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Articles from the March 4, 2022 edition

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 By Philissa Cramer    News    March 4, 2022

Ukraine's Zelensky to world's Jews: 'Do not remain silent right now'

(JTA) — The morning after Russian bombs fell at the site of a 1941 massacre of Ukrainian Jews, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the world’s Jews to speak out about what is...

 

A call to action for Ukraine

A special briefing on the situation in Ukraine was held on Tuesday featuring experts from Joint Distribution Committee, Jewish Agency for Israel and National Coalition Supporting Eurasion Jewry. The webinar was presented by United Jewish Appeal...

 

Ginsburg Family Foundation awards $40 million to local organizations

Ginsburg Family Foundation announced grants totaling $40 million to three local organizations focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion in the Central Florida community. The social impact grants were awarded to Nemours Children’s Health,...

 
 By Gabe Friedman    News    March 4, 2022

In 4 years, Zelensky went from Jewish comedian to defender of democracy

(JTA) - Four years ago, Volodymyr Zelensky was an actor on the humorous Ukrainian TV show "Servant of the People," starring as an unlikely president of the Eastern European country. Now, he is at the...

 

Tribute event to honor Dr. Bornstein

The Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center will honor Dr. Rita Bornstein with the Tess Wise White Rose Award at its annual event on April 13, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at the Rollins...

 

PJ Library offers new stories and resources for Passover 2022

Long a trusted resource for Jewish families in more than 35 countries around the world who receive their free books each month, PJ Library offers fresh reading, audio stories, and tasty treats for families celebrating Passover this year, April 15...

 

Help fight hunger one bouquet at a time

Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando has been selected as a beneficiary of the Winn-Dixie Bloomin’ 4 Good Program for the month of March. JFS Orlando’s Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry will receive a $1 donation for every $12.99 Bloomin’ 4...

 

A new partner with the Jewish Pavilion

Lisa Eichenblatt is very excited to partner with the Jewish Pavilion. She has lived in the Central Florida community for over 40 years and has established herself as a recognized success in real...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 4, 2022

Ukraine's Jewish community on edge as Russia invades country

(JNS) — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recognition on Feb. 21 of two “breakaway” states in eastern Ukraine and his subsequent dispatch of “peacekeepers” there — considered by Western nations to be an official invasion of the...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    March 4, 2022

Putin cites goal of 'denazification' of country with Jewish president 

(JTA) — In launching Russia’s war on Ukraine last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin cited a purported need for “denazification” of Ukraine, a country whose president is Jewish. “Its goal is to protect people who have been subjected to...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    March 4, 2022

Ukraine tries recruiting Israelis and other volunteers

(JTA) — Ukraine’s embassy in Israel tried to recruit Israelis to join the Ukrainian fight against Russia in a Facebook post Saturday. “The Embassy has begun the formation of lists of volunteers who wish to participate in combat actions against...

 

The situation in Ukraine

Dan Green, CEO and director general of World ORT, wrote the following news release about the five schools and regional office in Kiev: World ORT has learned with dismay and great concern about the escalation overnight of the security situation in...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    March 4, 2022

Israel now allows unvaccinated tourists to enter

(JTA) — Israel began allowing unvaccinated tourists to enter the country on March 1 as the county’s COVID case numbers continue to decline, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz announced. Tourists will still need to...

 

Israel's never-ending, and very human, 'Who Is a Jew?' saga

(JTA) — Jared Armstong has an emotional story to tell, and he told it in an oped I edited last week for our opinion section (Heritage ran it last week as an article). Armstrong made headlines recently when the Israeli government refused his...

 

J Street convinces congressman to turn against the Jewish state

(JNS) — A New York congressman has withdrawn his support for a pro-Israel bill, saying that J Street, which labels itself as the “home of pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans” convinced him to change his position. This development reveals a great...

 

The great privilege of being a Jew

(JNS) — Let’s face it: The raging debate about Jews having white privilege is a bit absurd. Jews are basically a historical Rorschach depiction of a people. In other words, we take the form; we are regarded through the eyes of those who perceive...

 
 By David Suissa    Opinions    March 4, 2022

The decline of free societies is rooted in these two words

(JNS) — On Feb. 24, 2020, former Indian Supreme Court justice Deepak Gupta delivered a lecture to the Bar arguing that “the right to dissent is the most important right granted by the Constitution.” Gupta took the ancient idea of challenging...

 

I've listened to racism without challenging it - that won't happen again

(JTA) — If I have learned anything over the past month, it is that racist tropes are not harmless words. They must be actively and consistently challenged. You know them and so do I. The racist tropes peddled about Jewish people are plentiful....

 

The Jewish people will survive no matter what

Dear Editor: It is interesting, though nauseating, to read about the “spiritual leader” (Presbyterian) who hates Jews and Israel (accusing the Jewish State of slavery); Amnesty International who finds no country other than the Jewish State...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, some minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of North Orlando and Chabad of Altamonte Springs are holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m....

 

Prayers for peace: How the Jewish world is responding to Russia's invasion of Ukraine

(JTA) — Prayers for peace are an integral part of Jewish worship. Now, they are also a central part of the communal Jewish response as fighting is underway in Ukraine where Russian troops invaded Thursday morning. Here are excerpts from the...

 

Film/TV review: Gratuitous hate crime episode on 'Law and Order'

NBC's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" (Season 23, Episode 10, "Silent Night, Hateful Night,") began 2022 with a troubling episode about religious hate crimes. But just as troubling as the...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    March 4, 2022

Ohio bill would require colleges to allow student accommodation for religious observance

(JNS) - The Ohio House Higher Education Committee heard testimony on Feb. 15 on a bill that would require colleges and universities in the state to provide accommodation for students when there are...

 

75 new immigrants arrive in Israel from war-torn Ukraine

(JNS) - "Everyone is just talking about the war," said Yana Koblenko from Ukraine, who arrived in Israel on Sunday with a plane of 74 other new immigrants. "Until the last minute, I was worried the...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Whether you're a caregiver to your family members or a professional caregiver such as a health provider, teacher, or clergy, recognize that burnout or neglecting your health will impact your ability...

 

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