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  • 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...

  • Last pushes for Jewish votes in Ohio, other swing states stir emotions

    November 5, 2012 | 1:42 pm

    The family wedding. The entrance to the local synagogue. The future of Israel. Your precious grandchild.

    In the final days of what has been a close and bitterly contested election, it’s not so much that nothing is sacred in the fight for the Jewish vote. It’s that little that is...

  • A Jew tours for Mitt Romney

    By Dennis Prager

    November 1, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    I spent last week speaking to thousands of Romney supporters in four “battleground” states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Virginia. I traveled with my Salem Radio Network colleagues Hugh Hewitt and Michael Medved and the actor Jon Voight, one of the few Hollywood stars who is a...

  • A week on the Florida campaign trail

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 24, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Day One: Departing Israel

    Spending a week in Florida on the eve of a presidential election has become a habit for me — one I cherish. Meeting the elderly women who suddenly become interested in politics; attending synagogues, to which the candidates flock in droves to speak;...

  • Pro-Obama video by Sarah Silverman’s sister to begin airing in Florida

    October 22, 2012 | 10:02 am

    A video in support of President Obama produced by the sister of comedian Sarah Silverman will begin airing in Florida.

    The video by Rabbi Susan Silverman, a Reform rabbi who lives in Jerusalem, posted last week on Facebook shows Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in an interview...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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