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How a graphic novel kept this Dutch Jewish couple close but out of Nazis' reach

Auschwitz museum staffers discover jewelry in false bottom of victim's mug

WARSAW, Poland (JTA)—Staffers at the Auschwitz museum found a gold ring hidden in a false bottom of one of the cups on display in the main exhibition. During conservation work on one of the enamel mugs, a double, or false, bottom was discovered,...

In pro-Israel victory, Methodists to withdraw from BDS coalition

(JTA)—Just days after rejecting four resolutions calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s control of the West Bank, the United Methodist Church recommended withdrawing from the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation....

Belgium declines Israeli teens' aid request after parents killed in museum attack

(JTA)—Belgium has turned down a request for financial assistance from the daughters of an Israeli couple killed in an attack a year ago on the Jewish Museum in Brussels. Shira and Ayelet Riva were 15 and 17 at the time of the attack in May 2015....

House passes bill protecting circumcision as religious freedom

WASHINGTON (JTA)—A bill unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives would extend religious protections to advocates of circumcision and ritual slaughter as well as atheists, addressing what its sponsors describe as an increase in...

Join JFS Orlando's Life Transitions Support Group

Everyone goes through transitions at some point in their lives. Transitions are part of life, whether it be divorce, losing a loved one, empty nesting, retirement, aging or any number of life changing events. Jewish Family Services is offering a...

Are profits everything? The 2016 race and a Jewish businessman's lament

The current American presidential campaign features candidates who seem all too willing to set aside ethics for the sake of greater profits. One presumptive nominee proudly made large donations to politicians “so they would do what I want” to...

Why Jewish day school students should recite the Pledge of Allegiance

PITTSBURGH (JTA)—As a U.S. immigrant and a parent, I’m somewhat fanatical about my kids’ appreciation for their citizenship. Last year I organized what I hope will be an annual second-grade field trip to our local swearing-in ceremony for new...

This land is my land

Ever ask yourself why during the 30 year period-between 1917 and 1947- thousands of Jews throughout the world ‘woke up’ one morning and decided to leave their homes and go to Palestine? The majority did this because they heard that a future...

America's future

‘Sometimes there’s a stink you just can’t wash off, kinda like a venereal disease... That’s the problem Trump’s got.”  It can’t get much worse than that, a quotation in The Economist attributed to a Republican Congressman. Polls are...

Don't give Japan a free pass on its wartime record

Despite leaving the world an unsafer place than when he found it, President Barack Obama isn’t shying away from busting those foreign policy taboos. The president who brought us a nuclear deal with the Iranian mullahs, and who gave Cuba’s...

Follow the money

There is a war going on in the United States. It is being fought on college campuses across the nation. This battle is not about Affirmative Action or the ridiculous costs of a college education. Not even about Bernie and Hillary—that’s a...

How a graphic novel kept this Dutch Jewish couple close but out of Nazis' reach

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-As a Dutch Jewish couple hiding separately from the Nazis, Emmanuel Joels and Hetty van Son were literally drawn together by a comic book of Emmanuel's romantic invention. After...

Gluten-Free Tahini Halvah Brownies Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Gluten-free brownies-when made without those unpredictably tricky gluten-free flours-is the kind of dessert that speaks to me: fudgey, rich and, above all, very easy to make....

Kids' soccer leagues aim to bridge Israel's religious divide

PARDES HANNA, Israel (JTA)-When Yoel decided, at age 8, to begin observing Shabbat, there was one problem: It meant he couldn't join most of Israel's youth soccer teams, which played games on...

Beating health scares, Jonathan Sarna seals status as rock star Jewish historian

WALTHAM, Mass. (JTA)-When Jonathan Sarna was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 1999 at the age of 44, it changed his life. Already a highly regarded historian at Brandeis University, Sarna was in...

Sykes-Picot at 100: Mideast chaos highlights the perils of drawing borders

One-hundred years ago this month, British colonel Sir Tatton Benvenuto Mark Sykes and French diplomat François Marie Denis Georges-Picot divided the Middle East loosely and arbitrarily between Great ...

Kibbitzing over the Heritage

"We had an enjoyable Koffee and Kibbitz session at Plantation Oaks this morning, highlighted by three weeks of Heritage publications!" said Gloria Green, Jewish Pavilion program director for the...

Aaron Gorovitz named one of the top fundraisers in U.S.

Aaron Gorovitz named one of the top fundraisers in U.S. Orlando, FL –Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed is pleased to announce that long-time partner Aaron J. Gorovitz has been honored...

Scene Around

I repeat myself because I'm old?... I'm NOT old. (Oh shut up!) I don't repeat myself. I don't repeat myself. (Okay, I do. Especially last week's joke. Sorry.) Speaking of dementia, I once asked my...

Obituary - SIDNEY DEUTSCH

Sidney Deutsch, age 89, passed away on April 19, 2016, in Spring, Texas. He was born on June 11, 1926, in Bronx, New York, to the late Sol and Sadie Deutsch. Mr. Deutsch was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army as a medic. He and his...

Obituary - JANET H. ROSENBLATT

Janet Rosenblatt, age 96, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016, at Brookdale Wekiva Springs in Apopka. A native of Buffalo, New York, Mrs. Rosenblatt was born on April 6, 1920, to the late Otto A. and Rose Weintraub Siegel. She was the widow of the...

Obituary - IGOR L. GELLER

Igor Geller, age 79, of Altamonte Springs, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. He was born on Oct. 26, 1936, in Kharkov, Ukraine, to the late Lev and Esther Uchtman Geller. While in Odessa, he...

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