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Articles from the March 19, 2021 edition

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JAO's future home builders and fund raisers

Jewish Academy of Orlando second-graders raised funds in the grade's annual Fun Run to benefit a Habitat for Humanity house. The students later visited the house and presented the check to the...

 

Pavilion's Purim party pleases

The Jewish Pavilion's program director, Cantor Nina Fine, entertained the residents at The Westminster Orlando on Feb. 26 with Shabbat music, a Purim play, songs, dancing and treats outside. Cantor...

 

Genealogist Genie Milgrom to unravel the lineage of Palm Valley founder

Author, genealogist and award-winning educator Genie Milgrom will help the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society understand the possible Jewish roots of the founder of Palm Valley, Florida, Don...

 

JFS Orlando revamps new 2021 Restock + Restore Challenge

Are you up to the challenge? This Passover, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando challenges you to help do more than just RESTOCK the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry, but also RESTORE our Greater...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    March 19, 2021

Results of Orthodox Jews COVID-19 study last year are in

(JTA) — One year after COVID-19 first walloped Jewish communities in the United States, a scientific study has confirmed something that many in the communities have long believed: gatherings during the week of Purim served as super-spreader...

 

'Weaponized' textbooks in Turkey call Jews and Christians 'infidels'

A new study by the Jerusalem-based watchdog group IMPACT-se shows that school textbooks in Turkey are becoming more Islamicized and now refer to Jews and Christians as “infidels,” JTA reported Thursday. Researchers at the Institute for...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 19, 2021

Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Some five years after being snubbed for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, Merrick Garland is the new U.S. attorney general. In a 70-30 vote Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed...

 

Will Biden's moves bring the Saudis closer to Israel?

(JNS) — President Joe Biden’s foreign-policy team has talked a lot about re-emphasizing diplomacy and re-engaging with allies after what they claim was the trashing of old friends during the presidency of Donald Trump. But that doesn’t appear...

 

A call not to ratify California's Ethnic Studies Curriculum

(JNS) — In an effort to create a more culturally relevant curriculum that encourages students to feel “more personally empowered,” the State of California’s Department of Education has been mandated with adopting an Ethnic Studies...

 

New York Times covers up for a terrorist - and smears Golda

(JNS) — When is a Palestinian terrorist not a Palestinian terrorist? When The New York Times covers up her past and hopes nobody will notice. I’m referring to a deeply troubling allegation contained in a major article in the Times on March...

 

The brouhaha over defining Jews as an ethnic minority

(JNS) — A row over anti-Semitism that has erupted in Britain illuminates the problem that bedevils so many in the West over their understanding of what Judaism actually is. The controversy started with a tweet by the Labour Party’s deputy...

 
 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    March 19, 2021

Pfizer and fake news

(JNS) — Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla was scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials. One ostensible purpose of the visit — slated to coincide with the completion of the delivery of 10 mi...

 

A Holocaust Haggadah to help preserve memory

The idea of a Holocaust Haggadah is fabulous; we have a Tu’B’ Shevat Seder Haggadah, why not one on the Holocaust — especially since Yom HaShoah occurs within a week after Passover ends?  Historically, the Passover Haggadah provided a...

 

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....

 

BBYO and Moishe House partner to elevate opportunities for young

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With collaboration continuing to play a critical role in delivering impact across synergistic organizations, BBYO and Moishe House are partnering to learn from and leverage their similar operating models to better reach and...

 

Amar'e Stoudemire - hooked on basketball and Torah

Amar'e Stoudemire, the former NBA star-turned Orthodox-convert to Judaism and the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team co-owner, has been in the news a lot lately. Currently, he is an assistant player...

 

Scene Around

Such Talent! ... I never knew (or even had a hint) that extremely famous pantomime performer, Marcel Marceau was Jewish. His name at birth was Marcel Mangel. His father was captured and killed at...

 
 By Shira Hanau    Features    March 19, 2021

Vaccinations and tests enable some families to gather for Passover Seders this year

(JTA) - The Darvick family did Jewish holidays by videoconference long before a pandemic forced them.  "We call it Skypanukkah," Elliot Darvick told The New York Times in December 2011, when the...

 

College credits for high school students studying Judaism

CTeen of North Orlando recently completed its first CTeen University course, marking a milestone in continued quality Jewish learning for youth in the area. For 14 weeks, teens met with Rabbi Yanky...

 

Obituary - SUZIE KUSNETZ BOBELE

Submitted by the family On Saturday, March 6, Suzie Kusnetz Bobele, loving wife and mom, passed away. She was born on April 15, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York. Suzie "Sheindie" wanted to be remembered as...

 

Obituary - RONALD ALLEN GOLDBLATT

Ronald Allen Goldblatt passed away on March 2, 2021, after a long illness. Ronald was born on Nov. 25, 1932, in East Hanover, N.J. He graduated from Trenton State College in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in education and also earned a master’s...

 

Israel's fourth election in two years

On March 23, Israel will hold its fourth national election in two years. This is a result of political stalemate and politicking that's placed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against most other...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs

Biden civil rights nominee, under fire from the right, gets some Jewish backing By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Vanita Gupta, President Joe Biden’s nominee for a top civil rights enforcement job, has been targeted in recent weeks as an...

 

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