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 By Andrew Lapin    Features    May 20, 2022 

'Funny Girl' snubbed, but 'Lehman' stock rises, in Tony nominations

(JTA) – Some of the biggest Jewish names on Broadway weren't shining so bright in this year's Tony nominations. The much-anticipated revival of "Funny Girl," with Beanie Feldstein in the Barbra...

 

The evil eye in Judaism

The “evil eye,” ayin ha’ra in Hebrew, is the idea that a person or supernatural being can bewitch or harm an individual merely by looking at them. The belief is not only a Jewish folk superstition but also is addressed in some rabbinic texts. T...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 20, 2022 

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Wow! May 20 was my mom's birthday. Happy Birthday in Heaven, Mom. I love you and always will! Do you believe these names?... Remember Eppie Lederer? (Of course you do!) Esther Pauline "Eppie" Lederer...

 
 By June Hersh    Features    May 20, 2022 

This Blintz recipe survived the Holocaust

Blintzes are one of Shavuot's most popular dishes. Long associated with Ashkenazi cooking, the light and airy hug of the blintz pancake envelopes pillowy fillings such as whipped farmer's cheese or fruit compote. To call it a crepe is like calling...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    May 20, 2022 

Spanish Jews take the spotlight in 'Heirs to the Land,' a Netflix series set pre-Inquisition

(JTA) - The series "Heirs to the Land" that dropped on Netflix last month looks, at first glance, like just another installment in the fast-growing genre of Spanish period dramas. In some ways it is,...

 
 By Richard Levy    Features    May 13, 2022

Where the word 'antisemitism' comes from

Hatred of Jews has been a feature of world history for centuries. But only in the late 19th century did a new specific word emerge to describe it.  What prompted the coining of the neologism...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 13, 2022

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So many celebrities ... not at all surprising... Of course we've all heard of WOLF BLITZER, famed journalist on CNN television. Well, Wolf, whose middle name is Isaac, had a most exciting upbringing....

 

RAISE April Employee of the Month

Cate - Central Florida Hillel and the Jewish Academy of Orlando library At Hillel Cate has the important job of getting the ballroom set up for over 200 students for the weekly Shabbat dinner. She...

 
 By JTA Staff    Features    May 13, 2022

Jewish National Fund-USA Sunshine Tour participants 'Treated like royalty' in Israel

They say that to travel is to live, and for 25 participants, attending one of Jewish National Fund-USA’s missions to Israel felt like “sunshine” during their first international trip since the start of the pandemic.  According to Dianne...

 

How we can perform miracles today

God split the sea. What miracle can we do? Imagine. The Egyptians are chasing after you and the sea is in front of you. There is nowhere to run. At the moment when all seems lost, the sea suddenly splits before your eyes. What kind of reaction would...

 

Jewish singer brings 'lost' popular, historic music to the Fringe

My mother loved Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin. She would have loved Melanie Gall. My husband, Larry, and I first became acquainted with Melanie Gall, a Canadian chanteuse, in 2019, through our friend...

 

Remembering Neal Adams, a comic book legend who championed Holocaust awareness

By Rafael Medoff (JTA) — Comic artist Neal Adams, who passed away at age 80 in New York City on April 28, is best known for having revolutionized Batman and other iconic comic book characters for both the DC and Marvel brands. But Adams himself...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    May 6, 2022

In PBS' gripping series 'Ridley Road,' a Jewish woman infiltrates a group of British neo-Nazis

(JTA) - It sounds like it could be the story of Purim: A Jewish woman uses her sex appeal to enter the upper reaches of a group whose members are hell-bent on destroying the Jews.  But instead of...

 
 By Nancy Ludin    Features    May 6, 2022

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk When should senior living be considered?

Being a part of a caring community, whether it’s family, friends or an organization, is known to reduce stress. When determining whether it is time for senior living, ask yourself or family member the following questions: • Are you frequently...

 
 By Gloria Yousha    Features    May 6, 2022

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This is "Be Kind To Animals" week. I'm still grieving the loss of my dear Chloe, my baby, my dog who died yesterday, April 22. (I write this column more than a week in advance). Chloe and I were...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    Features    May 6, 2022

A movie about how 'Fiddler on the Roof' became a movie

(JTA) - Despite his name, Norman Jewison, the director of the 1971 film adaptation of "Fiddler on the Roof," is not Jewish. The 95-year-old Jewison has often spoken about how, when asked to helm the...

 
 By Bluma Gordon    Features    May 6, 2022

Ten rules for living your best life

Time-honored practices and mental exercises to help you be your best self. 1. Map out your future Just as every building begins with a blueprint and every bulls-eye starts with a target, a purposeful life begins with intention. Setting goals can...

 

The Boxer of Auschwitz: Fight or be killed

Harry Haft’s real-life story is shocking and little known. He was imprisoned in Jaworzno, a concentration camp that was part of the vast Auschwitz complex, and was forced to box his fellow inmates. The loser of each fight was murdered by Nazi...

 
 By Alan Zeitlin    Features    May 6, 2022

Children in crosshairs: The lasting, chilling effect of the Führer

(JNS) - The small Jewish boy from Berlin stood a few meters from Adolf Hitler. He waved the salute, ran away and told his parents. Shaken and called crazy for wanting to leave to go to a desert -...

 

A man who ignites a 'spark' of Judaism

Last year, when Heritage requested nominations for a Human Service Award recipient, Marvin Friedman of Oviedo told the editor, Christine DeSouza, he wanted to nominate Rabbi Sholom Dubov. DeSouza...

 

Clothes with images from the Holocaust movie go viral on social media

(JTA) – That's one way to "never forget." A peculiar item of clothing went viral this week after a comedian tweeted about a pair of leggings emblazoned with artwork inspired by "Schindler's List,"...

 

Redbubble restricts 'Schindler's List' design after leggings go viral

(JTA) – The online design marketplace Redbubble said it had “restricted” sales of a “Schindler’s List”-inspired design on its site after the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on a pair of leggings featuring characters from the movie...

 

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What a surprise! ... If I only knew that this "heart throb" was Jewish, I would have been shocked! I'm talking about actor HARRISON FORD, a longtime favorite of mine. I would also add that he seems...

 

Still have matzah? Try this sweet fried matzah

Leave it to Sephardic Jews to make even a pedestrian dish - the ubiquitous matzah brei, a mash-up of fried matzah and egg - into something sublime. In his landmark book, "The Sephardic Kitchen," pub...

 

Why do the Utah Jazz, in the Mormon capital, play 'Hava Nagila' after wins?

(JTA) - A few years ago, Rachel Picado attended a Utah Jazz game in Salt Lake City with Israeli diplomat Eitan Na'eh, who was visiting from Los Angeles. During the closing seconds of the game, which t...

 

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