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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 31, 2006 / 2 Shevat, 5766

National ‘Jewish Heritage Month’ appears closer to reality

By William E. Gibson

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (KRT) Hoping to highlight the contributions of Jewish culture to the nation, a determined group of South Floridians is leading a campaign to create an American Jewish History Month.

With backing from Congress and President Bush, their dream appears headed for reality. Every January, schoolchildren throughout Florida study the long, sometimes painful, but always productive Jewish history of their state. An American Jewish history month would expand that cross-cultural experience on a national scale.

Prompted by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution urging the president to proclaim an American Jewish History Month. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., plans to push the same resolution through the Senate.

But only the president can make such a proclamation, and Bush intends to designate what he prefers to call "Jewish Heritage Month" to be celebrated sometime in the spring. That would expand past proclamations of "Jewish Heritage Week," which last year was in May.
Most people, even Jews, equate Jews with the Holocaust. American Jewish history has taken a backseat.

Marcia Zerivitz, director of the Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami Beach, one of the leading promoters of Jewish History Month

"The president realizes the importance of recognizing American Jewish contributions to this nation," White House spokesman Blair Jones said. The White House is working closely with House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Wasserman Schultz to decide how best to celebrate, including picking a month.

Promoters hope to build momentum for a Jewish equivalent to Black History Month, which is celebrated in February. They see an opportunity to burnish pride in Jewish contributions to American society while also helping non-Jews understand the culture, holidays and history of a small but influential minority.

"Most Americans don't have much exposure to Jewish people, who make up less than 2 percent of the population," Wasserman Schultz said in an interview. "This would be a chance for kids who do not have contact with Jews to at least know what their contributions and culture are about."

She and other promoters envision festivals, exhibits and school programs. A curriculum on Jewish history would be provided to schools across the country, much like the one in Florida.

At Lake Worth Community High School, for example, students learn that Jewish settlers came to Florida as early as 1763. Florida Sen. David Levy Yulee, who helped write the state constitution, became the first Jewish member of the U.S. Senate in 1845. And after World War II, a Jewish migration flowed into South Florida, now home to one of the largest Jewish communities in the world.

Students also discuss their perceptions of Jewish retirees and "snowbirds" who flock to South Florida in the winter.

"We try to get rid of preconceived notions," said Meryl Preston, a teacher at the school. "We discuss why people talk the way they talk, including some slang words. The message is that it's OK to be different."

At Loggers' Run Middle School in Boca Raton, which has a larger Jewish population than the high school, students are engaged in a reading program with Israeli students over the Internet, while also learning facts about Jewish history. "If the children are Jewish, they are very proud," teacher Maureen Marullo said. "Many have come from the North, and they are proud to know that Jewish people played a part in Florida history."

In Florida, which began celebrating Jewish History Month in 2003, these lessons often are interwoven with Holocaust studies, which schools by law are required to teach. However, promoters of a nationwide celebration would rather stress Jewish history in this country.

"The Holocaust has overshadowed all of this," said Marcia Zerivitz, director of the Jewish Museum of Florida in Miami Beach, one of the leading promoters of Jewish History Month. "It's such an emotional thing. Most people, even Jews, equate Jews with the Holocaust. American Jewish history has taken a backseat."

Lessons about anti-Semitism and discrimination inevitably must be included in any study of Jewish history in Florida, the nation and the world.

"This is not to be denied, not forgotten," Zerivitz said. "But what we are focusing on are the good things, the contributions Jews have made. We want to give young Jews a sense of pride in what our people have accomplished."

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