Zionist Organization of America opens Florida office to take more active role here

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is opening an offi ce in Boca Raton, to enhance its presence in Florida in response to the demand for increased pro-Israel activism and leadership. Joseph M. Sabag will serve as ZOA’s executive director there. With nearly 800,000 Jews residing in Florida, as well as other significant pro-Israel communities, the ZOA plans to take […]


MAXINE ROSENFELD, 82, of Clearwater, died Aug. 25. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Gene; daughter-in-law, Maria; and four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


MARCIA IRIS MCGRATH, 55, of Palm Harbor, died Aug. 30. She was born in Bronx, NY and moved to Florida in 1989 from Long Island, NY. She worked as a judicial assistant in the Pasco County Court System for many years. Survivors include her companion, James Waddell; two sons and daughterin law, Brian Doeinck and Jesse and Valerie Doeinck; two […]


SYLVIA LEE ZIMBLER, 85, of Clearwater, died Sept. 11. Born in Long Island City, she was raised in Brooklyn and in 1974 moved to the Tampa Bay area from Glen Cove, NY. She attended Brooklyn College and graduated from Long Island University School of Education and taught at the Children’s Home Society in Tampa. She was a member of Temple […]


JWV Mah jongg tourney: The Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish War Veterans Post 409 will hold its annual mah jongg tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. The event, open to all, will be held at Regency Oaks, located off Sunset Point Road in Clearwater. Cost is $20 per person and reservations are […]

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Reconnecting to our roots

If we had a library that contained only the 10 books which most influenced the course of human destiny, Albert Einstein’s book on Relativity, the source book of the Atomic Age, would certainly be included in this list. In the preface of his book, we read, “The author has spared himself no pains in his endeavor to present the main […]

Too Old for Hip Surgery

This headline ran over a Wall Street Journal article about rationing of health care in Canada. It offers a sad outlook if the U.S. Health Care System follows the Canadian “Too Old for Hip Surgery” model. Preventive care will be the focus of the future. Quality of Life depends on having a supportive and conscientious environment within which to age. […]

Astronaut returns from space with Jewish proclamation

Four years after the first Jewish American Heritage Month was proclaimed, the original presidential proclamation has encircled the globe — literally — and now is going on national exhibit, thanks to the Jewish Museum of Florida. This past May, Garrett Reisman, the first Jewish crew member on the International Space Station, took the proclamation with him on his journey into […]

Jewish groups step up efforts to combat anti-Muslim bigotry

Jewish groups have stepped up efforts to combat anti-Muslim bigotry, with several national initiatives announced and supporting statements coming in from a range of Jewish voices. In Washington, officials from several Jewish organizations took part Sept. 7 in an emergency summit of Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders that denounced anti-Muslim bigotry and called for a united effort by all faiths […]

Jewish deputy sues L.A. department over harassment

LOS ANGELES (JTA) –The Jewish sheriff ’s deputy who arrested actor Mel Gibson for drunken driving is suing his department for harassment since the July 2006 incident. Because he reported requests from superiors to remove Gibson’s anti-Semitic tirade from the initial arrest report, the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department has continuously passed him over for deserved promotions and retaliated […]