I was definitely intimidated by the task until I finally jumped right in. But I couldn't have done...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 31, 2019

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About Roe V Wade... Boy, am I glad that I am too old to become pregnant (or am I?) Not even in case of rape? I'm speechless. (Nuff said!) Some welcome news for a change... British Home Secretary...

 

A site to order Kaddish for your loved ones takes a page from Nathan Englander's latest book

NEW YORK (JTA)—In his most recent novel, “kaddish.com,” Nathan Englander imagines a website that a character—encumbered by Jewish guilt—uses to hire someone to say the traditional...

 

Did this ancient Jewish scholar introduce the world to pizza?

(JTA)-In 1983, the Italian-Israeli professor Sandra Debenedetti Stow stunned the scholarly world with an explosive article that proposed that Jews introduced pizza to the European diet. She cited...

 
 By Shannon Sarna    Features    May 31, 2019

This cheesy pull-apart garlic bread babka is totally addictive

This article originally appeared on The Nosher. Yes, babka is usually sweet: chocolate and cinnamon are the most traditional flavors, as we learned many years ago from "Seinfeld" and Elaine. But babka...

 
 By Sonya Sanford    Features    May 31, 2019

These 3 easy tahini sauces spice up dinner

Basic tahini sauce is made with a mixture of tahini paste, water, lemon juice and garlic. Tahini paste itself is made from toasted ground sesame seeds. Both tahini paste and tahini sauces are staples...

 
 By Lior Zaltzman    Features    May 31, 2019

'Dead To Me' is the new Netflix show Jewish women need to watch

It's been a while since I felt like a show outsmarted me. But "Dead to Me," Netflix's new star-studded series, has made me gasp quite a few times. It manages to subvert all my expectations in a way...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 24, 2019

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I'll bet you didn't know... Well, some of us elders did! Major movie star, Gregory Peck, (who died in 2003 at the age of 87) once came to Congregation Ohev Shalom when it was in downtown Orlando....

 

A land where the Bible serves as a tour guide's GPS

(JNS)-When you visit Nachal Prat, you can almost feel what it was like to be a seventh-century Israelite leading your donkey, its saddle bags full of water, to Jerusalem. Nachal Prat, often referred...

 

This octogenarian's leap from radio pioneer to mystery writer

Being in his late 80s was not a deterrent for Longwood resident Bob Herpe to becoming an author of a fiction mystery novel. He'd worn many "hats" in his careers and enjoyed many experiences-good and b...

 
 By Lisa Levine    Features    May 17, 2019

Golfers made drives for the Orlando Senior Help Desk

Early on a bright and pleasant Sunday morning, more than 100 players teed up at Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Club for the Pavilion Golf Society's annual golf tournament. The May 5th event benefitted the...

 

Jewish Academy of Orlando provides robust whole-child education program

"A whole-child approach to education is instrumental in raising well-adjusted children who have self-compassion, the confidence to take on new challenges, and the resilience to get back up and try aga...

 
 By Edwin Black    Features    May 17, 2019

Israel's tourism triumph: The restaurant scene

(JNS) Israel's adversaries in the BDS movement thought they could starve Israel through economic warfare that included even its food sector. Many remember the furor over SodaStream, Sabra hummus,...

 

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