Florida

A Charter Network’s Emerging Imprint

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

03/27/2012
Associate Editor

 

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.

FBI, Police Probing Anti-Semitic Messages At Fla. Restaurant

03/06/2012

An investigation has been opened into anti-Semitic messages left at a new kosher restaurant in South Florida.

The FBI and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an investigation into a series of hate messages left at the Mozart Cafe in Deerfield Beach since its opening more than four months ago, WSVN-TV reported.

Florida GOP Jews Seen Up In Air As Gingrich Surges

Israel, Iran key issues in advance of next week’s crucial primary.

01/24/2012
Staff Writer

More than 500 Jewish Republicans have signed up to hear Newt Gingrich Friday in Delray Beach, Fla., as they seek to make up their minds ahead of Tuesday’s Florida Republican presidential primary.

“This is our coming out,” said Sid Dinerstein, chairman of the West Palm Beach Republican Party. “We’ve never had 500 of us in the same place. We are getting noisy and don’t care so much anymore that the liberals won’t be our friends unless we sell out our grandchildren and Israel.”

Mitt Romney, left, and Newt Gingrich at recent debate. getty images

The Gift and Fear of Having Healthy Parents

12/20/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

When my mother- and father-in-law brought up the subject of taking a family vacation over the winter school break, my husband Michael and I weren’t surprised. We have come to expect that we will be invited to join my in-laws someplace warm and tropical, where the only rule is that if you want a strawberry daiquiri, you have to swim up to the swim-up bar to get it yourself so that you get a little exercise.

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Breaking News! Ex-NBA Star To Coach Jewish High School in South Florida

The traditional dynamic of black-Jewish relations in sports and entertainment is pretty straight-forward, and nothing to brag about: African Americans make the product, Jews sell it. You don't need to dig too deep into history to find relevant examples: Lyor Cohen and Rick Rubin ran the show at Def Jam, the hip-hop label juggernaut, until only recently. And David Stern still happily resides over the NBA.

Hasner backs Ryan Medicare plan; will that fly with Jewish voters in Fla.?

Adam Hasner, the former Majority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives, is considered a comer in GOP circles and a genuine Jewish Republican all star.

He is also a strong defender of Rep. Paul Ryan's controversial proposal for overhauling Medicare – a proposal that has many Republican candidates running for cover and which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called "right-wing social engineering.” .

Adam Hasner in Fla. Senate race: Can a Tea Party Republican get the Jewish vote?

Every time I ask GOP sources about up-and-coming Republicans who might be positioned to provide some communal companionship for the lonely Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va), now the only Jewish Republican in Congress, the first name I generally hear is Adam Hasner, the former state House Majority Leader.

New DNC Pick Puts J Street In Spotlight

Wasserman Schultz appointment hints of major 2012 campaign themes.

04/12/2011
Washington Correspondent

Only hours after she was appointed chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) was labeled “the girl from J Street” by several right-of-center blogs and blasted by the Republican Jewish Coalition for her connection to the pro-Israel, pro-peace process group — even though she had rejected its endorsement and its money.

Welcome to Campaign 2012.

New DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. getty images

Jewish woman gets top Democratic National Committee job

How's this for killing several birds with one stone, politically speaking?

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) has been picked as the new head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). She's Jewish, she's from Florida and she's an ace fundraiser, big pluses for the party going into a difficult election year when Florida will again be important to the Democrats' – and President Obama's – hopes.

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