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  • No Exit, South Florida, and my own cycle of hell

    2 days ago

    “So here I am again” I can’t help thinking as I write this review of Sartre's iconic play, No Exit, where hell has been set in a contemporary Miami living room. “Here” being, for me at least, my family's home in South Florida. Where it is always hot. The perspiration makes my hair...

  • A Florida rabbi protested Donald Trump – and lost his job

    1 week ago

    A Florida rabbi must leave his pulpit after his protest of Donald Trump’s speech at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference riled congregants.

    David Paskin, who serves as rabbi of the Conservative Temple Beth David synagogue in the south Florida city of...

  • How to tragedy

    By Marty Kaplan

    2 weeks ago

    This is what you do when it all goes to hell again.

    You casually turn the television on while the coffee water boils, but the news punches you in the gut and takes your breath away.

    You instantly revise the whole history of the world in order to make the horror now unfolding...

  • Gunman kills 50 at Florida gay club in worst U.S. mass shooting

    2 weeks ago

    A man armed with an assault rifle and pledging loyalty to Islamic State militants killed 50 people during a gay pride celebration at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early on Sunday in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, a rampage President Barack Obama denounced as an act...

  • Interview with U.S. Senate hopeful Carlos Lopez-Cantera

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    May 17, 2016 | 10:20 am

    Eleven Republicans are seeking to succeed Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. Among them is Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

    Rubio hasn’t endorsed yet in the Republican primary. But on Monday, the senator suggested he may be ready to endorse the Republican he...

  • Would-be Florida synagogue bomber denied bail

    May 10, 2016 | 2:18 pm

    The South Florida man accused of plotting to bomb a Miami-area synagogue was denied bail on Tuesday.

    At a bail hearing in U.S. District Court in Miami, the judge ruled that James Gonzalo Medina, 40, is a flight risk and a danger to the community. If convicted, he faces life in...

  • Would-be Miami synagogue bomber reportedly was Muslim convert, wanted to inspire other attacks

    May 2, 2016 | 2:26 pm

    The South Florida man arrested for planning to bomb a Miami synagogue has been publicly identified and charged in federal court.

    James Gonzalo Medina, 40, of Hollywood, appeared in court in Miami on Monday afternoon, several media outlets reported.

    Medina, who according to...

  • Florida governor signs off on holocaust memorial for state capital

    April 20, 2016 | 11:44 am

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill to create a Holocaust memorial in the state’s capital, Tallahassee.

    The ceremonial signing took place at the Jewish Federation of Broward County on Monday, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

    Scott, a Republican, officially signed the memorial...

  • Trump scores crucial win in Florida as five states vote

    March 15, 2016 | 5:05 pm

    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump scored a crucial win in the Florida primary on Tuesday, striking a potentially fatal blow to rival Marco Rubio's campaign and moving closer to securing the party's nomination as five U.S. states voted.

    Trump was aiming to sweep...

  • Jewish platform raises political dough for Cruz

    March 15, 2016 | 10:34 am

    UPDATED 11:54 a.m.

    A group of Orthodox Jews supporting Ted Cruz for president have launched a 24-hour campaign to raise $1 million for Cruz's campaign on the day of crucial primary contests in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina.

    The campaign "Million For Ted"...

  • Israel emerges as campaign issue ahead of voting in three big Jewish states

    March 15, 2016 | 8:32 am

    Israel has prominently emerged as a presidential campaign issue ahead of critical primary contests in five states on Tuesday, three of which – Ohio, Illinois and Florida – have substantial Jewish communities.

    Israel was the subject of a heated exchange in the Republican debate...

  • Hillary reaches out to Jewish voters in Florida

    March 14, 2016 | 9:52 am

    All eyes are on Florida. Sunshine State voters are about to play a big role in picking each party’s nominee on Tuesday. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is expected to win by a comfortable margin and pick up as many delegates as possible to solidify her lead over Senator...

  • Where Jeb Bush’s Jewish backers go from here

    February 22, 2016 | 10:25 am

    Many of Jeb Bush’s supporters and longtime friends expressed their disappointment in the outcome that caused the former Florida governor to suspend his campaign on Saturday night.

    “I’m very disappointed that the rest of America didn’t agree with me, but they certainly spoke,” ...

  • Florida man pleads guilty over threats to bomb two mosques

    February 12, 2016 | 1:25 pm

    A Florida man pleaded guilty on Friday to a federal hate crime for threatening to bomb two mosques and shoot their congregants shortly after November's deadly attacks in Paris.

    Martin Alan Schnitzler, 43, of Seminole, pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing persons in the free...

  • #Beintrigued at the Diplomat Resort and Spa with @CurioCollection

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    February 11, 2016 | 10:49 am

    Visiting Southern Florida and want to feel the history of Hollywood?

    When the original Diplomat Hotel was opened in 1958 it was the only hotel between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. This was were celebrities stayed and Frank Sinatra sang. Now there are 998 rooms, 36 stories, six...

  • Rental properties in U.S., landlords in Israel

    By  Orit Arfa

    January 6, 2016 | 11:10 am

    Three years ago, Dana Lebel, a marketer of health supplements, bought her first apartment in Rishon Lezion, a city just south of Tel Aviv. Over time, with equity in her apartment and some disposable income, Lebel became interested in purchasing investment property to leverage her...

  • Jewish mayor says Trump not welcome in his Florida city

    December 8, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    The Jewish mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was unwelcome in his city.

    “I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps,” Rick Kriseman, a...

  • Israeli policeman given community service for beating Palestinian-American boy

    November 18, 2015 | 11:05 am

    An Israeli policeman was spared jail and sentenced to community service on Wednesday for beating an American teenager of Palestinian descent during Jerusalem disturbances last year, an incident that stirred U.S. concern.

    Tariq Khdeir was visiting from Tampa, Florida, as protests...

  • Florida man arrested in alleged Kansas City 9/11 memorial bomb plot

    September 10, 2015 | 4:00 pm

    A Florida man has been arrested and accused of plotting to detonate a pressure-cooker bomb at a memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

    Joshua Ryne Goldberg, 20, was arrested...

  • Biden meets Jewish leaders in Florida to defend Iran deal

    September 3, 2015 | 2:00 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden tried to reassure Jewish leaders in south Florida on Thursday that President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran would be a vital step toward making the world a safer place.

    Biden, on a two-day trip to the political swing state of Florida as he explores...

  • Getting “The Finger” on Florida Highways

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 30, 2015 | 4:36 pm

    I've always been a safe driver. Perhaps overly cautious (according to my husband) at times, but it's kept me alive and intact ... thus far. A late learner of necessity (former subway-riding New Yorker moves to suburban South Florida), I was never one to glamorize vehicles or thrill...

  • Revenge of the Dishwasher

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 21, 2015 | 10:50 am

    Some say the world will end in fire,

    Some say in ice.

    From what I've tasted of desire

    I hold with those who favor fire.

    But if it had to perish twice,

    I think I know enough of hate

    To say that for destruction ice

    Is also great

    And would suffice.


  • This is Me (or is it?)—The Facebook Paradox

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 21, 2015 | 5:39 am

    My sole Facebook friend (acceptance required, as she is my stepdaughter) has lately been  "pinning" her life on Pinterest. It seems she's discovered yet another way to collect and display her "likes" and interests ... in place of actively engaging in her life. I could be sounding...

  • Jeb Bush vows to ‘fix’ Washington as he starts White House run

    June 15, 2015 | 4:05 pm

    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush vowed to fix a dysfunctional Washington as he began his U.S. presidential bid on Monday with an attempt to move out of the shadow of the White House legacies left by his father and brother.

    Bush, 62, is seeking to be seen as his own man and break...

  • Woman jailed after fleeing to avoid circumcising 4-year-old son

    May 19, 2015 | 10:43 am

    A Florida woman is in jail after fleeing with her 4-year-old son to keep him from being circumcised.

    Heather Hironimus, 31, of Boynton Beach was arrested  last week after going into hiding with her son Chase three months ago rather than give her consent and turn the boy over for...

  • Florida prisons ordered to serve kosher meals

    May 5, 2015 | 11:32 am

    Inmates in Florida’s prisons who request kosher meals must receive them, a federal judge in Miami ruled.

    U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz issued the order late last week after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections on behalf of 13...

  • Courting Adelson is not Jewish outreach

    April 23, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    This weekend, a collection of GOP presidential candidates will arrive in Las Vegas for a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition. But don’t allow yourself to be fooled into thinking that these candidates are making a real attempt to appeal to American Jewish voters. Their...

  • Photographing birds in Southern Florida

    By Karin Leperi

    March 9, 2015 | 1:47 pm

    There is nothing as magnificent as being outdoors to observe nature while photographing birds in their natural environment. It's even better when it happens in Southern Florida during the month of February, with temperatures far more temperate and tolerable than the bulk of the...

  • Renaming of Fla. bridge for Henry Ford nixed over ‘dark history’ with Jews

    September 16, 2014 | 12:52 pm

    Officials in Fort Myers City, Fla., withdrew a proposal to rename a bridge for Henry Ford after residents raised concerns about his anti-Semitic publications.

    A vote on the proposal had been scheduled for Monday evening but was withdrawn, according to WZVN, the local ABC...

  • Sotloff lauded at Florida service as journalist committed to truth

    September 5, 2014 | 4:24 pm

    Nearly 1,000 people including relatives, friends and prominent Florida politicians attended a memorial service on Friday for Steven Sotloff, who was killed by Islamic State militants, recalling him as a journalist committed to revealing the truth.

    "I'm so proud of my son for...

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