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Articles from the February 28, 2020 edition

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What makes Israel the 13th happiest country in the world?

(JNS)-"Happy are those who dwell in Your house."-Psalm 84 It's official. Israel has been named the 13th happiest country in the world. So says the 2019 United Nations World Happiness Report, which...

 

Spotlight on local author Joni Okun

"I have written all my life," said Joni Okun, Maitland resident and author of the historical fiction "To Hold the Throne." I've written several children's books that are currently off the market, but...

 
 By Naama Barak    News    February 28, 2020

Water for Gaza

(ISRAEL21c)-Israel-based company Watergen has begun supplying water to a Gazan neighborhood via its water-from-air machine that can generate up to 800 liters per day. Watergen's 780-kilogram GEN-M a...

 

Learn about the Family Tree Maker at the next Jewish genealogy meeting

To help you find, save, and share your family history, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando is giving you a great opportunity to learn the widely-used Family Tree Maker software. Two longtime genealogists will show you some of FTM’s...

 

2019-2020 Kobrin Family Scholarship applications now available

The Kobrin Family created the Kobrin Family Scholarship in 1990 to be awarded to a qualified, full-time student of the Jewish faith from Orange, Osceola or Seminole County who will be attending the University of Central Florida. The scholarship is...

 

Free large print Haggadahs available for the visually impaired

The Jewish Braille Institute Library provides individuals who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped or reading disabled with books, magazines and special publications of Jewish and general interest in audio, large print and Braille...

 

Opportunity to hear Dr. Laurie Cardoza-Moore in Florida

Many people who wanted to hear Dr. Laurie Cardoza-Moore speak in Maitland but didn’t get to because the event was cancelled, can hear her presentation on Anti-Semitism in America at the Cork & Olive, 1061 S. Sun Drive, Unit 1009, Lake Mary, Marcy...

 

Jewish Pavilion receives award from CERA

Dedication to provide education and resources to seniors, caregivers and families is the mission of The Community Education & Resource Affiliation, Inc. The Jewish Pavilion has been an active...

 

Israeli device to help coronavirus patients nears market in China

(ISRAEL21c)-A device developed in Israel that might significantly ease the treatment of coronavirus victims suffering from pneumonia and also reduce the danger of contagion to health care providers...

 

New York City's latest tactic to combat anti-Semitism: An ad campaign featuring diverse Jewish New Yorkers

NEW YORK (JTA)-New York City is hoping that a new ad campaign will make Jewish New Yorkers feel comfortable despite a recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks. The campaign, launched Wednesday by the...

 

Reps. Jordan, Johnson tour Judea, Samaria as lines discussed for mapping Mideast peace plan

(JNS)-Two U.S. Republican House members visited historic and strategic sites in Judea and Samaria days after the creation of a special "deal of the century" committee to begin mapping out Israeli...

 

I care deeply about Israel, so climate change is determining my 2020 vote in America

YARDLEY, Pa. (JTA)—Like every American Zionist, I want my vote for president to ensure Israel’s safety and ideals. Deciding how to vote isn’t always easy. Many, including Yossi Klein Halevi, dread the day when American Zionists must choose betw...

 

Harvard's new Jewish anti-Israel group

(JNS)—There’s a new anti-Semitic student group at Harvard, ironically named the Harvard Jewish Coalition for Peace. Their inaugural event last week, titled “The Jewish case for BDS,” taught undergraduate students how to single out and...

 

Two Nights in Aqaba - Part 2

The next morning, having arrived in Israel the evening before, my son and I began our trip to Jordan. Our route to Aqaba would take us south through downtown Tel Aviv on freeways that made me feel we were in Los Angeles during morning rush hour...

 

Tel Aviv's mayor vs. the Middle East Forum

(JNS)—For three years, the Middle East Forum has been engaged in a campaign to wean Americans and Israelis off the deceptive charms of the “peace process” which has, in fact, produced overwhelmingly malign results. Instead, we argue for an Is...

 

I'm an Orthodox Jew and social scientist-here are 3 forces that pushed my community toward the Republican Party

By Hannah Lebovits CLEVELAND (JTA)—In a recent article, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s Ben Sales and Laura E. Adkins expertly synthesize a number of viewpoints on why Orthodox Jews have increasingly found their political home in the Republican...

 

Moderate Arab states: 'We're with Trump'

By Pinhas Inbari (JNS)—The Palestinian Authority’s loud and vigorous opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” puts the Palestinians in conflict not only with Israel and the United States, but also with the axis of m...

 

JCRC needs to explain itself

Dear Editor: I just read the JCRC’s op-ed (Viewpoint, “Concerns raised about Heritage content,” Feb. 21, 2020 issue) and would be interested to learn what the JCRC considers ‘inaccurate, biased, or bigoted language, presented as factual...

 

What's Happening

MORNING AND EVENING MINYANS (Call synagogue to confirm time.) 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. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael—Monday - Friday, 7:30...

 

Congregation Sinai welcomes everyone to celebrate Shabbat

Congregation Sinai, founded in 2003, offers traditional and creative Shabbat services on Friday evenings starting at 7:30 p.m. with an Oneg as well as short Saturday morning services starting at 10 a.m. followed by Torah study. They provide...

 

Why Sandy Weiss loves volunteering in the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry

"I think it's a privilege to work in the Pantry," said Sandy Weiss, who has volunteered with JFS Orlando since 2018, first as a RAISE coach and now as a full-fledged Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry...

 

11-year-old Pavilion volunteer brings joy to seniors

How often do you hear 11-year-old children today state that one of their goals in life is to bring joy to residents of senior living facilities? Well, let me introduce you to Shira Schoenberg, who...

 

Dead Sea returns to forefront of Israel's economy, tourist industry

(JNS)-Israel's Ministry of Tourism and Land Authority recently announced the winners of two tenders for the construction of four new Dead Sea hotels, part of a new complex that will be constructed...

 

Scene Around

Enough already!... I don't know how much time I have left on this earth... but what about my children and their children and their children? (Upsetting thought!) I read this recently and share it with...

 

This engagement is absolutely bashert!

When the bar mitzvah announcements of Andrew and Eric Lopez, twin sons of Ed and Linda Lopez of Winter Park, were published in the March 31, 2006, issue of the Heritage, Linda kept the paper with...

 

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