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In France's elections, dramatic upsets turn surprise front-runner into top choice for many Jews

Trump says settlement expansion 'may not help' peace

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Settlement expansion “may not be helpful” in achieving peace, the Trump administration said in its first pronouncement on an issue that has confounded U.S.-Israel relations for decades. The White House announcement Thursday...

As president, Trump less gung-ho about dramatic changes in Israel policy

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump have been talking each other up plenty since the latter’s election upset in November. But those expecting Trump to turn his kind words and pledges on Israel...

In France's elections, dramatic upsets turn surprise front-runner into top choice for many Jews

(JTA)-With old favorites knocked out of France's presidential race and the far-right National Front party making worrisome gains, many Jews are joining fellow voters in supporting Emmanuel Macron,...

U.S. and Israel agree on opposing Iran deal

A year and a half after it was signed, the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers has held up, but the agreement’s future is now in doubt.  Before being elected last November, President Donald Trump described the agreement with Iran as...

Paul Ryan: Enforce the Iran nuclear deal, don't dismantle it

WASHINGTON (JTA)-House Speaker Paul Ryan said it makes more sense to rigorously enforce the Iran nuclear deal than to dismantle it, signaling diminishing support for pulling the United States out of...

At last, a real threat

I will admit that this sounds perverse, but Iran’s recent ballistic missile test was welcome in one important sense. Let me explain. Just more than a fortnight into President Donald Trump’s administration, America and the world have been...

Counterpoint: Syrian refugee ban has same flawed rationale as refusal of Holocaust refugees

There are all kinds of sayings reminding us that if we fail to learn from the tragedies of the past, we are doomed to relive them in the future. We appear to have failed to heed that warning.  On May 31, 1939, the German ship St. Louis left...

No, Orthodox Jews cannot 'just send their kids to public school'

Liberals are saying Trump Education nominee Betsy DeVos “wants to take money away from public schools” by helping parents use taxpayer dollars for religious and other schools. But under the current system, the government unfairly forces many...

Point: Trump's travel ban: clumsy launch, perfectly legal

To say the implementation of President Donald Trump’s travel ban was clumsy would be an understatement. To say, however, that the principles involved were totally without constitutional justification would be unwarranted.  Since Trump’s...

JCC bomb threats: Build solidarity across Orlando

Dear Editor: The spate of recent bomb threats at our Maitland Jewish Community Campus should not lead to making American Jewish life similar to Paris or other cities in Europe. Walking or driving through more security fences and being searched by...

Palestinian kids write terrorist poetry

Like schoolchildren everywhere, Palestinian Arab children occasionally are assigned by their teachers to write poems. But the poetry they produce is not like that of children in the U.S. or elsewhere in the free world. Palestinian Media Watch...

Genealogy Success Story: Surname mystery

"My Jewish Roots" Workshops, sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Orlando (JGSGO) continue in March with the workshop: Using Ancestry.com for Jewish Research. What's in a name? Apparently, ...

Easy Jewish dessert: Two-ingredient Rugelach Recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Everyone enjoys a good recipe hack, and I think you will love this one: two-ingredient rugelach! That's right: just a package of puff pastry, filling and that's it. You can make...

Onward Israel receives $8 million to expand and enhance Israel experiences

NEW YORK—Onward Israel, which has engaged more than 4,200 young adults in multi-week, immersive, resumé-building experiences in Israel, has received an $8 million investment from the San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation to expand its...

Book Review: This book is like the best dinner party you never went to

'Being There: Journalism 1978-2000' by Tom Teicholz Award-winning journalist, Tom Teicholz's book "Being There" features interviews with several pre-eminent Jewish artists and figures from the 80s...

SodaStream proud to be Israeli

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israel-based beverage carbonation company SodaStream has decided to feature an Israeli flag on all its products, which are sold in 45 countries. "The company...

With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible

NEW YORK (JTA)-For centuries, studying a page of the Talmud has come with a bevy of barriers to entry. Written mostly in Aramaic, the Talmud in its most commonly printed form also lacks punctuation...

Healthy Jewish Side Dish: Lightened-Up Kasha Varnishkes

(The Nosher via JTA)-Kasha varnishkes is a much beloved Ashkenazi comfort food dish. Traditionally made with bow tie pasta, onions, schmaltz and kasha (buckwheat), it is filling, comforting...

Try not to cry during this Oscar-nominated film

(JTA)-Filmmaker Kahane Cooperman hasn't written an Oscars acceptance speech yet, but she likely will before the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 28. Not to jinx things or appear overconfident,...

Scene Around

It's about time... The Great Synagogue of Pilsen is returned to the Jews of the Czech Republic. With all the anti-Semitism that seems to be re-appearing in the world (including the United States) it...

Mimi Cohen Shader inspired many to live their lives to the fullest

Miriam "Mimi" Cohen Shader, 82, of Longwood, Florida, passed away peacefully on Jan. 28, 2017. A funeral service was held at the Congregation of Reformed Judaism Cemetery with Rabbi David Kay and...

Obituary - STEPHEN IRA MARSH

Stephen Marsh, age 71, of Winter Park, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at Cornerstone Hospice at Winter Park Towers. Stephen was born on Jan. 13, 1946, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to the late George and Dorothy Brodman Marsh. Following high...

Obituary - BEATRICE BANNER CHERNOK

Beatrice B. Chernok, age 100, of Miami and formerly of Orlando, passed away on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017—on her 100th birthday - at Season’s Hospice at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. Bea was born in Brooklyn, New York, to the late Rubin...

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