Boca Raton

When Nature Betrays Us

11/04/2012 - 19:00

Human beings crave predictability. And by and large, as regards the natural world, we have it. 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

For Israeli Expats, A Rabbi Of Their Own

In U.S., Israelis turn to growing number of Israeli spiritual leaders.
01/03/2011 - 19:00

Boca Raton, Fla. — Itzik Abu-Hatzera rarely attended synagogue in his native Haifa when he lived in Israel.

But last December his family was among those of nearly 200 other Israelis in South Florida at a Chanukah party sponsored by the Chabad Israeli Center in Boca Raton.

“In Israel you don’t need it — Jews are all around you,” says Abu-Hatzera, who moved here 10 years ago.

A girl points to a menorah made of ice at a Boca Raton Chanukah party that attracted some 200 Israeli families last month.

Boca Raton Under Fire for Menorah Display

12/07/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- A Catholic civil rights organization is accusing Boca Raton, Fla., of discrimination for buying and displaying menorahs in public buildings without including a nativity scene.

"The City of Boca Raton is effectively discriminating against Christians by allowing one religious symbol, namely the menorah, to be displayed in public buildings, while censoring nativity scenes," Catholic League President Bill Donahue said in a statement issued Tuesday.

JCC, Synagogues In Holy War In Boca

Bitter turf battle as JCC offers Rosh HaShanah services for first time; move is ‘usurpation,’ cries a rabbi.
08/31/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Boca Raton, Fla. — Since moving here five years ago, Laura Reiss and her husband have not found a synagogue they are comfortable enough to join.

But when the High Holy Days begin Wednesday night, they and their three young daughters plan to attend a two-hour program featuring selected prayers at the Levis Jewish Community Center here — accompanied by their mothers, who have not been to synagogue services in more than 20 years. Reiss’ sister, who is intermarried, is also coming and bringing her family.

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