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  • 'Biggest victory of my life' says Netanyahu

    Christine DeSouza|Mar 6, 2020

    “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. “Together we did the impossible,” the prime minister added, saying, “Together, we turned Israel into a superpower,” citing growing relations with Arab and Muslim countries and promising to sign peace treaties with them. Netanyahu also promised to secure future generations by annexing parts of the West Bank... Full story

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

    James Russell|Mar 6, 2020

    (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 applauded and screamed as if she was. That's because climate-change activism was as much of a theme of the four-day conference as the official one "Tomorrow Happens Here." Avi Garbow, environmental advocate for the sportswear line Patagonia who received the annual STAND UP Award on behalf of the company,... Full story

  • Israel hopes to have vaccine shortly

    Mar 6, 2020

    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 available in 90 days, according to a release. “Congratulations to MIGAL [The Galilee Research Institute] on this exciting breakthrough,” Akunis said. “I am confident there will be further rapid progress, enabling us to provide a needed response to the grave global COVID-19 threat,” Akunis said, referri... Full story

  • JFS kicks off 2020 Restock Challenge

    Mar 6, 2020

    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 Group will generously match $0.50 for every $1 or pound of nonperishable food you donate to restock JFS Orlando’s Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry, with a total match up to $10,000. Are you up to the challenge? Last year, the Restock Challenge collected enough donations to feed more than 900 families. Ple... Full story

  • Unsung hero of Entebbe hostage rescue focus of new film

    Mar 6, 2020

    (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 them, known as Operation Thunderbolt, is just one of the many moving events depicted in the new documentary film, "Cojot," which will be screened at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the Premiere Theaters Oaks 10 in Melbourne. "Cojot," a film by Boaz Dvir, is narrated by actor Judd Nelson and tells... Full story

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

    Mar 6, 2020

    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 dessert, refreshments, and a book signing will be held in the Roth Social Hall for Havdalah. Tickets are $10 for individuals and $18 for couples, with a $5 cash donation for wine and beer. This time, the topic of his presentation is "The 2000-Year-Old Man." A "space-time warp" has transported a hapless... Full story

  • Coming up at The Roth Family JCC

    Mar 6, 2020

    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 p.m. Both novels take their readers on inspiring journeys during World War II. Eliasberg's spy thriller, "Hannah's War," tells a story of love, war, deception and espionage whose heroine was inspired by a real-life female physicist. Harmel's novel, "The Winemaker's Wife," tells a story about the... Full story

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

    Mar 6, 2020

    (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 Am. Twelve of the rockets intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome air-defense system, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The rocket fire was a continuation of Sunday's attacks, which saw some 30 projectiles launched at Israel. The attacks were claimed by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). Iron Dome is... Full story

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

    JTA Staff|Mar 6, 2020

    (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, Sanders said he would skip the conference—a traditional can’t-miss for presidential candidates—because he is “concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights.” “As president, I will support the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians and do every... Full story

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

    Jackson Richman|Mar 6, 2020

    (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 people. I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights. For that reason I will not attend their conference,” he tweeted. “As president, I will support the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians and do everything possible to bring pe... Full story

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

    David Schraub|Mar 6, 2020

    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 for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights” might seem like a political earthquake. Prominent Democrats—first Sen. Elizabeth Warren, then Sanders—have now declared they will skip the annual AIPAC conference. Is this a harbinger of a sea change in American views about Israel? Not... Full story

  • Coronavirus and the biblical quarantine

    Rabbi Benjamin Blech, Aish Hatorah Resources|Mar 6, 2020

    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 has infected more than 80,000 people and killed at least 2,800 to the best of our knowledge. Cruise ships, unwitting tourists, travelers and others are slowly transmitting this angel of death to destinations far from its Chinese source. Modern medicine, with all of its miracles, is stymied. There is... Full story

  • J'Accuse! Our Dreyfus and theirs

    Ben Cohen|Mar 6, 2020

    (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’s main lieutenant and a stalwart of the party’s far-left—to plumb the depths of illogical, offensive and plain ignorant political rhetoric. Speaking immediately after a visit to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in the grim surroundings of south London’s Belmarsh prison, McDonnell produced an unfor... Full story

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

    David Suissa|Mar 6, 2020

    (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 agenda, such loud condemnations can be useful. If a white supremacist attacks Jews, Trump-hating Democrats will be all over it. If the attacker is Islamic or from the left, Republicans will feast. Remember when anti-Semitism used to bring Jews together by uniting us against a common enemy? What happen... Full story

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

    Andrew Silow Carroll|Mar 6, 2020

    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 for me?” And finally, as Rabbi Tarfon put it so eloquently, “It is not our duty to finish the work, but neither are we free to neglect it.” Thank you. Moderator: Let’s thank our speaker for what we all can agree was a beautiful and powerful presentation. At this point we can take a few questions, but please,... Full story

  • Hunters: Should killing Nazis be entertaining?

    Gideon Silverstone, Aish Hatorah Resources|Mar 6, 2020

    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 while they are trying to reconstitute a Fourth Reich? If your answer is no, then don’t watch Hunters. Hunters is a new Amazon Prime video series created by David Weil and executive produced by Jordan Peele. It follows Peter Parker-esque Jonah Heidelbaum whose Holocaust survivor grandmother is murdered. Wh... Full story

  • Newspapers don't speak for their communities, never have

    Mar 6, 2020

    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 this is something bad. Personally, I think newspapers should be independent. The JCRC makes a point of saying that the Heritage “does not speak for the Central Florida Jewish community.” Well, of course not. Does the Orlando Sentinel speak for the Orlando or the central Florida community? The JCRC th... Full story

  • What's Happening

    Mar 6, 2020

    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 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-644-2500. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona—Monday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m., 904-672-9300. Congregation Ohev Shalom—Sunday, 9 a.m., 407-298-4650. GOBOR Community Minyan at Jewish Academy of Orlando—Monday—Friday, 7:45 a.m.—8:30 a.m. Temple I... Full story

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

    Mar 6, 2020

    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. Shotgun will start at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $55, and includes: 18 Holes of Golf, Range Balls, Lunch, On-Course Contests, Prizes & Awards After Tournament. There is an extra bonus option of a special $10 ticket, which includes room for 3 Mulligans. They are looking for individuals and teams of up to 4 g... Full story

  • Bereavement through a Jewish lens

    Wendy Ring Levine|Mar 6, 2020

    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 recognized the need for Jewish people to have an inviting atmosphere to contribute to their healing. They teamed with VITAS and Rabbi Maurice Kaprow and began semi-annual support groups at non-religious places. Grieving for a loved one is always difficult. Bereavement support groups teach methods... Full story

  • Nearly 200 Israeli middle school students quarantined after contact with coronavirus

    Marcy Oster|Mar 6, 2020

    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 three Israeli cities have been ordered by the Health Ministry to self-quarantine in their homes after visiting tourist sites at the same time as the group from South Korea. Nine members of the group, who returned home last week after a two-week visit to Israel, have since tested positive for c... Full story

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

    Cnaan Liphshiz|Mar 6, 2020

    (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 at the height of costume sales for the holiday of Purim in Yehuda, a suburb of Tel Aviv that borders on the airport’s perimeter fence, The Marker reported Friday. He also attended services at the synagogue of Irus, a town near Rehovot. The man, who earlier this week became the first Israeli diagn... Full story

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

    Mar 6, 2020

    (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 illness caused by the coronavirus. “Today, I am announcing a dramatic step forward which is already being implemented and is to my knowledge, the first in the world,” said Netanyahu. “We are the pioneering the treatment and prevention of this virus. We ask anyone from any country in the world displayin... Full story

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

    Yaakov Lappin|Mar 6, 2020

    (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 by the Egyptians and others-and avoid a new war. But the latest incidents show that the goal of stabilizing Gaza is growing increasingly distant by the day. On Sunday, Palestinian Islamic Jihad attempted to carry out a border bomb attack, which was foiled successfully by the Israel Defense Forces,... Full story

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

    Ed Borowsky|Mar 6, 2020

    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. Bury the dead within 24 hours after passing. In many cases, preparations are delayed because of issues with travel... scheduling... logistics. After burial, the mourning period begins. Seven days of Shiva, 30 days of intense mourning and then one year later the mourning period is over for the loved one.... Full story

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