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Articles from the March 18, 2022 edition

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Orlando teens represented at International Shabbaton

Six teens traveled to New York for the 14th annual CTeen Shabbaton, an international gathering of close to 3,000 Jewish teens. Led by Rabbi Yanky Majesky of Chabad North Orlando and Mrs. Fraidy Dubov... Full story

 

Ukraine refugee crisis a disaster of 'almost biblical proportions'

(Israel21C via JNS) - IsraAID CEO Yotam Polizer is not a novice when it comes to mass disasters. The Israel-based humanitarian aid organization has responded to emergencies in 56 countries since...

 

New funding from UJA-NY

New York, NY - UJA-Federation of New York today announced a new round of emergency funding to address urgent humanitarian needs of people remaining in Ukraine as well as refugees who have been forced...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    March 18, 2022

Canceling baseball's Opening Day

(JTA) — For many American Jews, there is an annual celebration near the beginning of spring that serves as a respite from the long winter months, and a symbol of hope and renewal: Opening Day. Not this year. Major League Baseball and its players...

 

An evening of song, storytelling, and inspiration

Next month will mark the 120th birthday of the Rebbe, the most influential Jewish religious leader in recent history. To mark this special date, several Chabads in Orlando are coming together to...

 

'In My Own Words' series continues

The Holocaust Center will present, via Zoom, the next "In My Own Words" program with speaker Joel Poremba, son of Holocaust survivor Nathan Poremba and author of "My Name is Staszek Surdel." He will...

 

Learn face recognition to identify ancestors

The Jewish Genealogical Society will host guest speaker Scott Genzer at its next Zoom meeting, March 22, at 7 p.m. -9 p.m. The topic of discussion will be "Using Facial Recognition to Identify...

 

Celebrate Shabbat with community

The Roth Family JCC is hosting a Food Truck Family Shabbat on Friday, March 25 from 5:30 to 7:30. The family Shabbat includes free Challah, Kelly’s ice cream and live entertainment. Purchase dinner from onsite visiting food trucks that include...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 18, 2022

$1 billion extra for Iron Dome gets wrapped into Congress' must-pass 2022 spending bill

WASHINGTON (JTA) — After months of maneuvering over $1 billion to replace Iron Dome batteries Israel lost in last year’s Gaza conflict, the money is to be included in a bipartisan spending bill Congress will consider this week as it looks to...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    March 18, 2022

Zelensky thanks Israel for support

(JTA) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Israel for its support for his country Sunday, the day after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett flew to Moscow for a three-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I am...

 

Ukrainian, Russian Birthright groups sheltering in Israel

(Israel21C via JNS) — Regardless of which side of the conflict they’re on, young adults in three Taglit-Birthright Israel groups from Russia and Ukraine cannot return home after their free 10-day trip because of the war. So Birthright Israel has...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    March 18, 2022

Israel prepares for wave of immigrants from Ukraine

(JTA) — Around 300 Ukrainian Jewish refugees landed in Israel Sunday, among them some 90 orphans between the ages of two and 12, in the first round of what Israeli government officials are expecting to be a wave of thousands in the coming months....

 

Israel reports first polio case since 1989

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — A four-year-old boy from Jerusalem has contracted the first known case of polio in Israel since 1989, the Health Ministry reported on Sunday. A ministry official told Israel Hayom that the child was in a state of...

 

The PLO has renounced all agreements with Israel, and why it doesn't matter

(JNS) — Speaking after the recent meeting of the Palestinian National Council, its deputy chairman, Ali Faisal, clarified that there is a binding Palestinian decision to “renounce… all agreements with Israel.” He added that from the point of...

 

I know the obstacles faced by people with disabilities - that is why I am lobbying for change

(JTA) — I’ve always believed in living life to the fullest. When you grow up with a disability, you are faced with a choice of whether or not to let it define you as a person. People often find it easy to say no to someone with a disability, ...

 

Who needs "denazification"?

Russian President Vladimir Putin justified his current invasion of Ukraine by asserting the country needed to be denazified.  It was a rather odd assertion, to say the least. Ukraine is led by a proud, democratically-elected Jew, Volodymyr...

 
 By Amos Yadlin    Opinions    March 18, 2022

Come off the fence

(JNS) — When responding to global crises, states must balance the tensions that arise between their moral values and strategic interests. The recent conflict between Russia and the West has seemingly cornered Israel into a thorny dilemma between...

 

Complicated thoughts about Ukraine

As Russia has invaded Ukraine my feelings are mixed, contradictory, and contradictory to that of many others. For me, and many Jews, anything regarding Ukraine brings with it thought of our history and persecution there. In modern times we recall...

 

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. a...

 

In appeal to US Jewish leaders, Zelensky calls Russian invasion 'pure Nazism'

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an emotional call with American Jewish leaders, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky characterized the Russian invasion of his country as “pure Nazism.” Zelensky also invoked his Jewishness in an appeal for assistance wh...

 

Former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir is a hero to Ukrainians in the fight against Russia

(JTA) - The most prominent Jewish figure in Ukraine right now is the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky. The runner-up may well be another country's famous Jewish leader. Golda Meir, the fourth...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    March 18, 2022

Tour unpacks the complexities of life in Judea and Samaria

(JNS) - The Sovereignty Movement recently organized a tour of Judea and Samaria for public figures, journalists, social media influencers and others to explore the complexities and dichotomies of...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Getting a good night's sleep is critical to your well-being. Put away all electronics at least an hour before bed. Digital devices and screens emit a blue light that can interfere with your ability...

 

Scene Around

I'm going pandemic nutty... I'm in my house for many months, (I'm not the type who swears or grunts!) But coronavirus is a trap, My days are filled with food and nap, I'm watching TV night and day,...

 

Hope Hospice

Hope Hospice is among a select number of organizations across the country that has earned accreditation from the National Institute for Jewish Hospice.  Hope Hospice is one of 52,000 members of NIJH working together to provide enhanced care to...

 

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