Articles from the February 24, 2023 edition

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 By Howard Blas    News    February 24, 2023

The Abraham Accords of tennis

(JNS) - The Abraham Accords have made a major impact on international relations in the Middle East. They are also proving an ace for Israeli tennis. Last month, young players and coaches from the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 24, 2023

Nikki Haley is the first Republican to challenge Trump

(JTA) - Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who became a pro-Israel favorite during her two years as the Trump administration's ambassador to the United Nations, announced her bid for the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    February 24, 2023

Feinstein will not run again

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Jewish Democrat from California who has been in office for more than three decades, will not run in 2024. "I am announcing today I will not run for...

 

Richard Belzer dies at 78

(JTA) — Richard Belzer wasn’t just a hard-boiled Jew who rose from a troubled childhood to the top of his field — he played one on TV. Belzer, who died Sunday at 78, was a familiar face because of his longstanding roles on “Homicide: Life on the Str...

 

Mommy & Me Purim style

Jewish Beginnings Preschool, a boutique Reggio-inspired program in Altamonte Springs, hosted a Mommy & Me with a Jewish Twist: Purim Edition! Young mothers and their babies, ages 0-3, gathered to...

 

Fundraiser luncheon and fashion show for Hadassah

Orlando Hadassah will host its annual Bunny Rosen Women’s Heart Health Luncheon and Fashion Show on Sunday, March 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Alfond Inn Winter Park, located at 300 E New England Ave, Winter Park. Online registration at h...

 

Come celebrate Purim and network

There will be a Purim celebration with the Jewish Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, March 7, at 8 a.m. at TooJays Deli Restaurant, 2624 E. Colonial Drive Orlando. Hamantashen will be provided courtesy...

 

JAO's Greatest Moment to Learn Gala

Jewish Academy of Orlando’s Greatest Moment to Learn Gala: Celebrating 46 years of Jewish Education in Central Florida takes place on Sunday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m., at the Winter Park Event Center, 1052 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, FL 32789. The A...

 

Have fun while making an impact in this club

Chabad of Altamonte Springs started a new program. It's called the Family Mitzvah Club. The first program, "Impactful Packing," was held Sunday, Feb. 19. Spearheaded by Jennifer Estar Mesika and...

 

'Mind your own business,' Israel's Diaspora minister tells US ambassador about judicial reform urging

(JTA) — The Israeli minister responsible for relations with Jews in the Diaspora has a message for the government of the country where most of them live: “Mind your own business.” Amichai Chikli made the comment Sunday in a radio interview in Israe...

 

AJC head working with 'Israeli friends' to prevent changes to Law of Return

(JNS) — American Jewish Committee CEO Ted Deutch said he is working with his Israeli friends to prevent the government in Jerusalem from changing the Law of Return. Under the current law, an individual with a single Jewish grandparent is eligible f...

 

Amid opposition talk of civil war, Herzog calls to 'lower the flames'

(JNS) — Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Tuesday appealed to politicians and the general public to tone down the rhetoric amid threats that the government’s judicial reform proposal will ignite a “civil war.” “The values of the [1948] Declarati...

 

Wearing tefillin may prevent damage from heart attacks

(JNS) — Wearing tefillin may have life-saving cardiovascular benefits for both men and women, according to University of Cincinnati researchers. Tefillin, or phylacteries, are small leather boxes containing biblical passages on parchment scrolls. T...

 

Why keep pretending that Jews building homes prevents peace?

(JNS) — When the spokespersons for the U.S. State Department and the foreign ministries of America’s Western allies churn out press releases condemning the building of homes for Jews, it’s all a matter of finding a similar document in the archi...

 

Israel and the USA: Political arguments abound

I have mentioned before that I volunteer twice a week at the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience here in New Orleans. I love the experience of guiding people through over 430 years of the American Southern Jewish Experience. Did you know that...

 

Israel's return to Africa can help combat antisemitism

(JNS) — Earlier this month, Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen paid a diplomatic visit to Khartoum, where he met with the leader of Sudan’s transitional government, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. They finalized the terms of a normalization agree...

 

What if Russia wins?

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — Many official reports and media accounts speak of heavy Russian casualties in the Ukraine war, both economic and military, especially in terms of the estimated number of Russian army casualties. The New York Times, in a r...

 

Israel's remarkable heart

(JNS) — The tough stuff is what makes the news right now: Israel is in the midst of an exceedingly distressing situation. But we are so much more than this. We are more than angry demonstrations, communication failures and even the occasional s...

 

Balanced opinion pieces, please

Dear Editor: I notice that most of your opinion pieces and world news briefs come from the right-wing Jewish News Service. Perhaps you should balance these articles with an equal amount of material from center and center-left Jewish publications....

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660. C...

 

In the Netherlands, a majority do not know the Holocaust affected their country

(JTA) — A recent study of the Dutch population conducted by the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany showed an alarming lack of education around the Holocaust in the Netherlands. For one, a majority of Dutch respondents, across all a...

 

This Orthodox Jewish model made history at New York Fashion Week

(New York Jewish Week) - When disability activist Lily Brasch was asked if she would walk the runway as a model for New York Fashion Week, she didn't know if she would be able to do it. That's not...

 

Will Africa be blessed or cursed?

I just returned home to Israel after an extraordinary 10-day trip in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, a massive country in central Africa. I had always wanted to visit Africa but until several...

 

Summer Camp J at the Rosen JCC

Summer will be here before you know it. Now is the best time to make plans for your kids. The Rosen JCC offers Camp J from May 30 through Aug. 4. There is something here for every child. It offers General Camp, which gives kids the chance to experien...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 24, 2023

Israel's dual crises, explained

If it feels like there’s an overload of news out of Israel — a sea of flags at a Jerusalem protest, police sirens outside of a synagogue — that’s because there is. Israel has been consumed by two escalating crises that both appear to be crescendoing...

 

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