Articles from the March 11, 2022 edition

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9 things you didn't know about Purim

With costumes, spiels and lots of drinking, Purim, which in 2021 starts at sundown on Thursday, February 25th, is one of Judaism's most raucous holidays. You might know about beautiful Esther...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    March 11, 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 happening...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    March 11, 2022

Mounting refugee crisis in Poland

(JTA) - It is nearly 10 p.m. at the emergency refugee shelter in Tomaszow Lubelski, Poland, near the Ukrainian border. It's bitter cold; snowflakes catch in the headlights of the huge tourist bus...

 

The impact of RAISE on the community

Coming out from the covid cocoon, eight RAISE employees have been working since October 2021 at partnering agencies - Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, The Roth Family JCC, Jewish Academy of Orlan...

 

Tahini Chocolate Chip Hamantaschen Recipe

Bittersweet chocolate and nutty tahini are a perfect flavor pairing in many different treats. These hamantaschen crank up the volume on that combo with a chocolate chip and tahini dough, chocolate-tah...

 

KCOA provides Passover meals for Jewish elders

Kinneret Council on Aging is providing Passover meals for low income Jewish seniors in the community. If you or a family member or friend is interested in taking part in this annual program, please contact Barbara Mills at 407-425-4537...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Stop the negative self-talk. When we mess up or something goes wrong, we can sometimes be a bit too hard on ourselves. Switch the script to something more constructive and kind. Imagine you're...

 
 By Faygie Holt    News    March 11, 2022

South Florida fraternity suspended for swastika incident amid national wave of campus antisemitism

(JNS) — A fraternity at the University of South Florida was suspended after photos circulated of a Feb. 11 event in which members of the group, including a Jewish student, reportedly had swastikas drawn on their “shirts or body parts.” Noting...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    March 11, 2022

Israeli distributor takes Ben & Jerry's to court

(JNS) — Avi Zinger was so upset after Ben & Jerry’s pulled the rug out from under him that he never picked up the phone to speak with them. Instead, he’s taking them, and their parent company Unilever, to a U.S. district court. The longtime...

 

Israel dispatches ambassador to Warsaw, transfers Ukraine embassy staff to Poland

(JNS) — Amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced on Saturday that he had instructed ambassador-designate to Poland Yacov Livne to leave for Warsaw ahead of schedule. “I made the decision … in order...

 
 By Danny Danon    Opinions    March 11, 2022

Believing the threats of our enemies more than the promises of our allies

(JNS) — “Promise me, Danny, that you will always believe more in the threats of our enemies than in the promises of our allies.” Those were the words of the late Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel as he held my hands tightly at one of my final...

 

Israel is navigating perilous diplomatic terrain in Ukraine

(JNS) — Ever since biblical times, the people of Israel have had to navigate the harsh terrain between clashing global powers. Now, here we are again, in Ukraine, having to maneuver between Russia and the West. The terrain this time around is...

 

If Putin loses, history wins

(Jewish Journal via JNS) — The conventional wisdom is that Vladimir Putin’s naked aggression toward Ukraine is taking us back to more primitive times. Indeed, for most of human history, it was raw power that ruled. If a tyrant wanted something,...

 

For the Jews, history repeats itself in Ukraine

(JNS) — The onslaught against Ukraine by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is a horrific tragedy for all Ukrainians as well as a crisis for Europe and the west in general. Nevertheless, for the Jewish people, it has special and deeply troubling...

 

Turning history upside-down in Ukraine

You’re aware of the phrase “history repeating itself” but I want to share a story of how history is being turned upside-down as millions of Ukrainians try to flee the Russian siege of their country. It’s especially appropriate to do so from...

 

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....

 

Jewish Agency opens six 'aliyah'-processing complexes

(JNS) - The Jewish Agency for Israel has opened six aliyah-processing stations at Ukrainian borders, the agency said on Saturday night. The stations are located in Poland, Moldova, Romania and...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 11, 2022

In synagogue bunkers and refugee convoys, Ukrainian Jews seek safety amid worsening war

(JTA) - Fleeing Odessa with 300 Jewish orphans, Rabbi Shlomo Baksht was terrified that Russian bombs would hit his convoy's three buses. Twice during the 27-hour trip from the city in Ukraine's south...

 
 By Alicia Lovejoy    News    March 11, 2022

Jewish Pavilion Fashion Show dressed for success

Nearly 200 guests gathered at the 11th Annual Jewish Pavilion Fashion Show at Dillard's Altamonte Mall on Feb. 24, 2022 to raise funds for senior programs at elder-care facilities throughout Central...

 

The history of Purim

According to many modern Bible scholars, the festival of Purim did not have its source in the story told in the Book of Esther. According to Hayyim Schauss, Purim originally appeared among the...

 

Scene Around

I'm heartsick... My prayers are for Ukraine and its people, many of them Jewish. According to Russian President (dictator) PUTIN, Ukraine is under Nazi control. (If anyone fits the description of...

 

Must-know Purim words and phrases

Gragger - Pronounced GRAH-gur. Yiddish for "noisemaker." Graggers are used during the reading of the megillah (see below). When the reader speaks the name of Haman the congregation tries to drown...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    March 11, 2022

18 things to know about Volodymyr Zelensky

(JTA) — The world has had a crash course on Volodymyr Zelensky in recent days, as the Ukrainian president has galvanized his country against an unprovoked attack by neighboring Russia. The broad strokes of Zelensky’s career have long been known...

 

Shalach Manot for Purim

The Jewish Pavilion is looking forward to many wonderful Purim celebrations with seniors this month. The festivities include reenacting the Purim story with costumes and props, enjoying Hamantaschen,...

 

Rep. Ted Deutch to become next head of the American Jewish Committee

(JNS) — The American Jewish Committee announced on Monday that U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) will succeed David Harris as the organization’s CEO. “I have worked closely with AJC throughout my tenure in Congress and I am deeply honored to have...

 

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