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.

How Leon Met Joanna

04/01/2012 - 20:00
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.
03/26/2012 - 20:00
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

03/05/2012 - 19:00

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.
01/23/2012 - 19:00
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

12/19/2011 - 19:00
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.” .

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