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Articles from the March 20, 2020 edition

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Netanyahu and Gantz agree to work toward emergency unity government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called for the formation of an emergency government to confront a growing crisis over the coronavirus, offering a potential way out of the... Full story

 By Josefin Dolsten    News    March 20, 2020

New Jersey rabbis decide to shut down their Jewish community

(JTA)-Larry Rothwachs, a rabbi in Teaneck, New Jersey, walked into the meeting Wednesday night between local Jewish leaders and health officials with one set of ideas about how his community should... Full story


Federation, JCC closes for 2 weeks

Keith Dvorchik, executive director of the Federation and The Roth Family JCC, made the decision to close both facilities for two weeks, beginning last Monday, March 16. They currently plan to reopen on Monday, March 30. This was a result of the... Full story

 By Marcy Oster    News    March 20, 2020

Gantz tasked to form government

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will give Benny Gantz the task of forming a new government, his office said Sunday. Rivlin met Sunday with the heads of all the parties that won seats... Full story


Jewish Academy kindergarteners support Pearlman Pantry

Jewish Academy of Orlando kindergarteners raised funds at the school for the Pearlman Food Pantry at Jewish Family services by operating a healthy snack store. The annual program at JAO begins with a... Full story


The Roth Family JCC events canceled, postponed or waiting to see

If you have purchased tickets to an event, we will email you with details about refunds. Saturday, March 21: The Tribe at Magic game CANCELED Wednesday, March 25: 35+ Basketball League start to season POSTPONED Thursday, March 26: 50+ Basketball... Full story


From 'Spock' greetings to chopstick Torah pointers, synagogues are getting creative amid the coronavirus outbreak

(JTA)-On a typical Friday, some 200 people show up for services at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, a Reform congregation in Seattle. But last week, there was no one in the pews as Rabbi Daniel Weiner welcomed... Full story

 By JTA Staff    Features    March 20, 2020

Rabbis give spiritual guidance in handling the coronavirus crisis

(JTA)—At this point, we know well how to wash our hands to protect ourselves from the coronavirus. But how do we soothe our souls? When we recently asked for stories about how local Jewish communities are adapting to the public health threat, we... Full story

 By Jackson Richman    News    March 20, 2020

US State Department changes name of eastern Jerusalem Palestinians in annual report

(JNS)—The U.S. State Department has changed its official description of Palestinians living in eastern Jerusalem from “Palestinian residents” to “Arab residents” or “non-Israeli citizens” in the department’s annual... Full story

 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 20, 2020

What has changed since the 'Black Death'?

(JNS)—The numbers are rolling in, and they make for grim reading. In four European countries with significant Jewish communities—France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy—statistics gathered during 2019 by communal organizations and law-enf... Full story


The coronavirus could be disastrous for Israeli service workers

By Laura Ben-David JERUSALEM (JTA)—For the young and healthy, the coronavirus itself is likely to be mostly an inconvenience. But for many workers, the COVID-19 pandemic could literally cost them their livelihoods. Obviously, many of us are deeply... Full story

 By Paula Stern    Opinions    March 20, 2020

Proud of Israel for valuing health above wealth in confronting coronavirus

I am proud to be Israeli and I am proud of my government. In the last few days, as the coronavirus was spinning out of control around the world, Israel has consistently been taking proactive decisions, the likes of which cannot be found anywhere in... Full story


A fine line between sensible caution and outright hysteria

(JNS)—It’s time to take the threat from the coronavirus seriously. That’s as true for local Jewish communities as it is for governments. But just like some of our leaders have been slow to comprehend the peril from the spread of the disease,... Full story


A virus is uniting us, whether we like it or not

(JNS)—I read in The New York Times this week that German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that two-thirds of the German population could end up infected by the coronavirus. That would be 55 million people—in one country alone. Meanwhile, all of... Full story


Asian Americans are facing violent xenophobia during the coronavirus outbreak

NEW YORK (JTA)—In recent weeks, we’ve seen an unprecedented epidemic of the coronavirus spread across the world. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen a spike in anti-Asian violence and prejudice. In the U.S., racist and xenophobic outbursts,... Full story


A hard worker for the Jewish Pavilion

Brenda Fisher Wetmore uses her talents in many ways. An avid supporter of The Jewish Pavilion, Wetmore has been on the Friends of the Jewish Pavilion Board for many years. She actively helps plan... Full story


Thousands of Israelis in the US called home as coronavirus restrictions tighten in their homeland

NEW YORK (JTA)—Purim celebrations at Oakland Hebrew Day School on Tuesday included a surprise, un-festive addition: farewells to two young Israeli women whose work in the Northern California school was being cut short by the global coronavirus... Full story


Seniors connect with their heritage through the holidays

The programs offered by the Jewish Pavilion provide Jewish residents at senior living facilities opportunities to connect with their heritage as they share their holidays and Shabbat with their... Full story

 By Ed Borowsky    Features    March 20, 2020

Jews in the Land of Disney: Meet the multi-talented Rabbi David Kay

Born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago, Rabbi David Kay of Congregation Ohev Shalom grew up in an area rife with anti-Semitism. This was the late 1960s, early '70s. Surrounding their tiny Je... Full story


Scene Around

"Representatives of the World Jewish Congress met with JAN HAMACEK, minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic, as a follow-up to methodology provided by the WJC to the government for protecting... Full story


Israel's hospitality industry suffering worst-ever crisis, says Israel Hotel Association

(JNS)-Amid the worldwide tourism slowdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, Israel Hotel Association president Amir Hayek warned on Monday that the hotel industry is "on the brink of collapse." "Mass... Full story


Walter Goldstein's celebration of life was all music, laughter and light

Sometimes sad things happen in beautiful ways. Ways that make you think about the blessings in your life. Ways that make it important to tell those that you love how special they are, and times that l... Full story


These 7 Jewish actresses shaped Hollywood as we know it

This story originally appeared on Alma. Both on screen and behind the scenes, Jewish directors, producers and writers are credited with developing the Hollywood system as we know it today. These... Full story


'King of Weed': Meet the Jewish mogul who's smokin' the competition

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California)-Michael Steinmetz was uncertain about inviting his grandmother to visit his marijuana factory in Mendocino County. Masha Steinmetz is 89 and an observant... Full story


Weekly roundup of world briefs

Netanyahu plans to mobilize students to disinfect public areas By Ben Harris (JTA)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he plans to enlist schoolchildren to help disinfect public areas from the coronavirus. “This virus is... Full story


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