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  • Pence: Sanders would be 'most anti-Israel president in history'

    Jackson Richman|Mar 13, 2020

    (JNS) WASHINGTON-Making the case for U.S. President Donald Trump's re-election, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned on Monday that if elected, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would be the complete opposite of Trump as it pertains to the U.S.-Israel relationship. "We must ensure that the most pro-Israel president in history must not be replaced by one who would be the most anti-Israel president in the history of this nation," said Pence at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference, where he slammed... Full story

  • Bloomberg makes pro-Israel case at AIPAC policy conference

    Jackson Richman|Mar 13, 2020

    (JNS) WASHINGTON-Former New York City Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg laid out his case to the pro-Israel community on Monday at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference, even calling out one of his rivals, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), by name for skipping the largest gathering of pro-Israel activists. "Bipartisan support for Israel has been a defining feature of American politics since 1948-and this organization has played a crucial role in fostering it," said... Full story

  • Biden to AIPAC: 'I support Israel and a Palestinian state'

    Aaron Bandler|Mar 13, 2020

    (Jewish Journal via JNS)-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke to attendees of the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in a video address on Sunday, stating that he will always support Israel, but that he also believes in a two-state solution for the Palestinians. Biden said that while he couldn't make the conference because of the ongoing Democratic presidential primary, he had decided to send a video message because AIPAC's "voice matters to me." He also pledged to combat... Full story

  • Sanders and Trump skip AIPAC, but take center stage anyway

    Ron Kampeas|Mar 13, 2020

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Joe Biden made an appearance via video and Mike Bloomberg turned up in person. So did Mike Pence. Even the coronavirus got a shoutout. Despite threats of a boycott by Democrats and anxieties about communicable diseases, this year’s annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was a busy, bustling and bipartisan affair. Still, the names that loomed largest were the ones that did not make an appearance: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. Sanders, the Vermont senator who is currently the front-runner for... Full story

  • My family is among the 80,000 Israelis in quarantine

    Uriel Heilman, First person|Mar 13, 2020

    MODIIN, Israel (JTA)—When our seventh day of quarantine began with a knock on the door from a guy in a hazmat suit, it was almost a relief finally to have a visitor in the house. He had come to test my wife and me for coronavirus. My four children eyed the man warily as he unpacked the testing kits at our dining room table. Barely halfway through a mandatory 14-day quarantine, we were beginning to go a little stir crazy. Our kids, who range in age from 2 to 10, could not attend school or leave home. Our living room was littered with board g... Full story


    Mar 13, 2020

    Submitted by the family Michael Stuart Bernstein, 66, of Altamonte Springs, passed away Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Michael was born in Little Neck, N.Y., on Jan. 25, 1954, to the late Charles and Roberta Bernstein. Michael graduated from the University of Florida and was an avid Gator fan. He also “bled orange and blue” for his beloved N.Y. Mets. He had a successful career in insurance, including the family business he established, which is now run by his children. Michael is survived by his wife, Heddy Bernstein of 41 years; his children, Fel... Full story


    Mar 13, 2020

    Dr. Jonathan Ben Rodin, age 53, of Rockledge, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at the Dr. Jay Pillai Center for Hospice at Wasdin Woods in Rockledge, surrounded by his family. Dr. Rodin, or “Benny” as he was known to family and friends, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Dec. 6, 1966, to Dr. Tibor Rodin and the late Cvia Neuerman Rodin. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida. Dr. Rodin worked for over 20 years in his field in... Full story

  • March of the Living 2020 postponed due to Coronavirus outbreak

    Mar 13, 2020

    (Tel Aviv)-March of the Living organization's leaders announced today, that owing to the spread of coronavirus, especially in Europe and the United States, this year's March of the Living in Poland will be postponed. The organization's chairman, Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, said, "After consulting with the relevant health bodies and officials, it is with a heavy heart that we are forced to announce the postponement of this year's March of the Living in Poland. Our primary concern is the health of the ma... Full story

  • At another Spanish carnival, dancers equate Jews and Nazis alongside train and Auschwitz floats

    Cnaan Liphshiz|Mar 13, 2020

    (JTA)-A second carnival in Spain has referenced the Holocaust with Nazi and concentration camp prisoner uniform costumes. The theme was "the same." The Holocaust-themed display at the Feb. 23 event in Badajos occurred amid debate on the appropriateness of festive parades apparently making light of the murder of millions of Jews and Romanis by the Nazis. That was spurred by processions the same week in Belgium and in Campo de Criptana, a town about 80 miles south of Madrid. In Badajos, which is... Full story

  • Adviser to Iranian leader Khamenei dies of coronavirus

    Mar 13, 2020

    (JNS)—A member of the advisory council for Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei died of coronavirus on Monday, reported Iranian state radio. Iranian Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi is the first top official in the Islamic Republic to die as a result of complications from the virus. Mirmohammadi’s mother also died of COVID-19. Other top Iranian officials, including Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar and Iraj Harirchi, the head of an Iranian government task force on the coronavirus, have been infected. Iran has reported 1,5... Full story

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Mar 13, 2020

    ‘Judge Judy’ to end after 25th season, but Judy will be on a new bench By Marcy Oster (JTA)—“Judge Judy” will stop banging her gavel after 25 years on the TV bench—but she won’t stop meting out justice. Judy Sheindlin, the Jewish judge on the popular court television series, told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in an interview that aired Monday, March 2, that the series will wrap up in 2021. But she also said a new show, “Judy Justice,” will premiere the next year, Deadline reported. CBS, she said, plans to continue to screen “Judge Judy” in r... Full story

  • Extension of high-speed rail to Old City Jerusalem expected to alleviate traffic, boost tourism

    Josh Hasten|Mar 13, 2020

    (JNS)—In what is being dubbed as a historical development, Israel’s Transportation Ministry announced this week that it is moving forward with plans to extend the new Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed rail line in order to connect Ben-Gurion International Airport directly to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The new route for the railway extension was approved by the National Planning and Construction Commission. It will feature a 1.8-mile underground tunnel with two new stations, including one adjacent to the Khan Theatre Complex in downtown Jer... Full story

  • Hundreds of Russian-speaking Jews gather in Vienna for unique festival despite anxiety

    Larry Luxner|Mar 13, 2020

    VIENNA-Few events feature both wiener schnitzel and kosher wine, songs from the classic Yiddish "Bey Mir Bist du Scheyn" to the bluesy "Georgia On My Mind," and uplifting Shabbat services and debates about divisive Israeli politics. It was all part of last weekend's Limmud FSU Europe conference in Vienna, which drew a crowd of more than 600 Russian-speaking Jewish participants from at least 25 countries despite mounting concern about the outbreak. They converged on the Austrian capital for... Full story

  • Federation, JCC closes for two weeks

    Mar 13, 2020

    Keith Dvorchik, executive director of the Federation and the Roth Family JCC, made the decision to close both facilities for two weeks, beginning March 16. They currently plan to reopen March 30. This was the result of the Florida Department of Education announcing that all state schools will remain closed one week beyond Spring Break, reopening March 30 in Orange County. Dvorchik stressed that there have not be any reported cases of COVID-19 on the JCC campus. "We believe that this decision is in the best interest of our community... Over the... Full story

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