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U.S. and Israel escalate war of words over Iran

U.S. and Israel escalate war of words over Iran

By (JTA)-Israel and the Obama administration have stepped up their war of words over the framework agreement that aims to limit Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for a gradual rollback of...

AIPAC brings acclaimed film 'Above and Beyond' to Orlando

Laurie and Marc Smith, Orlando co-chairs of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, have announced that in honor of the 67th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel,...

Criticism by U.S. lawmakers mounts on Iran deal

JNS.org—Criticism by US lawmakers of the Iran nuclear framework deal announced on Thursday is mounting as President Barack Obama faces a possible showdown with Congress over its role reviewing the agreement when it returns from recess on April...

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

White House steps up Iran pitch to Jewish leaders, donors WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Barack Obama will attend two meetings with Jewish leaders in his bid to persuade the Jewish community to back the Iran nuclear deal. Obama and Susan Rice, his...

A spiritually rockin' Scholar-in-Residence weekend at COS

The entire community is invited to the Edward S. Ackerman Scholar-in-Residence Weekend at Congregation Ohev Shalom, April 24 and 25, featuring Dan Kaufman and his group Barbez, avant-garde rock...

Do my children really need formal Jewish education to be good Jews?

(Kveller via JTA)—I want to raise my children with a strong sense of spirituality and connection to their Jewish heritage. But I’m struggling with the reality that my children do not like going to religious school, and have only a passing...

The Palestinian statehood idea begins to crumble

(The authors are president and chairman, respectively, of the Religious Zionists of Philadelphia, and candidates on the Religious Zionist slate (www.VoteTorah.org) in the World Zionist Congress elections.) A sea change began within hours of the...

Lay Holocaust to rest?

By Ed Ziegler Do you really think that World War II’s Holocaust has taught the world a lesson? I think not. It clearly appears, to me, that much of the world has not learned. If we do not honestly face facts now, in this nuclear age, we are...

The net of doubt

Let me state this up front. I am not a big fan of Benjamin Netanyahu. I believe his hard line approach to continuing the development of settlements and building in East Jerusalem is...

Just buy Iran's nukes

Last month, the Iranian mission at the United Nations wrote the International Atomic Energy Agency an “explanatory note” protesting resolutions by the organization had questioned Iran’s nuclear aims. The document asserts that “nuclear...

Good deal/bad deal

It isn’t yet a deal, but an oral recitation of principals. That there isn’t something to be signed is potentially significant, to be tested over the next 80 days or so during which the agreement is supposed to be finalized. Among what we hear...

Meet Omer Mei-Dan: Israeli BASE jumper, stuntman and orthopedic surgeon

BOULDER, Colorado (JTA)-Omer Mei-Dan has jumped off more cliffs than he can count-not to mention helicopters, skyscrapers and bridges. Just don't call him a skydiver. An orthopedic surgeon and...

Second-generation survivor sees 'remarkable window' into past

The Seeking Kin column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. TEL AVIV (JTA)-A few blocks from Sylvia Selvas' home here near the Mediterranean Sea is the apartment where she last saw...

Q&A with Jorma Kaukonen on Jefferson Airplane and Judaism

Jorma Kaukonen, who played guitar in classic rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, has just released "Ain't In No Hurry," his first solo album since 2009. While Kaukonen's guitar skills are...

Scene Around

Okay, you talked me into it... I'm running for president! Is it any more ridiculous than Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Donald Trump? (Never mind. I'm not going to write about politics.) What I...

Free-spending Miami Marlins? Sabbath-observing exec says it makes sense

MIAMI (JTA)-For Joel Mael, the Shabbat-observing vice chairman of the Miami Marlins, the team's free spending in the offseason was wise from a financial perspective. Signing Giancarlo Stanton, 25, to ...

Passover seder at the White House

On Friday night, for the seventh year in a row, President and Mrs. Obama hosted the annual White House seder. The seder provides an opportunity for the First Family to join in retelling the story of ...

Meet the new 'Jewish Oprah'

(JTA)—On April 1, Naomi Firestone-Teeter became executive director of the Jewish Book Council, which promotes the reading, writing, publishing and distribution of English-language Jewish books. Firestone-Teeter, whose predecessor Carolyn...

Celebrating 100-year birthdays never gets old

May 11, 2014 was a special Mother's Day for Ann Gobey of Altamonte Springs. The resident of Life Care Center celebrated the national holiday and her 99th birthday all on the same day. This year...

Obituary - LEIGH EDWARDS BAUM

Leigh Edwards Baum, age 61, passed away in Israel, on Thursday, April 2, 2015. She was born in New Zealand and most recently lived in Israel with her husband, Jonathan Baum, who survives her. She was the owner/operator of a successful art supplies...

Obituary - LORY S. LABENSKY

Lory Stouffer Labensky, age 63, of Lake Mary, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at her residence with her family and loved ones by her side. Mrs. Labensky fought a courageous battle with cancer over the past four and a half years. She was...

Bat Mitzvah - SAMANTHA (SAMI) KUPERBERG

Samantha (Sami) Kuperberg, daughter of Justin and Nicole Kuperberg of Heathrow, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, April 25, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Sami is in the ...

Obituary - MYRON L. POLLACK,

Myron Pollack, age 69, of Ocoee, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015, at Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont. He was born on Nov. 26, 1945, in Mount Vernon, New York, to Al and Ethel Blass Pollack. He graduated college with a Masters in Science,...

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