ADL commends efforts to capture suspect in swastika vandalism case in Miami Beach

The ADL Florida Region issued a statement commending the Miami Beach Police Department and the Miami Dade State’s Attorney for their investigation into seven incidents of vandalism on Miami Beach with swastikas in February and March, and the arrest of Sean Kenna for those crimes. Police said Kenna, a 45-year-old homeless man, painted swastikas on the gate to a home, […]

Prominent donor pulls out of AIPAC conference after saying two Muslim lawmakers ‘clash’ with American values

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Adam Milstein, a major pro-Israel funder, has withdrawn from speaking at the annual AIPAC policy conference following a series of tweets in which he accused two Muslim lawmakers of clashing with “American values.” The American Israel Public Affairs Committee distanced itself from Milstein. Milstein, the chairman of the Israeli American Council, said his views as expressed on […]

Pact could benefit aging population here and in Israel

A three-way agreement between the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA), University of South Florida and Tel Aviv University aims to foster collaboration and research between the two universities and development of products that stem from that – all with the goal of improved health and quality of life for aging populations in the Tampa Bay area as well as in Israel. […]

Anti-Semitism, support for Israel and the Democrats

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: Exactly three years ago I wrote a letter to the editor of the Jewish Press expressing my opinion on why Jews should vote for Donald Trump. Tampa’s USF Student Senate had just voted to divest from Israel, and the anti-Israel, anti-Zionist, and anti-Semitic movement at colleges and other left-wing institutions was growing by leaps and bounds. Fast forward […]

Reader doubts hate group stats; points finger elsewhere

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: RE: “Report: Record number of U.S. hate groups” [From JTA news service in Jewish Press (Feb 22- Mar 7, 2019)] Josefin Dolsten cited the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), “ … 1020 hate groups were active last year, an increase of about 7 percent from 2017.” (953 in 2017) The impression created is that hate is increasing at […]

Reader thinks rabbi’s column is out of touch with Jewish community

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: I’ve been a member of the Jewish community in St. Petersburg for over 50 years and have watched a lot of water flow under the bridges. And some of that water concerns the column Rabbinically Speaking. Holy Moses, Miriam and Malachi; the Feb. 22 edition column about marriage, shamefully takes the cupcake. This column and many others by […]

Women’s Seder to celebrate freedom from interfaith perspective

Women representing the Muslim, Catholic, Episcopal and Jewish faiths will highlight what freedom means to their communities when the 21st annual Women’s Community Seder is held on Thursday, April 4 at 6 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater. “Sisters in Faith” is the theme for this year’s event, which traditionally draws a sell-out crowd of about 250 women from […]

Community Passover Seders

Information received as of press time:St. PetersburgFirst Night CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF ST. PETERSBURG, 4010 Park St., St. Petersburg, will hold a First Night Seder on Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. The family friendly Seder will include hand-baked matzah. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Cost is $55 per adult, $36 for children 3-12. No one will be […]


Library collection at New College named in honor of Holocaust survivor

New College of Florida in Sarasota recently re-dedicated the Dr. Helen N. Fagin Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Collection in the Jane Bancroft Cook Library on the New College campus. The collection includes books, documentaries, audio recordings and other materials pertaining to the Holocaust. Fagin, a Sarasota resident who is a Holocaust survivor and retired professor of English and director […]