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  • Survey: 69 percent of Florida Jews voting for Obama

    September 20, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    Sixty-nine percent of Florida Jews say they will likely vote for President Obama, as opposed to 25 percent for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new survey.

    The American Jewish Committee survey, which was conducted by QEV Analytics, reached 254 registered Jewish...

  • ADL slams Democrats invoking Holocaust analogies

    September 6, 2012 | 9:29 am

    The Anti-Defamation League decried three recent reported Nazi analogies used in political debate, all by Democrats.

    "Earlier today, South Carolina State Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian reportedly evoked Eva Braun when discussing Gov. Nikki Haley's press briefing from a...

  • Missing Florida millionaire left tefillin on abandoned boat

    September 4, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Guma Aguiar, a Florida businessman and philanthropist who went missing in June, left his tefillin on his abandoned boat.

    All of the life jackets also were accounted for, the Coast Guard reported, according to the Sun-Sentinel, after getting the records through a Freedom of...

  • Art Shamsky to represent Israel baseball at Classic

    August 29, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Former Major Leaguer Art Shamsky will serve as Israel’s ambassador to the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Jupiter, Fla.

    The Israel Association of Baseball appointed Shamsky to encourage support for baseball in Israel. Team Israel will play its first game in the WBC Qualifier...

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  • GOP platform to back two states

    August 21, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    The Republican Party’s platform is expected to include support for a two-state solution in the Middle East.

    The platform committee, meeting in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, rejected three amendments that would have removed language supportive of a two-state solution, according to a...

  • Romney, Ryan and Florida Jews

    By Raphael Sonenshein

    August 15, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    In 1992, Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts mounted a strong campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The pundits considered him a brainy guy who was willing to take on the sacred cows of Social Security and Medicare. Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, by contrast, seemed like a...

  • Fla. candidate accused of being atheist (and nudist): ‘I am Jewish’

    August 9, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    A candidate in an Orlando-area primary is disputing claims in a flier mailed to voters that he is a nudist and an atheist.

    Jeffrey Goldmacher, who is running in Tuesday’s Republican primary for the Osceola County Commission, said he lives on a “clothing optional resort” at the...

  • Sheldon Lisbon, Florida state house candidate, apologizes to the ADL

    July 13, 2012 | 10:43 am

    A son of Holocaust survivors running for reelection in the Florida state house has apologized to the Anti-Defamation League after labeling the group “despicable.”

    The ADL had criticized Sheldon Lisbon after he sent out an email to supporters in June with the subject line “A...

  • Fla. synagogue evacuated over suspicious package

    July 9, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    A synagogue in Boca Raton, Fla., was evacuated after a duffel bag was left at its door.

    The bag turned out to be a donation of religious books, South Florida’s WPTV-TV reported.

    The building was evacuated on Sunday morning due to the suspicious package.

    The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue’s special operations truck were called to the scene.

  • Ros-Lehtinen, Deutch urge advance on Holocaust insurance legislation

    June 8, 2012 | 10:25 am

    A bipartisan duo from Florida urged Congress to act on legislation that would allow Holocaust survivors to pursue civil action against insurance companies.

    During a Thursday press conference flanked by several Holocaust survivors, U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs...

  • Miami shul incident is harbinger of political tone

    June 6, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    WASHINGTON – When does a bimah turn into a political soapbox?

    The controversy last month over a Miami temple’s invitation and then disinvitation to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) — which prompted the resignation of an influential congregant who also is a Republican...

  • Miami temple disinvites Wasserman Schultz

    May 25, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Miami’s Temple Israel said it canceled tonight’s appearance by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) due to security concerns, but the congresswoman – chair of the Democratic National Committee– called it “internal politics” after learning that a leading GOP donor quit...

  • UPDATE: Shooter of Trayvon Martin arrested, charged with murder

    April 11, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    A Florida prosecutor filed a murder charge on Wednesday against the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that has captivated the United States and prompted civil rights demonstrations.

    George Zimmerman, 28, was arrested...

  • Again

    By Rob Eshman

    March 28, 2012 | 6:02 pm

    Many, many years ago I sat down at my computer and decided to write a fictional story about what would happen if “Never Again!” became “Again.”

    My story took place in a Los Angeles of the not-too-distant-future, sometime between now and “Blade Runner.” As I imagined it,...

  • Geraldo Rivera, Kim Kardashian, Billionaire Justice & a List

    By Ilana Angel

    March 24, 2012 | 8:20 pm

    There has certainly been a lot going on lately, and while all of these subjects deserve an article all to themselves, I am in Mommy mode this week and with my child’s insane schedule, I have opted to throw them all into one blog.  It makes sense really because the one piece that...

  • Alcohol poisoning suspected in man’s death after Florida Purim celebration

    March 16, 2012 | 11:36 am

    A man was found dead, apparently of alcohol poisoning, in the parking lot of a Florida Chabad center following a Purim celebration.

    Jesse Allen, 28, was found dead on the morning of Mar. 9 in the parking lot of the Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona by the synagogue’s rabbi, the...

  • Did Florida’s Legislature endorse a one-state solution and Israeli citizenship for Palestinians?

    March 13, 2012 | 10:11 am

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a hotly debated issue—but not in the Florida Legislature.

    Both houses of the state’s Legislature voted unanimously in February to stake out a bold position on the issue—but it’s not entirely clear what, exactly, Florida lawmakers were trying to...

  • Boehner talks to Chabad in Florida

    February 14, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke to a Chabad synagogue in Florida.

    Boehner, addressing the Shul of Bal Harbour on Sunday, said that his affection for Israel dates back to his days as a state lawmaker in Ohio, when he accepted a...

  • Billionaire Adopts Girlfriend - UPDATED

    By Ilana Angel

    February 10, 2012 | 1:01 am

    John Goodman is very wealthy.  He was a child of privilege, but as wealthy as he was growing up, he’s richer now.  He founded the International Polo Club and is a billionaire.  That’s with a B.  He is not only a billionaire, but also a pig, coward, and disgusting.

    Two years ago,...

  • Romney takes Florida in a romp

    February 1, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Mitt Romney won the Florida Republican primary by a wide margin.

    Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, finished with 47 percent of the vote on Tuesday to easily outdistance ex-U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, who had 32 percent. Romney is a relative moderate...

  • Economy more worrying than Mideast for Florida Jews

    January 30, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Newt Gingrich describes the Palestinians as an invented people and seeks covert action against Iran, while Mitt Romney accuses President Barack Obama of throwing Israel under a bus.

    But the Republican presidential candidates’ tough talk on the Middle East in Florida before Tuesday’s...

  • In Fla., Republican Jews shower Gingrich with applause (if not necessarily votes)

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 28, 2012 | 12:30 am

    Delray Beach, Fla.—Speaking on Friday at an event organized by the state’s Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) chapter, former House Speaker and Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich struck a mostly professorial tone as he talked foreign policy to a friendly audience.

    He may...

  • Gingrich, Romney blame Palestinians for lack of peace

    January 27, 2012 | 11:10 am

    Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich put the blame for the impasse in Middle East peace talks squarely on the Palestinians.

    The candidates were responding a a question at the latest GOP debate Thursday night, in Jacksonville, Fla., from an audience member, Abraham Hassan.

    “How would a...

  • Florida primary is first big showdown for the Jewish vote

    January 24, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    With Newt Gingrich gaining ground on frontrunner Mitt Romney, the stage is set for a crucial Jan. 31 Republican presidential primary in Florida. By playing a significant role in that day’s outcome, the state’s large Jewish population might set the tone for the rest of the GOP...

  • Republicans—and Democrats—pitch to Florida’s Jews

    January 24, 2012 | 10:31 am

    Barack Obama won’t show up on the vote tallies after polls close in Florida’s Republican primary on Jan. 31, but the president’s supporters already are waging a fight for the Sunshine State.

    Democrats are rolling out a campaign to rival any of the GOP candidates, with a...

  • Joe Kaufman: I’m the only GOP candidate in Florida that can defeat Wasserman-Schultz

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 30, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    Joe Kaufman was born and raised in New York.

    After studying Speech Communications at the University of Maryland, Kaufman worked as an investigative journalist for FrontPage Magazine and the Hudson Institute and a lecturer for the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He also served as a...

  • QB stars in Hillel’s Kiddush Cup romp in Fla.

    October 19, 2011 | 2:02 pm

    Quarterback Jake Najjar powered the Samuel Scheck Hillel Community Day School to a 51-0 victory over the David Posnack Jewish Day School in the third annual Kiddush Cup game between the two South Florida schools.

    Najjar ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 168 yards...

  • Fla. Jewish day school earns Blue Ribbon status

    September 15, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    The Scheck Hillel Community Day School/Ben Lipson Hillel Community High School in North Miami Beach, Fla., was recognized as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School. 

    Scheck/Lipson Hillel was among more than 300 schools nationwide and 10 in Florida to earn the distinction from the U.S...

  • Ramah Darom camper dies on rafting trip

    June 21, 2011 | 10:03 am

    An 11th grade camper at Camp Ramah Darom was killed during an accident on a white-water rafting trip.

    Andrew Silvershein, of Davie, Fla., died when his raft capsized June 19 on the first day of a trip on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. Six other campers who had been with Silvershein...

  • Florida Chabad offers $1,000 for return of rebbe’s dollar

    June 16, 2011 | 2:45 pm

    A Chabad center in Florida is offering $1,000 for the safe return of a dollar bill signed by the movement’s late rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

    Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui of the Chabad House-Lubavitch of Palm Beach Gardens told reporters that the dollar bill was stolen during a...

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