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Jewish Journal

Larry Luxner

  • In Tunisia, Jews enjoy stability, but not democracy

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    To the east is Libya, a vast desert nation, where not a single Jew remains from the forced exodus that followed Israel's founding in 1948.

    To the west is Algeria, a bloodstained country that once boasted 140,000 Jews and today is home to barely 100.

    Squeezed between these two...

  • Hebrew at Florida charter school approved, challenges remain

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's 7:55 a.m., and parents are dropping off their kids in front of the Ben Gamla Charter School along busy Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Fla. Amid a noisy melange of languages -- English, Spanish, Hebrew, French and Russian -- the uniformed children say their goodbyes and...
  • Safed banking on Rosh Hashanah visitation by Madonna

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Madonna talks about the importance of Rosh Hashanah. Caution strong language
    When it comes to spirituality, Safed lacks nothing. But the Israeli mountain town (also spelled Tzfat) has been struggling economically since last year's war with Hezbollah.

    That's why local tourism...

  • Jewish-oriented charter school in Florida to open amid controversy

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Margaret Schorr, a marketing and public relations consultant, wanted her 5-year-old daughter, Hannah, to learn Hebrew, but she wasn't willing to pay the $8,000 to $13,000 annual tuition that Jewish day schools in south Florida typically charge for kindergarten.

    For attorney David...

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  • People, Opinions and Smells Fill Emergency Shelters

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    What happens when the sirens start? YouTube.com phonecam video from a young Israeli...


    Colorful rainbows, choo-choo trains and flowers decorate the walls of the neighborhood bomb shelter in Carmiel, but amid the overflowing toilets, foul smells and tension of war in Israel,...

  • Jewish Music Fills Big Easy

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Think of New Orleans music and you don't usually think of Hebrew or Yiddish song.

    But Hebrew, Yiddish and English tunes filled the ears of nearly 1,000 music lovers last weekend as a variety of acts -- ranging from New York pop singer Gershon Veroba to Moldovan crooner Efim Chorny...

  • Post-Katrina, Jews Raised Funds Fast

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Major Jewish organizations have raised more than $30 million to house, feed, educate and relocate thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi.

    The biggest chunk of money has come from the United Jewish Communities (UJC), which represents 155 Jewish...

  • Hillel Students Help Rebuild Gulf Coast

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Southern Mississippi's Jewish population suddenly mushroomed -- as 135 members of the campus organization Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life fan out through the area, repairing roofs of houses severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

    The Hillel students, who wore distinctive...

  • Latin America Aims for Northern Palates

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Guarding the entrance to Bodegas Barberis, a family-owned winery in western Argentina, is a small ceramic statue of the Virgin Mary, known locally as the Virgen de la Carrodilla.

    "She's our local patron saint and protector of the vineyards," said Adrian Barberis, who with his...

  • Three Denominations Sizzle in San Juan

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At San Juan's Congregation Sha'are Zedeck, religious services are conducted from a bimah graced -- on special occasions -- with the flags of the United States, Puerto Rico and Israel. Yet 90 percent of the congregation's 255 member families trace their heritage to a fourth country --...

  • Mojitos and Matzah Balls in Havana

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Care for an authentic Cuban mojito at the L'chaim bar? How about Israeli salad, matzah ball soup and cheese blintzes?

    They're all now on the menu at the Hotel Raquel, Cuba's first boutique hotel catering specifically to adventurous Jewish tourists.

    Richly illustrated passages from...