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  • South Florida’s Jewish population grows

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 15 (JTA) — More than 10 percent of all American Jews reside in the South Florida counties of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade. The Jewish population of these areas, which now stands at 644,000, increased by 30 percent during the past 20 years. These figures come from a new study,…

  • Jack Lemmon learns from new character

    PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 23 (JTA) — Some people leave an indelible mark on the world: You never forget them or the lessons they teach you. Such is the case with veteran actor Jack Lemmon and his most recent television film character, Morrie Schwartz. Lemmon says he was deeply moved by the best-selling book “Tuesdays…

  • HIGH HOLIDAY FEATURE Marvin Hamlisch has won 4 Grammys, but he prefers to work for a good cause

    PALM BEACH, Fla., July 27 (JTA) — When Marvin Hamlisch gets a new calendar, the first thing he does is mark off Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The renowned composer wants to make sure he doesn’t inadvertently schedule jobs on these holidays. In fact, a few years ago Hamlisch taped an interview for the CNN…

  • HIGH HOLIDAY FEATURE Marvin Hamlisch has won 4 Grammys, but he prefers to work for a good cause

    PALM BEACH, Fla., July 27 (JTA) — When Marvin Hamlisch gets a new calendar, the first thing he does is mark off Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The renowned composer wants to make sure he doesn’t inadvertently schedule jobs on these holidays. In fact, a few years ago Hamlisch taped an interview for the CNN…

  • Overweight actress writes book and revels in her role-model status

    ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla., May 2 (JTA) — What if you could take the one trait in yourself that drives you crazy and turn that into an asset? Wouldn’t it be heavenly if you not only accepted — but actually celebrated — your one major shortcoming? That’s the heart and soul of television star Camryn…

  • A Walk on the Moon’ conjures up memories of summers in Catskills

    ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla., May 2 (JTA) — A funny thing happened during a recent South Florida screening of “A Walk on the Moon” that was fitting for a charming film with a Jewish family theme. A woman was leaving the theater when another patron asked her if she enjoyed the film. “Why, yes,” she…

  • HOLIDAY FEATURE Showtime’s ‘Devil’s Arithmetic’ depicts surreal Holocaust

    PASADENA, Calif., March 9 (JTA) — “Open the door to Elijah, child, and invite him in with an open heart,” 16-year-old Hannah Stern is instructed by her beloved Aunt Eva during the family’s Passover seder. The girl, who had previously rejected much of her Jewish heritage, is strangely drawn into the hall of her aunt’s…

  • HOLIDAY FEATURE Showtime’s ‘Devil’s Arithmetic’ depicts surreal Holocaust

    PASADENA, Calif., March 9 (JTA) — “Open the door to Elijah, child, and invite him in with an open heart,” 16-year-old Hannah Stern is instructed by her beloved Aunt Eva during the family’s Passover seder. The girl, who had previously rejected much of her Jewish heritage, is strangely drawn into the hall of her aunt’s…

  • Comedian Alan King picks a peck of kosher pickles

    ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla., July 7 (JTA) — Did you hear the one about the comedian who went to a deli and ended up becoming a partner in a Florida kosher food venture? It’s no joke. Several months ago, Alan King, the legendary Borscht Belt comic, was eating a corned beef sandwich at a Boca…