Florida rejects BDS movement with new law, resolutions

While some may debate what the Florida Legislature accomplished this year, there is no doubt it took bold stances against the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) Movement that will have lasting effects. On Thursday, March 10, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill prohibiting the state’s multi-million dollar pension fund from investing in companies that boycott Israel. “I am proud to […]

Pew study: Nearly half of Israel’s Jews favor expelling Arabs

TEL AVIV – In a survey that spanned politics, religion and interfaith relations, one statistic stood out: nearly half of Israel’s Jews support expelling the country’s Arabs. The Pew Research Center’s study of Israelis’ attitudes, which had its findings released Tuesday, March 8, had asked respondents whether they agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel.” Fortyeight percent […]

Jewish transgender man gives birth and embraces life as a single ‘abba’

(JTA) — When Rafi Daugherty went to the hospital for the birth of his first child, he posted a sign on the delivery room door. “I am a single transgender man having my first baby,” it read. “I use he/him/his pronouns and will be called ‘Abba’ (Hebrew for father) by the baby. Papa, Dad, Daddy, Father … are also ok.” […]

Just a nosh…

Sanders outdid Clinton 2-1 among Michigan Arab Americans WASHINGTON – Arab Americans in the Dearborn area voted 2 to 1 for Bernie Sanders in the Michigan Democratic primary, the Dearborn-based Arab American News reported Wednesday, March 9, the day after Sanders upset Hillary Clinton. Sanders, the only Jewish candidate running for president from either major party, campaigned among Arab Americans, […]

‘Chains of Tradition’ reunion planned for Temple B’nai Israel students

Since 1970, each confirmation student from the religious school at Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater has literally been linked to all the other confirmands at the temple. On the weekend of Friday- Saturday, April 15-16, a special event called “Chains of Tradition,” is planned to strengthen ties among not only confirmation students, but all who have attended the religious school. […]

Arab League: Hezbollah a terror group

(JTA) – The Arab League has declared the Lebanon based Shiite group Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Lebanon and Iraq, which expressed “reservations,” were the only two members of the 22-member pan-Arab group not to vote in favor of the declaration Friday, according to the Times of Israel. Among the other countries in the Arab League are: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, […]

Jewish Heritage Day at Rays returns

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties will once again gather community baseball fans to show their Jewish pride for Jewish Heritage Day with the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, April 17. This year at least 300 are expected to attend the 1 p.m. game when the Rays take on the Chicago White Sox. “We’re here to connect the […]

Humanity is an interesting collection…

On February 28, Stuart Berger was awarded the PRIMER award for his long-standing service in fighting for equal representation in the media for the Jewish community. I found his acceptance speech so very moving and with his permission we have reprinted it below. As you read it, consider how we all struggle in being created in the image of, but […]

Jewish Teen Network program to include kayak trip, beach cleanup

An environmental experience for the Jewish Teen Network is planned for Sunday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when participants will go on a kayaking adventure to Caladesi Island. This event is open to all Jewish youths in grades 8-12 in Pinellas County. Participants will meet at Sail Honeymoon on the Dunedin Causeway, then kayak to Caladesi Island […]

Jewish wedding customs are meaningful and beautiful

For this special Wedding Edition of our community’s’ wonderful Jewish Press, I would like to devote this column to a brief discussion of our people’s wedding customs. They are so meaningful and so beautiful! The Hebrew term for marriage is Kiddushin. That same Hebrew word is also used to mean sanctification. I believe our ancestors selected the same term for […]