Museum exhibit chronicles attempt by Nazis to eradicate homosexuality

The Florida Holocaust Museum’s newest exhibition, “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945,” will open Sunday,April 30 at 10 a.m. The exhibit examines the Nazi regime’s attempt to eradicate homosexuality, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more. Between 1933 and 1945, the German regime promoted racial health policies that sought to eliminate all sources of biological corruption to […]

Hank Azaria opens up about speaking Ladino and latest TV role

Actor Hank Azaria is known for his portrayal of an array of characters – most notably voicing Moe, Chief Wiggum and Apu on The Simpsons. While he may be best known for his work on the long-running animated classic, Azaria, of course, has had a successful career in TV and film, with roles as varied as journalist Michael Kelly in […]

American Jewish students ask Birthright to reject Israel’s boycott law

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Jewish American college students have called on Birthright Israel to take a stand against Israel’s new law that would prevent boycott supporters from entering the country. Some 575 students from 97 colleges and universities and three high schools across the United States sent a letter to Birthright senior executives, Haaretz, which saw the letter, reported. The letter […]

A futuristic Israeli peace plan –­minus the peace

TEL AVIV – Gaza is rebuilt. The West Bank is flourishing. And the trains run from Tel Aviv to Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital. This is the peaceful future being pitched by Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz. In recent months, he has been shopping around a pair of ambitious economic initiatives that he says could reshape the Middle East to […]

Jewish playwright takes on wife’s cancer diagnosis

Sam Simon, a Jewish playwright and actor, will perform his play that portrays how his Jewish faith helped him support his wife during breast cancer, at the upcoming Tampa International Fringe Festival. The award-winning play, The Actual Dance, is an off-Broadway love story that opens a rare window into the mind and soul of a husband and caregiver after receiving […]

Museum, Eckerd to present 25 Holocaust survivor stories

The Florida Holocaust Museum, celebrating its 25th anniversary, has set out to tell the stories of 25 Holocaust survivors. Titled “25 Survivors, 25 Stories … Celebrating 25 Years!,” over the next 25 months, the museum will profile a different Holocaust survivor on the 25th of every month, with many of them from the Tampa Bay area. The stories will be […]

Hebrew teacher orchestrates her final school Seder

The annual Passover Seder at Hillel Academy had added meaning this year: Hebrew instructor Ilana Ladetzy led the model Seder for the last time. Ladestzy is retiring after 41 years of teaching, the last 20 at Hillel Academy. Besides teaching Hebrew, Ladetzky has been in charge of numerous special events at Hillel Academy, such as the Hanukkah speakers bureau and […]

Cardozo, Montefiore societies bestow honors

The Tampa Bay Cardozo and Montefiore Societies annual award ceremony on April 4 honored Cardozo member Gary Teblum and Montefiore member Hal Hershkowitz for their commitment to the legal and financial services communities and the Jewish community Chairing the event were Les Barnett for the legal professionals’ Cardozo Society, and David and Adam Abelson for the new Montefiore Society, whose […]

Administration sends mixed messages on Iran nuke deal

WASHINGTON – Iran is not living up to the “spirit” of the nuclear deal, President Donald Trump said, the latest in a flurry of mixed messages on the deal his administration has relayed in recent days. “As far as Iran is concerned I think they are doing a tremendous disservice to an agreement that was signed,” Trump said Thursday, April […]

Come say happy birthday to Israel, celebrate with the community on May 7

A community-wide celebration for Israel’s 69th birthday, featuring camel rides, Jewish/Israeli food, a movie and Israeli dancing, will be held in St. Petersburg on Sunday, May 7. The Yom HaAtzmaut event, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, will be from noon to 4 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N. , St. Petersburg. The […]