Articles from the March 13, 2020 edition

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Israel to require 14-day quarantine for all travelers from abroad

(JTA)—Israel will require all travelers from abroad to complete a 14-day quarantine, according to the latest regulation aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in the country. The decision, w... Full story


The J Ball at the new Harriett's Ballet Center

The Roth Family JCC's biggest gala of the year, The J Ball, is coming up shortly. On Thursday, March 26, from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The Cohen and Presser Family and Shayna's Village Director Karen... Full story


House Democrats block anti-BDS bill

(JNS) Democrats blocked a bill on Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives that would have prohibited U.S. support for the anti-Israel BDS movement. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, introduced by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), would have expanded the... Full story

 By JNS Staff    News    March 13, 2020

Bipartisan 'foundation' on Israel in danger

(JNS) WASHINGTON—The theme of this year’s AIPAC Policy Conference was billed as “Today. Tomorrow. Together,” the essence of which seemed to be lost in all the political noise associated with 2020 Democratic presidential candidates deciding on whet... Full story


Standing against anti-Semitism

“Let us unite, and stand for what is right” is the battle cry of the Jewish community members who will be gathered at Lake Eola on Sunday, March 15 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate their diverse and growing community and stand against growing ant... Full story


Jewish Academy celebrates Purim with much fanfare

Jewish Academy of Orlando celebrated Purim with a megillah reading, celebration, performances, delivery of mishloach manot (Purim baskets), and grogger sculpture creations. Third and fourth-grade... Full story


Central Florida had good representation at AIPAC

Local resident Dr. David Diamond, his wife, Orly, and his children attended the 2020 AIPAC Policy Conference, held the first week in March. They all got "up close and personal" with several... Full story


Jewish Pavilion plans 'Seders for Seniors'

Julie Levitt, Susan Bernstein and Hope McCormack, Jewish Pavilion program directors, are planning "Seders for Seniors" to celebrate Passover in elder-care communities throughout the greater Orlando... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    March 13, 2020

All the drama that has happened in Israeli politics since this week's election

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israel held its unprecedented third election in less than a year on Monday and, yet again, the results raised more questions than answers. At first it seemed as if Prime Minister Benja... Full story

 By JTA Staff    News    March 13, 2020

The latest Jewish coronavirus updates: El Al downsizes, services move online and more

NEW YORK (JTA)—The spread of COVID-19, a new coronavirus, is reshaping Jewish communities. We’re collecting the news flowing in from across the globe here. (If you want to skip the minute-by-minute updates and just understand the broad ways that Jewi... Full story

 By Ben Sales    News    March 13, 2020

Syrian Muslim donated a tree in Israel for an Italian boy

(JTA)—Aboud Dandachi isn’t Jewish. Or Israeli. Or Italian. Or sick with coronavirus. He’s a Muslim from Syria living in Canada. But when he read the Jewish Telegraphic Agency story about an Italian boy whose bar mitzvah was curtailed because of th... Full story


Did Bloomberg give ammunition to anti-Semites?

(JNS) There are a lot of people who are relieved that Michael Bloomberg has dropped out of the Democratic primary race, and not all of them are named Biden. The withdrawal of the former mayor of New York City gives a boost to former Vice President Jo... Full story


Purim, AIPAC, Bernie, Biden, Bibi

(JNS)—It was one of those weeks where every day brought another great idea for a column. First, I attended an insightful lecture by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik at Beth Jacob Congregation that connected the festival of Purim with Abraham Lincoln and s... Full story


Two nights in Aqaba-Part 3

Having made it through the stress of our border crossing into Jordan (described in my previous column of Feb. 28, 2020), my son and I now found ourselves standing in the Jordanian night with our Jordanian greeter no where in sight. We watched as the... Full story


History shows that epidemics can carry dangerous side effects for Jews: deadly anti-Semitism

NEW YORK (JTA)—Over the course of our millennial history, Jews have had many encounters with contagious diseases. Often we’re blamed for them. Maybe I’m paranoid, but I can’t help feel uneasy with the amount of attention the New York Jewish communi... Full story

 By Ann Lapin    Opinions    March 13, 2020

My kids' Jewish school closed-but here's why my family's coronavirus quarantine hasn't been so bad

By Ann Lapin NEW YORK (JTA)—“Really, Mother?! A BELL?!” Dinner was ready at around 7 p.m., so I walked down the hall to my children’s wing and dropped off their plates—with a bell, so they could ring for me and get my attention when I didn’t ha... Full story


'Subjective judgment' needed when saying something is 'xenophobic'

Dear Editor: The unsigned Viewpoint of the “Jewish Community Relations Council” of Feb. 21, 2020, expresses the general condemnation of the publication of “xenophobic” material. Admittedly, “words that reflect bigotry or hatred, whether of Jews or a... 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 a.m... Full story


Living far away and sandwiched in between

Stories from the Orlando Senior Help Desk Lydia is an only child with a mother in early stage Alzheimer’s. Her father has no patience with her mother’s shifting personality and needs. At 90 years old, he is resistant to change and doesn’t under... Full story

 By JNS Staff    News    March 13, 2020

Boston's Federation honors activist with ties to IfNotNow

(JNS)-The Boston-based Jewish Federation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), recently honored a local activist with ties to the anti-Israel group IfNotNow. Nadav David is listed as one of CJP's... Full story


Bar mitzvah - Frank Clark Tauber

Frank Clark Tauber, son of Michelle and Chris Tauber of Longwood, was called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Frank is in the seventh... Full story


Drowning out Haman's name with groggers

Jewish Academy of Orlando fifth graders made a whole lot of noise on Purim with their homemade grogger sculptures.... Full story


Jenny bracelets benefit our senior citizens

Overheard at a luncheon a few months ago, two women were talking about the Jenny bracelets they were both wearing. They loved the natural stones, the beautiful colors and most of all, they loved... Full story


Karen Duncan: A blessing to Orlando's parents

If you have had the honor of attending a Shayna's Village class at The Roth Family JCC's Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center, you most likely met the director, Karen Duncan. I met her... Full story


Scene Around

Oy Vay! More to worry about... You know I mean the Coronavirus! All of a sudden, my sons are telling me that, at my advanced age, I am more susceptible then they are so... "Mom, stay home! Wash your... Full story


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