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Illinois votes to oppose BDS

Illinois became the third state in a month to pass legislation formally opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. But going further than non-binding anti-BDS...

Standing up to the 'unthinkable'

A presentation by Pastor Blake Lorenz about “Survival and Promise,” sponsored by the Zionistas on Sunday, May 17, became an informal group discussion about the “Unthinkable.” After introductions were made and Lorenz spoke briefly that the...

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Whooping cough warning issued in Brooklyn’s Orthodox communities NEW YORK (JTA)—The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued a warning about an increase in cases of pertussis, or the “whooping cough,” in the Orthodox...

Meet the new neighborhood terrorists in Gaza

As Islamic terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East sink to new levels of brutality, the Palestinian terror group Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis and launched thousands of...

New social group for young women

Friendship and fun are the main objectives of the Young Women's Social Group recently formed by the Jewish Pavilion. Not long ago, Nancy Ludin, Jewish Pavilion executive director, and Carol...

Pro-Israel voices tackle the war of ideas on college campuses?

Recent ordeals for Jews on college campuses include being probed on their religious identity in student government hearings, seeing swastikas sprayed on fraternity houses, and the presence of a student-initiated course accused of anti-Semitism....

Summit highlights Arab displeasure with Obama over Iran

I will be interesting to see if Saudi Arabia’s King Salman gets the “Bibi treatment” from the news media this week. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, you’ll remember, was accused of snubbing President Barack Obama when he addressed...

An academic case for Christian Zionism

In what was a precedent-setting event, the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) sponsored a recent conference titled “People of the Land: A Twenty-First Century Case for Christian Zionism” in Washington, D.C. It was reportedly the...

Will Vatican's Palestine reference impact Jewish-Catholic ties?

WASHINGTON (JTA) – When considering the Vatican’s creep toward recognition of Palestinian statehood, think “Israel-Vatican” and not “Jewish-Catholic,” say Jewish officials involved in dialogue with the church. A May 13 announcement on...

Left, right and center

Prior to the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, public opinion on a Jewish Homeland was divided—even among Jews. Some, especially in the United States felt that we shouldn’t make a fuss. After all, wasn’t life here pretty good? Well,...

Jerusalem: not just an idea

With another Jerusalem Day (May 17) passing us by, we are once again witnesses to the usual platitudes from our leaders. We again hear the speeches about the unity of our capital and how it will never be divided again. These notions are of course...

Seeking Kin: Where is his buddy in the Bonneville?

The Seeking Kin column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA) – Menahem Orenstein remembers back to the late 1960s when a customer at the Haifa repair shop where he was working would bring in an Austin Mini-Moke for...

Could an Israeli invention end cooking as we know it?

(JTA)-Plenty of mobile apps help consumers order meals for delivery or offer recipes. But a new app developed by Israeli entrepreneurs will actually prepare the food for you on your kitchen counter. ...

Wikipedia co-founder likes Israel but stays neutral

TEL AVIV (JTA)-In 2003, two years after the website was founded, the editors of Wikipedia faced a dilemma: How should they refer to the part-fence, part-wall Israel was building along the West Bank...

A South Carolina kosher-vegetarian dining hall seeks to bring diverse populations to the table

CHARLESTON, S.C. (JTA)-Renowned for its gracious architecture and signature Southern charm, Charleston is increasingly celebrated as a foodie heaven. The trouble is, in a city whose culinary...

Natalie Portman raps Bibi, hearts Alan Dershowitz

(JTA)-Hollywood Reporter's new cover story interview with actress Natalie Portman may be one of the most heavily Jewish-themed articles the magazine has ever published. In it, the Israel-born...

Mirren receives World Jewish Congress recognition award

NEW YORK-The World Jewish Congress (WJC) and The Weinstein Company announced today that Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren will receive the WJC Recognition Award for her role in the acclaimed...

Scene Around

I received a phone call... A very lovely sounding lady named LILLY phoned me recently to talk about anti-Semitism. She felt that Jewish organizations and communities should let all the good things...

Why this weird-looking mushroom is called a 'Jew's Ear'

(Jewniverse via JTA)-What do Judas Iscariot and hot-and-sour soup have in common? A rubbery mushroom known as "Auricularia auricula-judae," or "Jew's ear." The term "Jew's ear" might make you feel...

Yes we can: Israeli food-waste charity turns supermarket fare into installation art

TEL AVIV (JTA)-From the wrong angle, it looks like a bunch of unevenly stacked tuna cans, as if someone in the grocery store did a bad job. Look at it from the other direction, and its shape becomes ...

Fourteen Jewish Academy of Orlando students celebrate graduation

On Thursday, May 28, the Jewish Academy of Orlando graduated 14 eighth-grade students at their annual end of the celebration. Five of the 14 graduates have been students at the Jewish Academy of...

Bar Mitzvah - Luke Alexander Cohn

Luke Alexander Cohn, son of Sheri and Alan Cohn of Longwood, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Luke is in the seventh grade ...

Bat Mitzvah - Alexis Chy-Anne Miller

Alexis Chy-Anne Miller, daughter of Scott and Helen Miller of Minneola, Florida, will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Congregation Sinai of Minneola, Fla. Alexis ...

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