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Music hath charms to soothe December Dilemma

In new Israeli elections, security issues returning to fore

TEL AVIV (JTA)-This government was supposed to be different. During the last election campaign in 2012, Israelis seemed to tire of the existential issues that have plagued the country for decades....

'Lunch and Learn' with Cong. Beth Israel of Ocala

Congregation Beth Israel of Ocala invites the community to a “Lunch and Learn” on Sunday Jan. 11, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Arbor Conference Center at On Top of the World Retirement Communities in Ocala. The program will feature Rabbi Linda...

28th annual MatzoBall is coming to Miami

On Dec. 24, while much of the world is observing Christmas Eve, Jewish singles will be mixing and mingling at an annual party popularly known as The MatzoBall, a social event coordinated by The...

Chabad's Chanukah festivities throughout the holiday

Chabad of South Orlando is hosting a Chanukah Winter Community Festival on Sunday, Dec. 21, featuring a concert with Lazar Lloyd, Israel’s king of the blues; as well as snow cones, donuts, cotton candy, crafts, necklaces and light-up menorahs....

Jewish Academy students learn about ancient civilizations

The sixth-grade Social Studies students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando took a step back in time to learn about ancient civilizations. To better understand the importance mummification played in the ...

Jewish students have the right to feel safe on campus

It all started when I took out some anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) information sheets at a Brooklyn College-sponsored event last year that featured Omar Barghouti, the founder of the BDS movement. You’d expect that of any student...

An Arab-Israeli diplomat who is proud to be an Israeli

By Dr. Norman Berdichevsky  Many observers of the Israeli scene are convinced that the extreme views of the elected Arab Knesset members and scenes of violent demonstrations, stabbings and other acts of terrorism are the only true measure of the...

BDS: The face of pure hatred

“Bringing down Israel will really benefit everyone in the world and everyone in society, particularly workers.” These words were spoken by Lara Kiswani, executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, at a Nov. 12 panel...

Tragedy of Mizrahi Jewish refugees emerges from the shadows

To properly understand how the Holocaust has been seared onto Israel’s collective consciousness, one should visit the country on the 27th of Nisan, a date in the Hebrew calendar that falls in either April or May in the solar one. On that day, Yom...

Three Mouseketeers

It would be prime material for a standup comedian if it were not the reality that could do us all a lot of harm. The current triumvirate dealing with three interdependent, national entities, with more than the average capacity to affect wider...

The new Russian agenda: How would Reagan respond?

Thirty years ago, President Reagan won reelection by a landslide and then led the United States into the final phase of our Cold War victory over the Soviet Union. If America’s 40th president were alive to see Russia’s current resurgence and...

Music hath charms to soothe December Dilemma

PHILADELPHIA (JTA)-In text accompanying a new exhibition at this city's National Museum of American Jewish History, Sammy Davis Jr. is quoted on why he converted to Judaism. "I became a Jew because...

A different kind of refugee-Jews from Arab countries

It may have been 47 years ago but Yossef Carasso remembers every detail of the night that he was taken to an Egyptian police station from his home in the city of Tanta, near Cairo. It was the first...

Getting gelt was good as gold

LOS ANGELES (JTA)-What can a buck get you on Chanukah? Maybe a gold mesh bag of chocolate coins or a lighter for your menorah. But Jewish continuity? At Chanukah time, when we get so wrapped up in...

Volunteering has no age limit

Shirley Schoenberger has been volunteering with Jewish Pavilion for just a few months and she is already recruiting others to join her. Shown here are her two grandsons, Noah (right) and Jared Weiss, ...

Longwood teen launches business to raise money to attend high school in Israel

Fifteen-year-old Jonathan Trattner, a 10th grade student at Lyman High School, dreams of spending the second half of his junior year studying in Israel as part of NFTY's Eisendrath International...

Lose the chip on your shoulder during Christmas season

MINNEAPOLIS (Kveller.com)—We Jews have two choices in our approach to the Christmas season: resent it or embrace it. I for one vote for a big, sloppy embrace. In the name of love thy neighbor and tolerance, I say we hug it out with Christmas...

Chocolatiers raising the bar when it comes to Chanukah gelt

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Sharing their favorite Jewish chocolate experiences recently, a group of about 60 chocolate lovers didn't even mention Chanukah gelt. That is, until one woman at the New Jersey...

How to eat Chanukah sufganiyot without guilt

The average Chanukah sufganiya (jelly donut) has between 300 and 400 calories of nearly pure oil and fat. In honor of the miracle God bestowed on the Maccabees, making oil meant for just a day last...

Mimosas without menorahs: Brunch jazzes up ho-hum Chanukah

NEW YORK (JTA)-One of my favorite ways to celebrate Chanukah is over brunch. Yes, it's nontraditional-and you can't enjoy the experience of lighting the menorah together or singing. But it's a great...

Make gingerbread Menorahs for Chanukah

Two San Francisco Bay area moms, Lisa Kinne and Susan Mayost, set up a new business they call Sweet Thrills Bakeshop, and their focus has primarily been on developing a new, creative activity for...

Bar Mitzvah - GABRIEL KERSEY

Gabriel Kersey, son of Dorene Kersey, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Dec. 20, 2014, at Congregation Sinai in Minneola, Florida. Spiritual leader Joe Goldovitz will officiate....

 
 
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