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

    16 hours ago

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    A vote on the proposal had been scheduled for Monday evening but was withdrawn, according to WZVN, the local ABC...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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • ‘ISIS’ condo in West Palm Beach to change name

    3 weeks ago

    An unfortunately named luxury condo development being built in south Florida called ISIS Downtown, recalling the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has changed its title to a less controversial moniker.

    The West Palm Beach complex’s name was chosen long before ISIS...

  • Israeli woman refused service at Florida gas station; called ‘killer’ by attendant

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    3 weeks ago

    An Israeli woman, a resident of Coral Springs, Fla., for 15 years, was recently denied service and asked not to return again to a gas station ("On the Move Texaco" owned by J&L Services of Florida Inc.) that she had frequented over the years.

    On her most recent visit, a...

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  • Dan Markel, legal scholar, dies at 41

    July 21, 2014 | 6:29 pm

    Legal scholar and Florida State University College of Law professor Dan Markel died on July 19, after being fatally shot in his Florida home on July 18. Much has been said of his prominence in the legal community, which was on its way to legend. But too little has been said about...

  • Florida State U. prof Dan Markel slain in home shooting

    July 21, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    Dan Markel, a law professor at Florida State University, died after being shot in his home.

    Markel died Saturday morning, a day after being discovered shot in the back in his home and taken to the hospital, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. He was 41.

    No suspects have been...

  • Florida teen detained in Israeli-Palestinian conflict returns home

    July 17, 2014 | 10:11 am

    A Florida teenager who was detained in Israel and apparently beaten by police returned home on Wednesday, eager to seek medical care and put behind him a summer trip that drew renewed world attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Tariq Khdeir, 15, was greeted by cheering...

  • Gaza conflict disrupts airplane travel – in Florida

    July 14, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    A Jewish woman was ejected from a JetBlue flight after arguing about the Israel-Hamas conflict with a Palestinian passenger.

    The Jewish woman, physician Lisa Rosenberg of New York, was asked to leave the July 7 John F. Kennedy Airport-bound flight from Palm Beach International...

  • Adelson to host Jeb Bush at Jewish Republicans event

    March 25, 2014 | 9:42 am

    Sheldon Adelson will host a dinner featuring former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on the eve of a conference of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

    Adelson, the casino magnate seen as a kingmaker in the Republican Party because of his willingness to spend tens of millions of dollars in an...

  • Florida man pleads guilty to attempting to join al Qaeda group

    March 19, 2014 | 4:25 pm

    A 20-year-old Florida man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group and receive military training as part of a holy war, or jihad.

    Shelton Thomas Bell admitted he recruited an unnamed juvenile and the two...

  • Southern supermarket giant Winn-Dixie bets big on kosher

    February 14, 2014 | 11:57 am

    Stroll past the kosher section of most large supermarkets in America and you could be forgiven for thinking that Jewish diets consist mainly of jarred gefilte fish, unsalted matzahs and Tam-Tam crackers.

    Not so at the Winn-Dixie supermarket in this affluent South Florida suburb.

    ...
  • Florida federations push Nelson on Iran sanctions

    January 3, 2014 | 10:57 am

    Four Jewish federations in south Florida urged Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to sign on to legislation opposed by the Obama administration that would enhance Iran sanctions.

    The Dec. 30 letter was sent amid a renewed post-holiday push by some pro-Israel groups to pass the...

  • Bradenton, Florida: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

    By Richard Bangs

    December 24, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    Oh, the places they stole.

    Four times this year I've been to the canals of Venice, without ever setting foot in Italy. In Vegas, Macau, Qatar and where I live, Venice, California, there are facsimiles of the famous waterways, only cleaner, shinier, and without the creases of...

  • Bradenton, Florida: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

    By Richard Bangs

    December 24, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    Oh, the places they stole.

    Four times this year I've been to the canals of Venice, without ever setting foot in Italy. In Vegas, Macau, Qatar and where I live, Venice, California, there are facsimiles of the famous waterways, only cleaner, shinier, and without the creases of...

  • Ruling returns kosher meals to Florida inmates

    December 17, 2013 | 10:32 am

    A federal judge ordered the Florida prisons service to provide kosher meals to all prisoners with a “sincere religious basis.”

    Judge Patricia Seitz of the U.S. District Court in Miami in a ruling issued earlier this month required the order be implemented by July 1, the Miami...

  • As new year approaches, N.Y. community devastated by Hurricane Sandy still rebuilding

    September 3, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    Nine months ago, Natalia Demidova crouched on the second floor of her Staten Island home and watched her neighbor’s SUV race a 10-foot wave down the street. The wave crashed through Demidova’s quiet residential block in the South Beach neighborhood and flooded her home with more...

  • Obama says ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago’

    July 19, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    President Barack Obama on Friday jumped into the debate over the acquittal of the man who killed black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, declaring that Martin "could have been me, 35 years ago," and urging Americans to understand the pain that African-Americans feel over the case.

    ...
  • Stand our ground

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 2013 | 11:22 am

    I’m outraged at the Trayvon Martin case, but not because a jury found George Zimmerman, the man who killed Martin, not guilty.

    When you read through the state’s case and the witness testimony, when you stop to understand the trial the way the jurors did, when you go over the...

  • Confronting bigotry in all its forms: When is the word ‘Jew’ an offensive stereotype?

    July 16, 2013 | 3:51 pm

    An elected official in a small Florida town last week used the word "jew" as a verb to mean cheap or stingy. This set off a minor controversy which I'll report below. This hardly rises to the level of outrage triggered (pun intended) by the acquittal of George Zimmerman in another...

  • There’s a Lot Less Racial Violence Than You Think

    By David Suissa

    July 16, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    To hear the national outcry over the George Zimmerman verdict and the countless cries of “racism in this country,” you’d think that black people are killing white people and that white people are killing black people at an extraordinary rate.

    It is true that in America, where in...

  • Trayvon Martin: ADL reacts

    July 15, 2013 | 10:18 am

    The ADL has released a statement in the wake of the non-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman that accepts the legality of the verdict while questioning the wisdom of the stand-your-ground laws that allowed Zimmerman to use deadly force in self-defense. The statement also raises the...

  • Where are the demonstrations for Marissa Alexander?

    By David Suissa

    July 14, 2013 | 10:37 pm

    While the nation's eyes are on the growing demonstrations around the country over the George Zimmerman verdict—a case that had an abundance of reasonable doubt-- an enormous injustice has slipped through the national radar.

    This is the impossible story of an African-American...

  • FBI says man shot dead while being questioned about Boston bombings

    May 22, 2013 | 10:46 am

    An FBI agent shot and killed a Florida man who turned violent while being questioned about the Boston Marathon bombings early on Wednesday, the bureau said.

    A friend of the dead man identified him as 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev of Orlando, a Chechen who had previously lived in...

  • Police: Toronto couple murdered in Florida were asphyxiated

    March 6, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    A Toronto Jewish couple found dead in their Florida townhouse in January were asphyxiated, police said.

    Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy of Hallandale Beach, Fla., said Wednesday that there were at least two perpetrators, and police have "no reason to believe the people responsible...

  • Does the Jewish vote still matter?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 14, 2012 | 4:04 pm

    Does the Jewish vote still matter and if so, how? Exit polls indicate that 70 percent of Jews voted for President Obama, compared to roughly 39 percent of white voters overall. However, with California and New York, which have large Jewish populations, guaranteed to go Democratic,...

  • Five Jewish takeaways from the 2012 election

    By Michael Berenbaum

    November 8, 2012 | 9:44 am

    The prime minister of Israel does not speak for the Jews of America, nor do many of the Jewish organizations.

    One of the most significant losers of Election Day was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who openly opposed President Barack Obama from the very beginning of his...

  • Four more years (of bickering)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 6, 2012 | 11:50 pm

    So the Jewish vote didn’t make much difference after all. Not even in Florida. Had Romney taken Florida, had he won this election, we could have argued that the 31 percent of Jews he was able to win over in the Sunshine State played an important role in his razor-thin victory. But...

  • Obama garners 69 percent of Jewish vote in CNN exit poll

    November 6, 2012 | 10:34 pm

    President Obama won 69 percent of the Jewish vote according to an exit poll.

    The poll, posted on CNN's website, was commensurate with projections by preelection polls by Gallup, the American Jewish Committee, among others, that Obama would win between 65 and 70 percent of the...

  • Jewish Democrats Grayson and Frankel win in Florida

    November 6, 2012 | 10:20 pm

    Jewish Democrats Lois Frankel and Alan Grayson won congressional seats in Florida.

    Frankel, 64, a former member of the Florida House and an ex-mayor of West Palm Beach, defeated Adam Hasner, a former majority leader in the Florida state Senate who also is Jewish, on Tuesday.

    Grayson, 54, the fiery liberal who had been unseated in the Republican electoral surge in 2010, returned to the House by defeating Todd Long in a newly created Orlando-area district.

  • From Boca to Delray, Florida’s much-discussed Jewish voters finally have their say

    November 6, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    At approximately 10 a.m. on Election Day, a black sedan pulled up to the polling station at the J.C. Mitchell Elementary School.

    “He threw Israel under the bus,” said the car's driver, a chatty silver-haired man, as he helped an elderly woman from the back seat.

    “You vote your...

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