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Italian synagogues and churches reopen, but with fewer worshippers allowed By Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Synagogues and churches have reopened in northern Italy, where they had been shut down since that area went into lockdown following the first...

Palestinians reject COVID-19 aid from UAE because it was coordinated through Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority rejected a humanitarian shipment of medical supplies sent by the United Arab Emirates because it coordinated the shipment with Israel. The Etihad Airways flight that landed Tuesday night in Israel...

Heritage accepting nominations for Human Service Award

Heritage Florida Jewish News is accepting nominations for the 2020 Heritage Human Service Award, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando in August. “For more than 30 years, individuals who have...

Abbas ends security cooperation

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to all agreements with Israel, including security cooperation, effectively turning over to Israel’s government the running of the entire West Bank. “The...

Caring for the mental and physical wellbeing of those most vulnerable

Something was different. On Tuesday, May 19, in the spot where the Kinneret bus is generally parked, the Toasted truck took its place. By 10:30 a.m. there was the distinct scent of grilled cheese...

The silence of the Jews

(JNS) — A young Israeli soldier, Amit Ben-Yigal, was stoned to death last week by Palestinian Arab terrorists. The response of the American Jewish left was appalling. However, the response of the rest of the Jewish community wasn’t much better....

'I am not a Jew with trembling knees'

(JNS) — On July 1, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce plans to extend Israeli sovereignty over portions of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) containing the vast majority of Israeli settlements. This territory comprises 30...

A muffled consensus serves not Israel but her enemies

(JNS) — Should Jewish communal organizations aim to achieve consensus above all or bear witness to the truth? Both in the Diaspora and in Israel, Jews are divided over politics, religion and worldview. These arguments, moreover, generally carry...

Israel has drawn a line in the sand

(JNS) — Cyber warfare is usually waged in secret. In a world where borders and geography are of no importance, the main challenge is to take action and cause damage without leaving tracks and risking reprisal. That is how all the players operate....

The Abbas comedy and the ongoing Palestinian tragedy

JNS) — If you think you’ve seen this movie before, you’re right. Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has declared that he is abrogating all agreements with Israel so many times it’s a wonder that he could do so again with a...

The very strong silver lining of COVID-19

Coronavirus has shaken up the world to an extent not experienced since World War II. In an era when the word unprecedented is used constantly, we are living through a time that is truly unprecedented. For this reason, it is astounding that in a...

Saffran family awards college scholarships to local youth who persevered after losing a parent

Winter Park resident Pam Saffran and her three children know how hard it is to move forward after traumatic loss and the critical role community support plays in keeping dreams alive. The Saffrans...

Rare Bar Kochba-era coin at Temple Mount

(JNS) - In honor of Lag B'Omer, a Jewish holiday commemorating the life of anti-Roman Torah sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the Israel Antiquities Authority on Monday revealed the discovery of a rare...

Scene Around

OH NO! NOT ANOTHER POEM! (written by "Yours Truly") Hello, my friends, I'm still at home... I guess I'll write another poem, I have a mask, I have a glove, And lots of chocolate (that I love,) But I...

Shavuot gift bags for senior citizens

Jewish Pavilion seniors in long-term care received goody bags for Shavuot. The bags contained the message below along with information about Shavuot, cheese crackers, milk chocolate, cheese cake...

Embrace the possible

Chabad of Peabody (Massachusetts) will host a virtual historical evening with award-winning author, Holocaust survivor and psychologist Dr. Edith Eger on June 2, 7:30 p.m. She will discuss her book,...

Cheesecake made in your Instant Pot

A quick search for "Instant Pot recipes" will yield hundreds of ideas for savory dishes - everything from chilis, pasta, soups, casseroles, and more. But did you know that you can also use your...

Obituary - RANDOLPH SCOTT RAWISZER

Randolph S. “Randy” Rawiszer, age 60, of DeLand, passed away at his residence on May 13, 2020. Randy was a native of New York, born on Sept. 4, 1959 to Zorina Rawiszer and the late Martin Solomon. Randy was a high school graduate and attended...

Obituary - DAVID STANLEY WERBER

David S. Werber, age 68, of Kissimmee and formerly of Revere and Dorchestser, Mass., died suddenly on Sunday, May 17, 2020. He was born in Boston on April 25, 1952, to the late Joseph and Dora Siegal Werber. David graduated Boston Tech in the Top...

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