Articles from the March 6, 2020 edition

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'Biggest victory of my life' says Netanyahu

“This is the biggest victory of my life,” Netanyahu said, according to Israeli news website N12, after winning 60 Knesset seats, one short of a majority. Last September, Likud won 56 seats—not a majority, which led to the third elections.... Full story

 By James Russell    News    March 6, 2020

For the 3,500 teens at the annual BBYO convention, the world needs their help

(JNS) DALLAS-Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate-change activist Greta Thunberg was not at BBYO's International Convention here last week, but when her name was mentioned, throngs of teenagers... Full story


Israel hopes to have vaccine shortly

Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis told the Jerusalem Post that Israeli scientists are on the cusp of developing the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus. If all goes as planned, the vaccine could be ready within a few weeks and... Full story


JFS kicks off 2020 Restock Challenge

The Jewish Family Services’ Restock Challenge food drive is here once again (through April 15, 2020). JFS Orlando challenges you to make your donation stretch further! During the Restock Challenge, The Weiner Family and The Winter Park Wealth... Full story


Unsung hero of Entebbe hostage rescue focus of new film

(MELBOURNE, FL)-The world held its breath for seven days In 1976, after an Air France airplane carrying 250 passengers to Paris from Tel Aviv was hijacked by terrorists. The Israeli mission to rescue... Full story


Dr. Ken Hanson's dose of history at Temple Israel

Back by popular demand, Dr. Ken Hanson returns to Temple Israel on Saturday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. to bring the Dead Sea Scrolls to life. and Dr. Hanson's entertaining presentation, followed by... Full story


Coming up at The Roth Family JCC

World War II novelists are next visiting authors The Roth Family JCC will present novelists Jan Eliasberg and Kristin Harmel at the next visiting author event on Thursday, March 12, from 7 p.m.-9... Full story


55,000 students miss school as rockets rain down on southern Israel

(JNS)-At least 14 Palestinian rockets rained down on southwestern Israel on Monday, with one striking and damaging a playground in the town of Sderot and another shattering a car windshield in Nir... Full story

 By JTA Staff    News    March 6, 2020

Expressing concern about 'bigotry,' Bernie Sanders says he'll skip this year's AIPAC conference

(JTA)—After weeks of skirting questions about whether he would attend the annual conference held by AIPAC, Bernie Sanders has declared his intentions: No, he won’t go, and not because his schedule won’t allow it. In a two-tweet statement, Sande... Full story

 By Jackson Richman    News    March 6, 2020

AIPAC calls Sanders decision to 'skip' conference 'shameful'

(JNS)—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, skipped the annual AIPAC Policy Conference. “The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security,” said Sanders. “So do the Palestinian... Full story


Bernie Sanders skipping AIPAC shouldn't be a surprise-AIPAC has already capitulated to the right

BERKELEY, Calif. (JTA)—For the casual observer, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ recent pronouncement that he is skipping the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee out of a “concern[] about the platform AIPAC provides... Full story


Coronavirus and the biblical quarantine

Be careful who you are exposed to. Public health officials around the world are desperately trying to cope with the spread of the coronavirus. There is growing fear that a global pandemic may be impossible to stop. So far, this respiratory illness... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 6, 2020

J'Accuse! Our Dreyfus and theirs

(JNS) Two months after its shellacking in the United Kingdom’s general elections, the Labour Party continues to remind British voters of why they chose the “anyone-but-Jeremy-Corbyn” option. Last week, it was the turn of John McDonnell—Corbyn... Full story

 By David Suissa    Opinions    March 6, 2020

No more sitting ducks: Jews need to learn self-defense

(JNS)—After each anti-Semitic attack, Jews seem to get weaker and more vulnerable. One reason is that instead of taking real action, we prefer to complain and release cliché-ridden statements expressing our “outrage.” If you have a political... Full story


Every question-and-answer period at every Jewish event ever (a little Purim fun)

NEW YORK (JTA)—The guest expert’s talk at the local JCC/synagogue/federation is wrapping up. Speaker: ...and in conclusion, if we don’t remember this history, we are doomed to repeat it. As Hillel said, “If I am not for myself, who will be... Full story


Hunters: Should killing Nazis be entertaining?

The controversial Amazon series means well but misses the mark. Should killing Nazis be entertaining? Should we watch a shoot ‘em up comic book stylized TV series about Holocaust survivors who try to hunt down and murder Nazis in 1970s America whil... Full story


Newspapers don't speak for their communities, never have

Dear Editor:  I am writing in response to the JCRC attack editorial against the Heritage published Feb. 21, 2020. The JCRC makes a point of saying that the Heritage “is not supported by or affiliated with any Jewish institution or agency” as if... Full story


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... Full story


Pre-registration is open for the annual Cong. Sinai golf tournament

The Annual Congregation Sinai Men’s Club Golf Tournament is open to the entire community. It will take place on Sunday, March 29, in Clermont, Florida. This scramble format golf tournament will start at the Green Valley Golf Course at 8 8.m.... Full story


Bereavement through a Jewish lens

The need was evident. When looking for a grief support group, every group listed was held at a church. If you are Jewish, churches are not necessarily comfortable surroundings. Seeing a cross or statue of Jesus is not comforting. The Jewish Pavilion... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    March 6, 2020

Nearly 200 Israeli middle school students quarantined after contact with coronavirus

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Over 200 Israelis, most of them middle school students, have been ordered into quarantine after coming into contact with a group of South Korean tourists, some of whom were infected with the coronavirus. Students and teachers from... Full story

 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 6, 2020

Israeli coronavirus carrier infected his wife and sold Purim costumes to children while sick

(JTA)—The owner of a toy shop near Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport infected his wife with the coronavirus, bringing the number of known cases in that country to three. The man, who was not named, spent about 30 hours at the Red Pirate costume shop... Full story


MDA operations heightened as first non-quarantined Israeli gets COVID-19

(JNS)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured Magen David Adom’s national operations center on Thursday along with other senior Israeli officials and ministers as the first Israeli outside of quarantine was diagnosed with COVID-19, the... Full story

 By Yaakov Lappin    News    March 6, 2020

Hamas fails to curb Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which has no interest in stabilizing Gaza

(JNS)-For months, the Israeli government has pursued the objective of trying to stabilize the Gaza Strip. It tried to reach new truce understandings with Hamas through indirect negotiations-brokered... Full story

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    March 6, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Spotlight: FOJA-Future Old Jews of America

The window is opened in the room... some believe that opening a window allows the soul to depart. A candle lit, a prayer said, “Blessed are you, Lord our God, Master of the Universe, the True Judge.” Psalm 51 is read... It’s the Jewish way.... Full story


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