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 By JNS staff    News    March 26, 2021

Netanyahu wins but may not be able to form a coalition

The fourth attempt in two years to unseat embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have failed once again, with Netanyahu securing his largest-ever electoral victory over his...

 

We can still celebrate our freedom this Passover - here's how

It is hard to believe that Passover starts tomorrow evening. How can we even begin to think about preparing for Passover when we are living in the midst of a pandemic? As we each live in the uncerta...

 

JNF-USA Breakfast for Israel: Fauda Style

Stars of the binge-worthy Israeli Netflix hit series Fauda will be joining Jewish National Fund-USA, the Orlando community and thousands of supporters across the country for the organization's annual...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    News    March 26, 2021

Have you seen the Passover Playbook?

Introducing the "Passover Playbook," brought to the Jewish community by Orlando Jewish Parent. OJP, for short, is a comprehensive program, embraced by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and The...

 

Kimberly K. Harris joins JFS Orlando Board

JFS Orlando welcomes their newest board member, Kimberly K. Harris. Originally from Richmond, Va., Harris grew up in a large blended family. “I really grew up accustomed to the idea of ‘family...

 

Pay tribute to Holocaust survivors and victims and participate in Yom Hashoah observance

Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed on April 8 as a day of commemoration for the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.  The date to comme...

 
 By Hanan Greenwood    News    March 26, 2021

Clearing out notes in Kotel ahead of Passover

(Israel Hayom) - Workers at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem on Tuesday conducted the site's customary biannual clearout of all the notes stuck between the stones over the course of the...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 26, 2021

After Atlanta massacre, Jewish groups rally on behalf of Asian Americans

(JTA) - Jewish groups are rallying in support of Asian Americans following a string of murders Tuesday at massage parlors in Atlanta that left eight people dead, including six Asians. Police in...

 

International March of the Living to hold virtual 2021 march

International March of the Living will hold a Virtual March on Holocaust Remembrance Day led by Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, Holocaust survivors, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion, Jewish Agency Chair...

 

Biden appoints two more anti-Semites

The Biden administration has just made two more very concerning appointments: Colin Kahl for undersecretary of defense for policy at the Pentagon, and Uzra Zeya for undersecretary of civilian security, democracy, and human rights. Both...

 

Can Israel annex parts of Judea and Samaria under its next premier?

(JNS) — It has been suggested that the next prime minister of Israel will be forbidden to annex parts of Judea and Samaria for the next three years due to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal commitment to former President Donald Trump...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    March 26, 2021

'WE' - No longer just 'Me'

Back in the day, Jews wanted to take care of their family first — mostly because if we didn’t nobody else would. Then we wanted to care for the Jewish people mostly because if we didn’t nobody else would. Governments in Europe from whence most...

 

Time for all Americans to embrace the Passover story

As the sun sets tomorrow evening and the Sabbath wanes, Jewish people around the world will be welcoming in the holiday of Passover, with the holiday’s most notable event, the Passover Seder. The Passover Seder is a family and community gathering...

 

The rhetoric of anti-Zionists

(JNS) — Anti-Zionism, the rejection of self-determination for Jews in their ancestral homeland, has gained considerable ground in recent years, sparking debate about whether it is just another manifestation of anti-Semitism. Anti-Zionists contend...

 
 By Ruthie Blum    Opinions    March 26, 2021

Meghan Markle, George Floyd, Muhammad and free speech

(JNS) — The latest scandal surrounding the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is noteworthy. This isn’t because of the ire that it’s been arousing, however; righteous indignation is literally and figuratively all the rage during these...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 26, 2021

South Africa's chief justice confronts the apartheid analogy

(JNS) — As of this writing, South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng was on day seven of a 10-day deadline to publicly apologize for a speech he made last year in which he offered a full-throated defense of Israel, and still, he stood fast...

 

Congregation Sinai shares Holocaust memorial honors

A ceremonial Yom HaShoah service will be held by Congregation Sinai on Holocaust Remembrance Day to remember and honor all of those who perished. This memorial service will be open to the entire community. Never Again! While the traditional...

 

Yom HaShoah memorial at Rollins College

Rollins College will be holding a Yom HaShoah memorial, titled Never Again: A Commemoration of the Holocaust (Yom HaShoah). It will be on April 8 from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. The event will include student speakers, a reading by a published poet, the...

 

Passover demands we remember the Exodus

NEW YORK (JTA) - Every Passover, we strive to experience Egypt in our own lives.  Locating the suffering of our Egypt wasn't hard this year: It seems like most days my husband and I share the names...

 

In new Passover children's books, a bespectacled lion reads the Haggadah and a Depression-era mitzvah

BOSTON (JTA) - On the eve of Passover during the Depression, a juggler in ragged clothes is invited into the home of a poor family that has a bare Seder table. It's a poignant scene in "The Passover G...

 

Scene Around

Passover begins at sundown tomorrow, Saturday, March 27. (Matzo Brei here I come!) Any prouder? (my blouse will split!)... How about Emma Lazarus? She was Jewish. Her poem, "The New Colossus" is...

 
 By Ed Borowsky    Features    March 26, 2021

A moment remembered from Passovers past

I have to tell you about my Aunt Ann and Uncle Harry, both first-generation Americans fresh off the boat from Istanbul, Turkey, and Russia. They owned a fish store in Philadelphia. Their fish shop was the end store on a block of row homes in the...

 

A safe breakfast for Jewish Pavilion leadership

The pandemic forces charities to rethink and refashion their events. Normally, the Jewish Pavilion has two annual breakfasts for their sponsors so they can come together and network. In the past,...

 

Orthodox Union releases comprehensive 2021 Passover guide

NEW YORK — The Orthodox Union, the umbrella group for Orthodox Jewry and leading certifier of kosher products, has released its OU Guide to Passover, the annual publication that provides comprehensive guidance about kosher-for-Passover products. Th...

 

Jewish ways to make meaning of the pandemic's anniversary

Last week, my 11-year-old daughter went back to her school campus for the first time in 50 weeks. As we prepared for her return, we cleaned out her backpack, which was frozen in time: It still held the remnants of a class field trip taken the first...

 

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