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Articles from the March 25, 2022 edition

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 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 25, 2022

Ukraine's battle for survival offers multiple lessons for Israel

(JNS) - As Russia pushes further into Ukraine and threatens its capital Kyiv - and as Russian President Vladimir Putin appears unfazed and undeterred by Western nations willing to sanction Russia...

 

Ukraine on Fire: Voices from the midst of the tragedy

My friend and colleague Toliy is a Ukrainian professor, who lives in a small city called Ostroh, in the western part of the country. He, like so many of his compatriots, now suffering under the relent...

 

Israel: Open for tourism

A hopeful and dominant topic of conversation at this week’s National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville has been the re-opening of tourism to Israel for all, vaccinated and unvaccinated...

 

The Lone tree

The tree that was pictured in the original article about Gush Etzion (Jan. 21, 2022) didn’t come with an explanation in the article. In 1948 when the people got word that an Arab invasion by...

 

JFS Orlando's Weekly Wellness Corner

Does "springing forward" have you "falling down"? Losing that extra hour of sleep when Daylight Saving Time starts can throw off your internal clock and have a big effect on your overall wellness....

 
 By Nancy Ludin    News    March 25, 2022

Pack a hospital bag

Most pregnant mothers are advised to pack a suitcase for their upcoming visit to the hospital. Everyone, but especially seniors, should keep a packed bag at home. It should contain the obvious things like nightclothes, toiletries, an outfit to go...

 

RAISE Employee of the Month

Avi — employee at the Jewish Federation and Central Florida Hillel Avi is a valued member at both the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and at Central Florida Hillel. At JFGO Avi works directly...

 
 By David Isaac    News    March 25, 2022

Conversion bill delayed, but tensions over issues associated with Jewish law remain

(JNS) — The Knesset, which was to vote to revamp rules regarding Jewish conversion, has delayed the bill until the start of its summer session in May due to the political sensitivity of the issue. The delayed vote represents the latest in a series...

 
 By Asaf Shalev    News    March 25, 2022

ADL develops algorithm to track antisemitism on social media

(JTA) – When it comes to antisemitism on social media, the algorithms governing the major platforms shoulder some of the blame for their reach. But the Anti-Defamation League hopes to fight the spread — by creating an algorithm of its own. The Je...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 25, 2022

Amnesty International official is 'opposed' to Israel as a Jewish state

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An Amnesty International official said that the organization is opposed to Israel continuing to exist as a Jewish state. “We are opposed to the idea — and this, I think, is an existential part of the debate — that Israel...

 

The West is selling out to Iran to lower gas prices

(JNS) — Like politics, wars can make for strange bedfellows. In the Second World War, even a staunch anti-Communist like Winston Churchill saw no problem with an alliance with the Soviet Union. Making common cause with a totalitarian state led by a...

 

Whose promised land?

(JNS) — The title immediately engaged my interest. “To Whom Was the Promised Land Promised?” by Abraham A. Sion focuses on the legal right of Jews under international law to the territory of “Palestine” and the British betrayal that...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    March 25, 2022

A day at the museum

As many of you know, almost two years ago Rachel and I moved to New Orleans. As you also probably know, we lost her a little over a year ago to dementia. And, the “Let the Good Times Roll” city shut down shortly after we arrived due to Covid....

 

'Never Again' is shorthand for – for what, exactly?

(JTA) — Seventy-nine years ago this month, crowds twice filled Madison Square Garden for a pageant, “We Will Never Die,” meant to draw attention to the slaughter of Europe’s Jews by the Nazis. Screenwriter Ben Hecht organized the spectacle...

 

Ukraine, Russia and the unbearable lightness of 'never again'

(JTA) — After decades of fearing that we would forget the horrors of our recent past, I am starting to fear the opposite possibility: that we Jews remember our history all too well but feel powerless to act on its lessons.  The Russian invasion...

 

Russia's elite know the time to run is now

(JNS) — The news coming out of Russia these days sounds taken from a particularly gloomy dystopian novel, or perhaps from the Soviet era. The state — far from a model of democracy to begin with — has deteriorated in a matter of weeks into 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....

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 25, 2022

Longtime Jewish Maryland Democratic leader resigns

(JTA) — Barbara Goldberg Goldman, a lay leader in Democratic Party, resigned as deputy treasurer of the Maryland Democratic Party after questioning the viability of Black candidates for governor. Goldberg Goldman apologized for an email she sent...

 
 By Alix Wall    Features    March 25, 2022

A destination b'nai mitzvah industry is taking shape on Maui, as this teen learned after COVID scrambled her original plans

(JTA) - Feeling the sand between her toes was Teva Goldstein's favorite part of her December 2021 bat mitzvah on the island of Maui. She and her family all wore white, accessorized with purple leis. T...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    March 25, 2022

Natan Sharansky on Vladimir Putin: He will go as far as the world lets him

(JNS) - Famed Jewish dissident, human-rights activist and former Knesset member Natan Sharansky provided his opinion on the situation in Ukraine on Tuesday, analyzing what could be Russian President...

 

For $500, this Zabar's sweater can be yours

(New York Jewish Week) - Uptown bagel and bag lovers rejoice! The Zabar's x Coach collaboration has arrived and it's the ultimate mashup of nosh meets posh. As part of their Spring/Summer 2022 line, l...

 

Scene Around

A super favorite of mine ... I'm referring to Mel Torme', of course, who I also had the pleasure of meeting. (Remember, I'm a native New Yorker and had the opportunity to meet many celebs!) Melvin...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    March 25, 2022

Rep. Andrew Garbarino says trip to Israel was 'eye-opening' in relation to security, defense

(JNS) - Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.), visiting Israel for the first time last month, said the experience was not only "eye-opening," but helped solidify his support for the Jewish state and...

 

Ukraine crisis brings back painful memories for former Soviet refusenik

Marina Furman was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine. Her entire family was wiped out years ago in the Ukrainian Holocaust site, Babi Yar, and her mother was the only survivor. Being surrounded by...

 
 By Jacob Henry    News    March 25, 2022

Slain Broadway vocal coach and 'honorary Jew' is mourned

(New York Jewish Week) - The 87-year-old Broadway vocal coach who died Tuesday after being pushed to the ground by an unknown assailant over the weekend in Manhattan was mourned by cantorial students...

 

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