Articles from the March 29, 2024 edition

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 By Ron Kampeas    News    March 29, 2024

Tens of thousands participate in global Shema prayer on behalf of Israeli hostages

(JTA) - Tens of thousands of Jews around the world joined in a collective recitation of the Shema prayer on Thursday that was broadcast from Jerusalem's Western Wall to support the more than 130...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    March 29, 2024

Purim celebrations tempered by trauma and thoughts of the hostages

(JTA) — In Jerusalem, a service omitted the loud noise-making associated with the holiday in order to accommodate soldiers traumatized by months of war. In Tel Aviv, bakeries peddled a triangular treat renamed for a contemporary villain, the l...

 

Israel agrees to hostage deal

(JNS) - As part of truce talks taking place in Doha, Qatar, Israeli officials have agreed to release between 700 to 800 Palestinian security prisoners in exchange for 40 Israeli hostages held by...

 
 By Joshua Marks    News    March 29, 2024

Hamas attempts to regroup

(JNS) — Hamas terrorists are regrouping at Gaza hospitals, forcing the Israeli military to conduct operations to eliminate these insurgencies, Channel 12 reported on Monday. An operation at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City has been going on for over a wee...

 

There is something for everyone at the Jewish Heritage Festival

The Jewish Heritage Festival, taking place April 7, is a phenomena in itself. Who knew it would be so successful from the get-go? What began in 2007 as a suggestion by 80-year-old Murray Steinberg to...

 

Jewish Pavilion's Spring Breakfast celebrates community

On Thursday, March 14th, Oakmonte Village in Lake Mary echoed with the warm laughter and camaraderie of the Jewish Pavilion's annual Spring Breakfast. The event, sponsored by the Jewish Pavilion,...

 
 By Luke Tress    News    March 29, 2024

Freed hostage says NY Jewish community 'gives us strength'

(New York Jewish Week) – An Israeli hostage who was released from Hamas captivity said the support of New York’s Jewish community “gives us strength” as thousands of demonstrators gathered in Central Park on Sunday morning to mark 150 days since the...

 

Many JCCs 'quietly' stripping Israel from their missions

(JNS) — The pro-Israel writer who uses the pseudonym “Elder of Ziyon,” had the sense that Jewish community centers were downplaying Israel programming compared to what they had done in the past. So, he started looking at JCC websites at random to se...

 

1200-plus Jews in entertainment industry pen letter condemning Glazer speech

(JNS) — More than 450 Jewish executives and Hollywood professionals have signed an open letter denouncing the speech film director Jonathan Glazer gave at the Academy Awards ceremony on March 10 when accepting his Oscar for Best International F...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 29, 2024

WH confirms death in Gaza of Hamas No. 3 Marwan Issa

(JTA) — Israel has killed Hamas’ third-in-command in the Gaza Strip, the United States confirmed on Monday. The killing earlier this month of Marwan Issa, alleged to be a mastermind of Hamas’ Oct. 7 invasion of Israel, is a significant achie...

 
 By Avi Abelow    Opinions    March 29, 2024

The Biden administration's Israel policy is disconnected from reality

(JNS) — The United States has a law called the Taylor Force Act that forbids the United States from transferring money to the Palestinian Authority so long as the P.A. transfers money to terrorists. Since 10 percent of the P.A.’s budget is used to...

 

160 days of war: What have we learned?

(JNS) — It’s been more than 160 days since Hamas terrorists invaded my homeland, Israel, the only home for the Jewish people, leaving behind a trail of blood, devastation and destruction. It’s been more than 160 days since innocent Israeli families h...

 

AOC should read the Bible

(JNS) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has never been a friend of Israel. But her recent blood libel that Israel is committing an “unfolding genocide” in Gaza puts her squarely in the Jew-hating camp. AOC needs a refresher course on the B...

 

The American betrayal of Israel

(JNS) — As some of us have long feared and that has now become undeniable, Israel is fighting not one but two wars of defense against a malevolent foe. The first is against the axis of Iran and its proxies: Hamas, Hezbollah and the Houthis of Y...

 

Attack TikTok, cut its Chinese Communist ties

(JNS) — Starting in the 1920s, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union pioneered the art of dezinformatsiya. A hundred years later, the Communist Party of China has developed disinformation into a high-tech science. You probably know how the K...

 

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IDF transfers Gaza orphans to Judea at Berlin's request

(JNS) — At the request of Germany, Israeli authorities transferred some 70 Palestinian orphans between the ages of 3 and 15 from the Gaza Strip to Bethlehem in Judea on Monday. The National Security Council in the Prime Minister’s Office reportedly a...

 

Hamas fakes casualty figures: 'The numbers are not real'

(JNS) - The Hamas terrorist organization is disseminating fictitious figures for casualties in the current war in Gaza. That's the conclusion of a deep dive into the data published in Tablet magazine...

 

Throughout her career, novelist Charlotte Brontë drew on the Book of Esther

(JNS) — The 19th-century English novelist Charlotte Brontë is best known for her 1847 novel “Jane Eyre,” which is a staple of many U.S. middle and high school curricula. A new journal article addresses a different side of the Victorian writer...

 

Israeli FM to UN Secretary-General: 'You've brought world body to all-time low'

(JNS) - Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz sent a sharply worded letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, charging him with a blatant disregard for the atrocities committed by...

 
 By Joshua Marks    News    March 29, 2024

Biden to pressure Israel on alternatives to Rafah op

(JNS) — The White House will present alternative plans designed to dissuade Jerusalem from carrying out a full-scale military operation in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah when an Israeli delegation visits Washington early next week, Axios rep...

 

Insights from The Orlando Senior Help Desk: Laughter is the best medicine

The scientific definition of laughing is a “successive, rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and vibration of the vocal cords.” That doesn’t begin to tell the story of what laughing does for us. The bottom line is that laughing is medic...

 

All the Jewish MLB players to watch in 2024

(JTA) - The 2023 MLB season represented a watershed moment for Jewish players and fans, as a record 19 Jewish players appeared in at least one big league game. That record, topping the previous high...

 
 By Amelie Botbol    News    March 29, 2024

Low-key Purim celebrations in Tel Aviv against backdrop of war

(JNS) - Tel Aviv's bustling Dizengoff Street was lined with people garbed in Purim costumes on Sunday, even as the celebrations were noticeably muted compared to years past due to the ongoing war...

 

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