Julie Kay


Synagogues in the Sand

By Julie Kay

Synagogues in the Sand
A trip to the Caribbean is usually all about sunshine and sandy beaches. But for tourists with an interest in Jewish history, there are plenty of sites to see.Read More


Terror Victim Mourned At Florida Funeral Service

By Julie Kay

More than 900 mourners gathered Tuesday afternoon at a Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue in South Florida to pay their respects to 16-year-old Daniel Wultz, a victim of a suicide bombing in Israel last month.So many mourners showed up to the service that the fire marshal barred any more from entering, forcing about 100 people to stand in the rain andRead More


89-year-old Bat Mitzvah Girls

By Julie Kay

Sara Zwerin, 89, of Sunrise, Fla., barely can walk and is legally blind, but she is an avid card player who plays canasta at Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center three times a week, using special large-print cards.And, as of last week, she is also a bat mitzvah.Like most elderly Jewish women, Zwerin never had a bat mitzvah, since the coming-of-ageRead More


Jews for Jesus Draws Opposition in Florida

By Julie Kay

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — A fierce religious turf battle exploded in South Florida last month, as a Christian missionary blitz drew fierce opposition from Jewish groups.As part of its “Behold Your God” campaign, several dozen Jews for Jesus activists spent two weeks in mid-December attempting to win over members of the 225,000-personRead More


Florida Prisoner To Receive Kosher Food

By Julie Kay

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The battle to secure kosher meals for an observant Jew serving a life sentence in a Florida prison has been won, but activists say the war is not over. It is still being waged in Florida and a handful of other states that refuse to offer kosher food to inmates.The Florida Department of Corrections recently settled a lawsuitRead More






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