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  • 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...

  • Groups object to Holocaust insurance bills

    June 14, 2011 | 1:04 pm

    An array of Jewish groups has written to congressional sponsors of bills that would revive Holocaust insurance claims to express objections.

    The enactment of the bills “could be detrimental to the interests of survivors, delaying or even jeopardizing tangible, ongoing efforts to...

  • Florida’s Hasner declares U.S. Senate run

    April 27, 2011 | 10:43 am

    Adam Hasner, a Jewish Republican from Florida who identifies with the Tea Party, announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate.

    “The reality is Washington is taking us in the wrong direction and both parties have been at fault,” Hasner, who was majority leader in the Florida...

  • Wasserman Schultz tapped as DNC chair

    April 5, 2011 | 3:47 pm

    President Obama has named U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the Democratic Party’s chief fundraiser.

    Wasseman Schultz (D-Fla.), a party star since she was first elected in 2004, was tapped Tuesday to chair the Democratic National Committee, Politico reported. She succeeds...

  • 12 killed in attack on U.N. compound in northern Afghanistan [VIDEO]

    April 1, 2011 | 2:24 pm

    Afghan protesters angered by the burning of a Koran by a U.S. pastor killed at least 12 U.N. workers in Mazar-e Sharif, washingtonpost.com reports.

    At least 12 people were killed in Afghanistan Friday, most of them foreigners, when a United Nations compound was stormed by Afghans...

  • OU backs repeal of Fla. funding law

    March 30, 2011 | 10:05 am

    The Orthodox Union told Florida’s House of Representatives that it backs a repeal of a law that bans public funds for faith-based schools, activities and charities.

    The law’s current language bans public funds “in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any...

  • School’s suit over Kohl’s contest is tossed

    March 7, 2011 | 10:14 am

    A lawsuit filed by a Florida school against two Jewish day schools in the state over a national online contest sponsored by Kohl’s was dismissed.

    A judge in Broward County, Fla., dismissed the suit on March 3, saying that the owners of the Abi’s Place school for disabled children...

  • It’s a Wonderful Life… in Florida…

    By Julia Bendis

    February 22, 2011 | 12:23 pm

    In the last six years, I along with my husband and kids have lived in many different cities.  In part its due to my husband’s profession; having been in the entertainment field for over 20 years, its just a way of life.  Moving away from Orange County a few years ago was the hardest...

  • Florida school sues over Kohl’s Cares contest

    December 9, 2010 | 10:37 am

    A school in Florida that finished just out of the money in a national online contest sponsored by Kohl’s has sued two Florida Jewish day schools that did win one of 20 prizes.

    Abi’s Place in Coral Springs filed a lawsuit against the Hebrew Academy Community School and Bais Chaya...

  • Jewish leader Nan Rich is Florida Senate minority leader

    December 8, 2010 | 11:09 am

    Democratic state senators in Florida elected national Jewish leader Nan Rich as their minority leader.

    Rich was elected to lead the 12 Democrats in the state Senate, down two from the previous session following an election in which Florida Democrats also suffered losses in the state...

  • Bomb threat evacuates two Miami-area temples

    September 16, 2010 | 11:49 am

    Two Miami-area synagogues were evacuated following a bomb threat.

    A call Wednesday morning to Temple Dor Dorim in Weston, Fla., said there was a bomb at the synagogue as well as at Temple B’nai Aviv, also in Weston, the Miami Herald reported.

    The bomb squad did not find any explosives at either temple.

  • Palestinian arrested in Florida for trying to buy weapons

    September 7, 2010 | 5:06 pm

    A Palestinian man was arrested in South Florida for allegedly trying to buy stolen weapons.

    Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel is accused of attempting to purchase 300 stolen weapons, South Florida’s WSVN television reported. He said the weapons were headed to “his people,” according to the...

  • A new twist on spring break in Florida: Volunteering

    March 16, 2010 | 12:15 pm

    Spending spring break is a tradition of sorts for college students, but rather than partying, 57 Hillel members from seven campuses headed to Miami last week to volunteer at a youth center in the downtrodden Overtown district.

    Instead of swimming and sunning on the beach or getting...

  • Adlai Stevenson, JFK, Obama and the Jewish vote

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 28, 2008 | 2:43 pm

    One of my earliest political memories is the 1960 presidential campaign. 

    We were an Adlai Stevenson family and as a little boy I rooted for the former Illinois governor and presidential candidate to come from behind to win the Democratic presidential nomination. 


  • My ‘great schlep’ to Florida pays off in politics and grandma’s food

    October 15, 2008 | 11:24 pm

    "If you knew that visiting your grandparents could change the world, would you do it?" A couple of weeks ago, a video came across my inbox with Sarah Silverman posing this very question.

    As Florida is such a pivotal and undecided state in this year's presidential contest, Silverman...

  • CBS News is clueless about ‘The Great Schlep’ [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    October 14, 2008 | 5:55 pm

    News about The Great Schlep—an effort to mobilize young Jews to visit older relatives in Florida to convince to them to vote for Barack Obama—has been all over the Web for weeks. CBS News just found out about it, and wrongly attributes the idea to Sarah Silverman.

    Comedienne Sarah...

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