Florida

How Are Communities Built?

02/18/2016 - 14:05

My wife and I traveled to Florida over the Presidents Day week to visit with family and some friends. Given the weather that New York experienced in December, we imagined that New York might wind up being the warmer of the two places, but as it turned out, we couldn't have been more wrong! The weather in Florida was spectacularly sunny and warm, and the weather in New York has been equally spectacular, but in the other direction, with record cold temperatures. Through nothing but luck, we definitely won the vacation lottery.

Skyline of Tampa, Florida from Bayshore Blvd. Wikimedia Commons

A Shell Of A Time

02/16/2015 - 19:00
Travel Writer

On my first visit to Sanibel Island, the skinny, kidney-shaped isle just off the coast of Ft. Myers, Fla., I learned about the “Sanibel Stoop.”

A Sanibel Island beach.  Hilary Larson/JW

Miami Beach: Return Engagement

After an absence of more than 30 years, a traveler confronts a changed, but still very Jewish, city.

12/23/2013 - 19:00
JTA

Miami Beach, Fla. — Everyone knows that Jews and Miami Beach go together like horseradish and gefilte fish. Matzah balls and chicken soup. Corned beef and rye. Chopped liver and … you get the picture.

An aerial view of the iconic Fountainebleau Hotel, designed by Morris Lapidus. Photo courtesy JTA

After Holiday Tragedy, Florida Rabbis Work To Cut Traffic Deaths

10/22/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Following the death of an Orthodox Jewish woman who was killed while crossing a busy Jacksonville road on Yom Kippur, a group of rabbis met this week with a Florida Department of Transportation engineer to prevent a recurrence, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Trayvon Martin And The Pursuit Of Justice

07/18/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Oceans of ink have already been spilled in commentaries on the death of Trayvon Martin, and on the acquittal of his accused murderer, George Zimmerman.  Were oceans more to be spent, we would still be no closer to achieving what all who have cared about this case crave most of all– certainty about what really happened that tragic night when a teenage boy lost his life, and a grown man’s life was changed forever.

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

The Darker Side Of The Sunshine State

Oscar-nominated ‘Kings Point’ chronicles the not-so-golden years in a Delray condominium.
03/10/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Book Critic

A man in shorts and dark knee socks walks outside to take out the garbage and returns with yesterday’s newspaper, and morning begins again in Kings Point, a condominium community in Delray Beach, Fla., now the subject of a new film.

Life is leisurely at Kings Point. Photo courtesy HBO

In House Races, Jewish Democrats Fare Better Than Republicans

11/06/2012 - 19:00

Jewish Democrats seeking congressional seats fared better in Tuesday’s election than Jewish Republicans.

In New York’s 1st District in Suffolk County, incumbent Democrat Rep. Tim Bishop warded off a second challenge by Randy Altschuler, who would have been a second Jewish Republican in Congress. While their 2010 match was so close the results weren’t determined for weeks, Altschuler conceded just after midnight Wednesday, with the vote count at 52 percent to 48 percent, according to Newsday.

Randy Altschuler, a Republican, failed in his second bid to unseat Rep. Tim Bishop in Suffolk's 1st District.

More Bad News For Mitt

In the wake of the Republican presidential candidate’s widely criticized remarks that the 47 percent of Americans who back President Obama are “dependent on government” and don’t pay income tax comes an ominous survey from the American Jewish Commitee.

According to an AJC poll, 69 percent of Florida's Jewish voters favor Barack Obama over Mitt Romney. Getty Images.

Defendants In Baltimore Shomrim Trial Seek Venue Change Because Of Trayvon Case

04/23/2012 - 20:00

 

Lawyers for two Baltimore Jewish brothers accused of beating a black teenager requested that the trial be moved out of the city because of perceived similarities between the case and the death of Trayvon Martin.

Avi and Eliyahu Werdesheim are accused of beating a 15-year-old male in November 2010. Eliyahu Werdesheim, now 24, was a member of Shomrim, a Jewish neighborhood watch group, at the time of the incident.

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