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Miami Beach: Return Engagement

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

12/24/2013
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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

10/23/2013
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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

07/19/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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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.

03/11/2013
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

11/07/2012

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.

Jews that Count, And the Rest of Us

How the 2012 Election Will Revolve Around a Selective Group of Voters

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

04/24/2012

 

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.

How Leon Met Joanna

04/02/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

“My mom encouraged me to join JDate,” says 33-year-old Leon Smulakowski, an amateur weight-lifter, who can break an apple in two with his bare hands. 

The last day of his subscription to the dating site – he was going to cancel – he saw Joanna's profile. “It was her beautiful smile that attracted me,” says Leon.  He messaged her.

Joanna Sirlin and Leon Smulakowski, married June 12, 2011.

A Charter Network’s Emerging Imprint

Across South Florida, Jewish institutions learn to live with — and embrace — Hebrew-language schools.

03/27/2012
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Editor's Note: This is the second article in a two-part series. The first article, "Hebrew Charters as Growth Industry" appeared last week.

Miami — Last spring, when the financially struggling Greenfield Day School announced it was closing and the National Ben Gamla Charter School Foundation moved to obtain its building, what followed could have been an episode of “Extreme Makeover: School Edition.”

Ben Gamla Kendall Director Lee Binder, during a school event with Miami artist Ed King.
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