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Articles from the April 2, 2021 edition

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Election results show no clear path to governing majority

(JNS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponents have no clear path toward a Knesset majority, Israeli election results show, indicating that the country's political gridlock will...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    April 2, 2021

Parents of slain US teen want Jerusalem terrorist extradited

(JNS) - Frimet and Arnold Roth, whose 15-year-old daughter Malki, a U.S. national, was murdered in August 2001 in the Sbarro pizzeria bombing in Jerusalem, published a new video this week calling...

 

100K in Orlando for Pesach

Businesses, caterers and volunteer groups were among the many who geared up for a busy Pesach in Orlando, with as many as 100,000 people who made their way to Central Florida for Passover. With few formal hotel programs operating and an ideal Chol Ha...

 

Beth Am is 'new and improved'

“Congregation Beth Am has been in existence since 1975 and we are still here!” said Co-President Joanie Mayer.  The synagogue has gone through some major changes this year. The most significant one is that they sold their building in Longwood...

 

JAO partners with Christian and Muslim schools for multi-faith program

Jewish Academy of Orlando fifth grade students partnered with Muslim peers from Leadership Preparatory School and Christian peers from Geneva School in "Trees for Peace,"  a multi-faith tree...

 

Temple Israel hosts Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies scholar

Temple Israel is proud to host a Zoom talk from scholar and educator Zvi Hirschfield, titled "Where Was G-d During the Holocaust?" on Sunday, April 11 at 10 a.m. Hirschfield teaches Talmud, Halakha, a...

 

JFS Orlando hosts first-ever virtual State of the Agency

On Thursday, March 18, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando hosted its 2021 State of the Agency meeting. The first time going virtual, the meeting was led by JFS Orlando's executive director,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 2, 2021

California approves ethnic studies curriculum that sparked debate among Jewish groups

(JTA) — After years of contention and revisions, California’s State Board of Education approved a curriculum meant to guide the state’s schools in teaching ethnic studies, an effort that sparked waves of criticism from Jewish groups. The...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 2, 2021

Doug Emhoff hosts the White House's first online Passover seder

(JTA) — There was virtual wine spilled and nostalgia for gefilte fish, as well as a serious message to consider the role of women in the bible. Doug Emhoff, Vice President Kamala Harris’s Jewish husband, hosted the White House’s first-ever...

 

Israeli Arabs are the big winners in Israel's election

With most of the votes counted and no decisive outcome as far as who the next prime minister will be, or if Israel will be headed to an unprecedented fifth national election in less than three years, one thing is clear, the big winners in Israel’s...

 

Jared Kushner's curious change of heart

(JNS) — Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, was a senior foreign-policy adviser in the Trump administration. Now an op-ed by Kushner published in The Wall Street Journal has caused jaws to drop. Kushner was a key mover...

 
 By Yifat Erlich    Opinions    April 2, 2021

Netanyahu has a lock on the premiership

(JNS) — After four failed attempts, it’s safe to say that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political rivals cannot depose him. He’ll be sticking around for as long as he wants the job. The left-wing camp’s struggle to replace him...

 

Biden's 'Nine-Miles-Wide Plan'

(JNS) — The Biden administration reportedly intends to demand that Israel return to the nine-miles-wide pre-1967 armistice lines. Should we be surprised? How dangerous would that be? And what should American Jews do about it? According to numerous...

 

The end of PLO political hegemony in the West Bank

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs via JNS) — When Palestinian elections were first discussed, the spotlight immediately turned to the struggle between Fatah and Hamas and the fear that under cover of the elections, Hamas would infiltrate the Wes...

 

Anti-Semitic or just 'strident'?

By Ben Cohen (JNS) — There is a curious sentence that appears in the definition of anti-Semitism currently being tested by a group of progressive Jewish Americans. It reads as follows: “Even contentious, strident, or harsh criticism of Israel...

 
 By Farley Weiss    Opinions    April 2, 2021

Why the US Senate should reject Colin Kahl's appointment

(JNS) — The U.S. Senate is facing a decision about whether to approve or reject the nomination of Colin Kahl for undersecretary of defense. Kahl was a leading voice against the move of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He...

 

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. a...

 

Jewish tennis star Diego Schwartzman wins first home title in Argentina Open

(JNS) — Argentinian Jewish tennis player Diego Schwartzman won the Argentina Open on Sunday and claimed his first ATP Tour title in his home country. The 28-year-old from Buenos Aire beat fellow countryman Francisco Cerundolo with a 6-1, 6-2 victor...

 

Correction

In the “International March of the Living to hold virtual 2021 march,” in the March 26 issue, Dan Kosky, who sent the press release, stated that there were a couple of errors brought to his attention: • The Virtual March will premiere Thursday...

 

George Segal, vanguard of 1960s wave of young Jewish actors, dies at 87

(JTA) - George Segal, whose career as an actor ranged from shattering Jewish stereotypes in his youth to cheerfully indulging them in his dotage, has died at 87. The fact that early in his career...

 

Kudos to Sharon Littman for her dedication to our elders

The mission of the Jewish Pavilion is "enriching the lives of residents in elder-care communities." This has been especially challenging during the pandemic when we cannot visit regularly and provide...

 

Shabbat services resume at senior living facilities

Now that most seniors have received their two doses of the Covid vaccine, a majority of facilities have relaxed their restrictions on gatherings and activities. The Jewish Pavilion has recently...

 

Kinneret's first in-person Passover program impresses

Cantor Nina Fine, a program director at The Jewish Pavilion and a professional vocalist, performed a Passover concert for the residents. Journeying through the Haggadah with beautiful music sung by...

 

Scene Around

"Hate on the rise"... This is something I usually don't write about, but I am so bothered that I can't help it. It's about Blacks, Hispanics, Latinos, Asians and Jews. I am a white Jew ... I can hide...

 

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