- Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz was a teenager when she began to feel Judaism calling her back. Her family had left the synagogue behind, and in the mid-1970s she was living in Cornwall, about as far away from Britain’s Jewish centers as one can.
- When Orthodox Jewish clients approach local real estate agent Sharon Brandt looking for a home in South Florida's Hollywood area, she tells them to make sure they have spots for their children in school before they buy.
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- In recognition of the Jewish ceremony of Tashlich, B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton hosted a "Reverse Tashlich" park cleanup event at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach.
- Florida Atlantic University's Arthur and Emalie Gutterman Family Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education collaborates with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to present a professional learning virtual event honoring Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 23 called "Challenges of Escape to Latin America."
- "Boxed," a short Holocaust film shot entirely in Broward County during the COVID-19 pandemic, premieres on Sept. 25 at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale.
- Registration is open for Jewish athletes to compete in the Michael-Ann Russell JCC's 40th annual Hebraica Maccabi Games in North Miami Beach taking place in November.
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- Jared Kushner had plenty of folks to praise at an event marking the first anniversary of the Abraham Accords, the deals he brokered normalizing relations between Israel and four Arab countries.
- When U.S. airspace closed as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, 38 planes were grounded in Gander, Newfoundland, stranding nearly 7,000 international travelers “on the northeast tip of North America.” So begins the story of “Come From Away,” the Tony Award-winning Canadian musical chronicling the real experiences of those “plane people,” and of the good-hearted locals who took them in.
- If you know any young children or fidgety adults, chances are you’ve seen, heard, or coveted a handheld piece of dimpled silicone known as a “pop-it.”
- Our sages tell us that God gives permission and power for a doctor to heal, (Talmud, Bava Kamma 85a). This may seem obvious but Judaism proclaims God as the ultimate healer and both Maimonides and Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav were very wary of doctors. They didn’t prohibit people from seeing doctors but didn’t encourage it either. Instead, they said that if you choose to see a doctor, he/she must recognize that they were chosen by God as an instrument of healing.
- Contemplate these statistics: Australia has a population of 25 million. Florida’s population is slightly under 22 million. To date, there have been only 1,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in Australia compared to over 50,000 deaths in our state of Florida. Florida is only 6.6% of the U.S. population of 330 million, yet in the last month Florida has accounted for 20% of new COVID-19 infections.
- My father, Rabbi Sam Silver, used to say “In anatomy and politics, the heart is on the left,” which was true decades ago when liberals supported women’s rights, the environment and equal rights and liberal icon Dr. Martin Luther King supported Israel and considered it anti-Semitic to deny the right of the Jews to a homeland. Today, many liberals betray these principles by opposing Israel, the bastion of democracy and oasis of freedom in the Middle East for women, gays, religious minorities and others.
- There are many jobs in daily life that we do for ourselves. Most of us can replace a light bulb, some of us can repair a light switch, and a few of us can change a lighting fixture. However, I doubt if many people reading this can rewire an entire house. If they did, it would probably be illegal since that would need permits, and a licensed electrician to certify that the work was done correctly!