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  • 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...

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  • 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. 

    Stevenson,...

  • 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...

  • With the Republican base on the ropes, all eyes are on Florida —again

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 8, 2008 | 5:52 am

    Most Jews live in three states, two of which, New York and California, are already in the bank for Sen. Barack Obama.

    It's the third one, Florida, that has the presidential campaigns in a frenzy. There are roughly 650,000 Jews in Florida, out of 18 million residents. Concentrated in...
  • With the Republican base on the ropes, all eyes are on Florida —again

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 8, 2008 | 12:22 am

    Most Jews live in three states, two of which, New York and California, are already in the bank for Sen. Barack Obama.

    It's the third one, Florida, that has the presidential campaigns in a frenzy. There are roughly 650,000 Jews in Florida, out of 18 million residents. Concentrated in...

  • VIDEOS: Jackie Mason vs.  Sarah Silverman—Battle YouTube

    By The Web Guy

    October 4, 2008 | 4:12 pm

    First came Sarah Silverman with a video for The Great Schlep, an organized effort to get young Jews across America to visit older relatives in Florida to convince them to back Obama [WARNING ADULT LANGUAGE]:

    And here’s Jackie Mason’s response, gleefully e-mailed all over cyberspace yesterday (Silverman’s video was released Sept. 25) by the Republican Jewish Coalition:

     

  • VIDEO: The Daily Show—Jewish voters in Florida assess debate

    September 30, 2008 | 3:39 pm


    Comedy (?) from The Daily Show. Post-debate analysis reveals John McCain is going to die soon, and Michelle Obama has a big butt. Are these Florida swing voters hilariously out of touch, or simply telling it like it is?  Wyatt Cenac reports.

     

  • VIDEO: Sarah Silverman talks trash to back Barack

    By The Web Guy

    September 25, 2008 | 3:13 pm

    Once again, Sarah Silverman steps up to the Hollywood Jew home plate and knocks one out of the park.  Go L.A. !

    In this video for The Great Schlep, the effort to get young Jews to visit retired relatives in Florida and convince them to vote for Barack Obama, Sarah uses bad language to promote smart ideas.

    It’s infuriating, funny, wise and insightful, and just as good as you’d hope.

    Rough language warning.

    Hollywood Jew hat-tip to Brad A. Greenberg who beat me to this choice video morsel.

    Thanks, amigo!

     

     

  • Public money for Jewish schools:
    Free not-quite-but-sort-of Jewish education

    By Julie G Fax

    August 28, 2008 | 1:49 am

    At the Ben Gamla school in Hollywood, Fla., students can get kosher food in the cafeteria, and many wear kippahs to school. They engage in acts of chesed, they worry about speaking lashon hara, and they are taught to treat each other and their teachers with derech eretz. But...
  • VIDEO: Jewish ‘condo vote’ will be hard to crack

    August 26, 2008 | 7:21 pm

    Ron Kampeas and Eric Fingerhut file their first video report from Denver, after attending a panel discussion Monday on the Jewish vote sponsored by the National Jewish Democratic Council

  • John Ubele: another scary political candidate

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 17, 2008 | 2:48 pm

    Remember Bill Johnson, the white supremacist attorney who last month lost a bid for the Los Angeles Superior Court bench? Well, I just stumbled across another political candidate who appears to cast the same blame for the United States’ problems on immigrants and the Jews.

    I...

  • VIDEO: Mayor Bloomberg urges Florida Jews to fight Obama rumors

    June 20, 2008 | 9:12 pm

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged Jewish voters in Florida to disregard damaging rumors about presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Dean Reynolds reports.

     

  • Florida considers Christian-themed license plates

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 25, 2008 | 11:30 am

    MIAMI - Florida drivers can order more than 100 specialty license plates celebrating everything from manatees to the Miami Heat, but one now under consideration would be the first in the nation to explicitly promote a specific religion.

    The Florida Legislature is considering a...

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

    By Larry Luxner

    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...

  • Theater: Troy vs. ‘Tsuris’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "How should I prepare?" asks playwright Mark Troy after agreeing to an interview the following morning about his new play, "Tsuris," opening Friday, Dec. 22, at the Sidewalk Studio Theater in Toluca Lake. "Should I wear a blue tuxedo?" Although he is not a standup comedian and says...
  • Edgy 80’s Director Takes A Walk on the Mild Side

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At 15, director Susan Seidelman set her alarm for 2 a.m., and sneaked out her bedroom window to party. At her suburban Philadelphia high school, she was suspended more than once for wearing oh-so-short miniskirts.

    At her Reform synagogue, she and her pals ditched confirmation class...

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